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I give that you may give. You have been called by the Father that you would be saved, that you would serve those in need and want. My hand is about you that you would serve those I love. Your salvation is that you might again live and bring life. The greed of nations, and of he who does not believe, is of fear – afraid of the calamity, the way of destruction and destitution. In wealth comes false security. He who holds the note of the gold feels safe. The coins in the pocket make the sound of surety, but they do not truly bring any shelter. It is by My hand that My children are fed, and if the feeding is scarce, it is that the hunger will bring strength, not weakness or danger. Even death is no enemy, as My children see it not. Find your confidence in My hand, the work of My cross, the Word of My being, and My protection is upon you. The Father has given to Me, and I Am shepherd to My own. The sheep cannot protect themselves, and the wool of their growth bears little protection against their enemies. Your gold is poor protection. Do not honor it as such, for I Am a jealous God, and he who honors his wealth casts an idol.
1 Timothy 6:17 (ESV) – As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy.
Bottom Line: Our work is our means of living, and should also be our means of giving and helping others. We can fall into the trap of finding our security in our bank balance, instead of our relationship with God. The desire to have just a “little more” security can drive us to not give as freely as we should. Being children under His care, we can afford to be generous. We are blessed to be a blessing.