We see in the world many attacks on fellow Christians, who we must remember are part of the same body of Christ as us….but some Christians are hurting and die needlessly. Like those the Lord said who slept early. (1Cor11:30) You see sometimes “we” could change, or do something to prevent it, and continue on here serving the Lord. Sometimes we have the choice. ( Philippians 1:23-25 ) As Paul seems to have thought, having almost lost all hope…but deciding it better for their sakes to remain and help them. Who sent him help in his distress….Hmmmm…
And sometimes one nation’s Christians do not do all they can to assist other nations Christians as they should, as it is just a different location in the body….If “we” are of one body…then we should care for “all” our body, and keep it strong and more useable… As Christ does the church.
( Eph 5:29 )- “After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church–”
Or we will be rendered limited in our scope to reach out more effectively to the lost…which is part of the devil’s plan since the beginning.
And sometimes “we” do not go assist when a brother falls attacked by satan, to raise them up again…instead just accepting what we see as final. As Paul taught by this example to the church, when he did not accept circumstances, and went and raised up the boy who fell from high window, restoring him to the body. (Acts 20:9-11 )
Many would have accepted those circumstances and said sadly, “God took him home, it was his time.” Not Paul. Because we are all one body… And Christ works through “us” on this side of the cross! So “we” are to equip, strengthen and protect the body we have now, as much as is in our power to do so…and not just focus on seeking to add more to the body daily. Because many Christians are under attack in the world, and need all the assistance they can get, anyway they can get it.
Not everyone is called to be a martyr…but all are called to die to self.
Is there something …anything “you” could do here to help a brother somewhere else under attack? Yes we must pray ! And sometimes, also make a phone call perhaps? Or send a email to your congressman?
Because sometimes the right hand, must help, and care for the left arm, so it does not “needlessly” get amputated from the body, simply because of a lack of attention to the circumstances affecting it. Think on that.
The Lord has called “us” to help His body “and” also reach out to the unsaved. ( Prov1:24 )-“I called you so often, but you wouldn’t come. I reached out to you, but you paid no attention.” And the voice of the attacked comes to us in those words as well…because WE are the body of Christ. The bible says when YOU have done “all”…then you can stand.( Eph 6:13 ) Have you done all yet? Have you done anything?… to try and help those Christians under attack in other countries?…
Notice the armour is to be PUT ON by “us” over the whole body “for protection”, and “also” to allow the body “to fight” victoriously over the enemy. We “believers” in Christ are one body…So ask what you can do here now, and find something for your hand to do for the Lord… because i believe some die needlessly. … Have you done all for them? Have you thought about the power you do have from your “current” position of safety here in this nation? Well think on it. Maybe you were called for such a time as this. ~ Rev Ernie Harpster
As Christian you say you believe God completely, you trust Him with your life….and say you follow Him…actually saying that “We” must all follow God, through Jesus Christ… Amen!..That is correct!….And so you also remember His money is only yours to be a steward of… right? And that in priority after God, comes you family, and everything else…And when it comes to your money, if nothing is left after those first priorities are taken care of, you understand it IS all ok, as it only means it is not time for you to sow to another place….not YET!…. Meaning what? There is always “a right season and soil conditions” to think of…..and “both” must be right when you plant seed…or seed will not ever grow or survive!
God prepares the soil, and He times the season… “When”..you are suppose to plant in other places..”but that is AFTER first taking care of God and you”…and then He will tell you, or show you, “when” …you are to give to other places. And you will then have the increase in your hand for doing it….. “from Him giving you the seed”…seed for “you” the sower! (2Cor 9:10 ) Guess what…Tithing increases our seed,…While only God prepares the rest of it. (Season and soil)
As rain and snow come from Heaven, and are only God’s to control when it arrives. (Isa 55:10 ) …But He gives it for “our needs” first to be met like eating!…THEN after “we” give to Him, for Him being credited with meeting our needs, The Lord then pours out on us from His windows of heaven all the blessings promised us, for our showing Him Trust as commanded….that He can increase “our seed” with His favour… From Heaven! And give greater blessings for us to walk in !
If you got a new job. Great! He gave you favor to meet your needs…Now your seed is coming, and your time to sow is soon… But… “you” must always show Him, that He is Lord “first” in your life, and Lord “of all things” that He placed in your hand to control “for Him”…and by “that tithe”, you prove that you trust Him. Now carefully read ( Mal 3:8-11 ) Because “Tithe” is only a form of “action”, that God said will “show” that you actually Trust Him above all else, That “He” really is “first” priority…and that He may “prove” to YOU your “trust” in Him is warranted!..And actually then rewarded! (Heb 11 :6)..Are you seeking Him first? (Mat 6:33 ) then ALL things are added.
