Power and Purpose of Giving.

Updated: Feb 28

Your Life Matters

10/17/2021

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When we speak of giving the first thought that arises in our minds is money. Money is only one of many things that our Lord looks at in our giving.


I have been pastoring and a Christian for quite some time and have seen many beliefs and different actions and reactions to giving.


Giving has not as much to do with what you give but more from the heart of which you give.


Giving is a heart issue not as much to what but from what. Giving is about what is in our heart not the tangible stuff we give. Giving begins in the heart. Our giving will reflect what’s really going on in our heart. What ever is going on in our heart will control and direct our giving.


Giving is a heart issue not a head issue. If giving is all about your head then it is purely natural thing. When giving begins in your heart it now is a supernatural act.


John Wesley said, “Make all you can, save all you can, and give all you can.”


Billy Graham said, “If a person gets his attitude towards money straight, it will help straighten out most every other area of their lives.”


This is Billy Graham the greatest salvation evangelist of our times. Let’s look at the power and purpose of giving.


2 Corinthians 9:6 AMP. “Now [remember] this: he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows generously [that blessings may come to others] will also reap generously [and be blessed].”


Whenever you read these words NOW REMEMBER THIS IT IS PRETTY IMPORTANT. Here is a very important truth you can not get around.


It is a truth or principe of God.

1. He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly.

2. He who sows generously will also reap generously.


The word sow means, to plant seed for growth especially by scattering. It also means to set something in motion.


Sowing is an action word. Planting seed for growth, and also to set something in motion. In order to receive a harvest if you were a farmer you must sow your seeds. This act of giving sets in motion the increase of your harvest.


The planting or dispersing of your seed sets things in motion or no motion. Your harvest or lack of harvest is based on the first two points.


Someone accused me of being a Prosperity Preacher. I responded that I do not consider myself a Prosperity preacher but I am for sure not the opposite a Poverty preacher.


Prosperity means the condition of being successful or thriving.

Prosper means to cause to succeed, to become strong and flourishing.


Poverty or poor means lack or lacking the basic needs .


Prosperity has a purpose and the world and the religious world has given this word such a bad name. I think the enemy wanted to corrupt this powerful word and position in His church.


Jesus had people who would serve and work with Him and support his ministries.


Luke 8:1-3 AMP. “Soon afterward, Jesus began going around from one city and village to another, preaching and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. The twelve [disciples] were with Him, and also some women who had been healed of evil spirits and diseases: Mary, called Magdalene [from the city of Magdala in Galilee], from whom seven demons had come out, and Joanna, the wife of Chuza, Herod’s household steward, and Susanna, and many others who were contributing to their support out of their private means [as was the custom for a rabbi’s disciples].”


A. They are doing Kingdom business, church. Jesus is preaching, teaching, the good news of the Kingdom of God.


B. 12 Disciples with Him.


C. And also some women who had been healed of evil spirits and diseases.


Jesus called the 12 disciples to follow and work with Him. These women followed and served Jesus and His mission of church too. They did it because they were set free. They were delivered. They were so grateful to what Jesus had did for them. They were indebted to Him for life.


D. Mary called Magdalene whom 7 demons had come out.


E. Joanna the wife of Chuza, Herod’s household steward. Her husband held a a very influential position with King Herod’s. She was a person of high status and financial means. Jesus healed her and set her free.


F. Susanna was very wealthy.


G. AND MANY OTHERS WHO WERE CONTRIBUTING TO THIER SUPPORT OUT OF THEIR PRIVATE MEANS.


H. AS WAS THE CUSTOM FOR A RABBI’S DISCIPLE.


Luke 8:3 KJV. “And Joanna the wife of Chuza Herod's steward, and Susanna, and many others, which ministered unto him of their substance.”


Luke 8:3 NCV. “Joanna, the wife of Cuza (the manager of Herod’s house); Susanna; and many others. These women used their own money to help Jesus and his apostles.”


The Amplified bible uses the word contributing out of their private means. The King James Bible use the words ministered unit Him of their substance.


