Do you know what Yeshua, better known as Jesus, said about giving?
Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”
1 Kings 8:39
then hear in heaven Your dwelling place, and forgive, and act, and give to everyone according to all his ways, whose heart You know (for You alone know the hearts of all the sons of men) (I love this prayer of Solomon and sometime I will pray this for God’s people starting at verse 8 through verse 52. Why because it is a prayer for the believers of the Most High God.)
Why did I add this scripture behind Luke 6? Because you must not forget the part “give to everyone according to all his ways, whose heart You (God) know (for You (God) alone know the hearts of all the sons of men)”. God alone know what is in our heart at the time of our giving. Are you giving out of pure love or out of greed or to receive attention from man? According to your heart give. Are you giving for the joy of obeying God? Or desperation? I’ve done both, out of desperation of needing money right then and not having enough for my wants, greed, and desires. Now I give out of obedience whenever God tells me to give or I just want to bless someone. If you give in desperation, which is fear and hopeless, you will always look for the return from man and not God. So what will be your return? Will it be one of praise to the Most High God or one for satisfaction for your greed, or wants, or desires?
From Genesis to Thessalonians it speaks of giving so Abba can bless you. It not the size of the blessing that counts. It is the heart of the one who is giving. What is a blessing of obedience? It is just obeying Abba’s commandments, they are all blessing of obedience. Why? Because he says so…..
“So you shall serve the Lord your God, and He will bless your bread and your water. And I will take sickness away from the midst of you.
Blessings on Obedience
1 “Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the Lord your God will set you high above all nations of the earth. 2 And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God:
That is all that matters and by obeying Abba, your giving become a blessing for you and for others. It amazes me how Abba has blessed me through giving to others. Sometime it is to someone I know but most of the time it is to people I don’t know and will never see again, like the Good Samaritan.
When Abba began teaching me about giving, I had a “Bless me” attitude. My giving was self-center around my wants, my desires and then my needs. What would make me prosper and how it will benefit my life. I have learned over the years that giving is not about you but about obedience and trust. Do you trust God enough to give when he say give and give the amount he lay on your heart no matter how much or how small? Do you trust God in giving when your mortgage/rent is due and you don’t have enough to pay it. And yet God has asked you to give out of your need not your desperation but your need. Why do I ask? Because that in itself is obedience to who you serve. Do you serve God or do you serve yourself?
I want all that God desire me to have spiritually and naturally. I want my soul to prosper even as I prosper in health and outward natural goods. I want people to see (not hear) that I have found favor with the Most High God. And all my needs are met. Why? To be able to witness to others of His love and goodness and the blessing of being a servant to the Most High God.
Before you I stand as a woman who was angry, bitter, rejected and abandoned but then I accepted Abba into my life and he in turn began to bless me and teach me about covenant. God Almighty became my father, mother, sister, brother, spouse, friend, teacher and mentor. Yes Abba became all of these personalities and much more in my life. The journey was slow but was well worth it. I learned to give small and to give big through His Precious Spirit. I learned that Abba will always meet the need and will give you the desire of your heart if it in His will. I found that there is no weapon formed that will or can prosper against me if I stand in His Word and trust it with all my heart, soul and might.
Most of you know I am traveling through Asia going from country to country, meeting people of every race and nations while traveling. To travel like this takes money, huh? I mean to fly to a different country and live there from two weeks to a month; to travel for a year or more, takes lots of money, huh? I hate to tell you but no it doesn’t. It takes listening to God’s Precious Spirit and obeying Abba leading. It takes not questioning or debating what to do but to be willing to do what YeHoVaH’s Precious Spirit leads me to do. But it also takes knowing what spirit is leading me. Is it the Holy Spirit or is it another Spirit? God will not go against His Word.
It amazes me how Abba will stretched my finances every month to take care of my needs no matter how much they maybe. At times, in some month, I am planning and paying anywhere for one to three flights plus my reservations at various hotels or hostels. It only takes trusting in the Most High God to direct me in choosing the right flights and reservations that will meet my need and some of my desires and wants.
