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January 16, 2014

January 16, 2014

"Live a Joy-filled, Generous Life"

“These instructions are not empty words – they are your life!  By obeying them you will enjoy a long life…”  Deuteronomy 32: 47 NLT

Many people think the Bible is only filled with commands labeled, “Thou shalt not…”  They assume the Bible is all about restrictions and making you lead a boring life.

But God wants you to live a joy-filled, healthy life.  The last two factors for good health that I want to share with you should put a smile on your face.

Giving generously is good for your health:

Every time you are generous, every time you are giving, it improves your health.  Did you know, there are more promises in the Bible about giving then anything else, because God wants you to be like Him God is a giver.

God is extremely generous with us.  He’s given us everything we have.  He wants us to be generous in return also.  The Bible says, “A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.”  Proverbs 11: 25 NIV.

Doesn’t that verse bring a smile to your face?  There’s a reason why it always feels good to help others, whether you’re giving financially, giving materially or giving of your time.  You're living in God's image when you do it.

Have Fun:

Having fun is good for your health.  God tells us in His Word that life is meant to be enjoyed not just endured.  “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”  Proverbs 17: 22 NIV.

I like to put it this way:  “He who laughs, lasts.”  Learn to laugh at yourself, put some play in every day, relax, chill out and have some fun.

Peace in the Lord,

Pastor Don