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Be a channel for God's blessings, not a reservoir!

Have you ever wondered why God may not be blessing you as much as you think he should? It could be because you've become a reservoir for God's blessings, rather than a channel.

If you're simply accumulating more and more rather than giving what has been given to you, then God probably won't bless you. However, if you give away the things that God gives you, then you become a channel through which his blessings flow. He blesses you so that you can bless others.

That's exactly what God promised to Abram: "I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing" (Genesis 12:2). God promised to bless Abram so that he could be a blessing to others.

If you use what you have to bless others, then God will probably bless you with more (so that you can bless others even more). The Bible describes that principle using language of sowing and reaping: you reap what you sow (Galatians 6:7-8).

Furthermore, 2 Corinthians 9:6-7 says, Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

These verses are a direct promise from God: If you will sow abundantly with a good (cheerful) attitude, then God will bless you. Why? So that you can bless others. Being a channel for God's blessings means passing them on to others.

This principle of sowing and reaping works in all areas of our life--not just money. You can bless others in ways that don't necessarily require money.

Decide to sow seeds of blessing aggressively, and you'll discover that God will provide a great abundance for you simply because you're a channel not a reservoir.

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Comment by Andrea Haase on April 11, 2012 at 7:51pm
Love this and I certainly am a channel not a reservoir. I keep giving in words and deeds, I teach, preach, and give gifts that are even given to me for my personal self. I love the Lord.
Comment by Ramona P. Jacobsz on April 9, 2012 at 9:50am



If there is a God, why do bad things happen?

This is a TOUGH lesson to teach yourself, and even more so a child. We have to understand it first. Why do bad things happen if God is so loving and really exists? The bible gives us some answers, and some are not so easy to swallow:

1. SIN - the whole world is broken. God made it perfect. Sin brought death. Read Genesis to see how this happened. A person only needs to look to themselves to know that sin exists and that no person loves God and their neighbour as they are supposed to.

Why are there starving children in the world? SIN. There is enough food to go around...

Why do tornados destroy and hurricanes kill? SIN. This isn't the garden of Eden. We got kicked out of that because of sin. And its not heaven yet... God is waiting for more people to come to Him before that day comes. HE LOVES US SO MUCH THAT HE PROVIDES A WAY OUT OF THIS MESS.... heaven forever with Jesus. We can choose to believe it. Wow.

2. TESTING - my faith grows when its tested. I change and grow when I am challenged. When everything is good, I get lazy and forget God. God is concerned about our eternity, and helping us to grow, just like we are concerned about our children's growth!

3. PERSECUTION - People exist who hate God, and God's children... and hurt those who try to follow Him. One day God will make this right. Be sure you are on the right side. Jesus suffered for us and we are called to suffer for Him. Everyone who desires to live a godly life will be persecuted... 2 Timothy 3:12

4. DISCIPLINE - When our kids do wrong and need to be turned back for their own good, we discipline them. Same goes for God. And I'm so glad he loves me enough to do this. God disciplines those He loves... Hebrews 12:6

Remember the GOOD stuff about this awful topic:

a) God's hand is on the thermostat, and will protect His children. If He brings you to it, He'll bring you through it.

b) Suffering and bad stuff gives us an opportunity to show God's glory! How we deal with stuff really does matter..

c) When we suffer, we get more like Jesus who suffered, and understand more what He went through for us.

Remember!! 2 Corinthians 4:17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.

So what do we do? And what do we teach our children to do?

Ephesians 6:13Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.

We need to talk to our kids daily about their struggles and guide them in the Lord's ways on this... it is a crucial element to our faith. And talking is really the best way to tackle it.




Comment by Richard L. Broch, Sr. on April 9, 2012 at 8:56am

Sister Kathleen,

Excellent presentation.

A beautiful combination of God's creation and His Word.

You are a blessing.......


Grace and Peace.

Comment by CESAR HUSMILLO on April 8, 2012 at 8:58pm

Thanks for this encouraging message. God bless.

Comment by ALCEDES JONES on April 8, 2012 at 3:11pm


Comment by Margaret Wright on April 8, 2012 at 4:47am


God bless you Kathleen for sharing this.

Comment by Remegio CBlanco on April 8, 2012 at 4:17am


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