Recently. . .early one morning. . .the Lord gave me a very clear message for every believer.
“During this coronavirus many of my children are living in fear. Since most church services are online. . .many of my children are not doing the one thing that will protect them financially. . .no matter what’s going on around them. While some of my children are still tithing. . .many of them are not being spontaneous in Holy Spirit led giving.”
In fact, He directed me to share a teaching on spontaneous giving.
“Spontaneous giving” is much more than giving when it’s time to receive the offering. That’s not spontaneous.
A regularly scheduled offering is when you know ahead of time you’re going to give. . .you have prepared to give and you give into the offering. . .what God directed you to sow.
When I say spontaneous giving. . .I’m talk about Holy Spirit led giving in a spontaneous manner.
It might be helpful if we understood what the word spontaneous means.
According to dictionary.com the word spontaneous is defined as:
“coming or resulting from a natural impulse or tendency; without effort or premeditation; natural and unconstrained; unplanned; (of a person) given to acting upon sudden impulses; arising from internal forces or causes”
Wow. . .arising from internal forces or causes. . .guess the folks at dictionary.com aren’t familiar enough with the Holy Spirit being an “internal force or cause.”
Spontaneous giving is without premeditation. . .it’s unplanned. . .and yes, it arises from the Holy Spirit. . .the most important of all internal forces or causes.
Now don’t misunderstand, we can be led by the Holy Spirit to give in a regularly scheduled offering also. But there are times when the Holy Spirit will suddenly prompt you to do something for the kingdom of God or for some person that doesn’t have anything to do with somebody saying, “It’s opportunity for prosperity time” or “It’s time to receive the offering.”
Leviticus 22:17-20 in The Living Bible says:
“And the Lord said to Moses, “Tell Aaron and his sons and all the people of Israel that if an Israelite or other person living among you offers a burnt offering sacrifice to the Lord—whether it is to fulfill a promise or is a spontaneous freewill offering—it will only be acceptable to the Lord if it is a male animal without defect; it must be a young bull or a sheep or a goat. Anything that has a defect must not be offered, for it will not be accepted.”
I’m talking about a spontaneous freewill offering that is acceptable to the Lord.
It’s also interesting to note in this verse that the Lord wants our very best in the offerings. We should have such sensitivity to the Holy Spirit that our offerings are well-pleasing to the Lord.
Philippians 4:18 says:
“But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odor of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, well pleasing to God.”
The offering that is well-pleasing to God is the one He tells you to give.
Whether what you give is big or small in your own eyes, the important thing to remember is to listen to the voice of the Lord and obey Him in the offering.
Way too many believers are tipping God because they think that’s what they can afford to sow or are in the habit of giving. Ask God. Only He knows what you need to reap down the road.
If God is not involved in your giving. . .it’s not well-pleasing to Him. . .He won’t accept it. The church or ministry might accept your offering when God is not.
Malachi 1:10 in the Amplified Bible says:
“Oh, that there were even one among you [whose duty it is to minister to Me] who would shut the doors, that you might not kindle fire on My altar to no purpose [an empty, futile, fruitless pretense]! I have no pleasure in you, says the Lord of hosts, nor will I accept an offering from your hand.”
When it comes to Holy Spirit led spontaneous offerings. . .we need to remember that where the Holy Spirit directs. . .He provides.
Luke 22:35 in the Amplified Bible says:
“And He said to them, When I sent you out with no purse or [provision] bag or sandals, did you lack anything? They answered, Nothing!”
As we go through this teaching, we will see how spontaneous giving. . .brought amazing rewards and harvests.
Let’s look at the power and benefit of spontaneous giving.
The young boy with the five loaves and two fishes.
If all giving has to be planned and pre-purposed giving, the little boy wouldn’t have given the five loaves and two fishes that ended up feeding the five thousand plus people.
And yes, this miracle was much bigger than feeding 5,000 people.
Matthew 14:21 says:
“And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, beside women and children.”
According to statistics, the average size family in Israel today is 3.72 members. You gotta love how a family can have fractions. But I’m sure in Biblical times the average family size was even larger but we’re going with the current size.
If there were 5,000 men present that day on a hillside in Galilee. . .it would represent 18,600 people. I think it’s important to realize this miracle is even more significant than feeding the 5,000.
John 6:9 in the Amplified Bible says:
“There is a little boy here, who has [with him] five barley loaves, and two small fish; but what are they among so many people?”
By the way, the parable of the loaves and fishes is the only one mentioned in all four gospels. . .so there must be something important about it for us to understand.
Matthew 14:16-17 says:
“But Jesus said unto them, They need not depart; give ye them to eat. And they say unto him, We have here but five loaves, and two fishes.”
