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7 Ways You Can Please God

7 Ways You Can Please God

Every good gift we have has come from God, and He wants to give us “pleasures forevermore.” In gratitude for all He does for us, what can we do to please Him?

By Mike Bennett

Talk about Someone who has everything! Finding a gift that will please God can seem challenging! But thankfully the Bible tells us not only what God hates (such as in Proverbs 6:16-19) but what He delights in as well.

And best of all, what pleases God is also what will make us happiest and most satisfied. Ultimately we will be most fulfilled when we fulfill God’s purpose for our lives—because He loves us and wants the best for us forever!

So let’s look at seven ways the Bible tells us we can please God.

HAVE FAITH IN GOD.

“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6).

This passage identifies faith—belief in God and believing He will do what He says He will do—as a prerequisite for pleasing God. It also gives a prime example of this kind of faith: Enoch (verse 5). Enoch lived in the increasingly evil world before the Flood, but he didn’t go the evil way other people were going. Instead, he “walked with God” and “he pleased God” (Genesis 5:24Hebrews 11:5).

Enoch not only believed in the Creator God, he believed God would come to earth with “ten thousands of His saints, to execute judgment” (Jude 1:14-15) and make everything right. Enoch knew that ungodly deeds bring evil results and must be replaced by godly deeds—walking the way God walks—for this world to experience real peace and joy.

When we believe in God and believe what He says, we will also be pleasing to Him.

BE SPIRITUALLY MINDED.

“For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God” (Romans 8:6-8).

The Bible contrasts two mind-sets: the normal, human one (the fleshly, carnal mind) and the one led by the Spirit of God (the spiritual mind, verse 9). Thus having the Holy Spirit dwelling in us and leading us is another prerequisite for pleasing God.

In Acts 2:38 the apostle Peter summarized the process God has set for us to follow to receive His Spirit: “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” 

Leading up to the passage in Romans 8, the apostle Paul explained his own experience with the two mind-sets. As challenging as he shows the process of change is in Romans 7, he makes clear that Jesus Christ will deliver us (verse 25) and that as a result of the change we become beloved “children of God” (8:16-17). Does this please God? Yes! Jesus said there is “joy in heaven over one sinner who repents” (Luke 15:7). God loves to add to His family.

FEAR GOD.

“The LORD takes pleasure in those who fear Him, in those who hope in His mercy” (Psalm 147:11).

It’s not that God delights in having us be terrified of Him. Psalm 147 describes God as the One who “heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds” (verse 3). The passage praises His mercy, His knowledge (He knows the names of all the stars!) and His power to save the humble (verses 4-6). The Bible tells us to fear God, not because it is good for Him, but because it is good for us to accurately recognize that He is more powerful than anything else. Acknowledging this shows our deep respect for Him.

The proper fear and respect of God will motivate us to avoid sin (Exodus 20:20). It reminds us that God will hold us accountable for our actions.
Fearing God allows us to rely on Him and revere Him—which can deepen our love for the All-Powerful God who cares enough to stoop down and deliver a puny little human like me!

STUDY AND FOLLOW JESUS CHRIST’S EXAMPLE.

“This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!” (Matthew 17:5).

During a vision of the future Kingdom of God known as the transfiguration, God impressed on Peter, James and John the preeminence of Jesus Christ. Jesus truly was the Son of God, and there is no one who has pleased God more! We should all hear Him and follow His example.

Jesus said He always did “those things that please Him” (John 8:29), so we should study the four Gospels to learn how we, too, can please God.

OBEY GOD.

“Has the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice” (1 Samuel 15:22).

In this passage, the prophet Samuel expressed God’s displeasure with Israel’s first king Saul. Saul had disobeyed God’s direct command with the excuse that “the people” had wanted to give what should have been destroyed to God instead. But God doesn’t want our physical gifts if we are going to break His laws to give them!

