♕ Today's Promise: “Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure—pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return”. Luke 6:38
God's spiritual principles in Scripture are often the opposite of what comes naturally to us in the flesh. Living according to them under the guidance of the Holy Spirit is precisely to live abundantly. As Christians, we should live by faith and trust in the Lord, not by what we see, and faith comes by listening, reading, meditating on the Word of God, and with anything, we can ask the Lord for it. He puts us in the place of need to bless us more than once. Our flesh then leads us to hold back, withdraw, or seek our satisfaction from various sources. But just when we feel the need, we should give in order to receive as well. If we don't, we'll probably still feel lack.
My greatest struggle was to give when I was in need myself, especially giving my time and energy. During the time when I was going through this lesson, despite the fact that recently I was lacking energy and there was a lot of things to do, I suggested to my mother to adjust and henna her eyebrows, because I saw that it would be useful for her. I've done it a few times and she was very pleased, but often I didn't have the time or energy to make an appointment again. Mum happily agreed, she was very pleased with the result, which gave me joy, and then an amazing surge of energy and willingness to work. I did a few servants' translations one evening which would normally take several days. Even though I went to bed a little later, I wasn't as tired during the day as I would normally be. I know it is only thanks to the Lord and as confirmation that His principles are working even though they do not come naturally to us. I am encouraged to take more opportunities to give in my absence and to see the Lord working amazingly through it. I also encourage you to try them out yourself.
Remember that the enemy can also provide opportunities to do something under the cover of good, which will be bad for us as a result. To avoid this, you need to know the voice of the Lord, follow Bible principles, and not ask others for their opinions or tell them about the details of the situation, lest it affect your decision. We are to examine the motives of our heart whether we are doing something to obey the Lord or to show ourselves in a good light, and we count on praise from others. When the Lord asks us to give, we don't think about receiving something in return.
Dear Bride, in this chapter I have learned to take advantage of the opportunities that the Lord places in my path, especially to give when I myself feel a lack, to open myself to the blessings the Lord has prepared for me.