Tag - Give

Living With An Open Hand

S. O. A. P. Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional! S-cripture: Psalm 145:16 You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing. O-bservation: Here King David of Israel said of our God that he lives with an “open hand” towards every living thing that he has created. That would include we humans, animals, and plants. God’s “Open Hand,” represents his heart and the actual character of generosity. A closed hand would say, “It’s mine to keep,” but his open hand says, “It’s mine to give.” When you really recognize the heart of God and his open hand policy, it would suggest that...

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Don’t Take It All

S. O. A. P. Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional! S-cripture: Deuteronomy 24:19 When you are harvesting in your field and you overlook a sheaf, do not go back to get it. Leave it for the foreigner, the fatherless and the widow, so that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work of your hands. O-bservation: Moses sets a plan in place for passive giving for the people of Israel. He said, “If you’re harvesting your field and you see that a single sheaf was missed, leave it for the poor.” This whole chapter is about leaving some for the poor, the...

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Something’s Gotta Give

S. O. A. P. Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional! S-cripture: Ezekiel 38:8 After many days you will be called to arms. In future years you will invade a land that has recovered from war, whose people were gathered from many nations to the mountains of Israel, which had long been desolate. They had been brought out from the nations, and now all of them live in safety. O-bservation: Whenever you are professionally taught in a theological university or seminary, the professors will tell you in every class that when studying the scripture to read it in context first! In other words, what was happening...

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The People Of God Want To Give

S. O. A. P. Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional! S-cripture: 2 Chronicles 24:10 All the officials and all the people brought their contributions gladly, dropping them into the chest until it was full. O-bservation: When the young boy, Joash, became king of Judah, he desired to restore the temple which had deteriorated under the rule of the ungodly kings who preceded him. He directed the priests to collect money from the people to restore the temple. They failed to do so. Consequently, Joash commissioned a big box to be constructed for the people to drop their free will offerings so that the temple could...

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When Did This Change?

S. O. A. P. Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional! S-cripture: Leviticus 27:30 A tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the Lord; it is holy to the Lord. O-bservation: Whatever was produced by people but originated by God in the Old Testament was to be tithed upon by the people who had produced it. A tithe was ten percent of the gross product in the Old Testament. A-pplication: It is true, and I won’t go into great detail in this short post, that the tithe was Israel’s system of taxation in the Torah. Of course,...

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