Promises and Prayers: A Woman of Faith

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Who Are Our Neighbors?

Category: Promises and Prayers: A Woman of Faith

Never walk away from someone who deserves help; your hand is God's hand for that person. Proverbs  3:27 MSG

Who are our neighbors? Jesus answered that question with the story of the Good Samaritan. Our neighbors are any people whom God places in our paths, especially those in need.

In 2 Corinthians  9, Paul reminds us that when we sow the seeds of generosity, we reap bountiful rewards in accordance with God's plan for our lives: "Now this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver (V. 6,7 KJV).

Today, take God's words to heart and make this pledge: Wherever you happen to be, a be a good Samaritan. Somebody near you needs your assistance, and you need the spiritual rewards that will be yours when you lend a helping hand.

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Freely Give

Category: Promises and Prayers: A Woman of Faith

If you give, you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full measure, pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, and running over. Whatever measure you use in giving-large or small-it will be used to measure what is given back to you. Luke  6:38 NLT

The words are familiar to those who study God's Word: "Freely you have received, freely give" (Matthew  10:8 NKJV). As followers of Christ, we have been given so much by God. In return, we must give freely of our time, our possessions, our testimonies, and our love.

Your salvation was earned at a terrible price: Christ gave His life for you on the cross at Calvary. Christ's gift is priceless, yet when you accept Jesus as your personal Savor, His gift of eternal life costs you nothing. From those to whom much as been given, much is required. And because you have received the gift of salvation, you are now called by God to be a cheerful, generous steward of the gifts He has placed under your care.

Today, let Christ's words be your guide and let His eternal love fill your heart. When you do, your stewardship will be a reflection of your love for Him, and that's exactly as it should be.

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A Gift Beyond Comprehension

Category: Promises and Prayers: A Woman of Faith

Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us hold on to grace. By it, we may serve God acceptably, with reverence and awe. Hebrews  12: 28 HCSB

The grace of God overflows flows from His heart. And if we open our hearts to Him , we receive His grace, and we are blessed with joy, abundance, peace, and eternal life.

The familiar words of Ephesians  2:8 make God's promise perfectly clear: "For by grace you have been saved though faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God" (NKJV). In other words, we are saved, not by our actions, but by God's mercy. We are saved, not because of our good deeds, but because of our faith in Christ.

God's grace is the ultimate gift, a gift beyond comprehension and beyond compare. And because it is the ultimate gift, we owe God the ultimate thanksgiving.

God's grace is indeed a gift from the heart-God's heart. And as believers, we must accept God's precious gift thankfully, humbly, and, immediately-today is never too soon because tomorrow may be too late.

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Your Unique Talelnts

Category: Promises and Prayers: A Woman of Faith

Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are varieties of ministries, and the same Lord. 1 Corinthians  12:4-5 NASB

God has given you an array of talents, and He has given you unique opportunities to share those talents with the world. Your Creator intends for you to use your talents for the glory of His kingdom in the service of His children. Will you honor Him by sharing His gifts? And, will you share His gifts humbly and lovingly? Hopefully you will.

The old saying is both familiar and true: "What you are is God's gift to you; what you become is your gift to God." As a woman who has been touched by the transforming love of Jesus Christ, your obligation is clear: You must strive to make the most of your own God-given talents, and you must encourage your family and friends to do likewise.

Today, make this promise to yourself and to God: Promise to use your talents to minister to your family, to your friends, and to the world. And remember: The best way to say "Thank You" for God's gifts is to use them.