The Power of Grace Ministries

April 26

Our financial prosperity is actually tied into our hearts desire to joyfully tithe into our church and support of ministries who take the gospel to places we cannot go ourselves. 

Philippians 4:15-19
“15 Now you Philippians know also that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church shared with me concerning giving and receiving but you only. 16 For even in Thessalonica you sent aid once and again for my necessities. 17 Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that abounds to your account. 18 Indeed I have all and abound. I am full, having received from Epaphroditus the things sent from you, a sweet-smelling aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well pleasing to God. 19 And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

As mentioned earlier, the Philippians were the only church that understood outreach.  It is not some modern day concept, but the original means to get the gospel to the world.  Acts 20:35 tells us it is more blessed to give than to receive.  I am amazed at the number of Christians that look for the blessings promised by God, but try to receive them with their hands closed.  They want more from God, but are not willing to open their hearts to Him because their hands are tightly closed around their finances.  If you cannot freely give what is due God, then you are in actuality saying you do not trust Him.  We would think it stupid to watch a NFL wide receiver go out for a ball and try to catch it while holding tightly on to himself and yet this is what happens to Christians today.  They go to church, hear God’s word, want His blessings in their life, but discount God’s blessings and live below His desired means because they hold so tightly to what money He gave them in the first place.  This is a principle that God has proven to me regarding money; if He see He can get it through me to His church, He will get it to me.  Being stingy with the money you have is only proving to God He cannot trust you with more.   At this point you should be saying Amen or “oh my”. 

Notice they sent aid once for Paul’s ministry while in Thessalonica and again to meet his personal necessities.  Paul is not blessed personally because the Philippians have sent him support, but he knows God keeps account of what we do while here on earth, Philippians 4:3.  Paul also knows that Godly giving with the proper attitude is actually deposits into their personal spiritual account, 1 Corinthians 13:3.  Paul knows the fruit of Godly giving and that God is not slack.  Giving with the right heart brings forth bountiful fruit in the givers life and bountiful fruit in the recipient’s life knowing they are supported by God through His children.

Paul is praising God thanking them for their support.  It is interesting that Paul claims to be full and abound from their gifts, but remember this statement is from a man locked up on death row because of his conviction to preach the gospel of Jesus.  Paul not only sees it as a gift to himself, but as their gift to God and their acceptance and partnership with the gospel.  Paul knows their gift is a sweet smelling aroma to God.

“19 And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”   How often do Christians see God as a God of just enough?  There is such doubt in the church world regarding the blessings He wants to bestow on His children. Matthew 7:11, If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!  I call this the convenience store verse.  We often run to the church like a convenience store to pick up quick essentials, yet forgetting how close God is to us with arms of abundance waiting for us to ask Him.  Jesus reminded His disciples to not act as the Gentiles did always living for their bellies, but to seek first the kingdom of God.  Giving into a Godly outreach ministry is seeking first the kingdom of God.  What is the outcome of this type of Godly lifestyle?  Matthew 6:33, Jesus tells us “all these things will be added unto you!”  This promise in verse 19 of meeting all of your needs according to His riches is for those who are in “KONONIA” partnership with God.  Not all Christians will fall into this blessing because there is a prerequisite.  Entering into giving and receiving, when we faithfully hear from God and inter into KONONIA with Him through His ministries, then we are open to receive from His great abundance.  This is the only prerequisite I have seen anywhere in the New Testament.  God’s love for us is unconditional there is no prerequisite.  Our salvation is solely on our belief and confession of Jesus as Lord, there is no prerequisite.  But God will not pour out His financial blessings on a stingy person because He wants His gospel to go out to the world and not be used just for personal gain.  Five different verses in the KJV, two verses in 1 Timothy 3, two verses in Titus 1, and 1 Peter 5:2 God calls money filthy lucre.  Can you see that holding tightly on to what God see as filthy will only keep you from receiving?  Money itself is filthy, but blessing the church and ministries with what little God asks will make the 90% you have left clean and there will be great reward.