Magazine Issue 7

God’s lavish manner

God is not stingy, but lavish which means to bestow something in generous or extravagant quantities, or sumptuously rich, elaborate, or luxurious.

Yeshua turned water into wine, over 120 gallons for a wedding celebration. (John 2: 7-9)

Joseph was sold as a slave and  imprisoned, but God raised  him to be Prime minister of all the Egyptian empire and savior of Israel. (Gen. 45:7-9)

Yeshua fed over seven thousand one two occasions with a few fish and loaves, such that many baskets of leftovers remained. (Matt. 16:9-10)

God delivered the Hebrews from cruel slavery and caused the Egyptians to give them as much gold as they could carry as they left. (Exod. 12:35-36)

He provided a gift of land flowing with milk and honey, so amazing it took two men to carried a single cluster of grapes. (Number 13:23)

He raised David, a humble shepherd, the youngest of his fathers sons, to be king over Israel with an enduring lineage. (1 Chron. 29:26-30)

God choose Esther a Hebrew orphan to be Queen over the vast Mead and Persian Empire and bring deliverance to His People. (Esther)

Though Job lost everything and suffered testing, God restored his fortune, twice over, and gave him seven sons and three daughters, whom he saw to the fourth generation. (Job 42: 10-17)

Inspired by God, Mary anointed Yeshua’s feet with perfume worth a years wages and dried them with her hair. (John 12:3-7)

God’s most lavish demonstration is Heaven and His presence, yet to be revealed when in love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ… In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us.” (Eph. 1:3-9, see also Rev. 21:9-22:5)

Your plans

There are two group of people, those who’s plans come to fruition and those whose plans fail utterly. “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps. (Proverbs 16:9) Believer’s submit their plans, hopes, and dreams to the Lord, such that His will is of first importance. “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.” (Proverbs 16:3) In surrender to God’s purposes they lay down their own desires to take up His calling to them. Paul described it, “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20) The others strive in their own imagination, strength and desire to achieve, accomplish, obtain, excel, rise up, win, and/or overcome. Many great men have left their mark on the world this way. However, scripture says, “Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings, who cannot save. When their spirit departs, they return to the ground; on that very day their plans come to nothing.” (Psalms 146:3-4)

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