Saturday, November 17
Matthew 10:8 (TPT)
8 You must continually bring healing to lepers and to those who are sick, and make it your habit to break off the demonic presence from people, and raise the dead back to life. Freely you have received the power of the kingdom, so freely release it to others.
There is a common misconception that it is wrong to expect to be blessed in return when you give. Many well known ministries through the years have been accused of scandals and greed because they preached a so-called ‘prosperity’ doctrine. The breakdown occurs when people give with the purpose of getting back rather than giving simply to bless. There’s nothing wrong with giving and expecting blessings in return because of the Biblical principle of sowing and reaping. But, when you give wanting, or with the motive of getting something in return the you’ve fallen into greed. God gave His Son because He loves you with all of His heart. But He still doesn’t force you to accept that Gift. He gave Him freely, not requiring anything in return. But, by faith He expected a harvest of people to spend eternity with Him because His sacrifice opened the door to all who would receive Him. God gives not to get, but to give more. He gave so you could receive Him. Because of that gift, He could give you His Spirit, Who in return, gives you His gifts. So, to be like Jesus, when you give you should do so with the motivation of being able give more. Giving freely opens you up to receive more which in turn allows you to give more. Only God could create such an amazing avenue through which He could bless the Earth. – Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff