Giving Principles from Paul

by Joseph Miller

Giving the Bible way defies logic: Giving is God's way of supplying our needs.

"But I have bills to pay!" you say. But giving first to God also blesses us! God is the best CFO of our financial resources.  He will make 90 percent or less accomplish more than your handling of 100 percent. Giving God everything gives us abundance and secures our future.

Central Truth: God desires that we develop the grace of giving as our lifestyle.

What will be the evidences of this grace in our lives?

<![if !supportLists]>·          <![endif]>Grace-givers have experienced God's grace and given themselves back to God (2 Cor. 8:5; 9:15).

<![if !supportLists]>·          <![endif]>Grace-givers desire to excel in the privilege of sharing (8:7).

<![if !supportLists]>·          <![endif]>Grace-givers are motivated not by external demands but from internal devotion [the ultimate test: "Do you really love Me?" (8:8-9)].

<![if !supportLists]>·          <![endif]>Grace-givers go beyond desire and willingness, to actions.

<![if !supportLists]>·          <![endif]>Grace-givers give commensurately with means in equal sacrifice, dependant upon God's enabling supply as He increases their ability to give because of faithfulness (9:8). Exercising their faith in giving is not a leap in the dark. They just take God at His Word (Mal. 3:10).

<![if !supportLists]>·          <![endif]>Grace-givers honor the Lord—not themselves or an ultimate recipient—with their gifts.

<![if !supportLists]>·          <![endif]>Grace-givers voluntarily give as a response to God‚s grace, not grudgingly as an obligation (9:5).

<![if !supportLists]>·          <![endif]>Grace-givers reap benefits according to the level of generosity (9:7; cf. Prov. 11:24-26).

<![if !supportLists]>·          <![endif]>Grace-givers act in purposed (a choice beforehand) generosity. God loves joyous, chosen generosity (9:7).

<![if !supportLists]>·          <![endif]>Grace-givers experience earthly life's provisions in sufficiency, plus eternal rewards (9:8).

<![if !supportLists]>·          <![endif]>Grace-givers are selfless people (9:13).

<![if !supportLists]>·          <![endif]>Grace-givers acknowledge God's grace in sending His Son by giving sacrificially so that others can experience God's grace in salvation (9:15).

<![if !supportLists]>·          <![endif]>Grace-givers begin by giving themselves to the Lord, then acknowledge that everything they have belongs to Him, since the giver is owned by Him (8:5).

<![if !supportLists]>·          <![endif]>Grace-givers go beyond percentages to total responsibility giving, releasing their hands from all as it belongs to God: "I am accountable to God for what I do with every penny."

<![if !supportLists]>·          <![endif]>Grace-givers acknowledge accountability to God (1 Cor. 4:2).

<![if !supportLists]>·          <![endif]>Grace-givers give regularly (1 Cor. 16:2).

<![if !supportLists]>·          <![endif]>Grace-givers experience God's promised supply (Phil. 4:19).

<![if !supportLists]>·          <![endif]>Grace-givers know they cannot experience God's best without exercising gracious giving.

Do you want to experience God's best for you? Will you take God at His Word (Prov. 3:9-10; Mal. 3:10; Luke 6:38) and enjoy true prosperity?

Are you a gracious giver? The Macedonians pleaded for the privilege of giving. Do you? The way to start is by giving yourself to the Lord, meaning that all you have is now His.

Consultant Joseph Miller publishes Discovering Life Ministries <>

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