The Power of Giving

Feb. 3, 2020 | By Creflo Dollar

Summary

God is trying to teach us through the Scriptures about the tremendous power of giving, but are we understanding His message? In both the Old and New Testaments, we can see the results of generous giving; we are taught to give generously and with the right motivation. We see results only when we give out of love and thanksgiving to God for what He has done; we must never be motivated by greed or the goal of getting something. As believers, we begin to lay hold of spiritual things when we start to give. The world will always come up with reasons why we cannot give, and sometimes we may find ourselves outside of our comfort zone when we follow God’s lead regarding tithes and offerings. We can say we trust Him, but the proof is seen in how we handle money. The level of our giving is an indicator of how much we trust God.

  1. God gave us something very precious to Him. He set the standard for giving.
    1. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16).
      1. God is a giver. He trusted that what He gave in Jesus would be enough, and be the answer for mankind. He gave something very expensive and valuable.
      2. This Scripture shows a connection between love and giving. Love was God’s motivation for giving; it should be our motivation as well.
      3. All our actions should be motivated by love. We can give all our goods to the poor, and give our bodies to be burned, but without love it profits us nothing (1 Corinthians 13:3).
    2. And sow the fields, and plant vineyards, which may yield fruits of increase (Psalm 107:37).
      1. God is a God of increase. To see that increase, we must be willing to sow abundantly.
      2. Giving is a form of sowing that allows us to experience increase in our lives.
      3. Just like a farmer, we cannot expect to get a harvest if we do not sow.
    3. They that sow in tears will reap in joy (Psalm 126:5).
      1. Sowing will not always feel comfortable, but the Scriptures promise we will reap joy if we give regardless of the way we feel at the moment.
      2. Motive is everything. Giving simply to get does not work; our motives determine our harvest.
    4. He that observeth the wind shall not sow; and he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap (Ecclesiastes 11:4).
      1. If we focus too much on things going on in the world, we will not sow. There will always be something competing with our intent to sow, and observing lack in our lives can distract us from sowing.
  1. We give out of love, with hearts filled with gratitude and thanksgiving.
    1. When we do not have enough, we can put the situation into God’s hands.
      1. Jesus did exactly that when He fed the multitudes after ministering to them (Matthew 14:14-21; Mark 8:1-9; John 6:1-13).
      2. Jesus told His disciples to feed those who were reclining and at rest. We can be at rest when we know that God will take care of us.
      3. There will always be plenty left over. After Jesus fed the people, there were twelve baskets left over; each basket was large enough to hold an adult.
    2. Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones (Proverbs 3:5-8).
      1. To trust is to lean on or rely on. God loves to be trusted in all areas of our lives, including our finances.
      2. We please Him when we acknowledge Him by saying, this is the Lord’s doing and it is marvelous in our eyes (Psalm 118:23).
      3. Trusting God even in tough times reassures us that things will get better. Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning (Psalm 30:5).
      4. We can learn a lesson from the five foolish virgins. We must trust God now, not when it is too late.
      5. God does not want us to trust more in what we understand about the situation than in Him.
    3. Honor the Lord with your capital and sufficiency from righteous labors and with the firstfruits of all your income. So shall your storage places be filled with plenty, and your vats shall be overflowing with new wine (Proverbs 3:9, 10, AMPC)
      1. We honor the Lord with our money when we trust and acknowledge Him. To honor someone is to give their words more weight than anyone else’s.
      2. The contemporary translation of “storage places” is our checkbooks and savings accounts.
      3. We need not suffer. When we turn everything over to God, His grace is sufficient (2 Corinthians 12:9). He will turn our mourning into joy (Jeremiah 31:13).
    4. For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another (Psalm 75:6, 7).
      1. If we want to advance at work, God is ultimately responsible for our promotion. We cannot count on others.
      2. For God to be the source of our promotion, we must believe and trust Him. We cannot rely on our own abilities and on what we have done to earn a promotion.
  1. When we trust God first, everything else will fall into place.
    1. There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that which withholdeth 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 (Proverbs 11:24, 25).
      1. By giving, we receive. Conversely, hanging on to money and being stingy will lead to lack and insufficiency.
    2. Do not be deceived and deluded and misled; God will not allow Himself to be sneered at, scorned, disdained, or mocked by mere pretensions or professions, or by His precepts being set aside. He inevitably deludes himself who attempts to delude God. For whatever a man sows, that and that only is what he will reap (Galatians 6:7, AMPC).
      1. It is not good to compartmentalize God. When we only trust Him in some areas but not in other areas, we are deceived. Deception is when we think we are right but we are wrong.
      2. We must not simply pretend to trust God through verbal confessions.
    3. And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ (Colossians 3:23, 24).
      1. When we serve Him, He will be the one to reward us above and beyond what the world could ever be capable of.
      2. Real prosperity is actually measured in proportion to how much is left over after we give. When Jesus was watching the treasury, the poor widow gave all she had (Mark 12:41-44).
    4. Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again (Luke 6:38).
      1. We will receive according to our generosity. If we give with the right motive, whatever we give will be multiplied and returned to us in much greater proportions.
      2. The “it” this Scripture refers to is whatever we are giving. We cannot give a teaspoonful of seed and expect to get back a truckload of harvest.

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Scripture References

John 3:16

1 Corinthians 13:3

Psalm 107:37

Psalm 126:5

Ecclesiastes 11:4

Matthew 14:14-21

Mark 8:1-9

John 6:1-13

Proverbs 3:5-8

Psalm 118:23

Psalm 30:5

Proverbs 3:9. 10, AMPC

2 Corinthians 12:9

Jeremiad 31:13

Psalm 75:6, 7

Proverbs 11:24, 25

Galatians 6:7, AMPC

Colossians 3:23, 24

Mark 12:41-44

Luke 6:38

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