Giving and Receiving – By Nate Carter

Pastor Nate Carter

How do you give with joy, when you’ve been giving to the same ministry for years? There’s only one way. You must give as unto the Lord. That means you don’t give to that ministry, you give through that ministry and unto Him. If you keep Jesus clearly in view when it’s time to give, you will always experience joy.

Expect to receive. Most of us have not been taught that, and some of us have a hard time trying to come to terms with it. But it’s clearly the teaching of the Scriptures. Listen: “God is able to make it up to you by giving you everything you need and more so that there will not only be enough for your own needs, but plenty left over to give joyfully to others” (2 Corinthians 9:8, TLB). When God gives you extra, it’s not for hoarding but for sowing into the lives of others. By doing this, you live a lifestyle of sowing and reaping. By the way, the Bible says that God “supplies seed to the sower” (2 Corinthians 9:10, NKJV). Are you a sower?

When you can answer “yes” to this question, you can expect to live and walk in the blessing of God’s provision.