Tuesday, 27 April 2010

True Prosperity is about Giving

True Prosperity is Linked to Tithing, Seed Sowing & Giving

The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed. People curse those who hoard their grain, but they bless the one who sells in time of need. If you search for good, you will find favor; but if you search for evil, it will find you! (Prov 11:25-27 NLT).

God has destined us all to be “seed sowers” from Eden right until now but before we get into that, first it must be said that all giving must be preceded by the tithe, because seed sowing does not cancel out the need to tithe. In fact tithing must always come before giving. It is the foundation to all seed sowing. If your seed does not bring you a harvest check your tithe, you can’t forget to tithe and think that your seed can bypass it.

Failing to be faithful with your tithe will hinder your seed. Make sure you tithe as a priority and then follow that with your seed; be careful to sow plentiful seed! But don’t waste your precious seed by failing to tithe first. Notice in Malachi that tithes and offerings come together, but one precedes the other. The tithe comes first, then the seed, then the harvest. This is God’s order. In other words, to sow and expect a harvest without first tithing, will make your seed ineffective. Tithing is the foundation of spiritual blessing. As with all architecture, the simple rule is this: no foundation, no building, (unless you want a tent!)

Will a man rob or defraud God? Yet you rob and defraud Me. But you say, In what way do we rob or defraud You? [You have withheld your] tithes and offerings. You are cursed with the curse, for you are robbing Me… (Mal 3:8-9).

Once you have settled this about tithing in your heart then all is set and in place. But neither is tithing alone enough in itself. Once you have tithed then your seeds must be sown and then you must have a lifestyle of constant giving. After all true living is in your giving!

With God, “releasing” is the first principle of increase but with man of course it is the very opposite! The natural man enjoys “hoarding” in order to have plenty. Proverbs chapter 11:24-26 gives us a clear understanding of this, for it says; “There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that with holdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty. The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself. He that with holdeth corn, the people shall curse him: but blessing shall be upon the head of him that selleth it” (KJV).

The message here is clear, that in God’s scheme of things, it is the “givers” who receive more so they can give more, whereas those who keep for themselves only “decrease.” One operates in the blessing, the other in the curse. “So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, having all sufficiency in all things, have an abundance for every good work. As it is written, “He has dispersed abroad, He has given to the poor; His righteousness remains forever.” Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness, while you are enriched in everything for all liberality, which causes thanks giving through us to God (2 Cor 9:6-11).

…..Notice how it says, “multiply the seed you have sown.” Using the past tense to imply that only the seed that has been sown can be multiplied; seed that has not been sown yet cannot bring a harvest, same way that seeds in a box cannot grow until they are planted!

Pastor Ulf Ekman says “whether you sow your time, your money or something else, you will always reap the same thing that you sow. This is how it works in the natural: parsley seed does not produce carrots. It is impossible. What you put in the ground is exactly what comes up.”

Another facet of this law is that some crops grow quickly, while others take more time. This can be both good and bad. The person who plants an olive tree seldom lives long enough to pick an olive from the same tree. In this case it is the next generations that will reap what the previous one has planted. Certain things bring long-term results, while other things produce a quick, but un-enduring return.

When you plant or sow something, it is better to find a seed that continues to produce fruit for a long period of time. For example, we will benefit more from the seed of an apple tree than from the seed of a radish. God has provided us with long-term areas in which to sow and He will show you exactly what they are.

Paul tells us that he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly. But to encourage us, he also promises: “And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, have an abundance for every good work.” Here, God is saying that He is the giver and we are the sowers. He supplies seed to the sower and bread for food. If we dare to place ourselves at His disposal and begin to give, this law will come into operation.

We need to remember two important laws: the law of sowing and reaping and the law of faith. You must always walk in faith. You need to exercise faith by beginning to sow what little seed we have. Take a step of faith at a time when we personally have very little to give, and sow. We must begin somewhere if this law is to function for us. At a time of need it is easy to think that we ought to hold on to what we have. The mentality of the world says, “Keep what you have. Don’t let anyone else have it.” However, the Kingdom of God says the opposite!

This law works. If you dare to test it, God will give us more blessings than we have room to contain. We must make a quality decision to always do what God tells us to do. Every time we wonder if we can afford it, we are asking our checkbook for permission! If God says yes and checkbook says no, do it anyway. On the other hand, we should not do anything if God says no, even if your checkbook says yes! We must be led by the Holy Spirit and not by our bank balance!

If God exhorts us to sow into a particular project, we must not delay. When the Holy Spirit speaks, we should be prepared to sow within a second’s notice. This will bring us out of financial bondage and into freedom, where God wants every one of us. If we lack money at the moment, God will provide it. There is no greater satisfaction than to give to the work of God. It involves being independent of the world and having the freedom to act and do what God has told us to do.

When Paul exhorts the Corinthians to contribute to the collection for the poor in Jerusalem, he uses the substitutionary death of Jesus as a motivation for them to give. According to Paul, the reason they should give is because Christ Jesus Himself became poor so that, through His poverty, they might become right therefore able to give (2 Cor 8:9-14).

Father You so loved this world that you GAVE – Jesus - You are the ultimate giver who gives seed to the sower. You made me a sower. Thank you father for your constant provision and thank you for the opportunity to sow today; I am made in your image alone and this also makes me a giver like You. I am a cheerful giver by design! And I yield to your divine nature so that I can live the lifestyle of a giver. Teach me how to be consistently led of your Holy Spirit like a reed in the wind. Where He blows I will lean. Where He says give I will give. Help me to sow my seed and trust you for the harvest that you promised to me. Amen.

Today I am living because of Your giving. I declare today that I am in deed a cheerful giver and will respond to Your Spirit when He unction’s me to sow see and to give. I trust that as I am obedient my harvest will be plenty. I declare that according to your word, when I sow and give, I will not decrease but only increase as I follow Your ways.


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