The Spirit of Generosity – Week 4

If you’ve been hearing the stories of generosity this week on Spirit 88.9 & 100.1, welcome to the place that supplements each story of the day with Scripture to help encourage you and give you a better picture of what the Bible says about generosity.

Read the following verses.  Think and pray about the verse that applies the most to you.

Week #4: September 23rd-29th

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Day 22 | Day 23 | Day 24 | Day 25 | Day 26 | Day 27| Day 28

September 23rd – Day #22

God has high regard for a Christian in humble financial circumstances.

Listen to Today’s Story:

Verses

James 1:9-11: “The brother in humble circumstances ought to take pride in his high position. But the one who is rich should take pride in his low position, because he will pass away like a wild flower. For the sun rises with scorching heat and withers the plant; its blossom falls and its beauty is destroyed. In the same way, the rich man will fade away even while he goes about his business.”

James 2:5-6: “Listen, my dear brothers: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him? But you have insulted the poor. Is it not the rich who are exploiting you?”

2 Corinthians 8:2-4: “Though (the Macedonian Christians) have been going through much trouble and hard times, they have mixed their wonderful joy with their deep poverty, and the result has been an overflow of giving to others. They gave not only what they could afford but far more; and I can testify that they did it because they wanted to…They begged us to take the money so they could share in the joy of helping the Christians in Jerusalem.”

I am only one, but still I am one.  I cannot do everything, but still I can do something.  And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.   -Edward Hale, 1822

September 24th – Day #23

God has good works for you to do during your lifetime.

Listen to today’s story:

Verses

Matthew 5:16: “In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”

Ephesians 2:10:”For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

Esther 4:14: (Mordecai said to Esther) “If you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?”

2 Corinthians 9:8, 11: “God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work…You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.”

1 Timothy 6:18-19: “Tell the rich to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good works and should give happily to those in need, always being ready to share with others whatever God has given them. By doing this they will be storing up real treasure for themselves in heaven– it is the only safe investment for eternity! And they will be living a fruitful Christian life down here as well.”

Hebrews 10:24: “In response to all he has done for us, let us outdo each other in being helpful and kind to each other and in doing good.”

Many people go to their graves with God’s unplayed music still inside them.

Don’t waste your God-given life with low living, small planning, mundane talking, constant grumbling, or cheap giving.  Be all that God has called you and equipped you to be.

September 25th – Day #24

Some people are called to extravagant giving.

Listen to today’s story:

Verses

Matthew 2:11: “[The wise men] saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh.”

Mark 10:21-25: “Jesus looked at him (the young rich man) and loved him. ‘One thing you lack,’ he said. ‘Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.’ At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth. Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, ‘How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!’ The disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said again, ‘Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.’”

I Kings 19:19-21: “So Elijah went from there and found Elisha. He was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen, and he himself was driving the twelfth pair. Elijah went up to him and threw his cloak around him. Elisha then left his oxen and ran after Elijah. He took his yoke of oxen and slaughtered them. He burned the plowing equipment to cook the meat and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he set out to follow Elijah and became his attendant.”

Mark 14:3: “A woman came with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume (worth a year’s wages)… She broke the jar and poured the perfume on (Jesus’) head.”

Acts 4:34-37: “From time to time those who owned lands or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone as he had need. Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas (which means Son of Encouragement), sold a field he owned and brought the money and put it at the apostles’ feet.”

Wise men and women still bring Him gifts.

What is the most precious and financially valuable item(s) in your life?  Would you ever consider giving this item so you could worship the Lord through extravagant generosity?

September 26th – Day #25

God can do great things through one person or a group that is devoted to Him.

Listen to today’s story:

Verses

2 Chronicles 16:9: “The eyes of the Lord search back and forth across the whole earth, looking for people whose hearts are perfect toward him, so that he can show his great power in helping them.”

