GIVING AND RECEIVING (1) - PHILIPPIANS 4:10-19, GENESIS 14:17-23

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Today by the grace of God, I want to share with you a very important principle in the Bible.  This principle is GIVING AND RECEIVING. A large number of Christians today quote Philippians 4:19 yet many do not know the underlying principle that provoked this fatherly blessing from the heart of Paul. You do not qualify for Philippians 4:19 if you are not consistently servicing a relationship and an account of giving and receiving with an apostle who can say “but My God …”

A time came in the ministry of Paul that he began to teach the churches about giving and receiving, but it was not a comfortable message for those churches, except the church in Philippi.  They got it right; they were the only church who understood the message - it is giving that provokes receiving.  God is a giver, He has many things to give us and we are meant to receive those things from Him, but we must also understand that it is giving that triggers receiving. 

 The law of material flow on the earth is a law of giving to receive. Three things that God told me about giving and receiving is that 1) IT IS NOT THAT YOU DO NOT GIVE BECAUSE YOU DON’T HAVE, BUT YOU DON’T HAVE BECAUSE YOU DO NOT GIVE.  2) YOU NEED YOUR HARVEST MORE THAN GOD NEEDS THE SEED. 3) YOUR HARVEST WAS ALREADY EXISTING BEFORE THE SEED WAS REQUESTED.

PRAYER:
Lord, I open up to my ministry of giving and receiving. I reject the spirit of greed that makes me to withhold from the Lord what is due in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Bible in a year: Isaiah 39:1-41:16, Ephesians 1:1-23, Psalm 66:1-20, Proverbs 23:25-28