Giving and prospering go hand-in-hand. No doubt about it, giving is one of the key principles that can begin to manifest increase, once it is put into action. Yet when we are struggling with lack, giving is the last thing most folks want to do or even consider doing.
I’ll confess, I too had a hard time believing
that I would receive if I gave (especially financially).
When I first started tithing I was a single parent
of two, receiving no child support and always
running short every month trying to pay my bills.
I decided to give tithing a “try” but I really didn’t understand how it would be possible in my circumstances.
Now, I could go on to share a lot of details here about my own personal story, but I’ll just leave it at: GOD’s WORD is True! When He says give and it shall be given back to you in good measure – He is not kidding!
“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
— Luke 6:38 NIV
Stories of Giving and Prospering
I have read and heard many stories of people who have struggled with lack, and then managed to turned things around after applying the giving principle. Today I’ve decided to share some of those stories in order to provide some hope and encouragement.
Paul, a husband and father, was attending a church service in which a special offering was being collected for a Haiti missions program. His heart said give, but his mind was thinking about his shrinking bank balance, his current financial struggles, and the needs of his own family. To give or not to give? Paul was torn between giving money or not, but decided to give the $100 that was impressed on his heart to give. He thanked God for the opportunity to give and asked God to use his gift to bless those in need. He also thanked God for always providing for the needs of his own family.
Paul went to work on Monday and received a promotion and pay increase worth many times the offering he gave the day before!
Sharon was making minimum wage and having a hard time just paying her rent and other basic living expenses. She had committed years earlier to tithe. Sharon had consistently tithed until about a year earlier, when at some point her giving became random. Her heart was feeling heavy about not tithing and she asked God to help her as she recommitted to cheerfully and consistently tithing. She wrote a check and gave her tithe that Sunday during service.
Sharon’s mom handed her a card after service. (Prior to service, another lady at church had asked her mom to give it to Sharon and she almost forgot to pass it on.) Sharon opened the card and inside was $50 – more than double what she had just given.
I hear a lot of giving testimonials, directly or indirectly, by attending church. However, I also hear many stories of giving and prospering from individuals outside of church, and even non-Christians. Consider even some well known individuals through-out history…
John D. Rockefeller, one of the world’s wealthiest men, was said to have given away $550 million dollars in his lifetime! He wrote to his son in 1924 and explained his practice of giving away money…
“…in the beginning of getting money, away back in my childhood, I began giving it away, and continued increasing the gifts as the income increased…”
Notice he gave more as he received more?
Bob, an author, always believed giving was a scheme to get him to give money to the person who was telling him to give. So if he did ever give, it was like a miser. And of course his little giving resulted in little return.
One day Bob decided to test the theory of giving and he wrote a check to a speaker who had provided him with a lot of instruction and encouragement. Instead of the typical $5 he would normally give when he was in his scarcity and fear mode, he nervously and excitedly gave the largest single contribution he had ever given – $1,000.
The instructor was so surprised when he got the check that he called Bob personally to thank him. Bob said it made him feel like a million bucks! Then things began to happen…he got a call from someone asking him to co-author a book, and a foreign publisher wanted to buy translation rights and offered many times what Bob had given to the instructor as a gift!
Bob said that when he gave the large check, he sent himself a message that he was prosperous and in the flow.
Lack Equals Blockage – Giving Equals Flow
I’ve heard it over and over, in many different ways, from many different people…
If you have a lack of any kind: employment, money, friends, love, patience, joy, etc., then something is blocking the flow in your life. There is an abundance of all that you have need of in life and the best way to get it flowing into your life is to give!
“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatever a man sows, that shall he also reap.”
— Galatians 6:7
Christians should have a lifestyle of giving and be an example to others. We have been given so much and have so much to be thankful for.
Bottom line: Giving leads to receiving. The more you sow the more you reap – so make sure you are sowing what you want to reap. Begin to give to unblock any areas of lack and allow the abundant flow of giving and prospering into your life!
May you be a cheerful giver and enjoy a life of growing prosperity!
Be Blessed to Be a Blessing –
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Growing Prosperity: 18 Financial Stewardship Principles
Our main goal, here at Growing Prosperity,
is to provide resources that will help
empower you to live a prosperous life.
And when it comes to financial prosperity,
stewardship is key.
Today I want to point you toward a helpful
article by Christian author, Tom Blubaugh.
