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(Hebrews 12:1 NIV) Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,
√ When people ask for your help… “Give generously.”
(Genesis 24:12-15 NLT) “O LORD, God of my master, Abraham,” he prayed. “Please give me success today, and show unfailing love to my master, Abraham. See, I am standing here beside this spring, and the young women of the town are coming out to draw water. This is my request. I will ask one of them, ‘Please give me a drink from your jug.’ If she says, ‘Yes, have a drink, and I will water your camels, too!’–let her be the one you have selected as Isaac’s wife. This is how I will know that you have shown unfailing love to my master.” Before he had finished praying, he saw a young woman named Rebekah coming out with her water jug on her shoulder. ….
(Genesis 24:18-19 NLT) “Yes, my lord,” she answered, “have a drink.” And she quickly lowered her jug from her shoulder and gave him a drink. When she had given him a drink, she said, “I’ll draw water for your camels, too, until they have had enough to drink.”
The Rebekah Principles…
√ Can’t be generous and LEGALISTIC at the same time.
(2 Corinthians 9:7 NIV) 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.
(2 Corinthians 9:8 NIV) And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.
√ You can’t walk 2nd MILE until you walk the 1st.
(Luke 16:10 NLT) “If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities.
√ Can’t TAKE IT WITH YOU but you can send it ahead.
(Matthew 6:19-20 NLT) “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal.
√ Don’t wait for the FEELING.
(Matthew 6:21 NLT) Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.
Words of Encouragement….
√ The SMALLEST act of generosity can make BIGGEST difference.
(Matthew 10:42 NLT) And if you give even a cup of cold water to one of the least of my followers, you will surely be rewarded.”
√ Your GENEROSITY will often outlive you.
(John 4:38 NLT) I sent you to harvest where you didn’t plant; others had already done the work, and now you will get to gather the harvest.”
√ When you give, you GIVE TO THE LORD.
(Matthew 25:40 NLT) “And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’