From Daniel's Desk on 3/20/2020
My Title: Thanks be to God for His Inexpressible GIFT
My Verse: 8
"And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work."
God, I know this to be TRUE because I've watched you provide this in my life. When I had a regular paycheck tithing was something that I enjoyed greatly. We never had a lot to give but we gave all we could. When we stepped out to follow you we've had no map to follow. Income has been manna ever since. You have faithfully fed my family every day for the past three years. Whether that comes in the form of side work or a check that someone says they prayed and God told them to give it to our family you have provided not only for my family but also for the entire funding for the ministry that you set before us. It has never been easy. Looking back I am ashamed to say how LITTLE faith I offered you for you to do such amazing things. Walking with you is not natural... when it SHOULD be the MOST natural thing any of us do, it's what we were created for! Through it, the testimony of story after story that comes from walking with the LIVING Creator does involve confronting fear, a lot, but that's so You get the glory from making yourself known! God, help me to remember that today and to press into that all the more. I never want to live any other way.
Truthfully though, I have grown frustrated in the waiting. Even now, when Famplify could be exploding in homes for families it sits idle because I have not had time to build content. Is it because I stopped trusting you? Lord give me the wisdom to move!
How Will This Make You a Better Husband/Father/Man:
Your testimony to others is that God MOVES for you. Really, it's just we move with Him. This is not patting myself on the back. It's a reminder that that can change in an instant if I take my eyes off of Him. - In the middle of all the COVID-19 Corona Virus scare that has gripped the globe, I pray that your VOICE would speak LOUDER than any of the fear and certainly louder than any of the enemies rhetoric.
Silver lining to the scare. Our family is growing in the Lord exponentially together. We are praying three times a day as a family and the prayer time has been POWERFUL. I've witnessed God WAKING UP HIS CHURCH. Families that have been sleeping are hungry for what God wants to say to them. Lord, don't let us fall back to sleep! Keep shaking until we are fully awake! This is answer to prayer!!!
Those in Corinth were READY for ministry and waiting. Paul was boasting about them but felt the need to send a messenger ahead to them. He wanted them not to be caught off guard.
Waiting in ministry is a difficult thing. Not only does it allow time for rust to grow on the weapons but it can take your focus off the enemy. - Lord I get this.
Paul still tells them that they are going to be expected to live up to what he has been boasting about them.
It is IMPORTANT to WAIT on God's timing.
Your zeal might be the tool that God is using to stir up most of those He is calling to go into battle WITH you so that you don't have to go alone!
God loves a cheerful giver!
Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. - Each must give as he has decided in his heart. Not reluctantly or under compulsion for God loves a cheerful giver.
Vs. 8 "God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work." - Man do i know that this is SO TRUE!
Vs. 10 "HE who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food WILL supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your RIGHTEOUSNESS."
Vs. 11 "You WILL be enriched in EVERY WAY to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God."
God gets the glory! - Not only does this supply the needs for the ministry BUT God receives MANY thanks because of it!
This comes THROUGH your confession of the gospel of Christ and your generous contribution to them and all others. WHILE they LONG and PRAY for you BECAUSE OF THE SURPASSING GRACE OF GOD UPON YOU. - Daniel. THIS is YOUR testimony. BE MORE GIVING. POUR OUT MORE THAT GOD HAS GIVEN YOU. BE BOLD. SOW BOUNTIFULLY.
THANKS BE TO GOD for HIS INEXPRESSIBLE GIFT!