Dedicated to the Glory of God Amighty and the Lord Jesus Christ

Dedicated to the Glory of God Almighty and the Lord Jesus Christ


Tuesday, May 1, 2012

REFOCUS ON HELPING OTHERS

[God] comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God (2 Corinthians 1:4).

Helping others actually serves as an antidote to resentment, jealousy, envy, and unhappiness. Instead of focusing on yourself, your problems, your complaints, your aches, your pains, your limitations, the injustices in your life, turn the focus off yourself and onto God’s purpose and plan behind those problems and how you can help other people.

“What is God’s purpose behind my pain? What is God’s purpose behind my problems?” There could be many possible purposes. But you have to realize this: God wants to comfort you in your problems so you can go out and help other people and comfort those have face the same kinds of problems.

So we need to stop focusing on hurting and start focusing on healing – healing others. Stop focusing on receiving – what can I get, what does the world owe me, and start focusing on giving and watch what happens in your life. God loves givers. God is generous, and He wants us to become like Him. He blesses us and to be happy you must learn to be generous with what you have.

You need to say something like, “God, I know that everything isn’t perfect in my life, but what I have I’m giving to you. I want you to use it to help others. If the problems I have experienced can help somebody else, God, I want you to use me.” There is no greater thrill than that. Think of all the problems you have gone through in your life and you have just defined the major part of your ministry. God never wastes a hurt.

Remember the words of Jesus, “It is more blessed to give than to receive’” (Acts 20:35). Many do not really believe that verse. They do not believe it is happier to give rather than receive. They think that it is happier to get. The reason they think this way is that they have never been generous. Until a person has done that, they do not know that this verse is true.

God does not want to bless you just for your own benefit. He wants you to share it. He watches to see how much you give away.

Some people plan to be generous one day. That’s more “when-and-then thinking” that goes like this, “When I get to this certain level of financial ability, I’m going to really start giving. When I get these bills paid off then I’m going to start being generous. When I get out of debt then I’m going to start tithing.” In actuality, these kind of people will never be generous because their hearts are small and shriveled. Until a person leans to be generous, their hearts will not grow. Every time a person is generous, his heart grows. That is the only antidote to materialism.

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