ACTSAs far as Bible reading is concerned, I didn’t really have a plan for it this year. When I watched Anita-orr‘s video, she talked about her reading plan.

It has inspired me already, therefore I am going to stick with it.

Jan 03 2018 – Acts 5-7

But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession. And he kept back part of the proceeds, his wife also being aware of it, and brought a certain part and laid it at the apostles’ feet. Acts 5:1-2 NKJV

Ananias and Sapphira  kept back something from the Lord.

Why did they do that? Why does God want us to give? Can’t He accomplish the task without asking us to give?

In Psalm 50:12 He says, ‘If I were hungry I would not tell you, for the world is mine, and all that is in it.’

So, when God says ‘give’ it has got nothing to do with His needs. He is using the opportunity to reveal the truth about you.

As He is, so are you in this world.
He is the GIVER and He has created you in His image and likeness.

God is love, and God so loved the world that He GAVE His only begotten son so that NO ONE would perish. That’s why He asks you to give yourself away as the living sacrifice.
He would never ask you to do something that He hasn’t done already.

But we forgot our true nature. So, He gave Himself to remind us of who we are in Him. We are givers. Just like Him.

And how did He give?
He gave everything. He gave Himself. The Father gave the Son, the Son gave His life and the Holy Spirit came to dwell within us and be the everlasting river of life.

So, why is it so hard to give?
If we owned an everlasting river, would we build a dam? Would we hoard and stop its flow? Would we refuse to share the water with another state?

We refuse because we know that the river isn’t perennial. It looks up to heaven for its survival. And we don’t believe that heaven would continuously pour out rain at the due season.

And why don’t believe?
Because we don’t know that there is a Father in heaven who loves with an everlasting love.

Why don’t we know Him?
Because we haven’t encountered Him! We don’t have a living relationship with the Father, Son and the Spirit.

We can religiously fulfill every commandment that is in the Bible and still not experience the love of the Father. And without experiencing His love, we can’t love God, ourselves or the world.

He reveals that beautifully in the conversation that He has with Peter.

He said unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, do you love me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Do you love me? And he said unto him, Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you. Jesus said unto him, Feed my sheep. John 21:17

By asking ‘Do you love me?’ again and again, He was reinforcing His love for Peter. Jesus did that because He wanted Peter to succeed – not as a fisherman, but as fishers of men.

The Father is more interested in your dream than you are. That’s why He’s asking you to come and give yourself away.

Experiencing the Father’s love empowers us to love one another as He loves us.

We can feed the sheep only after dining at His table.

That’s why Jesus says,

‘Come and dine.
Come, experience my love.
I am the bread of life, take and eat.

You don’t have to hoard anymore. You can give as I gave myself. You can sow yourself as the seed just as how I sowed myself into this earth. 

When you become the seed in my hand, I shall plant you beside the rivers of living water. Your leaf shall not wither and whatever you do shall flourish and prosper. You shall bring forth fruit in the due season.(Ps 1:3 AKJV)

I kept the tree of life away from fallen man’s reach. But I’ve been waiting to pour out my Spirit on all flesh since then. 

The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that wins souls is wise. Prov 11:30

So, come and eat, righteous one; let the seed prosper within you.  You will become the tree of life on earth bearing fruit in all seasons. 

All things are possible when you trust Me and don’t withhold anything from me.’

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