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So, a re occurring lesson God has been teaching me since the beginning of the year has been on giving.
Aha, don’t run away now, this is going to be an eye openner.
Some of us just don’t understand what happens when we give(myself included).
The treasures that can be found in giving are immense.
So today we will explore the ministry of giving.(another thing that we may not know, yes, it’s a ministry!)
Now, I am going to talk about this from the way God personally dealt with me.
So here’s the first thing we should know about giving…
God doesn’t really want the stuff we give out, He has it all remember, what you give out He actually gave it to you.
“…What do you have that God hasnât given you? And if everything you have is from God, why boast as though it were not a gift?”
What He cares about is your heart.
Last year, there was almost no service where I didn’t feel a tug in my heart to empty my purse.
Like just pour it all out.
A particular sunday, I had about 100 and something naira in my account(allowee hadn’t been paid yet) and I had planned to use the little money in my purse for the week, when I felt led to give it all.
I started to cry.
I said Lord, you know what I have, why should I give this out again?
I said I will obey but let me cry a little and argue first(things we do with God,lol)
As I was crying, He just started talking to me like the baby that I am, you think I need the cash? I own it all remember? What I am after is your heart.
Is your heart free enough to give out to me?
If I say drop it all will you?
That’s my main aim.
So before we continue let’s get that out of the way, the first thing about giving is that it shows that you have a heart that is yielded to God.
A stubborn person, one who argues and resists God’s leading cannot give.
Now, we can move unto other reasons why giving is important in the kingdom that we belong to.
On saturday, I woke up from a dream where I was explaining Proverbs 11:24 to someone.
After praying, I checked my mail and saw Eziaha’s post.
It was eerie and scary but almost a re-enaction of what God is showing me about giving.
She mentioned Proverbs 11:24 too in her post and I will bring it out here and explain.
Proverbs 11:24 – ” There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty.”
Now, let’s look at that verse critically.
In the World, people get by withholding whatever they have and in that way they feel like their wealth increases, in the kingdom of God, the reverse is the case.
You don’t get by withholding, you get by giving out.
In my dream, I was explaining to the girl.(I have never seen that verse in this way before)
When you scatter according to that verse, you throw the seeds all around.
Now, when the seeds start germinating, they germinate and grow all around.
So, you throw your seeds to the left and they grow.
You throw to the right and they grow.
That’s what giving does.
As you give and sow into the kingdom, into the lives of others, into different places…you are scattering the seeds and the seeds germinate and grow.
The more you scatter the seeds, the more you grow.
We must know though, that the measure of how much you give out is how much you get.
Scatter a little and you get a little.
Scatter much and you get much.
As I re-read this, another lesson on giving just came to me.
You know that seeds take time to germinate.
Some of us give and expect God to just return it immediately.
But a bountiful harvest takes time doesn’t it?
So also does seeds given take time to grow.
So scatter the seeds and let God do what He will in His own time and way.
Don’t get discouraged and say I won’t give anymore.
Check your motives when you give.
Give out of love for God and let Him do what He will in His own time. (this is just an aside, I can’t go into it deeply, it just came to me now as I edited this post)
Other important things about giving can be found in the book of 2Corinthians 9(I did this study with the Amplified and NLT version)
Paul took his time to explain this really well and let’s look at it too.
He started by saying In 2Corinthians 9:1 – “I really donât need to write to you about this ministry of giving for the believers in Jerusalem.”
So, giving is actually so important, it’s a ministry.
Let’s see Romans 12:6-8
“In His grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well.
So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you…. IF IT IS GIVING, GIVE GENEROUSLY…”
Now, some may say that their gift isn’t to give… Well, I will say that God loved and He gave… He gave Jesus for us.(John 3:16)
We are God’s representatives on earth and if you have God in you, your default mode is to love and give.
The same love from God is now shed abroad in our hearts.
Romans 5:5 – “And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.”
And love includes giving…So there, the giving ministry is for all believers.
Don’t let the stinginess spirit make us give excuses.
So let’s move on…
Paul says in 2Corinthians 9:7
“Let each one [give] as he has made up his own mind and purposed in his heart, not reluctantly or sorrowfully or under compulsion, for God loves (He takes pleasure in, prizes above other things, and is unwilling to abandon or to do without) a cheerful (joyous, “prompt to do it”) giver [whose heart is in his giving].”
Now, God wants us to give but He wants us to give freely, not to give under compulsion.
If you want to give, give with smiles from your heart and wipe off the frowns from your face.
Now, we will go back to the issue of giving a few seeds.
Paul said it again in 2Corinthians 9:6
“Remember thisâa farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop.”
So based on that, decide what you want to give in your mind.(verse 7)
It’s like saying, you can give anything you want but remember that you sow little, you reap little, you sow much and you reap much(a caveat on giving.)
What you get is directly proportional to what you give out.
Now, some of us keep praying to God to bless us but God is still taking His time with that.
The first reason why God blesses us is for us to give out.
I learnt this lesson when I won diamond bank 100k last year (see post here)
God won’t bless you with something that you can’t give to Him, so as you pray for the millions, ask yourself first, if God asks me to drop it all into His kingdom, can I do it?
