Posted in bible verses, christian living, christianity, Faith, giving, godliness, grace, Jesus, love, peace, song lyrics

Fix My Eyes

Image result for fix my eyes on jesusHave you ever just stopped and listened to this song? I hear it all the time but never truly paid attention to it until today. The message is a powerful one. We need to fix our eyes on our Creator who gave us life and longs for a relationship with us.
He loves us that much! So much that He sent His only Son to die for us. To die so that we might have life! That’s LOVE, y’all!
I especially love the line, “Find faith in the battle, Stand tall but above it all, Fix my eyes on You.”
Life is going to hand us trials and tribulations. We’re going to meet hardships throughout our life. But through it all, we must fix our eyes on Jesus! He knows what’s best for us and He is the only One who can get you through life’s trials. You may think you can handle it all on your own but you can’t. Only Jesus can and will carry you through life’s storms if you will just surrender to Him!
We can be confident that if Jesus did not leave us in HIS darkest hour, He won’t leave us in OUR darkest hours.
J. D Greear, Not God Enough
So when condemnation whispers “You are finished”, we need only look to the cross to hear Jesus’s triumphant answer: “No! IT is finished!”
J.D Greear, Not God Enough
(Y’all, I really recommend this book by J.D Greear. It’s AWESOME!)
For King and CountryFix My Eyes
Hit rewind
Click delete
Stand face to face with the younger me
All of the mistakes
All of the heartbreak
Here’s what I’d do differently
I’d love like I’m not scared
Give when it’s not fair
Live life for another
Take time for a brother
Fight for the weak ones
Speak out for freedom
Find faith in the battle
Stand tall but above it all
Fix my eyes on you, on you
I learned the lines and talked the talk (Everybody knows that, everybody knows that)
But the road less traveled is hard to walk (Everybody knows that, everybody knows)
It takes a soldier
Who knows his orders
To walk the walk I’m supposed to walk
And love like I’m not scared
Give when it’s not fair
Live life for another
Take time for a brother
Fight for the weak ones
Speak out for freedom
Find faith in the battle
Stand tall but above it all
Fix my eyes on you, on you
The things of Earth are dimming
In the light of Your glory and grace
I’ll set my sights upon Heaven
I’m fixing my eyes on you, on you
I’m fixing my eyes on you, on you
I’m fixing my eyes
Love like I’m not scared
Give when it’s not fair
Live life for another
Take time for a brother
Fight for the weak ones
Speak out for freedom
Find faith in the battle
Stand tall but above it all
Fix my eyes on you, on you
I fix my eyes on you, on you
I fix my eyes on you, on you
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Posted in giving, godliness, money

Godliness with Contentment

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I was reading in 1 Timothy 6 this morning and came across this verse. A few verses down it also says:

For the love of money is the root of all evil; which while some coveted after they have erred from the faith and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

See the source imageThis verse has been taken out of context so many times. People will say that money is the root of all evil. That’s not what it says. It says the love of money is the root of all evil. Having money is not a sin. It’s when it becomes our idol that it’s a sin.

We must learn to be content with what we have. Simple as that. We live in a greedy world. So many people will spend spend spend because they think they’ll be happy with all this stuff.

And that’s all it is….it’s stuff. We can’t take it with us when we die!

Matthew 6:19-21 says

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven where moths and vermin do not destroy and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

The things on earth? They eventually die away. We are to store up our treasures in heaven! That’s where our eternity lies if we are followers of Jesus!

We must be content with what we have.

But godliness with contentment is great gain

1 Timothy 6:6

 

 

 

 

Posted in books, christianity, giving

Weird, Chapter Six: A Generous Eye!

Groeschel opens up chapter 6 with a cute conversation he overheard between two of his children:

Bookie: Joy, you’ve GOT to give your money to charity. When you give your money to charity, you’re giving it to God!

JoJo: I’m not giving my money to charity.

Bookie: Please, Joy! You HAVE to give your money to charity! Giving your money to charity is like giving it to God.

JoJo: I am NOT giving my money to charity.

Bookie: Please, JoJo–please, please, puh-leeze….give your money to charity, even just some of it and you’ll be giving it to God.

Jojo: Look, Bookie, I’m not giving anything to Charity–I don’t even know who she is! And if I did, I probably wouldn’t like her anyway. Charity is not getting any of my money!

It’s tempting to agree with JoJo on this. Think about it. We work hard for what we have. It’s not easy to get the things we have.

“It’s perfectly normal to feel entitled to keep what’s ours. Especially if we don’t personally know the people to whom we’re giving.”

See the source imageBut like Groeschel says in this chapter, Bookie was actually onto something foundational. It says in the Bible that when we give generously, we’re serving, honoring and glorifying God.

As followers of Christ, consider just for a moment the “value of the incredible, undeserved gift he has given to us: Mercy. Grace. Forgiveness. A new life.”

If we’ve received the heart riches and abundant life of a new life through Christ, we should be giving out of the deepest gratitude.

Image result for proverbs 22:9Groeschel goes on to say that we all have a certain “eye” for something. Business leaders may have an “eye” for the best deal. Designers have an “eye” for color. But we ALL can have a generous “eye.”  “It’s not a special talent, skill or personality trait.”

 

Weirdly enough, the more we give away, the richer we become.

But Groeschel does add that we shouldn’t expect our blessings in return to always be material. He’s not suggesting that when we give a hundred dollars somewhere that we’ll get a hundred dollars somewhere else. It can happen but that’s not the point.

We’re promised a blessing if we give generously, not a big payback

Not all the blessings of God have to do with money

They could be riches of the Spirit: peace, joy, patience. Or they could be gifts that money can’t buy such as a spouse, kids, forgiveness ,respect…..Giving generously changes you. It frees you up. It undermines the power that money and possessions can have over you. And it does something else……it makes us more like Him.

See the source imageGroeschel tells us that the only way to cultivate a generous eye is to practice—look for opportunities and then give in to them. He categorizes these opportunities into three ways of giving:

1.Spontaneous

2. Strategic

3. Sacrificial

Spontaneous givers are those who act impulsively, such as giving to the homeless man at the stoplight before it changes. Groeschel comments that this level of giving is not a “deliberate lifestyle commitment–it’s only a reaction and often an emotional one at that.”

See the source imageGroeschel adds that the goal is to transform spontaneous giving into strategic giving. He says that if “spontaneous givers are weird then strategic givers are just plain rowdy.” Strategic givers plan ahead. They’re intentional with their giving. They are also tithers.

Isaiah 32:8 says “Generous people plan to do what is generous and they stand firm in their generosity.” (NLT) 

Finally, if spontaneous givers are weird and strategic givers are rowdy then sacrificial givers are straight up wild-eyed fanatics, according to Groeschel. Sacrificial giving doesn’t mean tossing everything to the wind and have nothing left at all. Most sacrificial givers are quite wealthy–they just don’t live like that’s their goal. They realize they are God’s stewards of the money they have and they want to share it however they can.

To wrap the chapter up, Groeschel encourages us to start saving. Start cutting back so that we can have more to give. Watch for opportunities.

Sure, it’s weird to believe that it is more blessed to give than to receive. But it’s also the most life-giving, eye-opening truth about money that we can ever learn. Do whatever you have to do to make your eyes generous. God will bless you and you can be a blessing.