While Tom was doing financial planning with a couple,
he shared some biblical wisdom for dealing with money
and he lays out 18 powerful financial principles.
You can find his complete article here.
You work hard to earn your money. Why let it slip through your fingers? Why not learn to be a good steward and manage, save, invest, budget, and spend wisely? God wants us to be wise stewards and He has provided us with instructions on how to do just that.
“Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.”
— Luke 16:10 NIV
18 Financial Stewardship Principles:
The powerful financial principles Tom shares are briefly mentioned below…
1. Pay yourself a minimum of 10% of your gross income. Start a…
2. Analyze your previous twelve months spending. This will be…
3. A budget is an operating plan. It is not…
4. Plan for recurring expenses. When you…
5. Debt reduction. List all of your debts…
6. Never eliminate a payment from your budget. When a…
7. Become your own banker. This is a result of…
8. Buy interest free as much as possible…
9. Use community tools…
10. Plan purchases. This will…
11. Get the best price…
12. Tax wise investing. An Ira, a 401k, a 403b are…
13. Transportation costs…
14. Pay off loans early the easy way. Let’s say you…
15. Offset inflation by increasing your savings/investments by the…
16. Don’t spend any change. Put it in…
17. Sell, trade, or barter any item you are not using…
18. When buying a car or any other product you are financing, never…
(read complete article here)
Go now and read the details Tom Blubaugh has written for these 18 financial stewardship principles here. You are sure to gather insights, wisdom, and tips to becoming a better steward over the money you manage. You may even want to bookmark this resource for future reference.
“His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.”
— Matthew 25:23
May you be a wise financial steward and live a life of growing prosperity!
Be Blessed to Be a Blessing –
p.s. Looking for a great adventure novel to read?
Then you’ll want to check out Tom Blubaugh’s “Night of the Cossack” at Amazon…
The Greatest Growing Prosperity Secret of All Time – Giving!
The Secret of Growing Prosperity
God set it all up.
Created the whole universe.
Freely gave abundantly.
Freely gave abundantly, exceedingly – a never-ending, ever-flowing, overflowing supply.
God set the example of giving. We should be following His example. But do we?
It has been said that “the secret to prosperity is giving.”
I find this statement rather humorous. Why? Well, first because I just don’t understand how the principle of giving can be considered a secret. God makes it very clear and obvious that he wants us to give. So it is not really a secret.
“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.”
— Luke 6:38
“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man sows, that shall he also reap.”
— Galatians 6:7
The above are only two examples of the giving principle. All throughout God’s Word, from Genesis to Revelation, God shares with us the power of giving. It is not information that has been hidden…it is written, taught and made available for anyone willing to see it and hear it – and activate it in their lives.
So know this: If the powerful principle of giving seems to have been a “secret” to you, it is not because information has been kept from you, it is only because you have chosen to ignore it or simply not tune into it and accept it.
Growing Prosperity Secret or Mystery
The other reason I find humor in the statement: “the secret to prosperity is giving,” is the fact that it seems to contradict itself. It appears to be more of a mystery than a secret. How can a person prosper by giving? It would seem that in order to increase one would need be getting not giving…
But again I repeat: “Do Not be fooled – GOD will NOT be mocked – whatever a man sows, that he will reap!”
Growing prosperity is an ongoing process of sowing and reaping; giving and receiving. There is no better example than that of a farmer. If he wants to reap a harvest he has to sow seed. The measure he sows is the measure he’ll reap. The type of seed he sows is the type of harvest he’ll reap; sow corn, reap corn.
- Give money – receive money.
- Give love – receive love.
- Give compassion – receive compassion.
- Give encouragement – receive encouragement.
- Give thanks – receive thanks.
- Give loyalty – receive loyalty.
- Give a lot – receive a lot.
- Give a little – receive a little.
- Give hatred – receive hatred.
- Give discouragement – receive discouragement.
And on, and on, and on it goes… I think you get the point.
Giving, as a way of life, should be a given for Christian believers. Why? Because having freely received we should have a heart to freely give. “Freely ye have received, freely give.” (Matthew 10:8)
Blessed to Be a Blessing
When we give, we reap the joy of sharing! Jesus himself said: “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” (Acts 20:35) We are blessed to be a blessing!
When God prospers and blesses us, it is so that we can turn around and repeat the process by giving and blessing others. You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and so that your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. (2 Corinthians 9:10-11)
“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
Give abundantly, give wisely, and give with a cheerful heart. “God loves a cheerful giver.” (2 Corinthians 9:7) Let the “secret” of giving bless you with an abundance of peace, joy and prosperity in your life.
