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Posted on 07 Oct 2015 13:56

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

2 Corinthians 9:7 - 8(NIV)

“Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work”
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The best way to measure how much you have matured in Christ is to look at your giving.

The Bible says, “Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work”.

Notice the “alls” in that verse … — “all things,” “at all times,” “having all that you need” — those are the promises related to the person who is mature in Christ. Jesus was a giver. In fact, He was so commited to giving that He gave His life for us and for the Kingdom of God.

Beloved, until you learn to be generous with your time, money, resources, and opportunities, your growth and maturity in Christ will be hindered. Nothing is greater proof of development and maturity than being lovingly gracious and generous to other people and to God.

And you know, if you get uptight or defensive when your pastor starts talking about giving, it means you need development and maturity. Look at the verse again. He says if you give cheerfully and liberally, God will take care of all your needs — all the time, in every way, however you need them.

So beloved, are you going to trust the God who gave His life for your salvation? And, if you can trust God enough for your salvation, why can’t you trust Him in your finances?

Romans 8:32 says, “Since God loved us enough to give us His own son, won’t He love us enough to take care of every one of our other needs?”

Well beloved, you can say you love God and that you trust God and that you put God first all you want to, but your checkbook will tell the truth about just how much God’s love means to you.
Remember, “God loves a cheerful giver.”

God bless you is my prayer!

Dr. J. M. Wooten

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