Summary: Here is a sermon that shows you and I the benefits of giving in the Kingdom of God.
What are the benefits of Giving?
This morning I would like to speak a message that I believe the Lord has placed upon my heart.
How many here could use a financial miracle.
Well this morning I would like to speak a message on how to get it.
The title of the message is "What are the benefits of giving?"
Today we see God doing a lot of things within our Church from:
Lives being changed, souls being saved, Churches being launched out and families being restored...
Just yesterday I was at a beautiful wedding of a couple in our Church that God has done great things in their life.
There are great things taking place within our Church. and all this is being made possible through your giving!!!
Last but not least: In just a few months we will be hosting our second Victory Outreach International Africa Conference in our very own City - Cape Town, South Africa...
God is going great things here in our Church, but we can't get comfortable because there are more things that God wants to do.
How is this going to be made possible, through the giving of Gods people!!!
If we are going to accomplish what God has called us to do, then it is going to take a Church with a giving mentality. That is very important.
I wanted to encourage the Church this morning with this message about - there are benefits in giving to God.
Here is a true story:
Giving our Tithe
Charlie Page was a young man, broke, penniless and jobless. One day he stopped on the street to listen to a Salvation Army service.
When the tambourine was passed round for the collection, he told the girl who held it out before him that he would like to give something but had nothing himself, even for his food.
She gave him a dollar, saying, 'Take this: put ten cents in the offering, and hereafter give a tenth of all you get to God. Keep this up all your life, and you'll never be penniless again.' He did so, got a job, and began giving his tenth regularly.
By and by he became a millionaire, and gave much more than a tenth, building Hospitals and helping in many ways to carry on the work of the Lord.
See when you and I are faithful in our giving to God there are benefits.
1 - Giving draws us closer to God
How does giving draw us closer to God?
Well the Bible says "Where your treasure is there your heart will be also"
Wherever we put our money, that is where out heart is. If our money is in investments that is where our heart is, if our money is in our house that is where our heart is, if our money is in our career then that is where your heart is and if my money is in the house of the Lord then that is where my heart is.
See Money is like a magnet - where ever we put it, it tends to pull our hearts.
When I give money to God its like a magnet it pulls us closer to God.
So that means if my treasure or my finances is going to God, then my heart is getting closer to Him.
Every time we give - it draws us closer to God.
Giving is the nature and characteristic of God.
The Bible says in John 3:16 - For God so loved the world that He gave His One and Only Son. God gave His best because He loves you and I.
When we give we become more like God, God gave His best.
Giving also draws us closer to God because giving is an act of Worship and when you and I Worship God, it draws us closer to God.
Isn't that true.
Have you ever come to a service and you feel a little down, or you feel a little discouraged, or you feel a little far from God, but then you begin to sing and Worship Him and put your focus on Him the next thing you know you are feeling a little better.
Why because Worship draws us closer to God and just like singing is an act of worship, so is giving.
That is why we set aside a time to give unto the Lord - So we can worship God with our giving.
Just like we sing, we praise, we dance, we clap, and we sing worship songs. We also set aside a time to give, because Giving is an act of Worship.
Imagine - someone testifying after service this morning - I got my breakthrough during Tithes and Offerings.
Come On Somebody...
I don't know about you, but that has happened to me.