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Holy Spirit Gift 90

Self Sacrifice

Large Silver Serving LadleThe first law of nature is self-preservation, the first law of the Spirit is self-sacrifice. Jesus the teacher said, "Give to others, and God will give to you." This is the complete opposite of the prevailing philosophy of our western culture, which says, "Get more and you will be better off!" Perhaps this is the reason for the poverty of spirit in so much of society. Jesus gives back to the generous-hearted, a full measure, an overflowing helping, all that can be held in your hands. "Never criticize or condemn or it will all come back on you. Go easy on others; then they will do the same for you. (literally "release and you shall be released") For if you give, you will get! Your gift will return to you in full and overflowing measure, pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, and running over. Whatever measure you use to give whether large or small will be used to measure what is given back to you." The measure that you use for others will be used for you. Yes, the larger the ladle that you measure out for others, the larger the one that God will measure out to you. Yet how often the opposite is true.✞

Jesus' Disciple

Girl and measuring stickWhere do you stand? How do you measure up to the standards set for Jesus disciples in Luke 6.39 "What good is it for one blind man to lead another? He will fall into a ditch and pull the other down with him. Beware therefore of the pitfalls that Jesus pinpoints here. One blind man cannot lead another one. If he does, both will tumble into a ditch.✞



"Jesus Gives Back"
by Ron Meacock © 1982 - 2017

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