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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Treasures

Nehemiah 10:36 Also the firstborn of our sons, and of our cattle, as it is written in the law, and the firstlings of our herds and of our flocks, to bring to the house of our God, unto the priests that minister in the house of our God: 37 And that we should bring the firstfruits of our dough, and our offerings, and the fruit of all manner of trees, of wine and of oil, unto the priests, to the chambers of the house of our God; and the tithes of our ground unto the Levites, that the same Levites might have the tithes in all the cities of our tillage. 38 And the priest the son of Aaron shall be with the Levites, when the Levites take tithes: and the Levites shall bring up the tithe of the tithes unto the house of our God, to the chambers, into the treasure house.

In the house of God was a treasure house which contained the many different contributions, firstfruits, tithes and offerings. This was to foreshadow an important principle, their heart was in the house of God, because their treasures were there.

Mat 6:19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: 20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: 21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Christ taught us to lay our treasures in heaven … by giving and investing in kingdom causes, then our heart and thoughts will also be on heavenly matters. But when our treasures are in the New York Stock Exchange, we will spend more time thinking and worrying about New York and the value of investments there.

Heaven is a real place, and the kingdom of God is a real kingdom …when we give sacrificially time, money, substance, talents …giving our very best to kingdom causes, we will without effort be kingdom minded even though we have businesses and roles in the market place or in government. Ask yourself. Is my best and first given to kingdom causes? If not, then you can adjust.

Verses for further meditation
Proverbs 15:6; Isaiah 33:6

Thoughts for Business and the work place
Where are most of my treasures stored?

Suggestions for Prayer
Lord, lead me to adjust financial priorities. 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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