Fresh Start // Part 3

Give More                                                                                         

(Jeremiah 4:3 NKJV) For thus says the Lord to the men of Judah and Jerusalem: “Break up your fallow ground (unplowed, uncultivated), And do not sow among thorns.

(Lamentations 3:22-23 NLT) The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness, his mercies begin afresh each morning.

Two Reasons

Heart Issue 

(Matthew 6:21) For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

(I Timothy 6:10) For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. 

Perspective Issue

(Psalm 24:1) Of David. A psalm. The earth is the LORD's, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it;.

(I John 2:15-16 NLT) Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world.

Giving is both a privilege and responsibility for those who have received from God the gift of eternal life.

(I Timothy 6:18-19 ESV)They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.

How to Give - Grace Driven Giving

Give joyfully.

(II Corinthians 9:7) Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

Give rightly.

(Matthew 6:1,3,4) “Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

Give generously. 

(II Corinthians 9:6) Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. (Reference Verse: John 3:16)

Give sacrificially. 

(II Corinthians 8:1-5) And now, brothers and sisters, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches. In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the Lord’s people. And they exceeded our expectations: They gave themselves first of all to the Lord, and then by the will of God also to us. 

KEY TRUTH: If you want 2018 to be the best year of your life, then it must be the best year of your life spiritually.

Grace Is Greater // What Is Grace?

Grace in its simplest form means God's unmerited favor. However, grace is not merely unmerited favor; it is favor bestowed on sinners who deserve wrath and who are condemned.  (Ephesians 2:3, Romans 5:18) 

“In the New Testament grace means God's love in action towards men who merited the opposite of love. Grace means God moving heaven and earth to save sinners who could not lift a finger to save themselves.” - J. I. Packer

Grace Explained

Grace is an unmerited and undeserved gift.

(II Timothy 1:9 AMP) for He delivered us and saved us and called us with a holy calling [a calling that leads to a consecrated life—a life set apart—a life of purpose], not because of our works [or because of any personal merit—we could do nothing to earn this], but because of His own purpose and grace [His amazing, undeserved favor] which was granted to us in Christ Jesus before the world began [eternal ages ago],

(Ephesians 2:8-9) For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God - not by works, so that no one can boast.

Grace is free, but not cheap.

(Romans 3:24 NIRV) The free gift of God’s grace makes us right with him. Christ Jesus paid the price to set us free.

(Galatians 3:13 AMP) Christ purchased our freedom and redeemed us from the curse of the Law and its condemnation by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs [crucified] on a tree (cross)”

Grace is an epitomized in a person.

(John 1:14) The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

(Romans 5:17 ESV) For if, because of one man's trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ.

Grace is inexhaustible

(Lamentations 3:22-23 ESV) The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

(Isaiah 40:28 NLT) Have you never heard? Have you never understood? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth, He never grows weak or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding.

Grace has a purpose.

(Ephesians 2:7 NASB) so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus

(Titus 3:4-7) But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.