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Summary: We study how the heart of God loves to give! We must take on His Nature.

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GOD GIVES! DO YOU?

By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr.

Kyfingers@aol.com

I did this in a two part series.

TEXT:

Luke 12:32 Fear not, little flock: for it is your Father’s good pleasure to GIVE YOU the kingdom.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world THAT HE GAVE HIS ONLY begotten son

Mat. 6:11 Give us this day our daily bread.

Psa. 107:20 HE GAVE HIS WORD, and healed them, and delivered them from their destruction’s.

It is God’s nature to give. What is your nature?

Today, I ponder giving?

What does one’s giving tell about them?

Let me ask 5 questions and then you ponder about them....

1) HOW DO YOU SHOW YOUR LOVE?

Do you honestly think about how you show your love to God, His church, and your family?

Often, our messages go forward not just in word, but in deed and body language.

Most will quickly pass over these questions and not seriously answer them. Are you with the crowd?

2) WHAT IF GOD GAVE YOU BACK WHAT YOU GIVE TO OTHERS?

Life can often be a mirror, trouble is we refuse to see that mirror effect. You reap what you sow?

3) WHAT IF GOD GAVE YOU WHAT YOU WANTED?

We probably have what God can trust us with? Would we be spoiled brats? Could our desires lead us away from God?

4) DO I GIVE BECAUSE I HAVE TO...?

Or do I give because I want to ...? I love to...? Your motive in giving will tell much about you?

5) DO YOU SEEK TOYS OR TOOLS?

Often we can evaluate our maturity level by what we spend our time with, TOYS or TOOLS?

Perhaps, I will address these 5 questions in more detail later.

I would love to have some input of discussion on these 5 questions.

NOW, LET’S LOOK AT GOD’S GIVING AND SEE WHAT HIS GIVING TELLS ABOUT HIM?

We might also consider what the Devil, our enemy, gives.

I have no desire to focus on our enemy’s giving, to be honest he never gives, --- he takes, divides and subtracts.

Usually, we talk about the little things and then build into the greater.

For this occasion, we will reverse the trend.

Fear not, little flock: for it is your Father’s good pleasure to GIVE YOU the kingdom. Luke 12:32.

God loves to give, giving shows love, giving shows GOD!

I) GOD GAVE THE BEST,--- HIS ONLY SON!

John 3:16 For God so loved the world THAT HE GAVE HIS ONLY begotten son

...I never understood the love of giving a son, until I stood in the nursery window and saw my son, with tears running down my face, I looked heavenward, and said, "GOD HOW COULD YOU HAVE GIVEN YOUR ONLY SON?’’

I was in a service where a lady said she gave her son.

I pondered this, and found this to be an exaggeration.

Her son was taken, she never gave him.

We, that have children, know we would give our live’s much easier than our children.

That is real love to give your son, for people that was going to despise and reject him.

God, you show the highest love ever known by giving Your Son.

We could rest our case here and never go to another point.

GOD LOVED ... GOD GAVE.

When my brother Tim was in surgery and needed blood, they came out and asked dad to give blood.

As he lay on the table, he told the nurse... "Take all the blood Tim needs without consideration to me.

Thank you God for the LOVE that GAVE us JESUS! Thank you God for the gift of Jesus.

2) GOD GIVES US DAILY BREAD!

Jesus taught us to pray, (Mat. 6:11), Give us this day our daily bread.

I know many preachers that were scaring the flock today about Y2K, I rest totally in the arms of the All Mighty.

God has always fed His people.

David penned, "I once was young, but now I am old, I have not seen the righteous forsaken or His seed begging bread."

Yesterday, God made a way for us.

Today, God makes a way.

I think it very safe to lean on His promises and trust the plan of God until He comes or we go.

When there was no bread, there was manna. Thank you Lord for daily bread. I wonder why it is not yearly bread? (Mold, Greed?)

3) GOD GIVES HIS ANGELS CHARGE OVER US!

Psa. 91: 11--13 For HE SHALL GIVE HIS ANGELS charge over you.

(Again in Luke 4:10--11.) This is a written guaranteed promise. When our enemy has a design, God has the best design. You are not alone. Quit acting like an orphan.

4) GOD GIVES WATER, LIVING WATER!

John 4:14 ... BUT THE WATER I SHALL GIVE ... a well of water springing.

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