Tithe Lesson

Tithe Lesson

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Me: “Who do you want the rest of my tithe money to go to?”

God: “Wait, I will tell you at the right moment.”

Me: “ If I don’t give the money now, I might forget.”

God: “Wait.”

A few days later…

God: “I want you to keep that tithe money for yourself.”

Me thinks to self: *is this a deceiving spirit? Or is God wanting me to keep a part of my tithe money? This HAST to be a deceiving spirit.*

 Me: “Are you sure? There are poor people and others who will need it more than me.”

God: “Yes, I am sure.”

Later on…

Me to self: *I cannot spend what God has given me, on myself. He has trusted me with it. I will help someone with what He has given me.*

God: “That is why I wanted you to keep it. I knew that with what I trusted you in little, you would give unto others of what I have given you. Now, this was a lesson. Have I not given you the greatest gift of all? Is my Son not greater than any amount of money? Do not forget to give as you have been given; share as has been shared unto you. Tell of the Greatest Gift. It is worth more than all the money in the world combined.”

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At a Glance

At a Glance

As I scroll through Facebook at finger-swiping speed on my iPad, and glance at articles of information flying by, I stop to realize that I have misread a piece of info COMPLETELY wrong. I then, scan my eyes over the short write-up to make sure I am grasping the Facebook post correctly.
Me: “I have noticed that when I quickly scan through a short online post, I am not reading the same words that were originally typed. It’s like they get twisted into something else when I don’t really care to take the time reading.”


God: “Have you not glanced at people in the same way and misread them? Too quick of a look and you judge their character wrong.”


Me: “What should I do?”


God: “Get to know them. Truly read them.”


Me: “Read them?”


God: “How do you read a book that you want to spend time getting to know its story?”


Me: “I study the cover and its summary to find hidden storylines that give hint to what’s inside the book and then I read its contents to verify the cover.”


God: “And you do guess right by what you saw on the cover?”


Me: “…not always. At times, I have been assuming the opposite of what the truth really is but with people…I have been wrong about them on many occasions.”


God: “What’re you going to do about it?”


Me: “Well, I know Someone with x-ray vision Who is willing and able to see through fleshly covers and dive deep into the pages of people’s characters.”

 

 

End thought: “Put on your ‘Jesus X-ray glasses’ and see deeper than the cover…the Facebook post…and other social media outlets.”
Piggy Wiggy

Piggy Wiggy

God: Don’t throw your pearls before swine.


Me: Can Christians still be pigs? Cause I believe I’ve seen a few.


God: They’ve been freed from the pigpen but some do not know how to live differently…and they still yearn for the muddy mess. 
Don’t fall for the sinking mud pits…there are fresh pastures to explore.


Me: What of the pork chops that wander too far past the pasture?


God: They are no longer swine but transformed with knowing Me and they can never go too far with Me. Walk deeper and I will walk with you deeper still.


Me: I guess, I’m thinking about the “religious” piggies who totally wig out on info of You but continually run into a wall and can’t see past it.


God: Ah, that is the brother of the old pig pen. It looks nice and clean and when one compares it to the old pigsty, it looks like heaven…and that’s just what the blind thinks it is. They feel secure within its fencing and everything seems in order…but there is no life…just a detour that takes lost souls off their free range. They continually run into the fencing but never understand that they are trapped.


Me: Huh, thank you for this convo.


God: You’re welcome piggy.


Me: Hey! I thought I was transformed by You!


God: Yes, but remember from where you came…there were times when you didn’t want to leave the pigsty and moments where you were trapped in the delusion of the clean pen. Remember where you were, remember how I saved you, and help others to know.
The Burning Bush

The Burning Bush

If you were raised in a Christian home like me, then you’ve probably seen the animated movie The Prince of Egypt. Yes, it was a goosebumps-inflicting; wave of chills moment when God used Moses to part the sea…but one segment of the movie stuck out more to me…


The burning bush.

“Then he said, ‘Do not come near here; remove your sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.'” Exodus 3:5


When Moses begins to fear man and his own past, God reminds Moses who He is.
“I AM WHO I AM…” Exodus 3:14 
God then goes on to tell Moses what actions to take and what the end result will be…the freeing of his people. (Read the whole chapter of Exodus 3 to soak in this story..preferably while eating popcorn)

Goodness! How would you feel if God asked you to revisit the place where your past will be ever present in the minds of those around you?! Not to mention that Moses killed a man! *Facepalm*


It comes down to God, the Big Cheese, the Dude Upstairs…the great I AM. 


When we focus on man all we see is the mental capacity of man. When we focus on God…well, let’s just say that He can’t fit into a box and is too dynamic to dissect. Sheesh, just look at how much He loves us when we are unloveable!


We don’t need to put on our sandals, for even though our road is narrow, we are walking on holy ground. Our Guide will direct our steps (should we allow Him to), and if we stray from our path He will surely pull us out of the snare of the devil (imagine my saying the enemy’s name in a disgusted manner)…we just need to call upon Him. 


