Psalm 81:16 11/2011
He should have fed them also with the finest of wheat; and with Honey From The Rock should I have satisfied thee.
Dear Friends and Family,
We are entering the holiday season, a time of giving and thankfulness. The Lord has put it on my heart to speak on the subject of “THE ATTITUDE OF GIVING” for the next several months. However, before I begin this month’s teaching which will be a foundation for the next several months, I would like to take a moment to wish all of you and blessed Thanksgiving. I pray that this time of year will find you more than ever, giving thanks for the blessings of the “so great a Salvation” which has been provided for us through the ultimate sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ. Had He not come and sacrificed His life for us while we were yet in our sin and totally uninterested in Him, or at the very best practicing some sort of religion that really had very little effect on our day to day living, we would be at the mercy of this world’s system and headed for damnation with no hope of ever reversing our course. But now, if we will receive the gift of salvation he gives, and accept Him as Lord and Savior, turning away from our old way of living and thinking, and allowing our minds to be renewed to His way of living and thinking, we will be translated out of darkness into the Kingdom of the son of His love, into His marvelous light and life. Thanks be to God for His unspeakable GIFT!
28 Since we are receiving a Kingdom that is unshakable, let us be thankful and please God by worshiping him with holy fear and awe. TLB
Our base Scripture for this month’s teaching is:
19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. NKJV
When we made the decision to give our lives to Jesus Christ, we gave Him ALL of us. Everything we have and everything we are we gave to Him. We recognized our need for a Savior and saw in His Word that He became that for us 2,000 years ago, paying in full the price for our sin – death. We then recognized our own sin and turned away from it in repentance and thanksgiving for the wonderful free gift of life He bought for us with His own precious blood. When we accepted Him as Savior, receiving the free gift He gave, we also took Him as Lord.
That if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved. For with the heart man believes resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses resulting in salvation.
Salvation, as you study it out in the Greek, means healing, deliverance, protection and preservation in this world, prosperity in all areas of your life, and eternal life. So, if we are going to walk in everything that Christ died to give us, FULL SALVATION, then Jesus HAS to be LORD of our lives. The Greek word for Lord is Adonai, and it means Master, owner, ruler and Lord. This name signifies our ownership as well as our responsibilities which come from being owned by God.
I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live, yet not I, but Christ liveth in me and the life that I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself for me.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price, therefore, glorify God in your body.”
In Israel, under the Old Covenant, if a man were so poor that he could not support himself and was in danger of poverty, starvation, and death, he could ask another Israelite who was better off than himself if he could become his slave for six years. He was responsible to obey every order as a slave, and his master was responsible to supply all his needs. In the seventh year, if he so desired, he could go free. However, should he decide to remain in slavery to his master they would pierce the servant’s ear with an awl and plug the hole with the master’s coat of arms or a special color. This indicated, “I am a slave by my own choice. My master has obtained my total obedience for life. I am a willing slave whose master is totally responsible over me.” Such a person was called a BONDSLAVE. Adonai is the Master whose servants have chosen to serve Him willingly because they love Him.
….and unto man he said, “Behold, the fear of the Lord (Adonai in the Hebrew), that is wisdom; and to depart from evil (anything that is against God’s way of living and being right), is the beginning of understanding
The fear of the Lord (Adonai), is the beginning of wisdom KJV – Parenthesis and definitions added by me.
Job and David were saying, “”Behold the fear of Adonai, that’s wisdom.” To respect the Lord and give Him total ownership, unquestioned obedience, and free-reign in your life, is the wisest thing you will ever do. Fear in these scriptures does not mean cowering or afraid. Rather, it means to respect and reverence as Master, ruler and owner. It means willingly making Him the master and owner of your life. His desire is to provide for you all you need in EVERY area of your life, to protect you, and direct you. However, before he can do that you must first avail yourself of the wisdom that allows Him to do that, the wisdom that calls Him LORD – Adonai, Master, Ruler, Owner. It’s in becoming a bondslave to Adonai that you are truly free IN Him.
2 Corinthians 3:17
For where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is Liberty
1 Corinthians 7:22-23
For he that is called in the LORD (Adonai) being a servant (bondslave) is the Lord’s (Adonai’s) free man. Likewise, also, he that is called being free is Christ’s servant (bondslave). You were bought with a price, do not become the servants (bondslaves) of men.
We were called to serve Him, not ourselves or the desires and demands of others. Commitment is essential to our walk with the Lord. If we want to be totally free IN Him, we must also be totally committed TO Him. We must be willing servants (bondslaves). Savior and Lord, they go hand in hand – you can’t have one without the other, they cannot be separated. So, as we’ve made Him both Lord and Savior, trusting in His love and mercy towards us, we come as the bondslave, in love and gratitude to Him choosing to lay our lives down in service to the Master we love. That means our focus is no longer on SELF, our motives are no longer FROM SELF, and our possessions are no longer FOR SELF. All that we have is HIS and we are just stewards (or housemanagers) of it. Our time, our finances, our homes, our possessions, families, gifts, talents, and ministries are HIS, graciously given to us to care for and to use, to share, and to enjoy. Your husband/wife is a gift of grace from God to you. Your children, the Bible says, are gifts from the Lord to you. Your homes, possessions, finances, families, talents, gifts and ministries are all gifts of God given to you and you are a steward or housemanger over them all.
The Lord has given us many gifts in the Spirit as well as in the natural. He also gives us authority over these things; and with all authority comes responsibility. We who have authority delegated to us need to learn to respect and recognize where that authority comes from – CHRIST – ADONAI, and we need to use that authority as He would, in submission to Him, and in obedience to His perfect will. Never are we to abuse that authority, be prideful of it, or use it for our own gain or recognition. All those people and things under our delegated authority should be treated with love, consideration, and gratitude; being prayerful in all things not to make decisions concerning that which is under our authority or stewardship in our own will or according to our own desires, but in His will according to His desires.
For you were called to freedom brethren only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh.
God wants us to be givers of ourselves and of our material possessions. Why do you think God wants you to give? He wants you to give so He can bless you and use you to bless others; for it surely is more blessed to give than to receive.
Next week we will look into the giver’s heart.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your families. May you all be surrounded by those you love and may His Presence abide with you all during this wonderful season of love and joy.
Love In Him,
Solid Rock Ministries