A Gift of Honor 22 October If the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what he does not have.
In Gods economy, giving equals receiving. Seeds planted bring a harvest. All of us whove studied what the Bible has to say about prosperity know that. But weve also looked around enough to know that despite their giving, many of Gods people are struggling financially. They plant seeds, but instead of reaping abundance, lack continues to dog their footsteps. I believe the difference is giving a gift of honor. For example, just because youve been in the habit of setting aside 10 percent for God doesnt mean you are a tither. True tithing must be done in a way that honors God. It must be done with heart worship for God, not just plunked in the plate and deducted in the checkbook register. Just like tithing must be done in a way that honors God, so must all our giving. Here are six principles that will guarantee a return on your giving. 1) Start where you areSome people get discouraged before they even begin because they can only give small gifts. All I can give is $2. Thats not enough to matter. Dont be deceived. Every gift matters to God. The poor widow in Mark 12:41-44 gave only two mites, yet Jesus said she gave the biggest gift of all. 2) Give in faithWhen you give, believe God. You cant tithe in faith and in heart and not increase. Expect God to prosper you when you tithe and you will get exactly what you believe for. 3) Tithe, no matter whatCommit to tithe consistently, not just when things are going well financially. You wont increase if you arent consistent. You may even decrease! 4) Sow what you want to reapDont give God your leftovers. Give Him quality gifts (Malachi 3). 5) Watch your wordsWhen people get under pressure financially (or in any other area of life), theres a temptation to start spouting their frustration and talking unbelief. A good place to check for this is to consider what you say in front of your spouse. You are probably OK in front of your faith and Word friends. 6) When you give, rejoice!Worship before the Lord. Rejoice in all the good things He has given to you. Rejoice in the goodness Hes brought into your life (Deuteronomy 26). This is the kind of giving that honors God. When you begin to give according to these principles, something exciting will happen. Your spirit will rise up inside you. You will take authority over doubt and fear and lack in the Name of Jesus. Instead of expecting the natural shortages that have dogged you, youll start expecting supernatural abundance. And you know what? Youre going to get it!Jeremiah 28-30; Psalms 76-77I give and it is given to me, good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over do men give to me. Luke 6:38
Bibelstellen: Proverbs 3:9-10; 2 Corinthians 9:7