Give yourself to God - first and foremost
I read in the Word that Paul wrote to the Corinthians about the Macedonian church, and he said that they gave themselves to the Lord, first and foremost. Having a ministry, I am so aware of people thinking – “ministries just want my money”. No! You see – Yeshua is our provider, yours and mine and He wants ‘ALL’ of us, - not only our money! If He has me and everything of mine in his hands, it will not be difficult for me to sow in love. That is how we start this Kingdom journey.
What is the first thing that I have to give to Yeshua? Not my money, but myself. Please, do not give your money to YHVH if you haven’t given yourself. Money cannot buy a love relationship with Yeshua. Money cannot even buy true friendship here on earth. Yeshua doesn’t need money to fix anything in your life. To sow is a Kingdom principle and not a way to buy your place into heaven.
He wants us, first! Everything of and about us, so that we will be able to rest in Him, trust Him and then obey Him when he asks of us to sow into his Kingdom. Then, out of having given myself to the King - out of this place of understanding and grace - will I start to give without murmuring knowing that I am doing the will of my Father. And that becomes all that is important to me.
Rom 12:1,2 Therefore I plead with you brothers and sisters to give your bodies to YHVH because of all He has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice the kind that He will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship Him.
Don’t copy the behaviours and customs of this world. But, let YHVH transform you into a new person, by changing the way you think. It is in our thoughts that we curse people, all because of our own opinions and judgements.
We all need to know YHVH’s will for our lives. And the key to finding that is by offering ourselves as a living sacrifice unto Him. The problem is that most people don’t even see that they have given themselves and their money as a living sacrifice to Satan through abiding in sin.
To give yourself to Yeshua means making yourself totally available unto Him as a servant. In this process He renews your mind and Holy Spirit takes control over your live. You’re thought live will change and you will start walking in the good, pleasing and perfect will of YHVH for your live.
2 Corinthians 9 10-13 For YHVH is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, He will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you. Yes, you will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous. And when we take your gifts to those who need them, they will thank YHVH. So two good things will result from this ministry of giving – the need of the believers in Jerusalem will be met, and they will joyfully express their thanks to YHVH.
Yes, by giving we provide for people on earth, and we are being looked after. But, our treasure is in heaven. Where you invest, is where your concern lies. I see the more people invest their money on earth, the more concerned they are about their money. So what is the lesson?
Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also (Math 6:21).
Yeshua spoke to me a couple of years ago about translating our first book “a Message from God” into Hebrew, for his people. He asked me to give it to them without charge. That is what we have done. The last couple of years we gave them to ministries in Israel to hand out as they saw fit, for free. It is now time to once again print Hebrew books. But, we are also going to print English books to hand out. If Holy Spirit speaks to you to sow seed in Israel, please visit our website and donate through Pay-pal. Please indicate that it is a Hebrew book donation on the bank slip.
Then, I am also prompted to sow 2 000 Afrikaans “Boodskap van God” books. This book will change people’s lives. And I know that your life will never be the same. My heart is to give away as many of these books as possible this year. We need to take the gospel to everyone. We hand out these books at hospitals, old age homes and schools when we minister to people. We often hear testimonies of people who gave this book to family members and their lives were forever changed. Children also love to read this book and Holy Spirit will minister to them through the pages. I had an encounter with Yeshua before I printed this book years ago, and He blew his breath over this book and told me ”everyone reading this book will experience Me, as being alive. You will experience Holy Spirit as He speaks to you through words of Wisdom. ”A Message from God” through the working of Holy Spirit became a New York Times best seller in 2013. If you want to use it for a ministry outreach, please order boxes from our office for free. Each box contains 58 books. Just send an email to order and organise for your own delivery.
Aldo is training with a private gym instructor. He came home today after training and I found him on his knees for a long time. “What is wrong Aldo?”
“Nothing mom, my friend is in need, and I am just praying to Yeshua about the amount I should give. I want to bless him with all he needs, but Holy Spirit is saying to me – always ask Me, because I want to lead you so that you can obey My voice.”
“Mom, I have so much to be thankful for, and I know Yeshua will provide in all my needs. So, now I can give to him what he needs.”
Me and Tinus sat down for coffee and were once again amazed at how Aldo just wants to obey Yeshua’s voice. He is not worried about tomorrow! I know YHVH sees my heart, so I cannot lie. How many times have I wondered about Aldo’s future, his income, a place to stay? And here I see he has no worry at all. Why? - because he knows Yeshua. Are we obedient to Yeshua or to our fears? And what if Yeshua says pay the full amount? Will we argue, or just obey?
“Lord, today, I give You everything of mine even my money. Please take control.”
Yeshua says ”Retah, being thankful is build on a structure of trust. I want you to live the art of giving thanks in all circumstances. See how many times you can give Me thanks in everyday life. This will awaken your awareness to a multitude of blessings. It will be used as a bumper in all the trails of life – knowing and recognising My faithfulness. Practice My presence by practice the discipline of thankfulness. Aldo is thankful Retah, he is not fearful, he trusts like a child. And I will never, never let him down”.
1Th 5:18 Thank [God] in everything [no matter what the circumstances may
be, be thankful and give thanks], for this is the will of God for you [who are] in
Christ Jesus [the Revealer and Mediator of that will].
May we trust in YHVH with all our hearts.
Love Retah and family.
Three times a week we hike on our local mountain as training for Kilimanjaro. Look at the most beautiful Hartebeespoortdam were we live.
Yes , I have much to be thankful for!