Let our actions be our incense before The LORD, Amen. ALL we do is known. The Angel’s of The LORD encamp around those who fear The LORD. What we think, see, feel and or do is known! We shall be rewarded for it all. For what a Man (Male or Female) so with, that he/she shall reap, Amen.
We are given ‘choice’, what shall you do with yours.
Amazingly in so many places in The Word, we see the results of giving.
The Christian practice of generosity is about giving from the heart (not under compulsion) for the glory of God (not for recognition) and it has amazing results for the giver, the church, and the world.
Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
– The Apostle Paul
There are lots of ways to honor God with our giving. Whether we give to the poor, to our local church overseers, to the relief of suffering saints, to mission teams that establish new church families worldwide, or to other special ministries, here are some of the effects we can expect to see and enjoy.
7 BEAUTIFUL RESULTS OF GIVING:
1. We engage an appropriate act of worship in response to and toward God, which is joyful even in times of poverty and affliction. (2 Cor 8:5, 2 Cor 9:7)
2. We remind ourselves where our provision comes from. (2 Cor 9:10-11)
3. Our offering is remembered by God and can bring breakthrough in our lives, as well as for our families and nations (Acts 10:1-5)
4. We cultivate prosperity and position ourselves for reward. (2 Cor 9:6-8, Proverbs 11:25, Proverbs 3:9-10)
5. We knit the household of faith together as our gifts results in thanksgiving, prayer, and deepened connection both globally and locally. (2 Cor 9:12-15, 1 Tim 5:17)
6. We partner in the work of the gospel as it advances. (Phil 1:3-6, 2 Cor 11:9, Romans 15:22-25)
7. We contribute to an atmosphere of favor for those who need the truth to be able to hear it. (Acts 2:47, 1 Tim 3:15)
Giving? Why give? IT has been given unto you! Should we selfishly hold on to what we receive? “That there were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone who had need.”
Biblical giving is meant to be sacrificial and consistent. Giving of personal financial resources rebels against a selfish & greedy worldview, and deepens our faith in God, His provision, and protection.
“Each person must do just as he or she has purposed in their heart to do, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed.” 2 Corinthians 9:7-8
Pray and ask God for specific direction concerning your giving. The Old Testament idea of a ten percent tithe is actually not what we see in the New Testament church. We see giving as a matter of discipleship, freedom and sacrifice with the goal of building God’s Kingdom. While ten percent may be a great place to start praying and planning, we encourage each individual and family to prayerfully consider regular, sacrificial giving. Trust God and step out in faith.