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Sunday's Message
August 27, 2017

RECEIVE ABUNDANCE

When the Babylonians destroyed Jerusalem, including the temple, most of the Jews were taken into exile.  Then when Cyrus, emperor of the Persian Empire, conquered the Babylonians he allowed the Jews to return and rebuild Jerusalem and the temple.  One hundred years after the return the Jews were living in Holy Land in poverty.  God spoke through the prophet Malachi to tell them that if they would give ten percent of their income to the Lord’s work, and offerings beyond that, then the blessings would be so abundant that their barns wouldn’t be big enough to hold the produce.

Today we miss out on the abundant life because we’re not willing to give unselfishly of our money, time, gifts, talents and passion for the Lord’s work.  Sunday I’m preaching on “Receive Abundance” from Malachi 3:6-12.  The prophet’s words remind me of when Jesus said, “I come that you may have life and may have it abundantly” (John 10:10).  Before we can be filled with Jesus and his abundance, we must be empty of self.  Thus Paul in Galatians 5:22-25 writes:  

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, meekness, restraint; against such there is no law.  Now those who belong to Christ have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.  Since we live in the Spirit, let us also   walk in the Spirit.

We need to give ourselves totally to Christ on a daily basis, then he is able to full us with himself and the good things he has for us (Luke 9:23-24; Romans 12:1-2).  Tithing, giving offerings, attending Sunday School and worship, witnessing and serving others are ways that we can tangibly give ourselves.  This frees Christ to give abundantly to us.  Please join us Sunday as we receive Christ’s abundance!

Love,
Dr. Jim Meek


 

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