As we begin this teaching, I’m going to make two bold, but scripturally accurate statements.
First, your income is in direct correlation to your giving.
In the Thesaurus, the word correlation also means connection. So let me say the statement a little differently.
"Your income is a direct connection to your giving."
I’ve said this next statement numerous times before. . .but I’m going to keep teaching it until it becomes as natural to us as the air we breathe.
God does not prosper usfor the purpose of raising our standard of living. He prospers us so that we can raise our standard of giving.
Second, God prospers us to raise our standard of giving.
With these two thoughts in mind. . .let’s now examine seven benefits of being a Giver.
Benefit # 1 Giving Always Results in Receiving
Giving always results in receiving! We have God’s Word on it:
Luke 6:38 says:
“Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal [measure]it shall be measured to you again.”
The Message Bible translation of Luke 6:38 says:
“Give away your life; you'll find life given back, but not merely given back—given back with bonus and blessing. Giving, not getting, is the way. Generosity begets generosity."
Look closely at these key points
1. God promises to return your gift to you. He says you will receive a “good measure,” literally “running over.” God will bless you when you give to Him.
2. God says your blessings will come from men who shall give to you. God uses people, and so He has no difficulty blessing you from unexpected places. The source God uses doesn’t matter.
What is important is that you understand this biblical principle: when you give, you will receive a return.
3. You will receive in the same measure that you give. Remember, the measure is not how much you give, but how much you give in proportion to your income.
This scripture does not promise that if you give five dollars, you will receive five dollars in return. It says if the five dollars you gave is simply casual pocket money, you will not receive a very large return. You will receive the five dollars back, but not in a greatly multiplied measure.
However, if that five dollars is a very critical part of your remaining funds, a precious seed out of your limited remaining resources, it becomes a great measure in God’s eyes, and you will receive a great measure in return from Him. Your gift will be greatly multiplied.
When you become a giver, you automatically move yourself into the realm of a receiver. There are no exceptions to this rule.
However, there are levels of receiving: “. . . some thirty, and some sixty, and some an hundred[fold]” (Mark 4:8).
The measure we use in giving will determine the measure God will apply to us in receiving. No matter with what measure we give our gift, when we give to God, we will receive a return.
“Give, and it shall be given unto you . ..”(Luke 6:38).
Galatians 6:7 in the Amplified Bible says:
“Be not deceived [don’t be fooled]; God is not mocked [He cannot be fooled]: For whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”
Do not forget it! Giving always results in receiving.
Benefit # 2 Giving Is Your God-Given Right
Let’s look at Luke 6:38 again.
“Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.”
The above promise is not restricted to any particular group of saints. Every saint has the right to claim it if he or she puts into action God’s principle of giving.
What a joy and a God-given right it is for you to be a giver!
Suppose your local bank promised you that every time you wrote a check, it would credit your account with more than enough funds to cover the draft.
Surely you would consider yourself a very fortunate person.
At first, you would probably be a bit cautious, and write checks for moderate amounts. But, as the bank proved itself faithful and honored your checks again and again, putting more and more money into your account, you would soon realize that this wonderful new relationship was opening up a whole new life to you and your loved ones.
Not only would it be a blessing to you, but any neighbor or friend who found out about your bank would want to have the same sort of account. It would be wrong for your bank to offer this program to you alone.
Of course, we know that banks don’t operate that way, but God clearly declares He does!
He promises to give us back more than we give, and He guarantees this return to all His depositors (all those who give to His work).
When I say all, I mean all!
God declares in His Word that He is no respecter of persons. More than once He promises that we will receive in return more than we give, every single time!
Are you grasping that truth?
Since the resources of the entire universe are at His creative disposal, our Heavenly Father will never run out of funds. He will always be able to meet His promise of giving back to us more than we give to Him.
Do you see what this message is doing to your thinking about giving to God? Giving to Him is not an obligation. It is an opportunity to put God’s biblical principles into action!
It is a chance to begin operating your heavenly checking account according to a principle that contradicts the world: the more you give away to God’s work, the more He will return to you so that you can give to His work again!
2 Corinthians 9:11 in The Living Bible says:
“Yes, God will give you much so that you can give away much.”
If the entire Body of Christ began to operate in accordance with this biblical principle, we would witness the abundance Moses experienced in the Book of Exodus. His people were so willing to give to build the sanctuary that Moses finally had to stop the giving.
Exodus 36:6,7 says:
“Let neither man nor woman make any more work for the offering of the sanctuary. So the people were restrained from bringing.”
