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The Jesus Principle

 

Air Date: 4/23/21 - “With great power comes great responsibility.” That’s the Peter Parker Principle from the Spiderman series.  So, who said, “When someone has been entrusted with much, even more will be required”? Pastor Nat introduces us to The Jesus Principle!


Back to the Bible Presents: Nat Crawford

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Afternoon, Karen. Your question and your situation is not uncommon. In fact, it's very common. Thank your or being willing to ask such a sensitive subject. Few things are more sensitive than our financial situations. Regarding tithing, this is a “debated” topic amongst pastors, theologians, and ministry leaders. In fact, I did a quick search on google and found that one of the most respected gospel-focused ministries had two articles with polar opposite conclusions! There is no doubt that the OT specifically discusses a tithe (a tenth) of our resources going back to God. We know that “Abraham gave a tenth of his spoils of war to Melchizedek (Gen. 14:20), and Hebrews appeals to this account to support the superiority of Melchizedek’s priesthood over Levi’s (Heb. 7:4–10). God met Jacob at Bethel and promised him covenant blessings; the patriarch promised God a tenth of everything granted him (Gen. 28:22). A tenth of Israel’s seed, fruit, and flocks were given to the Lord (Lev. 27:30–32; Deut. 14:22–24; cf. 2 Chron. 31:5–6; Neh. 13:5, 12). The people gave a tenth to the Levites to support them (Num. 18:21–24; cf. Neh. 10:38; 12:44), and the Levites, in turn, were to give a tenth to the chief priest (Num. 18:25–28). Those who didn’t tithe were threatened with a curse, while those who did tithe were promised blessing (Mal. 3:8–10).” But as people living under the NT covenant, Believers are no longer under the Mosaic covenant (Rom. 6:14–15; 7:5–6; Gal. 3:15–4:7; 2 Cor. 3:4–18). We are commanded to support those who preach the gospel (Matt. 10:10; Luke 10:7; 1 Cor. 9:6–14; 1 Tim. 5:17–18). And while we should enjoy the good things God gives us, we are also called to be generous to those in need (1 Tim. 6:17–19; 2 Cor. 8–9). Wealth can so easily become an idol, leading us to abandon the Lord. Since God is to be our treasure, believers are to give generously and freely. For many in the West, this will mean giving more than 10 percent. But for others, as they rebuild their financial home, that may mean far less to pay off our obligations. This will free us to give more later. So I would encourage you to look at your financial situation honestly and ask, "how much does God want me to give?" Then give out of joy. Not out of fear or obligation. God truly will provide for our every need. He makes the 90, 95, 98% after giving cover the needs. I hope this helps. If you want to discuss further or specifics, I'd be happy to e-mail you. I used to do budget counseling for some while serving at the church. Just let me know.
It is so hard to know what to give from my very limited income I'm always so afraid I will run out of money before my next monthly check. How can I be sure of what God wants me to give? The 10 percent is a great guide and I have heard many pastors who say if you tithe God will take care of you. But it's so hard not to be afraid My past credit cards were a big downfall for me and now I'm doing a credit program where my bills are paid off in 4 years. However it requires almost a third of my check every month and there is little left for everything else. I use the free of low cost help that I'm eligible for but there are many things I have to push aside that I really need to have money for. I'm just not sure what God wants me to do. Pastor Nat. I would appreciate your opinion or anyone's who reads this. If anyone does cos I realize this was Friday's episode! Thanks anyway!
I am praying for you and all of us on GT. Stewardship is a constant battle. Thankfully, God is there for us to help get us on track again.
Eva, we all struggle in all areas. I know I do. When you work full-time and then having kids in school and sports, it seems like my attention is committed. But I know I can divert my attention to serve and to give more freely. A challenging message.
I need to be a better steward. Thanks for the message.
Thank you for sharing Pastor Nat. I must confess that I am not consistent in my stewardship and tend to focus on self. Please pray for me to be more faithful.
Thank you pastor Nat I love the message I believe that I am lazy and each of those areas I need help to grow in each area Lord I just ask that you would help me show me how I can be a better Stewart in each of those areas Amen.
God has given us gifts of treasures, God will reward you as much.
Hello Joey, my Brother in Christ. I hope this message finds you well. I really loved your last paragraph (that we are good enough because you made us good enough). What a hopeful message to so many people!!! God is totally in control..... he loves each of us more than we could ever imagine. Thank you for your reminder in this!. I hope this message finds you in peace. Your Sister in Christ Carolyn
“The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it” Psalm 24:1