If your answer is no, then that 1million from God may keep hanging.
Or God may still bless you with it to see if you can indeed release it to Him if need be.
Now let’s examine that statement in the light of verses 9&10(pls whip out your Bibles ohhh)
Nowhere does it mention that God will bless them without including providing a harvest of generosity in you.
“Thus you will be enriched in all things and in every way, so that you can be generous, and [your generosity as it is] administered by us will bring forth thanksgiving to God.”
So when you can’t be generous, will you be enriched?
We have to understand this.
Some of us keep crying to God to take us to the next level, the level where we are now, do we give out what we have?
Tithes and offerings?
Gifts to friends? To the poor?
As I was going to church on sunday, this kept ringing in my head
“Every time some one says I don’t have enough, it is an opportunity for you to show God’s love to them through giving.”
Even if the person wants to borrow from us, you are still giving out to them while they are in need.
Don’t charge them on interest, give freely.
Let’s recap on all we’ve done a bit.
(1) Giving changes us/our hearts.
(2) The key to abundance is to give.
The key to getting more bread is generosity in us which is exactly God’s will and intention and meets the needs of others.
Finally, here’s a most important part of this ministry.
The Bible says that everything on earth has been created to bring glory to God.
Now here’s what 2cor 9:12&13 says
“So two good things will result from this ministry of givingâthe needs of the believers in Jerusalem will be met, and they will joyfully express their thanks to God.As a result of your ministry, they will give glory to God. For your generosity to them and to all believers will prove that you are obedient to the Good News of Christ.”
So can you imagine that?
Your sowing a seed, giving to someone who is in need, glorifies God immensely.
The person will thank God for your obedience to Christ and will pray for you with deep affection and such prayers work..oh they work.
2cor 9:14 is proof that they work.
Paul says, “Thank God for this gift too wonderful for words!”(2Corinthians 9:15)
The effects of giving are too wonderful to describe.
It’s a kingdom IQ, the world cannot understand it.
The world thinks that we get by hoarding and hoarding… but if God hoarded Jesus, where would we be today?
He gave Jesus, and because of that, we have all been grafted into God’s tree and we are all recipients of Abraham’s blessings…seen by God as holy, righteous, washed and cleansed.
It’s the same way that our giving brings gifts that words can’t explain.
This is a lesson that is being ingrained in me this year.(Started from last year but I never saw 2corinthians 9 in this way till this year)
If God says give, give.
Don’t struggle with it.
Don’t ask to make sure, satan doesn’t have enough sense to tell you to give, it’s a kingdom IQ.
We may sulk, we may cry, we may argue but please give.
The results and rewards are too numerous for words to describe.
It’s an unquantifiable gift/ministry!
Prayer- Lord thank you for the gift of giving that is too wonderful for words to describe.
Please produce a harvest of generosity in our hearts and enrich us in every way so that we may always have to share with others in all generosity of mind and soul.
Thank you Lord for prayers answered, in Jesus name we have prayed. Amen.
As usual, it’s a Bible study.
I know I missed a point/lesson from the Bible passages we have talked about. I truly still feel like I have more to learn from this study.
So let me learn from you. What struck you as you studied along?
This is an area I believe God is teaching us(me) about so please talk to us in the comment section below, let us learn from you too.
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kekeFebruary 4, 2015 at 11:55 am
Hmmmm, I don’t know where to start with this one. I am super grateful that there is another person who gets it. I cannot afford not to give, I give from my income, I even give from the money anyone dashes me because I know it came from God. When money cannot do, I give my time in helping because I know when I cry out to God for intervention, na person God go send ohh,
To give is to pour out your heart to God and a seed for what you will have a right to receive in the future.
Frances OkoroFebruary 5, 2015 at 12:17 am
Thank you Keke… I just grabbed something from your comment.
Giving from cash that someone gave to us.
I did that sometime back and the joy I felt was indescribable.
Not just to pay tithe out of it but to share with someone.
I’ll make efforts to inculcate that more and more.
Sometimes, giving of our time even pains us more than money, especially when it regards God’s work… but it shouldn’t be so at all.
God help us all.
mateyscottFebruary 4, 2015 at 12:57 pm
Giving is not only religiously rewarding, it is also therapeutically recommended. An essential part of human behaviour is to acquire things, hoard things because of the fear of uncertainty. So we don’t want to give because giving means something is leaving your hand, but like you said, giving is an indirect way of getting more. When you give, you open your hands and God opens his heart.
While doing my Bibe study yesterday, I came across the verse in Mark 11 or 12 (not sure). The one about the woman who gave all she had as her offering. God told his disciples that even though the others gave alot and she gave little, her giving was more cherished because giving cost her something while it costs the rest nothing. True giving will always cost you something and it is absolutely fine because the giver of everything will give it back in unexpected ways.
Our lives are truly not our own, they belong to God. Just as everything we have are not ours, we are only custodians. IF the owner of the house you have been guarding comes back and asks you to hand over his keys, can you legitimately refuse? See giving in the same way. What you have is not yours, it never was.
