Help, I’m Afraid to Give! (Part 3)
25 Feb 2018
Financial giving is a way we prove to ourselves our trust in God, but unbelief and fear can make us afraid to give. When it comes down to the nitty-gritty, we can say we trust God but our reluctance to give financially will indicate otherwise. Some people will turn over almost every area of their lives to Him, except for their finances. God made many promises to us, including the promise of provision; Christians’ number one fear that the enemy tries to capitalize on is the fear that what God promised in His Word will not materialize. Money is one thing that can make us stumble in our Christian walk, which is why God tells us to trust Him over wealth and riches. Grace has made everything we need for a prosperous life; our faith takes what grace has made. Believing wholeheartedly in God’s promises allows us to respond to them in faith, with no fear to get in our way.
- We must not be afraid to give. Fear stems from unbelief in God’s Word.
- 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).
- If we have fear in any area of our lives, it did not come from God. He does not make us fearful; Satan does.
- God has made promises to us concerning money.
- But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19).
- 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 (John 16:8, 9).
- Unbelief, itself, is a sin, and it is the root of all other sins. We sin because we do not believe what the Word of God says.
- We may start off in unbelief, but once Jesus moves inside us, we cannot stay the same. The Holy Spirit convinces us to believe in Christ.
- Once we start believing, our behavior will change. God deals with the heart of the issue.
- Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs and tries the hearts (Proverbs 21:2, AMPC).
- For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness… (Romans 10:10).
- 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).
- Fear and unbelief go hand-in-hand. Unbelief, not sin, is what sends people to hell.
- God will always keep His promises to us concerning money and prosperity.
- 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).
- If we have accepted Jesus, we are the righteousness of God and these verses do not apply to us.
- Nothing we do can “un-justify” us.
- If we struggle as Christians with believing the promises concerning financial giving, we will still go to heaven, but our doubt will block the manifestations we can experience here on earth.
- Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap (Galatians 6:7).
- Deception is when we think we are right when we are wrong. A good defense against being deceived is learning to listen to someone wiser than us.
- Do not be deceived and deluded and misled; God will not allow Himself to be sneered at (scorned, disdained, or mocked by mere pretensions or professions, or by His precepts being set aside.) [He inevitably deludes himself who attempts to delude God.] For whatever a man sows, that and that only is what he will reap (Galatians 6:7, AMPC).
- God is committed to bringing to pass what He promised us where our giving is concerned.
- We are deceived if we think we can give without receiving. For us not to receive after we give is mocking God.
- When we examine the needs in our lives, we can be confident that, when we give, we are putting seed in the ground.
- There is nothing wrong with having money, as long as it does not have us.
- Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven: Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again (Luke 6:37, 38).
- Just as we can expect abundant return when we do give, we can also expect no return if we do not give. God has given us the authority to determine our own rate of return.
- Giving is an important part of our Christian experience. We cannot simply erase from the Bible the Scriptures pertaining to money and giving.
- 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).
- We might be afraid to give because we do not want others to accuse us of loving money. We may rationalize that we do not want people to think we are greedy, but we can be greedy without having a single dime.
- We can get confused and think that if we are wealthy it must mean that we love money, but this is backward thinking. Money itself is not evil, a wrong relationship with it is. A wrong relationship exists when we trust money more than we trust God.
- Let your character or moral disposition be free from love of money [including greed, avarice, lust, and craving for earthly possessions] and be satisfied with your present [circumstances and with what you have]; for He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!] (Hebrews 13:5, AMPC).
- Being satisfied with our present circumstances and what we have is called contentment. We must learn to be okay with where we are in life, knowing we will not be there permanently.
- But godliness with contentment is great gain(1 Timothy 6:6).
2 Timothy 1:7
1 Corinthians 6:9-11
John 16:8, 9
Galatians 6:7, AMPC
Proverbs 21:2, AMPC
Luke 6:37, 38
1 Timothy 6:6, 10
Hebrews 13:5, AMPC