“You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God” (2 Cor 9:11)
This evening I received this note from a sister in the church:
“Merry Christmas, Malia! For a long time now I have been praying to God for financial blessings in my home. I became tired thinking my prayers were not heard. But when I read your article ‘Talk to Jesus” it brought hope to me. I was encouraged to still trust God and to continue to pray. I am trusting God for supernatural breakthrough in 2017. As I was praying for finances I thought the Holy Spirit said to me to be generous to others who have greater needs. Initially it was hard for me to think about giving to others from the little I have. But then, I decided to obey the voice in my heart. I sent for a lady to come so I can give her a message. When she came I decided on the spot to surprise her. I give her one shirt that someone bought for my son (but my son already has one like that). Malia you need to see the happiness on her face. Then I also gave her small rice, some tomato and very small cash. She left thanking God and me. I told her to just thank God who provided the gifts and the joy. Me too I am thanking God because in this state I am now He has helped me to put smiles on some people’s faces. I started the day sad thinking that this Christmas is poor. But now, at evening time, I am grateful to be alive and to be called a Christian. I feel so much better. In fact, I feel rich! Like you used to say: ‘My liver is smiling…’ Love you Ma”
This is a good example of the way the Holy Spirit breaks the bondage of greed, self-pity and fear. To be generous is not a natural gift. We are born stingy and selfish. True generosity is a gift of the Holy Spirit. It is a lesson we need to learn again and again. You do not need to be rich to enroll in the school of practicing generosity. Any time is good enough, even when you think that you are too poor. When you pray for a financial breakthrough, the Holy Spirit may tell you to invest in the work of God, in your church or in the lives of others who are needier than you. It is like Isaac planting seeds during famine. God blessed his faith and he reaped a hundredfold that same year. That was a miraculous great and quick harvest (Gen 26). God encourages faith and generosity! You take risk with God, and He will bless you more than you imagine!
I want to encourage you, child of God! You have been praying for greater finances, a better job or business. Then God sends you someone that you should help. Do not be afraid to share. Break the hold Mammon has on your mind! Fear not! You shall not die poor! The devil is a liar! God is in control of your life and your finances! Once you are a child of God, you can never lose! Learn to be content and generous in all situations! Give God all the glory! Weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning! Let your faith increase! Be a blessing to God and to His people! God is a God of miracles! Things change from day to day (sorry, from moment to moment)! Little is much when God is inside! May your liver smile! In Jesus name, amen!