The Biblical Understanding of Giving
21.05.2019, Daniel Glimm
God longs for us, as His kingdom people, to walk on His ways and cultivate His high thoughts in us. This allows us to receive blessings from Him in order to become what He has prepared for us (see Isaiah 55:8-9 i.c.w. 1 Corinthians 2:9).
8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.
9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
1 Corinthians 2:9:
9 However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived” – the things God has prepared for those who love him – …
In this regard, it is important that we progress and focus on the promises of God, which are connected with increase, abundance and prosperity (note: in the form of multifaceted wealth in spirit, soul and body).
If we do not constantly renew our minds and adopt a mindset to reach that fullness of God, we can be captured in old mindsets and not progress in God's cycle of blessing (see Romans 12:2 i.c.w. Ephesians 4:23).
2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.
23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; …
That's why we should:
go beyond present levels of festivities and religious rituals (note: Leaving these levels means celebrating the biblical feasts according to the fulfilled work of salvation of Jesus; see Matthew 5:17);
break through the path of “poverty mindset” and enter into a thought pattern of “harvest multiplication”; (note: Here it is important to know that poverty has a voice that says that God is incapable.)
go beyond debt mentality and walk in the awareness that the Lord delivers to achieve His goals with everyone within His people.
Poverty Creates an Atmosphere!
It is the spirit of poverty that is destined by Satan to surround the sphere of authority of the saints to create lack. Whatever the intensity and nature of this Spirit's attempt is to influence the lives of saints, it is important to be aware that the atmosphere of poverty must be filled with the atmosphere of blessing and glory of heaven, in order to displace poverty.
It was, for example, Noah who found favor in the eyes of God, so that heaven and earth were rearranged in the days of his life (see Genesis 6:8).
8 But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.
Noah's life shows us that we can find favor with God, so that heaven influences our atmosphere and thus poverty is defeated. The result is that we see God's glory in our lives and are able to walk in it.
=> The walk in the glory of God includes life in the power and glory of God, which testify to His favor and grace. This is about the glory of the Heavenly Father, His prestige, His power and His blessing.
The glory given by the Father has the purpose that we as sons of God be made or established as important persons “with weight” in the spiritual realm.
His glory (note: presence of the Father) automatically brings an increase in every area, because earthly wealth and prosperity have their seat in the spiritual world.
Furthermore, God's glory is an automatic storage place of the anointing. <= (note: The text set in “=>” is based on an explanation from the “Prophet's Dictionary” by Paula A. Price, Ph. D.; page 237.)
Therefore it is essential that the body of Christ is experiencing restoration in the area of provision! This restoration is always connected with multiplication, so that the concerned believers undo their debts and past financial defeats in life.
It is necessary to break the demonic influence where the spirit of poverty is present in the generational bloodline of believers and where it tries to keep the economy of believers captive so that they are unable to enter into the fullness of God's predestined prosperity.
It is the Lord who breaks the beggar mentality in His people and turns them into people of faith (see Acts 3:2-8).
2 Now a man who was lame from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts.
3 When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money.
4 Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us!”
5 So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them.
6 Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.”
7 Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong.
8 He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God.
This means that the identity of His people will change from a beggar to a king!
It is important that we ask the Holy Spirit to reveal poverty, and also to reveal the way and strategy of poverty in order to stop this influence of darkness in our lives.
The Anointing of the Tribe of Issachar
The anointing of the tribe of Issachar can help us, which is connected with the discernment of the times/seasons and reveals how and when we can invest into the kingdom of God (see 1 Chronicles 12:32).
1 Chronicles 12:32:
… 32 from Issachar, men who understood the times and knew what Israel should do – 200 chiefs, with all their relatives under their command; …
=> In short, the sons of Issachar know how to keep the door of time open in this way so that the things that are being revealed can bee seen and be caused to manifest. It is about the invasion of eternity into time. This is what the Bible talks about when it says, “in the fullness of time” or “on the Lord’s day.” (see Luke 9:51; Mark 1:15; Galatians 4:4; Revelation 1:10)
51 As the time approached for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem.
15 “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!”
Galatians 4:4 (Jewish New Testament):
… 4 but when the appointed time arrived, God sent forth his Son. He was born from a woman, born into a culture in which legalistic perversion of the Torah was the norm, …
10 On the Lord’s Day I was in the Spirit, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet, …
It were the tribes of Issachar and Zebulon who were called to bring in the riches as to help to offer righteous sacrifices from a place of vision (see Deuteronomy 33:18-19).
