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GOD’S PLANS MAY BE HIDDEN, BUT ALWAYS FOR GOOD – Exodus

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Christians Must Trust God To Deliver Them Always

(Passage: Exodus 5)

God’s plans can be sometimes unfathomable, but they are surely for our good! To learn about this, let’s consider a scenario that appeared as if God folded his arms and allowed things to go against his will. God promised the Israelites that he would make them live free to enjoy his blessing, but things proved otherwise for them in Egypt. Instead of freedom, the people experienced bondage. In fact, the situation went further south when Moses made an effort to mediate in the situation.

Moses asked for freedom of the Israelites, but King Pharaoh frowned at the request, and instead doubled their problem.

King Pharaoh was upset with Moses and his people for asking for their freedom. The king asked his servant to multiply the people’s punishment.

As anyone can imagine, Moses was at the center of the problem for mediating in a situation that could introduce the reinstatement of God’s plan.

The people blamed Moses for their hardship.

Although all odds stacked again the Israelites and it appeared people have started to doubt God’s plans for their lives, God was not moved. He knew what he was doing even though humans were blindsided.

As the people pointed some accusative fingers at each other and largely blamed Moses for their dilemma, God’s plan was also about to materialize.

God- The Creator-  was determined to set his children free from the Egyptians’ bondage.

Meanwhile, the scripture explained how the people raged at Moses as they were ignorant of God’s plans. The Bible reported,

“Afterward Moses and Aaron went in and told Pharaoh, “Thus says the Lord God of Israel: ‘Let My people go, that they may hold a feast to me in the wilderness.’” And Pharaoh said, “Who is the Lord, that I should obey His voice to let Israel go? I do not know the Lord, nor will I let Israel go.”

… Then the king of Egypt said to them, “Moses and Aaron, why do you take the people from their work? Get back to your labor.” And Pharaoh said, “Look, the people of the land are many now, and you make them rest from their labor!”

…So the same day Pharaoh commanded the taskmasters of the people and their officers, saying, “You shall no longer give the people straw to make brick as before.

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GOD DOES NOT REWARD FALSE CHARITY – Matthew

Honest Charity Deserves Good Reward

It is good to be good! When we act in good faith, people are blessed, and God is glorified.

No doubt that God sees our charity efforts. He is surely keeping the record, and he will reward them in due time.

God and his angels rejoice when someone goes out of his way to bless his fellow human being, but not only are heavenly hosts celebrating the good deed, but God keeps the record; he will hands down his good reward for the effort.

Since an act of charity is honorable in the sight of the Lord, Christians are encouraged to engage in it.

Charity Worker, Check Your Motive

Not all charity works are visible to others, but some can’t really be kept secret from the public eyes. In such a situation, people may acknowledge and shower praises on the worker. However, the charity worker must take caution and not get carried away with the praises he receives.

A person who does a thing to receive human praise has gotten all he deserves. He may not necessarily receive God’s reward afterward since he’s all out seeking human’s approval and praises.

Seek God’s Endorsement, not a human endorsement! #endorse

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As children of God, our efforts must not focus on receiving human’s praises but must focus on glorifying God.

When selfishness is not the driving motive, the result of our efforts will be so praise-worthy in the presence of God.

Meanwhile, besides any human’s praises and acknowledgment, God knows how best to reward our righteous services that focus on helping humanity and glorifying the name of God.

God will reciprocate our true efforts with riches and glory in his kingdom. He will also bless us on earth.

“Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you; they have their reward. But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly. (Matthew 6:2-4).

God’s Reward Awaits Your True Services

God is an honest deity; he also respects people who share the same attribute. True worshipers score a high mark with God, but people’s pleasers won’t go far!

As a child of God, you should evaluate your motive in any matter.

Ask yourself, “Why am I doing what I’m doing: Am I doing it to receive human’s praises, or I’m doing it to receive God’s praises?”

Self-seeking praise may go well with humans, but it doesn’t go well with God. Let your efforts be motivated by love; let your action glorify God! 

Allow God to Guide Your Actions Human flesh is in enmity with God – Flesh will encourage you to go in the way of human satisfaction, which means you will have to seek human praises to meet the demand. The flesh will motivate you to parade your charity, but the Holy Spirit of God can help you overcome that challenge. Those who are led by the Spirit are the children of God! Ask God to give you the strength and power not to be selfish nor seek

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