Growing Prosperity: Keep in mind, God set it all up. He is not only the God of the universe – He is the God that created the universe. What more can be said? His creation, His plan – what a beautiful thing! Don’t keep it a secret…pass it on.
May you always abundantly give with a cheerful heart and live a life of growing prosperity!
Be Blessed to Be a Blessing –
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Growing Prosperity: Focus on Being A Blessing!
The Power of Flowing Prosperity
manifestation of God’s abundance in our lives.
God desires that we prosper and
He is pleased when His blessings are
flowing through our lives.
A key here is “flowing through.”
Prosperity doesn’t come into our lives only to bless us personally. The reason we are blessed is to be a blessing. The prosperity that comes into our lives is meant to be shared and flow through our lives to bless others.
You see, when the prosperity stops with “me,” it also stops growing. In order to get, we have to give. The “miracle” happens when the heart of our focus is upward and outward and we purpose to make our lives a blessing to God and others.
A DESTRUCTIVE FOCUS
Sadly, the main focus in today’s society is on self. The majority of people are primarily concerned about how they will benefit themselves and how their own lives will improve. Masses of people are self absorbed and have an attitude of “What’s in it for me?”
The catch here is that these people are, usually unknowingly, participating in self-destructive behavior. This self-focus hinders prosperity and at the same time encourages poverty and lack.
The good news is that we have the option to change our focus, and change our future. We can choose to adjust our focus and begin to see growing prosperity in all areas of our lives.
A POSITIVE FOCUS – BE A BLESSING
Powerful forces are unleashed when we focus on the positive, and focus on being a blessing. And keep in mind: this is not in reference to the financial realm only, but all areas of life; spiritually, physically, and financially.
The following areas of focus are meant to help give some insight and direction in keeping a positive focus:
Focus on GIVING – Not Getting
God gave so we can give. None of the gifts and blessings we receive should be self absorbed. Nothing we have is meant to be hoarded. We are told to be good stewards over all that has been given to us. Giving and sharing is a basic elementary principle. We are blessed to be a blessing. And the great thing is, when we give we receive and prosperity continues to flow through our lives.
“Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over.”
— Luke 6:38
Focus on Serving Others
God gave us family and friends, and our relationships come with the responsibility to help one another. Of course we all have needs, but the trouble starts when we put our focus on our own personal needs not being met. Soon frustration, bitterness, and anger creeps in because of what another person is not doing. But our focus needs to be on “What can I do to help meet their need?” and not on what they can do to meet mine.
Initially this doesn’t seem to make sense and you’re probably asking “How then will my needs get met?” Well the first thing to keep in mind is that we can’t change another person, we can only change ourselves. And when we focus on meeting the needs of others, our lives have purpose, our love grows, our trust in God grows, and ironically we find our greatest needs met.
When our focus is on meeting the needs of others and trusting God to meet ours, we also live with a great sense of peace.
“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
— Philippians 4:6-7
Focus on Living Life with a Positive Purpose
Life is short. We should live with a purpose to be positive, godly examples and good stewards over the time we are given. It is important to be a life-long student and teacher; always learning and always passing on that knowledge. Ultimately, teaching others how to teach.
“That the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children.”
— Psalm 78:6
Empower your communication with purpose and be a blessing in words. Much of our communication today lacks power because it lacks purpose.
Focus on Love
Live life with a purpose to do all things in love. Let love be a primary focus and measure of giving. Remember, God so loved that He gave. God gave first – let us focus on His example of abundant loving and giving, and follow it.
Bottom line: Focus on being a blessing and unleash powerful forces in your life! Be generous, serve, purpose to empower others, and love abundantly. Turn your focus upward and outward. Always allow your blessings to flow through your life and you’ll continue to experience an ever-increasing manifestation of God’s abundance.
May you be blessed to be a blessing and live a life of growing prosperity!
God bless you always –
Prosperity Minded – 6 Conflicting Thoughts Battle For Your Success and Failure
Prosperity Minded Leads to a Life of Success!
Successful people train their minds to
think success and see themselves
attaining their goals.
They understand the power of their thoughts,
attitudes, and beliefs and use them as tools to become successful.
So, become prosperity minded and become successful. Sounds easy, right? Wrong!
