Did you know your gifts of generosity to others are a sweet-smelling sacrifice going up to God?
At Christmas time, I think of all of my favorite aromas: cinnamon-clove spiced candles, baking cookies and fresh cut Christmas trees! What are your favorite fragrances of this blessed Season? Doesn’t the memory of these delicious smells make your heart smile?! My daughters and I have an annual BIG Baking Bash we do every mid December. It is 24 hours of glorious fun and yummy treats! We load the desserts in dozens of tins, bags and boxes to give away. I am reminiscing right now and anticipating our baking day. The time we spend together is so precious to me!
You remember the Lord Jesus said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Have you experienced this? Have you witnessed the joy on someone’s face as they opened the gift you lovingly made them or carefully chose for them?
In Philippians 4, Paul said to the Philipi church, as you give to me there is a blessing you receive which is building up your kindness account. This builds up your own joy! Do you want to feel God’s pleasure in you?
Do you want to feel His favor and blessedness? This occurs as we serve and give generously, with our time, energy and passion. We can serve generously out of the heart attitude that says, I want to do and know what’s on your heart, God. I want your attitude and your purpose in my life.
Paul did not need a gift from the Philippians. Instead, Paul wanted them to be blessed in their giving, and that is why he so gladly receives their gifts from them.
Do I have PRAYERS OF GRATITUDE to Jesus?
Do I notice what He has done for me? Saved me from?
Our generosity flows out of a heart that is grateful to Jesus for all He has done for us and will continue to do for us!
I have praying lately as the Season has begun to ramp up. God, help me to have your heart attitude and remember what my purpose is! Think about what is God’s heart attitude. (1 John 4:16) He is LOVE and He first loved us. What is your purpose here on this earth? I believe it is to be in a loving and close relationship with Jesus and to share His love with others, to witness, be salt and light to our dying world. And, to bring others the Good News and encourage them to accept Jesus Christ! Once you clearly understand this, it frees up your heart! In the hard situations in your life, you can go right back to these truths and have JOY in His loving purposes for YOU!
Phil. 4:19 “And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.” Can you say in this moment and this season, “I have all that I need?” This verse means He is able to give us much better than we ask because we just cannot out give our generous God!
This also means when God gives according to his riches in glory He will often give an answer quite different and even unexpected from what we have asked! God gives us “huperlian”: (Greek) which means beyond measure and exceedingly.
I cannot tell you how many times God has done something bigger, better than I could have imagined or asked for in planning one of our Women’s events! Over and over again! He is such a gracious and generous GOD!!
Because it is not according to what we have asked, but according to His riches in glory.
As Christmas time draws near and throughout the year, we can thank Jesus for being the Perfect gift that always fits the size of our heart! He is the anointed One that came to set us free, emotionally and spiritually. He is Our Prince of Peace and Everlasting God. He does supply all of our needs out of His glorious riches! This is a fact that we can count on, according to His perfect will in each of our lives!
You might be thinking, will He give me all the riches or money I think I might want? Not necessarily, unless He deems it necessary to carry out His perfect will in your life!
He is acting on our behalf, loving us, saving us, redeeming us. I could not ask for a better gift!
Have a blessed Jesus filled Christmas!
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