For those whom have been conditioned to believe that giving is a weakness:
Giving is a strength. Never allow the world to tell you any different. The world obviously isn’t privy to what giving can do in the life of a giver.
Selfishness is the weakness that you should be concerned about.
Sowing and reaping is real, good or bad. Whether the sowing of time, finance, love, wise counsel, a listening ear, prayer, etc. GOD sees all. Whether it be gossip, selfishness, hate, abuse, etc. GOD sees all. Whether good or bad sowing you never know the timing of your harvest. It could be at your weakest moment you are down to your last dime. GOD sees fit to send someone around to put gas in your car, pay for your groceries etc. it could be at your weakest moment where you’ve lost your job and you’re down to your last dime and everyone you ask says no they can’t help you. Which position would you rather be in?
No matter what the world says, I’d rather be a giver anyday. I’d rather live in FAITH and give. Knowing that my giving will not be in vain.
Take a look at the world. It’s dog eat dog. It’s kill or be killed. It’s about survival of self. Truth is, there is no true existence or victory without others. There is no life without man and woman. There is no wisdom without student and teacher. There is no food without the farmer. No business without the consumer. You are not an island and you can’t survive on one alone…at least not for long.
Forgo selfishness. It’s the devils wish. It makes him happy that your hoard all you have unto yourself. He knows GODS principles even if you don’t. He knows them well. He knows the end result for you if you give and the same for if you don’t. It’s in his best interests to keep you ignorant. But let me share with you what GOD says.
©2014 Bridgette Hicks
Deuteronomy 15:10 Give generously to him and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything 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.
Proverbs 3:27 Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it.
Proverbs 11:24-25. There is one who scatters, and yet increases all the more, and there is one who withholds what is justly due, and yet it results only in want. The generous man will be prosperous, and he who waters will himself be watered.
Proverbs 21:26 …the righteous gives and does not hold back.
Proverbs 22:9 He who is generous will be blessed, for he gives some of his food to the poor.
Proverbs 28:27 He who gives to the poor will never want, but he who shuts his eyes will have many curses.
Malachi 3:10 “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this,” says the Lord of hosts, “if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows.
Matthew 6:3-4 But when you give to the poor, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving will be in secret; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.
Luke 3:11 And he would answer and say to them, “The man who has two tunics is to share with him who has none; and he who has food is to do likewise.”
Luke 6:30 Give to everyone who asks of you, and whoever takes away what is yours, do not demand it back.
Luke 6:3 Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believes in Him wouldn’t perish, but would have eternal life.
Acts 20:35 In everything I showed you that by working hard in this manner you must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.
2 Corinthians 9:6-8 Now this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed.
2 Corinthians 9:10 Now He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness;
James 2:15-16 If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,” and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that?