Summary: Give and it shall be given
Miracles by Measure
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Luk 6:38 Give, and it shall be given unto you, good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again. [repay]
Mete - ascertain in size by a fixed standard an average or normal requirement, quality, quantity, level habits
To the same degree......in the same way......to the same extent......with the same patience......with the same mercy....etc.,
If it is a cold action from me I will receive a cold reaction from god
If I constantly am receiving luke warm results my fixed standard may be luke warm
Our giving of our time treasure and talent should rise to the level of sacrifice - the surrender or destruction of something prized or desirable for the sake of something considered as having a higher or more pressing claim
And we must begin to equate the sacrifice as a measure by which we measure gods response in giving us a miracle
Abraham Bininger. Born in Switzerland in the 17 hundreds he and his parents left their homeland and bordered a ship for America. During the journey both his father and mother died and were buried at sea. While just a boy he found himself in a strange land were he knew absolutely no one. However he never let his misfortunes hold him back. After hearing of the great misery and poverty among the slaves on the St. Thomas he sought to travel there to preach the gospel.
Upon his arrival he discovered the it was against the law for any person but a slave to preach to the slaves. It was the policy of the plantation owners to keep the slaves in ignorance and superstition.
Shortly after this the governor received a letter from the Bininger. In the letter Bininger pleaded with the governor to allow himself to be made a slave for the rest for his life. Bininger promised that he would serve as a slave faithfully, providing he could give his leisure tine to preaching to his fellow slaves.
The governor in turn sent the letter to the King of Denmark who was so touched by the willingness of Bininger to sacrifice his freedom for the gospel that he sent an order the allowed Abraham Bininger to preach the gospel whenever and where ever he choose, to black or white, to slave of freeman. And there was a move of God on St. Thomas Island
The scripture is replete w/ example of those who received form God miracle and mercy by the process of sacrifice
Gen 5:24 And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.
Heb 11:4 By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.
Heb 11:5 By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.
Translated - To convey from one place or person to another; to transport or remove to another place or person; as, to transfer the laws of one country to another
Heb 11:6 But without [ apart at a space] faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder [ give in return]of them that diligently seek him.
constant in effort to accomplish something; attentive and persistent in doing anything
I kings 17 tells us that during a drought no rain brooks rivers lakes dried up that god sent Elijah to the city zarephath [ to purge / refine] and as he walked in to the city he said hey poor lonely hungry thirsty widon woman give me a drink of water o yeah while your at it bring me some bread
1Ki 17:12 And she said, As the LORD thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but a handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse: and, behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die.
1Ki 17:13 And Elijah said unto her, Fear not; go and do as thou hast said: but make me thereof a little cake first, and bring it unto me, and after make for thee and for thy son.
1Ki 17:14 For thus saith the LORD God of Israel, The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until the day that the LORD sendeth rain upon the earth.