8/17/06

paradox

Don't you just love God's paradoxes?

Our righteous deeds are like filthy rags. (Isaiah 64:6)
Faith without works is dead. (James 2:17)

Grace is free, (it is offered to all)
but not cheap. (you must give up your life)

For a branch to bear fruit,
it must be pruned (cut). (John 15:2)

Give God a tithe,
and you will have plenty. (Malachi 3:8)

God loves you (John 3:16)
no matter how much you hurt him. (Matthew 23:37)

less means more

How is it that when I give God my time, I seem to have more to give him? The same is true with money. Give to him first. Then there is more. Whoa.

I know it doesn't make sense, but it has happened to me on a consistent basis. To the skeptic I say, "You may argue with scripture, but it's hard to argue with real events in a real world."
It's happened to me. Money has come seemingly from nowhere, and time has seemed to crawl by while many things get checked off my to-do list.

I don't understand it, but I love it.