But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right is doing, so that your almsgiving may be secret

Wig’s Word of God Today 3-9-2011 Ash Wednesday

Working together, then, we appeal to you not to receive the grace of God in vain. 2 Corinthians 6:1
 
But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right is doing, so that your almsgiving may be secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you. Matthew 6:3-4
 
But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, so that you may not appear to be fasting, except to your Father who is hidden. And your Father who sees what is hidden will repay you. Matthew 6: 17-18

Joel 2:12-18, Psalm 51:3-4, 5-6ab, 12-13, 14 and 17, 2 Corinthians 5:20-6:2 & Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18
 
Today, millions if not billions of people worldwide begin a 40 day period of fasting that represents the 40 days Jesus spent in the desert prior to His public ministry here on earth. The 40 days leads up to the Holy Week of Easter and the Passion, Crucifixion/Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is a time for reflection for all Christians worldwide to sacrifice a small yet important parts of our Christian life for the One and Only True Savior of all. As kids, many of us were taught to give up something for our love of Christ these next forty days, i.e. chocolate, meat on Fridays (a norm) and other things that as a kid we’d miss. But what are you sacrificing as an adult to give up for His Salvation these next 40 days or your life?
 
As Paul reminds us in 2 Corinthians 6, do not “receive the Grace of God in vain,” rather gather your thoughts daily in a complete surrender to Christ Jesus and renew your faith constantly through prayer and fasting. Seek to share some of your blessings from God with those less fortunate than you and do this in secret for “Father who sees in secret will repay you” in secret. Join me every day as we seek to share His love with complete strangers guiding the Gospel to change lives and mend fences. Take time to sit with your family often these next forty days and pray with them by reading your Bible aloud gathering your family together to discuss what you can do as a family to provide for the poor or the homeless.
 
Stop just going to church on Sundays and visit the Altar often offering prayers of sacrifice and praise to accomplish His Will in your life. Give more and take less when offering Tithes. Remember, Tithes for our LORD are more than just giving money to your church on Sundays. It’s giving  your time to children who need love and attention. It’s giving time to the elderly in a nursing home to console their lonely feelings. It’s seeking the poor, the hungry and the homeless to give more than just a few dollars. Find someone to bless in secret and offer them a chance to experience a grace of God by your love of loving Christ Jesus. Seek to give and expect nothing in return and your heart will glow with the pleasures of God’s love. Amen.
 
So we ask in prayer: My LORD and My God, we pray today for my friend’s daughter Jessica. We pray to have enough strength to give more to Your Son’s Gospel and less to our selfish needs. In Jesus Name we pray. Amen.
 
God Bless,
Thomas Joe Cruz-Wiggins
Romans 8:28
“Spirit led God inspired Christ fed”
 
His Grace Given for Nothing is Hidden
 
Come back to His Love
Offer a fast for His proof
Seek not your own grace
Live the joy of Christ’s Truth
 
How merciful is He
Sharing Redemption eternally
His Son won so graciously
His death cured sin of humanity
 
Gather one and all to celebrate
Our God has need for our thanksgiving
Rising up above all forgiving
Sins of lust and selfish living
 
Jesus warned to give in secret
Prayer and fasting to seek completion
A surrender of the left for the right diversion
His grace given for nothing is hidden

© Thomas Joe Cruz-Wiggins March 8, 2011 @ 5:13 AM EST

About Thomas Joe Cruz-Wiggins

My name is Thomas Joe Cruz-Wiggins. I first recognize Christ as my Savior in all things. I am married to my best friend and Soul-Mate in Christ, Antonia Cruz-Wiggins. I am a University of Florida graduate of Public Relations, a US Navy Veteran and a Montessori Elementary School Teacher. I love life and God's help of living it! I follow the Light of Christ in everything I do! I love writing poetry about the Lord and I create a new poem from each Scripture I discern in my daily mediations. You can almost follow the poem by looking at the readings for each day. I started sharing this small yet personal scripture study four years ago when one day I was reading the bible and the Holy Spirit moved me to share the verse with a group of about 40 Christian Men in my Emmaus Ministry who get together weekly to celebrate the Lord and talk about His Truth. Since then the number of people I share my study with has grown to over 650. I enjoy an open loving dialog about anything I write and I have strived to write what I know the Lord wants me to share steering clear of offending anyone’s spiritual beliefs because I share my work with people I meet in public when I strike up a conversation about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It took almost 2 years to begin writing what the Holy Spirit leads me to say. I believe that all Christians must unite as One Body of Christ’s Love to accomplish the joy of living with love, honor and respect. I reach out to Humanity to share His Salvation be it Baptist, Catholic, Protestant, Episcopal or any other religion or belief. I seek to mirror His Compassion, His Simpleness, His Charity and His Love. While I am Catholic, I believe we must all unite in the Lord to become One Body in Christ to bring our children back to The Church. I am humbled to share my study with you. Please feel free to comment any time. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is my Joy because I am a Disciple of His Truth. I am honored to share my Bible study with anyone you may recommend. As always, I remain, Yours in Christ, Thomas Joe Cruz-Wiggins
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