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Giving is Receiving?
by ROCK-Salt! Art Proctor

Thursday, January 04, 2007
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Some common stumbling blocks in today's, self-centered world.
Don't fall for them they are: LIES of the enemy!

How can giving be getting, how can logic be thus turned,
How can caring for others, more than self, be the lesson

He would, have us learn?
What of the old adage, that states: to thine own self be true ,

or the one that says: God helps those who for

themselves, do?

Well adages are proverbs, and in context you can see,

they might serve us towards independendence, and

self sufficiency.

These are traits we should have, as on others we can never rely,

but to put them ahead of His commands, is to propone

the devil's biggest lie.

God helps those who help others, that's as clear as clear can be,

but you must with your self, also,

find sufficiency.

For He cannot help who is sitting idle, and waiting for God to do it all; we must put our best foot forward,
and out there with Him, be.

For by faith are we counted as on the right team, and in doing we are blessed,

and are by Him given: our life's dream.

But to think for an instant, that the self is first in this plan,

is to deny the Truth, and play into the enemy of Righteousness's
alluring hand.

The self must be centered in the Holy Word,
must be by the Holy Spirit: comforted, lead, 

and assured.

Then, when all is in line, and the chain of command is in place,
it goes from, self, to the Lord, and then comes back

in Grace,
and only then, can we ever hope to win

the race.

If we stand in Him, and on His Holy Word, and daily seek His face,

and listen for His still soft voice;

He will guide us to serve others, and daily help us, 

make the right, and Holy choice.

So don't be fooled by taking care of # 1, or being true to you,

cause that's just what that wily devil,
wants you to do.

Stay in the Word, stay in prayer,

stay close to Him, give Him every thought, give Him

every care.

Your loving Daddy will bring you shining thru,
if, you but, put Him first, and joyously follow
His perfect will

for you.


"In everything I showed you, working hard in this manner,you must help the weak, and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said:

 It is more blessed to give, than to receive"!

Acts 20:35

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Reviewed by John Domino 11/18/2008
GREAT poem Rock!
Jesus gaves us His all.
We should try to follow Him un all we say and do.
Then we can expeience the joy of helping others
It makes the day beautiful and it make the devil mad.
What more of a gift do we want to receive?

Yours in Christ,

John Michael
Reviewed by Pamilla deLeon- Lewis 9/26/2007
Awesome!How profound... What a lesson, thanks, I needed that--
Upon the Rock I'll build my church.
Reviewed by ROCK-Salt! Proctor 1/5/2007
Au Contrere! dear sister, the affirmation, of the saints, adds power and diversity, to the teaching, part, of the write, and gives validity to the scriptural soundness. You can't say enough, to have said too much. Rock
Reviewed by - - - - - TRASK 1/5/2007
You Will Follow You Through,i.e. As Broke$$ Not Broken-- As I Am I Pay My Hole In Wall Rent--(With Rent Check)I Put Change In My Pay Envelope For Managers Little Girl-I Started Her Piggy Bank...

So, Don't Anybody Tell Me You Can't Give Of YOURSELF Only In Greed,i.e. Self Centered 1's Own Inequities...Means: Most People Simply Have NO CONSCIENCE...

Reviewed by Rhonda Galizia 1/5/2007
Amen, Rock.

To love IS to give.

Jesus gave His all.

Thank you for giving us this great piece of the Truth, Bubba!

Lovya more! Sis
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 1/5/2007
Alot to learn out of this write!!

Thanks for sharing....keep the faith!!

love tinka
Reviewed by J M 1/4/2007
Rock this is full of lessons, instructions and biblical truths.
He gave his all and we do not have too but he asks us to give to the least, the weaker and to love GIVING. It is all about love and Giving.
I often do not even think of receiving. I just do as he has asked. I use to when new but as time goes by and you instill the living word in your soul you mature then the love matures and the giving becomes 1 st place.

Thank you for posting this poem.
Reviewed by Connie Faust 1/4/2007
You hit the nail on the head here, Art. How many poems I have read on AD that glorify self, speak of the divine nature of you (self), and how you can reach the sky, soar in the stars, and so on. These concepts are so ingrained in folks who are sincerely following the wrong star.
It is only in Jesus Christ that we can belong to the family of God, only by transferring our trust from self to Jesus that we can be assured of our eternal destiny. We are sinners. He is the Savior. We need to believe that and accept His forgiveness, bought for us by His blood on the cross.
Sorry if this is long or comes across as preachy. I just long for more people to see the truth that is portrayed in this poem.
Reviewed by George Carroll 1/4/2007
Place your trust in the Lord. Good advice
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