Again, God doesn’t command us to obey just because it is good for Him, but because it is good for us (Deuteronomy 10:13). His laws and commands are beneficial; and as a result of obeying Him, we grow in godly, righteous character—we become more like Him!

The fact that obeying God is pleasing to Him is expressed in various ways throughout the Bible. God has “pleasure in uprightness,” He will bless those who “keep My Sabbaths, and choose what pleases Me” and who “abstain from sexual immorality” and avoid breaking any of God’s commandments (1 Chronicles 29:17Isaiah 56:41 Thessalonians 4:1-3).

DO GOD’S WILL.

“[May God] make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen” (Hebrews 13:21).

What is God’s will? God’s desires, His commands and His plans are expressed throughout the Bible. In fact, the Bible was given to us to show us His will and to help us in a sense read His mind. Studying the Bible, meditating on it and praying about it are keys to gaining deeper understanding of His will.

God’s will for us goes beyond just knowing what He wants. It involves doing “every good work”—working at maturing spiritually and becoming more like God (Matthew 5:48).

Jesus Christ set the ultimate example of doing God’s will when He faced the terrible scourging and crucifixion for our sins, yet prayed, “Nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done” (Luke 22:42). He was willing to give Himself totally to show His love and to do His Father’s will.

We must seek God’s help to always do His will as well.

GIVE THE SACRIFICE GOD WANTS.

“Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name. But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased” (Hebrews 13:15-16).

We saw earlier that God rejected sacrifices that were gained through disobedience. But there are sacrifices that He is “well pleased” with, including giving praise and thanks to Him and sharing with others. These reflect His teaching on love expressed in the two great commandments that summarize the rest of His law:

“‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and Prophets” (Matthew 22:37-40).

Does God Want Sacrifice or Not?

Does God Want Sacrifice or Not?

When first introduced to praying the Psalms, I found some passages, especially of Psalms forty-nine and fifty, to be confusing on the subject of sacrifice. I knew they could not contradict either the rule of faith or each other, but I did not know how to resolve the apparent contradiction. In this case, as with most such cases, the resolution of a seeming contradiction in Holy Scripture brings with it some deeper insight into Divine Truth. This is probably a good example of what my friend Robert Hickson means when he says, as he often does, that “contrast clarifies the mind.”

Here, then, are the passages that used to give me trouble. We begin with Psalm 49:8-12:

[8] I will not reprove thee for thy sacrifices: and thy burnt offerings are always in my sight. [9] I will not take calves out of thy house: nor he goats out of thy flocks. [10] For all the beasts of the woods are mine: the cattle on the hills, and the oxen. [11] I know all the fowls of the air: and with me is the beauty of the field. [12] If I should be hungry, I would not tell thee: for the world is mine, and the fulness thereof. [13] Shall I eat the flesh of bullocks? or shall I drink the blood of goats? [14] Offer to God the sacrifice of praise: and pay thy vows to the most High. [15] And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.

At this point the Psalmist has changed from his own voice to speaking in the person of God Himself. One superficial reading of this section of the Psalm would have it that God does not want blood sacrifice, or even, more radically, that He is mocking the entire concept of animal sacrifice. One might imagine an anachronistic Israelite PETA member marshaling the passage forth in his effort to end cruelty to animals in divine worship. The brief note of introduction in the Challoner-Douay version is none too helpful for resolving our dilemma: “Deus deorum. The coming of Christ: who prefers virtue and inward purity before the blood of victims.”

Reading that passage alone does not answer the question: Does God want sacrifice or not?

The next passage is from Psalm 50:17-20:

[17] O Lord, thou wilt open my lips: and my mouth shall declare thy praise. [18] For if thou hadst desired sacrifice, I would indeed have given it: with burnt offerings thou wilt not be delighted. [19] A sacrifice to God is an afflicted spirit: a contrite and humbled heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. [20] Deal favourably, O Lord, in thy good will with Sion; that the walls of Jerusalem may be built up.

