Giving with intent
Hello blog readers, I’d like to take a moment to share something that I believe will bless your life.
The Holy Spirit spoke very specifically to my heart today about giving. There’s a particular kind of giving that we as believers should keep close to our heart. God wants our giving to have purpose.
When giving (specifically when tithing), be intentional. It shouldn’t be a ritualistic thing we do. If we aren’t careful, it’s easy to put something in the offering plate because that’s just what people do on Sunday. That is unintentional giving. The condition of the heart is what matters to God.
Proverbs 21:2 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the heart.
Our heartfelt intention to advance the gospel is what’s important. That’s why we sew into ministry work! We give out of obedience to God — to advance the gospel to people and communities nearby and around the world.
This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else. 2 Corinthians 9:12-13
We shouldn’t limit our giving to the local church we attend. God touched my heart today after I watched an online sermon (for the 3rd time because it blessed my spirit so much). Even though I’ve given my tithes, it would be selfish of me to indulge on this spiritual meal for days, and not sew into the ministry if I’m able to give. The goal is to advance the gospel. The goal is for the good news to reach the entire world. I’m so thankful He opened my heart to sew, so that others can continue to be blessed through the works of that ministry.
If the Holy Spirit convicts your heart about giving, be joyful. He’s preparing you to receive something much greater than you could ever give yourself! Pray for God to prepare your heart so that your giving is intentional according to God’s will. The enemy will attack you with feelings of financial doubt & worry (can I afford to give?), and immediate return (selfish motive) because the last things the devil wants to see are heavenly blessings poured into your life.
2 Corinthians 9:6-7 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 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.
** Also, giving extends beyond our tithes. The giving of your time is valuable to God. Giving God your time is very beneficial to you, and others. Your alone time with Him is when He pours into your spirit. He shares wisdom and love that deepens your relationship with Him. He expects us then, to share with others what He has shared with us. Alone time with God can be given in many ways. These are some ways I like to spend alone time with God:
- Reading His Word (and listening to the Audio Bible app)
- Reading scripture-based material (Right now I’m reading “Becoming a Prayer Warrior” by Elizabeth Alves)
- Listening to worship music, and singing to God (Pandora is good if you aren’t sure what song to play.. Pray for God to allow what you need to hear to play. It works! Type in a gospel artists name, and it will switch up the songs within the same genre)
- Watching online sermons (Some of my favorites are from Pastor Joanne Rosario Condrey, and Joseph Prince)
- Writing / journaling – I have a personal journal that I write ‘letters’ to God in (praises, petitions, emotions… I also look to Him every time I write a blog. When I write here, I consider it time spent for and with Him)
- Coloring! I have an adult coloring book called “Coloring the Psalms”. Coloring the detailed templates over a period of days is a good way to meditate on the scripture.
And, praying is an act of giving. We advance God’s Kingdom when we pray for others!
1Timothy 2:1-4 I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people–for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.
I pray that this blog has blessed you, and that we all be intentional givers who sew into God’s Kingdom!
In case you’re interested, this is the video I’ve watched several times this week that has blessed my spirit:
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