WHY PEOPLE DON’T RECEIVE AFTER THEY HAVE GIVEN
By SOUGHTOUT E. MATTHEW
God is the God of principles. He set principles on the earth. And one of the principles He establish here on the earth is the principle of sowing and receiving.
In Genesis 8:22, God declared that;
“While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease”.
As the earth is still in existence, God’s established principles doesn’t change. Some of these principles are tied to time and some are not.
In the divine principle of sowing and reaping, as stated above, seed sowing has time; but harvest doesn’t. After you have sown your seeds, your harvest can come at anytime. It can come now or later.
These principles are set to be ceaseless while the earth is in existence. But they can be delayed from showing up.
- GIVING GRUDGINGLY:
Giving grudgingly is one of the reasons why people don’t receive after giving.
There is possibility of giving and giving grudgingly. God desired that we receive after we have giving freely; but when we grudge while giving we frustrate our harvests. That why the Apostle Peter enjoined that we,
“Use hospitality one to another without grudging”. 1Peter 4:9
The Apostle Paul also added that;
“Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver”. 2Corinthians 9:7
The suggestion the Apostle Paul made here are antidotes for giving grudgingly. And these antidotes are:
- GIVE ACCORDING TO AS YOU PURPOSES IN YOUR HEART.
Don’t let be done by compulsion; but decide on how much to give. Even if a fund-raiser calls an amount of money he would that people should give, listen to your heart, decide what to give.
“You must each decide in your heart how much to give…..”.2 Cor 9:7 New Living Translation
- DON’T GIVE RELUCTANTLY.
One of the signs of giving out of compulsion is to give reluctantly. When you give as you have made up your mind to give, your will is in agreement with your action. But when you give reluctantly, you are giving unwillingly.
One thing God doesn’t like is to struggle or strive with us. He wants to save us, heal us, bless us, prosper us, to receive harvests of what we sow, etc; but He cannot force these things on us. He needs our will to be in sync with our action based on His principles.
“And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man…”. Genesis 6:3
The Apostle Paul enjoined:
“…. And don’t give reluctantly …”.2 Corinthians 9:7 New Living Translation
- DON’T GIVE IN RESPONSE TO PRESSURE.
God doesn’t want us to do things by pressure. He wants us to do things delightful. He needed our will to do things pleasurably.
When you give in response to pleasure, you are positioned for receiving or harvest.
“…. And don’t give … in response to pressure…”.2 Corinthians 9:7 New Living Translation
“But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper”. Psalm 1:2-3
- NOT GIVING WITH EXCITEMENT
God loves cheerful services. He doesn’t like us to serve Him in sadness; but in joyfulness.
Sad-filled services unto God expose us to curses and unfruitfulness; but joy opens the doors of blessings and harvest into our lives.
“Because thou servedst not the LORD thy God with joyfulness, and with gladness of heart, for the abundance of all things”. Deuteronomy 28:47
“The vine is dried up, and the fig tree languisheth; the pomegranate tree, the palm tree also, and the apple tree, even all the trees of the field, are withered: because joy is withered away from the sons of men”. Joel 1:12
God loves cheerful givers and they will ever receive from God.
“Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work”. 2 Corinthians 9:7-8
- LACK OF COMPASSION
Compassion is a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering.
“But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?”1John 3:17
Lack of compassion is a proof for lack of love of God in someone. But having compassion is an evidence of God’s love in you.
Giving is a practical demonstration of the love of God in you. God is a proof!
“For God so loved the world, that he gave ….”. John 3:16
The Apostle Peter enjoined;
“Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous”. 1Peter 3:8
You can’t make difference without compassion.
“And of some have compassion, making a difference”.Jude 1:22
- NOT GIVING WHEN THE PERSON NEEDED IT
God meets need of mankind when we needs it and not when we doesn’t need it again. He likewise wants us to emulate Him in assisting or giving to others that are in need at the point of their need.
King Solomon enjoined;
“Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it. Say not unto thy neighbour, Go, and come again, and to morrow I will give; when thou hast it by thee”. Pro 3:27-28
It takes faith to please God and to receive from Him. Faith that pleases God and receives from Him must be a living faith and living faith is the faith that is accompanied by works. And giving to the poor as when they needed it and not to turn them down is one of the works of faith.
“If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone”. James 2:16-17
“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him”.Heb 11:6
- BLOWING TRUMPET AFTER GIVING
One things God would like us know is to becareful about our giving. This is because he doesn’t want us to do things that would hinder us from receiving after giving and one of these things is sounding trumpet after giving.
Sounding trumpet after giving is one of the lifestyles of hypocrites.
“Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven. Therefore when thou doestthine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly”.Mat 6:1-4
- GIVING BAD SEEDS
There is life and harvests locked up in good seeds. Seeds that have life in it will germinate, grow and bear fruits when sown in a good ground; but bad seeds don’t have such potentials. This is because there is no life in them.
When we give bad seeds, we can’t see them germinate, grow or bring forth fruit. Farmers know about this truth. And we have to have that truth at the back of our mind. So, we must have to check the things we give to God and to others. We must ensure they are good things lest we fail to receive blessings after we might have given them out.
God asked the priests in the days of prophet Malachi saying;
“Ye offer polluted bread upon mine altar; and ye say, Wherein have we polluted thee? In that ye say, The table of the LORD is contemptible. And if ye offer the blind for sacrifice, is it not evil? and if ye offer the lame and sick, is it not evil? offer it now unto thy governor; will he be pleased with thee, or accept thy person? saith the LORD of hosts. And now, I pray you, beseech God that he will be gracious unto us: this hath been by your means: will he regard your persons? saith the LORD of hosts. Who is there even among you that would shut the doors for nought? neither do ye kindle fire on mine altar for nought. I have no pleasure in you, saith the LORD of hosts, neither will I accept an offering at your hand”. Malachi 1:7-10
When you give out something that God or man do not have pleasure in, you cannot receive blessings at the end of the day. So, mind what you give. Give what is good and acceptable to God and to man, and then shall you receive.
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