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God will provide and continue to provide the means to be generous.

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Proverbs 11:26 NKJV
The people will curse him who withholds grain, But blessing will be on the head of him who sells it.
Proverbs 11:24 NKJV
There is one who scatters, yet increases more; And there is one who withholds more than is right, But it leads to poverty.
Money Matters - Principles we have been learning
God is the owner of all and he has called us to be stewards
Money is a tool to be used not a God to be served.
Work is Gods means to provide us with Wealth.
If we want to be generous we must first be wise.
Get all you can, Save all you can, Give all you can. - John Wesley
Pop Quiz- What is the opposite?
Up - Down
Left - Right
Light - Dark
Happy - Sad
Generous- Stinginess
Today I want to consider the thought of Generosity, Specifically with our finances.
Proverbs 21:25–26 NKJV
The desire of the lazy man kills him, For his hands refuse to labor. He covets greedily all day long, But the righteous gives and does not spare.
Proverbs 2
God Expects His People to Be Generous -
Principle of the Tithe - 10%
Offerings & Gifts -
Support of Missions
Care for the Poor, Orphans, Widows
Use our Wealth to Leverage the Gospel
This is an area we are all to grow in.
Don’t confuse obedience with Sacrifice & Generosity
Know anyone who does the minimum?
When you think about someone who is generous what comes to your mind?
Sacrifice - Selfless - Compassionate - Parable of the Good Samaritan
Indulgent - Selfish - UnMoved -
Up - Down
Up - Down
Up - Down
Left - Right
Light - Dark
Proverbs 21:25–26 NKJV
The desire of the lazy man kills him, For his hands refuse to labor. He covets greedily all day long, But the righteous gives and does not spare.
Happy - Sad
Generous- Stinginess
Stinginess
Generosity
Proverbs 21:6 NKJV
Getting treasures by a lying tongue Is the fleeting fantasy of those who seek death.
Proverbs 21:26 NKJV
He covets greedily all day long, But the righteous gives and does not spare.
Proverbs 11:24 NKJV
There is one who scatters, yet increases more; And there is one who withholds more than is right, But it leads to poverty.

What does it mean to be Generous?

To be a blessing - to be of benefit to someone

How Should We Be Generous?

Open Handed
the virtue of being unattached to material possessions
Generosity is the language of Love, it knows no boundary of speech

Who Should be Generous?

Matthew 5:16 NKJV
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
Generosity will give your witness leverage.
“You have two hands. One to help yourself, the second to help others.”

Why should we be Generous?

Because God is Generous.
John 3:16 NKJV
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
Romans 5:8 NKJV
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

To whom should we be Generous?

2.
Ephesians 5:1–2 NKJV
Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.
1 John 3:15–17 NKJV
Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him. By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him?
1 John 3:16–17 NKJV
By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him?
1 john 3:
2. Because Generosity Shows the heart of God.
Ephesians 5:1–2 NKJV
Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.
1 John 3:17 NKJV
But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him?
Philippians 4:18–19 NKJV
Indeed I have all and abound. I am full, having received from Epaphroditus the things sent from you, a sweet-smelling aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well pleasing to God. And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
Luke 6:38 NKJV
Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”

How Can I be more Generous?

Malachi 3:10 NKJV
Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, That there may be food in My house, And try Me now in this,” Says the Lord of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven And pour out for you such blessing That there will not be room enough to receive it.
Starts with perspective. 2 Corinthians 9:6-14
Proverbs 3:9–10 NKJV
Honor the Lord with your possessions, And with the firstfruits of all your increase; So your barns will be filled with plenty, And your vats will overflow with new wine.

