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Lord I'll Give For You


Lord, I'll Give for You!
"Also I heard the voice of the LORD, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me." -- Isaiah 6: 8
Isaiah not only made a commitment to grow as we have already discussed, but he also made the commitment to give. A commitment to grow and a commitment to give should always precede the commitment to go.
How did he commit to give? I submit to you that when he said "Here am I..." he gave God the greatest gift that anyone can give -- himself. Many Christians, even those who are generous in tithe and offerings, never get around to giving the greatest gift of all, themselves. In 2 Corinthians 8: 5, Saint Paul commends the Macedonian church who even though they themselves were in dire straits of poverty and affliction gave lavishly to bless others. The key to their being able to give beyond their own ability? They "...first gave their own selves to the Lord."
We modern Christians tend either to use money as a substitute or as an excuse. Those who have money and don't mind using it, often throw money out as a substitute for giving ourselves. We send money where we ourselves won't or don't want to go. Sometimes as parents we lavish our children with gifts in order to pacify them, when in reality they need our attention (undivided, undistracted attention) far more than they need the latest expensive gadget or sneaker. We throw money at missions -- and giving to missions is extremely important -- so that we can rest easy knowing that we never have to get our hands dirty by going on a missions trip. What if God wants some of us, not just to send our money overseas, but to take it overseas? We throw money at the church projects -- and that's important -- so that we won't be expected to actually show up and roll up our sleeves and go to work. The point is God doesn't just want your money, He wants all of you. He wants someone who will say "Here am I," not "I gave at the office."
We also use money as an excuse for not doing the Will of God. A lot of us echo the words of Peter at the Temple gate looking at the man in need of healing, "Silver and gold have I none..." (Acts 3: 6). But of course we never take it to the next level of saying, "...but such as I have give I unto thee..." Instead, we rest on our lack of money as our alibi for never venturing forth into our divine destiny, for never making the difference we are called to make in the world. Lack of money as an excuse makes an appearance almost everywhere. We blame lack of money for not furthering our education. We blame it for not being a better spouse, or parent. We blame it for not pursuing our ministry as we should. Forgetting all the while, that we have within us a power greater than the power of silver or gold. If we can't give money, we can always give of ourselves. If we don't have money, that doesn't mean that we can't begin to walk toward our has a way of following vision. Vision never follows money.
Isaiah gave God himself. When we give ourselves, really give ourselves to God, He has our everything. There is nothing that I have that I will hide or withhold from Him when I have truly given myself. That is the most frightening of all commitments. It will cost me everything, even my life. Oh, but life from that moment will become a glorious adventure as I trust God in and for all things. Let's eavesdrop on a conversation between Jesus Christ and one of his disciples, that rugged, brash fisherman Simon Peter:
"Then Peter began to say to Him, 'Lo, we have left all and have followed Thee.'
And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, 'There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, and lands, for My sake and the gospel's,
But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time houses and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands,with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life.'" -- Mark 10: 28-30
No matter how you wish to interpret this, it is an exciting and fulfilling promise! God will never let us be better to Him than He is to us! Yes, there will be persecution; there will be pain along the way, but there will also be unspeakable joy and indescribable blessing that goes along with the submitted life.
LORD, help us to be committed to grow and give even before we attempt to commit to go.
Thoughts for your journal:
1. In what areas of your life have you either used money as a substitute or as an excuse in place of giving yourself?
2. List ways in which you can be more giving?
Prayer Focus:
  • Pray for the Lord will enable you to be more giving in every way in 2012.
  • Pray for a mighty outpouring of the Holy Ghost with signs following tonight and tomorrow at church.
Remember to take advantage of the corporate prayer/worship opportunities:
Today: 12 Noon Prayer
Tonight and Tomorrow -- Impact Crusade Revival - I will be preaching at 7:30 nightly! Please bring someone!!!
Final thought:
Although the fast is almost over, this is no time to relax your vigilance. Stay in touch with accountability partners; keep each other encouraged.
Start thinking now of how you can bless your church financially as we conclude this mixed with prayer and fasting makes for powerful results! Put God to the test. Think also, what a blessing we can be to the work of God if for once we gave sacrificially on one accord. We should sow a seed toward the church vision being fulfilled in all areas!
Love and Blessings,


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