2 Cor 9:10 (generosity)

17 Jun 2 Cor 9:10 (generosity)

Let’s welcome God every morning before work by giving a few minutes to read this Living In Faith Exchange (LIFE) Group devotion (life-devotions.blogspot.com), which is based on Living Faith. All whatsoever you do in word or in work, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Col. 3:17

The one who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed and increase the harvest of your righteousness. 2 Cor 9:10

Living Faith snippets: “The volunteers themselves, however, were facing hunger; they had no seed to plant after years of drought and flood. I was taken aback by the combination of spiritual wealth and material poverty. And I was emphatically reminded that we’re asked to care for our neighbor both body and soul, as these people had done and as they now needed done for them. Lord, plant and multiply the seed of generosity in me.” by Mary Marrocco

Rich’s comments: We are called to be generous and give our time, talent, and treasure. However, in giving of ourselves to serve others, we need to be conscious of our own spiritual hunger. In reading a book on the life of Mother Teresa called A Simple Path, I learned that Mother Teresa had to frequently retreat to the chapel and pray to God to spiritually refuel before she could continue her work of service. All too often, those who feel passionate about serving others can easily burn out if they do not continue to be spiritually fed. Lord, energize me with Your Holy Spirit and give me the strength and endurance to do Your Will. Amen.

Faith Challenge: Let’s challenge each other to joyfully live out the Good News.
* NEW: Remember that you need to receive in order to give; therefore, continue to pray for the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of us your faithful, enkindle in us the fire of Your love.
Send forth Your spirit and we shall be created, and You shall renew the face of the earth.
Oh God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit instructs the hearts of the faithful, grant that by that same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever rejoice in His consolation.
Through Christ our Lord, Amen.

* Let’s never forget the horrific reality of abortion (images)…#1 cause of death in America. Let’s courageously share ProLife Truth (John 14:6) to create social tension for exposing abortion’s unjust peace…rebuilding a Culture of Life (Matt 5:16) and setting the unborn free!

Our Prayers: Those who pray together stay together. Fasting ideas in footnote below.
* Prayer to end abortion, abused children, chastity, peace, our enemies, our troops, depression/ despair, prisoners, ProLife politicians, illnesses/injuries, jobs, natural disasters, addictions.

Faith Quote: “Our life of poverty is as necessary as the work itself. Only in heaven will we see how much we owe to the poor for helping us to love God better because of them.” – Mother Teresa

Through Christ our Lord,
Romans 12:12

* Prayer: Prayer connects us with God’s will & His miracles, changing us & helping others. ‘If you pray that God will move a mountain and He doesn’t, assume Christ wants you to climb it instead.’
* Fasting: Let’s fast from things that take our eyes off Jesus (selfishness, bitterness, being so critical, impatience, gossip, excessive video games, etc) and take on things that fix our eyes on Jesus (selflessness, kindness, compassion, forgiveness, patience, understanding, caring, helping, listening).
* Defend the unborn: ‘Rescue those who are unjustly sentenced to death; don’t stand back and let them die’ (Prov 24:11). ‘Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you’ (Jer 1:5). ‘It is a great poverty that a child must die that you might live as you wish’ (Blessed Mother Teresa).
* Evangelization: Let’s make room for unbelievers (be a friend, make a friend, lead friend to Christ) and perpetual re-evangelization of self and those near us, by way of daily prayer (relationship) and following Christ’s example of selfless love, mercy, and service.
Let’s joyfully invite others to join our LIFE Group…Rich or Pat will gladly add them to the devotions distribution list (Mark 16:15)!

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