It was not because of law…that tithe was taught, it came waaay before law was ever given… So God just reminded them here in bible speaking to them in Malachi in vs 6 (Malachi 3:6) that…He did not change! Why? Because in beginning, back in the Garden was given principle of tithe! It was part of original plan! Read (Gen 2:16-17) See…Adam was “NOT” told, do not touch the tree in the garden…Adam “WAS only told” not “to eat” of that one tree in the garden! Adam “was” told to be a steward of the whole garden to “tend it”…And you would have to touch it to do that correctly!
.But the “tithe”here.. (meaning that one tree, Adam was told not to “eat” from)… It was God’s “first fruits”, the portion that God asked only for Himself…out of the whole garden that Adam enjoyed, while he “tended”… controlled it for God!(Gen 2:15) And for Adam to be able to bring something as proof too God…to prove God..Bring what proof? Adam’s trust, his faith! For Adam then to receive and walk in the blessings of God for “everything” he touched!… So that Adam would have his seed provided directly from God, poured out through the doors and windows of heaven!
The devil only twisted this when he spoke to Eve and deceived her, when ADAM did not speak up to correct the devil, as Adam should have…if ADAM had been “tending” everything in his garden obediently!! Which was seen in Gen 2:15 as Adams first assignment from God!
Some like to say we are not under law of tithe now, so I do not have to tithe, but I give what I “feel”… Well that is true ..I just showed you the Tithe was not law…but it IS the “only” place in bible that God prescribed a way for “us” to show, that we completely trust in God for our needs and wants being met, part of plan before law was ever given!! And we are told not to rob Him of that Trust! (Malachi 3:8) Why? Because “We” live by every word from mouth of God…Jesus said ( Mat 4:4 )…so not by feelings or law!
And just as Love is not love, unless “seen in actions” that agree with that word from your lips……. So “Trust” (faith) is also not known, unless there is action that agrees with that word from your lips. And to prove God in this area, requires this action on your part as prescribed. God gave “us” the specific action that He desires to see from you and I.. “us” the church,…so that you can also then see it works, so that you can also hold Him accountable to it, and so He can prove “your” trust in Him was deserved! That He always follows through with a promise, and builds up your faith! …And also provide you with new seed to sow!
But some say, we only live in the New Testament, And yes that is true. Or they will say Jesus never said anything about tithe… But actually Jesus told the knowledgeable, yet very religious Pharisees how they liked to show everyone how “religious” they are, by their detailed legalistic form “of tithe”…but they did not give it to God from heart of love and “trust” toward God!, ( Luke 11:42 ). Really they only tithed from pride in themselves, as they wanted the people to exalt them for it… and maybe to get the people to give more to the church “storehouse”, because they controlled God’s money at the temple, like it was theirs!… And remember God hates pride!
Now also notice here in (Luke 11:42) this is exactly where in New Testament Jesus “did” speak on the tithe! Saying… that “neither should be left undone in KJV” …See that “is including tithe”; And also remember Jesus said, He only spoke what His Father told Him! (John 8:28) … Imagine that!…It agrees with God in Malachi. And Genesis, and still agrees when it appeared latter again in ( Gen14:18-20 ) … And of course it would, remember God said He did not change! …He still wants to know “all” your love and trust is in Him, and “increase your faith” (=trust in God), and pour out His blessings on you!… Without the law being necessary..but coming from your heart! … Like Abram did (before law)…getting his priorities right, and latter we know he became Abraham… Father of many nations, which sounds like poured out blessings to me!
So “church” do not “eat” of the tree of your tithe…or your eating your seed, that seed God wanted to give you from His store house in heaven! So you will have more than enough to give in right season, and into right soil, but the tithe goes to the store house, I am only told give it there, and then let it go into Jesus hands, our high priest like Melchizedek! And our Lord will “hold them” accountable with it!……So Think on this which you read.. Then DO IT ! Determined Obedience Intentional TRUST!… And God will pour out, so YOU will be blessed more than you can contain! .. Uumm Pour out…Reminded me of ( Luke 6:38 ); And God never asks us to do, what He does not also willingly do for us first!… He just wants us to become imitators of Him! (Eph 5:1) Think on it.so you can …
“Clearly follow the narrow road… And stay in the light!” Rev Ernie Harpster