Topic: Be A Giver [Monday September 18, 2017]
“I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.’’(Acts 20:35 KJV)
One of the lies the devil is sowing in the hearts of believers today is the mentality that we live in the time of shortage and lack and so you do not have to stress yourself when it comes to giving. The mentality of lack and shortage came as a result of the fall because before the fall, Man had access to the vast resources of the earth. In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth and there was nothing lacking.
After the fall, man lost access to the resources and had to labour before he could eat. God said to him “In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread…” However, the good news is that what we lost in Adam, we have gained back in Christ. The irony, however, is that in-spite of our inheritance in Christ Jesus, a lot of us still operate with a shortage mentality and the result is that we are still penny-pinching. We refuse to give and as such we cannot receive all that God has put in stock for us. The result is that the man who thinks lack and shortage will naturally withhold, and will, therefore, experience lack, because as a man thinks in his heart, so he is.
Beloved, you must understand that giving is the way of God. God is the biggest giver – He gave his only begotten Son to die for the whole world. The wisdom of the world emphasizes receiving while the wisdom of God emphasizes giving.
I challenge you to give Him your best anytime you have the opportunity to do so. No man can out give God because when you give, you are actually asking him to multiply your harvest. Don’t ever forget that it is he who gives seed to the sower and bread to the eater. If there was any time to give sacrificially, it is now. As you give cheerfully, expect him to fill your barn and expect your storehouses to overflow.
Further Reading: 2 Corinthians 9:8
Daily Bible Reading: Morning- Proverbs 30-31; Evening- 2 Corinthians 11:1-15
Written by Dr. Mike Okonkwo; Is the Presiding Bishop of The Redeemed Evangelical Mission (TREM); a versatile man of God with over 30 years of dedicated service unto the Lord.