GENEROSITY PLEASES GOD

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Philippians 4:18 (NLT) I am generously supplied with the gifts you sent me with Epaphroditus. They are a sweet-smelling sacrifice that is acceptable and pleasing to God. 

Every time you give you are pleasing to God. 

It is no different to parents who are filled with joy when their children generously share their toys or candy with one another!  

Generosity doesn’t come naturally, and it is something parents have to teach their children. God does the same with us. He wants us to carry the same generous nature that He possesses and therefore teaches and trains us to be generous.

Where do we learn generosity? It’s in the House of God. 

Most people are usually living their own, self-preoccupied life until they join a church. That’s when they learn about the grace of God, His goodness, generosity, forgiveness, and everything we possess actually comes through Him. 

Then they learn about God’s call to His church to be generous towards one another by tithing into the House of God. The tithe is a powerful kingdom practice that points to an eternal kingdom principle that “God must be first.” But every time you do tithe, it brings great pleasure to God because it’s how the body of Christ generously provides for the House of God. The prophet Malachi says “so there will be food (provision) in God’s House.” (Malachi 3:10)

Hebrews 11:6 says “Without faith it is impossible to please God. Anyone who wants to come to Him must believe that God exists and that He rewards those who sincerely seek Him.”

This is why generosity pleases God – because it takes faith to be generous. 

There are two ways to be generous; one is to be generous based on reason, the other is based on revelation.

1. Reason says I will give based on what I can afford after considering all my current needs and commitments. It takes no faith.

2. Revelation is giving based on what God says. It takes faith. When it comes to your giving, give out of revelation, not reason.  

Revelation is believing God is real, and that He rewards as He says in Hebrews 11:6. Revelation is giving what God says to give, rather than allowing your mind and doubt to rob you of your faith. Revelation is light that illuminates the heart, rather than knowledge that fills your mind. Every time you give out of revelation you are pleasing to God and positioning yourself to receive His reward.

Pastor Wayne Simpson


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Generosity pleases God.