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by Kamilah Ellis
02/21/12
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Whether you've been an early bird or a procrastinator (or "promptness-challenged", as it were), none of us can escape the IRS. In the grand tradition of the American tax-filing system, we either dread or delight in doing it, expecting either additional debt, or a nice refund. All in all, our financial reputation is secured because we have made concerted efforts to submit ourselves to Uncle Sam. In like manner, none of us can avoid God and His kingdom-principle of giving. We not only give our tithes and offerings, but we are to give Him our whole hearts (gifts, talents, and time). When we don't submit ourselves to God's mandates, He will get what is due to Him one way or another, simply to arrest our attention. We may unexpectedly need all new tires on the car as a result of not paying our tithes. Perhaps we have to work longer and cancel the vacation we planned on, because we did not volunteer our time and talents to the service of the Lord. Alas, as we uplift others in prayer, let us remember to truly give God your all within your intercessory calling. God will get the glory in all that you do, so keep acting in accordance with His will and aligning yourself to His ordinances! Be encouraged, beloved, and expect a miracle!

"I don't think the way you think. The way you work isn't the way I work. God's Decree. For as the sky soars high above earth, so the way I work surpasses the way you work, and the way I think is beyond the way you think. Just as rain and snow descend from the skies and don't go back until they've watered the earth, Doing their work of making things grow and blossom, producing seed for farmers and food for the hungry, So will the words that come out of my mouth not come back empty-handed. They'll do the work I sent them to do, they'll complete the assignment I gave them” (Isaiah 55:8-11).

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