Let us remember that our attention should always be on Jesus. To do as Jesus would do by leaning into him in all we do. Doing all things with The Love of Jesus. We are meant to be servers of Jesus Christ to serve as He served and remains to serve us daily. Do things of "He" who is not of this world but not things of He who is not of this world! Remember to give without asking for recognition or asking of anything in return. Romans 8:14“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.”    “Trust God to lead you, even if that way looks different than you expected or is different from others.” 35 In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’  Acts 20:35 23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, Colossians 3:23 Father I Thank You for Your Courage and Wisdom to accept things I can not change and for the things I can through Your Teachings and Word. Remind us Father that we are not better than any other but that we are all Your children. That we are good enough because You Jesus made us as we are. To Uplift Inspire Encourage one another as You did and do daily Faithfully. Father each new day begins with You and with my cross I carry with You. Thank You God in Jesus name Amen
Thank you great message.
I'm praying and asking GOD to help me in each area I really haven't been wise in niether of my talents getting better with the LORD'S guidance got some ways to go in the name of JESUS CHRIST I NEED ASSISTANCE coming from my FATHER THANKS FOR ALL THE BLESSINGS YOU'VE TRUSTED ME WITH AMEN.
Amen
Praise God. Oh Heavenly father as i ask for your guidance with praying more with my family and a few friends on being stronger in faith by comitting our lives to you, Amen
Yes, Amen.
There are assessments out there to help you assess your spiritual gifts. I haven't utlized one for a while, but I can look one up if you like. Otherwise, here is a very helpful article on the topic. It lists out the gifts. After reading it, it may be clear what gifts you likely have. https://www.gotquestions.org/spiritual-gifts-list.html
That is so important. Blessing others through gifts and helps is a blessing for the giver and the receiver! Thanks for sharing!
You are an encourager, Carolyn. There is no doubt about that. It is interesting how we can be our biggest critic. As a friend said, "If you think you can, you are right. If you think you can't, you're right." In other words, we are the bottle neck that slows our growth and success. I encourage you to keep your eyes on Christ. Remember, when He saved you, He declared you a masterpiece. No matter what you say or do, that doesn't change. Isn't that amazing? So even when you spend the day on the couch, God still loves you. He wants you to get moving again and He will help you do it. Have a great day, Carolyn!
Don't we all? I htink so. I pray we rest in God's grace as we strive to live in step with Christ.
God Bless You Olivia!!! I pray that God brings many people through your path so you can make them smile!! 💕🙏💕🙏
Jane, may God give you the rest you are so eagerly seeking. I'm praying for you. It's so beautiful you also want God to put people in your path in which you can provide outreach!!! What a lovely heart you have. I hope you find what you are looking for. God Bless You. 💕🙏💕🙏💕
Amen.
Thank you for this Pastor Nat. God help me to always look for an opportunity to engage with people. Help me God to just rest in you. Just rest in God and trust Him. Wait upon God rather wrestle go nintonoverdrivevto figure out whatever comes my way. I need to rest and live all at the foot of the Cross Amen
I actually loved this message today! For all my anxiety and depression I endure, I know that one of my "gifts God gave me is the ability to encourage and cheer people on, regardless of how I'm feeling". I have this wonderful ability to empathize with people and to encourage them with comfort, understanding and Hope. I often push my own darkness into the background and am able to really listen to people without judgment. (Or very little judgment, if I'm honest with myself). I actually wonder why I can't seem to use these gifts on myself. I'm definitely very hard on myself as most of you probably know that by now if you've read my posts. I really try to make people feel special. And that, in turn brings me happiness and joy. One area where I feel like I need to work on is Time Management. Like there are times when I'm in a funk and I'll be on the couch most of the day getting trapped in the viscious TV loop, just trying to lose myself. I lose my energy. I sometimes totally forget or just don't have the energy, or passion to read The Bible, or read my "personal scriptures" that I have set for me 3 times a day through the GT app. I know my behavior is not pleasing to God, and sometimes I'll pray.... I just find it so hard during these times to get unstuck. Bless You All, and may you each find a talent God has given you, Rejoice in it and use it wisely! Peace be with you, and may you all have a Blessed Day! 🙏💕😇💕🙏
Amen I will be the giver(giving things to others) that’s one of my God given gifts. 😊 Thank you Jesus 🙏🏽
How can you find out what your talents are?
Amen