Look at your declarations. You partnered with the Holy Spirit to make it abundantly clear what you want God to do for you in this season. Congratulations! I pray they all come to pass.
But can I ask you this? What are you giving? We often hear about giving our tithes, so we know that’s important. Yet some of us do, and some of us don’t. But let me share with you a few reasons why it’s so important to give.
(1) When you give, it will be given back to you.
Not only what you gave initially, but an overflow will be poured out all over your lap. Think about shaking a soda bottle and then taking off the cap. That’s what I imagine when God says give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, will be poured into your lap. (Luke 6:38)
(2) God will meet all your needs.
In Philippians 4:15-19, Paul writes a note of gratitude to the Philippians for being the only ones who helped him financially when he first brought the Good News and for sending help more than once. He acknowledged that God has provided him with more than enough through them. He reminds them that “the same God who took care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches” (Phil 4:19 NLT). God‘s riches and glory are much more than our riches. The Philippians gave what they had and were blessed beyond the measure they could achieve independently. I don’t know about you, but I want to be blessed beyond measure.
(3) God will answer you.
Isaiah 58 tells us that our light will shine out from the darkness (goodbye depression), healing will quickly appear, your godliness will lead you forward, and the glory of the Lord will protect you from behind. Then you will call on the Lord, and he will answer quickly. It goes on to say that He will satisfy all of your needs even in a sun-scorched land (sounds like protection from inflation), he will strengthen you, and your people will rebuild ancient ruins and repair breaches. But the prerequisites in that scripture are:
When you see the naked, clothe them.
Share your food with the hungry.
Provide shelter to the poor.
Give what you have.
(4) You will have so many blessings that you won’t even have room to receive them. In Malachi 3:10-12, God says to give your tithes so that there is food in His house. When you do, He promises to throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there is not room enough to receive it. Remember, the tithe comes from what is already in your hand. This is the only place where God tells you to test him.
God never asks us to give what we don’t have. In every instance above, He encourages us to give from what He has already blessed us with. Then promises to bless us even more.
I challenge you to go find someone to give to today!