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You know my pedigree: a legitimate birth, circumcised on the eighth day; an Israelite from the elite tribe of Benjamin; a strict and devout adherent to God’s teachings; a fiery defender of the purity of my religion, even to the point of persecuting the church; a meticulous observer of everything set down in God’s law Book. The very credentials these people are waving around as something special, I’m tearing up and throwing out with the trash—along with everything else I used to take credit for. And why? Because of Christ.
You are my portion, Lord; I have promised to obey your words.
1 Corinthians 8:6
Yet for us there is only one God, the Father, Who is the Source of all things and for whom we have life…
Focus on your SOURCE of APPROVAL
I say to myself, “The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.
Focus on your SOURCE of BLESSING
The Lord says. “Come and I will forgive you. “But you say, ‘We have never even gone away!’
“Will a man rob God? Surely not! And yet you have robbed me.
“‘What do you mean? When did we ever rob you?’ “You have robbed me of the tithes and offerings due me. And so the awesome curse of God is cursing you, for your whole nation has been robbing me. Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so that there will be food enough in my Temple; if you do, I will open up the windows of heaven for you and pour out a blessing so great you won’t have room enough to take it in!
“Try it! Let me prove it to you! Your crops will be large, for I will guard them from insects and plagues. Your grapes won’t shrivel away before they ripen,” says the Lord Almighty. “And all nations will call you blessed, for you will be a land sparkling with happiness. These are the promises of the Lord Almighty.
LORD, you alone are my portion and my cup; you make my lot secure.
Focus on your SOURCE of CELEBRATION
May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.
Boast - the act of talking with excessive pride and self-satisfaction.
“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”
Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
SMALL GROUP QUESTIONS
1. How are you positioning your finances, family, and future to receive blessing?
2. Do you sow out of desperation or desire?
3. What does God say He wants for these areas of your life?
4. If God showed you the blessing that was possible for you, would you be more willing to give to it?
5. Are you asking God to work in your life or on your life?
Action Step: Take the step of faith to give towards your blessing.
Prayer Focus: Teach us how to sow into the key areas of our lives.