Chaplain Gary Rayburn 4/27/2015
Acts 17:30(KJV) And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men everywhere to repent:
Has God ever winked at you in a time of your ignorance? When I read this verse recently my mind immediately went back to a time right after I got saved in 1995 that I heard my first sermon on tithing. I remember talking to the Lord about it and telling Him it just isn’t fair God, I had all these debts before I got saved and now I can’t afford to give 10% so I will just have to give what I can till I get my bills caught up. Then I will start tithing 10% after I get everything caught up. It was as if God winked at me and said “Ok son you can try it your way.
I went along trying it my way for a long time and it may have been about a year later, I was driving across I-74 going through Danville Il. One day minding my own business when I heard the Lord speak to me and say, “ how are you doing on getting your bills caught up? I said, “well Lord not to good, as a matter of fact I think I’m farther behind than I ever was. Then the Lord said to me, “why not try it my way now?” So I said “Yes Lord, I will start tithing. Slowly but surely I started getting all my bills caught up and today I am better off financially than I have ever been.
My good friend Monty Desch had the best testimony I ever heard about tithing. He said, “ When I was lost the devil he always took my whole paycheck each week. He said, “I would spend my whole paycheck on booze and drugs, but after I got saved God only wanted 10% of my paycheck! What a deal!
The devil wants it all! The devil came to kill, steal, & destroy, But Jesus came to give us life and live more abundantly!
So many times we want to do it our way and not God’s way and it always gets us in trouble. What is it that God is winking at you about? What is it that you need to bring to Jesus and leave at the foot of the tree, at the foot of the cross? Christ is the answer for whatever burden you’re carrying, trust Him to take care of it today!
And I know this much for sure friends, Jesus loves you and we do too! And this is Chaplain Gary Rayburn and we will talk at you later!
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