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SERMON FOR SUNDAY AUGUST 11, 2019
4 Types of Giving
Introduction: There are 4 types of giving in the Bible. Some are mentioned solely in the OT and some are also mentioned in the NT during the Ministry of Jesus. Some are solely mentioned in the NT. Today I will spell out the word FATS for the Bible uses the word Fat in connection with abundance. Even today if you are Fat in some parts of the world it means prosperity; because that means you have had much to eat, so you must have much money. In America we do not see it that way. (This sermon and the next 4 are taken by a teaching by Jesse Duplantis – Why Isn’t My Giving Working. I will not usually teach other minister’s teaching but we need this teaching in our ministry and Jesse gave me this revelation.)
Focus Scripture Pr. 13:20-22 20 He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.21 Evil pursueth sinners: but to the righteous good shall be repayed.22 A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children's children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.
God will repay the righteous for giving to the poor. Sometimes we loan or give money to those who are worse off than we are. We want to get it back and they complain they do not have it and would repay it if they could. So you are made to feel bad about asking them for it. God will repay it. Pray to God and God will reward you more than if they repaid it to you!
Ps 37:3-5 3 Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.4 Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.5 Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.
This needs to be the focus. Trust God. Get your Joy from doing God’s work and when that is the delight then everything else will line up. Commit and God will bring all you need and all he gives you to happen in your life! Trust Delight and Commit are the 3 words we need to focus on in our walk with the Lord!
First fruit- the first fruit was an offering they gave at the beginning of the harvest season. When you get a raise that is a first fruit! So if you have a $20 raise that is a first fruit and out of that 1st paycheck it belongs to the Lord. Most Christians do not understand that or practice that!
Motivation is Generosity
1 Tim 6:6-10 6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows
Godliness means to focus on God and let God lead and guide us in our actions and words! Prosperity includes Godliness. Without Godliness we will love money and make money our focus. Money is important in this realm but it is not to be our focus. The Lord must be our focus and money must be a tool. The more money we have the easier things become in this life. There are many things we can do with money and the world respects money. We cannot take money with us. Money can cause downfalls. So when we give it shows the Lord that He is more important to us then money and he will trust us with more.
Rom 11:16 16 For if the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches.
The principle is this -if we tithe the rest is holy, if we give the whole raise the rest after that raise is also holy. The concept is to make all we have in our money and in our life holy and acceptable for use to the Lord. Do not use the money for wrong things. Use it to honor him in all you do. The more you honor the Lord in your giving living and words the more God will demonstrate how much he honors you before men. Greater is he in you so act like it is true!
Pr 3:9-10 9 Honour the Lord with thy substance, and with the first fruits of all thine increase:10 So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.
For money is a hard thing to give up. We look at what is in our wallet to determine how much we can give, or determine our giving by our bank account! Then we do a mental tally of how much we need before we allow ourselves to give. To us we can only give God if we have a surplus of funds. We cannot give if we do not think we have enough for our needs. This says to honor the Lord first and out of the raise, God wants to exalt you so you continue to praise him no matter what happens to you. Honor the Lord and God honors you in this life and the next!
Alms is giving to the poor. This could be loaning money to a friend that needs it. IT could be giving to someone who is homeless there are many ways to give to the poor. The word poor does not mean someone who cannot afford clean clothes. It means someone who is worse off then you and begs you for the money. Maybe you feel sorry for them and loan them money or have a level of trust for them and want to help. Alms is seen by God and needs to be done in secret. IT is given by compassion and is a gift that needs to be kept in secret.
Motivation is Compassion
Pr 19:16-17 16 He that keepeth the commandment keepeth his own soul; but he that despiseth his ways shall die.17 He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the Lord; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.
This is a gift to the Lord and not just a loan or gift to them. God sees when you give to the poor. God honors your giving and when we give we need to see God as the source of the loan and trust God to repay the loan. God will not let you give and not repay you. God will honor you when you give for the giving comes from your heart and God honors your giving because God is a good God!
Mt 6:1-8 Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.2 Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.3 But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth:4 That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.
Alms are to be done in secret so we should not tell anyone who we give to. Giving to the poor is between us and God. The religious leaders would make a big to do about their alms and that was their reward. What you do privately God sees and rewards. God sees all and will reward you. God knows you and each of us have some similar needs- water food clothes housing but we all have unique needs depending on our makeup. Some might be artists, some have needs to speak, some other things depending on what God asks of you and God knows that for he put that desire and talent in you to do those things! Alms have a reward and alms are when we give to the poor!
Acts 10:1-4 There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of the band called the Italian band,2 A devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God alway.3 He saw in a vision evidently about the ninth hour of the day an angel of God coming in to him, and saying unto him, Cornelius.4 And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said, What is it, Lord? And he said unto him, Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God.
