Walking In God’s Favor: Remember: A stingy planter gets a stingy crop; a lavish planter gets a lavish crop. I want each of you to take plenty of time to think it over, and make up your own mind what you will give. That will protect you against sob stories and arm-twisting. God loves it when the giver delights in the giving. 2 Corinthians 9:7 MSG
Why would God say He loves a cheerful giver? Giving is an emotional experience that involves the heart. The word of God says that where your treasures are, that’s where your heart will be also. You must make giving a part of your day to day Christian experience. Here’s how to start.
- Pray…Ask for God’s power to change your heart. David asked God for a clean heart. Only God has the ability to change hearts. God can transform your thinking if you give Him permission.
- Seek…Discover God’s wisdom in His Word. Turn off the TV, iPad and Blackberry. Get into a regular Bible study group. How can you walk in God’s wisdom if you rarely read His divine road map?
- Fellowship…Rub shoulders with people who are generous givers of their time, talents, treasure (money) & temple(body) in honor of God. Hang around people who live a stewardship lifestyle and are great examples of faithfulness.
- Share…Tell your experience to others of how God has blessed your faithfulness. Many times you do not realize God is all you need, until God is all you got.
Disrupting America’s Love Affair With Debt
People can give more when they are not in bondage to debt and credit cards. It is difficult to give cheerfully to the Kingdom when you have overextended yourself financially. Learn to say “No” to the person in the mirror and “Yes” to the Giver & Creator of life.
You are welcome to visit our Financial Peace University class www.firstsdachurch.com Tuesday 6:30pm January 13, 2015. Discover the resources available to you, as families, business leaders, and young professionals share their own personal stories of God’s faithfulness.
Prayer of Blessing: Lord, teach us to become cheerful givers.
Michael Vance is a senior account executive with Hundley Batts & Associates and the co-founder of stewardshipofwealth.com. Ardella Vance is a gifted educator and a Master Guide in the Pathfinders Club, a global organization empowered to teach life and leadership skills to young people. The Vance’s have been married well over 25 years and share their lives with four adult children and six grandchildren. They currently reside in Huntsville, Alabama and blog weekly from their financial workbook ” The Stewardship of Wealth“.