Bible Ballistics: BBs #225 A Heart Of Joy!
Thank you for sharing the “Thanks-Living” series with me. It was a delight to share all the abundant blessings, which we can thank God for. As I sit here this morning thanking HIM for the wonderful rain that is falling outside my window, I pray you had a wonderful time during this season to share thanks, good food and fellowship with loved ones (or have it planned for this weekend). We had a lovely time with family and wish we could have shared it with you.
As we go forward may we remember that gratitude is a continuing life choice, especially for those who follow Jesus? May we always live it before our world! And today I also thank God for you and Bible Ballistics. It has been such an adventure and a blessing to get to share with so many, and I am grateful for all of your encouraging words, your faithful response to the articles and your input that helps me stay vibrant and relevant to where we really live. It is always a blessing and JOY to share what we have received from God!
“Every man according as he purposeth in his heart,
so let him give;
or of necessity:
for God loveth a cheerful giver.
8 And God is able
to make all grace abound toward you;
always having all sufficiency
in all things,
may abound to every good work:
9 (As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad;
he hath given to the poor:
his righteousness remaineth for ever.
10 Now he that ministereth seed to the sower
both minister bread for your food,
and multiply your seed sown,
and increase the fruits of your righteousness😉
11 Being enriched
in every thing
to all bountifulness,
12 For the administration of this service
not only supplieth the want of the saints,
but is abundant also
by many thanksgivings unto God;” 2 Corinthians 9:7-12
This passage in its natural and normal context is referring to Christians giving to others, yet there is also something just as profound that I’d like to leave with you today. It all starts in the heart! When God changes our hearts, then we can become a reflection of HIS heart to the world, and as much as “God so loved the world”, I am to love the world. I am to have HIS heart of compassion, expressed with a grateful heart, and then I can purpose to minister to others out of the resources that GOD has provided for me. As I provide for others, they see the love of God, the glory of HIS reflection in me, and they can be drawn to HIM in His glory. In other words, as I thank God and act accordingly, others are drawn to know, love and offer “many thanksgivings unto God”! Amen!
And what could bring us more joy than to see others rejoicing in our God and coming to salvation!!! As Jesus said:
“Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.” Luke 15:10 AMEN and AMEN!!!