Giving [– God wants to give good things (blessings) to His children.
Our Heavenly Father loves us and wishes to give us everything we need to
succeed in this life and His kingdom work.
Without a doubt our Heavenly Father is a gracious giver.
He provides an abundance for all mankind, He even provides for the wicked
in the midst of their rebellion.
God especially wishes to give to those who know Him and love Him.
Consider what the Bible teaches about the giving heart of Almighty God.]
to Give to his Children (3 John 1.2;
1 Chron 29.12) [- It is God’s Will to Prosper You.]
[3 John 1:2
Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in
health, even as thy soul prospereth. ]
- To lead in a good way, to prosper one’s journey (Sept: Gen. 24:27, 48).
to make prosperous, give
numerous ways for one to be prospered.
One might be prospered:]
[Stature or Position]
[God wishes to
give success to all of His people.]
12 Both riches and honour
come of thee, and thou reignest
over all; and in thine hand is
power and might; and in thine hand it
is to make great, and to give strength unto all. ]
God Is Worthy
to Give to his Children (Matt 25.14; Psalm 50.10-12) [– Without a doubt our
Heavenly Father is able to give His children success.
The ability of a father to help his children succeed is largely dependant
upon his ability to help his children.
Our Heavenly Father is certain able to promote His faithful Children.]
the kingdom of heaven is as a
man travelling into a far country, who
called his own servants,
and delivered unto them
Father is as this traveling man, He places His kingdom resources into our hands
and we are responsible using them for His kingdom work.
Everything in this world belongs to our Heavenly Father.
The Bible states:]
10 For every beast of the forest
and the cattle upon a thousand
hills. 11 I know all the fowls of
the mountains: and the wild beasts of the field
12 If I were hungry, I would not tell
thee: for the world is mine,
and the fulness thereof. ]
[There are abounding resources in our Lord’s
kingdom. God is able to promote and
prosper you as His Child.]
Willing to give to His Children [– This deals with human choice.
God honors those who honor Him.
When you use what God has given you for God’s purposes then God pours
more of His provision upon you for more of His kingdom work.
We demonstrate our willingness to work in our Heavenly Fathers kingdom
work through our obedience to His revealed will through His written Word.]
38 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. ]
Blessed is the man
that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of
sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
But his delight
is in the law of the LORD;
and in his law doth he meditate day and night. 3
And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water,
that bringeth forth his
fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth
children choose to honor Him by obeying Him then God honors them by promoting
and prospering them.]
Givers [– God gives in proportion to the submissive giving of His
people. As born again Christians
learn to appropriately give in our Heavenly Fathers kingdom work, then God
promises to respond through a bountiful harvest.
We must remember that our Heavenly Father will not give us anything more
than we can bear (1 Cor 10.13) so even in our giving and reaping our Heavenly
Father responds appropriately to our spiritual maturity and need.]
[Illustration – Pastor
at an affluent Church and his teenage son’s car]
that surround givers include:]
must Sow to Receive (2 Cor
9.6) [– The law of all of God’s creation is that something must give before
anything can be received. We sow
seed that we might reap a harvest.
We give work that we might earn a wage.
We give the seed of life to produce life. Something must be given if
something is going to be received.]
this I say, He which soweth
sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap
also bountifully. ]
and Reaping principle teaches us:]
nothing is sown, nothing will be reaped.]
reaping is dependent upon the bounty in our sowing.
If we sow little of anything, then the harvest that follows will be in
proportion to the seed sown.]
reaping is dependant upon what we sow.
Sow corn and you will reap corn.
Sow tares and you will reap tares.]
[Hence, if you
would be prospered by our Heavenly Father, then you must sow appropriately in
His kingdoms work. You cannot sow
to the worlds work and expected to reap and kingdom harvest.
You cannot sow wickedness and expect to reap righteousness.