It’s also important to note that at the time of Jesus. . .it was believed that the blessings of a Man of God will cause the bread to multiply.
“God will increase my substance, God will bless what I have” was a common prayer.
They often blessed their bread by commanding, “God, increase it!”
The two fish handed to Jesus were most probably a type of salted sardine that was considered a delicacy. . .they’re much bigger than the kind that comes in a can or on a salad bar and they were considered the best. So the two fish the lad had weren’t picked up from Long John Silver’s or Captain D’s.
In heaven. . . one of the people I want to talk with is the little boy with the loaves and fishes. There are some details that this enquiring mind wants to know.
Just imagine. . .his momma had packed him a nice lunch. I can imagine this young boy setting on the side of a hill about to partake of the very nice sack lunch his momma had prepared for him. As he’s about to chow down. . .Andrew walks up and starts a conversation with him.
To Andrew. . .what the little boy had in his hand wasn’t enough. . .but to the boy it was everything he had and he was willing to share because he made a spontaneous gift.
This lad made a totally unplanned decision to bless others. He no doubt didn’t have any idea of the magnitude of the miracle he was now involved in. But obviously, he gave what he had freely and without reservation.
His decision to give what he had. . .resulted in something much greater than what it would have been to keep it for himself.
Matthew 14:20 in the Amplified Bible says:
“And they all ate and were satisfied. And they picked up twelve [small hand] baskets full of the broken pieces left over.”
The scripture doesn’t say so. . .but I believe this lad went home with much more bread and fish than he came with.
More than that. . .this lad is memorized in scripture.
I can see this lad in heaven. . .saying “Yep, that was me.” When asked why he freely gave such a spontaneous gift he’d probably say: “I just felt led of the Lord to give what I had.”
The young boy had an available supply of food and he had a willingness to give.
When it comes to spontaneous giving. . .that’s what God wants from us . . . a willingness to response to the internal force or cause.
Deuteronomy 15:10 in the Message Bible offers another powerful word:
“Give freely and spontaneously. Don't have a stingy heart. The way you handle matters like this triggers God, your God's, blessing in everything you do, all your work and ventures.”
The way we handle our spontaneous giving. . .will determine God’s blessings in everything we do.
I’m sure some who are reading this email are probably thinking. . .this is definitely not a convenient time for me to be giving.
Has that ever happened to you?
But I have never had the Lord tell me to give and then say:
“Now, Harold, is this a good time for you to give? If it isn’t, that’s okay.
“Do you have everything you need?
“Do you think you could help me out by doing what I said?”
When God asks you to do something. . . if you have clarity that God has told you to do something. . .then you also would have clarity that God knows your condition.
God knows your circumstances. He knows what you’re going though. He knows what you owe. He knows what you need to have. He knows what you have coming, but He still prompted you to do it because there’s something He wants to eternalize in your life.
Spontaneous giving can open the door that breakthrough walks through.
There will be certain spontaneous giving moments that will arise in your life that will make the difference between whether you ascend to where God wants you to be or whether you experience life and are okay. . .but you never reach that place where you could be.
You’re going to have to recognize those moments and take advantage of them, even when opposition comes.
The Shunamite woman was a spontaneous giver.
2 Kings 4:8 in the King James Version says:
“And it fell on a day, that Elisha passed to Shunem, where was a great woman; and she constrained him to eat bread. And so it was, that as oft as he passed by, he turned in thither to eat bread.”
The Amplified Bible refers to the Shunamite woman as “. . .prominent and influential woman. . .”
The New Living Translation calls her a “wealthy woman.”
The Message Bible calls her “a leading lady of the town.”
One day this prominent, influential and wealthy woman was sitting on her front porch. . .drinking lemonade when she saw the man of God walking by. She made a spontaneous decision to get off that front porch so she could honor. . .bless and care for the man of God.
According to Strong’s Concordance the Hebrew word for constrained is H2388 and it means:
“to strengthen, prevail, harden, be strong, become strong, be courageous, be firm, grow firm, be resolute”
In other words, this woman had made up her mind that she was going to take care of the prophet. The scripture doesn’t tell us, but for it to use this type of terminology it seems almost that Elisha may have been somewhat resistant to accept what she was offering, but she constrained him.
The Bible says that she was resolute. She determined that she was going to be a blessing to him.
2 Kings 4:9 the woman says:
“I perceive that this is a holy man of God, so let’s make an addition to our house and bless him.”
She had blessing the prophet on her mind, and as I said before, when you make blessing others your priority, God makes blessing you His priority.
God gave us a brain. . .He gave us the ability to be led by the Spirit so we will know what God wants us to do.
2 Kings 4:10 in the Amplified Bible says:
“Let us make a little chamber, I pray thee, on the wall; and let us set for him there a bed, and a table, and a stool, and a candlestick: and it shall be, when he cometh to us, that he shall turn in thither.”
