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So my church pastor started a series on giving, and I’ve enjoyed it so much I’ll try my best to share it with you! Ready?
Giving and receiving are cardinal functions of life that cannot be broken or suspended without consequences. Life as we know it operates on the principal of giving and receiving.
Giving and receiving is one of the most misunderstood concepts in the church because people approach God like they approach gambling.
Why do we give?
1. We give because it is a law. Luke 6:38
Most times you don’t reap where you sow, you reap what you sow.
2. We give because we are in love with God.
3. We give because we are alive, to sustain life.
4. We give to honour God, and to honour man. Proverbs 3:9.
*The first fruit principle: By choice, not to be compelled. It is the first increase in anything we’re doing.
5. We give to be of help. Luke 10:33.
The reason why some people are hungry is because some others are greedy.
6. We give to worship God. Exodus 23:15
7. We give to stir the covenant we have with God.
8. We give to stop plagues, to destroy hardship. 2Samuel 24:17-25
9. We give to provoke a blessing.
10. Giving moves God.
When do we give?
1. According to Ecclesiastes 11:6, we are to give every time.
2. We give in season and out of season.
3. We give when we have, and when we don’t have.
It is not what you give, but the heart behind the gift.
Where do we give?
1. Giving must begin at home.
2. On the street. Giving to people who are disadvantaged and cannot give back to you is one of the most fertile soils.
3. You give in church.
4. You give in the office.
How to give?
1. Give cheerfully. The attitude with which you give is just as important as the gift you give. 2Cor 9:7
2. Give tearfully. Psalm 126:6
3. Give sacrificially, going beyond the call of duty in giving your seed. It is the giving that comes at a cost.
4. Give bountifully. 2 Cor 9:6 Bountifulness is not in the quantity but in the quality.
5. Give consistently.
6. Give systematically.
7. Give with expectation. “It is a sin to give without expectation” – Mike Murdock.
Who to give to?
1. To God
2. To your family
3. To the house of God
Give to widows. Galatians 2:10
Give to strangers, Hebrews 13:2
*It is better to give to the poor, than to give to your pastor.”
Giving doesn’t have to be money. There are a lot of things we can give!
1. Money. 2. Time. 3. Talent. 4. Material things. 5. Good words. 6. Food, drinks, and water.
7. Shelter. 8. Good smiles!
Give someone a smile today!