Purpose of Giving

Nehemiah 12:44 And at that time were some appointed over the chambers for the treasures, for the offerings, for the firstfruits, and for the tithes, to gather into them out of the fields of the cities the portions of the law for the priests and Levites: for Judah rejoiced for the priests and for the Levites that waited.

God gives us wealth so that His covenant may be established. He also appoints ways to gather the wealth, and appoints portions for priests and Levites. We are God’s priests … and we will be taken care of. It is not God’s wish that His priests should worry about where their food will come from. God reserved adequate portions for us …He takes care of us, not requiring us to compete in the rat race of life.

There is a competitive mindset and there is a God mindset. In God we are provided for by supernatural means. We always have enough. Do not go into business to make money for yourself. This is a wrong motivation. Know that God takes care of you and does not need your business to cater for your welfare … even though He may decide to use it. Again observe the atmosphere of rejoicing. When we live for God … working and investing in God’s way … we will have enough – but much more importantly God will ensure that we have cause to continually rejoice. God knows that we cannot rejoice when our needs are not met – so He makes it His business to see that our needs are met. We even have more than enough to bless others.

Verses for further meditation
1 Cor 10:24; Deut 8:17

Thoughts for Business and the work place
The purpose of your business is more than to earn you means of living. God is your provider.

Suggestions for Prayer
Lord, let me not fail in giving … be my provider, always.

As Nehemiah’s wall was built, so will we see a reconstruction in all that may appear in distress and in waste. Nehemiah trusted and feared God, putting his faith in the Almighty whose strength is limitless to exceed all our expectations. Look out daily for Nehemiah’s Wall in 2015 and do invite friends to subscribe to the free email or social media posts. I am praying someone with a burden to be used by God in building will receive a fresh vision and get the job done.

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The Business of God

Nehemiah 11:22 The overseer also of the Levites at Jerusalem was Uzzi the son of Bani, the son of Hashabiah, the son of Mattaniah, the son of Micha. Of the sons of Asaph, the singers were over the business of the house of God.

Every business has its own assets, staff, vision, objectives, goals and systems. Every business has ownership who have expectations from the venture. The Bible tells us that the earth is the Lord’s …God owns it all, not just your Church premises. God has expectations of the earth …He has His vision, to see salvation and restoration and His chosen reconciled to Him. He has His systems which you will discover in the word of God. You can do the business of God in your office or as a driver or even a governor in the politics. The business of God is not like your business and what you learnt at business school may be useful, but must bow to God’s manual – The Holy Scriptures.

Exo_5:17 But he said, Ye are idle, ye are idle: therefore ye say, Let us go and do sacrifice to the LORD.
Pro_19:15 Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger.
Mat_12:36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.

Meditate on the above scriptures concerning the idle. The idle are those engaged not in the business of God. Idleness does not mean we are not busy – but in scripture it points to the focus of our industry. If it is not God, then our words will be idle words … if it is not of God, our hectic schedule is as deep sleep. Our table may be full of the richest meats but our soul suffers hunger because we have no knowledge of the business of God. I took pains to explain that the business of God is not just church …though it must be part of it. We can do the business of God in the market place.

Singers were often over the business of God. Why? Singing speaks of faithfulness even when the odds are tough. It means responding to a heavenly tune when earth’s melody is hard and discordant.

 Isa_54:1 Sing, O barren, thou that didst not bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, thou that didst not travail with child: for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife, saith the LORD.

Those who cannot sing in the fire of earth’s trials and desolations cannot lead God’s business anywhere – least of all in the tough market place with all its evils. But God is a true deliverer and faithful.

Verses for further meditation
1 Timothy 5:13 ; Matthew 20: 3-6

Thoughts for Business and the work place
Faithful people are not common. When you find them, note that this is someone who can be trusted with God’s business in any scenario.

Suggestions for Prayer
Lord, deliver me from my many ventures in idleness. Come and fill my hungry soul. Amen

As Nehemiah’s wall was built, so will we see a reconstruction in all that may appear in distress and in waste. Nehemiah trusted and feared God, putting his faith in the Almighty whose strength is limitless to exceed all our expectations. Look out daily for Nehemiah’s Wall in 2015 and do invite friends to subscribe to the free email or social media posts.

I am praying someone with a burden to be used by God in building will receive a fresh vision and get the job done.

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