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613th -- Faith And Deeds


Doing for others brings greater satisfaction to one's life than many of the
great accomplishments they may achieve. Jesus made it clear when He said
it is more blessed to give than it is to receive. The Lord knows of the 
many benefits that givers receive and throughout His preaching, the Lord 
commanded us as believers to give. The Lord says in Luke 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.” (Galatians 6:1-4)

The laws of God command that givers will receive, but more importantly, the
feeling of fulfillment that givers receive greatly outweigh any gift that
was given. Be encouraged to do for others what you would want them to do
for you and allow yourself to be an angel to someone else who is in need of
your intervention. (Malachi 3:10) (Luke 6:31) (James 1:22-27) (James 5:7-11)

I hope today's message ministers to your heart to allow yourself to be used
of God to minister to someone else in need and allow your light to shine 
brightly where all darkness will cease to exist.


I am a mother of three (ages 14, 12, 3), and have recently completed my 
college degree. The last class I had to take was Sociology. The teacher 
was absolutely inspiring with the qualities that I wish every human being
had been graced with. Her last project of the term was called “Smile.”

The class was asked to go out and smile at three people and document their
reaction. I am a very friendly person and always smile at everyone and say,
hello, anyway...so, I thought, this would be a piece of cake, literally. 
Soon after we were assigned the project, my husband, youngest son, and I 
went out to McDonald's, one crisp March morning. It was just our way of 
sharing special play time with our son.

We were standing in line, waiting to be served, when all of a sudden 
everyone around us began to back away, and then even my husband did. I did
not move an inch...an overwhelming feeling of panic welled up inside of 
me as I turned to see why they had moved. As I turned around I smelled a 
horrible “dirty body” smell...and there standing behind me were two poor men.

As I looked down at the short gentleman, close to me, he was “smiling.” 
His beautiful sky blue eyes were full of God's light as he searched for 
acceptance. He said, “Good day” as he counted the few coins he had been 
clutching. The second man fumbled with his hands as he stood behind his
friend. I realized the second man was mentally deficient and the blue eyed
gentle man was his salvation. I held my tears...as I stood there with them.

The young lady at the counter asked them what they wanted. The man doing 
the ordering said, “Coffee is all Miss.” -- because that was all they could
afford. To sit in the restaurant and warm up, they had to buy something...
hey, they just wanted to be warm. Then I really felt it...the compulsion 
was so great I almost reached out and embraced the little man with his 
blue eyes. That is when I noticed all eyes in the restaurant were set on 
me...judging my every action.

I smiled and asked the young lady behind the counter to give me two more 
breakfast meals on a separate tray. I then walked around the corner to the
table that the men had chosen as a resting spot. I put the tray on the 
table and laid my hand on the blue eyed gentleman's cold hand. He looked 
up at me, with tears in his eyes, and said, “Thank you.” I leaned over, 
began to pat his hand and said, “I did not do this alone for you...God is
here working through me to give you hope.”

I started to cry as I walked away to join my husband and son. When I sat 
down my husband smiled at me and said, “That is why God gave you to me 
honey...to give me hope.” We held hands for moment and at that time we
knew that only because of the Grace of God that we had been given, that we
were able to give. We are not church goers but we are believers. That day
showed me the pure Light of God's sweet love.

I returned to college, on the last evening of class, with this story in 
hand. I turned in “my project” and the instructor read it...then she looked
up at me and said, “May I share this?” I slowly nodded as she got the 
attention of the class. She began to read, and that is when I knew that 
we, as human beings and being part of God, share the need to help people
and be helped.

In my own way I had touched the people at McDonald’s, my husband, son, 
instructor, and every soul that shared the classroom on the last night I 
spent as a college student. I graduated with one of the biggest lessons I
would ever learn...Unconditional Acceptance. Much love and compassion is 
sent to each and every person who may read this. Learn how to love people
and use things -- not love things and use people.

Author Unknown

We need to keep love and kindness at the center of our lives because there
are people watching to see if we are practicing what we preach. If our 
lives truly belong to God, then we are to love one another as He has 
commanded. A lawyer once asked the Lord Jesus Christ what is the greatest 
commandment? His response was this; "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with
all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the 
first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt 
love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law
and the prophets." (1 John 4:7-12) (Matthew 22:34-40) (1 Corinthians 13:1-13)

I encourage you to remember the Lord's command to love your neighbor as 
yourself and allow your life to be the tool to which God's hand can reach 
through to touch someone else.

Read and meditate on these scriptures:

James 2:14-17 “What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath
faith, and have not works? can faith save him? If a brother or sister be 
naked, and destitute of daily food, And one of you say unto them, Depart 
in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those
things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? Even so faith,
if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.”

1 John 4:7-11 “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and 
every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not
knoweth not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God
toward us, because that God sent His only begotten Son into the world, that
we might live through Him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that
He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved,
if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.”

1 Peter 3:8-11 “Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of 
another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: Not rendering evil for
evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye
are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing. For he that will
love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his
lips that they speak no guile: Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him 
seek peace, and ensue it.”

All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.

Today’s Selected Poem: REACHING OUT
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/inpoem153.htm

Today’s Selected Testimony: TESTIMONY OF GOD'S LOVE
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/testimony150.htm

In Christ’s Service,

Dwayne Savaya
Gods Work Ministry


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