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Be a channel of blessing by Pastor W.F Kumuyi

DAILY MANNA

Friday, June 3, 2022

It is advisable that you prayerfully and meditatively read the text first.

Topic: Be A Channel Of Blessing

Text: Deuteronomy 15:1-11

Please Open Your Bible

1 At the end of every seven years thou shalt make a release.

2 And this is the manner of the release: Every creditor that lendeth ought unto his neighbour shall release it; he shall not exact it of his neighbour, or of his brother; because it is called the LORD’s release.

3 Of a foreigner thou mayest exact it again: but that which is thine with thy brother thine hand shall release;

4 Save when there shall be no poor among you; for the LORD shall greatly bless thee in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance to possess it:

5 Only if thou carefully hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe to do all these commandments which I command thee this day.

6 For the LORD thy God blesseth thee, as he promised thee: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, but thou shalt not borrow; and thou shalt reign over many nations, but they shall not reign over thee.

7 If there be among you a poor man of one of thy brethren within any of thy gates in thy land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not harden thine heart, nor shut thine hand from thy poor brother:

8 But thou shalt open thine hand wide unto him, and shalt surely lend him sufficient for his need, in that which he wanteth.

9 Beware that there be not a thought in thy wicked heart, saying, The seventh year, the year of release, is at hand; and thine eye be evil against thy poor brother, and thou givest him nought; and he cry unto the LORD against thee, and it be sin unto thee.

10 Thou shalt surely give him, and thine heart shall not be grieved when thou givest unto him: because that for this thing the LORD thy God shall bless thee in all thy works, and in all that thou puttest thine hand unto.

11 For the poor shall never cease out of the land: therefore I command thee, saying, Thou shalt open thine hand wide unto thy brother, to thy poor, and to thy needy, in thy land.

Key Verse: “For the poor shall never cease out of the land: therefore I command thee, saying, Thou shalt open thine hand wide unto thy brother, to thy poor, and to thy needy, in thy land.” (Deuteronomy 15:11)


Message
A poor young man had lost his phone and could not reach his former boss for a long time. He could not buy another phone to reach him because he was too poor. One day, he discussed his challenge with someone who had pity on him and gave him an old phone of his. As soon as he inserted his SIM into the phone, his boss called him. That week, he sent a huge sum of money to him with which he started a business. He was grateful to the man who gave him the phone and how God had used him as a channel of blessing.

In our text, God specifically gave the children of Israel the instruction to release those indebted to them at the end of every seven years. He directed them to forgive poor brethren who are unable to repay their debt; and that they must forget the debt. God expected the privileged not to refuse the poor the opportunity to borrow, particularly, when it is toward the end of the seventh year for fear of inability to get back their money.

Truly, “the poor shall never cease out of the land”. But the onus is on the rich to lend to the poor. One of the major problems in societies nowadays is disparity on wealth distribution. While few are so rich, many others live in abject poverty. This inequality has always bred rancour in society.

In the household of faith, privileged believers are enjoined to be their brother’s keeper. Let us determine to always be channels of blessing to the needy.

Thought For The Day: “He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the Lord…”

The Bible In One Year: 1 Chronicles 9-11

Meditation

Secret of divine financial multiplication

1. The power of giving

a. Prosperity is the perfect will of God for His children and this will is confirmed with a promise in v6. “For the Lord thy God blesses you, as He promised thee, but thou shalt not borrow”.

b. This promise is for the converted who has personally surrendered to “the LORD as their God”, v6.

c. This promise is only claimable by those who “carefully hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God…”, v5.

d. God does not even plan for any in the household of faith to be poor. The Lord wants to bless His people till “when there shall be no poor among you”, v4. This should not be surprising for who will be a rich father and will want to see his loving children impoverished?

e. Unfortunately, some, contrary to the will of God will remain poor, “for the poor shall never cease out of the Land”, v11.

f. Why will some remain poor in the household of faith? Because of disobedience to the principles of divine prosperity, v5.

Question : Where are other places where God promised prosperity to His people in the Scripture? See Deuteronomy 28:12, 3 John 2.

2. The principles in giving

a. It is assumed that all His people wants to be prospered and are not lazy. Sure?

b. The poor must be willing to borrow to invest and not just remain a beggar or parasites, vv7,8. Of course, there must be a clear workable investment plan.

c. The rich must be willing to release money to the poor for investment in addition to the basic need of feeding, vv7,8. The assistance and support must be sufficient for the needy brethren to be able to pick up and be self sufficient, v8. Note that not all people can invest. Some has to be assisted to secure a job that suit them or be mentored on investment. The blessing makes the effort worthwhile

d. The prospered should willingly and cheerfully support the needy without allowing any excuse, which the Bible calls wickedness, vv9,10.

e. The free support or perhaps loan must be such that if the needy cannot truly pay back and the lender can afford it, it should be dispensed with and should not be a cause for strife, v2.

f. This principle of giving is the pathway to prosperity in the household of God and disobedience to it is a sure road to poverty and insufficiency among brethren, vv5,11. There is no body that is too poor to give in cash or kind in the household of faith. Love, service, helps, prayers etc can be given as seed for prosperity. The church must be actively involved in mobilizing all to obedience in this regard.

Questions :
Are you poor or insufficient financially as a child of God? What effort are you making? Are you wealthy or satisfied? What sacrifice are you making to help the brethren fully? Read verse 5 again.

Prayers
Father, I praise you for the promise of prosperity for me

Lord, give me wisdom, guidance and obedience on what to do to enjoy this promised prosperity

Lord, multiply my wealth and make me a channel of blessing to others

Lord, wipe out the spirit and the curse of poverty from among us as brethren

Hymn: Make me a channel of blessing

1 Is your life a channel of blessing?
Is the love of God flowing through you?
Are you telling the lost of the Savior?
Are you ready His service to do?

Chorus:
Make me a channel of blessing today,
Make me a channel of blessing, I pray;
My life possessing, my service blessing,
Make me a channel of blessing today.

2 Is your life a channel of blessing?
Are you burdened for those who are lost?
Have you urged upon those who are straying
The Savior who died on the cross?

3 Is your life a channel of blessing?
Is it daily telling for Him?
Have you spoken the word of salvation
To those who are dying in sin?

4 We cannot be channels of blessing
If our lives are not free from known sin;
We will barriers be and a hindrance
To those we are trying to win.

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