The reason I said some desires because sometime what we want or desire is not Godly or of God. Trying to keep up with the Jones, Kennedys and Gates is not of God and not Godly, it is not trying to impress God but to impress man. Coveting the wrong person or thing will not make God go against His own commands. Again why do I say that? We need to know trusting in God will meet all your needs just by giving and walking in obedience to His commands.
I have always been a giver and I enjoy being a blessing to others. So for over thirty years I have been learning about giving but not until I started traveling through Asia did it fully begin to sink into my spirit. After my first six months of traveling, My money was tight and I had to thank God that I worked in accounting and knew how to budget. So I do watch my pennies very careful. But God had instructed me not to ask for financial help but to trust him for my needs while traveling. My Mother had blessed me out of her fixed income; several people fed me at different airports; a person paid for my first night at my hotel; Abba laid it on a couple of people heart to give toward my travels and I am so graceful to them for their obedience. Because no amount is to little and it supply a need. But it has bless me abundantly and I will always keep them lifted up in prayer with thanksgiving for their obedience. But I have yet to ask for financial help and I did not asked anyone to feed me or give to meet. Oh don’t get me wrong I have asked for a room but not finances. And I am so graceful to everyone who has given into my life from finances to a room to a ride and to a meal. Theses are blessing.
But one day while waiting for my flight to head to my next destination, a young man came and sat beside me. He let me know he was a Muslim and we talked. I was led to encourage him and to point him to looking at God for His help. He knew I was not a Muslim just by how I dress and where I came from. Oh but God, that all I can say. My Abba laid it on the young man heart to bless me with thirty-five Singaporean dollars. This still bring tears to my eyes because no stranger has ever given financially into my life in that manner. I have given into strangers life but never has someone I do not know given into my life this way. Not even believers I have met long the way.
Is it not written…..
Do not say to your neighbor, “Go, and come again, tomorrow I will give it”—when you have it with you.
1 John 3:17
But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him?
If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that?
But is this not what we do when we say, “I’ll be praying for you and be safe.” Then turn and walk away knowing it was just lip service and nothing else.
We forget what the Word says and follow after what man says is the Word. We place our needs and wants before others but want help when we need it.
I have had people who are non-believers give into my life while traveling and I know it is God and I have to thank Abba. What do I give in return? I pray for those who has given into me that Abba will bless them and keep them. I pray that they come to know the true God as I do. I have given to cabdriver and to delivery personal. I have paid for people rooms at hostel. I have fed travelers who were hungry or just gave them food to enjoy. I have given of my goods and whatever I may have that someone need. I have given of my time and hands when needed. I have stopped and prayed for travelers as they cry from hurts and being abused. It is all part of giving.
Testimony……this past end of the year while traveling through Indonesia and the Philippines, I would be walking to the store or to eat and there would be people begging for coins to take care of their needs. There was a elderly Muslim woman that every time I saw her I not only bless her financially but I would give her some bread to cover a couple of meals. I saw a young woman sitting with her baby and I gave what Abba laid on my heart to give her. I also prayed that God’s will be done in their life even to this day. But the thought that came to me was this verse…..
He who has pity on the poor lends to the Lord,
And He will pay back what he has given.
I thank Abba because whenever I run a little short he meet the need. When I think I might have to miss a couple of meals, he meets the need. God is so good to me that I don’t have to ask because he said….
Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land. For I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”
And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
Abba has kept each of these promises to me.
Come walk with me
Ps: This was not written to receive donations. It took some prayer just to write and share this on giving. If you feel you need to give then ask Abba where you should give, like the neighbor across the street who has lost their job and is praying for God to help meet the need. Or the homeless sitting against the wall. Don’t judge who need and who don’t, you are not God. Just be open to help others in time of need. But mainly the ones God lays on your heart because like in 1 Kings 17:8-15 during the time of drought God led Elijah to a widower in Zarephath in Sidon to sustain him during the drought. If Elijah had not obey God and went to Zarephath he would have die. If the woman had not obey and trust God, she would not have given out of her last meal and would have die. Trusting and obeying God will lead you to blessing and not curses.
Be bless and again….
Come walk with me
To be continue