Monday, February 23, 2015

Devotion: Giving Money Is One Way To Show Honor


Money and religion is like oil and water, they supposedly do not go together.  The scriptures teach that “the love of money is the root of all evil” (I Timothy 6:10).  There are messages that speaks of honoring those who deserve it with money.  The message makes it clear that this is not the only way but one of the ways to show honor.  The scriptures tell us specifically who to honor or in other words, “who to give support to.”  The scriptures also tells “to give and it will be given back to us, good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, will men give unto you, for in the same measure as you give, it will be given to you again” (Luke 6:38).

Now, many do not believe that man should prosper financially or have wealth because it goes against the so-called teachings of Jesus.  Based on the story surrounding his statement, “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God” (Matthew 19:24) many have interpreted this passage to mean that a person with riches cannot enter into the kingdom of God.  And as you read the famous story of the young rich man, you see that Jesus told the man to “go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor” (Matthew 19:21).  Most do not make the connection between when Jesus told the young rich man "to give” and when he told us "to give” when giving to the poor.

“He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the Lord; and that which he hath given will he pay him again” (Proverbs 19:17).

“He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack: but he that hideth his eyes shall have many a curse” (Proverbs 28:27).

One does have wonder what would have happened to the young rich man had he followed the instructions of Jesus to give.  Would what he had given been returned to him in the same measure as he had given?  The scriptures clearly tells us “to give” and what happens when we “obey”.  Scriptures also makes it very clear that “every man must make up his own mind as to how much to give, because God loves a cheerful giver and does not want anyone to give grudgingly or out of necessity” (II Corinthians 9:7).  The next time the topic of financial prosperity comes up, please keep these thoughts in mind, even though they be contrary to what you have been taught; they just might prove to be the keys that helps you to unlockk the truth about financial prosperity and wealth.

It is always your choice to accept or to reject anything that does not fit into your belief system, but at least listen to the full message before making that determination.  Know this, “A closed mind can only grow within the limits of its enclosure; an open mind grows with endless possibilities.”  God tells us that “knowing the truth will make us free” (John 8:32) and hopefully this message will do just that.  If this message has been a blessing to you, please share it so that others may be blessed by it as well.

Enjoy your blessings - KW

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