Motivational Tips from the Good Book
OTHERS AND YOU
Do not withhold good from those who deserve it
when it’s in your power to help them.
If you can help your neighbor now, don’t say,
“Come back tomorrow, and then I’ll help you.”
When is the best time to help others?
The Bible says NOW… as soon as you become aware of a need. If you can help, then do it. Give generously and freely because those who help the poor are noticed by the Lord Himself. “If you help the poor, you are lending to the Lord—and He will repay you!” Proverbs 19:17.
We don’t give to get… we give because we are His hands in this world and stewards of His resources. Of course, we don’t just give indiscriminately, but as we are led by the Spirit of God. The important thing is that our hearts are open and sensitive to His Voice.
Trust the Lord to protect you from scammers
I remember one morning reading about Joshua in his conquest of the Promised Land being tricked by Gibeonites. They professed to come from afar and he fell for it. He couldn’t go back on his promise to enter into a treaty with them. He made them servants to the Israelites and their descendants have proved to be a thorn in Israel’s side for generations. You can read the story in Joshua chapter 9.
I was looking after a little Christian bookshop for our Church in a shopping mall at the time. A man and women came into the shop in apparent great distress. I listened patiently to their story, at the same time silently asking the Lord how I could help them. He reminded me of the morning reading in my Quiet Time. These are like the Gibeonites, I realized. They are running a scam and the Lord had pre-warned me. I confronted them and they were furious. The man screamed and swore at me, before marching out of the shop in a temper with his wife hot on his heels.
God will protect us if we are willing to share His resources. Trust Him to lead you.Mercy to the needy is a loan to God, and God pays back those loans in full. Proverbs 3:27 MSG. #helpingtheneedy Click To Tweet
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