TOPIC: BIBLICAL PRINCIPLES FOR FINANCIAL PROSPERITY – PART 2
BIBLE TEXT: LUKE 6:38
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.
Give and it shall be given unto you……
Jesus Christ himself taught us what to do to receive but we most times ignore that part we don’t like to obey and be chasing shadows. No one can teach the truth but the Word himself. Beloved, any statement of solution issued by Jesus should be taken seriously whenever you need a solution to that problem. In today’s text, Jesus told us we should not expect until we have given. It is when you have given that it will be giving back to you. It is not when you have prayed alone. We can pray but we should also obey the giving part of it. Some people believe it is silly for them to pay tithe and offering to a Church when they can save it for their future but when they have a problem, the church should pay the expenses.
You see, giving and receiving according to the verse is not referring to only money though, it is also part of it. We can give love, affection, support, kindness, material things needed by someone else, etc. *If you need, meet a need.* But keeping all that is yours and expecting others to give all they have to you is not a biblical injunction. This instruction is not to members alone but includes pastors and Bishops. If a pastor refuses to give, he will not be blessed base on this principle. Bible principles respect nobody. Many people claim that the promises of God don’t come to pass in their lives when they are not even obedient to the little instructions.
…..good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over…..
What measure do you want?
When some people want to give to God, they give the worst in their hands They left for themselves the good measure and gave God that bad measure. How much is your offering? The least or the best of your currency? You may not be able to give the highest of your currency today but give the best in your pocket at the time.
I remembered after I left my federal government appointment to work in the mission a few years and I was earning #15,000 naira monthly. The Lord told me after struggling with the finance for a year to increase my tithe to 15%. This was a direct instruction to me from the Lord, I struggled with it because #15,000 cannot buy my foodstuff in a month let alone clothing. I yielded only 2 or 3 months after. I got a 25% increase in the same month I yielded. I then decided I will increase it willfully to 20% after a month or thereabout when I saw the blessings that follow my obedience. About 2 or 3 months after I yielded, I got about a 350% increase in my salary with about a 1000% increase in blessings from that month henceforth. I am not using my testimony as a template for you to follow, follow your inner man to know what God wants you to do.
……For with the same measure that ye mete withal, it shall be measured to you again.
Don’t expect an increase without an increase in your giving. Naturally, responsibility increases when your income increases. Spiritually, you are also expected to increase your giving when God has increased you in your earnings. If you are earning little today, give your best and God will bless you to grow higher. Like the popular saying, “If you are suffering financially, check your offering”. This may not be 100% perfect but there is an element of truth in it. Give the way you want to be given.
Thanks for following
Oluwaseun Isaac Agbenla