Open Heaven 25 October 2020 Saturday – GIVING THAT PLEASES GOD II

Open Heaven 25 October 2020 Memorise: Everyman according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. 2nd Corinthians 9:7

Read: Matthew 6:1-4 Open Heaven 25 October 2020

1 Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.

2 Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

3 But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth:

4 That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.

Open Heaven 25 October 2020

Bible in one year: Luke 10-11, John 10:22-42

Hymnal: Sing hymn 3

Message: – Open Heaven 25 October 2020 Saturday Daily Devotional

In assessing our offering, God looks at the motive of the giver. If anyone gives to God for the wrong reasons, He will not accept, let alone reward such giving.

“Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 6:1

No matter how large, offering ill-gotten wealth to God can incur His wrath. God frowns at people who try to clear their guilt by tithing from stolen funds. He hates sin and anything given by a sinner. Proverbs 15:8 says:

“The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord: but the prayer of the upright is His delight.”

Open Heaven 25 October 2020 Saturday

God taught me a lesson on my way back from Ilorin, Nigeria where I had gone to preach some time ago. I had refilled my car unknowingly with adulterated fuel and it wouldn’t start. While a mechanic was trying to fix it. The Lord taught me a lesson from that experience. He told me “I can’t accept offerings from many people because their gifts are a mix of clean and unclean sources.” If you add money made from shady means to those from clean sources and then give to God, the dirty money in the mix will contaminate the entire offering and make it unacceptable.

God is displeased with any offering given grudgingly; He will reject such. However, He loves cheerful givers (2nd Corinthians 9:7). Sometimes ago, I was at a service in another denomination. While the programme lasted, I grew tired of the numerous offerings we were asked to give so much that when they called for another donation, I angrily dipped my hand in my pocket to give. Then God said “Keep your money, I am not a beggar.” I immediately realised my mistake, asked for forgiveness and cheered myself up internally before giving the offering.

Please God with your offering; give cheerfully.

Key Point: – Open Heaven 25 October 2020

Don’t give God anything grudgingly; He will reject it.

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