This is the fourth, and probably the most famous, of the seven penitential Psalms. King David composed it after his two-fold sin of adultery and murder when he lay with Bethsabee and then arranged for the death of her husband, Urias the Hethite, when the woman conceived. It was a horrible crime, only heightened by the goodness and personal loyalty of Urias to the man who had cuckolded him. Thankfully, Nathan the Prophet was on hand to rebuke David and bring him to penance. Thus was composed Psalm 50, which has been beautifully set to music by Gregorio Allegri, J.D. Zelenka, W.A. Mozart (in A minor and C minor), Leonardo Leo, and many other composers. (Listen to William Byrd’s version sung by members of the Garrepy family, who are friends of Saint Benedict Center.)

As a penitential psalm, Psalm 50 is a beautiful expression of inward contrition and compunction of heart. But it does not answer our question, or, if the above passage does answer it, the answer would seem to be in the negative, for the penitent David declares, “For if thou hadst desired sacrifice, I would indeed have given it: with burnt offerings thou wilt not be delighted. A sacrifice to God is an afflicted spirit: a contrite and humbled heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.” Inward sacrifice, not the external rite is what God wants, and David seems to reject the latter with the contrary-to-fact clause, “if thou hadst desired sacrifice….”

But then, in the last verse of the Psalm, that reading seems to be contradicted entirely, when the Royal Prophet declares, “[21] Then [after Jerusalem is built up] shalt thou accept the sacrifice of justice, oblations and whole burnt offerings: then shall they lay calves upon thy altar.”

(Another passage from the Psalms, 39:7-10, would force me to go too long. Suffice it to say that Saint Paul, in Heb. 10:5-7, applies the Greek Septuagint version of this passage to Our Lord, thus giving us a deeper insight into what God wants by way of sacrifice.)

Taken together, these seemingly contrary sentiments of “God doesn’t want all these animal sacrifices but inward contrition” on the one hand and “God wants sacrifice of animals” on the other are not contrary, but complementary. God does want sacrifice — indeed, He had mandated it in the Mosaic Law, which was binding in David’s day — but He wants that sacrifice joined to inward virtues of humility and contrition, as well as inward acts of adoration, thanksgiving, reparation, and petition. Moreover, for the faithful of the Old Covenant, the external rite was supposed to signify and elicit those very interior things.

In speaking of “sacrifice,” so far, I been considering the various sacrifices of the Old Law. God clearly does not want those sacrifices any more. But does He still want sacrifice? Or are the Protestants right when they say that the Crucifixion of Our Lord settled that question once and for all, since the only acceptable Sacrifice was finally made, putting an end to all sacrifice?

Of course God wants sacrifice. Sacrifice is the highest act of the virtue of religion. Two episodes of Reconquest, “Giving God His Due” and “The Mass in the Old Testament” spell out, in some detail, how the Mass is indeed the Sacrifice of the New Law, as does an earlier Ad Rem, “The Mass in Type and Prophecy.” From the earliest Fathers of the Church, and with a stunning explicitness in Saint Ambrose, we learn that the Christian Church always had the cult of sacrifice continued in the Holy Mass, which is the unbloody representation of the same Sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the Cross. The Sacrifice of the Mass differs from Calvary only in its manner of offering.

But what about other sacrifices? Does God want sacrifices from us?

Here, we must make a distinction between sacrifice in the proper sense, and sacrifice in the figurative sense. According to Father Nicholas Gihr, in his monumental The Sacrifice of the Mass, in its strict and proper sense, “Sacrifice is a special act of divine service, and, as such, differs essentially from all other acts of worship. … By sacrifice we understand the offering of a visible object, effected through any change, transformation or destruction thereof, in order effectually to acknowledge the absolute Majesty and Sovereignty of God as well as man’s total dependence and submission. … Not every gift offered to God is a sacrifice. It greatly depends on the way and manner of offering. Some change or destruction of the gift must take place to constitute a sacrifice. An entire destruction of the gift, or such as is at least morally equivalent, pertains essentially to the idea of sacrifice; hence its outward form. Whatever has not been liturgically transformed, e.g. destroyed, cannot be a real sacrifice (sacrificium), but is only a religious gift (oblatio), essentially different from sacrifice.”

