Daily Devotions

Daily Devotions: August 11, 2014

Today’s Bible reading is 2 Corinthians chapter 9

(Read the entire New Testament in 2014 by reading only one chapter each day)

“But this I say, He which sows sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which sows bountifully shall reap also bountifully.” (2 Corinthians 9:6)
To illustrate a principle in giving Paul borrows an image from agriculture. A farmer who sows a few seeds will get a small crop, but a farmer who sows liberally will get an abundance. The amount of the gift must be determined in each person’s heart. We should not be reluctant to give, nor should we give in response to pressure. God is pleased when we give willingly and joyfully from our hearts. Giving is an act of faith. When we give we are illustrating our dependence on God to meet our needs. Paul said, “But my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)
Three blessings will occur when we give. First, our gift will be a blessing to the one who receives it. Second, God will be praised on account of our gift, and He loves a cheerful giver. Third, you will be blessed because the Bible says, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”

Prayer: “Dear Father, May we always be generous as You are generous, and may we continuously give You thanks for Your indescribable gift! In Jesus name. Amen.”

Randy J. McPheron

Daily Devotions

Daily Devotions: August 8, 2014

Today’s Bible reading is 2 Corinthians chapter 8

(Read the entire New Testament in 2014 by reading only one chapter each day)

The church at Corinth was blessed with many gifts and ministries, but it was still missing a very important ministry; the ministry of giving. Healthy churches are marked by the qualities prescribed in the New Testament. One of those qualities is giving. Paul mentions the healthy churches of Macedonia as an example of giving. The Macedonians faced hard times but they joyfully and generously shared from their hearts. They gave sacrificially. Not only were they an example of giving, but also they were eager to give. They gave above and beyond what was expected. Their first priority was to give themselves to the Lord. A story was told about a young boy, that when the offering plate was passed he asked the usher if he could get in it. When the usher questioned him the young boy responded, “I want to give all of myself to God.” The Macedonians had given theirselves to God. Don’t ever underestimate the impact of sacrifice. “You know the generous grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty he could make you rich.” The greatest Giver is God. The greatest Gift is Jesus. Generosity and sacrificial giving is at the heart of God. The more like Christ  we become, the more that giving will be a priority in our lives. 

Prayer: “Dear Heavenly Father, we give ourselves to You completely. Everything we have belongs to You. Do with us what You will. May our lives bring You great glory! In Jesus name. Amen.”

Randy J. McPheron

Daily Devotions

Daily Devotions: July 29, 2014

Today’s Bible reading is I Corinthians chapter 16

(Read the entire New Testament in 2014 by reading only one chapter each day)

There are at least two Christian privileges spelled out to us in I Corinthians 16; giving and serving.
“Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.” (‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭16‬:‭2‬)
Giving is a Christian privilege and duty. In fact, one of the marks of the early church was generosity. Generosity was the evidence of the work of the Holy Spirit in the church. Giving in the Spirit means giving regularly. Paul admonished the Corinthians, “Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store.” Give in proportion to how God has given to you. Do you set aside God’s tithe from your income? Tithing is the same for the person who is a millionaire as it is for the person making only minimum wage. God weighs your gift not by the size of your offering, but by the size of your sacrifice. The widow gave a small amount but Jesus testified that she gave more than everyone because she gave all she had. Giving is part of our worship. By giving we take part in the work of the Lord, and it is a blessing to give. The Bible says, “God loves a cheerful giver.” Take joy in doing your part to support God’s work through your tithes and offerings. A second privilege we have is serving. Look for the opportunities God is giving you to serve Him. Paul said,
“For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries.” (‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭16‬:‭9‬)
The greater the opportunity the greater the opposition will be. To be effective in service we must seek to be in the center of God’s will. Paul was careful to follow God’s plan for His life, and in doing so he walked through the opened doors. When God opens a door, walk through it and trust in His grace to sustain you. Henry Blackaby said, “Find out where God is working, and join Him.”

Prayer: “Dear Father, thank You for giving Jesus. Because You gave so much, we want to joyfully give as expression of our love and obedience to You. We pray for open doors that we may serve You faithfully. In Jesus name. Amen”

Randy J. McPheron