Help, I’m Afraid to Give! (Part 2) NY
3 Mar 2018
Fear is the devil’s way of stopping us from fulfilling God’s will for our lives. The enemy wants us to be intimidated in every area, including in our finances. His strategy is to make us too scared to believe anything God says about our healing, our financial prosperity, and anything else good that concerns us. Satan needs fear to bring his will to pass, so when this evil emotion comes upon us, we must pause and ask ourselves what we are afraid of. It is not okay to be fearful, not even a little bit. If we are afraid to give, it is because we do not believe that God is willing and able to take care of us. To be free from fear, we must deliberately decide to trust everything in His Word.
- The fear of giving originates in unbelief. Unbelief, not actions, is the real issue.
- For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7).
- Fear does not come from God. The Old Testament account of Job shows us that what we are afraid of the most is what is most likely to happen.
- For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me (Job 3:25).
- But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death (Revelation 21:8).
- People who have not been born again and accepted Jesus as their Savior are part of the fearful, unbelieving crowd. After we are saved, this no longer applies to us.
- Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God (1 Corinthians 6:9-11).
- We are righteous if we have been born again. Our righteousness hinges not on our own works, but on our acceptance or rejection of Jesus.
- We are free to sin, but the Spirit of God in us will take away the will to sin.
- Even when we do sin, we will still be righteous. There will be consequences in the natural, but we will still be in right-standing with God.
- Several reasons contribute to misunderstandings about worldly wealth.
- One reason we are afraid to give is because we see it as a loss and not a gain.
- This was illustrated in Jesus’ encounter with the rich young ruler who went away grieved when Jesus told him to sell what he had and give to the poor (Matthew 19:16-22; Mark 10:17-22; Luke 18:18-23).
- And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much. And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing. And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury: For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living (Mark 12:41-44).
- A second reason people are afraid to give is because they reason that they need all their money to take care of life’s necessities.
- Verse forty-one directly contradicts the mindset that Jesus cares nothing about money.
- The woman’s decision to give all she had indicated her level of trust in God.
- Our greatest opportunity to give, and to trust, is when we are in need.
- We must not make the mistake of thinking that people with money are greedy. Greed is a spirit, and it has no association with how much money someone has; there are people with no money who are greedy.
- The size of our bank account does not make us whole; Jesus makes us whole.
- A third reason people are afraid to give is because they fear being accused of being a lover of money.
- There will always be people willing to persecute us when they see that we will not limit God in our finances. Persecution is designed to contaminate our trust.
- But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life (Mark 10:30).
- For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows (1 Timothy 6:10).
- The love of money, not money itself, is the root of all evil. This is a commonly misquoted Scripture.
- If money was evil, then Jesus could have been accused of having something evil. Jesus was not poor.
- When He was born in a stable, it was not because Mary and Joseph could not afford a room; there literally was no lodging available.
- When Jesus was a baby, kings brought three different types of expensive gifts: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Kings sought Him out to give Him great wealth.
- Neither was Jesus homeless, but people assume this when they read, “And Jesus saith unto him,The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head” (Matthew 8:20). We must read this in context; Jesus said this because the people in the city refused to let Him and His disciples hold a meeting there.
- …They said unto him, Rabbi, (which is to say, being interpreted, Master,) where dwellest thou? He saith unto them, Come and see. They came and saw where he dwelt, and abode with him that day: for it was about the tenth hour (John 1:38, 39).
- If Jesus had been poor, He would have had no need for a treasurer, but Judas served in that position.
- Jesus did not dress in rags. When He was on the cross, the soldiers cast lots for His tailor-made coat.
- Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took his garments, and made four parts, to every soldier a part; and also his coat: now the coat was without seam, woven from the top throughout (John 19:23).
2 Timothy 1:7
1 Corinthians 6:9-11
Mark 10:17-22, 30
1 Timothy 6:10
John 1:38, 39