In its figurative or broad sense, sacrifice can be applied to acts of virtue that both glorify God (as proper sacrifice does) and require some mortification of man’s sensual nature. As such, good acts peformed with a supernatural intention, that “cost” us some effort can be spoken of — improperly, figuratively, and broadly — as sacrifice. This is what Our Lady of Fatima called for when when She said, “pray much and make sacrifices for sinners, for many souls go to hell because there is no one to make sacrifices for them.” And also, “Sacrifice yourselves for sinners; and say often when you make some sacrifice, ‘My Jesus, it is for love of You, for the conversion of sinners, and in reparation for sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.’” Our Lord later told Sister Lucy that “The sacrifice required of every person is the fulfillment of his duties in life and the observance of My law. This is the penance that I now seek and require.”

When I say that this is a broad, figurative or improper use of the term, I am using the technical language of philosophy and theology. I am not saying that Our Lord or Our Lady used the terms incorrectly. The distinction between sacrifice in these senses if very important to our theology of the Mass, for it — being the unbloody re-presentation (as in “presenting again”) of the Sacrifice of Christ on the Cross — is the one and only sacrifice in the strict and proper sense that we have in the New Covenant.

So, to answer the question: Yes, from us, His Church, God still wants sacrifice in the strict sense, for what else did Jesus command at the Last Supper when He said, “Do this for a commemoration of me” (Luke 22:19)?

“But,” one might object, “only the priest can offer that sacrifice, I can’t.” Ah, but you can, not in the way the ordained ministerial priest at the altar can, but in the way any of the baptized can offer the sacrifice with and under the ministerial priest, who is acting in the Person of Christ. It is for this reason that the priest turns around at the Orate Fratres and says, “Pray brethren that my sacrifice and yours be acceptable to God the Father almighty.” The egregious mistranslation in the English Novus Ordo of “our sacrifice” rather than “my sacrifice and yours” obliterated this distinction. (This has thankfully been fixed.) The “and yours” makes reference to the faithful, as members of the “royal priesthood” (1 Pet. 2:9) of the baptized, being able to co-offer this unique New Testament sacrifice with God’s ordained minister at the altar. In the words of Father Gihr, “The Eucharist is the Sacrifice of the whole Church; it is not exclusively the priest’s Sacrifice, but the property of the faithful also. They partake in a variety of ways in in different degrees in the offering of the Eucharistic Sacrifice, while the priest in their name and for their benefit alone completes the sacrificial action itself.”

In the ancient Roman rite, the unbaptized catechumens, who were not yet deputed by Baptism to co-offer the Sacrifice of the Mass, were dismissed before the Canon of the Mass ever began. This is why the first part of the Mass is the “Mass of the Catechumens,” and the second, from the offertory on, is called the “Mass of the Faithful.” This custom still prevails in the Eastern Rites, where the dismissal of the catechumens is to this day sung by the deacon.

And to the question, “Does God want sacrifice in the figurative and improper sense?”, the answer is also in the affirmative, given what was said above about the Fatima message. Such is also the message of the whole New Testament.

In the Holy Mass, a sacrifice in the strict and proper sense of the word, the true religion still retains the cult of sacrifice. It is the immolation of the Man-God, whose merits, being divine, are of infinite value. Moreover, the very Manhood itself, that Sacred Humanity of Jesus, is sinless, spotless, and perfect in every way. Christ Our Lord’s action in the Mass is also an example to us. He who is both Priest and Victim offers Himself with a good and perfect Heart. By cultivating those virtues so beautifully expressed in the Psalms — faith, humility, hope, contrition, love of God, loyalty, promptitude in the divine service, etc. — our hearts will begin to resemble the Sacred Heart of Jesus, who, “by the Holy Ghost offered himself unspotted unto God” (Heb. 9:14) the Father for the glory of the Holy Trinity and for the salvation of men.

