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Series: The Source
God is the source of all good things and He gives good things to us that we may be a source blessing to someone else. Last week, we had a great number of new people giving to the church. This is so encouraging! Pay close attention to how God honors your commitment to giving in the coming weeks.
This week we explore the nature of our giving. Many times we treat God like a dog; we take what we want and then when we don’t want it or need it anymore, we give the rest to God. But we can’t give God any old thing and expect His blessing. God wants us to give to Him first. He doesn’t want our leftover money, time, or effort. He wants and deserves our best.
He never reveals the whole path ahead of time. There is always an element of mystery in walking with God because He wants you to trust Him.
This is where faith comes in. When you drive in the fog, you have to drive carefully because you don’t know what’s ahead. And when you walk with God, you have to proceed in faith with the little information you have. He never reveals the whole path ahead of time. There is always an element of mystery in walking with God because He wants you to trust Him.
Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, and said, “I have acquired a man from the Lord.” Then she bore again, this time his brother Abel. Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. And in the process of time it came to pass that Cain brought an offering of the fruit of the ground to the Lord. Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat. And the Lord respected Abel and his offering, but He did not respect Cain and his offering. And Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell. Genesis 4:1-5
Cain and Abel both gave something to God, but God respected only one and not the other. Why is this? Because Abel gave God his best, while Cain gave God his leftovers. ...
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