I vividly remember a Pastors’ breakfast I hosted in Birmingham, AL. After the meeting I was amazed to hear a number of Pastors say they’re weren’t teaching on tithes and offerings at the moment. . .because many of their people were either laid off or unemployed.
I told them that was the absolute worst thing they could do. They were failing to teach the one thing that is guaranteed to get their people out of their financial abyss.
Over the years, I’ve had people asked if there any such thing as a GUARANTEED HARVEST.
My answer is always the same and it’s simple. . .ABSOLUTELY.
This information is not secret information . . . it’s not mystical or magical . . . it’s simply and profoundly, the Word of God.
The scriptural insight in this teaching has changed the lives of millions of people just like you and best of all, it can change your life as well. Remember, if God did it for others, He will do it for you.
Here are seven amazing facts about how to guarantee your harvest.
# 1--Your Offering Must Be Given Willingly
2 Corinthians 8:12 says:
“For if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not.”
A willing mind is necessary because God does not personally receive any of the offerings you are giving. The money you give will stay right here on planet earth, accomplishing the purposes of God.
The only thing God will personally receive from your offering is the joy you give it with.
Let me say that again.
The only thing God will personally receive from your offering is the joy you give it with.
2 Corinthians 9:7 in the Amplified Bible says:
“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].”
The Contemporary English Version of 2 Corinthians 9:7 says:
“. . .God loves people who love to give.”
Have you ever noticed the attitude change that takes place at offering time?
Suddenly the mood becomes extremely serious. This is definitely not the response that pleases God at offering time.
No matter how others feel about giving to God, you must make sure you are truly joyful as you give so the offering becomes one that God must multiply.
Your offering must demonstrate your love for God. It must cause joy to rise up in God’s heart.
Be on guard as you prepare to give your offering for the devil will try to discourage you from giving. Do whatever it takes to resist him because the offering is guaranteed but it has to be given cheerfully and willingly.
Exodus 35:4-5 says:
“And Moses said to all the congregation of the Israelites, This is what the Lord commanded: Take from among you an offering to the Lord. Whoever is of a willing and generous heart, let him bring the Lord's offering: gold, silver, and bronze.”
# 2--Your Offering must be Given According to God’s Goodness To You
2 Corinthians 8:12 (paraphrased) says:
“. . .your offering is accepted if it is given according to the things God has provided and not according to the things that you do not have.”
This verse clearly states that God will accept your offering if it is given in accordance with the blessings He has already given to you.
It also says that God will not accept your offering if you allow it to be adversely influenced by the insufficiency you might be experiencing at the time.
This may seem hard to understand at first but it should become clearer with this following illustration.
I want you to picture in your imagination all the things you presently are in need of and place them on your left side.
Now picture everything God has already given and done for you and place them on your right side.
When you decide how much your offering must be, keep in mind that God’s Word says He will only accept your offering if it is given in accordance with the things He has already provided for you.
Or as the Bible says “. . .it (your offering) is accepted according to that a man hath (the things already provided).”
When you give in this way it will make your offering an “expression of your gratitude” for the things God has already done.
However, if you allow the pressure from your insufficiency to influence the amount of your offering, it is not acceptable to God. It will not be accepted because your offering will be given in accordance with the work of the one who is causing the shortage that now exists in your life, namely the devil.
You must never allow your concern over the temporary shortage or insufficiency you are facing to decrease the amount of your offering.
You are not losing what you are giving. You are sowing it into your future for a greater return.
Most Christians make the fatal mistake of allowing their shortage to adversely affect their generosity to God. Their thoughts unconsciously go as follows:
“I need tires for the car, the air conditioner is broken, and I have so many bills to pay. Therefore, because of the financial pressure the devil is causing me, I don’t see any other way but to lower the amount I give.”
When you decide the amount of your offering in this way, God must reject it. Here’s why: You do not trust God. You are choosing to ignore God’s directions on what to sow. . .by lowering the amount you will give Him because of a temporary shortage the devil is causing.
I purposely used the word “temporary” because there will be no shortage when God multiplies your offering back to you. You will certainly have more than enough. If you trust Him, He will provide for your needs.
The Bible says that your return from the offering God must multiply has the potential of being “exceedingly abundantly above all that (you) ask or think.” Ephesians 3:20
Let’s look at one more verse that describes how wonderful it will be when God delivers your harvest.
Judges 18:10 says:
“. . .ye shall come. . .to. . .a place where there is no want of anything that is in the earth.”
