The Prelude & Object Of Giving – Part 2: Sermon By Apostle Gobanga
Every act of giving is founded on principle. Every principle must be preceded by motivation.
Believers need to know how to partner with the purpose of God vested in the man of God. Not the person.
I was made very happy in the Lord that now you have revived your interest in my welfare after so long a time; you were indeed thinking of me, but you had no opportunity to show it. Not that I am implying that I was in any personal want, for I have learned how to be content (satisfied to the point where I am not disturbed or disquieted) in whatever state I am. I know how to be abased and live humbly in straitened circumstances, and I know also how to enjoy plenty and live in abundance. I have learned in any and all circumstances the secret of facing every situation, whether well-fed or going hungry, having a sufficiency and enough to spare or going without and being in want.
I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency]. But it was right and commendable and noble of you to contribute for my needs and to share my difficulties with me. And you Philippians yourselves well know that in the early days of the Gospel ministry, when I left Macedonia, no church (assembly) entered into partnership with me and opened up [a debit and credit] account in giving and receiving except you only. For even in Thessalonica you sent [me contributions] for my needs, not only once but a second time. Not that I seek or am eager for [your] gift, but I do seek and am eager for the fruit which increases to your credit [the harvest of blessing that is accumulating to your account].Philippians 4:10-17
When you give towards e.g. an apostolic ministry, understand the principle on which the apostolic ministry is founded.
The purpose of God will not be held hostage by any man or by a person’s rebellion.
Principles Of Giving
Lack of giving is not a faith problem. It is a wisdom problem. It is lack of stewardship of resources e.g. time, money.
Do you know how to manage your time, resources and energy? Be faithful in little & God will entrust you with much. God wants us to be a people who plan.
Kingdom principles are built into creation itself. God did not create you devoid of His principles.
God wants us to be a strategic people. But don’t be too organized that the Holy Spirit cannot show you God’s agenda.
Success is a personal thing before it becomes a corporate thing.
You have to learn how to steward what’s in your custody before God can entrust you with matters pertaining to His kingdom.
Approach the issues of money, giving, time, etc from a divine perspective not from a worldly perspective or academic perspective.
But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things [taken together will be given you besides].Matthew 6:33
Whatsoever you do with your time, money & energy (stewardship) must reflect on the right standing you have with God and your worship.
A true steward has a culture of giving. It is the natural response of the person. It is their nature – who you are from within.
Your giving should be reflective of who you are. Even when you are disappointed, or have taken loans, giving should be a culture, not convenience.
You must trust the Divine in the unknown, in the impossible. One can have faith but not have trust. Trust is faith in action. That which is external should not diminish your faith.
For any appointed relationship, trust must be the foundation. Faith must precede trust.
While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.Genesis 8:22
These are the law of seed, law of time and law of harvest. These laws stand.
The whole process of life must have seed, time and harvest in accordance to Genesis 8:22 – law of seed, law of time and law of harvest.
Giving is living. What you give reflects who you are. How you live is what/how you give. The reward is according to your stewardship, not performance.
The attitude you have on giving will determine how you grow. A blessed attitude characterizes the beatitude you will have.
Your mind belongs to God. You are only a steward of your mind. That’s why your mind needs to fellowship with the mind of God to receive His truth.
Deception will cause you to mismanage your time, your resources, etc as you are not rightly stewarding your mind to receive truth from God.
Effectual stewardship of your mind will lead to effectual stewardship of your resources.
Good stewardship involves:
- Being faithful in the least
- Be faithful in money matters
- Be faithful in that which belongs to another person
He who is faithful in a very little [thing] is faithful also in much, and he who is dishonest and unjust in a very little [thing] is dishonest and unjust also in much. Therefore if you have not been faithful in the [case of] unrighteous mammon (deceitful riches, money, possessions), who will entrust to you the true riches? And if you have not proved faithful in that which belongs to another [whether God or man], who will give you that which is your own [that is, [the true riches]?Luke 16:10-12
Faithful process leads to immediate turn around. Be faithful in the little you have been given & that which has been given to another.
If you cannot be faithful to what belongs to someone else, God will not entrust you with your own.
God wants us to be faithful.
But as for you, O man of God, flee from all these things; aim at and pursue righteousness (right standing with God and true goodness), godliness (which is the loving fear of God and being Christlike), faith, love, steadfastness (patience), and gentleness of heart. Fight the good fight of the faith; lay hold of the eternal life to which you were summoned and [for which] you confessed the good confession [of faith] before many witnesses. In the presence of God, Who preserves alive all living things, and of Christ Jesus, Who in His testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I [solemnly] charge you.1 Timothy 6:11-13
External motivations cause us to do something to get something. Internal motivations cause you to do the right thing even when no one is around. Eternal motivations are motivated by purpose with eternity in mind.
God wants us to learn how to administer & dispense things that pertain to His Kingdom. Your talents & the gifts of the Holy Spirit are divine.
There is an interwoven principle of what you say, what you do and what you think.
Money will always take the heart and spirit of the one who gives. Your giving will always take your spirit. Cheerful spirit, cheerful giver etc.
Give not looking at what is met but rather on the purpose of God that is being met.
It is not the size of your giving but the size of your heart. #Selah
God looks at the attitude of your heart towards the leadership, towards what you have given, towards what you have retained & towards His purpose.
And [next] she gave birth to his brother Abel. Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. And in the course of time Cain brought to the Lord an offering of the fruit of the ground. And Abel brought of the firstborn of his flock and of the fat portions. And the Lord had respect and regard for Abel and for his offering, But for Cain and his offering He had no respect or regard. So Cain was exceedingly angry and indignant, and he looked sad and depressed.Genesis 4:2-5
Cain did not give first fruits. He gave left overs. It was a reflection of his nature. Abel gave the first things & their fat portions.
Cain had a bad attitude of work and it showed in his offering.