Prophecy's Extra Oil 60: What is Yours IS God's
©copyright 2010 Bonita M Quesinberry
Chili, Sat. 02/27, 3:34am US ET, several 5.5 quakes before M8.8 quake felt as far as Argentina, then more than 90 aftershocks up to M6.9, more than 700 dead, toll rising, 2M people affected, 500K homes severe damage, 1M w/o power in Santiago, Chilean Pres declares disaster/requests help— suggest help of doctors, temporary shelters, clean up, food, water, generators— quake 800 times more powerful than 2004 Indian Ocean M9.7 quake—tsunami struck 12 nations, 285K killed— due to land movement in all directions, tectonic plates moved the length of 400 miles rather than length of feet as in 2004; Juan Fernandez Island 7.7-ft tsunami kills 6, 11-missing, smaller tsunami hit Chili coast;
——New Zealand hit w/first tsunami wave; Hawaii, tsunami traveling up to 600mph sounds alarms-evacuate to high ground—first wave just after 1:25pm US PST, 1st wave about 3-ft then several insignificant; Pacific Basin Coasts quake/tsunami warnings include all So. America, MX, CA, OR, WA, Canada, Alaska coastlines; damages likely as moves west-north-south, first wave small then huge follow: late Sat, tsunami warnings cancelled;
——So. Europe, storm batters, at least 58 dead; US, NE suffering from record breaking snow storms, winds to 70mph, thousands w/o power, at least 1 dead; Marie Osmond teen son dead-suicide; Toyota, at least 56 deaths reported due to brake/accelerator issues; GM, recalls 1.5M Chev/Pontiacs; Haiti, death toll now over 200K, need medicines; Chili, copper prices spike after quakes
—— Significant February earthquakes: 02/04 M5.9 No. California; 02/18 M6.9 China-Russia-No.Korea borders; 02/26 M7.0 Ryukyu Islands-Japan; 02/27 M8.8 Chili; 02/28 Quakes in last 7 days worldwide M5.4+ total 312, of 52 US States last 7 days M1.0+ total 1180 quakes. No available data for magnitudes below 1.0
——New Volcano Activity/Unrest:Tanzania, Ecuador, Montserrat, New Britain
Ongoing Activity: Bougainville, Eastern Kamchatka (Russia), Hawaii (USA), Central Kamchatka (Russia), Kyushu, Ecuador, Central Kamchatka (Russia), Ryukyu Islands (Japan), Sumatra (Indonesia), Ecuador (repeats indicate more than 1 volcano in area)
2010 is already into March and TSaS still has two Sisters in dire need, noted in Sabbath Extra Oil 59: no response from our brothers and sisters. It would seem that March is a very good time to revive God's 2006 lesson on giving. First, however, TSaS should have made it clear that our two Sisters did NOT ask for help; we simply know of their validated, very urgent needs. We pray that our brothers and sisters will "march" to the plate by giving as much as they can because "there is need" amidst our own.
As a reminder, if you wish to help our two Sisters— Sacramento needs financial help, abused Tampa needs financial-apartment-furniture—by reply to this post, put "Love to Give" in the subject line, then specify which of the sisters or both you wish to help: TSaS will reply with the name(s) and address(es) needed. We feel that you might be more comfortable sending aid directly to our Sisters, instead of going through TSaS. If not, we will joyfully forward your aid to each of them as you direct.
LOVE TO GIVE
©copyright 2006 Bonita M Quesinberry
"Tis the season to give!" This is a commercial we hear only when there is a catastrophic event or man's holidays roll around each year, plus birthdays and wedding anniversaries along with parents' days. Each are man's traditions— not God's— yet most are designated Christian, despite pagan origins to false gods: Christmas and its flashy tree, Valentine's Day throw-away hearts, stuffed Easter bunnies and eggs, Thanksgiving's food obesity, birthdays, anniversaries. God deems self-involvement as the abomination of idolatry.
