Giving is the Source of Life

Giving is the Source of Life

Did you know that you are never more like God than when you give? God is never selfish.  “For God so loved the world, that He ‘gave’ His only Son.” John 3:16.  Giving is the source of life.  When it looks like your resources are drying up, increase your giving.  The Bible says in Proverbs 11:25 (TLB), “Yes, the liberal shall be rich.  By watering himself, he waters others.”

Receiving begins with giving. Your employer may set your salary, but God will govern your income.  You control how much God gives back to you by how much you give Him to work with. Mike Murdock said, “If you keep what is in your hand, it will be your only harvest.” You cannot give without receiving something in return.  Give a hug.  Give a smile.  Give a word of encouragement.

Luke 6:38

“Give and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give unto you.”

Practical Application and Assignments:

Whatever you give away will always return.  “Whatsoever a man sows that will he also reap.” Galatians 6:7   It is a natural law.  You cannot change that principle.  For every positive action there is a positive reaction.  For every negative action there is a negative reaction.

  • Conduct your own test. Make a negative or positive statement and observe the response. When you give criticism, you can expect criticism.  When you give kindness, you will receive kindness.
  • Give sacrificially. God will either return it to you in dollars and cents or in something money cannot buy. “I will not give to the Lord what costs me nothing.” II Samuel 24:24 (NIV)
  • Give God first place in your heart. God never asks for what you don’t have, but He may ask for what you want to keep. Jim Elliot, a missionary who was martyred for Christ said, “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep, to gain what he cannot lose.”

“With the measure you use to deal out to others, it will be dealt again to you.” Matthew 7:2

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