“For the stuff they had was sufficient for all the work to make it, and too much.”
Begin to grasp your God-given right of giving. Act upon God’s promise to return to you more than you give. If you will do so, there will come a day when the abundance of God will literally overtake you. You will have enough money to fulfill every desire to give to God, with plenty left over to meet your every need.
Benefit # 3 Giving Unleashes Power in Your Life
When you give to God, your gift allows God the opportunity to bless you, to keep His promises, and to give you more than enough. By your faithful obedience in giving your tithes and offerings, you set into motion God’s principles of biblical economics. Your precious gifts unleash God’s power in several areas of your life.
1. Your gift will prosper you. God promises that when you are a giver, your gift will increase and multiply.
Proverbs 17:8 says:
“ A gift . . . whithersoever it turneth, it prospereth.”
2. Your gift will provide you a place in life, and will bring you before great (godly) men in society.
Proverbs 18:16 says:
“ A man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.”
3. Your gift will bring you friends.
Proverbs 19:6 says:
“every man is a friend to him that giveth gifts.”
This does not advocate buying friends with your money. It simply means that your giving sets up a magnetism that draws others to you.
4. Your gift will stop anger.
Proverbs 21:14 saus”
“A gift in secret pacifieth anger . . . .”
Just for fun, try this when someone is angry with you. Send that person a secret gift and watch his anger calm down. Don’t ask me how it works; I don’t know. But it does work, for I have seen it do so again and again.
Do you understand what God intends to do to your life when you give? When you are a cheerful giver, God will bless you and give you back many blessings out of His abundance!
God cares aboutyou and He ministers to you in many areas when you unleash the biblical process of giving.
Not only does He minister to you in the area of finances, He also ministers spiritually to you, and to those around you. Being a great giver produces a positive, cooperative atmosphere all around you!
Benefit # 4 Giving Will Spread the Gospel
You know that Moses was overwhelmed by the generosity of the Israelites and asked them to stop giving. They had literally given too much!
I believe that if Christians will grasp the principles of biblical economics in this teaching, and apply them in their daily lives, every church, every mission outreach, every Christian television ministry—and yes, every Christian home in our world—will be able to say, “Stop, Lord, we’ve got too much!”
Your faithfulness in giving to God’s work guaranteesthat a day of abundant prosperity will eventually come to you, a time when the reapers will overtake the sowers.
But no matter how long it takes the whole church world to come to that moment, you can begin right now to have more than enough by applying these principles and seeing their benefits materialize in your life before your very eyes.
That is not my promise; it is God’s promise!
When you learn to act upon this promise, you just begin to ask God how large your financial gift should be.
Whatever God tells you to do, you will have the money to do it—when you catch this God-given vision!
Remember, giving is a key part of your Christian walk. It is not a separate, non-spiritual act of writing out a check. Giving your finances to God is a deep, personal interaction with God Himself, and is as much a part of your Christianity as your time of prayer. So do not just give your money without thought or prayer. Ask God where you should direct your gifts, and even ask Him how much you should give. God has a definite plan for your finances, and He cares about your individual offerings.
As we’ve taught before there are more scriptures about money and possessions than faith, prayer and healing combined. So you can be sure God is concerned about your personal possessions and finances.
He cares about every part of your life, and each part relates to your overall walk as a Christian.
Remember, giving will help spread the gospel.
Romans 10:14-15 says:
“How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?”
“And how shall they preach, except they be sent? “
I believe there is an answer to this crucial question. They will be sent by those who have complete dominion over every aspect of their finances, those who have put God’s plan of giving and receiving to work.
Benefit # 5 Giving Brings a Harvest
Most Christians do not have an agricultural mentality. They read a book or hear a sermon and give an offering to God, then wake up Monday morning complaining: “Hey, Brother Harold, I gave, but it didn’t work.”
The Bible says whatever you have planted will come up.
You see, giving to God is like a farmer planting seed. The day after he plants, the farmer does not run out to his field and say, “It didn’t work! It didn’t work! My wheat seed didn’t come up.”
Today, many people function in a technological mentality. Everything is instant. We have instant downloads, instant coffee, instant mashed potatoes, and instant banking.
But, the principles of biblical economics are based on farming, not technological principles. God is not the great spiritual slot machine in the sky.
You do not put in a hundred dollars and instantly get back a thousand. No, you plant a hundred dollars into God’s work. You let that seed grow, mature, and develop so that “in due season” God will return to you many times what you have planted.