God has a different judgment about giving and, certainly, unmitigated wrath regarding heathen festivals; albeit, the latter is not the purpose of this treatise, which latter was addressed in a previous lesson: "Christ's Birth, Death and Resurrection." As far as God is concerned "every day is the season to give!" Sadly, it is not happening in the world, with the exception of only a few people who do help daily. God also reminded us that "everything is mine" by virtue of the fact He created everything and everything we have, including wages, were His first: all He asks in return of that is akin to income taxes, which His never exceeds 10%; albeit, there is a 5% penalty if not paid timely.
As God's congregation, we need to stop this crime against God: in our midst are those "ignoring" a brother or sister's needs. It is all too common! We also are instructed to "lend but do not borrow." It is good to understand the weightier matters about giving and lending within the congregation: giving means expecting nothing in return and lending means that the borrower obviously would be able to repay at some point in time: we are instructed not to charge our brethren interest fees. Interest is charged only to those not of God; and, it should not be a rate higher than God's own 10%; more is usury, for which the world's lending institutions and governments are famous.
Jesus instructed, "It is more blessed to give than to receive." He went on to say, "Give to him that asks something from you, and do not turn away he who wants to borrow from you, even if it is your enemy; for if you love only those who love you, there is no reward for you: even the wicked love those who love them, yet their reward is destruction.
"Do good and lend, expecting nothing in return; then your reward will be great as children of the Highest, for you will have done as God does, who is kind even to the unthankful and the wicked while they are here.
"Give, and men shall give to you in good measure, pressed down and shaken together and running over. By the same measure you give, the same shall be measured out to you again; and the Father in heaven shall give good things to them that ask of Him." (paraphrased Acts 20:35; Matthew 6:42-46; 7:11-12; Luke 6:29-35,38). Christ also said to give good to our enemies: give them drink or food or clothing or all things needed, even lend to them. "Needs" are the basics of life; "Wants" are frivolous and selfish.
Some of the blessings received from giving are that others will give in return, not necessarily the same as we gave nor even from those to whom we gave; then shall our Father give in return to the giver. Caution: the above verses reveal truth in the adage, "What goes around comes around." If we give evil by denying those in need, it will come back to bite us harder than they who had need. More so, in giving from the heart there also are blessings to the giver on emotional and spiritual levels.
Emotional level: no one gains good feelings inside when they give from a sense of duty dictated by man's costly, blasphemous holidays, birthdays and anniversaries, and/or because something is expected in return. One cannot gain good feelings when they give only to receive in return, or they lend money expecting a greater return. Those good feelings create within us a sense of well-being and come only when we give for no reason or give to help, in either case expecting nothing in return. In giving we should take no credit; rather we should say, "It is my duty to God."
Consider Christmas: Merchants begin heavy add campaigns, subtly implying that you must buy this or that or be thought ill of; their purpose being the almighty buck. Dutifully, everyone scrambles to purchase just the perfect tree to decorate with expensive babbles, which tree ultimately will end up in a garbage dump; and, they dash around buying gifts for those on their list, making sure they spend the appropriate amount of money, knowing they will receive gifts from them, too. It is expected, and such a waste of money; money that could feed or clothe or house the needy! Giving for no reason, expecting nothing in return, comes from a godly heart of love: giving simply for the sake of giving, lending simply for the sake of lending; in short, LOVING TO GIVE!
Watch the joy on a woman's face when her husband gives flowers or a gift and it's not even her birthday or their anniversary or any of man's holidays. Notice a man grin from ear to ear when his wife, dressed to the nines, greets him home with a candle-lit dinner, the kids at grandma's place: for no reason, except she loves him. Hear the joy in a child's laughter when he or she is given a gift for no reason. See an older, lonely neighbor's face light up when presented with a gift or a meal for no reason. Note the grateful expression on a hungry person's face when given food and it's not a designated season for feeding.
Consider how you would feel if you received any gift at all and there was not one single reason for it; except the giver loves you. We are to love even our enemies and love is to love giving: no matter who it is or what time of year it might be. Giving should be about love and no other reason; giving a need is to love mankind and God.
Not only are we to give to one another as each other have need or just because we wish to give, we also are to give unto God. What is it we should give to Him? Some might say, "Tithes." While that is true , today the congregation is to use tithes so that all are equal and do not go without: they are not to support a building and a leader. What God really wants us to give unto Him is to, first, believe that Jesus is His Son; second, have faith like that of Christ; and, third, obey God's Law: the keys to heaven's gates (Revelation 12:17; 14:12; 21:10,27; 22:14).
