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Week 8: Giving
Today’s Easy Task: Write the ways we will give to God cheerfully when giving our money and time
How to complete this task:
- Complete today’s task reading
- Pray today’s prayer
- Read today’s scriptures
Today’s Task Reading:
It’s so important for us to have the right attitude when giving. 2 Corinthians 9:7 explains how when giving our hearts should be cheerful and not reluctant or under compulsion. It should be a natural part of our routine. When we give our income and our time to God, we are demonstrating how much we value God in our lives (Matthew 23:23). The key is for us to not feel weary or give out of obligation or fear, but give because we want to connect to God and spend time with Him.
The best way to create the habit of giving is by making it a part of our everyday lives. We should include God in our daily activities, when we are exercising, dressing, cleaning, eating, cooking, driving, working, and in meetings. In all our ways, we should acknowledge God so He can direct our paths (Proverbs 3:6). The ways we can acknowledge God is by setting aside a certain percentage of your income for giving and doing under our breath prayers and praises.
Let’s try to give 1/3 of our income and 1/3 of our time. That doesn’t mean the 1/3rd of our income goes only to our church, a tenth of our income should go to the church but the other percentage can go toward activities that build up the kingdom of God – just like the good Samaritan in the Bible (Luke 10:25-37). Moreover, it doesn’t mean that we should pray 8 hours a day on your knees doing nothing else. Instead, our attitude, thoughts should constantly thinking about God, thanking Him for His kindness, meditating on His promises and asking for His help.
Today’s Prayer: God, You are awesome and we love You. Give us a clean heart and renew the right spirit in us so that we can have the right attitude when giving. Help us to give with all our hearts cheerfully, not reluctantly or under compulsion. Help us to make giving a natural part of our routine so we can demonstrate to You how much we value You in our lives. Help us to include You in our daily activities, when we are exercising, dressing, cleaning, eating, cooking, driving, working, and in meetings. In all our ways help us to acknowledge You so You can direct our paths. Help us to give a certain percentage of our income to organizations that help build Your kingdom and Your people. Help our attitude and thoughts to constantly thinking about You, thanking You for Your kindness, meditating on Your promises and asking You for help when needed. Forgive us for not giving and spending time with You. Forgive us for have a bad attitude when giving and spending time with You. Forgive any other debts, trespasses, and sins as we forgive our debtors and those who have trespassed and sinned against us. Lead us not into temptation. Everyday help us to be equipped with the full armor of God as You deliver us from evil. For Yours is the Kingdom, Power and Glory. In Jesus Name I pray. Amen.
Today’s Scriptures: 2 Corinthians 9:7, Matthew 23:23, Proverbs 3:6, Luke 10:25-37
2 Corinthians 9:7 New King James Version (NKJV)
7 So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of [a]necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.
2 Corinthians 9:7 compulsion
Matthew 23:23 New King James Version (NKJV)
23 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone.
Proverbs 3:6 New King James Version (NKJV)
6 In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall [a]direct your paths.
Proverbs 3:6 Or make smooth or straight
Luke 10:25-37 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Parable of the Good Samaritan
25 And behold, a certain [a]lawyer stood up and tested Him, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”
26 He said to him, “What is written in the law? What is your reading of it?”
27 So he answered and said, “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,’ and ‘your neighbor as yourself.’ ”
28 And He said to him, “You have answered rightly; do this and you will live.”
29 But he, wanting to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
30 Then Jesus answered and said: “A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among [b]thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. 31 Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32 Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side. 33 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion. 34 So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 35 On the next day, [c]when he departed, he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.’ 36 So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?”
37 And he said, “He who showed mercy on him.”
Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”
Footnotes:Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
Luke 10:25 expert in the law
Luke 10:30 robbers
Luke 10:35 NU omits when he departed
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