GOD GIVESDr. Paul Dhinakaran

Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy.    (1 Timothy 6:17)

The Dhinakarans The nature of God is giving and not getting. Whenever He met His disciples or when people met Him, He asked, “What do you want Me to do for you?” Jesus Christ is the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy (1 Timothy 6:17).

It is God’s desire that we richly enjoy His blessings on this earth. It is not God’s desire to hear you say, I am living under curse, under poverty, afflicted with dreadful diseases, without a job, or having a job but without happiness, no joy in the family life and so on. On the contrary, it is God’s desire that each one of us should enjoy His blessings on this earth to the fullest. It is He who has given us this breath and everything else for us to have happiness (Acts 17:25). He gives us the strength to work hard and become wealthy (Deuteronomy 8:18).

Perhaps you may be expecting some small favours like getting placed as a clerk or a conductor, getting rid of a small sum of loan or finding a life partner and other desires which you consider are sufficient for you. However, it is God’s desire to see you blessed richly because you trust in the King of kings. Silver and gold belongs to Him. He gives people the necessary strength to work hard to become rich.

The Bible states, “Both riches and honor come from You, And You reign over all. In Your hand is power and might; In Your hand it is to make great And to give strength to all” (1 Chronicles 29:12). Further it is stated, “For all things come from You, And of Your own we have given You” (1 Chronicles 29:14). Mortals can give us material things, shower affection but only Jesus Christ has given us His life. (Galatians 2:20).

The Bible says, “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifested in the flesh, Justified in the Spirit, Seen by angels, Preached among the Gentiles, Believed on in the world, Received up in glory” 1 Timothy 3:16. Jesus Christ desires to abide with us and bless us as stated in the following verse: "Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel," which is translated, "God with us" (Matthew 1:23). Jesus Christ surrendered Himself to the will of God to give us His perfect blessings as it is written in the Scriptures, “but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men” (Philippians 2:7).

In order to remove our poverty He emptied Himself. “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich” 2 Corinthians 8:9. The Son of Man had no shelter. Jesus makes this very clear when he says, "Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head" Matthew 8:20. Dear Friend! Be of good cheer! Since Jesus Christ sacrificed Himself on the cross at Calvary, because He emptied Himself, He has paved the way for us to enjoy His blessings richly on this earth.

According to the Scripture verse found in 2 Corinthians 8:5, let us offer our lives into His hands. When we surrender our lives into His hands, He will fill us with His perfect blessings. This alone is the way to receive perfect blessings, blessings that have no sorrow added to it. His blessings will be pressed down and put into your bosom. Those things that are impossible with men is possible with God (Luke 18:27). Jesus Christ affectionately calls out to you saying, “"Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest”

Many years ago, when slavery existed in United States of America, people from Africa were sold as slaves. During that time, a certain woman from Africa was being auctioned in America. She lamented asking them to set her free. However, those people conducted the auction having bound her in chain and continued with the process of bargaining for the best price. Abraham Lincoln happened to pass that way. He asked, “What price do you expect?” They responded, “Four hundred dollars.” It was an exorbitant amount then. He gave away the amount and bought that woman. That woman was brewing with anger. However, Abraham Lincoln looked at her and told, “Woman! You are like my daughter. I have bought you having paid a costly sum but I am setting you free. I only wished to wipe away the tears on your face. Go and live your life with freedom.” That woman could not believe her eyes. She fell at his feet and cried profusely stating, “Where else can I experience this care and concern? Please grant me my petition. I would like to serve you all my life.”

Similarly, on this day we are going to make a covenant with Jesus Christ saying, “Lord! I thank You for sacrificing Your life to make me rich. I am surrendering my life to serve You all through my life.” When we surrender our lives into His hands then His perfect blessings will come and overflow in our basket.

Prayer:

Loving Lord Jesus,

It is Your desire that I should richly enjoy all the blessings which You have purchased by shedding Your blameless blood on the cross at Calvary. You alone can strengthen me that I may work hard to receive perfect blessings which You desire to grant me. Your blessings alone have no sorrow added to it. For I believe that nothing is impossible with You. I confess that all my needs are supplied according to God’s riches in glory through You. I praise and thank You for all the goodness which You have showered upon the members of my family and me.

Amen.

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