The problem? Success doesn’t come easy because thoughts and attitudes of failure bombard us daily. Take a look at these six conflicting thoughts, attitudes, and beliefs that battle daily for our success and failure.
6 Conflicting Thoughts That Battle For Your Success and Failure:
CONFIDENCE vs WORTHLESSNESS
Success says, “You are confident and you can do whatever it takes to succeed and prosper.”
Confident people see themselves as being able to overcome any challenges on the road to success. Their confident attitude empowers them to move forward with a vision of success and the ability to rise up and take on any task at hand.
“For the LORD shall be your confidence, and shall keep your foot from being snared.”
— Proverbs 3:26
On the other hand, failure says, “You are worthless, you don’t have what it takes to succeed, and nobody else believes in you either.”
Those who lack confidence and struggle with feelings of worthlessness, are filled with thoughts of assumed failure. They are sure no one else believes in them and they in turn take on the same belief and lack the confidence needed to stay motivated toward success.
DETERMINATION vs DEFEAT
Determination says, “You are committed to the end, no giving up.”
Determined people are prosperity minded and the motivation to succeed seems to emerge naturally from the depths of their heart and soul. Tell the determined person they can’t, and it only fuels their determination to show you they can.
“But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
— 1 Corinthians 15:57
Now, on the other hand, defeat says, “You are sure to fail and make a fool of yourself, like you always do, why even bother trying.”
People that live with a spirit of defeat seldom accomplish anything meaningful because they avoid all situations that might result in failure. Thoughts of failure overtake their mind so much so that they rarely make goals toward success, let alone take steps to achieve them. They constantly create excuses why they should not even try.
FAITH vs FEAR
Faith says, “You trust in God and His great power to guide your daily choices toward success. Your future is bright.”
People with strong faith believe they can achieve their goals, and they aren’t afraid to take risks because they trust in God to direct them and help them on their road to success and prosperity. Wrong turns and set backs on the way, do not shake them up, because they have faith that God will work things out and that He is ultimately in control.
“Jesus said unto him, ‘If you can believe, all things are possible to him that believes.’”
— Mark 9:23
Fear says, “You always have bad luck, you have no control, and something bad is sure to happen. You are destined to fail.”
Those who live with a spirit of fear have a mind full of negative thoughts of worry, lack, tragedy, no control, no options, and blame toward others and situations. They avoid risks at all costs to avoid any embarrassment of failure. They feel stuck and they have no faith in themselves or God to make choices and do what it takes to succeed.
Take Control – Prosperity Minded
Success has no limits for those who are prosperity minded and get control of their thoughts, attitudes and beliefs. A prosperity minded person who defines his or her goals based on God’s Word will find they begin to soar to new levels in all areas of life, including; relationships, spirituality, finances, and career.
“I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.”
— Philippians 4:13
Your goal now? Train yourself to have an abundance of success attitudes, thoughts, and beliefs. Let the Lord be your confidence. Give thanks to God who gives us victory through Jesus Christ. Have faith in God. Believe in yourself and know you can do all things through Christ. Think success – be prosperity minded.
May you be prosperity minded, strive for success, and live a life of growing prosperity!
Be Blessed to Be a Blessing!
Growing Prosperity – The Power of Believing and Receiving Manifests Abundance!
Dare to Believe and Activate Your Faith
this is true to a great degree.
Because we must first believe in something
if we want to receive and manifest
the abundance of it into our lives.
“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”
— Mark 11:24
BELIEVING AND RECEIVING
When we believe, we accept the truth, existence, reliability, or value of something; we also put our confidence, faith, and trust in that thing.
Receiving is very similar in its definition. When we receive, we grab or take hold of something (physically or mentally); we take it into the mind and accept it as true.
So whether you are believing or receiving, you are taking hold of and accepting something. Believing something in the spiritual realm is receiving it into the heart. If we need a physical manifestation, it will come after we believe.
“If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”
— Jesus Christ, Mark 9:23
The world tells us to believe it when we see it. However, when we operate by God’s principles, we must learn to believe first, and then we will manifest in the natural what we have already believed and received in our heart.
POWER TO MANIFEST ABUNDANCE
Faith is a noun; it is the evidence of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1) Believe is the verb form of faith, so believing is faith in action. Faith holds a powerful force just waiting to be used.
Believing is the process of receiving and manifesting the reality of our hopes into our lives. Believing also requires actions that reflect what we believe. For Christians, faith in action is believing and obeying the Word of God. Christians are called believers for a reason – they believe.