Elisha now had a nice place to stay while on his journey. . .the Man of God was blessed by the generosity of the Shunamite woman.
2 Kings 4:12-14 in the Amplified Bible says:
“And he said to Gehazi his servant, “Call this Shunammite.” So he called her and she stood before him.
13 Now he said to Gehazi, “Say to her now, ‘You have gone to all this trouble for us; what can I do for you? Would you like to be mentioned to the king or to the captain of the army?’” She answered, “I live among my own people [in peace and security and need no special favors].”
14 Later Elisha said, “What then is to be done for her?” Gehazi answered, “Well, she has no son and her husband is old.”
This woman didn’t have any children and the scripture says her husband was old. Now when the Bible says somebody is old, if you understand old in terms of Bible days, then you understand that he was most probably really old.
At that time and in that part of the world people perceived that the blessings of God were on them if they did have children and they perceived that something was wrong if you didn’t have children.
So all this time she had lived with this where maybe she didn’t understand. Maybe she battled and maybe she believed. We don’t know exactly what the deal was. We just know she didn’t have a child. So, for her to get a son was a very emotional thing to her. That’s why she responded to Elisha in the way she did.
In 2 Kings 4:15-17. . .Elisha tells the woman that she will have a son within one year’s time.
The spontaneous and generous giving of the Shunamite woman led to her receiving the desires of her heart.
The honor the Shulamite woman showed the prophet gave her what man couldn’t. . .the child she had wanted.
Here are seven facts about the woman we need to discuss.
First, she was open to the direction of the Lord.
Second, she was a passionate and consistent giver.
As often as the man of God passed by. . .she blessed him.
Third, she went the extra mile by building an upper chamber for the Man of God.
Fourth, her giving set in motion the ability of God to reward her.
Fifth, the Shunamite woman gave what she had and received what she didn’t have. . .a son.
Sixth, her generous giving put her in a covenant of protection.
When her son. . .her reward from God died. . .the prophet brought him back to life.
Seventh, her giving put her in a covenant of provision.
Later in her life. . .when she needed her land restored to her. . .The reward of divine intervention was already in place with the King. More on that in a few minutes.
This last point in very important and is one that isn’t often discussed when the story of the Shunamite woman is preached.
Spirit-led givers such as the Shunamite woman receive divine instructions during times of adversity such as droughts, famine and other dangers.
The first time we read about the Shunamite woman she is already a wealthy woman and everything seems to be going her way.
However, as we know. . .sometimes painfully so. . .the riches of this world are subject to inflation, natural disasters, changes in the economy and personal catastrophic events.
Even though the scripture calls the Shunamite woman wealthy. . .there was a seven-year famine that hit the land and she left all her wealth behind when she moved to a more prosperous region.
However, the generous giving of this woman protected this woman during times of uncertainty and lack.
The seeds sown by the Shunamite woman secured her future.
Here are four amazing scriptural facts about the trials of the Shunamite woman.
First, the woman received inside information and divine instruction during the famine.
2 Kings 8:1 in the Amplified Bible says:
“Now Elisha had said to the [Shunammite] woman whose son he had restored to life, “Prepare and go, you and your household, and [a]stay temporarily wherever you can; for the Lord has called for a famine, and moreover, it will come on the land [and continue] for seven years.”
Second, she walked in favor being allowed to sit among Kings and Princes.
2 Kings 8:5 in the Amplified Bible says:
“And [just] as Gehazi was telling the king how Elisha had restored the dead to life, behold, the woman whose son he had restored to life appealed to the king for her house and for her land. And Gehazi said, “My lord, O king, this is the woman and this is her son, whom Elisha restored to life.”
Third, she received restoration of the wealth and land she lost.
2 Kings 8:6 in the Amplified Bible says:
“When the king asked the woman, she told him [everything]. So the king appointed for her a certain high official, saying, “Restore everything that was hers, including all the produce of the field since the day that she left the land until now.”
Fourth, givers walk in divine timing.
The Shunamite woman walked in at just the right time. . .divine intervention is no coincidence.
2 Kings 8:5 in the Amplified Bible says:
“. . . And Gehazi said, “My lord, O king, this is the woman and this is her son, whom Elisha restored to life.”
Our financial circumstances have definitely changed because of the world-wide pandemic.
Your once successful business could bottom out. The company you work for could close its doors or you could be laid off or fired from your job.
An attack on your health or that of a family member could leave you broke.
Be encouraged. . .like the Shunamite woman. . .the seeds you’ve sown has secured your future.
If we want to move in the kind of peace, provision, prosperity and protection the Shunamite woman walked in. . .then, maybe it’s time for us to get off the front porch when it comes to our giving.
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