The Laws of the Spirit Lesson 7 The Law of Giving and Receiving

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This series is based on Rom 8:1  There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.  NKJV     Unfortunately many people are unaware of these laws that dominate people’s lives. If we work in agreement with the Law of the Spirit of Life, we will prosper.  If we work against the Law of the Spirit of Life , then the Law of Sin and Death begins to work in our life.  The good news is that when we understand these spiritual laws we are then able to make the right choice. 

The Lord’s blessings are on those who give.

Prov 22: 9 Blessed are those who are generous, because they feed the poor. NLT

Prov 28:27 If you give to the poor, your needs will be supplied! But a curse upon those who close their eyes to poverty. TLB

Giving to the poor brings God’s favor into your life.

Prov 19: 17 When you help the poor you are lending to the Lord‑and he pays wonderful interest on your loan!  TLB

Notice how Job prospered because he had compassion on the needy.

Job 31:16 “Have I refused to help the poor, or crushed the hopes of widows? 17 Have I been stingy with my food and refused to share it with orphans? 18 No, from childhood I have cared for orphans like a father, and all my life I have cared for widows. 19 Whenever I saw the homeless without clothes

and the needy with nothing to wear, 20 did they not praise me for providing wool clothing to keep them warm?  21 “If I raised my hand against an orphan, knowing the judges would take my side, 22 then let my shoulder be wrenched out of place! Let my arm be torn from its socket! 23 That would be better than facing God’s judgment.  NLT

 

Give generously and it will come back to you with a profit.

Eccl 11:1 Give generously, for your gifts will return to you later. 2 Divide your gifts among many, for in the days ahead you yourself may need much help. TLB

Luke 6:38 For if you give, you will get! Your gift will return to you in full and overflowing measure, pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, and running over. Whatever measure you use to give

large or small it will be used to measure what is given back to you.” TLB

No gift large or small given in the spirit of love will be overlooked.

Matt 10: 42 “And if, as my representatives, you give even a cup of cold water to a little child, you will surely be rewarded.”  TLB

Jesus taught that giving is an act of dedication to the Lord. Such giving has rewards now and in the world to come.

Mark 10: 28 Then Peter began to mention all that he and the other disciples had left behind. “We’ve given up everything to follow you,” he said.

29 And Jesus replied, “Let me assure you that no one has ever given up anything‑home, brothers, sisters, mother, father, children, or property‑for love of me and to tell others the Good News, 30 who won’t be given back, a hundred times over, homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and land‑with persecutions!

“All these will be his here on earth, and in the world to come he shall have eternal life. 31 But many people who seem to be important now will be the least important then; and many who are considered least here shall be greatest there.” TLB

Giving in whatever form  falls under the law of sowing and reaping.

2 Cor 9: 6 But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 7 So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.  NKJV

Giving and prospering are connected, and withhold from the Lord brings a curse.

Prov 11:24 Give freely and become more wealthy; be stingy and lose everything. 25 The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.  NLT

Prov 3:9‑10 Honor the Lord by giving him the first part of all your income, and he will fill your barns with wheat and barley and overflow your wine vats with the finest wines.  TLB

Giving our Tithes, Offerings, and Firstfruits always brings a blessing.

Mal 3:10  Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, That there may be food in My house, And try Me now in this,” Says the Lord of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven And pour out for you such blessing That there will not be room enough to receive it.  11 “And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, NKJV

Giving sacrificially by faith.

Mark 12:41 Now Jesus sat opposite the treasury and saw how the people put money into the treasury. And many who were rich put in much. 42 Then one poor widow came and threw in two mites, which make a quadrans. 43 So He called His disciples to Himself and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all those who have given to the treasury;  44 for they all put in out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all that she had, her whole livelihood.”  NKJV

The widow and the Prophet, an illustration of faith in the Word of the Lord.

1 Kings 17: 8 Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying, 9 “Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and dwell there. See, I have commanded a widow there to provide for you.” 10 So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, indeed a widow was there gathering sticks. And he called to her and said, “Please bring me a little water in a cup, that I may drink.” 11 And as she was going to get it, he called to her and said, “Please bring me a morsel of bread in your hand.”

12 So she said, “As the Lord your God lives, I do not have bread, only a handful of flour in a bin, and a little oil in a jar; and see, I am gathering a couple of sticks that I may go in and prepare it for myself and my son, that we may eat it, and die.”

13 And Elijah said to her, “Do not fear; go and do as you have said, but make me a small cake from it first, and bring it to me; and afterward make some for yourself and your son. 14 For thus says the Lord God of Israel: ‘The bin of flour shall not be used up, nor shall the jar of oil run dry, until the day the Lord sends rain on the earth.’”

15 So she went away and did according to the word of Elijah; and she and he and her household ate for many days. 16 The bin of flour was not used up, nor did the jar of oil run dry, according to the word of the Lord which He spoke by Elijah.  NKJV