Daily Fountain Devotional for 22nd September 2023
ANGLICAN DAILY FOUNTAIN DEVOTIONAL FOR FRIDAY 22 SEPTEMBER 2023
Read and Digest Today’s Anglican Daily Fountain Devotional for September 22, 2023 written to inspire and bless you!
TOPIC: UNDERSTANDING THE PLACE OF GIVING IN MINISTRY
TEXT: 2 Corinthians 9(KJV)
9:1. For as touching the ministering to the saints, it is superfluous for me to write to you:
9:2. For I know the forwardness of your mind, for which I boast of you to them of Macedonia, that Achaia was ready a year ago; and your zeal hath provoked very many.
9:3. Yet have I sent the brethren, lest our boasting of you should be in vain in this behalf; that, as I said, ye may be ready:
9:4. Lest haply if they of Macedonia come with me, and find you unprepared, we (that we say not, ye) should be ashamed in this same confident boasting.
9:5. Therefore I thought it necessary to exhort the brethren, that they would go before unto you, and make up beforehand your bounty, whereof ye had notice before, that the same might be ready, as a matter of bounty, and not as of covetousness.
9:6. But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.
9:7. Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.
9:8. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:
9:9. (As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth for ever.
9:10. Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;)
9:11. Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God.
9:12. For the administration of this service not only supplieth the want of the saints, but is abundant also by many thanksgivings unto God;
9:13. Whiles by the experiment of this ministration they glorify God for your professed subjection unto the gospel of Christ, and for your liberal distribution unto them, and unto all men;
9:14. And by their prayer for you, which long after you for the exceeding grace of God in you.
9:15. Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.
Anglican Daily Fountain 22nd September 2023 STUDY:
A brother who served as a missionary once was in a difficult financial situation. The mission field had a crisis and this affected every aspect of life of the community. There was no food in the house and there was no money to buy. Brother Ken, with the wife, took their petitions to God in prayers and sat back in their home and waited. He confirmed that he didn’t know how they would feed. But sometime in the afternoon of that fateful day, there was a knock at their door. The visitor came with all that they needed and more. The visitor testified that she was led to give.
When we withhold what we can freely give for another’s use, we do wrong. Thus, Brother Paul, in chapter 9 encourages the Christians in the Corinthian Churches to be more committed in their work with God, especially in giving to the work of the ministry and to the saints. Paul appealed for their voluntary acceptance to participate in raising funds for the brethren who were suffering lack in Jerusalem. We are encouraged therein to be more proactive in giving, owing to the fact that there are certain individuals and congregations that would be helped greatly by our gifts of love. God rewards cheerful givers and good work.
PRAYER: Father, may you touch us to understand the need to give as it concerns your work in Jesus name Amen.