Help, I’m Afraid to Give! (Part 4)
4 Mar 2018
It is God’s will for us to be givers because giving indicates our trust in Him. However, Satan does all he can to stop us from giving, and he uses fear to do this. If fear prevents us from giving financially, most likely fear is an issue in other areas of our lives, as well. Specifically, the enemy wants us to be afraid to receive what Jesus has already made available for us. We must fight against fear with everything we have, because it opens the door to what we are most afraid of coming to pass in our lives. We can learn a lesson from Job, who was so fearful that he unwittingly caused the thing he most feared to show up. Fear stems from not believing that God’s promises will happen for us. We must shut it down and walk in faith.
- The enemy wants to make us afraid to believe all of God’s promises to us.
- 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, but from the devil.
- We must not tolerate fear; fear tolerated is faith contaminated.
- The enemy wants us to be afraid that God’s promises will not come to pass in our lives.
- When we read Scriptures like “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19) and “…With his stripes we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5), Satan wants us to be afraid that these will not happen for us.
- Fear stems from unbelief; they both go hand-in-hand.
- 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 only applies to those who have not been born again. It is significant that fear and unbelief are mentioned together.
- 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).
- “The unrighteous” are people who have not made Jesus the Lord of their lives. When we get born again, Jesus makes us righteous.
- Religion has taught us that people go to hell because of their sinful behavior, but that is not what the Bible says. People go to hell for rejecting Jesus Christ as their Lord and personal Savior.
- We are no longer in the same category as sinners. Jesus has washed us and made us like Him.
- Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world (1 John 4:17).
- “I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but I will not be mastered by anything (1 Corinthians 6:12, NIV).
- We must not let our freedom become our slavery. We will never be free from sin until we know that we are free to sin, but choose not to.
- When the Holy Spirit is working in us, we will not want to sin like we used to. He will convince us to have a good attitude, and remind us not to be self-righteous or judgmental of others who are still sinning.
- We are free to do what we want, as long as it does not violate the law of love. This law states that, as Christians, we are not to do anything harmful to others.
- For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace (Romans 6:14).
- There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit (Romans 8:1).
- We are no longer in bondage to our sins. Jesus was our peace offering.
- My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world (1 John 2:1, 2, NKJV).
- “Propitiation” means the peace offering, or the ransom paid to set us free. Jesus has taken care of all our sins.
- This payment was made for everyone, believers and unbelievers alike. Some people choose to accept the payment; others decide to reject it.
- For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world (Titus 2:11, 12).
- The Word of God is offered to everyone, but not everyone chooses to believe it. Those who do believe it become the righteousness of God.
- When we are righteous, we may sin but we are not sinners. We are not what we do, but what God says we are.
- As Christians, we no longer sin because we are in bondage to sin and have no other choice. When we sin, it is because we want to; but even then we do not lose our righteousness because of a sinful act.
- 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).
- God sent the Holy Spirit to help us with our issue of unbelief.
- If we are not givers, the Spirit will not condemn us because we do not give. He will convict us of not believing on Him in our finances.
- For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself (Galatians 5:13, 14).
- Our liberty should not infringe on someone else’s life.
- If we are born again, the vertical relationship we have with God is safe. However, we must ensure our actions do not damage the horizontal relationships we have with others.
2 Timothy 1:7
1 John 2:1, 2, NKJV
1 Corinthians 6:9-11
1 John 4:17
1 Corinthians 16:12, NIV
Titus 2:11, 12
John 16:8, 9
Galatians 5:13, 14