Oh Taste And See

Giving Cheerfully

October 18, 2016 – Day 114

Have you ever felt God tugging on your spirit to give away something you were clinging on to? Whether it was money, clothes, shoes, or something you cherished such as kitchenware, and God asked you to give it back? Even though it was all you had, He still asked for it back. If you have ever faced this season in your life then you know how difficult it is to let go. Anyone who cherishes or values something has a hard time letting go when God asks for it back.
I have been living in a long season of trusting God. I have had to trust in Him since I started this faith walk journey. The more I climb this mountain, the more of a challenge it is to trust in Him. Imagine getting to a point in your faith walk where God is telling you to sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor. You look in your 4′ by 5′ storage unit and notice all you have are 2 tubs of homegoods, 4 bags of clothes, a suitcase full of shoes, a sewing machine, and a guitar. You then question God, “Are you serious? You want me to give this away?!” I am struggling with giving up my items, but God is slowly working on my heart to give to those in need. He constantly gives me the message that He will provide.
As I was sorting items to give away from my storage unit, scriptures and songs were storming through my mind: “Take Everything Lord” by Travis Greene, Luke 18:22 – “When Jesus heard his answer, he said, “There is still one thing you haven’t done. Sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.””, Matthew 25:40 – ““And the King will answer them, ‘I assure you: Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of Mine, you did for Me.’ Talk about conviction!!
As if God was speaking to me in that storage building, I was becoming convicted and even hard-hearted because God wanted me to give away things that I valued; necessities that will be provided for me in the future. Bit by bit, I am beginning to pack items in my car to give away. I’ve packed a few clothes, boots, and my sewing machine in my car. Now I am waiting to find out who the Lord will lead me to.
I told my friend Thereasa that the Lord had laid on my heart to give my possessions away. I told her that on Sunday I was led to donated dishes and pans to our church for a family in need. She said, “Really?! We need dishes! I was just telling God that we need some new pots because the ones we have are so old and are chipping.” I told her, “Well I guess you are the family in need!” When we went to our church this evening I grabbed the tub of dishes and brought them to her home. When we arrived at her home, I grew excitement in my heart to unpack the dishes and show what her and her family now owns. There was new white plates, a New Wave set (an electronic heating device, 2 skillets, and a steamer), a casserole dish, a salad bowl, silverware, and a mug. When Thereasa and her family looked at all that I had given, they were so grateful. She kept saying, “We needed these! Thank you!”

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Throughout the night, I imagined what could have happened had I kept my possessions to myself. God would not have received the glory out of my disobedience. Even though giving away the things I value is challenging, I still am glad to know that someone’s heart has been uplifted because of my obedience. I have to remember that the Lord has already blessed me. There is a reason for why He is calling me to give my possessions away. Just like pastor Cornelius says, “When we sacrifice something, God will restore it in greater measure.” 

There is no coincidence that I am going through this season of trusting God. I am sure that those who read this are going through the same season or may be getting ready to walk into this season. It is my prayer that others are encouraged to listen to the Lord in letting go; to give whatever God has laid on your heart to give. If you know that He has been tugging on your spirit lately to give to someone or to an organization, take the first step of obedience. You never know who you will impact. We receive treasures in heaven when we give our possessions to those in need. We bless the Lord when we bless others with food, water, shelter, clothes, and words of encouragement. Believe that He will restore and provide your every need, my friend. If you feel as though you do not know exactly what God wants you to give, pray on it and ask Him to make the vision plain. I believe you can do it! Let the Lord use you!

 

Scriptures to meditate on:

Psalm 62:8 NASB

Trust in Him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts before Him; God is a refuge for us.

Psalm 91:1-2 NASB

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust!”

Psalm 33:21-22

In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in His holy name. Let Your unfailing love surrounds us Lord, for our hope is in You alone.

2 Corinthians 9:7-8 NLT

You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.” And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.

Matthew 25:34-40

Luke 18:18-30

 

Always know that you are Chosen, you are Royal, you are Holy, and you are God’s Special Possession.
He has turned your darkness into light.
~* 1 Peter 2:9*~

~Arnesjah

 

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4 thoughts on “Giving Cheerfully

  1. Beautifully said! Reading what you wrote, it occurred to me that this is applicable for giving up your time as well. It seems like today we all feel so rushed and have so little time to give to others… but when we put our minds and hearts to the task, perhaps God will also show us how the time we give up for others actually returns to us in other ways. Thank you for your post!

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    1. I agree. The time we give up for others is worth it. He sees our heart’s desire and blesses us in return. Just as Luke 6:38 mentions about the measure we give to others will be the measure we get back. He is so faithful!

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  2. So true. I remember having a garage sale, determined NOT to sell our dining room table because I knew we’d have space for it later. Our house was so small we didn’t currently have space. At the garage sale, I put things I didn’t mind getting rid of on top of the table. Of course, a mother with children in tow, asked me if she could buy the table. And she didn’t have much money. I stood there staring at her, knowing she would be using the table while I was waiting to use the table. I sold it for $15 and help it load it into her van. Happily feeling God’s grace.

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    1. Wow! It was meant for her to receive that table. God received glory out of your willingness to give. I’m sure your giving came back in full measure 🙂

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