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Friday, November 30 2018
24 Principles from The Epistles Regarding Money, Giving, and Receiving - Part 1 Text: Romans 11:33-35
Contributor: Isekhua Evborokhai
INTRODUCTION: This week we will be looking at the first of a three-part series that concludes our study of Biblical Prosperity – a Balanced Approach titled twenty-four principles from the Epistles regarding money, giving, and receiving. In today’s study we shall be looking at the first 8 of these principles
PRINCIPLE #1: All We Give to God Originated from God. Romans 11:33-35
This makes it clear that we are not to demand that God give us what we want. God in His graciousness has already provided everything for us.
PRINCIPLE #2: Some Believers Operate in A Special Grace of Giving. Rom. 12:6-8
PRINCIPLE #3: Believers Are Called Upon to Be Diligent in Business. Romans 12:11
PRINCIPLE #4: Believers Should Be Responsible Toward Their Financial Obligations. Romans 13:6-8
PRINCIPLE #5: Believers Have a Duty to Minister Financially to Those Who Have Spiritually Blessed Them. Romans 15:25-27
PRINCIPLE #6: Ministers Have a Right to Be Supported Financially by Their Work in The Ministry. 1 Corinthians 9:7, 9, 10, 11, 13-14
PRINCIPLE #7: Love Must Motivate the Believer's Giving. 1 Corinthians 13:3
PRINCIPLE #8: Christians Should Practice Consistent and Systematic Giving. 1 Cor.16:1,2
This study was culled from “The Midas Touch” By Kenneth E. Hagin
Sunday, November 25 2018
Contributor: Dolapo Olaoye
Introduction: This week we will be looking at understanding whether our prosperity is tied to our giving and giving alone or perhaps there is more to it? There is a misconception that receiving financial abundance is totally and exclusively tied to one thing—giving… Giving is good and we have been taught/brought up to give as little or as much as comes to our hands, right? We are taught to give so that we can receive right? Or receive so we can give! So of course giving is important. However, it is NOT the only key to prosperity.
SEVEN REASONS WHY GENEROSITY LEADS TO PROSPERITY:
Proverbs 11:24 (Message): “The world of the generous gets larger and larger; the world of the stingy gets smaller and smaller.”
Deuteronomy 15:10 (NLT): “Give generously to the poor, not grudgingly, for the Lord your God will bless you in everything you do.”
Proverbs 11:25 (NLT): “The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.”
2 Corinthians 9:8 (NLT): “And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.”
Notice this verse says “. . .you will always have” it doesn’t say you might have, you could have, you should have. . .no it says “YOU WILL ALWAYS HAVE EVERYTHING YOU NEED AND PLENTY LEFT OVER. . .”
Generosity not only gives you a guaranteed future . . . it provides immediate returns on your investments. Ecclesiastes 11:1 (Message): “Be generous: Invest in acts of charity. Charity yields high returns.”
Psalm 112:5 (NLT): “Good comes to those who lend money generously and conduct their business fairly.”
“Boaz answered her, "I've heard all about you—heard about the way you treated your mother-in-law after the death of her husband, and how you left your father and mother and the land of your birth and have come to live among a bunch of total strangers. God reward you well for what you've done—and with a generous bonus besides from God, to whom you've come seeking protection under his wings."
So yes based on the above it may seem giving is in some way tied to prosperity however there are other ways to also prosper such as:
Proverbs 19:8 (Amplified Bible):“He who gains Wisdom loves his own life; he who keeps understanding shall prosper and find good.”
We hear this often enough “get wisdom, get understanding” but what or how really does that work? Well one way to gain wisdom and understanding is removing yourself from associating with negative people, distance yourself from people who don’t care to find direction or their purpose. But rather put yourself in the company of people who have a hunger, a thirst and a passion for wisdom, knowledge and understanding.
Hosea 4:6: “My people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge.”
Notice how the Scripture doesn’t say that Satan would destroy you but rather lack of knowledge destroys people. Satan just helps people enjoy staying ignorant.
Knowledge gives us access to right information which in turn will not only promote, motivate but also give us confidence. Remember what we earnestly desire will be drawn to us . . . and that puts us on the right road to prosperity.
Proverbs 16:20 (NIV): “Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers and blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord.”
