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It Is Listening Not The Lottery

  • And Elijah said to her, Do not fear; go and do as you have said. But first make me a little cake of it and bring it to me, and afterward make something for yourself and your son. For thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, The jar of flour shall not be spent, and the jug of oil shall not be empty, until the day that the LORD sends rain upon the earth. 1 Kings 17:13 ESV

    As I listened to the preacher pray over the offering basket, he prayed that all the money given would be returned one hundred fold. Another day, another offering I thought. This was nothing new to me as I had heard that speech before and given in many offerings.

    This time though I heard something else. The Lord was nudging me and He wanted me to give much more than usual. At the time I probably made a couple of hundred a week and after tithing 10 percent, things were pretty tight. Still, the feeling wouldn't go away.

    I had forty dollars on me and I placed that in the offering basket. It was all that I had at the time, a bit like the widow's two mites. I left church with just enough gas to get home. The following week, someone gave me $4,000. It was not a loan and they did not go to church. They said 'we felt like we should help you.' God had returned my gift one hundred fold and from an unexpected outside source.

    Certainly you should not be suckered in by long-winded speeches of greed, but there are times when the Lord asks you for a little, and then He will turn it into a lot. God is not a piata and your giving is not a stick. It is your obedience to His timely prompting that counts.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, please show me divine opportunities and make it clear when I should give. Teach me Your will Lord, in the name of Jesus.

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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Amen God stretch my income. Prosper us to give more. Holy Spirit permeate my home. Praise the Lord. Hallelujah 

December 28, 2019
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Deborah Alexander
Deborah Alexander

Amen, it is a blessing to be a blessing

December 28, 2019
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Pranoti  Kumar
Pranoti Kumar

yes

 

December 28, 2019
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Pranoti  Kumar
Pranoti Kumar

Amen

December 28, 2019
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen Father!

December 28, 2019
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! Thank You Lord!

December 28, 2019
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Amen 

December 28, 2019
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Heavenly Father, please show me divine opportunities and make it clear when I should give. Teach me Your will Lord, in the name of Jesus. Amen!

December 28, 2019
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Thank you Lord,  Amen!

December 28, 2019
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Amen,God is awesome.

December 28, 2019
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

Amen. God is Great. Thabk you Lord for seeing me through this year. It was tough, but your love was stronger.  Amen

December 28, 2019
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

December 28, 2019
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Theresa Bright
Theresa Bright

I have had those moments, when I listen.

December 28, 2019
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Ed Frye
Ed Frye

Amen

December 28, 2019
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen

December 28, 2019
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Dear Father we thank Your loving kindness, that this kindness be reflected in us to give as You have given us. Open the doors of prosperity to give more as we follow Your designs, in the name of Your Son Jesus we pray. Amen. May the Lord be with us always. 

Great message Pastor, God bless you and Sylvia. 

December 28, 2019
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

December 28, 2019
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Sherry McCosh
Sherry McCosh

Thank you for this message today! I have tithed for the last 40 years of my life and God has always taken care of me. He asked us to put Him first in our lives and seek His will. If we put God first He will bless us and give us the desires of our hearts. I know because He has done this for me so many times. He give me desires of my heart that I never asked Him for but He knows my heart and He gives them to me. I am so thankful for the love God has shown me, for sending His son to die in my place, for my sins and He says I am forgiven because he sees the blood of Jesus on me which covers all my sins. I heard a minister once say, " You can't take your money with you when you die, but you can send it on ahead" He was referring to tithing. The Bible says, " Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break in nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Matt 6:19. We can store up treasure in Heaven by sending it ahead before we get to heaven by tithing. This is God's will for us.

December 28, 2019
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Maria Mesia
Maria Mesia

Thanks Father for everything in me that is from You. Thanks for Your permanent watch and care over me. Thanks for Your lovely patience and faithfulness that is my confidence and resting every day. Please Lord help me to give You my life every day, having our relation growing without stop, I need You so much, You are my everything. Please Father help me to see what I can give to my family, to my friends and to whom is in need crossing my walk. 

December 29, 2019
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Amen Lord

December 30, 2019
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Sandra Colby
Sandra Colby

I NEVER LOOKED AT TITH LIKE THAT BEFORE,I'VE NEVER EXPECTED A RETURN.

BUT I HAVE HEARD OF THAT, I WAS ALLWAYS TOLD TO NEVER EXPECT ANY THING BACK.

Jan 4