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Thursday

July 21, 2016

Generosity and Joy

Read

“A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.” Proverbs 11:25

Think

Have you ever met a generous person who is negative? The answer is no. But have you ever thought about why that is? Why is it that those who give willingly of what they have also have an attitude of joy? There’s one simple reason. Because when you give generously, you reflect the heart and character of God. And you find yourself living in the zone God wants us all to live in. Generosity, though, isn’t about how much you have. You don’t have to be rich to be generous. It’s all about understanding your role with what God has given you. The fact is that everything you do have is a gift from God – a gift that you simply manage. God is the owner; we are the managers. When we manage things according to God’s plan, we are open and generous with it all. If someone looked at your life, would they consider you a generous person? Do you have that joyful, giving spirit God wants you to have?

Pray

Pray that God reveals more ways for you to be generous.

Act

God wants us to be generous with the local church. If you haven’t yet, sign up for the Juice Pledge <LINK TO PLEDGE>, and commit to being financially generous with the only institution Jesus ever built!

 

Wednesday

July 20, 2016

God’s Financial Plan

Read

“Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise!”  Proverbs 6:6

Think

Have you ever watched an ant hard at work? It finds a treasured morsel, loads it on its back, and carries it precisely along a trail that has been laid out to a destination that has already been decided. Without deviating from its plan, it stays focused on the destination and stores it up for the future. 

Too many of us focus only on today. But God wants us to think beyond the here and now. He wants us to invest our stuff in the future. But it’s not just our future; He wants us to participate in the future He has planned. A good rule-of-thumb is the 10-10-80 principle. Bring 10% (tithe) to the church, save 10% for the future and live off of 80%. When we invest 10% in the church, we are investing in the lives of others and storing up treasures in heaven. When we invest 10% in our own future, we are being wise with what we are given.  Are you experiencing God’s financial plan?

Pray

Ask God to help you with the: 1) commitment to tithe faithfully, 2) wisdom to save wisely and 3) generosity as you ask Him how to spend your money well.

Act

Read  Malachi 3:10 and Matthew 6:19-20 for a better understanding of what God calls you to do with your money.

 

Tuesday

July 19, 2016

A Heart of Generosity

Read

“Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.” 2 Corinthians 9:6

Think

One of the most important aspects of Christianity is an accurate understanding of generosity. Throughout the Bible, God calls His followers to be generous. In fact, giving is at the very heart of God. Being made in His likeness, our very nature is generosity as well. And we should do everything we can to live that out.

As Christ followers, we are called to carry that generosity through every area of our lives, including our investment in the local church. When we are obedient and begin to sow our resources generously into the local church, we become more than consumers; we become partners with the life change that God does. 

Are you investing in the only institution that Jesus ever built, the local church? Don’t miss out on the blessing of partnering with God by generously bringing back to God what He has blessed you with!

Pray

ThanThank God for providing for you. Acknowledge the reality that all you have comes from Him. And commit to Him to being faithful in His call for you to be generous.

Act

Read this full section about generosity in 2 Corinthians 9:6-15 and learn about the power of God-focused generosity!

 

Monday

July 18, 2016

Trust is a Must

Read

“Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.” Proverbs 3:9-10

Think

When you think about Christianity in one word, what word comes to mind? For many, it’s forgiveness. Others would say grace. Others would say mercy, or peace, or hope. All those are true. But one word that captures the essence of Christianity more than almost any other is: trust.

God wants us to trust Him with everything, the totality of who we are…and what we have. Often, trust is tied to the tangible; faith is tied to our finances. When we trust God with the tangible assets in our lives and follow through with obedience to Him, we will discover a path and promise we could have never dreamed of on our own!

Pray

Thank God for His promises in your life. Ask Him to help you remain faithful to Him and to trust Him fully with everything you have and everything you are.

Act

Think about one area in your life where you have not fully trusted God. Write a commitment to Him to turn that area over to His authority. And prepare for a promise you never dreamed possible!