A Heart of Generosity

February 5th, 2010

THE BLESSED LIFE — 1  A HEART OF GENEROSITY   (Adapted form Craig Groeschel)

It is more blessed to give than to receive. Acts 20:35

 

THE KEY TO THE BLESSED LIFE IS A HEART OF GENEROSITY.

Proverbs 11:24-25
24 One man gives freely, (You would think he would have less.) yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, (But instead of having more, which is the logical assumption.) but comes to poverty.

25 A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.

2 Corinthians 9:6-8, 11

6 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.

7 Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

8 And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work

11 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.

 

THREE MINDSETS

1)  THE BAG: NOT ENOUGH

Hag 1:6 …You eat, but do not have enough; You drink, but you are not filled with drink; You clothe yourselves, but no one is warm; And he who earns wages, earns wages to put into a bag with holes. NKJV

· Judas had a bag mindset.  Mark 14:3-4, 10

· People do the same thing today.  The Bible says the tithe belongs go God.  It is returning to God the 10%. People don’t do that today because they are more concerned with what’s in the bag than they are with obeying and honoring God. I would love to give, but the bag has holes in it. I would love to give, but things are tight, the economy is bad. I’m still paying for Christmas. We would love to give, but we can’t because we got college coming up for the kids.

2)  THE BASKET: MORE THAN ENOUGH

Deut 28:4-6

4 The fruit of your womb will be blessed, and the crops of your land and the young of your livestock…5 Your basket and your kneading trough will be blessed. 6 You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out.

· Jesus gave an interesting teaching on the basket one time in Luke 6:38  Give, and it will be given to you. (Proverbs 11:24-25 One man gives freely, yet gains even more) 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." (NIV)

· A little boy with a Basket Mindset.  He had a lunch basket.

John 6:9  "Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?" (NIV)

3)  THE BARN: INFINITELY MORE THAN ENOUGH.

Deut 28:8 The Lord will send a blessing on your barns and on everything you put your hand to

· Joseph was faithful with the bag, and God gave him the barn.

 

HOW MUCH CAN GOD BLESS YOU?

· Are you going to be a bag person who never has enough?

· Are you going to be a basket person, a funnel who is blessing others out of your overflow?

· Are you going to be a person of such great faith that you say, “You know what, this stuff isn’t for me. I will give generously and will have a barn mindset.”

Luke 16:10-11  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. 11 So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches?

Proverbs 3:9-10 Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; 10 then your barns will be filled to overflowing

Luke 12:16-19  And he told them this parable: "The ground of a certain rich man produced a good crop. 17 He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’ 18 "Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 19 And I’ll say to myself, "You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry." ‘

Luke 12:20-21  "But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’ 21 "This is how it will be with anyone who stores up things for himself but is not rich toward God."

This was a guy who had barn blessings with a bag mindset.

And may I say very respectfully, that is most of us. We have barn blessings with bag mindsets.

 

We have barn blessings with bag mindsets.

TALK IT OVER

  • Share some of the blessings in your life.  How aware of God’s blessing are you on a day-to-day basis?
  • Describe your generosity mindset.  How is this the key to how blessed your life feels?
  • Share the part of the message that spoke the most to you personally.  What steps will you take this week to act on how God is leading you?
  • Find more Talk It Over resources online.  Watch the Talk It Over video or comment on our Facebook page.  Print a Talk It Over study guide from Life Church at www.lifechurch.tv/talkitover..  Or download our sermon notes at believersstatesboro.com

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