7 Trends in the Offertory in Churches

7 Trends in the Offertory in Churches

Do any of these trends apply to your church?
Do any of these trends apply to your church?

For most Protestant churches, the offertory is the time of worship where church members make financial gifts to God through the church. It may be combined with special music or announcements, but the central theme is giving to God.

I am seeing seven major trends develop related to this aspect of worship services. The changes have been subtle but noticeable.

1. More churches are moving the offertory to near the middle of the service, shortly before the preaching of the Word. This development is a change back to a practice that was most common before 1990. This approach has either an implicit or explicit theological belief that the offertory is a central facet of worship, and should be placed prominently in the service.

2. The second most common practice is to have the offertory at the end of the service. The typical rationale for this practice is more related to the flow of the service. The offertory is still deemed important, but the service has a more continuous flow if it is placed at the end.

3. Churches that provide the opportunity for online giving see an uptick in overall gifts. Obviously this type of offertory does not take place in a worship service, but it is deemed very important by leaders whose churches offer this option. I am not aware of any churches where online giving has replaced the worship offertory; it is simply another way to give.

4. Churches that mail offering envelopes to members also see an uptick in overall gifts. I have heard numerous stories from church leaders of the importance of this church practice. One church leader told me his church eliminated the practice, and offerings declined almost 20 percent. The church reinstated the mailing of offering envelopes pretty quickly.

5. Only a relatively few churches have offering boxes for member donations.Most of these churches do not have an offertory time in the service; members are asked to give as they leave the service.

6. More churches have some type of testimony or statement about stewardship to accompany the offering. Typically, this statement is about how the funds are used. Members are able to see through videos or testimonies the missional impact of their gifts (See the blog post with Pastor Mike Glenn’s example).

7. Relatively few churches receive gifts in their small groups or Sunday school classes. This practice was more common prior to 1990, especially in Sunday school-based churches.

From my perspective, the most effective churches in stewardship make certain that items 3, 4, and 6 are common practices to accompany the church’s offertory.

Let me hear from you about these seven trends, and let me hear what your church does as well.

7 Benefits Of Being A Giver

7 Benefits Of Being A Giver

As we begin this teaching, I’m going to make two bold, but scripturally accurate statements.

First, your income is in direct correlation to your giving. 

In the Thesaurus, the word correlation also means connection.  So let me say the statement a little differently.

“Your income is a direct connection to your giving.”

I’ve said this next statement numerous times before. . .but I’m going to keep teaching it until it becomes as natural to us as the air we breathe.

God does not prosper usfor the purpose of raising our standard of living.  He prospers us so that we can raise our standard of giving.

Second, God prospers us to raise our standard of giving.

With these two thoughts in mind. . .let’s now examine seven benefits of being a  Giver.

Benefit # 1    Giving Always Results in Receiving

Giving always results in receiving! We have God’s Word on it:

Luke 6:38 says:

“Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal [measure]it shall be measured to you again.”

The Message Bible translation of Luke 6:38 says:

“Give away your life; you’ll find life given back, but not merely given back—given back with bonus and blessing. Giving, not getting, is the way. Generosity begets generosity.”

Look closely at these key points

1. God promises to return your gift to you. He says you will receive a “good measure,” literally “running over.” God will bless you when you give to Him. 

2. God says your blessings will come from men who shall give to you. God uses people, and so He has no difficulty blessing you from unexpected places. The source God uses doesn’t matter.

What is important is that you understand this biblical principle: when you give, you will receive a return.

3. You will receive in the same measure that you give. Remember, the measure is not how much you give, but how much you give in proportion to your income.

This scripture does not promise that if you give five dollars, you will receive five dollars in return. It says if the five dollars you gave is simply casual pocket money, you will not receive a very large return. You will receive the five dollars back, but not in a greatly multiplied measure.