It takes faith and patience to bring these God-given principles to their fullest potential. You must regularly plant your seed. At first your sowing may look futile.
However, there will come a day when the harvest will begin to come up in such abundance that you will have more than enough!
Galatians 6:9 says:
“in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”
When you begin to receive the harvest, go ahead and eat some of the seed. Go ahead and buy a nice car or a new suit, or whatever you desire. Just be sure you save enough seed to plant again.
Keep putting more money seeds into the gospel. Then God will return to you even more of His abundance in constantly increasing harvests so that you can finance His end-time work.
Benefit # 6 Giving Always Prospers the Giver
By the world’s principles of economics, when you give something away, you then have less. If you give away money or land or food, that leaves you with less of the thing you have given away.
But that is not the case according to God’s principles of economics. He teaches that when you give something away italways ends up returning to you, multiplied.
You cannot lose ground, you only gain it by giving to God.
Proverbs 11:24 in the New King James Version says:
“There is one who scatters, yet increases more; And there is one who withholds more than is right, But it leads to poverty.”
According to God’s principles of economics, when you give a gift, you release His energy into your own life to duplicate the gift in multiplied quantity. It is similar to the seed of a plant. There is something God has placed within it that releases a multiplication effect.
Gifts become very powerful forces that reach beyond the natural realminto the spirit realm. They increase, some thirtyfold, some sixtyfold, and some a hundredfold.
The world says that giving a gift depletes wealth. Logic says that when a person gives something away, he no longer has it. But, God’s Word says that a gift does not deplete a person’s assets, it increases them!
The principles in God’s Word teach that every gift you give becomes an invisible miracle force that draws right back to you more of whatever you have given away. That is a powerful concept.
Look again at this marvelous promise God makes to the giver.
Proverbs 19:6 says:
“Many will entreat the favor of the prince: and every man is a friend to him that giveth gifts.”
When you give gifts, it shows that you are willing to meet the needs of others.
The Bible teaches that because of your generous nature, you will have friends.
Your gift will not “buy” their friendship, but your generous nature will supernaturally attract people who will have your well-being at heart because they see the giving heart of God living in you.
The dimension of this supernatural power will even reach into the camp of your enemies. When you obey God in every aspect of your life, which includes giving as He directs you, even your enemies will be caught up in a new attitude toward you.
Proverbs 16:7 says:
“When a man’s ways please the Lord, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.”
Your gift is a natural key that unleashes a supernatural miracle-working force in your life.Giving always prospers you.
Benefit # 7 God’s Giving Guarantee
We have learned that giving releases supernatural miracle-working power in and through our lives.
Now I want you to realize that this entire process is completely guaranteed! It is a spiritual law, as powerful and as dependable as any natural law:
Luke 6:38 says:
“Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal [measure] it shall be measured to you again.”
Galatians 6:7 says:
“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”
So often, when the offering plate is passed in church, or a ministry asks for your support, a question goes through your mind: “Can I afford to give?”
Well, you are asking the wrong question. The question you should be asking yourself is: “Can I afford not to give?” That is especially true if you need a harvest of money to meet future demands. And who doesn’t?
You see, God has guaranteed that a gift always comes back, in good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over. Whatever you sow … you will reap. There is a spiritual law as well as a physical law of sowing and reaping.
That is certainly better than Wall Street can promise you! That’s better than the interest at your local bank! The Bible says that men will give into your bosom. (Notice, it does not just say the saints will give to you; it simply says “men.”)
Today, there are more than 5 billion people in the world—that’s how many instruments God has available to bless you. That’s God’s promise. When you give to His work, you can trust God to give back to you.
Once again, this process of returning the gift to you is not just left to chance. It is a guaranteed rate of return: it comes back to you in the same measure that you gave.
If you give a thimbleful, you will get back many times thimble amounts of blessing.
If you give a teaspoonful, you will get back many times that amount of blessing. But, if you upgrade your gift and start giving by the shovelful, look out, because God must move up to shovels of blessings.
Do not be afraid if you want to move into the “big league” of giving. God has truckloads for those who give by the truckload. You see, He promises the same measure as you give. Give a little, and you will receive a little. Give a lot, and God will overwhelm you with His blessings in return.
2 Corinthians 9:6 in The Living Bible says:
“But remember this—if you give little, you will get little. A farmer who plants just a few seeds will get only a small crop, but if he plants much, he will reap much.”
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