Saturday 16 June 2018



Don’t be misled: No one makes a fool of God. What a person plants, he will harvest. The person who plants selfishness, ignoring the needs of others—ignoring God! Galatians 6:7 (MSG).
Mark 12:41 – 44; 2 Corinthians 8 & 9; Giving an offering is an act of our free will, where we find something worthy enough to give into it or support it with our free will funds. *Offerings can display the inward heart attitude. The offering is a choice of your will.  A person must decide to release or hold on to their seed. *Once we grasp the power behind the blessing in offerings and giving, you will search out God’s kingdom assignments to give into and support. It is not about a natural return, but a supernatural change in our lives and the lives of others! Galatians 6:7 (MSG)   Don’t be misled: No one makes a fool of God. What a person plants, he will harvest. The person who plants selfishness, ignoring the needs of others—ignoring God!
One of the most unbelieved messages in the Bible is: “It is more blessed to give than receive” (Acts 20:35). How can the giver, whose hand something is leaving, be more blessed than the getter? Is that not some form of mistake in spiritual equations? It goes against all our reasoning and instincts. So let me help you to believe it and act upon it by giving you ten reasons why it is more blessed to give than to receive.
1. Giving obeys God’s command. Luke 6:38;
2. Giving submits to God’s Lordship: James 4:7. Every act of obedience recognizes that there is a higher authority in our lives, that there is a Lord over us.
3. Giving exhibits God’s kind of heart. God is The Giver of every good and perfect gift (James 1:17). The larger our hearts (and the wider our hands), the larger the picture we paint of God’s heart and character. It is the heart that does the giving; the fingers only let go.
4. Giving illustrates God’s salvation: At the heart of the Gospel is sacrificial self-giving When we give sacrificially, painfully, for the benefit of others, we are faintly and on a small-scale preaching the Gospel message of love. John 3:16; 2 Corinthians 8:9.
5. Giving demonstrates trusts in God’s provision: The biggest deterrent to giving is fear, the fear that if I give away too much I won’t have enough for this or that. Such fear is mammon inspired. God never fails.  Eccl 11:1. 2 Corinthians 9:10; Proverbs 3:9
6. Giving widens God’s smile: It delights Him to see His people gladly opening their hearts and hands to provide for the needs of His Church and indeed of all His creatures. 2 Corinthians 9:6-8; 2 Corinthians 8:1-5
7. Giving advances God’s kingdom: Many people have contributed to Apple Computers in one way or another, and have helped to grow the company from a garage operation to the worldwide empire it is today. There is nothing wrong with that, as it’s a company that has brought many blessings to the world. But think of what blessing results when we fund the mission of Christ’s church. We are paying salaries of ministers and missionaries. We are funding resources for outreach, evangelism, and discipleship. But above all we are investing in the spiritual and eternal welfare of people from every nation, tribe, kindred and tongue. Our money changes homes, relationships, countries, and even the eternal destiny of many souls.  Zechariah 1:17
8. Giving promotes God’s Selflessness: Giving money, especially when it pains us, requires much self-denial and self-crucifixion. However, as every act of giving weakens and even breaks our sinful and selfish nature, the more God’s grace spreads in our hearts. Psalm 126:6; James 2:15-16
9. Giving testifies to God’s power: When people give in the name of Christ, it is a way of testifying of the Almightiness of the power the Highest and His dominion over the heart of man. 1 Chronicles 29:14; Psalm 62:11
10. Giving praises God’s character: Giving in a right spirit is an act of worship. It is rendering Him a tribute of praise. It is saying. “You gave me everything and here is an expression of my gratitude and praise for all your good gifts. Behind All True Giving Is A Good Heart For God. Psalms 116:12,17; 1 Samuel 2:6-9
Do you now see how giving makes us more blessed than getting?
My Closing Thoughts: *If you want to touch the past, touch a rock; If you want to touch the present, touch a flower; If you want to touch the future, touch a life.*It’s good to be blessed; It’s better to be a blessing.*When you cease to make a contribution, you begin to die.*As we work to create light for others, we naturally light our own way. *Service to God and others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth. The day you stop rendering serving, your room here on earth starts depreciating. *The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit. *If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.

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