This is not the time to stop giving.
I want to begin this post by stating that I believe in prosperity (if you don’t, keep reading anyway!) I believe in verses like Luke 6:38, “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over” or as the New Life Version puts it, “Give, and it will be given to you. You will have more than enough. It can be pushed down and shaken together and it will still run over as it is given to you“. But I also understand that there may be times when you just don’t have very much to give. I want to give encourage you about times like this, when it is easy to be discouraged and maybe think not to give. Galatians 6:9 says, “Let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not“. If you are experiencing financial difficultly at the moment, let me tell you: This is not the time to stop giving, this is not the time stop tithing.
Prosperity does not happen over night.
Very often when we hear of famous preachers who are prospering, we can get the impression that the prosperity that they are experiencing happened very quickly, very easily. This can cause us to become discouraged because things are not happening the same way for us. But the idea that prosperity comes easily is a false impression, we normally only see the tip of the iceberg. Usually prosperity takes time, usually prosperity does not happen over night. So if you have been tithing and giving, but you are yet to experience what could be described as prosperity, don’t be discouraged – keep on giving. Ecclesiastes 11:1 says, “Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days“. So keep on giving, keep casting your bread upon the waters.
Your bread will start coming back in on every wave.
Sometimes if you attend a conference, the offering may be received numerous times at different meetings and the temptation can be to think, “Well I won’t give today, because I already gave yesterday“. But don’t think like that, instead see every offering that is received as another opportunity to give, another opportunity to cast your bread upon the waters. Because the Bible says that when you do that, you will find it after many days. And if you have been consistent in your giving, if you have been casting your bread upon the waters at every opportunity, that will not be a one time event. Instead, your bread will start coming back in on every wave, and when that happens you will have stepped into the supernatural provision described in 2 Corinthians 9:8, “And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work“.
Prosperity is not a false teaching.
That is why prosperity is not a false teaching, that is why God’s will for you is prosperity. Because God wants to make all grace abound towards you, so that you will always; not sometimes, not most of the time, always; have all sufficiency in most things? No – in all things, and the reason is so that you will not just have a little to give, but you will have an abundance, you will abound to every good work. So the next time you go to church, the next time you attend a Christian meeting, go prepared. Don’t miss a chance to give, don’t miss a chance to cast your bread upon the waters.
This post is a written version of a message which I gave as a pre-offering message on 27/11/2016 at Victory Gospel Church in Southampton, England. I have included a Facebook Live recording of this message below:
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