DELIVERANCE AND HEALING
By PBS Ministries
Everyone is to give freely as he is able, according to the blessing of the LORD which He has given us. To give something generously to someone for their own use, without expecting anything in return is a command from God. God commands us to freely open our hand to our brother, to the needy and the poor in our land. It is only by freely giving, that we make a way for God to freely give back to us. And as Mother Teresa reminded us, “It is not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.”
Let us examine this passage of Scripture: Acts 5:32- 37
32 All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. 33 With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all 34 that there were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales 35 and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone who had need. 36 Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas (which means “son of encouragement”), 37 sold a field he owned and brought the money and put it at the apostles’ feet.
When the Holy Spirit is at work in our lives, there is no room for greed, envy or dishonesty. We become one in heart and mind as a unified body and we begin to freely give, freely serve, and freely love each other. The first church believers freely shared their possessions and property in love. No one compelled them to do so, but with the Holy Spirit living in them, they unselfishly put the money at the apostles’ feet to be distributed to anyone in need. Are we prepared to give today like the believers in the early church?
As John went about preaching a baptism of repentance and forgiveness of sins, he told the crowd, “Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same.” Apostle Paul told us in Second Timothy 3 that in these last days, people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient, unholy, heartless, andhaving the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. he said we are to avoid such people. Giving is like a boomerang effect. When we give, it comes back to us, pressed down, shaken together and running over.
Jesus also tells us in the Book of Luke Chapter 14, verses 12-14, “When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or sisters, your relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid. 13 But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, 14 and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”
The importance of giving is to transfer something to others who would not be able to compensate us later. For God so loved the world that He gave us His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. No one can repay God for sending His Son to die for our sins, the just for the unjust. It is a free gift and God expects us to receive this gift in love. With such love, we today, should be more inspired to give.
As we give to the poor, we are also expected to give towards the expansion of God’s Kingdom.. The Bible says we are to bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in His house. The Lord said we are to prove Him now, in that He will open the windows of heaven and pour us out a blessing that we would not have room enough to receive it.
A true story about giving
A single mom’s grocery money
Nancy was a single mother with young children. Her ex-husband sent her only a small amount of grocery money every week–so small it couldn’t even feed 1 person, much less her family of 4. But Nancy decided to begin giving to God from her little bit of grocery money and trust Him to provide. Shortly after, she got a job with a cookbook company. The company paid Nancy to go grocery shopping and prepare meals so they could take photographs for their cookbooks. When they were done taking pictures, Nancy could keep the food she had purchased and prepared. Isn’t that an amazing story of God’s goodness? Nancy learned that even if you’re poor, you still need to learn to give from whatever you have.
The Book of Deuteronomy, Chapter 15 tells us we are not to harden our heart nor close our hand from our poor brother.Rather, we should freely open our hand to him and generously lend him sufficient for his needs in whatever he lacks. When we give generously, the Lord our God promises to bless us in all our work and in all our undertakings.
When we give, let us give from the heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver, and it is more blessed to give than to receive. Amen