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08/15/2010 – “Grace in Giving” III – No More Lack B

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Psalm 65:11 Thou crownest the year with thy goodness; and thy paths drop fatness.

UNDERSTANDING THE GRACE OF GOD FOR ABUNDANT LIVING

Grace in Giving III
(“No More Lack” B)
August 15, 2010

FOUNDATIONAL TEXTS
A.
 I Peter 4:10, The Amplified Bible
  1. Grace is a special talent and endowment from God that is given to every believer.
  2. Every believer must learn how to appropriate the many facets of grace.
  3. Saving grace is only one side to grace.
     a. Ephesians 2:8
        1. After salvation, your life has many sides and there is a side of grace equal to your life’s task.
        2. Just as that is true, there is also a grace that comes in giving that activates harvest.
     b. Romans 10:8-10
        1. To receive Jesus as Lord, you had to do two things: 1) believe the Word and 2) confess the Word believed.
     c. Colossians 2:6
        1. The same pattern used to receive Jesus in salvation is the same pattern that you will use to receive the promises of God as you walk out your life’s assignment.
        2. Everything you receive from the Lord must be divinely activated by the same process: 1) believing and 2) confessing.
        3. What do you say? You say the same word as God.
 
B.
 I Corinthians 3:10, The Amplified Bible

C.
 Galatians 2:21, The Amplified Bible
  1. Your treatment of the grace gift dictates the degree you will receive from the Lord.
  2. Grace is God’s advantage for every challenge you face in life, but can be frustrated based on how you esteem the gift.

• The system of God is learned by studying the examples and patterns in the Bible through your local church and personal study time.
  1. Romans 15:4
     a. God is a God of “extremes”; therefore, you must hear the Word on a different level to expand your capacity to believe.
     b. The ability to transform your life comes when you are able to imagine yourself in the context of the Bible.

I. Grace in giving activates a financial advantage.
A.
 An example of benevolence in I Chronicles 29:1-14, 21-22
  1. I Chronicles 29:1-5
     a. A key to financial breakthrough is to set your affections on the things of God, not your circumstances. [Affection defined…to observe, to direct your attention to]. (verse 3)
     b. David gives millions$ to the building of the house of God in verses in 3-5.
       1. David’s gift, by today’s standards, translates to: in gold – $87,255,000; in silver – $13,440,000; total gift in gold and silver is $100,695,000.
       2. The grace of God on David’s life transforms him from a broke shepherd to a multiplied millionaire, enabling him to give millions from his personal treasury to the building of the house of the Lord.
  2. I Chronicles 1:6-8
      a. The leaders also give willingly to the building of the house of the Lord in verses 7-8.
          1. The leader’s gifts, by today’s standards, translate to: $166,864,320,000.
          2. The people are able to give billions$ through the transference of David’s grace. (Philippians 1:7)
  3. I Chronicles 1:9-14, 21-22
     a. Another key to financial breakthrough is allowing God the latitude to speak to you about spontaneous giving.  This gives God a lane to increase the source that was given. (St. Mark 6)
[Willingly defined…to present spontaneously]. (verse 9)
    b. Everything we give God is already His.  In other words, we are only stewards of the wealth we amass while on the earth. (verses 10-14)
    c. The next level of willing givers to the building of the house of the Lord is the people in verses 21-22.
        1. The people’s gift, by today’s standards, translates to: $386,900.
        2. The people offered sacrifices because they did not have the superfluous means of the king and the leaders.
        3. We may not give equal gifts as it relates to our tithe and offerings; the equity or equality is in our commitment to the 10% (tithe) and to spontaneous giving (offerings).

B.
 The grace in giving brings believers to the place of “no more lack”.
[Lack defined…deficiency, destitute and needy]
1. Acts 4:32-34
2. Deuteronomy 2:7
3. Deuteronomy 8:6-9
4. Psalm 34:10
5. I Kings 4:27
6. Nehemiah 9:21
7. St. Luke 22:35

 

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