Generosity Pleases God

<strong>Generosity Pleases God</strong>

Generosity teaches us to trust in God.  When we are generous to others, we demonstrate the fact that we trust in God as our source and our Provider.  We also follow the example of Jesus, who was generous with everything that He had.

You shall supply him liberally out of your flock, out of your floor, and out of your winepress. From that with which the Lord your God has blessed you, you shall give to him.  (Deu 15:14 MEV)

From the good gifts with which the Lord has blessed us, giving to others is one of the numerous ways that we can give back to the Lord. 

Whoever has a bountiful eye will be blessed, for he shares his bread with the poor.  (Pro 22:9 ESV)

When we give an offering to the poor, or when we give a donation to a ministry that helps the poor, then we are promised by God that we will be blessed. 

In everything I showed you [by example] that by working hard in this way you must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, ‘It is more blessed [and brings greater joy] to give than to receive.’”  (Ac 20:35          AMP)

The Lord says in His Word that ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.”  This is another fine testimony in favor of generosity.

 If we can encourage others, we should encourage them. If we can give, we should be generous. If we are leaders, we should do our best. If we are good to others, we should do it cheerfully.  (Rom 12:8 CEV)

Here again, the Bible teaches us that ‘if we can give,’ our giving should be generous (substantial, lavish, plentiful, big-hearted).

Let each man do according as he hath purposed in his heart: not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.  (2 Cor 9:7 ASV)

The above Bible verse reminds us that God loves a cheerful giver!  What more do we need to know? 

When we release our tight hold upon the things of this world, we instantly free ourselves from every kind of bondage and trap.  As we look to the Lord—our Savior and Redeemer—as our Provider, He will prove Himself to be more than generous to us.  For has the Bible not said: And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.  (Phil 4:19 ESV) Praise the Lord!

Ask of God

Ask of God

You lust and do not have.  You murder and covet and cannot obtain.  You fight and war.  Yet you do not have because you do not ask.  (Jas 4:2)

But even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You.  (Joh 11:22)

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.  (Jas 1:5)

These passages from the Bible remind us to ask God for the things that we need and for the things that we would like to have.  Certain Bible verses remind us that God will not withhold ANY good thing from the upright.  (Ps 34:10; 84:11)  Glory to God!

There are several Bible verses that remind us to ask God for what we desire; and they go on to explain that He will hear us and will answer our prayers.  (See Mt 7:7-8; Lk 11:9-10; Joh 15:7) 

The best part is that James 1:5 (above) reminds us that when we ask God for something that we need, He answers our prayer abundantly and without any criticism whatsoever!  Hallelujah! 

We serve a good and loving God.  He wants us to bring our needs, our hurts, and our sorrows to Him.  He wants us to recognize that He is available to us, and that He wants to help and bless us daily.  He wants to comfort us and to bind up our wounds.  (Ps 147:3; 2 Cor 1:4; 7:6)

Stop and take inventory of your life.  Determine what your needs may be and take them to the Lord right now.

So let us keep on coming boldly to the throne of grace, so that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.  (Heb 4:16 ISV)