The Power to Get Wealth- Part 5

The Offering Part 2- The Power of a Seed.
10 “Blessed are You, Lord God of Israel, our Father, forever and ever.
12 Both riches and honor come from You,
And You reign over all.
In Your hand is power and might;
In Your hand it is to make great
And to give strength to all.
1 Chronicles 29:10a, 12 NKJV
But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.

So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.

And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.

As it is written:
“He has dispersed abroad,
He has given to the poor;
His righteousness endures forever.”
10 Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness,

11 while you are enriched in everything for all liberality, which causes thanksgiving through us to God.
2 Corinthians 9:6-11 NKJV
So let each one give as he purposes in his heart…
Let everyone give as his heart tells him…
2 Corinthians 9:7 J.B. Phillips
As a continuation of this study on the offering, let us consider Paul’s further instruction concerning sowing and reaping. He says to give as we “purpose in our heart”. We have to cultivate a lifestyle of giving. It should become our default plan of action that when we have a need, to sow a seed. J.B. Phillips translates this verse to give as our heart tells us. We have to purpose to be doers of the Word of God to be in position to hear from God specifically how much and where to give. As we discussed in our study on being led by the Spirit of God, God always moves from the general to the specific. We have to do what God tells us to do generally in His Word in order to get direction specifically for our lives. You cannot find in the Bible, “Joe, give $200 to Brother So-in-So”. You only find the principle to “give as you purpose in your heart”. You have to purpose to give in order to receive the direction “Joe, give $200 to Brother So-in-So.” God knows what needs will arise in the future, even when we do not. If we will be obedient to Him, we will be proactive in our sowing and will not be taken off guard by an attack of the enemy.  There is a symbiotic relationship between having a giving attitude and being led by the Spirit of God.

So let each one give… not grudgingly…; for God loves a cheerful giver.

We must give with the right attitude if we want to be blessed by our giving.
If you are willing and obedient,
You shall eat the good of the land…
Isaiah 1:19 NKJV

If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the best from the land.
Isaiah 1:19 God’s Word

For if there first be a willing mind, it (an offering) is accepted…
2 Corinthians 8:12 NKJV
Many times Christians assume that just because an offering is received here on earth, that it is received by God as well. If you will, consider the word “offering”.  If someone is selling a car, someone may “offer” $50 for it. Chances are, if the car was built in this century,  $50 will not be an acceptable “offer”. How we offer an offering will determine if it is accepted by God. If you watch the offering bucket with a grudge as it passes out of sight with your offering in it, chances are you will not reap much benefit from it. If you feel like this, you are not truly in faith.
4 By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts; and through it he being dead still speaks.
But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
Hebrews 11:4,6 NKJV
We cannot please God unless we expect Him to reward us in our obedience. We must wrap our seed with expectancy in order for it to be multiplied. Your seed is not leaving you, it is going into your future. Joy is one indicator, as well as peace, that you are in faith.
Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Romans 15:13 NKJV
If there is not a note of joy and peace in your heart when you sow, chances are you are not in faith.

Another facet of not giving “grudgingly”, is in the act of truly releasing a seed once it has sown. As we have established by our opening scripture and many others, our giving operates under the sowing and reaping principle.
Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain.
John 12:24 NKJV
In context, Jesus is speaking of His death. However, because the entire kingdom of God operates under the seedtime and harvest principle there is an application that applies to your giving.  Many people sow their seed and try to control what happens to their seed once they have given it. A good example of this comes from a story I heard from another minister. He said a lady had given him a watch. In his next meeting where this lady was attending, she noticed that he was not wearing the watch she had given him.  She sharply asked him, “Where is the watch I gave you?” Later the Holy Spirit told him to give the watch back because there was witchcraft attached to it. If you try to manipulate someone with your gift, you have not sown it. It must become dead to you. What someone does with the thing you have given is none of your business! Another principle we get from Jesus’ mini-parable is that you cannot buy something for your own ministry and call it sowing. It must be rendered useless to you to be truly sown.

