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" ... But just as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us—see that you also excel in this grace of giving ...”2 Corinthians 8:7, 13-14 Giving is a heart issue To understand what your heart values most, consider how you spend your money. Generosity has the amazing power to unshackle you from materialism and fill your heart with contentment.
"For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also."Matthew 6:21 (New International Version)
Your money follows your heart. Yet you can bring your heart—and thereby your life—closer to God by reallocating your treasure from earthly possessions to eternal blessings. Giving shifts your focus from internal to external ... to eternal.
GOD GAVE FIRST
God gave first. He gave unselfishly and sacrificially. In the ultimate demonstration of generosity, God gave His Son, whose life bought eternity for all believers. In modelling His generosity, you honour His name.
"This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son ..."John 3:16 (The Message)
God is the architect of all generosity. Acts of giving help focus people's hearts on the evidence of God's grace and offer the world a new reason to praise Him. God gave first, and because His gifts that are boundless, eternal, and beyond all earthly measure... God gives last.
GOD OWNS IT ALL
The world, and all its bounty, has been provided to fulfil your needs, but not for you to own. God already owns it all and by His grace, entrusts it to your stewardship. "The earth is the Lord's, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it;" Psalms 24:1
Every day 35,000 children die of starvation and diseases related to malnutrition. 1.375 billion Do not have the basic necessities of life. They exist in a makeshift shack without proper nutrition or basic medical attention. Does this matter to you?
How well do you understand the word destitute? We think we're destitute when we can't afford gas for our second car. We feel destitute when we can't buy a prime rib roast or a new dress.
Destitution is to open the cupboard doors and see no food. Destitution is to feed your starving baby polluted water instead of milk. Destitution is to have one change of clothing and no health care.
GUIDELINES FOR RESPONDING TO FINANCIAL HARDSHIP.
The question you may be asking is, "What principles does New Hope follow when dealing with people facing financial hardship?" I believe there are four basic purposes for money.
God gives us money to provide for our basic needs. (Matt. 6:26-30) Hardship causes us to establish daily dependence upon Him. It teaches us to live within our means. God also uses hardship to develop a spirit of gratefulness within us and to help us enjoy our possessions. (Heb. 13:5, 1 Tim. 6:8)
God uses abundance and hardship to build discipline in our lives. Hardship reminds us who the lord of our life is. (1 Tim. 6:17) Hardship protects us from harmful items. No matter how much God gives us, we still want more.(1 Tim. 6:9) God expects us to focus on true riches. (James 3:1-4)
God uses abundance and hardship to teach us generosity. "Distributing to the necessity of the saints; given to hospitality." (Rom. 12:13) Hardship can unite Christians in love. The offering from the Gentiles to the Jews was a wonderful way to break down barriers of prejudice. (2 Cor. 8:14) Generosity is a mark of a true believer. (2 Cor. 9:8)
God uses abundance and hardship to illustrate God's power. "Call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver you and you will glorify me." (Ps. 50:15) When a Christian prays about a special financial need, and an unexpected and unsolicited gift is handed to him by one who did not know of the need, the supernatural power of God is demonstrated.
TOUGH LOVE TRANSFORMS HARDSHIP INTO ABUNDANCE.
A loving Christian will ask penetrating questions to help the person in hardship appreciate God's purposes for money. Tough love will help both the church and individual respond to the hardship in a way that doesn't short-circuit God's purposes.
Tough love may ask people to repent of their unbiblical financial practices. New Hope has a video series on gaining financial freedom. This excellence video is deals with root issues around money.
Tough love determines when the person is ready to follow Biblical principles of finance. Often the church needs to make an initial gift so that the person in hardship can hear and see what the church is trying to teach.
When a person is in need they review that person's giving record. If the person has been tithing, then they open the storehouse and help with payments, rent and food. If they haven't been tithing, they give minimal help .
They take literally Malachi 3:9-11 in which the prophet says to the people, "You are under a curse-- the whole nation of you-- because you are robbing me. Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this," says the LORD Almighty, "and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it. I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not cast their fruit," says the LORD Almighty." (NIV)
That church believes that your hardship may be discipline from God for robbing Him of His tithe. That may be the reason you don't have a good job or why you were laid off or got sick. (1 Cor. 11:30) At times God withholds His abundance from us because He loves us."
Last but not the least:
I am telling everyone with the clear word of God ringing in your ears. "He who is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward him for what he has done." (Proverbs 19:17 NIV) "A generous man will himself be blessed, for he shares his food with the poor." (Proverbs 22:9 NIV) Thank you and God bless you as you give….
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