An excuse most of us have is that we do not have enough and we cannot give to a rich person because he or she is already rich. That is one of the worst mentality we can ever have. The gateman in my parents house is so used to asking and we freely give him, but there was a day I felt I wasn’t doing this man justice by giving him everytime. I told him to also give me something one day and as expected, he said I was the rich one. I started lecturing him (lol) and told him, he did not have to give me something expensive. He could give me as little as a produce from his farm. He had something to give me but he was more interested in taking from me and that was why he kept coming back. Those that do not give will always keep asking because God does not trust them enough to give to others when he blesses them.
Let me stop here before I start a sermon.
Frances OkoroFebruary 5, 2015 at 12:23 am
Oh please give me the sermon Mayowa..I’m soaking up thoughts on this(selfish much, lol)
I really love the analogy you gave.
Will we refuse to hand over keys to the owner of a house?
So also should we see our giving in God’s kingdom.
He owns all He gave to us so it does no good to hoard it.
As for giving even being therapeutic, I so agree with that.
I have joy in my heart and walk with lighter steps when I don’t hoard things. Yes.
And your example with your gate man and the widow in the Bible..sometimes, what we give may not be much, but it just maybe our all..something we ordinarily couldn’t afford to give out…now that sure gets God’s attention.
As Jesus said, that widow gave more than even the rich ones…
I don’t want to start a sermon too, so thank you for this Mayowa, love the analogies used.thank you
Highly FavoredFebruary 4, 2015 at 2:13 pm
God’s word will not return void, “Give and it will be given to you, good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over.” Often times the return on investment (giving) is actualized in spiritual gifts of peace, contentment, joy and divine favor.
Frances OkoroFebruary 5, 2015 at 12:26 am
That’s so true Highly Favoured.
We need not be scared to give because God’s word can never return void. All He has said concerning the ministry of giving will surely come to pass…
And yes, sometimes, we wait for the cash in return as our blessing but it may not always work that way.
Blessings come in lots of ways that we may not even see/know.
All you listed and more.
Thank you for sharing your lessons with us 🙂
UgochiFebruary 4, 2015 at 2:53 pm
Giving is true living Frances. Any one who does not give is n
like stagnant water, it cannot avoid stinking.
Great topic for meditation…
Frances OkoroFebruary 5, 2015 at 12:28 am
This is a deep one aunty Ugochi.
One who doesn’t give is like stagnant water..meaning that nothing’s flows out, hence nothing flows in.
*food for thought*
Princess OkechukwuFebruary 4, 2015 at 9:18 pm
One prayer I constantly pray is: ‘God, help me to never get to a position where I find it hard to release something; knowing that I own nothing here on earth’.
I like to think that we are stewards of everything God gives us. We came with nothing and will leave with nothing.
I so much love this post. The issue of giving is one that has a special place in my heart. It takes the grace of God to have a yielded heart that is willing to give. May God continue to strengthen us to give generously. Amen.
Frances OkoroFebruary 5, 2015 at 12:31 am
Amen and amen Princess.
It indeed takes the grace of God to give genorously because this flesh na “aka gum” sometimes…most times sef.
But we can let the Spirit overshadow every silly whim of the flesh.
God help us as we continue to walk in His ways..
And I should adopt that prayer- Lord, help me to always know that all that I am/have is yours. You gave it to me, so when you want it, let my entire self release it and let it go in Jesus name, amen.
graciemamaFebruary 4, 2015 at 11:23 pm
We need to ask God for the Giving Grace….It’s the Grace to give freely.
God has blessed me with the giving grace and I am extremely grateful. You don’t just give in monetary terms and reap in monetary terms. God’s rewards are far beyond whatever you gave out.
Remember, when you give out to anyone even your closest buddy or family member, never expect a reward from them o….Just know that you are doing it for God.
Frances OkoroFebruary 5, 2015 at 12:35 am
Very true Gracie..never give out cuz you expect a payback, give out of love for God and for people.
I’m reading Kenneth Hagin’s- Biblical Keys to financial prosperity and He said, our motives should be right, give. Out of faith and love for God but also you have a right to stand on God’s promises in the word.
Balance is key.
And amen, the grace to give.its a gift as we saw in Romans up there and we can ask for this gift so we don’t have to struggle time and time again.
Thanks Gracie.. 🙂
VickyFebruary 10, 2015 at 10:03 pm
This requires grace and thankfully i have that grace in abundance. i just pray for more resources to give as much as i want.
the power in giving is unfortunately a truth known by more unbelievers than believers. you said it well, giving increases and works on our hearts.
p.s I’ve missed abi u abi the blog, all join. and i wouldn’t mind having an Ac for Val lol.
Frances OkoroFebruary 11, 2015 at 5:55 pm
Today while on the bike to work, I remembered Gracie’s words on praying for the grace to give and i prayed for it too.
I need it in abundance.
I pray that God will enrich you in every way so you will always have to give too Vicky…
And we have missed youuuu more!!!
I have missed you more…
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