18 About Zebulun he said: “Rejoice, Zebulun, in your going out (note: international), and you, Issachar, in your tents (note: regional).
19 They will summon peoples to the mountain and there offer the sacrifices of the righteous; they will feast on the abundance of the seas, on the treasures hidden in the sand.”
As a son, Issaschar received the blessing from his father Jacob to be a donkey with a strong skeleton capable of recognizing the place of rest and carrying burdens (see Genesis 49:14-15).
14 “Issachar is a rawboned (note: strong) donkey lying down among the sheep pens.
15 When he sees how good is his resting place and how pleasant is his land, he will bend his shoulder to the burden and submit to forced labor.
Thus Issaschar is able to know the times and the place of God's rest, in order to act out of the glory of God (note: the tent; see Deuteronomy 33:18 i.c.w. Exodus 40:34-35) and to guide the people of God through the phase of transition with a right biblical mindset of prosperity (note: the economy of the kingdom).
Such a transition of the renewing of the mind is emphasized by the scripture from Matthew 21:1-11, where in the metaphorical sense the “donkey Issachar” entered into a new economic thinking of the kingdom of God.
The reason is that through the apostolic instruction of the Son of God, the “donkey” went from the area of the village into the momentum of the eternal kingship of Jesus Christ and together with Him finally moved to the eternal capital city Jerusalem.
It should be noted here that a city has more inhabitants than a village and a greater economic capacity (see Matthew 21:1-2.4-7.10).
1 As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. …
4 This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet (see Zechariah 9:9): 5 “Say to Daughter Zion, ‘See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’ ”
6 The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them.
7 They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on. …
10 When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?”
It is God's intention that we listen to the sons of Issachar in order to proceed with a better understanding of the economy of His kingdom and enter into a larger economy for ourselves.
It is God's intention that we listen to the sons of Issachar in order to proceed with a better understanding of the economy of His kingdom and enter into a larger economy for ourselves.
Therefore it is crucial to have the willingness to leave a limited understanding of the economy of the kingdom behind (note: giving without knowing/respecting the biblical times and seasons of God) when Jesus Christ as eternal king calls to a greater realm of His kingdom economy (note: extravagant giving by knowing the times and seasons of God).
The Gold and Kingdom Ministry
It is important to acknowledge that to do kingdom ministry money is important. We cannot do it without “gold”.
This is evident by the fact that God secured the economy within the garden of Eden through the main river with its four rivers, where the first river Pishon was linked to pure gold, aromatic resin and onyx gemstones (see Genesis 2:11-12).
11 The name of the first is the Pishon; it winds through the entire land of Havilah, where there is gold.
12 (The gold of that land is good; aromatic resin and onyx are also there.)
Also Jesus’ beginning ministry on earth was linked to gold and aromatic resin that was given by the Magi (see Matthew 2:10-11).
10 When they saw the star, they were overjoyed.
11 On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
Later Jesus’ ministry got provided among other things by prominent women (see Luke 8:2-3).
… 2 and also some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases: Mary (called Magdalene) from whom seven demons had come out; 3 Joanna the wife of Chuza, the manager of Herod’s household; Susanna; and many others.
Even after the ascension of Jesus, the ministry of the apostles was supported by wealthy and prominent people (see Acts 4:34-37 i.c.w. Acts 17:12)
… 34 that there were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales 35 and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone who had need.
36 Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas (which means “son of encouragement”), 37 sold a field he owned and brought the money and put it at the apostles’ feet.
12 As a result, many of them believed, as did also a number of prominent Greek women and many Greek men.
These biblical scriptures clarify that wealth is going to be important for the next move of God.
The Call of Issachar and Heavenly Investing
Issachar calls the people to the mountain in order to make sacrifices. These sacrifices are a heavenly trade in the eyes of God which is done by the spirit without an earthly view investing by emotion.
Issachar calls the people to trade at a different and higher level.
Trading at a higher level means not giving based on emotions, but giving in the way Abraham did.
He was willing to give his son out of obedience and therefore received from God a ram instead (see Genesis 22:1-2.9-13).
1 Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!” “Here I am,” he replied.
2 Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love – Isaac – and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.” …
9 When they reached the place God had told him about, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood.
10 Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son.
11 But the angel of the Lord called out to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!” “Here I am,” he replied.
12 “Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.”
13 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son.
This higher realm of sacrifice, is the level where saints from the position as kings (note: by the blood of the Lamb; see Revelation 1:5-6) give their investment before God as a sacrifice. To “trade” at a higher level means to invest with the right emotional attachment which is by obedience as an expression of love towards God (see John 14:23 i.c.w. Matthew 6:24).