Cornelius was a Gentile who knew the Lord and he prayed but also gave alms. So here the reward was that not only did he get his prayer answered but it was in the form of the Apostle Peter. God heard his prayers and remembered his giving of alms. Both contributed to an angel coming to him as well. God said they are a memorial before him. God does not forget what you do for him. So there is a reward for you on earth and one in Heaven.
Tithe - We have talked about tithing a lot in the past few weeks. Tithing was under the law and we saw that there are 3 tithes. We talked about the Levitical tithe which went to support the priests. This is the tithe that we are talking about today. The tithe in the OT was animal sacrifice. What we are talking about in this is about $. The concept is to support the ministry. We do need to support the church and the ministries in the church.
Motivation is Obedience
Mal 3:8-12 8 Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.9 Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.11 And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the Lord of hosts.12 And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the Lord of hosts.
This is the main verse used to support tithing in the Bible. IT also says that God will rebuke the devourer for us. IT must be noted that in the OT they did not have authority over the devil but we as believers do have authority in the name of Jesus. Jesus has come and died and risen from the dead so we have power and authority that was not available to the OT saints. Now God wants us to rebuke Satan.
Lk 11:42 42 But woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass over judgment and the love of God: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.
Jesus was not rebuking them for tithing for they still were under the law then, but he was rebuking them for their lack of love and they did not follow the more important things. Sometimes we do some good things but we get lost on the other things. IT is all important but one of the most important is walking in love for without love our faith does not work and we do not honor God for God is love.
Note: Tithing was done by Abraham to Melchizedek before Moses was born. So Tithing was before the law . IT is not said that Abraham constantly tithed perhaps he had no priest to tithe to. Tithing was done during the law of Moses in part to take care of the priests because they had no inheritance. So tithing was said to support the priestly work! So the concept is to support the work of God. Support the church!
Sowing Seed The other 3 types of giving are for others but this type is the concept of giving to get. Perhaps we are giving here to get but you do not plant without expecting a harvest. You plant a seed to get something more. You do not want to eat your seed. I like corn and beets but I do not want to eat the seeds. What kind of seed do you want to plant. Do you need healing or finances then plant a seed for that! I believe we can plant financial seeds by giving to the church we go for the things we need and we can plant it for our needs. We can also go and minister expecting to receive what we need as well. Do good get good! Know God will reward you for your financial gifts and good deeds!
Motivation is Faith and Reward
Mk 4:14-20 14 The sower soweth the word.15 And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts.16 And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness;17 And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word's sake, immediately they are offended.18 And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word,19 And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.20 And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred.
You sow seeds and you need to sow in good ground. The good ground is the ground that brings a harvest. The stony ground or thorny ground cannot bring a harvest. If animals eat your seed you will not have a harvest. The word must be planted in the heart for it to grow where Satan cannot steal it. Put it deep so you can be strong in the spirit. Receive with joy! The seed must have roots. So what is Jesus saying here? The seed must have roots, get planted in your heart and you have must have both rhema and logos knowledge or you will be offended from persecution and the worldly influences will cause you to not receive. You will be persecuted and afflicted and have worldly influences but you need to have joy for fruit will come because the joy of the Lord is your strength!
Deut. 1:10-11 10 The Lord your God hath multiplied you, and, behold, ye are this day as the stars of heaven for multitude.11 (The Lord God of your fathers make you a thousand times so many more as ye are, and bless you, as he hath promised you!)
God wanted Adam to multiply and it says here that God multiplied the children of Israel. They went from 70 at the time of Joseph to over 2 million at the time of Exodus. God multiplied Israel. God added at the day of Pentecost 3,000 from the starting figure of 120. God always brings increase. Jesus took a boys lunch and fed about 20,000 people. God is a multiplier.
Gal 6:7-10 6 Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things.7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.
When you sow to the Spirit you reap from the eternal way of reaping but fleshly from the fleshly way of reaping. I rather reap based on God’s s system for it is much higher then from man’s way. Man is limited but God is not, so we need to communicate to the ones who teach the word. just like the tithe took care of the ones who performed the functions of the ministry. God takes care of those who minister for him!
Conclusion We will study these 4 types of giving more in the coming weeks. Each one will be studied more in depth. We need to understand the different types of giving so we know what blessing we can get from that type of giving. There are blessings associated with the giving we do for God. So give and it is given to you both here on earth and in Heaven. Do not limit yourself or God! Do not allow yourself to miss the blessing from the giving for it is more blessed to give then receive!
Next week: Giving of the Tithe
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