Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. NLT
Many unbelievers go to church and they hear a message on giving and get very turned off to the Gospel and God’s Word. They leave the church with this feeling that the minister is only giving the message as a fund raiser. Well, frankly speaking, this could very well be the case. Many ministers get nervous about budget shortfalls and sometimes pull out scriptures like Malachi and beat their church family over the head with the scripture.
God wants you blessed. It is a spiritual law, that those who give receive. There is no better of a place to describe this than Japan. In Japan, when you give someone a present they are obligated by culture to give something back. In Japanese it is called ‘okaeshi’ or something in return. For example, in the new year parents and grandparents many times give their children ‘otoshidama’ which are small envelopes with a little bit of cash. The children can use the cash to buy something for themselves. Of course, most of the young children opt for the nearest toy store to ‘invest’ in a toy or something there. If the otoshidama is given by the grandparents or someone else, the parents feel an obligation to give something back to the giver. A similar thing happens at Japanese weddings, the guests bring gifts for the bride and groom but they also leave with a gift as well. I am sure that there are times when people forget to give something back and it is not a good reflection on them in society.
When you give into God’s kingdom, it is the same but better. The Word says, “Give and it shall be given to you, pressed down, shaken together, running OVER!” But what does this giving have to do with thinking? God says to give with a cheerful heart in His Word. When you give, you can know that God will reward you for your giving. The Bible says God will return, 30, 60, and 100 fold if you believe him and have clean hands and a pure heart before Him. This is why what you think is so important.
Immerse yourself in the Word of God. Think the way God thinks. Think on things that are right, pure, and pleasing to Him. There is not a speck of darkness in God. If you find yourself thinking about things that are not bright and holy (clean living), then you should examine what you are watching and reading. Proverbs 4:22 tells us to guard our hearts for out it flow the issues of life. The entrances are your eyes, eyes, and senses. Permeate yourself with the Word of God. Watch movies, listen to music, read books that nurture your soul.
Posted on 6 February, 2007