But remember this—if you give little, you will get little. A farmer who plants just a few seeds will get only a small crop, but if he plants much, he will reap much. Everyone must make up his own mind as to how much he should give. Don’t force anyone to give more than he really wants to, for cheerful givers are the ones God prizes. God is able to make it up to you by giving you everything you need and more so that there will not only be enough for your own needs but plenty left over to give joyfully to others. It is as the Scriptures say: “The godly man gives generously to the poor. His good deeds will be an honor to him forever.” For God, who gives seed to the farmer to plant, and later on good crops to harvest and eat, will give you more and more seed to plant and will make it grow so that you can give away more and more fruit from your harvest. 2 Corinthians 9:6-10 (TLB)
Many people think they can just give to God a kick back and God is obligated to give a return on their giving like a Ponzi scheme. God is not the owner of a Heavenly Ponzi scheme. That’s how some people treat God because they give with an earthly attitude. Giving to God with earthly attitudes is nothing but slot machine faith. Eternal Life is a fellowship and a partnership where we walk with God and He walks with us and when God walks with us, we get blessed and God walking with us is why we are blessed. Some think God is obligated to give back to them when they give to Him but part of the lesson of the Bible is God looks at our hearts to see our attitudes. For example the Bible says, God loves a cheerful giver.
I give to others as a way of loving them. I will celebrate the act of tithing because it is me celebrating God’s lordship over my life. It is my Honor to tithe to such a wonderful glorious being. To think He knows me, and I am getting to know Him. How amazing!
He who has pity on the poor lends to the LORD, And He will pay back what he has given. (Proverbs 19:17) nkjv
He is my wonderful Lord, Savior, Counselor, Mighty God, and Prince of Peace. He is everything that my soul could ever long for — everything I wanted and so much more. More than amazing, more than marvelous, more than miraculous could ever be. He’s more wonderful, that is what Jesus is to me.
He goes beyond my highest hopes and fondest dreams. He is everything that my soul could ever long for — everything I wanted and so much more. More than amazing, more than marvelous, more than miraculous could ever be. He more than wonderful, That’s what Jesus is to me.
When God is worshipped with a true heart. He pours out more than you could ever come close to giving Him. He is a God of abundance, but He is not a God that you can fool and manipulate with your piddly hand out of a tithe. He is not a beggar on the street that you chuck some money to. He doesn’t need your money. He only needs you to walk with Him in His love.
The generous soul will be made rich, And he who waters will also be watered himself. (Proverbs 11:25) nkjv
How dare you say as you give your very small (minuscule) tithe that God now owes you. Wow, I guess you need a new lesson in: Who is God and who God is NOT. How disrespectful to think that you did something for God first. God is your real source and if you are His channel of blessing others, you should know He is your source.
He is the one that gave you that money with which to tithe, and those hands with which to work, etc. I know people born deformed and without hands that would love to trade places with you and they would celebrate God because they have done without the abilities we possess and would be very grateful to be fully functioning much more than we are.
When one gives to God with slot machine faith/mentality, expecting God to give back to them just because they gave Him, then money is their real god and they are just deceiving themselves. Many do that for decades and then wonder why the Bible doesn’t work. Well, they are worshipping money but tithing to God. How hypocritical! Giving to God with the purpose of receiving more money in return is not real faith and it’s not real worship. When the heart is focused on money and thinks it is prosperity, it is really the prosperity of fools dressed up like faith and using God as a slot machine or a Ponzi scheme. Check your heart and see if You are treating God as if He has little worth to you. The reason that God multiplies your seed you sow with a cheerful heart is because anything that touches God grows and multiplies. He is such a blesser that he cannot help creating abundance where very little was. Look at the Earth. There was very little here when when the world began, but God put all the raw materials in the Earth at the beginning for us so that today we can make many magnificent things. Everything you can see above ground came out of the ground. By the way, those ideas for all those things originated with God because he is still a creator of every good gift and always will be.
Yes, God will give you much so that you can give away much, and when we take your gifts to those who need them they will break out into thanksgiving and praise to God for your help. So two good things happen as a result of your gifts—those in need are helped, and they overflow with thanks to God. Those you help will be glad not only because of your generous gifts to themselves and to others, but they will praise God for this proof that your deeds are as good as your doctrine. And they will pray for you with deep fervor and feeling because of the wonderful grace of God shown through you.2 Corinthians 9:11-14 (TLB)
God is not a slot machine. You will always get more back from God than you give to Him. Truly, when you give your first fruit, which is called the tithe, with a grateful, cheerful heart, as God receives it from you, God has promised to multiply back to you. God is a God of lavish abundance. When God pays His bills, He always leaves the excess with you. The scripture says, just like the rain falls down from Heaven and waters the earth so that it is cleansed and brings forth food and great joy comes during the harvest, even so when God’s blessings fall down upon you and you give back unto God so His ministry can blossom, many thanksgivings go up to God for your obedience unto Him. God is pleased by your faith in Him and continues to bless you so you can continue to be a blessing. While sowing and reaping may be an earthly principle and not a heavenly principle, giving and receiving with love IS a heavenly principle. Giving is the crown of love and God loves us all. The Bible says He makes the rain to fall upon the just and the unjust and He makes the sun to shine on the just and the unjust. God is not a prosperity system but God blesses those who walk with him in the obedience of His love.
When I send my children to the store, I say, “please pick me up some bread, milk, and eggs and keep the change.” Whenever my daughter asks for something, I usually give more than she asks for because a gracious person finds it impossible to just give what they ask for. I know they have other needs as well. What parent doesn’t give generously to their children. and the grandchildren? Well that goes into the exponential realm. Hahaha.
Even our children wish they were the grandchildren at times. In their hearts they think, “who is this parent? I am not sure this is the same one that raised me.” One comedian said, “They are just trying to get into heaven now.” But the truth is we are just so happy to be a blessing instead of doing all the correcting and instructing and reproving. We get to put on the hat of the benevolent giver and sit back and enjoy. I think God our Heavenly Father wanted us to feel that experience before leaving earth. In Heaven, we shall be worshipping Him forever. Walking with God, whether in Heaven or earth, is not prosperity system, but rather it is the fellowship of love between the Heavenly Father and his kids, and Eternity is supposed to begin before Time runs out.
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