Giving is one of the most important principles of the kingdom. The attitude in which we give is the measure by which Father is able to respond to our need to complete the mission He has given to us. Father has given principles we are intended to use. Giving by God’s standard is the opposite to the world’s way of getting. Father wants to bless us and He wants to give to us. He has several principles in the scriptures we need to know and understand. It incorporates the old principles of tithing and adds to tithing new giving ideas. First I want to address the area of tithing that is given in the book of Malachi 3:8-12. This scripture is rather long but it needs to be understood to grasp the new giving ideas. In verse 8, “Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.” In verse 9, “Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.” In verse 10, ” Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of host, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.” In verse 11, “And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruit of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the Lord of host.” In verse 12, “And all nations shall call your blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the Lord of host.” First of all we need to break the curse that we are all under, because we all have stolen from God. I am not going into all the ways we have stolen. I do want to ask a question. Are you able to receive the blessing of God? If you are not, some of the curse is having an affect on you. You still have the curse on you until you do not have room enough to receive anymore. That is what verse 10 said.
Let me go on because there is much more. All this is to happen if you just tithe. The scripture said He will rebuke the enemy just because you give. Your giving produces strength to the rebuke on your behalf. The enemy will not be able to destroy the fruit of your labor either in the world nor in the things you have been doing for God. If the enemy has stolen from you, you have a right to demand its return. As a matter of fact, you can demand them to return seven times greater than before: Proverbs 6:30-31, “Men do not despise a thief, if he steal to satisfy his soul when he is hungry;31 But if he be found, he shall restore sevenfold; he shall give all the substance of his house.” The problem is that you must catch the thief that stole from you. Also in Malachi 3:11, it says “neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field,..” This means untimely acts will not happen prematurely in your life and ministry. It is a form of protection from Father so that your maturity in life and ministry is not set back or damaged as a new crop with fresh new growth is damaged by frost or premature exposure. If we seek God’s plan for our life and ministry and follow it, there is built into God’s plan all His provision for protection and success. Many times I have gotten ahead of the time table and have almost destroyed myself and the people around me. I did not listen nor follow what I knew in my heart I should have done. At times you can get ahead of Father and it does not have too much significance. However, there are some things Father will not let you do regardless of how hard you try. The timing is so important. If you do not yield to Him you may get hurt. Timing is very important to those receiving revelation from God. The Lord’s appointed time to share is of the utmost importance. Sometimes it is very difficult to practice patience because you want to share the wonderful things God has given. All of this is from the law. If you break the curse and tithe, all these opportunities for blessings are there for you; and you also take away the opportunities the enemy has for cursing you.
The new type of giving ideas are actually available and are already here. They come not from the law, but from the heart. We can find these new ideas of giving in II Corinthians 9:6-8, “But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall also reap sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap bountifully.” In verse 7, “Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.” In verse 8, “And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye always having all grace abound toward you: that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work…” Paul is saying, the attitude of the heart is a most important part of giving. Giving is determined by your heart. We do as the heart tells us. Do we give with a grudge? Paul tells us not to do it that way. We can do it that way but it is not the best way. Do not give because you want something back or of necessity. The law will still see that we will receive a return, but it is not the best. If the heart is in tune with God, He will tell you what to give, and you will be content. If the heart is hurt and twisted then the giving is twisted. If the heart is hurt and wounded, the wound will twist what we hear from God even though what we heard was pure. When we communicate to others what we’ve heard, the words coming through a twisted and wounded heart, will also be twisted and may well injure the hearers rather than heal. When the heart is healed, then the giving will result in all of II Corinthians verse 8. We will “always having all sufficiency in all things.” You know if you have “all sufficiency in all things.” This is Father’s best to live this way. He wants us to have this abundant life or He would not have said it. Father is able to make all grace abound toward you if the attitude of your heart is right. If these things are not happening in your life, you may want to check the condition of your heart. Your heart is the key to “all sufficiency in all things.” The enemy does not have the ability to hold the blessings back if your heart is right. The giving as of the heart brings new blessings. Father’s Economic Bottom Line Is The Same With Money; But In Reverse, Giving.
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