What Matters Most To God - Outline

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Genesis 8:22 KJV

“While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.”

1.         We Worship God by Our Giving.

Psalm 116:12 AMPC

“What shall I render to the Lord for all His benefits toward me? [How can I repay Him for all His bountiful dealings?]”

Psalm 116:14 NLT

“I will keep my promises to the Lord in the presence of all his people.”

Ecclesiastes 5:1-7 TLB

“...Don’t be a fool who doesn’t even realize it is sinful to make rash promises to God...So when you talk to God and vow to him that you will do something, don’t delay in doing it, for God has no pleasure in fools.  Keep your promise to him.  It is far better not to say you’ll do something than to say you will and then not do it.  In that case, your mouth is making you sin.  Don’t try to defend yourself by telling the messenger from God that it was all a mistake (to make the vow).  That would make God very angry; and he might destroy your prosperity.  Dreaming instead of doing is foolishness, and there is ruin in a flood of empty words...

First, if you make rash promises to God. . .you’re a fool. . .whether you realize it or not.

Second, if you delay in doing what you promised God. . .then you’re a fool and God will take no pleasure in you.

Third, it’s better to keep your mouth shut than commit to something you’re not going to do.

Fourth, never allow the words of your mouth to willingly lead you into sin.

Fifth, making excuses for your failure to do what you promised will just make God angry.

Sixth, your failure to follow through on what you say you’re going to do. . .and could destroy your prosperity.

Seventh,only talking about your dreams. . .instead of doing something about them. . .is foolishness.

Psalm 116:17 KJV

“I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of the Lord.”

Philippians 4:6 AMPC

“Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.”

2 Corinthians 9:11-12 AMPC

“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. For the service that the ministering of this fund renders does not only fully supply what is lacking to the saints (God's people), but it also overflows in many [cries of] thanksgiving to God.” 

2.         We Please God by Our Giving.

Philippians 4:18 KJV

“But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour 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.

Malachi 1:10 AMPC

“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.”

3.         Our giving allows God to act on our behalf.

Malachi 3:8 AMPC

“Will a man rob or defraud God? Yet you rob and defraud Me. But you say, In what way do we rob or defraud You? [You have withheld your] tithes and offerings.”

Malachi 3:10 AMPC

“Bring all the tithes (the whole tenth of your income) into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and prove Me now by it, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.”

4.         Our Giving thwarts the enemy’s plans.

First, he hates it when you sow because he knows. . .you will reap a harvest.

Second, the enemy creates false beliefs about money to rob you of your potential for success.

The theology that to be poor meant you were godly originated as a desire to control rather than deliver the children of God

Romans 1:13 KJV

“Now I would not have you ignorant, brethren, that oftentimes I purposed to come unto you, (but was let hitherto,) that I might have some fruit among you also, even as among other Gentiles.”

Ecclesiastes 9:16 CEV

“So I decided that wisdom is better than strength. Yet if you are poor, no one pays any attention to you, no matter how smart you are.”

5.         God uses giving to get us out of trouble.

Genesis 27:41 KJV

“And Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing wherewith his father blessed him: and Esau said in his heart, The days of mourning for my father are at hand; then will I slay my brother Jacob.”

Genesis 32:4-5 NLT

“He told them, “Give this message to my master Esau: ‘Humble greetings from your servant Jacob. Until now I have been living with Uncle Laban, and now I own cattle, donkeys, flocks of sheep and goats, and many servants, both men and women. I have sent these messengers to inform my lord of my coming, hoping that you will be friendly to me.’”

Genesis 32:7-8 AMPC

Then Jacob was greatly afraid and distressed; and he divided the people who were with him, and the flocks and herds and camels, into two groups, thinking, If Esau comes to the one group and smites it, then the other group which is left will escape.”

Genesis 32:20-21 MSG

“He thought, “I will soften him up with the succession of gifts. Then when he sees me face-to-face, maybe he’ll be glad to welcome me.”  So his gifts went before him while he settled down for the night in the camp.”

Genesis 33:10 MSG

“Jacob said, "Please. If you can find it in your heart to welcome me, accept these gifts. When I saw your face, it was as the face of God smiling on me. Accept the gifts I have brought for you. God has been good to me and I have more than enough." Jacob urged the gifts on him and Esau accepted.” 

2 Samuel 24:15 NLT

“So the Lord sent a plague upon Israel that morning, and it lasted for three days.  A total of 70,000 people died throughout the nation, from Dan in the north to Beersheba in the south.”

2 Samuel 24:25 NLT

“David built an altar there to the Lord and sacrificed burnt offerings and peace offerings. And the Lord answered his prayer for the land, and the plague on Israel was stopped.”

6.         Our Giving Creates Moments Of Unlimited Blessings.

2 Chronicles 1:6 KJV

“And Solomon went up thither to the brazen altar before the Lord, which was at the tabernacle of the congregation, and offered a thousand burnt offerings upon it.

2 Chronicles 1:7 AMPC

“That night God appeared to Solomon and said to him, Ask what I shall give you.”

2 Chronicles 1:8-10 KJV

“And Solomon said unto God, Thou hast shewed great mercy unto David my father, and hast made me to reign in his stead.  Now, O Lord God, let thy promise unto David my father be established:  for thou hast made me king over a people like the dust of the earth in multitude.  Give me now wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people:  for who can judge this thy people, that is so great?”

2 Chronicles 1:11-12 says:

God replied to Solomon, Because this was in your heart and you have not asked for riches, possessions, honor,andglory, or the life of your foes, or even for long life, but have asked wisdom and knowledge for yourself, that you may ruleandjudge My people over whom I have made you king,

Wisdom and knowledge are granted you. And I will give you riches, possessions, honor,andglory, such as none of the kings had before you, and none after you shall have their equal.”

7.         Giving Creates Conversation And Change

Philippians 4:14-15 KJV

“Notwithstanding ye have well done, that ye did communicate with my affliction.  Now ye Philippians know also, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church communicated with me as concerning giving and receiving, but ye only.”

Hebrews 11:4 AMPC

“[Prompted, actuated] by faith Abel brought God a better and more acceptable sacrifice than Cain, because of which it was testified of him that he was righteous [that he was upright and in right standing with God], and God bore witness by accepting and acknowledging his gifts. And though he died, yet [through the incident] he is still speaking.”

Matthew 26:10 AMPC

“But Jesus, fully aware of this, said to them, Why do you bother the woman? She has done a noble (praiseworthy and beautiful) thing to Me.”

Matthew 26:13 AMPC

“Truly I tell you, wherever this good news (the Gospel) is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will be told also, in memory of her.”

Acts 10:4 AMPC

“And he, gazing intently at him, became frightened and said, What is it, Lord? And the angel said to him, Your prayers and your [generous] gifts to the poor have come up [as a sacrifice] to God and have been remembered by Him.”

Proverbs 24:12 NLT

“Don’t excuse yourself by saying, “Look, we didn’t know.” For God understands all hearts, and he sees you. He who guards your soul knows you knew. He will repay all people as their actions deserve.”

God will repay us as our “actions deserve.”