1. Realize that you Reap what you sow

2 Cor 9.
2 Corinthians 9:6 NKJV
But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.
Principles of Sowing and Reaping
You Reap what you Sow
You Reap More than You Sow
We Reap later than you sow
Sow Some Coin on the ground, one side sparingly - One side bountifully
Proverbs 11:24–25 NKJV
There is one who scatters, yet increases more; And there is one who withholds more than is right, But it leads to poverty. The generous soul will be made rich, And he who waters will also be watered himself.
Luke 6:38 NKJV
Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”

2. Realize Your Motivation Matters

2 Corinthians 9:7 NKJV
So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.
2 Corinthians 9:7 NKJV
So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.
I don't give to get, I don't Give to Impress, I Give because I want to be generous.
Discernment and seeking God
Intentional- Purposes in Heart
Do you have a plan to be generous? Set aside extra in order to be Generous?
A. Not Grudgingly - I don't want to
B. Not of Necessity - I have to
C. Joyfully - I Get To
Remember the Words of Jesus - It is better to Give than to Receive
Potential and Possibility that your Gift could go to.

3. Remember God Blesses Right Motives

2 Corinthians 9:8–9 NKJV
And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. As it is written: “He has dispersed abroad, He has given to the poor; His righteousness endures forever.”
God is Able to Make all Grace abound to you - God uses different means in order to bring blessing.
Matterialy Promotions, Unexpected Gifts, Longevity of use
Spirtually -sense of blessing, freedom from Greed, Rewards in heaven
Do you really believe God is Able?
Sufficiency for Needs
Abundance for Every Good Work. We are blessed to be a blessing
Proverbs 22:9 NKJV
He who has a generous eye will be blessed, For he gives of his bread to the poor.

4. God is able to Multiply & Re-Supply our Gifts.

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2 Corinthians 9:8 NKJV
And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.
2cor
2 Corinthians 9:10–11 NKJV
Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness, while you are enriched in everything for all liberality, which causes thanksgiving through us to God.
2 Corinthians 9:10–11 NKJV
Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness, while you are enriched in everything for all liberality, which causes thanksgiving through us to God.
Feeding of the Five Thousand - 5 loaves and 2 fish
2c
Multiply
Resupply
Praise
Philippians 4:18–19 NKJV
Indeed I have all and abound. I am full, having received from Epaphroditus the things sent from you, a sweet-smelling aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well pleasing to God. And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

The Affects of your Generosity

2 Corinthians 9:12–14 NKJV
For the administration of this service not only supplies the needs of the saints, but also is abounding through many thanksgivings to God, while, through the proof of this ministry, they glorify God for the obedience of your confession to the gospel of Christ, and for your liberal sharing with them and all men, and by their prayer for you, who long for you because of the exceeding grace of God in you.
It supplies the needs of others
It will lead to Gratitude toward God
It leads to God being Glorified through You
It provides opportunity for relationship
Psalm 119:36 NLT
Give me an eagerness for your laws rather than a love for money!
Proverbs 11:24–25 NKJV
There is one who scatters, yet increases more; And there is one who withholds more than is right, But it leads to poverty. The generous soul will be made rich, And he who waters will also be watered himself.
John 3:16 NKJV
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

Generosity is Gods universal language of Love.

Proverbs 22:9 NKJV
He who has a generous eye will be blessed, For he gives of his bread to the poor.
Acts 20:35 NKJV
I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ”
Proverbs 21:26 NLT
Some people are always greedy for more, but the godly love to give!
pr21.6
Proverbs 21:6 NKJV
Getting treasures by a lying tongue Is the fleeting fantasy of those who seek death.
r21.6
“You have two hands. One to help yourself, the second to help others.”
Do all the good you can, in all the ways you can, as long as ever you can.
John Wesley
Generous with our $ but also Generous with the Gospel
2 Corinthians 9:6–14 NKJV
But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. As it is written: “He has dispersed abroad, He has given to the poor; His righteousness endures forever.” Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness, while you are enriched in everything for all liberality, which causes thanksgiving through us to God. For the administration of this service not only supplies the needs of the saints, but also is abounding through many thanksgivings to God, while, through the proof of this ministry, they glorify God for the obedience of your confession to the gospel of Christ, and for your liberal sharing with them and all men, and by their prayer for you, who long for you because of the exceeding grace of God in you.
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