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For the week of June 27, 2022 Giving with No Fear

We live in an environment that lacks biblical wisdom concerning the link between money and giving. Without a proper understanding of how wealth fits into the kingdom of God, the idea of giving generously to help others can make us uncomfortable at best and fearful at worst. The world sees money as something to be pursued and accumulated, but this is an unscriptural view of financial wealth. Trusting God in every area, including in our finances, positions us to receive overwhelming blessings.

Being industrious and making an honest living with our own hands enables us to give generously to those in need. This allows God to multiply what we give and return it to us in greater proportion. Most people are afraid to give because they see it as a loss instead of as a gain. However, God hasn’t given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind.

The world is governed by the spirit of mammon, which causes fear of giving. Mammon’s goal is to get us to hoard money, trust it more than God, and scare us into thinking that God’s promises concerning financial wealth won’t come to pass for us if we do give. This spirit comes from the devil.

The apostle Paul taught the value of earning money to bless others and support the weak. He emphasized sharing wealth with others because it’s more blessed to give than to receive. We can show grace to others in various ways, but nothing seems to get people’s attention more effectively than blessing them financially. Money is simply a tool; when we sow it as seed into others’ lives, God gives back to us in good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over.

God is the ultimate giver who gave us the gift of His only Son. He supplies all our needs, including our financial needs, according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. All will be well when we trust Him in our finances.

Prayer:

God, Your Word teaches us what we need to know about money, how to handle it, and how it fits into the truly important things in Your kingdom. Thank You for revealing the truth about giving and how it benefits both the giver and the receiver. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Scriptures:

Ephesians 4:28, AMPC

2 Timothy 1:7

Acts 20:35

Luke 6:38

John 3:16

Philippians 4:19
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