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Most Christians have been taught that It is more blessed to give than to receive (Acts 20:35.) These teachings focus on the idea that being blessed by giving is more important than receiving. It is also important to receive from God and you should want everything is willing to give. The things God wants to give are things you need and the power to overcome the world.   

Very seldom in teaching on giving, does the teacher ever focus on the blessings God has promised in Deuteronomy 28:1-13. In this chapter God has promised to bless everything we put our hands to do as long as we obey his commands. The remainder of that same chapter God reveals how he will react to those who rebel and reject his law.

We can reject Godís will and purpose for our life when we ignore him and do as we see fit. We can also reject the concept that the earth and all that is on it belongs to its creator. We can not ignore that it rains on the unrighteous as well as the righteous. That rain feeds the plants of the field, which aids the growth of food that sustains manís life. God is in the business of blessing all of mankind with good things.

The problem arises in how we receive Godís blessing and what we do with them. Most of mankind greedily takes the blessings that God has given them and spends all of it on the things that make their life more gratifying.  The Christian has a responsibility to God to use whatever he receives from God wisely. God does not dictate what you do with your wealth, but he does hope you will use what he has blessed you with to bless others.  

Christians are taught stewardship or how to administer the wealth of God to his advantage. Everything belongs to the Lord and what God has given to us is in our care. Therefore, what we do with the wealth God has given us should be administered according to his wishes. There is always abundance in everything God gives to us to handle. That abundance is to be used to bless the poor sick and needy.

It is also important to remember that without receiving you would not be able to give. When Jesus said (It is more blessed to give than to receive Acts 20:35) he was not speaking of giving for the blessing. Jesus was saying that you would be blessed more from giving than from receiving. Most Christians know when God has blessed them their testimonies that are not always heard on the floor of the sanctuary.

We receive many things from God and most are not monitory in nature. The problem is that we donít always recognize the gifts that God gives as blessings. What condition would man exist in if it were not for the air we breathe the water we drink and sun that warms our body and brightens our outlook on a sunny day? All these gifts are for our benefit even when we are driven inside when it rains. We may not like the rain but is the long run rain washes the dirt out of the air we breath, fills the rivers and streams and oceans where man finds recreation of boating, fishing and swimming. These things are so common that we really donít thank God for them.

Do we as Christians have the grace to thank God for everything we receive from him? Do we think about our behavior towards of our friends and relatives as gifts that God has given to us? When you think about all that God has given men the list becomes endless. In addition men fill their time with the things of this life that they really did not receive from God graciously. In some cases they just want God to give them the things they think they need.

The bible says you will not receive from God because you ask for the wrong reasons. There is a difference when you need a car to get back and forth from work when you are out of work than to ask God for a car when you have a regular job.  God gives you the ability to produce wealth, which also gives you a way to buy one.  Just as you provide food and clothing for your children God will provide what you need just as you do for your children,

What you want is at your parents desecration and it is their choice not yours. Its not to unusual to think that you deserve something special but you donít get everything you want. Still the things you appreciate the most are the things  that you have worked for and earned.

There is a gift everyone on earth wants more than anything else and that is to live forever. Eternal is a gift of God but it is also a gift that God can give at his desecration.  Still Life is a choice and a gift that God can give to anyone who wants it. However God wants you to use the gift given through Jesus Christ.  The gift requires you to receive Jesus Christ into your heart, accept his discipline and live by the limits that the holy life demands.

This life begins when you receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.  When you reject Jesus Christ as Lord you also reject the gift of eternal life. The problem with rejecting eternal life through Jesus Christ is that the alternative to life is to perish in torment.Receive Versus Reject

Most Christians have been taught that It is more blessed to give than to receive (Acts 20:35.) These teachings focus on the idea that being blessed by giving is more important than receiving. It is also important to receive from God and you should want everything is willing to give. The things God wants to give are things you need such as the power to overcome the world.   

Very seldom in teaching on giving, does the teacher ever focus on the blessings God has promised in Deuteronomy 28:1-13. In this chapter God has promised to bless everything we put our hands to do as long as we obey his commands. The remainder of that same chapter God reveals how he will react to those who rebel and reject his law.

We can reject Godís will and purpose for our life when we ignore him and do as we see fit. We can also reject the concept that the earth and all that is on it belongs to its creator. However, we cannot ignore that it rains on everyone regardless of their relation with God. That rain feeds the plants of the field, which sustains the growth of food and the human race.  God is not partial because it is evident he blesses the wicked man with rain as well as those who have right standing with God.

The problem arises in how we receive Godís blessing and what we do with them. Most of mankind greedily takes the blessings that God has given them and spends all of it on the things that make their life more gratifying.  The Christian has a responsibility to God to use whatever he receives from God wisely. God does not dictate what you do with your wealth, but he does hope you will use what he has given you to bless others.  

Christians are taught stewardship or how to administer the wealth of God to his advantage. Everything belongs to the Lord and what God has given to us is in our care. Therefore, what we do with the wealth in our hands should be administered according to his wishes. There is always abundance in everything God gives to us to handle. That abundance is to be used to bless the poor sick and needy.

It is also important to remember that without receiving you would not be able to give. When Jesus said (It is more blessed to give than to receive Acts 20:35) he was not speaking of giving for the blessing. Jesus was saying that you would be blessed more from giving than from receiving. Most Christians know when God has blessed them their testimonies that are not always heard on the floor of the sanctuary.

We receive many things from God and most are not monitory in nature. The problem is that we donít always recognize the gifts that God gives as blessings. What condition would man exist in if it were not for the air we breathe the water we drink and sun that warms our body? When we think about it doesnít seeing the sun brighten our outlook on a sunny day? All these gifts are for our benefit even when we feel the gentle power of God and are driven inside when it rains. We may not like the rain but in the long run, rain washes the dirt out of the air we breathe, fills the rivers and streams and oceans where man finds recreation of boating, fishing and swimming. These things are so common that we really donít thank God for them.

Do we as Christians have the grace to thank God for everything we receive from him? Do we think about our behavior towards of our friends and relatives as gifts that God has given to us? When you think about all that God has given men the list becomes endless. In addition men fill their time with the things of their choosing without considering the needs of people that God wants us to bless. In most cases they just want God to give them the things they need without being concerned those who are in need.

The bible says you will not receive from God because you ask for the wrong reasons. There is a difference when you need a car to get back and forth from work when you are out of work than to ask God for a car when you have a job and the income to buy one.  God gives you the ability to produce wealth, which also gives you a way to buy one.  Just as you provide food and clothing for your children God will provide what you need just as you do for your children,

Children want everything they see but it is at your parents desecration and it is not your choice if they buy them. Its not to unusual to think that you deserve to be treated special but you donít always get everything you want. Still the things you appreciate the most are the things that you have worked for and earned.

Eternal life is a gift everyone on earth wants more than anything else. However eternal life is a gift that God can give at his desecration.  And like the things we receive from our parents our behavior determines whether we get them.  In the same way the gifts we want and receive from God is determined by the way we behave.

  There is an old story about leading a mule to water but no matter what was done the mule refused to drink. In the same way many Christmas presents go unused because they were found to be desirable. God gave his son and some received him while others ignored the gift.

God has given his son to thewhosoevers that would receive him but it is a choice to receive Jesus Christ into our lives. Only those who received Jesus were given the right to become the children of God. As children of God we have access to the throne of God and are blessed with citizenship in the kingdom of God.

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