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As we continue 50 Days of Standing in the Gap, we’re interceding for our nation and upcoming presidential election, internalizing each of the six Measures, and intentionally praying and fasting.  

Our second Measure is the question, “Am I giving or taking?”

In looking at 2 Corinthians and 1 Timothy, six thoughts surfaced from this morning’s sermon on our role in giving as we follow Jesus:
  • The foundation for giving is God’s grace. (2 Corinthians 8:9)
  • Give yourself to God then overflow with generosity. (2 Corinthians 8:1-5)
  • Sow generously… reap generously.  (2 Corinthians 9:6, 10)
  • Give with an attitude of joy and cheerfulness. (2 Corinthians 8:2, 9:7)
  • Be a channel that God uses to bless others. (1 Timothy 6:17-18)
  • Live with eternity in mind, not just today - live for the line and not the dot. (1 Timothy 6:19)
Three additional questions that are helpful to think through this week as we internalize this Measure, “Am I giving or taking?”:
  • Do I thoughtfully use my time to invest in people?
  • Do I know how God has uniquely made me to serve people and am doing it?
  • Am I generous with all that God has given me, using it for His mission?
Additional scripture passages to consider as you pray and fast this week:
  • Matthew 16:24-26
  • Romans 12:3-8
  • Titus 2:1-8

This week as we pray for our nation, confess looking for “salvation” in a leader or government instead of the only Savior of men (Acts 4:12; Ps. 33:16–17). Confess a lack of trust in God’s sovereignty, for he sets up and deposes kings (Rom. 13:1–2; Dan. 2:21). Confess the idolatry of loving a political cause more than the God we’re called to love above all else (Exod. 20:3–6; Matt. 22:37).

For supplemental resources, prayer prompts, and to learn more about fasting, go to www.shades.org/measures.