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22nd September 2016
I always love to hear God's voice, whether through reading the Bible, prophetic words from others or that still, small voice inside the deepest part of me. I love it: it's such a privilege to know God speaking to me, just a normal guy, living in Hastings.
That is until it comes to Gift Days! Then, if I'm honest, I get a bit nervous about what He's going to say. From my past experience, it's often a bit challenging. Since my late teens I've given regularly to the church (tithing 10% and beyond), from my part-time earnings right through to when I was a senior estimator at a local building contractor. I grew in this faith habit and, although I haven't seen lots of miraculous provision personally, I have experienced God's care and provision over a number of decades.
Yet when it comes to Gift Days, it always seems to feel like a jolt to my system, where I need to find fresh generosity and faith to go again. The seeking God, talking with Chloe, discussing figures and looking at bank accounts, and then stepping out, can be a real challenge.
But when I look at what we achieve together, I'm blown away. I still find it hard to believe the £330,000 five years ago and the £240,000 four years ago and then £210,000 three years ago. It's amazing what we can do together. As we prepare individually for our Gift Days on Sundays 25 September and 2 October, let's listen for the Holy Spirit's leading, open our ears to hear His voice and pray for generous hearts to respond to Him.
Posted by Paul Mann