Help, I’m Afraid to Give! (Part 3) NY
11 Mar 2018
If the idea of financial giving makes us afraid, we must remember that the Bible tells us to give. Whatever it says, we must pursue. Some people read the Word of God concerning giving and do not believe it, but we must be vigilant in doing everything the Bible tells us to do. There should be no fear in any area of our lives because fear is from the enemy. The devil uses fear to make inroads into our lives, but we must not tolerate it. Some of the things God has given us include love, sound thinking, and the ability to get results; He did not give us fear. Our job is to understand the promises God makes to us, but Satan’s job is to make us too afraid to pursue those promises. Fear is based in unbelief; we overcome it by exercising our faith.
- The spirit the enemy sends is designed to paralyze us into unbelief and fear.
- 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).
- We must not accuse God of being responsible for any fear that is in our lives.
- It is faulty reasoning to say, “A little fear is okay.” This is like admitting a little murder or a little adultery is okay.
- If we are afraid, we must resist it.
- For we walk by faith, not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7). We are to walk in faith, not in fear.
- The enemy tries to make us afraid that God’s promises will not come to pass for us.
- But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19).
- …With his stripes we are healed (Isaiah 53:5).
- When we fear God’s promises will not manifest for us, we are in unbelief. Fear and unbelief are linked.
- 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).
- This Scripture does not apply to born-again believers, only to those who have not accepted Christ.
- Our faith makes us righteous regardless of our actions. Unbelief is a sin.
- 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).
- Righteousness has been made available to anyone who believes. We must accept Jesus into our lives in order to be the righteousness of God.
- Even when we miss the mark, we are still righteous, justified, and sanctified when we believe. Our sinful acts will not make us unrighteous.
- Jesus perfects us. No other false gods can compete with Him.
- …I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me (John 14:6).
- And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: Of sin, because they believe not on me. Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged(John 16:8-11).
- Unbelief is a sin. It is the basis for fear and is responsible for all other sins.
- The Holy Spirit does not convict us for our actions, but for not believing.
- When Jesus healed the possessed man, the Pharisees did not believe.
- Then was brought unto him one possessed with a devil, blind, and dumb: and he healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spake and saw. And all the people were amazed, and said, Is not this the son of David?But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils (Matthew 12:22-24).
- Many of us have heard about the unforgiveable sin of blasphemy, but we must know what it is in order to avoid it. Reading the Scripture in context brings us understanding.
- The Pharisees did not believe Jesus healed the man by the Spirit of God. Their whole issue was unbelief.
- And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand: And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand? And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out? therefore they shall be your judges. But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you. Or else how can one enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house. He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad. Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men (Matthew 12:25-31).
- Lifting verse thirty-one out of context can make us fearful and keep us from understanding the Scripture’s full meaning.
- God cannot forgive people of their unbelief if they do not even believe in forgiveness, but unbelief itself can be repented of.
- There are numerous misconceptions that God does not care about money.
- 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).
- One reason people are afraid to give is that they reason they need their money to take care of life’s necessities.
- Jesus was specifically watching to see how much people gave. This Scripture contradicts the assumption that God does not care about money.
- The woman did not give more than the wealthy people according to the dollar amount, but greatly outgave them because she gave all she had. By comparison, the rich men had money left over after they gave.
- Giving is an issue of trust, not finances. It is all about whether we choose to serve God or the spirit of mammon that attaches itself to money.
- …Ye cannot serve God and mammon (Luke 16:13).
- 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).
- Another reason people are afraid to give is because they are afraid of being accused of loving money.
- This Scripture is often misinterpreted. It does not say money itself is the root of all evil, but a wrong relationship with it.
- “The love of money” results when we love what money can do for us more than God and what He can do for us.
- It is okay to have money as long as money does not have us. To be truly rich is to be whole, with nothing missing and nothing broken. This is what God wants for us.
- Giving is the number one way to break the hold that the spirit of mammon tries to put on our lives.
2 Timothy 1:7
2 Corinthians 5:7
1 Corinthians 6:9-11
1 Timothy 6:10