“Generosity brings prosperity but withholding from charity brings poverty. Those who live to bless others will have blessings heaped upon them, and the one who pours out his life to pour out blessings will be saturated with favor.” Proverbs 11:24, 25 TPT
As we connect with God for strength and strategy, what we will find is that not only is His strength supernatural, so is His strategy.
It is imperative that we understand that when we go to God for these two things, we are departing from the natural order of things. We are not dealing with natural solutions, but supernatural.
Take our opening Scripture, how it is possible to have more because you give more? And this is not just about your money. This is about giving away your time, attention, effort, counsel, skills, love… That doesn’t make sense.
For instance, I asked a person once if they truly believed that if they gave one dollar from ten (that’s what a tithe is, 10%) that they would only have nine dollars left. They answered honestly and said yes. But that is not supernatural. God tells us that if we will give him one out of ten, we will end up with more than ten. Now, that’s bad math in the natural, but not in the supernatural.
Jesus demonstrates this when He multiplies the few loaves of bread and fish to feed thousands. (That same miracle is found in the Old Testament, too).
Or let’s talk about love. Have you ever experienced a child, or even a pet, that gets jealous when you share your love with someone else? It seems silly to you, right? But not to them. You know that love expands as you give it away – that your heart gets larger, not smaller. But to the child or pet, it looks like you are giving love to someone else out of a limited supply of love, which means there is now less for them.
Jesus’ supernatural strategy for you in this regard is to even love your enemies. Now if that is not supernatural, I don’t know what is. However, when you obey Him, whether or not it positively affects your enemy, your heart will expand and be transformed. You will be set free from anger, bitterness, and your own human perceptions of that person. God’s love and wisdom will flood your heart. I know because it has happened to me more times than I can count. It is truly supernatural.
Or how about time? Martin Luther once said that he had so many things to accomplish that day that he was going to spend another few hours in prayer. What? That doesn’t make sense, does it? However, what Luther learned was that as he gave time to God, God would not only release supernatural strength in Him, but He would also orchestrate things around Him, giving Him wisdom and resources to accomplish his tasks – supernaturally.
It seems to be a paradox to us, but it’s not to God. We think we need to live life getting all we can, can all we get, then sit on the can. God says we are to open the can and give away what we have, and if we do, we will have more.
God is a giver, so you are never more like God than when you are giving.
“For here is the way God loved the world—he gave his only, unique Son as a gift. So now everyone who believes in him will never perish but experience everlasting life.” John 3:16 TPT
THINK ABOUT IT
- Do you live in fear of not having enough? If so, is that causing you to live small, trying to hold too tightly to what you have – whether it is love, money, time, etc.?
- What do you think would happen if you started living generously?
- What can you do today to begin living more generously?
- In your 30 for 30 today, ask God to deliver you from your fears and help you live generously.