Tuesday, December 4, 2012

the more you give

I'm learning the more generous I am with my finances, the more I end up having when it's all said and done. Figure that out.

I haven't always been very generous with my money, but the past 6 months or so I've been convicted to step up the way I give. Not just tithing at church but in the way I bless others, the way I support good causes <--all of it. Granted, living debt-free gives a lot more freedom... it's hard to give money to others when you have money you owe others. And so that's probably the reason for having to wait for this lesson. We had to get our finances under control first. But now even with the crunch of getting out of the military, the extra expenses of moving, and the question mark of finding another job and wondering how long it will take- even now I feel as though I'm being called to give. It's a trust thing.

"Yes, God, I trust that you will provide for me. Yes, Lord, I will bless those you call me to bless. When you put it on my heart to be generous to someone, I will do it. Even though I'm not sure what I will need for the future. Because I trust that You will take care of me then as You are now."

And you know what blows my mind? The more we give our money away as we are called, the more money mysteriously ends up in our checking account. I kid you not, the past two or three paychecks we have ended up with a greater positive balance in our checking account than I can figure out. Our money is going further than it makes sense to. But that's just the way God works.

Malachi 3:10
"Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this," says the LORD of hosts, "if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows.
 
If God promises this when we tithe to Him, will He not also bless when we give to others? I'm learning that the answer is "yes."

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