Thu, 4 July 2013
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HOW TO KNOW WHEN TO GIVE … AND NOT TO GIVE
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HOW TO KNOW WHEN TO GIVE … AND NOT TO GIVE
Recently I had just awakened from my night's sleep and the LORD instructed me to contact a friend of mine who is a world-class athlete, and a houshold name in the football (soccer) world, and tell him the contents of this podcast so that he would not have confusion in the future regarding “when to give and when not to give” and, also, to protect him in the future.
I have a ministry associate who has been my personal friend for over 30 years that was really being “ripped off” by people, even ministers, who claimed to be Christians. They were greatly taking advantage of him financially due to his kindness and Christian charity. I had counseled him different times concerning what basically is the content of this podcast and he finally “saw the light.”
It is my prayer that this podcast-teaching will not only help YOU but also protect YOU in the future. I believe I have covered all the groundwork situationally that you might experience with regards to meeting needs; and that with wisdom and the guidance of the Holy Spirit you may serve in optimum stewardship for the Kingdom of God … and for yourself.
Prayer is an "action" that you can always take. It is not an excuse to keep from helping someone in a physical way. The most important thing you can always give a person is the Word of God. If you give money to a poor person, he will usually end up being poor again; however, if you give him the Gospel (all the Good News, not part of it), he will learn how to serve God and to tithe and offer to His Heavenly Father; then, God will take care of him and he will not starve in time of famine.
Read Psalm 33:18-19; Psalm 37:18-19; Job 5:19-27; Malachi 3:10-11.
Some Christians make the mistake of giving people money or physical help but without giving them the Good News of Christ. People need to know how to be saved and to walk in the prosperity and the health and the power of God. They need to know how to live a victorious life: how to have power over the world, the flesh, and the devil! Other Christians make the mistake of giving people the Word of God, but never helping them physically. What does the Word of God tell you to do?
Read James 2:15-17 again. It is talking about a Christian brother or sister who is in need of the "necessities of life": things needful to the body. Not someone who is making a living by taking advantage of you or the saints; it is talking about a brother or sister in the Lord: someone who belongs to Christ, who needs help and who comes to you for help. Study carefully Deuteronomy 15:7-11. God, through Moses, gave instruction to Jews about taking care of their Jewish brethren who were poor and needy.
Satan would like to steal all your money by condemning you with guilt for not feeding the world (a hunger situation caused by the devil, himself, when he tempted man to separate himself from God in the Garden of Eden). With all your money gone, you will then have nothing left with which to buy Bibles, or to help the saints in need, or to purchase media for the Gospel to be preached on TV or radio or in the newspapers. No money for Cd's or DVD's to get out the gospel. No money left to buy bicycles to travel to villages with the Gospel. No money left to evangelize the lost or to teach the saints. No money left for you to get together with your Christian brothers and sisters and worship your Father God!
So what do you do in a situation which involves another person’s need? Here’s your answer: If it is NOT a close Christian brother or sister as described in James 2:5-17, (God’s Word already tells you what to do in that case), then your first action should be to PRAY:
1. Pray, and take the person to God, asking God to give them a miracle and to meet their need.
2. Pray, and ask God to show you what you should do, if anything, to help the other person (or people). God’s answer to you will usually come in one of three ways, as outlined in A, B, or C below:
A. "Do this..." (A certain specific action to take in order to help the other person in part or in full, either temporarily or permanently.)
B. "Do whatever you feel you should; whatever is right according to the scriptures." (Read carefully Matthew 5:42 and Luke 6:30-36.)
C. "Don’t do anything!" (God may tell you to do something later on.)
Jesus said, "Give to him who asks you, and do not turn from him who wants to borrow from you." (Matthew 5:42) He also told us, "Of him who takes away your goods, do not ask them back again ... but love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing back again; and your reward shall be great, and you shall be the children of the Highest; for He is kind to the unthankful and to the evil. Therefore, you be merciful, like your Father also is merciful." (Luke 6:30-36)
You may feel that there is a conflict between #B and #C under Item #2 above. Not so! The answer lies in priority and your responsibility under God. A person may come to you to borrow $50 (or 50 Francs or 50 Cedi or 50 Pesos or 50 Lira or 50 Rupees) and you may have it in your possession; however, your first priority may NOT be to loan either your friend or your enemy $50; it may be to take care of your responsibility, under God, to either your landlord or your family, whichever the case may be.
It is also possible that God may answer you with #A above and tell you to help a person, or to loan him $50, even though your family is hungry and you owe the landlord! This is one of the times it is very important to know the voice of God: to know how to be led by the Spirit of God! Time after time, God has asked me to give away all the money that I have had. However, on other occasions, God has told me, "Don’t do anything; this is a trick of the devil to steal your money!" … or ... "Don’t do anything; this is not a valid request!"
Another example of priority and your responsibility under God as regards helping those in need might be as follows: Let’s suppose someone comes to you and asks you for a certain amount of money; and let’s suppose, also, that for several months you have been saving money so that you can buy a particular piece of equipment that you need for God’s work: something that will help you reach more people for Christ. Or,
Perhaps, you have been saving money for a particular evangelistic project, possibly to reach several million people with the message of Christ. To whom is your priority in this case? The millions of people who are lost and on their way to Hell? Or, the one man who needs physical help?
Which is more important in regards to your responsibility to God: Obeying the Scriptural command of Jesus in Matthew 5:42, "Give to him who asks you, and do not turn away from him who wants to borrow from you,"; or obeying the Scriptural Command of Jesus in the Great Commission, "Go ... and teach (disciple) all nations." If God has been leading you to save money to reach people for Christ, would it not be unwise to then give it away? Rather, would it not be the devil wanting to take it away? This is why you must know how to be led by the Spirit of God!
Why are you in the ministry, or service, of God? First, you are to serve God; next, you are to serve mankind. "The Son of Man (Yeshua) came not to be served, but to serve others." You are to love God first; and then to love your neighbor as yourself. You can always PRAY for others and take them to God for a miracle. You can GIVE GOD’S WORD to others. Sometimes you can give PHYSICAL HELP to others.
The greatest work is to help people eternally; but it is also good if you can help them while they are here on earth. There are many ways to help a person here on earth, but the "highest way" is to help them to know God personally.
They will have God to help them, to lead them, to keep them alive in famine, and to help them to help others. God will be their Father!
True spirituality is "seeing a need and meeting it!"
Podcast time: 11 minutes, 32 seconds.
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