The New Century Version Bible says it this way, these women used their own money to help Jesus and his apostles.


These when were givers because they had a heart transplant. Jesus had healed them, delivered them, set them free so giving was a natural function of a healed, set free, delivered loving heart.


People who fight and have such a difficult time giving and tithing it is always a heart issue. When I tithe and give it reminds me of when I was so lost, and down in out. I wandered in darkness and He brought me out of darkness and allowed me to live in the light. I am just like these women. All I want to do is walk with Jesus, serve Jesus and help others to come to know this love, freedom and heart life of serving Jesus.


I am alive. Every day I when I walk out and see where I should died, I want to give more to God. Giving my time, talents, life is nothing compared to what He has given to me.


When Jesus has changed your heart giving to Him and others is a Privilege and honor.


2 Corinthians 9:7 AMP. “Let each one give [thoughtfully and with purpose] just as he has decided in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver [and delights in the one whose heart is in his gift].”


1. We are all called to give. Thoughtful and with purpose. 10 percent is nothing compared to what He has given to us. Look at the intention of giving. We are instructed not to give grudgingly or under compulsion. These are not giving from the heart or love but just feeling like you have to.

2. God loves a cheerful giver and delights in the one whose heart is in his gift.


God is not looking so much as the amount of your giving but is your heart in it. Heart or head giving. Head giving looks like this, I made so much so here is what I have to give.


Heart giving is like this, God saved me, helped my family. God gave me this company and healthy family. God loves me and protects me. It get to give increase my giving.


I found heart givers keep increasing their giving and not just offering time. They give of their time, they serve actively in the ministry.


When our giving is from our heart we will receive sparingly or generously based on our heart or head giving.


2 Corinthians 9:8 AMP. “And God is able to make all grace [every favor and earthly blessing] come in abundance to you, so that you may always [under all circumstances, regardless of the need] have complete sufficiency in everything [being completely self-sufficient in Him], and have an abundance for every good work and act of charity.”


This is promise is for the heart giver.


1. God is able to make all grace come in abundance to you.

2. Grace is every favor and earthly blessing come in abundance to you.

3. So that you may always have complete sufficiency in everything.

4. Always means under all circumstances, regardless of the need have complete sufficiency in everything.

5. Everything means being completely self-sufficient in Him. Self-sufficient is a term where you trust, depend and rely and give you all the credit for your increase.

6. Self-Sufficient in Him you are giving and living out of heart and Jesus gets all the credit for your increase.

7. AND HAVE AN ABUNDANCE FOR EVERY GOOD WORK AND ACT OF CHARITY.


MORE THAN ENOUGH FOR EVERYTHING WE DESIRE TO DO. THIS IS PROMISE TO THE HEART GIVER.


John 12:3-6 AMP. “Then Mary took a pound of very expensive perfume of pure nard, and she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped His feet with her hair; and the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. But Judas Iscariot, one of His disciples, the one who was going to betray Him, said, “Why was this perfume not sold for three hundred denarii and [the money] given to the poor?” Now he said this, not because he cared about the poor [for he had never cared about them], but because he was a thief; and since he had the money box [serving as treasurer for the twelve disciples], he used to pilfer what was put into it.”


Two givers, two believers, two followers of Jesus.


Mary takes a years worth of wages with this very expensive oil and anoints Jesus feet.

Mary who heart was in her giving. She gave wealth, service, devotion, love committed.


Judas is with Jesus and would later betray Jesus for money. He did not care for the poor. He was a thief. He was always stealing from Jesus.

Jesus always knew but wanted to give Him a chance to move from head and logic to heart and love. When it is heart is now amount to much to give. You do not give based on what you made or the amounts. What has Jesus done for you in your life. Some of you should be so grateful for just being alive. He healed you. He saved your family. He blessed you with abilities and talents. He has opened doors that you could of never done. He has given respect and honor to you.


Heart or head.


“Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure—pressed down, shaken together, and running over [with no space left for more]. For with the standard of measurement you use [when you do good to others], it will be measured to you in return.””

Luke 6:38 AMP

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