give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you. - Luke 6:38
The nature of man tends to focus on receiving instead of giving. But God cannot bless or like selfishness. He is a giver. His desire for us is to become a giver like Him. Many are thinking that they are the first one giving to the Lord. They did not know why they are giving? If we read the bible in the book of Genesis chapter 4 we are reading two people giving their offering to God. Cain and Abel giving their offerings to God. And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD. And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering: (Gen 4:3-4) who taught Abel and Cain to give offerings to God? Surely they learned it through Adam and Eve. How Adam and Eve learnt to give offerings? Dear beloved, the Lord we are worshiping is a giver. He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?(Rom 8:32) To follow His footsteps, God first showed us to give. When God created man he gives his breath of life. And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.(Gen 2:7) He gives all the necessity we needs to live on this earth. And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.(Gen 1:30) When we give to God surely he will give us back more and more. So when you give to the Lord don’t give in the manner that he will give us back. Let us come forward and give it to God because before we give he gave us first.
There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty.(Pro 11:24) I have seen many God’s children’s are not having the habit to give it for the Lord. When we ask them why they are not giving? They simply say they don’t have enough to meet their own needs. Dear beloved it requires faith to give when you don't have enough to meet your own needs. When you give it in faith, you are pleasing God. God is able to fulfill all your needs. Nothing is too hard for God. But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.(2Cor 9:6) Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;)(2Cor 9:10) Plant whatever seed God has given you. Sow for His kingdom. Lord will give the increase through a harvest of blessing, and all your needs will be met. You will receive hundred fold blessing for whatever you plant. Anything of value can be a seed for God. Your seed may be time, spend time in the presence of God. Your seed may be your talents, spend your talents and knowledge for God. Your seed may be money. Give it for God’s work to spread the Gospel.
Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.- Galatians 6:7
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