Out of the Abundance of the Heart

Love people, not money, Amigos.

Every morning I wake up thinking that surely Jesus is coming today. I hardly recognize the world I live in. The cultural norms and institutions of my youth and middle years seem to have been swept away. That makes me sad for those who don’t have the confidence that the world will not end in chaos but will be restored to the original intent by God the Father through the work of the Son. Before that happens, I desperately want to see a sweeping revival in our land. The old -timers used to call it the Latter Rain.” They were looking for the Day predicted by Hosea, “He will come to us like the rain, Like the latter and former rain to the earth. (Hosea 6:3)”

A few weeks ago I wrote about the responsibility of the Church, especially the Spirit-filled, tongue speaking Church, to pray for the rain. If we don’t pray, who do you suppose will? There are two other things the Scripture encourages us to do that we might see the rain come down:

1. Keep His commandments. Deuteronomy 28 says that one result of keeping the commandments would be, “The LORD will open to you His good treasure, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand. (Deuteronomy 28:12)” Every person in that agricultural society knew that opening the windows of Heaven meant the rains would come and the harvest would come in. Our commandment in the New Covenant is simple: “Love one another.” If we want to see the rain of His Spirit, we need to work on the “love thing.”

2. Bring the tithe to the storehouse. I know some folks get mad from just seeing the word, “tithe,” but if we want to see the end time outpouring, we need to get real in our money as well as our doctrine. Malachi gave a great promise attached to the tithe: “And try Me now in this,” Says the LORD of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven And pour out for you such blessing That there will not be room enough to receive it. (Malachi 3:10)” No matter what you believe about the tithe, God wants His church to be freed from the love of money and released to give in the abundance He intends. It is a heart issue, and fixing it brings rain.

Somebody Said: “There are three kinds of givers — the flint, the sponge and the honeycomb. To get anything out of a flint you must hammer it. And then you get only chips and sparks. To get water out of a sponge you must squeeze it, and the more you use pressure, the more you will get. But the honeycomb just overflows with its own sweetness. Which kind of giver are you?

Giving with glad and generous hearts has a way of routing out the tough old miser within us. Even the poor need to know that they can give. Just the very act of letting go of money, or some other treasure, does something within us. It destroys the demon greed. — Richard J. Foster

Scripture Reading: Until the Spirit is poured upon us from on high, And the wilderness becomes a fruitful field, And the fruitful field is counted as a forest. (Isaiah 32:15 NKJV)

God seems to be asking me to focus on the move of the Spirit and the importance of the tithe. It is my aim to make the journey from the love of money to the love of people, from dependence on man’s programs to dependence on God’s Spirit, and to take as many with me as I can. Don’t you want to see the revival, the harvest? Let’s just get serious and do this!

Pastor Virgil L. Stokes
Faith Christian Fellowship of Tucson
www.fcftucson.org
Office: 520-792-3238

You can ramble through the archives of these posts, along with other material, at pastorvirgil.com. Stop by and check it out. New stuff is being added almost daily. The aim is to contend for the supernatural in the local church.

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