Be careful not to make the fatal mistake of placing God in a position below your creditors. Put Him first in all things, particularly the offering, thereby demonstrating that everything you now posses has come from Him and everything you still have need of will also come from Him. Carefully notice that this is exactly the way Jesus says you should give your offering.
Matthew 6:31,33 says:
“. . .take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? Or, What shall we drink? Or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
It is interesting to note that when the offering of the Macedonians went beyond the amount they could afford to give, God immediately broke their cycle of poverty and loosed overflowing wealth to them.
Though they have been going through much trouble and hard times, they have mixed their wonderful joy with their deep poverty, and the result has been an overflow of giving.
2 Corinthians 8:3 in The Living Bible says:
“They have not only what they could afford, but far more. . .”
You must determine the amount you will give without allowing the things you need to decrease the amount you give. God knows about every one of your needs and has faithfully promised to supply all of them when you put Him first.
# 3--Your Purpose For the Return On Your Offering Must Be Proper
James 4:3 says:
“Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.”
The reason many believers cannot fully accept the biblical message of abundance is because of the illustrations that are used to describe its benefits.
These unscriptural illustrations are as follows; “If you give, you will get a new Cadillac, you will always wear the finest clothes, and you will live in the biggest house in the best subdivision.”
Now don’t misunderstand, God doesn’t mind if you have nice things. However receiving nice things is not the principal reason for giving to God. Those are just blessings for being a blessing.
God has a much nobler purpose in mind for the increase He wants to give to you.
Deuteronomy 8:18 says:
“…thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant…. “
God wants to release supernatural wealth gathering power to you. However, His principles must be observed. .
Let’s take a look at what God wants you to do with the money He is about to put under your control.
Genesis 12:2 says:
“…I will bless thee…and thou shalt be a blessing….”
God wants to put enough money in your hands to give, to bless, and to further the Kingdom as He directs you to.
# 4--Your Offering Must Be Given in Faith Believing!
Hebrews 11:6 says:
“…Without faith it is impossible to please (God)….”
Giving your offering in faith believing goes beyond simply having the faith to believe that you will be able to get by without the money you have given. You must also have the faith to believe that God will keep His promises. . .to guarantee your harvest.
Hebrews 11:1 says:
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
The Bible says our faith is substance or better said, it is the “raw material” that your financial return will be made out of.
To guarantee God’s promised harvest, you must focus your faith on the fulfillment of God’s promise.
The money you are giving is not the substance that your harvest will be made of. It is the faith you have in God’s ability to keep His promise of a guaranteed return that brings the harvest.
If your offering is not given in full faith believing that it will be a guaranteed harvest, it will be an incomplete offering because it will lack the substance (raw material) that is needed to produce the miracle that God has promised.
Hebrews 11:6 says:
“…without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently (carefully) seek him.”
The amount of money you give is the visible evidence of the intensity (or the bigness) of the invisible faith you are believing God with.
James 2:18 says:
“…Shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will she thee my faith by my works.”
One more thing.
There is an old saying “doubt and do without.”
Doubt is an enemy of every promise God made to you in His Word.
Doubt will steal your joy, kill your hope while destroying your dreams.
That’s why each of us needs to create a strong confession over the seeds we sow.
“Father, in the name of Jesus, I command this Holy Spirit led-seed to go where I tell it to go. . .to do what I tell it to do. . .I speak that it will not return void. In the strong name of Jesus, by the authority of the Word in Matthew 16:19 which says that whatever is bound on earth is bound in heaven. . .I bind any and every hindering spirit that would seek crop failure for the precious seed that I’m sowing. The Word says in John 16:23 that whatever I ask in your name. . .you will give it to me. Father, just as a farmer expects a harvest from the seed he sows into the ground. . .I’m claiming my mega harvest over the seed that I’ve sown. I’m standing in expectation for an immediate bumper crop harvest. In the name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.”
Can somebody say “Hallelujah!”
# 5--Your Offering Must Be Given to a Good Ground Ministry
Matthew 13:8 says:
“…(seed) fell into good ground, and brought forth…hundredfold…. “
It is a well-known fact that seeds must be planted in good ground if they are going to bring forth a harvest.
Poor soil cannot bring forth an abundant harvest. Placing your financial seed into a good-ground ministry is absolutely essential if it is going to produce an abundant financial harvest.
There are many ministries in the earth today. However, all ministries do not qualify as good-ground ministries.
