Godly Math

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Today's reading: Proverbs 11:24

"One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want" (Proverbs 11:24).

At first glance, Proverbs 11:24 doesn't seem logical. And it isn't if all you're taking into consideration is the math. But when you add God into the equation, it changes everything.

The truth of the matter is that God is the owner of everything. We are simply stewards of His possessions. So when we willingly and freely give back to God out of what we've been given by God, it pleases God and He blesses us. And that blessing can come in a variety of ways--sometimes financial, other times through a sense of peace in a difficult time or us seeing a life changed for eternity as a result of what we've given, and of course, through a joyful attitude and heart. Part of loving God is giving back to Him (giving at church, giving to ministries, supporting missions, helping people in need in our community), and when we choose to give back, we will be a "richer" person in and for God.

How has your giving blessed someone else (think of a specific example)? What impact does giving back to God have on you (attitude, mood, mindset)? How has giving back to God made you a "richer" person in and for Him? Tami

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Thanks for these very insightful questions that I have never addressed even though I wanted and enjoyed giving to the Lord.

God's math, because God is behind it, is about exponential blessings or supernatural favor which I like that better because the word blessing has become overused and has lost its meaning even among Christians.

The disciples were not professionals. They had supernatural giftedness! When we use our supernatural and spiritual giftedness for God's glory to reach out to others, even professionals in the area of our giftedness, even they will be touched and will at least take note that we have been with Someone with even greater authority even if our background doesn't match up with theirs.

That will in God's exponential growth math because when we ALL go out and tell our stories of how God has worked in our lives and do it unflinchingly and unwaveringly, showing by our example how it's to be done, the church will grow exponentially.

What's the greatest blessing we can receive? To hear God's voice saying, "Well done, good and faithful servant!" And if this scenario would be carried out, I can well imagine God's mouth being spread into a supernaturally large grin as He said that.

What is our heart dealing centered on? God or the things of this world? We need to eat and live and support our families, but that's not all there is to life. God wants to supernaturally favor us and we can only receive that be having a mindset that we are joint heirs with Jesus which means, according to Romans 8, that God has wonderful blessings in store for us IF we accept them.

I have had the opportunity to help others and it sure feels good. I know that in God's design, what goes around comes around, although we aren't supposed to help others just to get something in return. That ISN'T God's design. 1 Corinthians 13 makes that abundantly clear.

I've had the opportunity to help others spiritually, financially, and physically. It doesn't matter what it is, doing it with the attitude that it is in order to build the Lord's Kingdom, then the richness and riches start with a joyful heart. The joy increases exponentially when I see those who I've helped also then, in turn, help others. That's part of the exponential part of God's plan to enrich us and to bless us.

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