So let each one give… not… of necessity…
…under compulsion…
J.B. Phillips

You shouldn’t…. feel forced to give…
God’s Word
It is a natural tendency in giving to try to find the most needy, pitiful, person or minister to give to. You should give to the needy. Yet, that is a different kind of giving established on different guidelines. Giving to the needy is known as alms giving. When you give alms, you are promised a return on what you gave.
He who has pity on the poor lends to the Lord,
And He will pay back what he has given.
Proverbs 19:17 NKJV
Spirit led giving, however, into the gospel promises multiplication.
29 So Jesus answered and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My sake and the gospel’s,

30 who shall not receive a hundredfold now in this time—houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions—and in the age to come, eternal life.
Mark 10:29-30 NKJV
Notice Jesus did not say in the sweet-bye-and bye we would receive a hundredfold return. I have news for you. You will not need a hundredfold return on your giving in heaven. All your needs will be supplied.

Our motivation for giving should be a love for God and appreciation for His ministry gifts. Paul even tells us that to receive from a ministry and to not give into it is mocking God!
Let him who is taught the word share in all good things with him who teaches.
Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.

For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.

And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.
Galatians 6:7-9 NKJV
This passage reveals to us that everyone is sowing. Some are sowing to the flesh and some are sowing into their spiritual development. When you sow into the ministry gifts that have been a blessing to you, you are sowing to your own spiritual development. “Word” in verse six is “rhema”, which is the revealed word of God. The revelation you receive from your pastor or a teacher is directly tied to your giving.

So let each one give… And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.

When someone sows a green bean seed, that seed is engineered by God to make a demand on the earth to pull from it the vitamins and minerals needed to produce green beans. Since green beans have vitamin K, that seed pulls vitamin K from the soil. In the same way, your seed sown in the gospel makes a demand on the earth to bring forth financial increase in your life. Paul says that “all grace” is made available through our giving. It is interesting to note the reoccurring use of the words “all” and “every” when it is associated with money.
A feast is made for laughter,
And wine makes merry;
But money answers everything.
Ecclesiastes 10:19 NKJV
(I can hear in the spirit, religious devils running like cockroaches when the light is turned on. But this is the Bible!)
all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.
11 while you are enriched in everything for all liberality, which causes thanksgiving through us to God.
2 Corinthians 9:8,11 NKJV

For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil…
1 Timothy 6:10 NKJV
Your attitude toward money can cause it either to be a root of all grace and sufficiency or all evil. This lesson is mainly dealing with prosperity, but because of the “money answers everything” principle, you can sow a financial seed to release a harvest of healing. In most cases, the law of Genesis states that every seed produces after its own kind. Yet, God makes an exception where money is concerned. You can sow a financial seed for anything.  We see an example of this in Luke 7:2-9. It says that a certain centurion “loves our nation (Israel, this is also key to walking in consistent blessing, but maybe in another lesson) and has built us a synagogue”. I know there were other factors involved but his sowing was also instrumental. There was also a centurion named Cornelius (Acts 10) to whom an angel said, “Your prayers and your alms (giving) have come up for a memorial before God”. He was born again and spirit filled partially due to his giving. The fact is that Jesus had told the disciples to go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature (Mark 16).  It seems, however, they were reluctant to go. Cornelius’s giving actually made a demand on God’s power to get Peter motivated! Peter saw a vision, and Cornelius had a manifestation of discerning of spirits, word of wisdom, and word of knowledge even though he was not even born again or filled with the Holy Spirit! Your sowing will put a demand on God and He will reveal Himself to someone who is supposed to bless you, but may be dragging their feet.  This is what all grace does.
And God is able to make all grace (every favor and earthly blessing) come to you in abundance, so that you may always and under all circumstances and whatever the need be self-sufficient [possessing enough to require no aid or support
2 Corinthians 9:8 NKJV

And God is able to make all grace (every favor and earthly blessing) come to you in abundance…
Amplified

…every kind of grace.
CEB
This is good news. Depending upon your calling and vocation, you may need different things to bring you increase. If you are buying, you need God’s leading. If you are selling, you need favor. In some cases, you need wisdom. In others, you need increased knowledge and skill. Whatever you need in your circumstance your sowing can bring a harvest of that need.

-- Rev. Travis Johnson was born again and Spirit filled in May of 1994. He accepted God's call to ministry in 1996. He graduated from Faith Bible Institute in 1997. He is recognized as an anointed Bible Teacher. His desire is to, along with other ministers of the Body of Christ, empower believers to interpret the Bible for themselves and make the Word of God applicable to be successful in day to day life. Travis currently lives in Arkansas with his wife and daughter.
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