There is one unmistakable characteristic that every good-ground ministry possesses. They vigorously attempt to accomplish the specific assignment God has given them.
The Apostle Paul tells you where to give when you are in a learning situation.
Galatians 6:6 in the Amplified Bible says:
“Let him who receives instruction in the Word [of God] share all good things with his teacher [contributing to his support].”
God says you should give an offering to the one who teaches you His Word. I must tell you this because it is a necessary part of how to give if you want to experience a financial harvest. If I fail to teach you everything that pertains to this subject, my ministry would not qualify as a good ground ministry.
According to the Bible, God is instructing you to plant your seed for the offering that God must multiply into the ministry that is teaching you how to properly make this offering.
There is a second benefit in giving your offering into the ministry of the one who teaches you. This minister will fully understand and believe in what you are doing. In addition, you know the prayers of your teacher will be effective . . . it is his anointing.
James 5:16 says:
“….The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”
#6 Your Offering Must Be Significant to You.
2 Samuel 24:24 (Paraphrased)
“…Neither will I offer…unto the LORD my God of that which doth cost me nothing [that which is precious to me].”
When offering time comes, many uninformed folks just grab something out of their pocket or purse and drop it into the offering plate. Rest assured that God is not going to necessarily accept an offering that is haphazardly given.
Others believe that those who give larger sums of money are more pleasing to God than those who give smaller amounts. This is also not true. Jesus tells of a time when two pennies (mites) were considered to be more valuable to Him than much larger amounts.
“…Jesus…beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much.
“And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites… And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury: For all they did cast in of their abundance (Surplus); but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living.”
This scripture tells us that Jesus is very interested in our innermost thoughts when we make our offering. This verse tells us that Jesus is not nearly as interested in how much is given as He is in our heart condition about the amount we’re giving.
Mark 12:41 says:
“…Jesus… beheld how much the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much.”
During this time, a poor widow throws in two mites. Jesus immediately calls his disciples attention to the fact that this poor widow’s two mites was more meaningful to Him than the big money that was being given.
Mark 12:43 says:
“…this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury:”
To understand why Jesus comes to this conclusion, you must carefully consider the reason He gives his disciples.
Mark 12:44 says:
“For all they did cast in of their abundance [surplus]; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living.”
The thing that made the widow’s offering special was the fact that she was not giving from her surplus funds. She needed every cent she could get her hands on to stay alive. The widow was giving “precious money.” It was household survival money. In contrast, the big donors were giving after their cupboards had been filled and their bills were all paid.
Money that is given from non-discretionary funds is the kind of money God always looks upon as “precious money!”
Notice that the poor widow’s offering was made with money that was desperately needed for living expenses. Jesus immediately understands what she is doing. This causes Him to call His disciples’ attention to the “bigness” of her offering.
Mark 12:44 says:
“…she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living.”
The amount of money that makes your offering truly precious to you will most certainly cause your offering to be precious to God. When you give in this way, your harvest is guaranteed.
#7 You Must Allow God To Guide You In Establishing The Amount You Give
Isaiah 48:17 says:
“I am the LORD thy God which teacheth thee to profit (increase), which leadeth thee by the way that though shouldest go.”
Not only does God promise to teach you how to increase but according to this verse, He will also personally escort you step by step in obtaining the increase He has promised.
If you are sincere about experiencing guaranteed harvests. . .you will gladly welcome any assistance He offers. Don’t hesitate in asking God for guidance because He will answer when you ask for His assistance in increasing your assets.
Matthew 7:7 says:
“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.”
God is the only one who knows exactly what is going to happen in the future. He is also more than willing to prepare you for any unforeseen problems that lie ahead. Because of this, we know that God will gladly tell you exactly how much money you should give so your harvest will be more than enough to meet any unforeseen financial needs.
Here’s what you must now do. Silence your phone and find a quite place. Now, bow your head and ask God how much money He wants you to give. If you already have an amount in mind, mention it to Him in your prayer. It is most likely an amount He has placed in your spirit.
Pay close attention to your inner unction as you ask God about the amount you are to give. If you feel uneasy with an amount, set it aside and present another amount to Him. Do this several times, always paying close attention to your innermost urgings; whether the amount you are presenting makes you peaceful or restless.
When God gives you inner peace about an amount, it is a clear signal that He approves of the amount you have selected.
When you have arrived at the amount that gives you inner peace, you have come to the amount which will bring the guaranteed harvest.BLOG COMMENTS POWERED BY DISQUS