Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Be Confident in God's Blessing and Provision

God wants to put great resources in our hands so that we can be conduits of His blessing.

God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.  2 Corinthians 9:8

God wants us to have an abundance so that we are ready and able to do every good work.  But, having abundance is only possible when we are good stewards of the blessings God has given us.

The Lord's ability to bless us begins when we obey His word out of a heart to please Him and be used by Him.  If we're to ask God to supply every penny we need to be able to go and minister to the orphans who need to see Jesus through us, then we need to first make sure we are being good stewards of what we have so that we can be entrusted with more.

During this time of fundraising do not neglect your tithe.  The first 10% of all your income does not belong to you, it belongs to the Lord.  He has instructed us to bring our tithe to our local church.  Our tithe is a sum we return to the Lord by way of our home church, un-earmarked.  All money is under the curse, and the returning of the tithe releases the other 90% from that curse and turns it into a blessing.  Just as the earth was cursed and redeemed by the giving of the first son.  Do not steal from the Lord in the name of mission work.  With a blessed 90% the Lord can accomplish more than we can ever imagine.  With a cursed 100% you'll struggle in vain.

Fund raise under God's principle of multiplication and you'll be in awe of how quickly your trip will be provided for and how the blessings will continue! 
  1. We return to the Lord first so that our finances are blessed.
  2. We give over and above our tithe to other charitable endeavors because only that which is shared and given can be multiplied.
Give give give!  Give of your joy, give forgiveness, give your time, give your grace, give your money where God asks and He will open the floodgates of heaven to provide the resources for every good work He has called you to.  God multiplies what you give and sacrifice from what is yours.  The tithe is not yours, you do not give it, you return it.  Your above and beyond gifts are blessed like crazy by the Lord.  He will multiply them miraculously.

If you babysit and make $25.00 on Saturday night, return $2.50 to the Lord the next morning and buy the sweet old man in front of you his coffee and then take a few minutes to sit and chat with him.  God will honor your giving.  He will multiply your sacrifice and it will be returned to you in full, pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and pouring into your lap.

Do not be anxious.  Mind your heart.  A heart that is broken for the Lord and for orphans in Africa is not anxious about raising $3,000.  A giving spirit gives freely when the Lord prompts, knowing with full confidence that God has plenty for all good works when we're willing to let go.

Jason and I proclaim these truths loudly because we've lived them very faithfully and received the full measure returned in unbelievable floods!  It is our desire for each of you to know the depth of God's desire to bless you.  To guide you in fundraising without teaching you how God's provision works would be putting the cart before the horse.  A whole lot of work without any benefit.

Return the tithe on the gross of what God provides, give freely with what's left that belongs to you, and prepare yourself for an unbelievable testimony of how God moved mountains and broke down walls in your life to increase your blessings.  It's going to be exciting to share how God has blown our socks off!

Portions borrowed from The Blessed Life by Robert Morris.  A book we highly recommend and give out freely.  Get a copy here, or let me know and I'll mail you one for free.

Pray and listen to God speak to you about these things and we'll begin discussing specific ways to fund raise and release God's blessings on your endeavors next time!

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