Position Yourself for God’s Blessings (PT 3)
It is my pleasure to welcome you to another encounter with God’s Word today! Last week, I examined the place of obedience in receiving all that God has in store for you. This week, I want to teach on GIVING.
For someone who is desirous of a great financial future for his/her life and family, you must possess an attitude of giving. As someone rightly said, You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving. In a home environment where love and harmony are meant to be the foundation stones and bedrock of its existence, Love is never selfish (1 Corinthians 13:5). Therefore, you must have a Giving attitude. For God so loved the world that He GAVE. He demonstrated His love for man by taking the initiative and giving us His son (John 3:16). It was in His selfless giving that the world was won. Jesus admonished us to give and it shall be given unto you… (Luke 6:38). A tight-fisted mentality is a sure way to remain dry and in lack. It also kills the atmosphere of love in the home. Receive the giving grace right now, in Jesus name!
Giving to God
God is a giving God and giving is a God-like attribute. If we claim to be God’s children, we must imitate Him in all things including giving. Giving to God of your financial harvest (income or finances) is a sure way to ensure your purse doesn’t run dry, especially tithes. Tithing is a good insurance against the devourer and enemy. Those who give to the Lord hardly ever end up worshipping money. Remembering God first before distribution is a way of ‘Putting God first’ above money.
Tithing is important. The Bible says, Bring ye ALL the TITHES into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, … prove me… if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing… I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes (Malachi 3:10-11). It is meant to be 10 percent of one’s income, earnings or money given to you as a profit. You may say, We don’t have money at home, or I can’t afford to tithe or 10% is too much to give God. Can you afford not to tithe? If tithe is too much an amount to give, can you afford the devil’s charges? The Lord says if you tithe, He will ‘rebuke the devil and stop all his evil plans concerning you’. All those things devouring your income, unnecessary bills, hospital bills, car damage payments and business losses need not be your lot in life.
However, your responsibility of paying 10% to the Lord holds great blessings for you and your family. As you are obedient to this injunction, your finances at home will experience a turnaround, in Jesus’ name.
Giving to the Work of God (Kingdom Investments).
Giving to the work of the Lord and His Kingdom on earth is very vital. It is an investment that will eventually pay off great dividends. It also involves giving towards Church projects, to God’s servants and the poor (orphans, widows, needy, etc.).
God loves the merciful and releases blessings upon them. When you reach out to bless the poor, God ensures that you do not lack. Also giving God’s servants as is recorded in 1 Kings 17-9-16 can make your home never to lack supernatural supply.
When you dispose off your money in the above-listed ways, you are serving God with it and it is an evidence of your love for the Lord. As you continue to love and serve the Lord with your finances, He makes sure your home does not lack. The Word of God says, Worship (serve) the Lord your God and His blessing will be on your food and water. I will take away sickness from among you… (Exo. 23:25 NIV)
You can’t be a giver and lack as a child of God. It is a mystery but supplies will always be available for you. The Word of God says, One man gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty. A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed (Prov. 11:24-25, Paraphrased).
I thank God that in my family there is nothing we can’t easily give unto God. And He has made sure we never lacked because of this. There was a day many years back when we had only 1 car (a Mercedes Benz) and God spoke to my husband to sell it and give the money to expand the ministry of some missionaries in the North. We gladly did. Today we are overjoyed to see these same ministries expanding and growing to the glory of God. We also have many more cars entrusted to us by the Lord.
Make your home a generous home and it will prosper. Let your financial purse be a generous one and it will gain even more. A word of caution: To be generous and zealous for the Lord does not mean one should be foolish. You have to be prudent in your giving and spending.
For your giving to be acceptable, you must be a child of God. You can become His Child by saying this prayer of faith with me: Dear Lord Jesus, I come to You today. I am a sinner. Forgive me my sins and cleanse me with Your Blood. I accept You as my Lord and personal Saviour. Make me a child of God today. Thank You for delivering me from sin and satan to serve the blissful God and thank You for accepting me into Your Kingdom.
Congratulations! If you prayed this simple prayer of faith with me, you are now born again and a child of God. He loves you and will never leave you. Read your Bible daily, obey God’s Word and seek Christian fellowship (John 14:21).
With this, you are guaranteed all-round rest and peace in Jesus’ name! Call or write to share your testimonies with me through firstname.lastname@example.org, 07026385437 OR 08141320204.
For more insight, these books authored by me are available at the Dominion Bookstores in all Living Faith Churches and other leading Christian bookstores: Marriage Covenant, Making Marriage Work, Building a Successful Home and Success in Marriage (Co-Authored).