Scripture:   Acts 4:34 NIV There were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned lands or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales

35  and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone as he had need.

Observation:    What politicians want to do by taxing the rich and distributing to the poor became reality in the book of Acts church because the Holy Spirit moved in the hearts of the wealthy to give willingly.    The wealthy pay taxes grudgingly when the government makes tax laws.  When the Holy Spirit moves on their hearts, they give willingly and joyfully and generously.   On the receiving side, the poor are more inclined to receive with thankful hearts what is cheerfully and willingly given.  However when they are given what has been taken from others by the government, they often begin to expect it and become dependent on “free” money.          

Application:    When the government takes the place of the Holy Spirit, everybody loses.  The givers lose their joy in giving and the receivers lose their appreciation and joy in seeing God provide.

Prayer:   Holy Spirit, lead me into the joys of giving and receiving.  I want my appreciation for what I have received to be seen in how I give to others.   Amen 

Pastor Leon
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