Today’s Assignment ~ Make sure that you have your prayer journal with you as you complete each day’s reading. You are going to want to keep track of the verses that are resonating with you, as you read.
1. If you have not already done so, answer the questions in this blog-post;
If you have answered them…review your answers prior to reading today’s assignment.
2. Say a prayer asking God to reveal Himself to you through His word.
3. Read 2 Corinthians 7 – 9 and as you read, highlight verses that are speaking to your heart and reflect on these questions…
• What is the main point of this portion?
• What does God – Father, Son or Holy Spirit – reveal of himself?
• What insight am I given about myself and into my life situation? Is there an example of a warning to heed? A promise to claim?
• What does Christ require of me now, in thought, word or action?
A reflection on today’s reading…
From the NIV Mom’s Devotional Bible…
Giving with Excitement
2 Corinthians 9:7
New Living Translation (NLT)
7 You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.”
“In 2 Corinthians 9:6-15, Paul encourages us to be generous with what we have. But in verse 7, Paul describes specifically the attitude with which we are to give: “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.” Not only are we to meet the needs of others by giving, but we’re to do so with a specific attitude. The Greek word hilaros means “cheerfully” – with noticeable happiness, with excitement!
Excitement? How can we be excited about giving away our hard-earned money and possessions?
When we give, we honor God. He gave his life for our salvation, a gift we can never repay. But we can express our gratitude by giving to what God loves: his purposes.
Giving also allows us to become partners in God’s work. When God meets the needs of another through us, we experience the excitement of being part of God’s work in our world.
Giving loosens our grip on self-sufficiency. It offers us a fresh opportunity to trust God to provide for us what we like to provide for ourselves.
Read to expand your giving ability? What’s the largest amount of money you’ve ever given away at one time? What was your attitude when you gave it? Did you see God meet your needs even in that risk? How might you increase your attitude of cheerful excitement the next time you give? Giving can also include possessions other than money. You can give away furniture that’s cluttering your basement, clothes that your kids have outgrown, appliances you are replacing. Be creative.
God loves excited givers. So look around you and see what you can share. Get excited.”
And don’t forget to give away the greatest gift that you ever received… “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16