Weather Report From Heaven: Sunny and bright, with an abundance of light and lots of singing and rejoicing.
Scripture- “Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. As it is written:“They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor; their righteousness endures forever. Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.” – 2 Corinthians 9:6-10
Thought of the Day- God’s tithe to us was His Son Jesus.(Robert Morris from the book The Blessed Life) Think about that for a moment. God gave us everything He had when He sent Jesus to die for forgiveness of our sins so we could be reconciled back to Him. He paid a huge price, having to see His Son suffer a gruesome death for our redemption. God was and is the most generous giver of all time. So why do we struggle so much with the idea of tithing? Is it just in our human nature to be stingy or fearful with our money? Most of the world’s problems could be solved instantly if we all became Biblically aligned with our giving. The richest 10 people in the world have more wealth than the poorest 3 Billion. Think about that statistic for a moment- staggering. If we would just follow 2 Corinthians 9:6-10 above, we would fix almost all hunger in the world. God cares alot about money and how we use it and view it. So much so that there are over 2,000 verses in the Bible on it, 4 times as many as there are on prayer and faith. God knew how important money was and He wanted to provide some guidelines for it from which He promised to bless those who follow His commands about how we view money.
So here are a few things from the Bible that will help us get in alignment with our use of money: 1. It’s all God’s, we are just stewards of His resources, not owners. 2. God loves a cheerful giver (2 Corinthians 9:7), who gives out of the goodness of their heart to help others. 3. Tithes ( first 10% ) are a must for God to bless our money and are aligned with the Biblical constructs of the first fruits belonging to God. 4. You cannot out give God- He loves generous people and He promises to be generous to those who trust Him with their finances. (Malachi 3:10 is the only verse in the Bible where God says to test Him in this.) 5. God can multiply our generosity in ways we can’t imagine, increasing it’s yield 30,60 or 100 X’s (Matthew 13:23) when we provide offerings to Him and ask Him to bless it. 6. Mammon is a force of evil that can use money to destroy our lives if we allow it by not being generous towards God, and thus not under His protection or blessing on our money. 7. Mammon will try to use money to replace God in our lives by promising things only God can provide such as: security, significance, identity, independence, power and freedom. It will always fail and never satisfy. 8. God wants money to be used to help people and to help with Eternal Kingdom work. 9.We need to renew our thinking (Romans 12:2) to see money as a test of our faithfulness. 10. We cannot consume our way to happiness, but we can find immense joy through our generosity with which we align with God’s word and please Him as good stewards of His resources. (Matthew 25:23)
In summary, money can be used for good or for evil. We are stewards of God’s wealth on earth, not owners, and we need to be generous givers to glorify God, who gave it all to us in His Son Jesus. When we are in alignment with the Bible with how we view money, God will abundantly bless us and those whom we are being generous towards. The power of Kingdom multiplication is a great thing to be a witness to: It is how Jesus fed the 5,000 with 2 fish and 5 loaves and there were still 12 baskets of leftovers (Luke 9:16-17) You cannot out give God!