Four Types of Biblical Giving to Take the Curse off Your Finances Even in a Covid 19 Economy
Dr. Eric Haley- Posted July 22, 2020
Jesus said in John 10:10, "The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." The thief in this verse is referring to Satan or the Devil. So, who are you going to believe? Jesus or the Devil.
King Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived on this planet other than Jesus wrote in Proverbs 23:7..."For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he....." So in order to prosper in God's economy you must first change your thinking to that you can be wealthy. Now let's look at the Bible to see how you can become wealthy applying Biblical principles to your life. In order to be immune to the world's effect on your finances you must practice Matthew 6:33. It reads, "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." Lasting wealth only stays with righteous people. Proverbs 13:22 explains, "A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children's children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just." Many people get ill gotten gains by taking advantage of people, but their wealth is temporary and will end up in the hands of the righteous. Plus, they don't really enjoy their wealth because they're always worried about someone else taking it from them since they got it by taking advantage of others.
The first Biblical principal of breaking the curse on your finances is found in Malachi 3:8-11. "Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation. Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse; that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith saith the Lord of hosts; if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the Lord of hosts."
Let me explain this principle. God owns everything. Psalms 24:1 reads, "The earth is the Lord's, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. "I Corinthians 10:26 says it this way, "For the earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof." So, to break all curses on your money, give the first ten percent back to God. A tithe is 10%. In other words ten cents out of each dollar you earn give to your local church, or if you are not a member of a church give that ten percent to a non profit Christian organization: The Salvation Army, Samaritan's Purse, Jewish Voice International, Lamb and Lion Ministries are a few examples. God challenges you to prove to him that you have faith to trust him to provide all your needs. You do that by giving God the first 10% regardless of the bills you have to pay. Give the 10% off the top (to God first). God promises to supernaturally provide for you economically. I don't know any tither that's living right that lacks anything.
Let me say, you can't give God the tithe and go around doing all kinds of sinning. It doesn't work that way! Remember in Matthew 6:33 we're suppose to seek God's righteousness, not our own. The world's standard of righteousness seems right, but leads to destruction (Proverbs 14:12 & 16:25). In turn, God keeps Satan from keeping you in poverty or debt. God removes the curse and the stronghold that the devil has been keeping over your finances.
The second principle is to give God an offering. You haven't given God an offering until after you have paid the tithe. I personally give my tithe to the church that I pastor. And I also give to three non profit religious organizations an offering on a monthly basis. That's my offering. God has supernaturally provided all my needs and many of my wants. For example, I just retired from being a public school teacher, and God blessed us to pay off all our cars, personal loans, and credit cards right before I retired. I have enough insurance to pay off the mortgage if I kick the bucket. I have the faith that God will soon let me pay off the mortgage too.
The third type of giving is alms giving. Matthew 6:3,4 reads, "But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth; That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly." When you see a need in your own family members, at church or in your community, discreetly provide financial help. Do not let anyone know that you helped out that person or persons. You will receive a dollar for dollar return for helping that person out. In other words, if you gave someone one-hundred dollars, sometime down the road the Lord will return the same one-hundred dollars back to you. The important part is that the person you help keep their integrity. Don't go around bragging about what you did for someone. Jesus said when you do something to the least of these you have done it unto me (Matthew 25:40).
One of my favorite types of giving is the First fruits. On occasion, when you get extra income like a tax return, an unexpected bonus on the job, or a refund, remember to give the tithe first, then give a generous offering from the increase. Giving a first fruits offering helps you sustain an increase of finances above your bills. Proverbs 3:9 tells us, "Honour the Lord with thy substance, and with the firs fruits of all thine increase." When you give God a generous offering above the tithe he promises to bless the amount: some one-hundred fold, sixty fold, some thirty fold (Matthew 13:1-9). Be prayerful about who you give the first fruits offering to. Sometimes the Holy Spirit will speak to you in a still small voice on who to give it to. One you've mastered these four types of giving you will never worry about finances again.
One final secret God has shown me how to build wealth. The Anglo-saxon race has taught this to their children for generations. The way to build wealth is to start a business that generates passive or residual income. For example, when a person buys car insurance from an insurance agent, as long as that person keeps that insurance from year to year that insurance agent earns a commission each year that customer renews that policy. Another example is when an author writes a book, that author gets paid royalties year after year as long as that book keeps selling. The publisher keeps paying that author year after year after year. The same thing happens when actors are paid over and over when the movie or commercial they were in keeps getting rebroadcast. They receive a residual check.
I have my own business that produces the same thing. Contact me at haleyen.wearelegalshield.com. I want to build a network of millennials that build the kingdom of God in spite of the perilous times that we live in. Thomas Edison didn't get rich because he invented the light bulb. He got rich because he built a networking system for people to pay him month after month for using the light bulb. I want to build a network of millennials who follow the Bible and create generational wealth until Jesus comes back. Something to think about.
Dr. Eric Haley
Former Malawi AG Superintendent Elected President
By Dan Van Veen
Having served as the Malawi Assemblies of God general superintendent for 24 years and as a member and/or secretary of the World Assemblies of God Fellowship for more than a decade, Chakwera, 65, also has leadership experience on multiple boards and organizations in the corporate world. He gained political experience after resigning as general superintendent in 2013 to focus on a 2014 bid for the presidency.
In a video posted by St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Chakwera admits that he initially argued with God about going into politics. “And one day, God spoke to my heart, and God was not saying I’m pulling you out of ministry — God was saying I’m extending your ministry.”
AG General Superintendent (USA) Doug Clay sends his congratulations to Chakwera, and states: “I’ve long admired the leadership and courage that Lazarus Chakwera has shown in both the Malawi Assemblies of God and our global Assemblies of God family. I am confident God will use him to now lead the great nation of Malawi.”
“I really came to admire him [Chakwera] so greatly when I heard his plan for church planting in his country of Malawi,” says George O. Wood, former AG USA general superintendent and current chairman of the World Assemblies of God Fellowship. “His goal was to plant a church within walking distance of every citizen of Malawi.”
“He has always impressed me as a very dignified and forceful, but kind and gracious leader,” Wood continues. “I believe he is the first former AG general superintendent to be elected as president of his country. This fact testifies to the immense respect he has gained, not only within the Malawian AG and our Fellowship, but also within the citizenry of his country.”
Chakwera came from humble beginnings, his father and mother being subsistence farmers in the Lilongwe District, his father also a minister and evangelist. Chakwera’s parents chose to name him Lazarus after the biblical Lazarus who was raised from the dead, following the deaths of their first two infant sons, believing he would survive. Lazarus and his wife, Monica, have four adult children and several grandchildren.
Lazarus Chakwera was sworn in as president of Malawi on June 28.
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