Saturday, April 21, 2012

HELPING YOUR NEIGHBORS We all recognize that the economy is down and jobs are scarce. People are experiencing extremely hard times. Many have been without work for months, even years. For those of us who are blessed to have stable jobs and are able to meet the needs of others who are less fortunate; are we stepping up and out to do what we're able to help our neighbors? God reminds us of what we should be doing in these situations. Hebrews 13:16 (NIV) And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. This scripture means that we should share what we have with others. God works through us to provide the needs of others. We serve a God of more than enough, so if you're blessed with more than enough, why are you withholding it from someone who needs it? Proverbs 3:27-28 (NIV) Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act. Do not say to your neighbor, " Come back tomorrow and I'll give it to you" ---- when you already have it with you. What does that scripture tell us? If someone comes to you with a need and you're able to provide for them, give to them. Don't send them away knowing you have what they need and could have given them. Doing this does not benefit you or the person in need. Those who give to the poor will lack nothing, but those who close their eyes to them receive many curses. Proverbs 28:27 (NIV) I don't know about you all but I love to serve God and people. If someone comes to me with any need and It's in my power to help, then that is exactly what I'll do. I do not want to bring a course upon myself. God gives freely to us, why not freely give to others? This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord's people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. 2 Corinthians 9:12 (NIV) When we give to the poor, we're supplying their needs and giving thanks to God. We're supposed to glorify God in all that we do giving thanks. Let's Pray: Father, forgive us when we turn our eyes away from your people in need. Thank you for blessing us with more than enough. Please help us in positioning ourselves to meet the needs of others who are less fortunate especially when we're able and have what you've blessed us with to give In Jesus Name, Amen