Living the Word of God

How To Give

I hear many people refusing to give to ministries because they judge the Pastors and base their decision to give on how they feel about the Pastor.  Consequently, when something happens for which they need prayer, the PASTOR is the first one they call upon.  As a shepherd of the flock, Pastors still bear the responsibility for your soul and well being and when they don’t do the right thing, they have to answer to God. If you ask me, this is the best position to be in. If I honor the LORD with my offerings, I get blessed. If someone misuses my offering, they get penalized. Either way I come out on top.

Mentioning of the first offering was noted during the story of Cain and Able (Genesis 4:3-4). Really the precedence was set after Adam sinned. The Lord had to sacrifice an animal to make clothes for Adam and Eve (Genesis 3:21). Abraham, who is considered our forefather, was credited as having great faith because he was willing to sacrifice and offer his firstborn son as an offering unto the Lord (Genesis 22)

And the angel of the LORD called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time, And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the LORD, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only [son]: That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which [is] upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice (Genesis 22:15-18).

Y llamó el ángel de Jehová a Abraham por segunda vez desde el cielo, y dijo: Por mí mismo he jurado, dice Jehová, que por cuanto has hecho esto, y no me has rehusado tu hijo, tu único hijo; de cierto te bendeciré, y multiplicaré tu descendencia como las estrellas del cielo y como la arena que está a la orilla del mar; y tu descendencia poseerá las puertas de sus enemigos. En tu simiente serán benditas todas las naciones de la tierra, por cuanto obedeciste a mi voz (Génesis 22:15-18 RVR).

Abraham offered up his son, so God multiplied his offering, thus Christ came and we all received salvation. An offering is your leap of faith. If you trust that God will meet all your needs according to Philippians 4:19, then the test comes at the time when someone ask you to give an offering. The scripture says

Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back (Luke 6:30 NIV).

A cualquiera que te pida, dale; y al que tome lo que es tuyo, no pidas que te lo devuelva (Lucas 6:30 RVR).

This scripture extends to even panhandlers. What difference does it make if they take what you gave them and buy drugs or alcohol when as a result of your giving, God blesses and multiplies you?  Every man must work out their own salvation (Philippians 2:12). Just a note, the panhandler who does go through that addition probably talks to God more than you. They are fighting other demons within themselves as well that prevents them from walking the walk. There are a lot of successful people who were once in the same predicament who learned how to distinguish between the voices and heard the voice of the Lord which changed their lives.

Have you ever heard this saying: “You reap what you sow?” When considering an offering, it’s important to keep in mind that sowing and reaping has a lot to do with seed, time then harvest. When you plant (sow) your seed (in this case your seed is money) during the time between the planting and the harvest, you are to talk “growth” to your offering.  Some people talk lack and that’s what they end up with no matter how much money they sowed. The catalyst is what you say during the waiting period that determines the harvest you receive.

The way you are supposed to present your offerings is outlined in Deuteronomy Chapter 26. When you bring your offering before the minister, before you get there, you should pray about it at home before you take it to the church. During your prayer time, bring your offering before the great High Priest, the Lord Jesus and say something. In verses 5-10 scripture tells you to declare where you started from, and where you want to be; what obstacles you faced and how the Lord brought you out of them. Then you are to present your offering  to the Lord and bow down! Most people leave out the part where you reverence the Lord as in verse 10. Verse 11 says to rejoice. Rejoicing is a sign of victory. As in sports when your team wins you cheer, right? Rejoice in the victory that the Lord brings you in finances. In obedience to this way of making your offering unto the Lord He promises to bless you.

He has declared that he will set you in praise, fame and honor high above all the nations he has made and that you will be a people holy to the LORD your God, as he promised (Deuteronomy 26:19 NIV).

a fin de exaltarte sobre todas las naciones que hizo, para loor y fama y gloria, y para que seas un pueblo santo a Jehová tu Dios, como él ha dicho (Deuteronomio 26:19 RVR)

As you can see, it’s not just a drop in the bucket. It’s a ceremony between you and the Lord.

And whatsoever ye do, do [it] heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Colossians 3:23

Y todo lo que hagáis, hacedlo de corazón, como para el Señor y no para los hombres (Colosenses 3:23 RVR).

This is especially true in the area of giving. Although you are giving your money to a person, God looks at the gift as if you are giving it to Him for what He has done or will do for you. The people who trust God know that when you give, God will bless you (Gen 26:12) When you give with pure motives, your giving prevents the curse of the law from coming upon you and your household (Malachi 3:9). When you trust God, the giving of your tithes or an offering becomes an act of worship (Gen 22:5) Using what God has given you to give back to Him makes your prayer life more powerful because you are showing God that He is greater than any sustenance He has given you to manage and that you trust that He will meet your needs. . That’s one of the reasons why God tests you in this area to humble and test you in order to know what is in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands (Deut 8:2) This scripture comes to mind:

Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back” (Luke 6:38 NLT)

Dad, y se os dará; medida buena, apretada, remecida y rebosando darán en vuestro regazo; porque con la misma medida con que medís, os volverán a medir (Lucas 6:38 RVR)

In the beginning, the livestock people owned was used as an exchange of medium. There are many examples of people sacrificing a lamb or a goat as a burnt offering unto the Lord. In today’s prices a lamb can sell for anywhere from $300-$900 or more. Some of these people would sacrifice a lamb every week in exchange for the blessings of God to come upon their lives, their crops, or their livelihood. If you think about it, that’s a small price to pay for favor.

So until then, don’t be afraid to give of yourself, your time or your sustenance as the Lord wills.

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