23 Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.
24 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money (note: Mammon => the love of money).
Giving the right sacrifice/investment is based on the understanding of times and seasons like Issachar in order to create eternal “wealth” in accordance to God’s will (see Matthew 6:19-21).
19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.
20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.
21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
God commanded Israel among other things to sacrifice during the New Moon (note. Rosh Chodesh; see Numbers 28:11-15) and to sacrifice specifically when the star systems were in particular constellations (note: linked to the biblical feasts – Passover/Spring => Aries/the ram (lamb) = sacrifice/love of the Father, Shavuot – Summer => Gemini (2 tablets/Torah given on Sinai) = standard/order of God/ God’s value system, Sukkot – Autumn => Libra (the scales) = justice and righteousness of God) because it is the way of creating a capacity to align with what is coming and being transferred to the earth. <=
(note: The text set in “=>” is based on an explanation from the book “Hashamayim 1A” by Dr. A. Ogbonnaya)
The Book of the Prophet Malachi
The book of Malachi is one of the books of transition that we can find in the Bible. When this book was written, the people of God became possessed.
This form of possession involves being excessively concerned with trying to change something, but never really experiencing the fruit of change. It focuses on one aspect of a different example, but never recognizes the whole form. Such a state of obsession is caused by religious spirits.
In one way or another, at the time of Malachi, people had a form of piety, but they had lost the real understanding of God's heart. It is the heart of God that is closely linked to the mentality of giving and servant-hood, because giving is linked to worship (see John 3:16 i.c.w. Luke 6:38; Matthew 23:11).
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
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. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
11 The greatest among you will be your servant.
Accordingly, it is important to know that Jesus Christ, the son of righteousness, cannot rise in us if we are not willing to give our part to God.
If we don't give according to the biblical standard, then we don't truly worship God, the Father. This means that we cannot get into our new portion of promise if we rob Him of His portion (see Malachi 3:8).
8 Is it right for a man to deceive God as you deceive me? But you say, “With what do we deceive you? With the tithe and the offering! …”
God gave us His best with His Son Jesus Christ and therefore we should respond to Him and give Him our best with gratitude.
This message should encourage us to enter into a new understanding of the dimension of giving.
There are five different ways of giving, as follows:
1. First fruits. Consider your given blessing and give a part to the Lord. Look at the best part you can give Him. In this context, celebrate the beginning of the biblical months (note: Rosh Chodesh; see Numbers 28:11-15).
2. The tithe. The tithe was an established covenant practice in the ‘Old Covenant’. In the ‘New Covenant’ Jesus Christ Himself used the concept of the tithe to show people where the treasure of their heart was. He turned to the Pharisees and said that the tithe was the least they could do and that they would do it according to the law. However, they lacked most righteousness and grace (see Matthew 23:23).
3. Alms. Every saint should help those who are less privileged. If you invest with alms, it is guaranteed that you will get help when you are in need (see Matthew 6:3-4).
4. Special and memorial sacrifices. This kind of investment expresses the remembrance to the Lord because of the good that God has done to you in the past. It is an expression of the giver to the Lord, that he hasn’t been forgotten by God (see Psalm 103:2). The investment of the gift can be based on principles and personal experiences, which are confirmed, for example, in a sermon, in order to express one's gratitude to God.
5. The last form of giving is the generous/extravagant giving Paul speaks of.
In 2 Corinthians 9:6-11, Paul says in an analogously sense, “Here’s my point. A stingy sower will reap a meager harvest, but the one who sows from a generous spirit will reap an abundant harvest. Let giving flow from your heart, not from a sense of religious duty. Let it spring up freely from the joy of giving – all because God loves hilarious generosity! Yes, God is more than ready to overwhelm you with every form of grace, so that you will have more than enough of everything – every moment and in every way. He will make you overflow with abundance in every good thing you do. Just as the Scriptures say about the one who trusts in him.:
Because he has sown extravagantly and given to the poor, his kindness and generous deeds will never be forgotten. This generous God who supplies abundant seed for the farmer, bread for our meals, is even more extravagant toward you. First He supplies every need, plus more. Then He multiplies the seed, so that the harvest of your generosity will grow. You will be abundantly enriched in every way as you give generously on every occasion, for when we take your gifts to those in need, it causes many to give thanks to God.”
(note: This message is based on a teaching from the prayer letter of Chuck D. Pierce with the title “Prove Me Now!” from February 2019.)
Amen and Amen.
In His Wisdom,