If you sow all your treasure, time and talent to worldly things, then
expect some worldly harvest. If you
desire the prosperity that God promises then you must sow bountifully in God’s
See to Receive (Matt 6.33;
Mal 3.7-12) [– Your seed must be sown in good, purposeful ground in order
for it to yield a harvest. God
tells us how to sow in his kingdom.]
Kingdom Priority – Christians need to realize that only those things that
are done for Christ, with an eternal perspective will last forever or have
eternal value. Jesus said,]
33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God,
and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.]
[If everything you sow is sown to the flesh, then everything you will reap will
be mortal and in this world.]
Kingdom Priosperity – Christians will set themselves up for an immortal
harvest and a kingdom harvest when they give specifically to God’s work in God’s
way. When you give your tithes and
offerings to a Church dedicated to God’s kingdom work then you are sow toward a
7 Even from the days of your fathers ye
are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept
them. Return unto me, and I
will return unto you, saith the LORD of hosts. But ye said, Wherein shall we
return? 8 Will a man rob God? Yet
ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and
offerings. 9 Ye
are cursed with a curse: for ye
have robbed me, even this whole
nation. 10 Bring ye all the tithes
into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now
herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, 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.
11 And I will rebuke the devourer for
your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall
your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts.
12 And all nations shall call you
blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the LORD of hosts.]
doubt God says bring your tithes (10%) and offerings into His storehouse and
your Heavenly Father will open the windows of heaven upon you.
But if you fail to bring your tithes and offerings in then you bring a
curse upon you.]
need to see the difference between just giving in kindness and giving to God’s
kingdom work. They need to also see
the giving in God’s way brings their Heavenly Fathers bountiful harvest.]
Sing to Receive (2 Cor 9.7-8) [– Gracious Givers Receive From God’s
Heart. Your attitude when you give
makes all the difference in the result of your giving. ]
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.
8 And God
is able to make all grace
abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all
things, may abound to every
good work: ]
Gain [- Many of God’s children have not learned to give and receive in
God’s kingdom work. Giving is the
key to success in this Christian Journey.
God’s people must sow in God’s kingdom in order to reap a kingdom
harvest. Consider that:]
Comes With Patience (Heb
6.12; Luke 8.15; Rom 8.25; Heb 10.36; Gal 6.9; Philip 2.14; 1 Cor 10.10-11)
[– There are things that will work like roundup in our spiritual harvest.]
- Don’t kill your harvest after you have sown your seed through impatience.]
– Round Up – Kills most everything green that it touches]
12 That ye be not slothful, but
followers of them
who through faith and
patience inherit the promises.]
[Luke 8:15 15 But that on
the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the
word, keep it,
and bring forth fruit with patience. ]
[Romans 8:25 25 But if we
hope for that we see not,
then do we with
patience wait for it.
[Hebrews 10:36 36
For ye have need of
patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive
the promise. ]
[Galatians 6:9 9 And let us
not be weary in well doing:
for in due season we
shall reap, if we faint not. ]
A murmur is a secret displeasure.
It is grudging. It is complaining
behind God’s back.]
14 Do all things without murmurings and
[The children of Israel began to
murmur against God when they were walking through the wilderness.
They murmured because God wasn’t giving them the promises they expected
fast enough. Their murmuring
brought God’s chastening hand upon.
Our murmuring will bring God’s chastening hand upon us.]
10 Neither murmur ye, as some of them
also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer.
11 Now all these things happened unto
them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends
of the world are come. ]
Come With Providence
(James 1.17) [- Everything that comes into a born again Christians life
comes from the providential hand of Almighty God.
Our Heavenly Father loves us and desires to care for us.
Our Heavenly Father desires to prosper us in more ways that our mortal
minds can imagine. The Bible
17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh
down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of
[Will you honor your Heavenly Father by choosing to
receive of His incredible provision and prosperity?
Then honor Him by obediently sowing in His kingdom work.]
CrossRoads Baptist, April 27, 2008