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Summary: Keys to living for Jesus

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GIVE, FORGIVE, AND LIVE

IS 58 VS 6-14

TODAY MY HEART TRULY BREAKS FOR SAVED PEOPLE THAT INDEED ARE STRUGGLING BECAUSE THEY SIMPLY NEGLECT THE BASICS OF WHAT LIVING IS TRULY ABOUT. I BELIEVE THAT OUR GENERATION IS SEEKING FOR SOMETHING MONUMENTAL AND COMPLEX THAT WE SHOULD DO OR NOT DO TO BE PLEASING TO OUR FATHER AND WE ARE OVERLOOKING THE BASICS- THE THINGS THAT WILL TRULY CAUSE US TO BE BLESSED BY GOD. TODAY I WANT TO SHARE 2 BASICS THAT WILL PRODUCE THE “LIFE” THAT WE ALL DESIRE TO HAVE, OR SHOULD DESIRE TO HAVE.

1. TO BE FOLLOWING THE EXAMPLE OF OUR LORD WE NEED TO BE GIVERS, WE NEED TO GIVE-

John 3:16-17 (NKJV)

16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

A. GIVE TO THE NEEDY:

Isaiah 58:7-8 (NKJV)

7 Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, And that you bring to your house the poor who are cast out; When you see the naked, that you cover him, And not hide yourself from your own flesh?

8 Then your light shall break forth like the morning, Your healing shall spring forth speedily, And your righteousness shall go before you; The glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard.

**HOW DO I DO THAT??- ONE WAY IS TO SUPPORT THE MINISTRY HERE, ONE OF THE THINGS THAT OUR MISSIONARIES DO IS TO PROVIDE THE NEEDS TO THE ONE’S THAT THEY ARE MINISTERING TO. THE 9-10K MISSIONARIES THAT THE SOUTHERN BAPTISTS SUPPORT NOT ONLY PROCLAIM THE GOSPEL WITH WORD, BUT WITH

DEED. OUR CHURCH GIVES 20% OF WHAT WE BRING IN TO

SUPPORT SUCH CAUSES AS THIS.

**ANOTHER WAY IS TO BE LED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT, AND HE WILL PLACE PEOPLE IN YOUR PATH IN WHICH YOU NEED TO GIVE TO, HE PLACES THE RIGHT PEOPLE IN THE PATHS OF THE ONE’S THAT ARE ABLE TO MEET THEIR NEED ONE WAY OR ANOTHER**

B. THE TITHE- SIMPLY MEANS 10%. GOD HAS USED THE TITHE TO SUPPORT “HIS WORK” SINCE BEFORE “THE LAW” WAS INSTITUTED(FOR THOSE WHO BELIEVE THAT TITHING IS “A LAW THING” THAT ISN’T SUPPOSED TO BE KEPT ANYMORE).

Genesis 14:18-20 (NKJV)

18 Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; he was the priest of God Most High.

19 And he blessed him and said: "Blessed be Abram of God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth;

20 And blessed be God Most High, Who has delivered your enemies into your hand." And he gave him a tithe of all.

C. THE OFFERING- THIS IS WHAT WE GIVE WHICH IS OVER AND ABOVE THE TITHE- WHAT WE CHOOSE TO DISTRIBUTE TO THE POOR INDIVIDUALLY COULD BE CALLED AN OFFERING, IF WE GIVE TO A SPECIAL NEED OR MINISTRY IS AN OFFERING ( GOSPEL SING ) OR (TECH FUND) – SPECIAL SINGING OR ANOTHER MINISTRY.

Luke 6:38 (NKJV)

38 Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you."

Isaiah 58:8-9a (NKJV)

8 Then your light shall break forth like the morning, Your healing shall spring forth speedily, And your righteousness shall go before you; The glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard.

9 Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer; You shall cry, and He will say, 'Here I am.' "

**2. FORGIVE:- MENTIONED IN THE NKJV 53 TIMES

**THE FIRST CRY FROM JESUS FROM THE CROSS WAS THIS:

Luke 23:34 (NKJV)

34 Then Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do." And they divided His garments and cast lots.

**IF WE ARE TO EMMULATE JESUS, WE MUST PRACTICE FORGIVENESS!!

Isaiah 58:9b-10 (NKJV)

"If you take away the yoke from your midst, The pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness,

Isaiah 58:10 (NKJV)

10 If you extend your soul to the hungry And satisfy the afflicted soul, Then your light shall dawn in the darkness, And your darkness shall be as the noonday.

Matthew 6:9-15 (NKJV)

9 In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.

10 Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven.

11 Give us this day our daily bread.

12 And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors.

13 And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

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