THE BLESSED LIFE—3 THE GENEROUS EYE Believers Statesboro 02-21-10

(Adapted form Craig Groeschel)

A Generous Eye

Proverbs 22:9 NKJV He who has a generous eye will be blessed

Luke 6:38 Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. (Jesus said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Acts 20:35) For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.

Bottom Line: Our spiritual enemy, Satan, cannot stop the blessings of God. It is a spiritual principle; if you sow, you will reap. When you give, you will be blessed. But he can try to distort our relationship or our understanding with the blessing of God.

 

TWO WRONG RESPONSES TO GOD’S BLESSINGS

1) PRIDE

Those who are very proud of what they have. Jesus confronted this attitude head on with the church of Laodicea.

Revelation 3:17 You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’

But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.

You are proud of what you have, but you have forgotten the source of everything you have.

I earned this. I worked for it. I deserve this, other people are lazy, not me, look what I have done. I am entitled to this kind of life. There is a spirit of entitlement or pride.

Those that have a prideful attitude towards the blessings of God have forgotten that every good and perfect gift comes from God. They have forgotten the source.

James 1:17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. (NIV)

2) SHAME

Some are proud of what they have, others are a little more embarrassed or they feel guilty.

Gen 32:9-10 “I am unworthy of all the kindness and faithfulness you have shown your servant.” (NIV)

I’m not good enough, I don’t deserve this. I’m embarrassed by all of these blessings.

It is interesting but do you know of any other blessing of God that people are ashamed of other than the material and financial blessing of God?

You are blessed with a great wife. I got her half price, really cheap. You don’t apologize for that!

You don’t apologize, you just say, “Yes, God has blessed me.”

Yet for some reason, when it comes to this area, it’s pride, “I earned it!” or it’s shame, “I feel guilty.”

Both are very unhealthy, but that’s where so many people live.

Shame is wrong, and I think it must also crush the heart of God when we are proud.

REMEMBER WHY GOD BLESSED YOU

He didn’t bless you because you deserve it or earned it or to make you feel bad. He blessed you with a purpose.

2 Corinthians 9:11 You will be made rich in every way (don’t undercut the blessing of God.)

(Why?) so that you can be generous (He who has a generous eye will be blessed.)

on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.

Gen 12:2-3

2 "I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.

3 I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you." (NIV)

You must remember where the blessing came from. They came from God.

You must remember why God blessed you. You are blessed to be a blessing.

BECAUSE GOD HAS BLESSED US WITH MORE, WE WILL INTENTIONALLY GIVE MORE.

Intentionally? Most of us are not intentional givers. Most of us are intentional consumers.

GROWING GIVERS

· THE SPONTANEOUS GIVER
You give spontaneously and this is a good way to give. But if this is the only way you give, you will be very limited in what you give.

The Good Samaritan – Luke 10:35 The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’
The Boy with the loaves and the fish. John 6

· THE STRATEGIC GIVER

It’s a person who says, "We are going to plan to be generous.

Isaiah 32:8 NLT But generous people plan to do what is generous, and they stand firm in their generosity. They are strategic givers.

Be a percentage giver. The first 10% is for God and then think about adding 1% -2% – 3% more above the tithe. You set it aside and, then with the extra, you can have a generous eye and pray about where God wants you to give it. You can plan and be strategic in your giving.

· THE SACRIFICIAL GIVER

These are the fanatics. These are the ones that recognize that all we have here on earth is not for us but it is all for God.

Solomon You can be wealthy and give sacrificially. Instead of sacrificing one bull to God when he was being anointed as King, Solomon said, “You know what, I want to go big.” He gave 1000 bulls.

David He refused to offer free oxen offered to him, as a sacrifice to God. David said, “I want to pay for it. I will give nothing to God that doesn’t cost me something. I want to feel it when I give.”

The Widow

Mark 12:41-44 They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything– all she had to live on." (NIV)

I really believe that God would not have sent so many people to Believers Church, done the awesome work that He has done over the years and blessed us in the way that He has just for us to enjoy and keep this all to ourselves.

God has blessed us so that we can be a blessing to others. And when you realize that, it takes the pride and shame away..

 

TALK IT OVER

· Tell about someone you know that fills needs you don’t even notice. What will you do to

develop a “generous eye” like that?

· Which kind of giver felt most like you? How will you grow your generosity?

· What is God asking you to sacrifice to be more generous?

Don’t go through the week without talking with someone about how this message spoke to you. Watch the Talk It Over video and/or 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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