Devotional: God and Giving
A few weeks ago, God told me to go to a particular store to buy a couple of birthday gifts for a friend of mine. I had no idea what He wanted me to get and I was telling God I was not ready to shop and didn’t really want, nor cared, to shop for this person.
Well, I was tested. So I shopped in the Spirit, with the budget He gave me, although I didn’t count the pennies as I’ve learned not to count pennies when it comes to God. About a month later, I was volunteered by my boss to attend a night conference in a city some 75 km away.
When I arrived, I noticed there were about 30 door prizes. I casually said to God that I am winning 1 of those, in Jesus’s name, amen and “thank you, Jesus”, not really thinking anything of it. During the draw, the very last ticket called was mine and it was a gift card to the store where I had shopped for my friend’s gift.
Allow yourself to be tested in giving and it will be given right back unto you. Amen. Like so many of you, I have been down to my last dollar and sometimes I had only pennies left. Like Jesus with 5 loaves and 2 fishes, I have been able to feed my friends a Sunday dinner with $5.00 in my wallet. I shopped by faith by putting Jesus first in my mind and calling out to Him to provide. He has never ever disappointed.
Today, I am praying for prosperity in your lives as God wants you to prosper through Him. But you must be ready to start giving to receive your blessings. Finally, ask Jesus to teach you how He wants you to handle your finances and He will. After all, He is the greatest teacher there is and the source of all things. Amen?
Bible Verses: God and Giving
Deuteronomy 15:10 You shall surely give him, and your heart shall not be grieved when you give to him: because that for this thing the LORD your God shall bless you in all your works, and in all that you put your hand to.
Deuteronomy 16:17 Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the LORD your God which he has given you.
1 Chronicles 29:9 Then the people rejoiced, for that they offered willingly, because with perfect heart they offered willingly to the LORD: and David the king also rejoiced with great joy.
Proverbs 3:27 Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of your hand to do it.
Proverbs 21:26 He covets greedily all the day long: but the righteous gives and spares not.
Proverbs 28:27 He that gives to the poor shall not lack: but he that hides his eyes shall have many a curse.
Malachi 3:7 Even from the days of your fathers you are gone away from my ordinances, and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you, said the LORD of hosts. But you said, Wherein shall we return?
Malachi 3:10 Bring you all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in my house, and prove me now herewith, said the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.
Matthew 6:1 Take heed that you do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise you have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.
Luke 3:11 He answers and said to them, He that has two coats, let him impart to him that has none; and he that has meat, let him do likewise.
Luke 6:30 Give to every man that asks of you; and of him that takes away your goods ask them not again.
Acts 20:35 I have showed you all things, how that so laboring you ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.
2 Corinthians 9:6 But this I say, He which sows sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which sows bountifully shall reap also bountifully.
2 Corinthians 9:10 Now he that ministers seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;)
Rio M is a Sister who is learning to not just talk the talk, but walk the walk of Jesus. Her favourite description of herself is “Being a very child-like child of God” and she enjoys serving Him in that way, always with joy and humour and beaming with His love.