Faith is God’s reality, and believing is putting action to that reality and tapping into the abundance of God.
If, for example, we have faith in God’s promise to prosper the works of our hands (Deuteronomy 28: 1,8) then we believe that promise is already ours and we act accordingly…
We hold fast the vision of prosperity in our heart and receive it in the natural by acting according to God’s principles of prosperity. We do not go around saying “I’m always broke, I’ll never get ahead so there’s no use trying.” Instead, we get our thoughts, words, and actions in line with God’s, because believing makes the power of God a reality in our lives.
Jesus asks us in John 11:40, “Did I not tell you and promise you that if you would believe and rely on Me, you would see the glory of God?”
If we choose to believe it is possible, God’s glory can be manifested in us and on us. But we must have faith in God. (Mark 11:22)
Why let your faith go to waste? God is searching for those who will believe and receive. Why not start expecting more of His glory in your life? God is waiting to manifest His glory to you and through you. His desire is that you be blessed to be a blessing. And there is no greater abundance to manifest and share than the abundance of God!
May your faith grow strong as you believe and receive an abundant life of growing prosperity!
Be Blessed to Be a Blessing!
Growing Prosperity: Can Giving Be The Secret to Abundant and Joyful Living?
Discover the Giving Secret
The secret in the growing prosperity equation is giving.
Giving maintains a generous heart.
A generous heart is the heart of God;
and those with a generous spirit are blessed with
an abundance of peace and joy.
“God loves a cheerful giver.”
— 2 Corinthians 9:7
Generosity, as a way of life, should be a given for Christian believers. Why? Because having freely received we should have a heart to freely give. (Matthew 10:8) Generous giving should not be a religious duty, but a joyful response to God’s saving grace.
“He that spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?”
— Romans 8:32
We should have an attitude of joy when giving, knowing the gracious gift the Lord has given us.
Give generously to him and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to. (Deuteronomy 15:10)
Giving Is The Cure For Greed
Greed hardens the heart and takes one’s eyes off the Lord and puts it on money and possessions. This ultimately leads to unhappiness and self-destruction.
Giving allows a person to choose where they want their heart to be. Your heart follows your money. Why not let your heart be involved in godly and good things?
“Where your treasure is, their will your heart be also.”
— Luke 12:34
We are warned by Paul, in 1 Timothy 6:17-19, not to be arrogant and put hope in wealth, which is uncertain, but to put our hope in God. It is God who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. We are told do good and be generous and willing to share. This will not only lay up treasures in heaven, but let us take hold of the life that is truly life.
Give Abundantly – Reap Abundantly
Giving and receiving go hand-in-hand. Giving opens the door to receiving. When we give generously and abundantly we reap abundantly.
- Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. (2 Corinthians 9:6-9)
- Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. (Luke 6:38)
- There is one who scatters, yet increases more…The generous soul will be made rich, And he who waters will also be watered himself. (Proverbs 11: 24-25)
- He who is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward him for what he has done. (Proverbs 19:17)
When we give, we reap the joy of sharing! Jesus himself said: “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” (Acts 20:35)
Blessed To Be A Blessing
When God prospers and blesses us, it is so that we can in turn be a blessing and give to others.
“I will bless you… and you will be a blessing.”
— Genesis 12:2
You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and so that your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. (2 Corinthians 9:10-11)
God not only allows us to enjoy our blessings, but He wants us to enjoy them. But remember, the main reason God blesses us is so that we may be a blessing to others. You will be amazed how much God will bless you if you are simply willing to be a channel of blessings for others.
Bottom line: Give. Give a little or give a lot as you are able. Give wisely and with a cheerful heart. Let the secret of giving bless you with an abundance of peace and joy in your life.
May God continue to bless you as you continue to be a blessing to others and abound in growing prosperity!
Be Blessed to Be a Blessing –
Tithe Rap Video – A Fun Look at the Important Principle of Tithing!
Tithe Rap Video
Here is a fun video that takes a look at the important principle of tithing.
As Christians we are often way to serious, and we have to remind ourselves to lighten up and have a good laugh once in awhile!
“God loves a cheerful giver.”
— 2 Corinthians 9:7
“Bring all the tithes into the storehouse…and prove me now, saith the Lord, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.”
— Malachi 3:10
Enjoy this video and Have a Blessed Day!
P.S. If you are looking for an excellent resource on tithing, you’ll want to check out “The Path To Wealth.”