“The mind of a man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.” Prov. 16:9


“24The Lord’s bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged, 25with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth, 26and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will.” 2 Timothy 2:24-2
The Toddler and His Father

The Toddler and His Father

 A toddler walks barefoot with his father; holding onto his hands. The child sees a dark-new area ahead that catches his interest, so he asks his father to go explore it. The father replies with, “Dear one, if you want to go there, you must put your shoes on.” The toddler was stubborn and believed that he would not get hurt as long as his daddy was there, so he denied the shoes and continued to walk on still-tender feet. The father reluctantly consented after a few more tries of convincing his dear one, but knew his child would get hurt.
As the toddler walked upon the ruff terrain, he stepped on a thorn bush and began to bleed. He let go of his father and fell down to hold his wounded feet. Suddenly he realized that the darkness was around him like a thick blanket…”Daddy, where are you!?,” the child cried out…for he could not see his father because he let go of his steady hands in the darkness.
The Father was there; he was always there, and he had picked up the toddler and began kissing his tears away. The child finally reached up and embraced the One who was with him through it all. The father carried him for awhile (as he healed) and then told him to try walking again…but reminded him to put on his shoes, and he did so with his father’s help. The toddler grasped his father’s hands and together they continued their walk…

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What is the meaning behind this story? Well, there could be many interpretations of what is behind this short tale…but I will do my best at listening and typing to what God is saying to me. Haha Luckily, God is ever-patient with me. ;P If He can use the stuttering Moses to speak for Him, then I know He can make my clumsy fingers type something decent. 

 

Anyways…here we go.
 
I saw the darkness ahead and thought I could handle it because I had my Father (God) with me. Little did I know that “I was looking at the storm while standing on the seashore.” 
Sometimes, correction, MANY times I think I can handle what awaits for me ahead in life because I am holding onto my Father’s hands. Little-did-I-realize that God tells us what we need on our journeys (like applying the armor of God daily-Ephesians 6).
He is ready to give us the tools we need to walk among darkness and thorns, tools to climb the mountains ahead, and equipment to fight the battles that wait for us in the future…
Are you listening to His still but ever-present voice? I know I wasn’t. He was talking to a wall of stubbornness with me, and I got hurt by walking in the pride of my walk with God instead of humbly listening to His instruction before putting a step forward…I let go of His hands, felt alone, but he was there the whole time…wiping away my tears with loving kisses. I reached out for Him, He held me close.


My dad (earthly father) always reminds me to have a “walking and talking” relationship with God…not just walking or even talking but conversing (which involves listening).

 

What is God advising you to do this very moment as you continue to walk in your journey?
Dream a Little Dream Two

Dream a Little Dream Two

Now this dream is different than the last one I had, but there is a connection just the same…it may seem strange and odd but God translated it before my eyes and contrasted it with the former.

Dream Two:
I dreamt that I was in the corner of a building with a wild party raging about. I felt out-of-place for I was not giving into the lusts of the world as before–I had changed. Though the people were praising all that was evil. I looked at them with pity and understanding for I had once been tempted as they were (in my dream).
Then I saw him. This man was laughing with a large group. They hung around him like he was their drug. He encouraged them in their sinning…
I wanted to sneak out before this man saw me, but his eyes landed on me, and he followed me outside. I ran into my home and shut the door.
I thought I was safe, but suddenly the door of my house was thrown open and there he was…This man looked at me as if he owned me. His eyes peered at me as if I were an open book that he had read several times.
The sad thing about having your life written down as a book is that you can go back and reread and relive the mistakes you had once made (or you can learn from your wrongdoings). I felt naked and dirty in his presence. I wanted to tell him to get out, but I had no voice!
In this dream, I must say, I did not look like myself. I had blond hair and my face was completely different (I could easily change how I looked on the outside).
The man forcibly questioned, “Where are the children?!”
I began to remember my past (my dream past not my real-life past) and how a temptation can give birth unto sin. The children signify the innocence of temptation. In my dream, I had gotten rid of the children and changed my life. A temptation may seem innocent like a child at first but gives birth unto a greater evil…sin.

Then I awoke.

Have you guessed who the man was? Satan. He gives us what our physical bodies desire but he doesn’t care about who we are and what becomes of us. As long as we do not get in the way of his plans…

What a contrast to my previous dream about Jesus! The Son of God knocked on the front door and was offering me new life. When I didn’t answer, He went to the back door and knocked. How different it was when Satan barged into the house and made me remember the sins of my past!

In this dream, I did not look like myself for I had tried to change what I looked like on the outside. Satan often tries to dissuade us from letting Jesus in and letting Him change us from the inside-out.
The Enemy wants us to think we have to change ourselves in order to be worthy for God…but here Jesus is, waiting outside the door of our hearts and offers us new life.

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me.” Revelation 3:20

“Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh.” Romans 13:14

“For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves.” Colossians 1:13

“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:8

“For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit.” 1 Peter 3:18