However, if that five dollars is a very critical part of your remaining funds, a precious seed out of your limited remaining resources, it becomes a great measure in God’s eyes, and you will receive a great measure in return from Him. Your gift will be greatly multiplied.

When you become a giver, you automatically move yourself into the realm of a receiver. There are no exceptions to this rule.

However, there are levels of receiving: “. . . some thirty, and some sixty, and some an hundred[fold]” (Mark 4:8).

The measure we use in giving will determine the measure God will apply to us in receiving. No matter with what measure we give our gift, when we give to God, we will receive a return.

“Give, and it shall be given unto you . ..”(Luke 6:38).

Galatians 6:7 in the Amplified Bible says:

“Be not deceived [don’t be fooled]; God is not mocked [He cannot be fooled]: For whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” 

Do not forget it! Giving always results in receiving.

Benefit # 2    Giving Is Your God-Given Right

Let’s look at Luke 6:38 again.

“Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running  over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.”

The above promise is not restricted to any particular group of saints. Every saint has the right to claim it if he or she puts into action God’s principle of giving.

What a joy and a God-given right  it is for you to be a giver!

Suppose your local bank promised you that every time you wrote a check, it would credit your account with more than enough  funds to cover the draft.

Surely you would consider yourself a very fortunate person.

At first, you would probably be a bit cautious, and write checks for moderate amounts. But, as the bank proved itself faithful and honored your checks again and again, putting more and more money into your account, you would soon realize that this wonderful new relationship was opening up a whole new life to you and your loved ones.

Not only would it be a blessing to you, but any neighbor or friend who found out about your bank would want to have the same sort of account. It would be wrong for your bank to offer this program to you alone.

Of course, we know that banks don’t operate that way, but God clearly declares He does!

He promises to give us back more than we give, and He guarantees this return to all His depositors (all those who give to His work).

When I say all, I mean all!

God declares in His Word that He is no respecter of persons. More than once He promises that we will receive in return more than we give, every single time!

Are you grasping that truth?

Since the resources of the entire universe are at His creative disposal, our Heavenly Father will never run out of funds. He will always be able to meet His promise of giving back to us more than we give to Him.

Do you see what this message is doing to your thinking about giving to God? Giving to Him is not an obligation. It is an opportunity  to put God’s biblical principles into action!

It is a chance to begin operating your heavenly checking account according to a principle that contradicts the world: the more you give away to God’s work, the more He will return to you so that you can give to His work again!

2 Corinthians 9:11 in The Living Bible says:

“Yes, God will give you much so that you can give away much.”

If the entire Body of Christ began to operate in accordance with this biblical principle, we would witness the abundance Moses experienced in the Book of Exodus.  His people were so willing to give to build the sanctuary that Moses finally had to stop the giving.

Exodus 36:6,7 says:

“Let neither man nor woman make any more work for the offering of the sanctuary. So the people were restrained from bringing.”

“For the stuff they had was sufficient for all  the work to make it, and too much.”

Begin to grasp your God-given right of giving. Act upon God’s promise to return to you more than you give.  If you will do so, there will come a day when the abundance of God will literally overtake you. You will have enough money to fulfill every desire to give to God, with plenty left over to meet your every need.

Benefit # 3    Giving Unleashes Power in Your Life

When you give to God, your gift allows God the opportunity to bless you, to keep His promises, and to give you more than enough.  By your faithful obedience in giving your tithes and offerings, you set into motion God’s principles of biblical economics. Your precious gifts unleash God’s power in several areas of your life.

1.         Your gift will prosper you. God promises that when you are a giver, your gift will increase and multiply.       

Proverbs 17:8 says:

“ A gift . . . whithersoever it turneth, it prospereth.”

2.         Your gift will provide you a place in life, and will bring you before great (godly) men in society.

Proverbs 18:16 says:

“ A man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.”                            

3.         Your gift will bring you friends.

Proverbs 19:6 says:

“every man is a friend to him that giveth gifts.”

