"But in the seventh year shall be a sabbath of rest unto the land, a sabbath for the Lord: thou shalt neither sow thy field, nor prune thy vineyard."
(Leviticus 25:4 KJV)
Our Awesome God set up a beautiful way for the land to rest, for Hebrew slaves to be set free (Deuteronomy 15:12-18), for debts to be canceled (Deuteronomy 15:1-11) and just for people to take a look at what they had done the last 6 years as they rested. This was a sabbatical seventh year that they could put changes in order for the next 6 years. This rest also increased the fertility of the land. But did they use that seventh year as the Lord had commanded? It probably was forgotten, as were other of their good intentions.
When we look at our busy life with something to do every minute, we realize we could use a seventh year to rest and take a look at what we have done the last 6 years. There are demands of family, church and work that might need a change. Think about that 7th year to rest and prayerfully refocus our lives to increase Our Awesome God's glory. What changes could we make to improve the next 6 years? Can we do it with God's help in a year? Couldn't we find time, even a week, to rest and look at changes that we should make to be more productive for our Lord?
Our Awesome God wants you to rest and reevaluate what you have done and what you should change to make it better. This rest and prayer makes you realize the good things you have done with God's help, as well as how to change others and make them better. Our God is good!
Our Awesome God wants you look back over the past 6 years, rest (even for a week) and, with His help, see what changes need to be made in your life. Praise the Lord!
We (as a church) want all people in church, worshipping Our Awesome God with faith and obedience every Sunday. If you are not yet a Christian, it is time that you should know and love Our Awesome God as your Creator and Savior. Join us at Living Word Baptist Church as we pray and worship Him this Sunday at 10:30 AM and at 6:00 to 7:00 PM for Bible Study along with AWANA for children until 7:30 PM. On Wednesdays, we meet at 7:00 PM for Prayer Requests and a Bible Study follows until 8:00 PM. We love visitors!
"Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law."
(Romans 13:8 KJV)
"Honour the Lord with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase: So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine."
(Proverbs 3:9-10 KJV)
Indebtedness, written for April 25, 2015 on the web site, gives you a start on seeing where you might reduce the amount you spend each month. You can read it by scrolling down on this website. (There is no print function but you can copy it and paste it into any word processor file.) Review it so you can understand what Our Awesome God has to say about indebtedness and how to start getting it under control. Get your finances totaled so you know what you are buying and how much you are paying for each need you and your family have. Get rid of the “wants” so you can focus on the needs and paying off the debts.
Now let us focus on giving to God. Remember, God, the Creator, owns it all and gives some of it to each of us. We are trying to see how much He wants us to keep and how it should be used. Our Awesome God wants us to give our "first fruits" (or most important things) to Him, willingly and joyfully as a part of our worship of Him. But when all the bills are paid each month, do you and your family have any money left? If not, you are buying more than you need because Our Awesome God has promised to supply all our needs (Philippians 4:19). If you have debt, it probably includes more than your need but it is already spent and the money owed is not yours, it belongs to your creditor. When you have paid your debts and paid for your real needs, there may be money left for giving and for your wants. Give God the part of it that you are happy to give, knowing that you are giving up some of your wants and none of your needs. There is no set percentage but give something! The next time, the money left may be different. If it is less, maybe half, give less, like half of what you gave before. If it is double, give double. This is called proportional giving. God wants to bless us with more blessings because, whatever the amount, we have given Him from what is most important to us.
We should get our finances and especially our debts under control first so that, eventually, we "Owe no man any thing, but to love one another..." (Romans 13:8). As your debts are paid off, your proportional giving will increase and you will find yourself giving a tithe (10%) and more to Our Awesome God. Giving a little money as it becomes available is important to a Christian Child of the King. As you work through getting out of debt, be about the work of the Kingdom of God and God will bless you that way also.
Join us at LWBC every Sunday at 9:30 AM, we have small group Bible Studies and at 10:30 AM, we meet in the sanctuary for Worship Service. Sunday evening at 6:00 PM we have Bible Study and AWANA for children. Our programs include Home Bible Studies and a Wednesday Prayer Meeting.
Flo & Bill