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Christmas Blessings!
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By Rinard Howard

Hebrews 13:5 says, “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”

God places people in our lives not by chance, but for very specific reasons. Neither party may ever really know what the reason is, but Gods’ plan WILL not fail.
For a while, we struggled with returning our tithe and offering. I was trying to manage our finances from one income. The thought was that if I kept my tithe, I could pay an extra bill and things would work out. Well, week after week things became worse. Our situation had gotten to the point where if we did not make some changes, we would lose everything.

That is when God placed this family in our lives. After talking with them, the first thing they told us was, “No matter what, you have to return your tithe and offering.” We took the leap of faith, and at that point things began to change. We are not out of the woods yet, but we have begun to see the clearing ahead.
When you are faithful to God, He is faithful to you in so many different ways. Since we have begun to be faithful to God, He has already shown us what He will do when we are faithful.

My wife and I placed some items on Lay-A-Way a couple of months ago to make sure that we could provide a few things for our children for Christmas. When we went to make the last payment and get the items, we were in line for maybe 30 minutes with about 20 or more other people waiting as well. By the time we made it to the register, a man dressed in a red sweatshirt and a Santa hat walked up beside me and told me that he was going to pay for my purchase. Thinking that this was a joke, I continued to take out my bank card to pay. He said again, “No, I am paying for this.” He took his bank card and swiped it. I was speechless and just stared at him. . . . He asked me, “Why are you staring at me?” I said, “I have no words, but THANK YOU!” He said, “Isn’t that what Christmas is all about, giving to others?”

Pastor Harry Williams once preached a sermon titled, “Working the Formula Backwards.” What we had begun to do was work the formula backwards, and God could not bless us. Once we started doing things God’s way, He immediately started opening up windows and pouring out blessings. If we all followed God’s plan, He would open up those same windows of blessings in each of our lives.

God is telling us in Hebrews 13:5 not to put the “things” of this world above Him because if we are faithful, He will never leave us nor forsake us.