This does not advocate buying friends with your money. It simply means that your giving sets up a magnetism that draws others to you.

4. Your gift will stop anger.

Proverbs 21:14 saus”

“A gift in secret pacifieth anger . . . .”

Just for fun, try this when someone is angry with you.  Send that person a secret gift and watch his anger calm down. Don’t ask me how it works; I don’t know. But it does work, for I have seen it do so again and again.     

Do you understand what God intends to do to your life when you give? When you are a cheerful giver, God will bless you and give you back many blessings out of His abundance!

God cares aboutyou and He ministers to you in many areas when you unleash the biblical process of giving.

Not only does He minister to you in the area of finances, He also ministers spiritually to you, and to those around you. Being a great giver produces a positive, cooperative atmosphere all around you!

Benefit # 4    Giving Will Spread the Gospel

You know that Moses was overwhelmed by the generosity of the Israelites and asked them to stop giving. They had literally given too much!

I believe that if Christians will grasp the principles of biblical economics in this teaching, and apply them in their daily lives, every church, every mission outreach, every  Christian television ministry—and yes, every Christian home in our world—will be able to say, “Stop, Lord, we’ve got too much!”

Your faithfulness in giving to God’s work guaranteesthat a day of abundant prosperity will eventually come to you, a time when the reapers will overtake the sowers.

  But no matter how long it takes the whole church world to come to that moment, you can begin right now to have more than enough by applying these principles and seeing their benefits materialize in your life before your very eyes.

That is not my  promise; it is God’s  promise!

When you learn to act upon this promise, you just begin to ask God how large your financial gift should be.

 Whatever God tells you to do, you will have the money to do it—when you catch this God-given vision!

Remember, giving is a key  part of your Christian walk.  It is not a separate, non-spiritual act of writing out a check. Giving your finances to God is a deep, personal interaction with God Himself, and is as much a part of your Christianity as your time of prayer.  So do not just give your money without thought or prayerAsk God where you should direct your gifts, and even ask Him how much you should give. God has a definite plan for your finances, and He cares about your individual offerings.

As we’ve taught before there are more scriptures about money and possessions than faith, prayer and healing combined.   So you can be sure God is concerned about your personal possessions and finances.

He cares about every part of your life, and each part relates to your overall walk as a Christian.

Remember, giving will help spread the gospel.

Romans 10:14-15 says:

“How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?”

“And how shall they preach, except they be sent? “

I believe there is an answer to this crucial question.  They will be sent by those who have complete dominion over every aspect of their finances, those who have put God’s plan of giving and receiving to work.

Benefit # 5    Giving Brings a Harvest

Most Christians do not have an agricultural mentality.  They read a book or hear a sermon and give an offering to God, then wake up Monday morning complaining: “Hey, Brother Harold, I gave, but it didn’t work.”

The Bible says whatever you have planted will come up.

You see, giving to God is like a farmer planting seed. The day after he plants, the farmer does not run out to his field and say, “It didn’t work! It didn’t work! My wheat seed didn’t come up.”

Today, many people function in a technological mentality. Everything is instant. We have instant downloads, instant coffee, instant mashed potatoes, and instant banking.

But, the principles of biblical economics are based on farming, not technological principles. God is not the great spiritual slot machine  in the sky.

 You do not put in a hundred dollars and instantly get back a thousand. No, you plant a hundred dollars into God’s work. You let that seed grow, mature, and develop so that “in due season” God will return to you many times what you have planted.

It takes faith and patience to bring these God-given principles to their fullest potential. You must regularly plant your seed. At first your sowing may look futile.

However, there will come a day when the harvest will begin to come up in such abundance that you will have more than enough!

Galatians 6:9 says:

“in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”

When you begin to receive the harvest, go ahead and eat some of the seed. Go ahead and buy a nice car or a new suit, or whatever you desire. Just be sure you save enough seed to plant again.

