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    January 17, 2019

    January 17, Give Silver, Get Gold! - Daily Devotion from StanleyOnBible.com



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    Reading: 2 Corinthians 9:1-15

    "Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also" (Mt 6:21)


     

    The Scripture teaches us that one of the ways to prevent backsliding in Christian life is by sharing our blessings with others without being selfish. "Dear friends, we are confident of better things in your case — things that accompany salvation. God is not unjust; He will not forget your work and the love you have shown Him as you have helped His people and continue to help them" (Heb 6:9,10). This passage talks about the sharing of our material goods with others, and in particular with God's children.

    The following passages explain as to how sharing with others results in the growth of our spiritual lives.

    "A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed...The people will curse him who withholds grain, but blessing will be on the head of him who sells it" (Prov 11:24-26).

    "God who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness" (2 Cor 9:1,8-10).

    "No one (of the disciples) claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they shared everything they had. With great power the Apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and much grace was upon them all" (Acts 4:32,33).

    "The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life" (Gal 6:8-10).

    Is it ever possible for such recipients of spiritual blessings to backslide—even in their dreams? Who will ever exchange gold for silver? But here's an exchange offer to convert your silver into gold. You give away your silver coins and God will bless you with a gold mine of eternal blessings.

    The deceitfulness of riches retards our progress and makes us unfruitful (Mt 13:22). The love of money plunges men into ruin and destruction (1 Tim 6:9). Here is Paul's instruction to Timothy concerning the rich: "Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share" (1 Tim 6:17-19). Unless the rich are generous in giving, their growth in Christian life or entry to Heaven will be like the camel entering the eye of a needle!

     



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