Monday, August 15, 2016


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Changing our World by Sacrifice
We don’t like the word sacrifice.  It means giving up something and usually it is something that you want or need badly. 

At first I thought to write about the widow who gave up her last portion of oil and meal, in order to feed the prophet who demanded that he feed her first.  This was a test for her, because she had a young son who was also hungry.  Because of her obedience she, her son and the prophet were able to enjoy daily food as the oil and meal was replenished each day by a miracle. 

Have you ever sacrificed something you wanted badly and instead shared with others?   

I remember one event in our young married life.  We did not have a car, so we were walking as we returned from a mid week church service.  My husband asked me how much money we had to last the week.  I told him I had put our last $5.00 in the missionary offering that night.  He was not too happy, but what was done was done.  We had enough food in the pantry so we would not go hungry.  He probably had to sacrifice something he wanted that week. 

The Bible tells us to cast our bread upon the waters and it shall return to us after many days.  This verse is not referring to actual bread, but our subsistence.  

Many times God has asked us as a family to sacrifice money to help others in need.  The support of missionaries can be far reaching.  As they labor for the Lord, we shall also share in their reward. 

I can honestly declare that God has been faithful and has provided for our family for many years. 

Is God asking you to sacrifice something?  It may not be money.  He may be asking you to step back from friends who are pulling you away from the Lord.  He may be asking you to take a new direction for your life. 

If God is asking you for a sacrifice, I would urge you not to weep and beg to be let go, but instead to obey quickly, wash your face and do what God is requiring of you. 
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Saleslady371 said...

Interesting message with good Biblical reference and I liked your testimony too. Oh, my how missionaries sacrifice so much and give up so much comfort just to share the Good News.

Cheryl said...

My Mimmie used to say that you cannot outgive God. It is so true. He is faithful to rebuke the devourer on our behalf if we give as He leads us to. It is always more blessed to give than to receive, even when it comes from great sacrifice. Thank you for another encouraging post, dear Hazel. I hope all is well with you and Robert.

Floyd Samons said...

I'm with you, Hazel. The times of sacrifice bring more peace and joy to our soul than material things can ever muster. Proof of our Savior within us. I always appreciate your stories and the real life applications. Good stuff!