At Mount Sinai

1. In the third month after the Israelites left Egypt—on the very day—they came to the Desert of Sinai.  2. After they set out from Rephidim, they entered the Desert of Sinai, and Israel camped there in the desert in front of the mountain.

3. Then Moses went up to God, and the LORD called to him from the mountain and said, “This is what you are to say to the house of Jacob and what you are to tell the people of Israel:  4. ‘You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself.  5. Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine,  6 you {or possession, for the whole earth is mine}. You will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words you are to speak to the Israelites.” Exodus 19:1-6

I am frequently amazed at God’s interest in us to do us good and not just good, but above and beyond that which we are able to ask or even think. Truly the love of God is greater far than any tongue can ever tell. It goes beyond the highest star and reaches even to the lowest depths. All it takes for us to be blessed beyond measure is to have respect for the word of God and the Holy Spirit and obey all that he commands in his word. Obedience is the key to receiving every good that God has to give his children.

God bless you.

Pastor Guthrie

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Wealth to Establish God’s Covenant

Money serves many purposes; food, clothing, shelter, and more. Money has no higher purpose, however, than to establish God’s covenant in the earth.

Deuteronomy 8:10 When thou hast eaten and art full, then thou shalt bless the LORD thy God for the good land which he hath given thee.

11 Beware that thou forget not the LORD thy God, in not keeping his commandments, and his judgments, and his statutes, which I command thee this day:

12 Lest when thou hast eaten and art full, and hast built goodly houses and dwelt therein;

13 And when thy herds and thy flocks multiply, and thy silver and thy gold is multiplied, and all that thou hast is multiplied;

14 Then thine heart be lifted up, and thou forget the LORD thy God, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage;

15 Who led thee through that great and terrible wilderness, wherein were fiery serpents, and scorpions, and drought, where there was no water; who brought thee forth water out of the rock of flint;

16 Who fed thee in the wilderness with manna, which thy fathers knew not, that he might humble thee, and that he might prove thee, to do thee good at thy latter end;

17 And thou say in thine heart, my power and the might of mine hand hath gotten me this wealth (blessing).

18 But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.

Deuteronomy 8:1(1-18

Relating to the Scripture

God warned the children of Israel, that when they were blessed in the Promised Land, not to forget that it was He who blessed them. He also reminded them that the chief reason for their blessings and wealth was so that they could establish “His covenant” in the earth.

There are many things that we can do with our money. But there is nothing more important than using our money to establish God’s covenant with the earth. What a blessing; to be a part of helping others come into covenant with God.

Offering Admonition/Confession

We give today to support our church. Our giving is used to establish God’s covenant in the earth and in the hearts of men. What a blessing it is to give.

God bless you.

Pastor Guthrie

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Blessings Are Not Limited by Circumstances

Sometimes we think that God can only bless us when things are going well. But hard times cannot hold back the blessings of our God.

Genesis 39:1 And Joseph were brought down to Egypt; and Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him of the hands of the Ishmaelites, which had brought him down thither.
2 And the LORD was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man, and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian.
3 And his master saw that the LORD was with him and that the LORD made all that he did to prosper in his hand.
23 The keeper of the prison looked not to anything that was under his hand; because the LORD was with him, and that which he did, the LORD made it prosper.

The story of Joseph is one of the faithfulness of God, in the most difficult of times. We know how Joseph’s brothers sold him into slavery. But because of God’s blessings upon his life, Joseph became a prosperous man; even in slavery. The master Joseph was serving saw God’s blessing upon him and made Joseph the ruler of his entire house.
Later, when Joseph was cast into prison being falsely accused by the master’s wife, God’s blessings were evident even there as well. In prison, like as in the master’s house, the jailer placed Joseph over all the prison’s operations. And, the Bible says that God caused all that Joseph did to prosper.
Many times we place limitations on God’s ability to prosper us. We may say because of our job, the economy, or other adverse situations, God is unable to prosper us.
However, the believer who trusts God knows that no circumstances are able to keep God’s blessings out of his life. In fact to the contrary, God’s blessings are even more evident during difficult times.

Offering Admonition/Confession

Our God is a great God. Just as God prospered Joseph no matter the situation, God is well able to prosper us in any circumstance of life. With this faith in God, we gladly give.
Remember the message on the Law of Exchange, whatever you want, first give. Whatever you give it will come back to you, good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over!

God bless you.

Pastor Guthrie

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Blessed To Be a Blessing

The blessed believer will also become an instrument of blessing to others.

Genesis 12:1 Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: 2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: 3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

Abraham is told to leave his home and the security of his Father’s house, to go to a land that God will show him. He is told by God that he will be blessed and that he will also become a blessing to others.

The way to God’s blessing is a way of faith. There are times when God ask us to do something where we are unable to see the outcome. Abraham was asked to go but was not shown where at the time of departure.

Genesis 12:1-3

Our giving is like that. God asks us to give our tithes and offerings and promises us a blessing. Yet often we are unable to see any way in which by our giving, we will still have more after, than before we gave.

Yet for those of us who have trusted God and have been faithful in giving, we see again and again God’s blessings in our lives.

But there is more to this story than just being blessed ourselves. Abraham was told that he would be blessed and would also be a blessing to others. How true this principle is in the area of our giving. Through our financial gifts to work of the church goes on reaching others. So when we give, we are truly able to give because of God’s blessing in our lives. But, through and because of our giving, we are not only blessed ourselves, but we are a blessing in other people’s lives as well.

Pastor  Guthrie

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