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When your give a dang gets broken….. Jesus sticks up for you! And the sin of unjust criticism………..

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I’m going to be transparent with you today. Sometimes if I have given (and given) all that I have, and someone gets critical about how I did it, There is a point where I just want to give up on giving at all. There is a song about it and it basically says “My give a dang is broken.”  In the world of biblically-correct Christians, it’s not okay to say that. Leaders go through it (at times) pastors of all kinds, even Mom’s who love their children dearly, experience this phenomina. Pastors and Moms have something in comnon too: They don’t dare say so “in front of the children.” 

I won’t go into the reasons, We’ll just say some days “it all adds up” on us until we reach the tilting point or boiling point, as we may call it. I took it out on someone who did not deserve my wrath (and it’s happened before) All because criticism when I have given it all I’ve got, tends to send me through the roof at times. 

The passage “God loves a Cheerful Giver” was going through my mind. I decided I was not cheerful, so maybe I should not have given at all. Maybe I should not minister at all! I was about to give up, when Jesus came on the scene with his rivers of Living Water and Mighty flood of revelation! 

He said to me “It’s what it cost you” that is getting to you.” And then “Criticism under that cirumstance, is a sin.” 

The story of the widow’s mite came to mind. “She gave all she had to live on” Jesus said and not from her abundance, but she gave all she had.” (Mark 12). 

I know what Jesus is talking about here. I had a friend who typed me letters of encouagement with braces on his hands, because the pain in his hands was so bad he had to wear braces to do it. I just had someone tell me of a gift they are sending that cost them “all they have.” If you’ve ever given your last minute, your only day off, your only 5.00, or given up your only vacation to do something nice for someone else, you know exactly what I am talking about. Smug little sinners with no clue say things like, “Well You should not Martyr yourself!” or they might use a different passage of scripture (God loves a cheerful giver!). 

I have a friend that works full time, and even on weekends at times, but she uses what little free time she has to post helpful scripture on the internet. She Loves Jesus and she gives ALL she has to live on (her wee bit of rest time sometimes) to bless others. When I see someone going on her FB wall having to “correct her” with their “Opinion” I wish I could go and say, “What is your problem?” 

My aghast response to their treachery, is not so far from How Jesus sees it. (He told me so!) However, he also lets me know that he sees every thing we give, and why. 

When someone gives all they have, their last day, minute, breath, or even dollar, (in his Name for his purpose) he sees it, and he commends them for it. Why did Jesus commend that woman? Because, he wanted to get a point across about giving it all (and what it means to him!). Anyone who unjustly criticises those who are giving it all, are sinning against Jesus himself, not just that person. 

Now I ask you? How many people are supposedly “anti-bullying” and yet unjustly criticise the Lord’s servants, who are giving it all they’ve got? So now, what to do about it? GIVE AS UNTO JESUS and let the geese that bite you on the nose after you have helped them, go find their own bread. We need to be about the Father’s business, and doing what he has said to do! 

Later Jesus told his disciples “When you enter a house, speak peace to it and if they do not receive it, your peace will return to you.” Whatever you have done for others will be returned to you………No labor of love is in vain. (Jesus’ promised us this). 

41 Now Jesus sat opposite the treasury and saw how the people put money into the treasury. And many who were rich put in much. 42 Then one poor widow came and threw in two mites, which make a quadrans. 43 

So He called His disciples to Himself and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all those who have given to the treasury; 44 for they all put in out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all that she had, her whole livelihood.” Mark 12:41-44

 

Laura Grace, Author, Grace to Grow

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Child like Faith (Don’t lose it!)

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Here is what I will tell you for today: Always Walk by the Spirit beware of doctrines of men. Let the Holy Spirit Guide you in all things.

Don’t allow the enemy to get you to put God in a box In other words “Limit him” on what he can or can’t do.

John 21:25 “There are so many other things Jesus did. If they were all written down, each of them, one by one, I can’t imagine a world big enough to hold such a library of books” (MSG)

The bible says if all the miracles Jesus did were written down- there would not be enough books to contain it all.

When we limit God and make him smaller than he is in our own mind because of our own understanding of scripture (OR someone else’s we have learned) We do limit the miracles he can do in our life. We really cannot get around words such as “let it be done to you” according to your Faith.

It’s sad when the doctrines of men limit God- and then cause disasters that God gets the blame for.

Remember sometimes jealousy can be a motivating factor in how we get advised (by others) and they are often not even aware of this. A sort of “you can’t have what I didn’t have” mentality.

“Father forgive them! Truly they know not what they do.” amen

We can grow and still maintain child-like faith.

-with Love, Laura Grace 

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God’s not into Magic but he does do Miracles…..

God is not into Magic, but Miracles. even in the case of Pharaoh, he could not
change Pharaoh’s Heart. Why?
 
Because Pharaoh had his own mind and he had authority over his own soul life.
He chose to become hardened and not to get softened at the words of the Lord, which came to him Via Moses.
The plagues were a result of His rejection of God’s words. satan always wants to do damage (steal, kill and destroy) it’s his mission. When he sees an un-surrendered person he always wants to go after them with vile passion and vengeance thinking the best way to hurt God, is to kill off his people.
Therefore, the way the Old testament is written (the way it presents things) “I set before you life and death” God said in Deut. CHOOSE LIFE!
What we choose is what brings the results. God results or the devils results. Because of people only partially understanding the OT that is why we have floods, fire and such, listed as “acts of God” to this day” ….which is a very big lie that needs to be rectified by the way. God does miracles. He works with willing people. They will receive if they will listen and they will be a blessing..…..
They will declare words of life or death…….Sometimes yes Prophets even have to
say “Your table will become a snare” and that is not speaking a curse.
It’s facing the reality of what a person has chosen, and granting them what they wish.
Their hearts desire is to reject and resist God and be full of their own ways. God in his
infinite mercy and wisdom, grants them their request. does he like it?
NO But he
is a realist.
He’s not a fantasizer. He is a realist with the greatest Love and Faith
we have ever known (or not yet known) ……God is so great! SO Unimaginably full
of great thoughts toward his children. he just wants us to receive it all!
oh how my heart hurts for this who will not (receive him) and his blessings.
Magic is another story altogether. It’s a fantasy (a lie) that a person changes from one thing to another without growing without receiving and without allowing themselves to be redeemed.
We want to see frogs turned into princes. But it’s not going to happen not unless the toad cries out “Father have mercy on me a sinner” …………………………So, no free rides for toads.
They will have to surrender (cry for mercy) and truly mean it before a just and Holy God…..who is Fair, Loving, Kind yes but not a pushover, and certainly not a God we can “con” Or get anything past Him…
God Spoke this to my heart wants me to share it so..I did. Whoever has ears to hear Let him hear. Laura Grace, servant, daughter of God (the Almighty King).