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09/23/12 – “The Sovereignty of God in Giving” III – The Mechanics of Increase

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September 23, 2012

 

The Sovereignty of God in Giving III

(The Mechanics of Increase)

 

Central Location

September 23, 2012

 

The Sovereignty of God in Giving III

(The Mechanics of Increase)

 

 

OPENING OBSERVATIONS

  1. The mechanics of increase are the internal operating systems that cause the process of prosperity to function.
  2. Giving is a covenant connector.  Your giving into the Kingdom of God connects you with the covenant of God to bless you and to use everything available to get you there.  There are no limitations with God (not even your enemies).
  3. The blessing is an empowerment from God upon the lives of believers to prosper (advancement and progression) regardless of the circumstances.
  4. Once the blessing is operating in your life, it is sorrow free (worry free, care free).  In other words, God does not attach worry with the blessing – Proverbs 10:22
  5. The system of God causes you to walk in the blessing sorrow free.  This is our inheritance in God.
  6. There is an intrinsic connection between the sovereign power of God and giving.

 

REVIEW

  1. God’s abundance in the lives of believers without restrictions or limitations:
    1. St. Luke 5:1-12
      1. Peter inherits a net breaking, boat sinking harvest [without sorrow] after he has toiled all night.
      2. After Peter gives [of his service] into Jesus’ ministry, the sovereignty of God fills Peter’s net with fish.
      3. God’s sovereignty will go to work on your poverty when you fulfill your giving requirements.
      4. Genesis 22:1-14
        1. Abram arrives at this place of a blessed state because of his giving.
        2. God waits to all natural possibilities are exhausted to reveal His sovereignty to Abram.
        3. God calls Abram’s giving worship.
        4. It’s critical that we give what God has instructed.  Abram gave to God Isaac not Ishmael.
        5. Giving is a test of the quality of your belief system and your faith in God’s sovereignty.
  2. Sovereign or sovereignty defined…
    1. God never being limited by the power of created beings or by the forces of the universe (God has no limits).
    2. Ecclesiastes 8:3-4
      1. Your obedience to the process of tithe, offering and first fruit entitles you to the power of God in your financial matters.
      2. Psalm 22:28
      3. Psalm 115:3
      4. Daniel 4:35
      5. I Chronicles 29:11
      6. Deuteronomy 8:18
        1. True wealth for the believer is the result of power – the sovereignty of God being demonstrated.
        2. You cut off the sovereign power to get wealth when you do not give.

 

INTRODUCTION

  1. Genesis 22:15-18
    1. Israel’s mighty prosperity was a result of Abram’s gift to God in the spiritual realm.  (verse 17-18)
    2. Tithe, offering and first fruit are spirit-lead giving.   They open up windows that are not natural.
    3. Abram’s gift paved the way for the miracles seen by the children of Israel.  When Abram offered up Isaac, heaven’s windows were opened.  (verse 17)
  2. God intentionally leads the children of Israel to the wilderness to display His sovereignty.
    1. God allows the odds to be stacked against Himself to show His sovereign power.
    2. There were no provisions for the children of Israel in the wilderness (only sun and sand because even the water was poisonous).
    3. In other words, there was no natural source of water to nourish the 3½ million people.
    4. 15 million gallons of water were needed each day to meet the basic needs of 3½ million people and their livestock.   That’s 100 million gallons of water in one week.   Yet God’s sovereign power supplies their need for 40 years.
    5. God will meet your need from the most unlikely place even if it means causing water to gush from a rock.
  3. Ephesians 1:17-23
    1. The true definition of God’s sovereignty is released in the lives of believers as they give.
    2. The doctrine of power is for those who believe.

© 2012 George Matthews Ministries