“And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.

Deuteronomy 8:18 NKJV

 

Thank God He gives us power to get wealth! That means we are not subject to the earth’s economy. If you will apply the principles laid out in God’s Word, some of which we cover in these studies, when you hear the bad news about gas prices and bad economic conditions you can rest assured that you can rise above it. We live according to heaven’s economy.

 

1 Praise the Lord!

Blessed is the man who fears the Lord,
Who delights greatly in His commandments.

His descendants will be mighty on earth;
The generation of the upright will be blessed.

Wealth and riches will be in his house,
And his righteousness endures forever.

Unto the upright there arises light in the darkness;
He is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous.

Surely he will never be shaken;
The righteous will be in everlasting remembrance.

He will not be afraid of evil tidings;
His heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord.

His heart is established;
He will not be afraid,
Until he sees his desire upon his enemies.

Psalm 112:1-4,7-8 NKJV

 

The Offering

 

 Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”

Luke 6:38 NKJV

 

Under the New Covenant, we honor God in three basic ways financially (there are many offerings to the Lord under the Old Covenant that are not the purpose of this study).

  1. Tithes
  2. Offerings
  3. Alms

 

You must understand first that the tithe is not an offering. You are simply giving back to God what is His. Everything you give over and above your tithe is the offering.

 

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

 

 

The offering or giving is based upon the sowing and reaping principle.

 

 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…

2 Corinthians 9:6-7a NKJV

 

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.

Galatians 6:6-7 NKJV

 

Jesus taught that the entire Kingdom of God operates under the seedtime and harvest principle.

 

And He said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground,

Mark 4:26 NKJV

 

Even redemption is the result of sowing and reaping.  Jesus, on His way to carry out the plan of redemption, referred to Himself as a seed.

 

 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

 

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son…

John 3:16 NKJV

 

God sowed His son in order to reap many sons and daughters (you and I).

 

But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone.

10 For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.

11 For both He who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified are all of one, for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren,

Hebrews 2:9-11 NKJV

 

We are the harvest on God’s sown as a seed for us!

So, our giving is referred to as sowing so will use the terms interchangeably.

 

We always reap in proportion to what we sow.

 

 But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.

2 Corinthians 9:6 NKJV

 

Many have the idea that God has just chosen who has wealth and who does not. However, this passage puts the responsibility right back on us. If we want more wealth, then we need to sow more. The natural realm is patterned after the spirit realm. Therefore, we can look at natural principles and know that they also apply to the spiritual dimension.  A man who only planted a one-acre garden cannot expect to receive the same harvest a man that planted a five-acre crop. It would be foolish of One-Acre-John to go to God and say, “Oh Lord! Why have you made me so inferior to Five-Acre-Fred down the road? I guess you just love him more than me because you gave him a bigger harvest.” If this happened, we would say that One-Acre-John does not have enough sense to be farming. Yet, this how many people approach spiritual sowing and reaping. Someone has disciplined their spending and sowed every chance the get (the tithe is a given). Now God has prospered them by multiplying their seed sown and others get jealous. We have to understand that we have the same potential they have. God does not determine our level of wealth, we do. For illustration purposes, let us consider the story of Elisha and the widow.

 

1 A certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets cried out to Elisha, saying, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that your servant feared the Lord. And the creditor is coming to take my two sons to be his slaves.”

So Elisha said to her, “What shall I do for you? Tell me, what do you have in the house?” And she said, “Your maidservant has nothing in the house but a jar of oil.”

Then he said, “Go, borrow vessels from everywhere, from all your neighbors—empty vessels; do not gather just a few.

And when you have come in, you shall shut the door behind you and your sons; then pour it into all those vessels, and set aside the full ones.”

So she went from him and shut the door behind her and her sons, who brought the vessels to her; and she poured it out.

Now it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she said to her son, “Bring me another vessel.”

And he said to her, “There is not another vessel.” So the oil ceased.

Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debt; and you and your sons live on the rest.”

2 Kings 4:1-7 NKJV

 

Notice, first, that when the widow came to Elisha with a need, that he asked her what she had in her house. God asked Moses what he had in his hand. Chances are God has already put in your hand or in your house what you need to get you to the next level. God does not care what you would do if you had a million dollars. He wants to know what you are doing with the little you have now. Many say, “When my ship comes in and I make my fortune I will really give to God”. That is putting the cart before the horse. Jesus said if you are not faithful with a little you will not be faithful with much.

 

10 He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much.

 11 Therefore if you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?

Luke 16:10-11 NKJV

 

If you cannot turn loose of a few measly dollars are we to believe you will give hundreds or thousands even if you had a million. Jesus said you would not.

You need to start giving where you are.

 

 For if there is first a willing mind, it is accepted according to what one has, and not according to what he does not have.

2 Corinthians 8:12 NKJV

 

According to Jesus, in the gospel account of yet another little widow woman had out-given everyone else although her gift was small.

 

41 Now Jesus sat opposite the treasury and saw how the people put money into the treasury. And many who were rich put in much.

42 Then one poor widow came and threw in two mites, which make a quadrans.

43 So He called His disciples to Himself and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all those who have given to the treasury;

44 for they all put in out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all that she had, her whole livelihood.”

Mark 12:41-44 NKJV

 

Notice that Jesus saw how people worshipped with their money and not just, what they gave. According a footnote, these coins were worth a fraction of a penny. However, Jesus said she gave more than anyone did. Brother Keith Moore said that he was talking to a pastor and he commented on a couple in his church. He told Bro. Moore that they were the biggest givers in the church. Brother Moore Responded, “How do you know?”  We may never know this side of heaven that the biggest givers were. The same is true for those who are already prosperous. You cannot be jealous of someone who is rich who gives away a bigger percent of their income than you do with your little. The fact is that your money is useless to God in heaven. It only means something to Him because it means something to you. When you worship God with that which means something to you, then it means something to Him.

 

For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities…

Hebrews 4:15 KJV

 

If your offering does not move you, chances are it will not move God. What is the most significant thing about your giving to God is the amount of faith it takes to give it.

 

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

 

The amount of return is determined, at least partially, upon the amount of faith it took to release it.

 

… “According to your faith let it be to you.”

Matthew 9:29 NKJV

 

The second thing to consider from the account of the Elisha and the widow’s oil (you probably thought I had forgot about that) is that she determined the size of her miracle.

 

And he said to her, “There is not another vessel.” So the oil ceased.

2 Kings 4:6 NKJV

 

What if she had ten more vessels, would the oil have kept flowing? Had she had ten fewer vessels would there had been ten fewer vessels of oil? If she had a million more vessels, she would have that much more increase. God did not put a cap on her increase. Her only instruction from the Lord through the prophet was “do not gather just a few”.  Who determined what constituted many or few? The vision of the widow did, not God! Now let us plug this principle into 2 Corinthians 9:6.

 

 But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.

2 Corinthians 9:6 NKJV

 

God is not determining our wealth, our amount of vision expressed through our giving does.  This is good news. No matter where you start out in life, you can sow your way into prosperity!

 

We always reap after we sow.

 

And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.

Galatians 6:9 NKJV

 

Do good wherever you go. After a while, the good you do will come back to you.

Ecclesiastes 11:1 ERV

 

This should be understood. However, a man told of how he used to be faithful to church tithing and giving.  He since dropped out of church. He kind of scoffed and said he did better after he was out of church. This is no mystery. He was reaping from the earlier days when he was faithful. Later, though, he found himself in a financial struggle. Why was that?  He then began to reap for his lack of faithfulness. You must understand that you are always sowing.  When you do not give into the work of the Kingdom of God, you are sowing a seed of stinginess. Therefore, you then harvest stinginess. The earth will not yield increase for you.

 

To be continued…

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