The blessings of the Lord be with you, Heartdwellers. He truly is with us. And today He gave us an instruction on charity.
I asked Him: Lord, what do You want to speak on today?
JESUS: “I will defend the widow and the orphan. I will open My coffers and pour out upon them the abundance of My blessing. This is a season when many go in want, while others bask in luxury.
I was reminded of that Scripture in James: Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. James 1:27
“My Brides, be on the lookout for those in need this week and this season. There is great depression among the M poor and lonely during this season. I wish to touch them with My Love through you. All around you are those who cannot afford the dinners that others prepare for all week. Simply put, don't allow yourself to be blind to your neighbor’s distress. Don't allow yourself to criticize their lives or take exception with their situation.”
I’d like to add to that, too. We’ve all got neighbors or different people we know that are single or divorced and they’re all by themselves. If you’re planning on a dinner, that might be a good thing to invite them, as well.
“Many of these have been abused and rejected from childhood and their only interaction with the world was to get what they needed through every deceptive means. They do not understand family or love and protection; they've had to fend for themselves - fighting off hunger, loneliness, the cold and hostility of those around them. It is truly sad and breaks My Heart to see how children are treated-‐but the issues go back through many generations of drinking, crime and drugs. These who are so looked down upon have been rejected from birth and do not have the normal social skills of you who have been raised by good parents.
“Were I to show you what their childhood was like, you would be horrified. Many of these children were tended only by My angels. They went from dumpster to dumpster looking for clothing and food while their parents locked them out of the house or were constantly gone, either under the influence or walking the streets looking for their next fix.
“I have put these poor ones before you as an exercise in mercy. Many, but not all, who came from middle class and functional lower class families do not understand the principles of mercy and reaching out on a personal level to the unfortunate.”
Clare: I have to confess there, that that’s so true of us. When I was growing up with my mother, she would really be terribly harsh with people who were on the streets, or who were begging –very poor. Very, very critical of them, and say, “Why don’t they just go get a job!” And that’s the attitude of a LOT of the working class.
“Their own pursuits in the world have hardened them against those who seem to be lazy and failures, not caring for themselves and their children. Many of these are severely, mentally damaged from childhood injuries and cannot think for themselves in pressured situations, so they go from job to job, or crime to crime, getting what they need to survive.
“You who have been born into fortunate circumstances are meant to carry the burdens of the poor with your excess… not to fill your coffers for the future, which you may not even live to see. But to act in My stead and supply for their needs. In doing this, you become the sons and daughters of righteousness. The poor are My gift to you, to help you cultivate virtue.
“The early church always provided for the poor among them, always. This they were taught from the very beginning. The poor among you are truly My gift, by which you prove your faithfulness and love for Me.
For this is not for the ease of others and for your affliction, but by way of equality-at this present time your abundance being a supply for their need, so that their abundance also may become a supply for your need, that there may be equality; as it is written, "HE WHO gathered MUCH DID NOT HAVE TOO MUCH, AND HE WHO gathered LITTLE HAD NO LACK." 2 Corinthians 8:14-‐15
“To pass up one of these needy ones on the street without a stirring in your heart and a dollar in your hand is a symptom of the lukewarm church. Busy about her business
agendas, the poor are an inconvenience and impediment to her acquisition of wealth.
At this point I felt the need to look up Isaiah 58. So many promises are tied up in this passage of Scripture: just decisions, protection, guidance-‐that we will raise up ancient foundations and repair broken walls. Beautiful promises.
Interestingly, this Scripture was given to me, quickened to me at my conversion. And you know, I think I know why. I had a real tendency toward a Religious spirit: fasting and prayer, and doing all these outstanding fasts and all these other things that seemed to make other people holy. At least, what I was learning in my early days. And I didn’t have a whole lot of care for the poor. I was more concerned about my own walk, my holiness –I still was very materialistic at my conversion.
Now that I look back on it I remember, that my concern was more with fasting, and getting word of knowledge, a vision –moving in the Gifts and healing. And from an egotistical viewpoint –not out of love for the Lord so much, but to prove myself as a good Christian, who operates in the Gifts.