Keep putting more money seeds into the gospel. Then God will return to you even more of His abundance in constantly increasing harvests so that you can finance His end-time work.

Benefit # 6    Giving Always Prospers the Giver

By the world’s principles of economics, when you give something awayyou then have less.   If you give away money or land or food, that leaves you with less of the thing you have given away. 

But that is not the case according to God’s principles of economics. He teaches that when you give something away italways  ends up returning to you, multiplied.

You cannot lose ground, you only gain it by giving to God.

Proverbs 11:24 in the New King James Version says:

“There is one who scatters, yet increases more; And there is one who withholds more than is right,  But it leads to poverty.”     

According to God’s principles of economics, when you give a gift, you release His energy into your own life to duplicate the gift in multiplied quantity.  It is similar to the seed of a plant.  There is something God has placed within it that releases a multiplication effect.

Gifts become very powerful forces that reach beyond the natural realminto the spirit realm. They increase, some thirtyfold, some sixtyfold, and some a hundredfold.

The world says that giving a gift depletes wealthLogic says  that when a person gives something away, he no longer has it. But, God’s Word says  that a gift does not deplete a person’s assets, it increases  them!

The principles in God’s Word teach that every gift you give becomes an invisible miracle force that draws right back to you more of whatever you have given away. That is a powerful concept.

Look again at this marvelous promise God makes to the giver.

Proverbs 19:6 says:

“Many will entreat the favor of the prince: and every man is a friend to him that giveth gifts.”

When you give gifts, it shows that you are willing to meet the needs of others.

The Bible teaches that because of your generous nature, you will have friends.

Your gift will not “buy” their friendship, but your generous nature will supernaturally attract people who will have your well-being at heart because they see the giving heart of God living in you.

The dimension of this supernatural power will even reach into the camp of your enemies. When you obey God in every aspect of your life, which includes giving as He directs you, even your enemies will be caught up in a new attitude toward you.

Proverbs 16:7 says:

“When a man’s ways please the Lord, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.”

Your gift is a natural key that unleashes a supernatural miracle-working force in your life.Giving always prospers you.

Benefit # 7    God’s Giving Guarantee

We have learned that giving releases supernatural miracle-working power in and through our lives.

Now I want you to realize that this entire process is completely guaranteed! It is a spiritual law, as powerful and as dependable as any natural law:

Luke 6:38 says:

“Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal [measure] it shall be measured to you again.”

Galatians 6:7 says:

“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”

So often, when the offering plate is passed in church, or a ministry asks for your support, a question goes through your mind: “Can I afford to give?”

Well, you are asking the wrong question. The question you should be asking yourself is: “Can I afford not to give?”  That is especially true if you need a harvest of money to meet future demands.  And who doesn’t?

You see, God has guaranteed that a gift always comes back, in good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over. Whatever you sow … you will reap. There is a spiritual law as well as a physical law of sowing and reaping.

That is certainly better than Wall Street can promise you! That’s better than the interest at your local bank! The Bible says that men will give into your bosom. (Notice, it does not just say the saints will give to you; it simply says “men.”)

Today, there are more than 5 billion people in the world—that’s how many instruments God has available to bless you.  That’s God’s promise. When you give to His work, you can trust God to give back to you.

Once again, this process of returning the gift to you is not just left to chance. It is a guaranteed rate of return: it comes back to you in the same measure that you gave.

If  you give a thimbleful, you will get back many times thimble amounts of blessing.

If you give a teaspoonful, you will get back many times that amount of blessing. But, if you upgrade your gift and start giving by the shovelful, look out, because  God must move up to shovels of blessings.

Do not be afraid if you want to move into the “big league” of giving. God has truckloads for those who give by the truckload. You see, He promises the same measure as you give. Give a little, and you will receive a little. Give a lot, and God will overwhelm you with His blessings in return.

2 Corinthians 9:6 in The Living Bible says:

“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.”  

Our giving can usher in a new day of plenty in a new Kingdom of God here on earth.