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Do You Have Room For A Blessing? by Evangelist Charity E. Sephus

DO YOU HAVE ROOM FOR A BLESSING?

By Evangelist Charity E. Sephus

charity SephusMalachi 3:10 “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.” Jesus said “Give and it shall be given unto you good measures; pressed down, shaken together, and running over, shall men give unto your bosom. ” It is impossible to give more than God gives to you!

A spark can start a very big fire. A seed can grow an orchard. A good deed can change your world forever. A simple act of kindness is always noticed by God. We can spend a lifetime getting caught up participating in endless church activities, community dealings or family events without “seeking first the kingdom of God and his righteousness.” God wants to give us direction before we start; to avoid “recalculating” our route. Do we freely receive? Millions of raindrops bathe us from on high, no charge. God’s clean air gives us clear vision, at no charge. Sun pampers our skin and warms us inside out and it‘s free. This is the promise of God who cannot lie.

Do you want to know how it feels for your blessings to overtake you? Pray and study the bible for the similitude of sitting at the feet of Jesus. It is more important than setting our GPS before a trip. We need to pray, “thy will be done”. Listen my friends; think a bit about giving and sharing in God’s way!

Share the riches that God gives. When he gives you an apple, plant a seed. Share the fruit of a righteous life acknowledging God in all your ways so he can direct your path. Share what you have with others and be blessed. IT ONLY TAKES ONE SPARK TO GET A FIRE GOING. And many can warm up in its flame. “Pay it forward” is one of today’s expressions. It emphasizes a common value that we should keep the flow of kindness and helpfulness going into the next generation. Dearly beloveds, I challenge you to share God’s love. I don’t mean return favors on a social level. (If you invite me to a party, you can come to mine.) Take the compassion, concern, knowledge that you have received from God, and purposely contribute efforts for the good of another. Now don’t back down when you find that evil is present, because God, loves a cheerful giver.

To return the favor granted to us is easy. There is a greater virtue in serving total strangers, because they can’t pay you back and they give you very good feedback about the quality of your deed. They don’t pull punches because they don’t know you and don’t have to worry about the consequences of hurt feelings or inflated ego. The greatest virtue comes in doing good things for your enemies because they are certain not to reciprocate but God rewards. The joy comes from doing the right thing; not the popular thing. Who will be the exception? Give when it isn’t expected, that’s how it is with God’s love. You have experienced it. It makes you want to sing and you feel fresh like spring then you need to pass it on.

One bad apple can spoil an entire barrel, unless you remove it quickly. However, let us take a different approach to this maxim, because the opposite is true as well. Although not with apples but one good deed inspires another. Good deeds travel like waves on a lake spreading far beyond their initial source. Here is another challenge. Do good without a reason. At times it may seem that you don’t know your rights, because you keep doing kindness in spite of that bad apple. Just take it’s seeds and start an orchard. Someone will appreciate, see your good works and glorify the “Father who is in heaven” Take the good (seeds) from the bad apple and make pie with the good ones.

Let a motorist into our lane. Hold that door for a few seconds for the next person. Courtesy generates altruism in the depth of our hearts. Our best is for the Master. God’s promise is, showers of blessings. Don’t worry about the one who is careless. Do your duty as a Christian ought. God is pleased when we share his love. He notices every sacrifice. My friends, let us abound in good works. Our labor and kindness is not in vain in the Lord. Very early one morning, my phone began ringing “off the hook” with calls for Owl Construction Company. It would have ruined the day’s business for them with the phone lines crossed, so I began taking messages for them and transferring them to the right location. It was a “spark “of kindness, but gratitude was shown to me lucratively for many years afterward.

One hot afternoon, a lady was walking carrying a bag that weighted her down, so I gave her a lift to the bus stop. Another lady perspiring heavily, had no hat, so I gave her my new hat to shield her from very hot sun. Yet another young lady sat waiting for a bus so I took her home. I knew her because she had done favors for me. This is only a testimony that little is much when God is in it. Doing good deeds and sowing good seeds is how I want the Lord to find me. I am not burned out or frustrated and my storehouse is full.

After a day of pleasures and distress, accomplishments and disappointments, as we move into evening time, knowing that we have given something before we go to take our rest. Our deeds qualify us to be named among the blessed. “Give and it shall be given unto you, good measures, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, shall men give unto your bosom.”