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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

God’s Promises For Giving

In review of Luke 6:38 it says, “Give, and you will receive. You will be given much. It will be poured into your hands — more than you can hold. You will be given so much that it will spill into your lap. The way you give to others is the way God will give to you.”

Bottom Line:
Give and you will receive back. The way you treat others will determine how you are treated or given back to.

What this means to me:
As I give, I will receive. Often I will be given so much more in return. For the way and manner in which I give and the way I treat others, will be the way I’m treated or given to. For the measure I use, is how it will be measured to me.

In God’s Kingdom, planting generously will reap a great harvest!

What I’m learning is that to plant generously in faith, I should keep in mind two promises of Jesus.

First, Luke 6:38 says, “Give, and you will receive. You will be given much. It will be poured into your hands — more than you can hold. You will be given so much that it will spill into your lap. The way you give to others is the way God will give to you” (ICB).

The way I give to others is the way God will give to me. I should learn to be generous in planting seeds in this life in order to harvest in the next.

Second, in Mark 10:29-30 Jesus provides a guarantee about anything I give up for his sake. He says, “There is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands, for my sake and for the gospel, who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time … and in the age to come eternal life” (ESV).   

God is saying that anything that I give up for his sake, anything I sacrifice for his Kingdom will be returned a hundredfold.

If I can believe that Jesus will save me and take me to heaven with him when I believe him, why wouldn’t I trust God with my finances. It makes sense to trust him for both and to start to plant generously in faith, so that I can reap a harvest later.

In summary, as I give, I will receive. In return I will be given so much more. For the way and manner in which I give and the way I treat others, will be the way I’m treated or given to.

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