You Are a Giver
Luke 6:38 “give, and it will be given to you. they will pour into your lap a good measure—pressed down, shaken together, and running over. for by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.”
Jesus makes this statement of truth or reality. that if we give we will have it given to us. God made you to be a giver. Why did He do this . what is His purpose in creating you to be a giver?
You where formed or made a giver. You are one already. The challenge is are we functioning in what He created us to be.
Isa 44:24 thus says the LORD, your redeemer, and the one who formed you from the womb, “I, the LORD, am the maker of all things, stretching out the heavens by myself and spreading out the earth all alone, Jer 1:5 “before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I have appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
Realize this : You are already formed as such. You only require activation.
You know if you get a credit card. you are already approved for a line of credit. It is yours. But you have to call and active it n order to receive the benefit.
He made you a giver. How do I know this?
Ge 1:26 ¶ then god said, “let us make man in our image, according to our likeness;
God is a giver: Joh 3:16 “for god so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have eternal life.
Ro 4:17 (as it is written, “A FATHER OF MANY NATIONS HAVE I MADE YOU”) in the presence of him whom he believed, even god, who gives life to the dead and calls into being that which does not exist.
What he can do a does is to tempt you that this Word is not real. he seeksYou do not have to do anything to become what He has made you you do have to do something to activate yourself.
Jas 2:20 but are you willing to recognize, you foolish fellow, that faith without works is useless?
Jas 2:26 for just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.
Your faith in who he made you to be activates you. Faith involves both words and deeds to be real faith.
To activate yourself as a giver you must give. The result is thatas a active giver you will have given to you. Now the enemy can not and is powerless to stop this universal law of giving to discourage you into not activating this reality.
hab 2:10 “you have devised a shameful thing for your house by cutting off many peoples; so you are sinning against yourself.
11 “surely the stone will cry out from the wall, and the rafter will answer it from the framework.
12 “woe to him who builds a city with bloodshed and founds a town with violence!
13 “is it not indeed from the LORD of hosts that peoples toil for fire, and nations grow weary for nothing?
gal 6:6 the one who is taught the word is to share all good things with the one who teaches him.
7 do not be deceived, god is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.
8 for the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the spirit will from the spirit reap eternal life.
9 let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.
10 so then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith.
heb 12:3 for consider him who has endured such hostility by sinners against himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
I have observed that people who were once into giving soon cease in their giving and become cynical thus become inactive in their purpose in this life
The statment in Luke 6:38 about giving is preceded by Luke 6:20through verse 37. In our zeal to get people to give many time preachers fail to enlighten people of the whole scene. Jesus starts out revealing what we would call the negative circumstance of this anointing of giving.
Like 6:20 ¶ and turning his gaze toward his disciples, he began to say, “blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of god.
21 “blessed are you who hunger now, for you shall be satisfied. blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh.
22 “blessed are you when men hate you, and ostracize you, and insult you, and scorn your name as evil, for the sake of the son of man.
23 “be glad in that day and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven. for in the same way their fathers used to treat the prophets.
24 “but woe to you who are rich, for you are receiving your comfort in full.
25 “woe to you who are well-fed now, for you shall be hungry. woe to you who laugh now, for you shall mourn and weep.
26 “woe to you when all men speak well of you, for their fathers used to treat the false prophets in the same way.
27 ¶ “but I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,
28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.
29 “whoever hits you on the cheek, offer him the other also; and whoever takes away your coat, do not withhold your shirt from him either.
30 “give to everyone who asks of you, and whoever takes away what is yours, do not demand it back.
31 “treat others the same way you want them to treat you.
38 “give, and it will be given to you. they will pour into your lap a good measure—pressed down, shaken together, and running over. for by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.”
Givers start out poor, hungry, sad, hated and persecuted. In other words we start out inactive and in the natural incapable of giving and being what He created us to be.
His reply to this is Luke 6:30 “give to everyone who asks of you, and whoever takes away what is yours, do not demand it back.31 “treat others the same way you want them to treat you.
Then He instructs us in the attitude and actions to maintain in order to continue your ministry of giving.
Luke 6: 32 “if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? for even sinners love those who love them.
33 “if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? for even sinners do the same.
34 “if you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? even sinners lend to sinners in order to receive back the same amount.
35 “but love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the most high; for he himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men.
36 “be merciful, just as your father is merciful.
37 ¶ “do not judge, and you will not be judged; and do not condemn, and you will not be condemned; pardon, and you will be pardoned.
The Three challenges to activating and maintaining your purpose n giving are.
1. Realize you are a giver ( I ask you to say this out load right noe) I am a Giver God made me a giver. I am not going to be one I am a giver.
2. Realize and refuse to allow your present circumstances to stop you from doing what you are. you are a giver so act on it give. Find something you have no matter how small and find someplace to give it. Remember whatever you sow you wil reap. If you sow money ,money will be reaped if you sow time, time will be reaped. kindness, kindness will be reaped. I remember one story of a woman who knitted blankets and gave them away. The lady died poor but upon her dead it was discovered in her room in a closet an abundance of blankets that people had given her. she died rich in blankets but poor in money. If only she had understood the law of sowing she could have had abundance of money.
3. Realize that your biggest challenge is keeping your attitude regarding love and forgiveness right. People you give to will probably not be the ones who give back in fact they may appear ungrateful and even hurt you. Your reward comes from God not people.It come through people. People are the channel not the source. People are the channel of God’s blessing but also the channel of the enemies discouragement. People like yourself can yield both to the spirit of God and the spirit of the enemy. Whoever you submit your self to you become a servant to. I admonish you submit yourself to the spirit of Life and be blessed.