Sunday, May 10, 2015

Does God Count Attitude When You Give?. Deuteronomy 15:10

People are always asking for money and we know we should give, and we do, but what about all those promises where God said He would bless us if we give.  It seems those promises are not true in our case. Why?

The Bible explains...
"...And your eye is hostile to your poor brother, and you give him nothing, and he cry to the Lord against you and it will be a sin in you.  Give generously to them 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." Deuteronomy 15:10.

To be generous is to be liberal and without restriction, or boundaries.  It is giving not just what is needed but to give beyond the need, to give extra.  Generous giving is a command according to this verse.

The Lord looks on the heart (1 Samuel 16:7).  If you give generously but do it grudgingly it is as if you did not give at all.  God will still use the gift and others may be blessed but you may have endangered your own blessing.

     * Jesus is watching.  When in the temple the part of worship he watched was those giving alms. (Luke 21:1).
     * God will give his praise.  There are only a few times in the Bible where it relates that God gives praise.
     * Jesus said it is as if we were doing this unto him. (Matthew 25:45)
     * It is an act of love.
     * It is an act of worship.
     * It is Godly since God is generous.
     * It is a statement of faith.
     * It is not yours anyway, "the earth is the Lord's and the fullness of it." (Psalm 24:1)
     * It is an act of faith.

He will bless you in, "All your work and in everything you put your hand to." This is a promise from the Lord of the universe.  Think of what you want to accomplish, what are your dreams goals and plans, to see them blessed by God would be wonderful and exciting.  God promises just that- if we give generously and cheerfully.

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