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The subject is  “giving”; we have had Thanksgiving where we thank God for God – for the God that He is – the wonderful good God that He is. There is absolutely nothing of darkness in our God which clearly distinguishes Him from other beings out there who are trying to be gods.  God is Light, and  all the lights of the coming holiday season seem to foreshadow God’s Light penetrating the darkness of the world. Whole neighborhoods light up at this time of year to dispel the darkness of the night. Indeed, the world is growing darker and darker and the following Scripture indicates just how God’s light is to penetrate that darkness. 1 Thessalonians 5: 5  Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. As you enjoy the lights of Christmas, I hope you will see the importance of the light of God in you, in me, in each of us shining out  to give His Light to the world, to those still in darkness.

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Study for  December 3, 2016

We continue in the season of giving with what the Word of God says about the topic. We saw in previous studies that God is the Supreme Giver! Everything good comes from God: from our talents and abilities, from the “who” that we are to the very air we breathe. Acts 17: 24  God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; 25  Neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; [Emphasis added.] It is no surprise that we would have no existence at all were it not for God and therefore, each and every day our hearts should be filled with thanksgiving for His incredible goodness.

But in that God is a giver, we, as His children, are to be like Him – imitate Him. Matthew 5: 48  Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. It is interesting that the next Scripture containing the word “perfect” is in the story of the rich man: Matthew 19: 20  The young man saith unto him, All these things (commandments of the law) have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet? 21  Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect (or “be like the Father God”), go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me. 22  But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions. 23  Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven. 24  And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. Many have interpreted this story to mean that Jesus did not want people to have possessions or to be rich. But that is not true: the principle of this story is a warning to make sure possessions do not have you/us/this young rich man. A person can have riches without the riches having the person. This can also be true experience for those people who have nothing but they strongly desire everything; they obsess about having a new car, big bank accounts, latest and greatest technology, huge televisions, the list goes on and on. Any person obsessed with owning or having “stuff” has a “riches” problem. Or one could say they have a “poverty” problem – they fear having nothing and being therefore poor.  And the answer to such a problem, as Jesus outlined in the story, is giving or breaking the bondage or hold that the riches or “things” have over us, and in this story the riches had a hold on this young man who went away sad because on him, the hold or bondage couldn’t be broken – he wasn’t willing to do what Jesus said do = to give up the “stuff” that he had. He feared the poverty if he gave away all he had and followed Jesus. The sad part is that he would have ended up with far more. God is not a chintz giver – God is an overflowing abundance multiplied Giver! God is an over the top Giver; from Genesis to Revelation, it is all over the Bible. Just consider Abraham who was rich beyond measure, Genesis 13:2, or Solomon who was one of the richest kings, 2 Chronicles 1:11-12.  

Which leads to the question as we enter this “giving” holiday time of year - what we are thinking about? Is it a particular something we want or “have to have”? Or are we more focused on what we can give to others to help them, feed them, provide for them, make better their lives? “Getting” thinking (what am I going to get for Christmas?) is selfish or self obsessed thinking. “Stingy” (how cheap can I get gifts for those I need to buy gifts for) thinking is selfish or self obsessed thinking. All “self” focus is not pleasing to the Father God and results in the “death or dying” of the person we are supposed to be. This is where the Scripture in Matthew 16: 24  Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.25  For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it comes into play. The cross spoken of here is the putting to death of one’s “selfish” or soulish desires – denying selfishness.

2 Corinthians 9: 6  But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. 7  Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. 8  And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work: This Scripture exactly identifies selfish giving – it is giving “sparingly” and/or “grudgingly”. It is better not to give at all under such circumstances. God is judging hearts all the time, but particularly at giving times. If we focus on giving cheerfully, getting the joy out of the giving and the happiness/joy we give to others not focusing on ourselves, then, by His grace, God picks up any lack we have or experience and provides for our needs. He makes sure we have ALL sufficiency! That’s an awesome statement. All means all! If you have all of something, then there is nothing missing from that which you receive – you receive it all! If we receive all from God, then we are getting all that we need for the who God is making us to be. Why should we be concerned then about what we might perceive that we are missing – in reality, we aren’t missing anything, we have it all! Then we can abound to every good work – there it is again: abound means abundance. Webster’s defines abound: “to be in great plenty”, “to be copiously supplied; to teem” – great definition.

You simply cannot out give God – our “infinite” God.