Summary: Do you give NEED-MINDEDLY or SEED-MINDEDLY?
The Laws of Giving
38 Give, and it will be given to you.
A good measure, pressed down, shaken together
and running over, will be poured into your lap.
For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you."
How do you MEASURE up?
7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked.
A man reaps what he sows.
First Law of Giving:
You always REAP what you SOW.
6 Remember this:
Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly,
and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.
38 If you give, you will receive.
Your gift will return to you in full measure, pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, and running over. Whatever measure you use in giving
-- large or small—
it will be used to measure what is given back to you."
Second Law of Giving:
You always reap AFTER you sow.
7 Some time later the brook dried up because there had been no rain in the land.
8 Then the word of the LORD came to him:
9 "Go at once to Zarephath of Sidon and stay there. I have commanded a widow in that place to supply you with food."
10 So he went to Zarephath. When he came to the town gate, a widow was there gathering sticks. He called to her and asked, "Would you bring me a little water in a jar so I may have a drink?"
11 As she was going to get it, he called, "And bring me, please, a piece of bread."
12 "As surely as the LORD your God lives," she replied, "I don’t have any bread-- only a handful of flour in a jar and a little oil in a jug. I am gathering a few sticks to take home and make a meal for myself and my son, that we may eat it-- and die."
13 Elijah said to her, "Don’t be afraid. Go home and do as you have said. But first make a small cake of bread for me from what you have and bring it to me, and then make something for yourself and your son.
14 For this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: ’The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the LORD gives rain on the land.’"
15 She went away and did as Elijah had told her. So there was food every day for Elijah and for the woman and her family.
16 For the jar of flour was not used up and the jug of oil did not run dry, in keeping with the word of the LORD spoken by Elijah.
SEED - minded
Never allow your CIRCUMSTANCES
to determine whether you can be a CHANNEL of God’s Blessing!
Third Law of Giving:
You always reap MORE than you sow!
3 "Listen! A farmer went out to sow his seed.
4 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up.
5 Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow.
6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root.
7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants, so that they did not bear grain.
8 Still other seed fell on good soil.
It came up, grew and produced a crop,
multiplying thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times."