Here is the teaching outline for SUNDAY NITE LIVE. Join us at 6 PM EST.
God’s instructions are not situational. . .they don’t vary based on current economic conditions, which party is in power, your personal circumstances or unrest anywhere in the world. The principles in his Word are clear and absolute. This is important to know … now more then ever.
If you want to experience God’s power. . .you must know His Word.
Matthew 22:29 KJV
“Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.”
Matthew 22:29 NLT
“Jesus replied, “Your mistake is that you don’t know the Scriptures, and you don’t know the power of God.”
Matthew 22:29 CEV
“Jesus answered: You are completely wrong! You don't know what the Scriptures teach. And you don't know anything about the power of God.”
Matthew 22:29 MSG
“Jesus answered, "You're off base on two counts: You don't know your Bibles, and you don't know how God works.”
Sounding spiritual doesn’t make you spirit-led.
1. If you don’t give now. . .the Bible says you never will.
Ecclesiastes 11:4 AMPC
“He who observes the wind [and waits for all conditions to be favorable] will not sow, and he who regards the clouds will not reap.”
Ephesians 11:4 NLT
“If you wait for perfect conditions, you’ll never get anything done.”
Luke 16:10 KJV
“He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.”
Luke 16:10 NLT
“If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities.”
If you don’t sow what you got right now. . .you will never sow later on.
2. Things are never so tight that you can’t afford to give.
Nowhere in the scripture does God tell people not to give when things are bad.
3. Saying you have nothing to give means you aren’t applying the Word of God.
2 Corinthians 9:10 AMPC
“And [God] Who provides seed for the sower and bread for eating will also provide and multiply your [resources for] sowing and increase the fruits of your righteousness [[which manifests itself in active goodness, kindness, and charity].
2 Corinthians 9:6 NLT
“Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop.”
Galatians 6:7 AMPC
“Do not be deceived and deluded and misled; God will not allow Himself to be sneered at (scorned, disdained, or mocked by mere pretensions or professions, or by His precepts being set aside.) [He inevitably deludes himself who attempts to delude God.] For whatever a man sows, that and that only is what he will reap.”
4. If you doubt it. . .you will never get it. . .nor live it.
One of the enemy’s greatest weapons is to create doubt in our minds about the promises of God.
Mark 11:23 says:
“For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.”
James 1:5-7 AMPC
“If any of you is deficient in wisdom, let him ask of the giving God [Who gives] to everyone liberally and ungrudgingly, without reproaching or faultfinding, and it will be given him.
“6 Only it must be in faith that he asks with no wavering (no hesitating, no doubting). For the one who wavers (hesitates, doubts) is like the billowing surge out at sea that is blown hither and thither and tossed by the wind.
“7 For truly, let not such a person imagine that he will receive anything [he asks for] from the Lord.”
1. If you need wisdom. . .ask Him He will give it to you.
2. Ask in faith
3. Don’t doubt
4. Doubters are unstable
5. Doubters will never receive anything from God.
James 1:7 NLT
“Such people [doubters] should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.”
5. You’re blessed so you can bless others.
Genesis 12:1-3 KJV
“Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kingdom, and form thy father’s house, unto a land that I will bless thee, and make thy name great; AND THOU SHALT BE A BLESSING. And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall ALL FAMILIES OF THE EARTH BE BLESSED.”
James 2:15-16 KJV
“If brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?”
I really want you to get ahold of this next statement…write it down…get it deep into your spirit.
God does not prosper you for the purpose of raising your standard of living. He prospers you so that you can raise your standard of giving.
Genesis 12:2 KJV
“And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing.”
2 Corinthians 9:8 AMPC
“And God is able to make all grace (every favor and earthly blessing) come to you in abundance, so that you may always and under all circumstances and whatever the need be self-sufficient [possessing enough to require no aid or support and furnished in abundance for every good work and charitable donation].”
6. God wants everybody else but you to make a difference in the world.
Jeremiah 1:5 KJV
“Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.”
Hear me very clearly. . .there are four things I want you to get deep in your spirit.
First, it doesn’t matter if you don’t know what that need is yet.
Second, it doesn’t matter if you don’t feel qualified to meet anybody else’s need.
Third, it doesn’t matter if you wonder how you can help meet anybody else’s needs when you can’t even meet your own.
Fourth, it doesn’t matter if you can’t see your potential as a difference maker because God can. . .and He’s the only One that counts.
Galatians 1:15 AMPC
“But when He, Who had chosen and set me apart [even] before I was born and had called me by His grace (His undeserved favor and blessing), saw fit and was pleased.”
Jeremiah 29:11 NIV
“For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Titus 3:14 NLT
“Our people must learn to do good by meeting the urgent needs of others; then they will not be unproductive.”
7. Five scriptures you don’t need to know. . .if you want to ignore God’s plans for your life.
Isaiah 43:1-2 MSG
“. . .Don't be afraid, I've redeemed you. I've called your name. You're mine. When you're in over your head, I'll be there with you. When you're in rough waters, you will not go down. When you're between a rock and a hard place, it won't be a dead end—Because I am God, your personal God.”
Psalm 141:8-9 NLT
“But my eyes are fixed on you, Sovereign LORD; in you I take refuge—do not give me over to death. Keep me safe from the traps set by evildoers, from the snares they have laid for me.”
Ecclesiastes 2:26 AMPC
“For to the person who pleases Him God gives wisdom and knowledge and joy; but to the sinner He gives the work of gathering and heaping up, that he may give to one who pleases God. This also is vanity and a striving after the wind and a feeding on it.”
Job 27:13, 16-17 NLT
“This is what the wicked will receive from God; this is their inheritance from the Almighty.. . .Evil people may have piles of money and may store away mounds of clothing. But the righteous will wear that clothing, and the innocent will divide that money.”
Psalm 37:7, 9 NLT
“Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for him to act. Don’t worry about evil people who prosper or fret about their wicked schemes. . . For the wicked will be destroyed, but those who trust in the Lord will possess the land.”