THE BLESSING OF GIVING
Pastor Tim P Blaisure – 5/01/22 – Morning Message
There are more people in this world that are looking for hand outs than those who are handing out. We have the poor, widows, the less fortunate, and those who are more concerned for themselves than anyone else.
I have found out that giving is fun, rewarding, and causes me to have great joy. The joy of the Lord is our strength. Maybe that is why God ask us to treat others as we want to be treated.
Acts 20:34-36 NLT
You know that these hands of mine have worked to supply my own needs and even the needs of those who were with me.
35 And I have been a constant example of how you can help those in need by working hard. You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”
36 When he had finished speaking, he knelt and prayed with them.
Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand.”
24 Then he added, “Pay close attention to what you hear. The closer you listen, the more understanding you will be given—and you will receive even more.
25 To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given. But for those who are not listening, even what little understanding they have will be taken away from them.”
26 Jesus also said, “The Kingdom of God is like a farmer who scatters seed on the ground.
27 Night and day, while he’s asleep or awake, the seed sprouts and grows, but he does not understand how it happens.
28 The earth produces the crops on its own. First a leaf blade pushes through, then the heads of wheat are formed, and finally the grain ripens.
29 And as soon as the grain is ready, the farmer comes and harvests it with a sickle, for the harvest time has come.”
Whoever gives to the poor will lack nothing, but those who close their eyes to poverty will be cursed.
2 Corinthians 9:9
As the Scriptures say, “They share freely and give generously to the poor. Their good deeds will be remembered forever.”
I. GIVING IS SOWING:
A. Giving started with our Heavenly Father:
1. Gave us life in this body.
2. Gave us Jesus life to pay the price of sin.
3. Gave us life eternal through Jesus Christ.
B. Giving starts as a seed:
1. God gives seed to the Sower. (anything given is a seed)
2. We give God seed for our harvest. (tithe, offerings)
3. We give others seed to: the poor, widows, and less fortunate.
II. GIVING IS MORE REWARDING THAN RECEIVING:
A. Receiving is short lived:
1. When you get a gift then that’s the end of it.
2. When you receive a harvest and eat it all it ends.
3. When you receive, the joy is short lived and can be disappointing.
B. Giving is long lived:
1. When you give to the Lord, others, and to sending the Word of God around the world it is continuous.
2. When you give, you are obeying the Word of God and positioning yourself for all the promises of God.
3. When you give you see the joy in others, the joy that God gives you and the joy for the future.
III. GIVING SETS YOU UP HERE AND IN HEAVEN:
“Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal.
20 Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal.
21 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.
A. Giving (sowing) is positioning you as a farmer who plants fields for himself, his family, for increase, for the future.
B. Giving makes sure your earthly needs are met. (food, clothes, roof over your heads.)
C. Giving is the only way to transfer things from earth to heaven:
1. You can’t take your wealth with you. You came in naked and you will leave naked.
2. When you give to others with a giving heart and as unto the Lord it is transferred into heavenly treasure that cannot be destroyed.
3. Giving here is a gage for your heart. It tells God and others where your heart and priorities are.
Can anyone get in on the blessing of giving? YES!
It is a heart issue. When your heart is changed then you can go from being selfish to selfless.
You can go from being a Dead Sea to a Missouri River.
Receiving is a part of your nature.
Giving has to be learned and nurtured by our Living God.
Receiving without giving all the time is from the enemy and flesh.
Giving from a joyful heart comes from God and the Holy Spirit who sees the need and takes care of it in no regards to yourself.
Can you imagine how many people who on earth seem poor but are as Jesus said about the widow woman. Luke 21:1-4
“While Jesus was in the Temple, he watched the rich people dropping their gifts in the collection box.
2 Then a poor widow came by and dropped in two small coins.
3 “I tell you the truth,” Jesus said, “this poor widow has given more than all the rest of them.
4 For they have given a tiny part of their surplus, but she, poor as she is, has given everything she has.”