Remember it takes more than listening however. You must be a doer of the Word as well. Act on what you hear.
Proverbs 13:4 (NLT): “Lazy people want much but get little, but those who work hard will prosper.”
NKJV says the soul of a lazy man desires, and has nothing…… It’s not enough to just desire something and not work at getting it. Desire is a step towards something but desiring alone gets us nothing. Desire with hard work however produce prosperity. When you work hard, God’s law demands that you receive your reward.
The key to doing right things is speaking right things. What we think about we speak about which then bring about our thought. That’s the progression to have right things which will cause us to prosper. Make speaking the right thing a habit.
Psalm 81:10 (NLT): “For it was I, the Lord your God, who rescued you from the land of Egypt. Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it with good things.”
Psalm 37:7 “Be still in the presence of the Lord and wait patiently for him to act. Don’t worry about evil people who prosper or fret about their wicked schemes.”
Any time you spend questioning God or talking with others about why the ungodly prosper is time where the enemy has diverted your focus from what God wants to do for you to what’s happening to others around you.
You see, the Bible does not just speak about God prospering us. The Bible also speaks of us making our own way prosperous. That's why we should not only teach the spiritual aspect of prosperity but also encourage each other to identify their skills and interests and to seek God as to how He might be leading us vocationally.
We need to get the best education we can possibly get and gain a broad range of knowledge about the world we live in. It's true that we should trust in God as our source rather than placing all our confidence in a job or the economy. But that doesn't mean that financial prosperity is totally unrelated to a person's occupation.
Parts of this study was culled from “The Midas Touch” by Kenneth E. Hagin
Thursday, November 01 2018
Contributor: Isekhua Evborkhai
So far in our study we have continued to stress the importance of providing a proper balance on important Christian truths. We have seen how easily people can emphasize a particular idea or concept so much that they carry it to an extreme. Their attitudes erroneously hinged on the assumption that if a little bit of something is good, then a whole lot must be better. What usually happens is to handle this extremity, another group rises to correct the overemphasis. Unfortunately, often their "correction” heads off to the opposite extreme—because "too much" of this idea is so offensive, let's get rid of it altogether. You might say they tended to "throw the baby out with the bath water."
The result of these extremes is that a great gulf is created between the two extreme positions, and often misunderstandings and animosity arise. People in both camps get so caught up in the conflict that they forget the original motivation of both sides, which was to do good and bless people. And in their overzealousness, both sides often lose sight of the original truth!
We have referred to handling balance in our studies so far by calling the basic truth—the biblical position—the middle of the road, and the extreme applications as the ditches on either side of the road. For some reason, it seems like the hardest thing in the world for the Body of Christ to stay balanced on a subject.
Take note that it is not just bad people who get into a ditch. Good people—sincere, well-meaning Christian believers whose zealousness for the truth is commendable can allow their zeal to exceed their wisdom. I believe that even some of the Christian leaders whose failures made national headlines in past years did not intentionally set out to hurt anyone or to fall into error. They went out on tangents and got away from the main purpose and central truth of the Gospel. Once off track, it was all too easy to go downhill in a hurry.
THE MONEY BALANCE
Bearing the above in mind, let's now discuss the issue of balance when it comes to money. Ecclesiastes 10:19 says:
“A feast is prepared for laughter, and wine makes life merry, but money is the answer for everything.”
1 Timothy 6:6-10 says
“6 But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. 8 But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. 9 Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.”
In considering money balance, people tend to end up in one of three positions:
Proverbs tell us two simple truths that can change the way we think about money.
Firstly, Proverbs 17:16 says:
"Of what use is money in the hand of a fool, since he has no desire to get wisdom?"
Proverbs 19:10a says:
“It is not fitting for a fool to live in luxury…"
So, more money is not the solution, but wisdom and a principled life is!
Proverbs 11:4 [MSG] says:
“A thick bankroll is no help when life falls apart, but a principled life can stand up to the worst.”
The appropriate money balance the church needs is one that prioritizes wisdom.
Ecclesiastes 7:11-12 says:
“Wisdom is even better when you have money. Both are a benefit as you go through life. Wisdom and money can get you almost anything, but only wisdom can save your life.”
Parts of this study was culled from The Midas Touch by Kenneth E. Hagin