On a spiritual level, our Father gives in return to us: ALL knowledge, wisdom, and a good understanding of ALL things; spiritual gifts of power; all that we have need of in the way of food, shelter and clothing; and, He gives us peace no man understands and, best of all, He gives us "the heart and mind of Christ" (see lesson "Mind of Christ").
The mind of Christ is the greatest gift Father can give to us during our temporary flesh life; for with His mind we then have God's mind and it becomes easy to think and act as Christ thought and acted; easy to obey the Father as Jesus obeyed: love and forgiveness given indiscriminately and freely plus obedience is no longer a seemingly impossible feat. Yes, we will have all these things YET suffer for Christ in adversities, thorns in our flesh and persecutions: these latter being the greatest sign of who we are and to whom we belong. Even this suffering is a gift of confirmation!
When it comes to gift giving, it is not what we can buy and/or how much we spend that causes a receiver to feel incredibly loved. Over the years, some givers have found the greatest gifts given were prompted by either financial adversity and/or giving for absolutely no reason: crafts tailored made for a specific individual, poems written for another, or a letter detailing the importance of each: receivers are reduced to tears while saying, "This is the most wonderful gift I've ever received!" The most rewarding money gifts are when the giver's cash is in short supply AND the receiver has not asked for the help received. Though money is scarce, these givers never lack anything.
The Bible does NOT cite specific times in which to give. God simply says, "GIVE." Yet, mankind seems to think a set time and/or specific events are needed in order to prompt giving; even then, he gives sparingly and for the purpose of receiving greater: whether it be for greater recognition by his peers or bigger tax exemptions. Consider: give to the hungry during man's designated holidays; give to those affected by a catastrophic event, if it's great enough; each gift representing a tax write off at year's end; give only because, only to, and only when. God and Christ do NOT credit us for giving such gifts, as they come by demand and greed established in man's arrogance: for he does not believe there is no one greater than God (see "From Adversities to Blessings").
Man's behaviour demonstrates an attitude of being greater than God; his ways deemed better than God's ways. God abhors paganism, yet man decided it was better to pagan ways into Christ's church. God's Laws are perpetual and not to be changed or deleted, yet man decided he could make them better. God established time, yet man decided he knew a better way to control time. Take great care in whom you choose to follow. When are you giving and how are you justifying both timing and the gifts? Will God recognize your time-determined gifts as His way of giving?
A Giving Testimony: The member giving this testimony wishes to remain nameless to avoid the appearance of boasting; wanting only to prove that giving from the heart moves God to take care of the giver's own needs:
——"I live on $1000 a month: timely pay rent, basic phone, groceries, car fuel and liability insurance, basic cable TV (no cable, no TV), dial-up Internet (cheapest access), meds, and all unexpected costs, plus I mail $200 a month (sometimes more) to help one or more in need that I find out about. It is made clear to the persons that it is God's gift not to be repaid. Every penny and thing I have is God's in the first place. That $200 is double the 10% tithe on my fixed income. I haven't come up short yet, even when a $150 medical expense hit this month: paid in full and still sent $200. If I can do it, then I know anyone can. So I ask, 'Are you using God's money to keep the brethren equal or spending it on self?' He sees and hears what you do because nothing is hidden from Him." ~~ end testimony
Christ is about to arrive; so, it has never been more important, than today, to review where you stand with God, in ALL respects, or risk being left behind quite dead. Man has become so incredibly self-focused and selfish: gotta have all the toys, bells and whistles far exceeding the basics thus ignoring the basic needs of others around them. It is time to step outside of self to focus on God, Christ, and our brethren, some of whom are in need every day. Why do you think Jesus said, "Sell all that you have and follow me"? He did not mean to sell even your basic needs of life, only the excesses that are not a need. Possessing a giving heart is an awesome gift in itself because it reflects the heart of God and Christ. Receive it by giving it.
LOVE TO GIVE! GIVE GOD'S WAY AND TO WHOM GOD SAYS TO GIVE!