Lesson 4 Giving the Right Amount at the Right Time Gal 6-10

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This last facet of Godly generosity emphasizes the need to be aware of both well-gauged timing and well-executed response. Needs vary from life-threatening, as in our Bible story, to irritating yet necessary. We must look to the Wisdom of God to make sure our responses fit His outline, so that when recognition and opportunity come, we are not blinded or hamstrung by the possibility of defeat or of wealth and fame. We must learn His ways so that we might "do good unto all men" and give the right amount at the right time.

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Giving the right amount at the right time.:

Giving the right amount at the right time .    As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith. Galatians 6:10   Character Sketches, Vol. 2 IBLP, 1978, pages 364--375 various Character Councils, & other websites Lesson 4 vs. Stinginess

Who Am I?:

Who Am I? In Nature… Has 3 eyelids & cannot stick out its tongue Each egg has 2 shells Is often confused with a cousin From Scripture… Demonstrated loyalty & commitment Trusted God, but made mistakes Lived temporarily in Hebron

The American Alligator:

The American Alligator alligator ( fr the Anglicization of Sp.  “el largarto ” meaning “the lizard” ; fr L. lacerta meaning “lizard” ) mississipiensis ( of the Mississippi River, from mississippi + ensis , L. for "belonging to")

On Being an Alligator:

On Being an Alligator *You are born/hatched in a refuse pile *You grow quickly, almost a foot/year! * Your most vulnerable time is right after hatching~raccoons , herons, egrets, snakes, large fish, bullfrogs, & other alligators all want to eat you! * You eat almost anything… *You can have up to 2K teeth! *Some call you a crocodile *You live in the South

Right timing, right amount:

Right timing, right amount Figure out the true need & prepare ahead of the potential/possible event. Encourage personal responsibility (that 2 nd egg shell… the little one must fight its way out) Adjust what needs to be adjusted ~ Stand by & help if needed

Context…:

Context… *He was peaceful & rich, in Hebron *2K BC was a volatile time *He lived between 2 powerful trade centers, Egypt & Elam (under Chedorlaomer & with tribute cities & peoples, evidently rich in copper & minerals) *After 12 years of heavy taxes, 5 cities rebel *1 yr later Chedorlaomer attacks via The Kings’ Highway *Lot & family taken…Abram is notified…

Abram Responds…:

Abram Responds… His most important response was AFTER the battle ~ Chedorlaomer vs Melchizidek

Right Time, Right Amount ~ Right Choice:

Right Time, Right Amount ~ Right Choice *Abram trusted what was already promised him by the Lord; Canaan would be his Gen 13:14-17 *He was committed to the welfare of his family & fellow follower of Jehovah 2 Peter 2:7 *He chose God’s honor vs a king’s ‘gift’ Gen 14:23 Put not your trust in princes Psalm 146:3 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith. Galatians 6:10  

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