1 Samuel 14:6-13: “Let’s go across to see those pagans,” Jonathan said to his armor bearer. “ The LORD will help us, for nothing can hinder the LORD. He can win a battle whether he has many warriors or only a few!” …So they climbed up using both hands and feet, and the Philistines fell back as Jonathan and his armor bearer killed them right and left.

Judges 7:7: The LORD said to Gideon, “With the three hundred men that lapped I will save you and give the (120,000) Midianites into your hands.”

2 Chronicles 14:9,11: Zerah marched out against (God’s people) with a vast army…Then Asa called to the LORD his God and said, “LORD, there is no one like you to help the powerless against the mighty. Help us, O LORD our God, for we rely on you, and in your name we have come against this vast army. O LORD, you are our God; do not let man prevail against you.”… (and) The LORD struck down the Cushites.

Zech 4:6: “Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,” says the LORD Almighty.

1 Samuel 17:45-47: David shouted (to Goliath), “You come to me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the LORD Almighty, whom you have defied. Today the LORD will conquer you, and I will kill you and cut off your head….And everyone will know that the LORD does not need weapons to rescue his people. It is his battle, not ours. The LORD will give you to us!”

Expect great things from God.  Attempt great things for God.

September 27th – Day #26

God blesses you financially so that you can be a blessing to others.

Listen to today’s story:

Verses

Psalm 67:7: “God will bless us. And peoples from remotest lands will worship him.”

Proverbs 10:16: “The good man’s earnings advance the cause of righteousness. The evil man squanders his on sin.”

Proverbs 11:24: “It is possible to give away and become richer! It is also possible to hold on too tightly and lose everything. Yes, the liberal man shall be rich! By watering others, he waters himself.”

Deuteronomy 15:7-8, 10-11: “If there is a poor man among your brothers in any of the towns of the land that the LORD your God is giving you, do not be hardhearted or tightfisted toward your poor brother….Rather be openhanded and freely lend him whatever he needs. Give generously to him and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the LORD your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to.”

Hebrews 6:10-11: “God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.”

2 Corinthians 9:8: “God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.”

Do your givin’ while you’re livin’, then you’re knowin’ where it’s goin’.

September 28th – Day #27

It is appropriate to ask people how you can help them.

Listen to today’s story:

Verses

Nehemiah 2:2-8: The king asked me, “Why are you so sad? You aren’t sick, are you? You look like a man with deep troubles.” Then I was badly frightened, but I replied, “Long live the king! Why shouldn’t I be sad? For the city where my ancestors are buried is in ruins, and the gates have been burned down.” The king asked, “Well, how can I help you?” With a prayer to the God of heaven, I replied, “If it please Your Majesty and if you are pleased with me, your servant, send me to Judah to rebuild the city where my ancestors are buried…And the king granted these requests, because the gracious hand of God was on me.

Matthew 20:30-34: Two blind men were sitting by the roadside, and when they heard that Jesus was going by, they shouted, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!…Jesus stopped and called them. “What do you want me to do for you?” He asked. “Lord,” they answered, “we want our sight.” Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed him.

Mark 10:51-52: “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him. The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.” “Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.

Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as you can. - John Wesley

September 29th – Day #28

God will reward you for your faithful generosity and diligent labors.

Listen to today’s story:

Verses

1 Corinthians 15:58: “Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”

Galatians 6:9-10: “Let us not get tired of doing what is right, for after a while we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t get discouraged and give up. That’s why whenever we can we should always be kind to everyone, and especially to our Christian brothers.”

Hebrews 6:10-12: “God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, in order to make your hope sure. We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.”

Philippians 4:17: “Not that I am looking for a gift, but I am looking for what may be credited to your account.”

Giving is a giant lever positioned on the fulcrum of this world, allowing us to move mountains in the next world.  Because we give, eternity will be different—for others and for us. -Randy Alcorn

I have watched over 100,000 families over my years of investment counseling. I always saw greater prosperity and happiness among those families who tithed than among those who didn’t.   -Sir John Templeton

 

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