When I used to hear, “Give in your greatest times of need,” I used to be so confused. I understood the concept.
Trust God. Demonstrate your Faith by not focusing on your circumstance, but rather on your present blessings along with those of the future–being in a state of expectation according to God’s promises. You reap what you sow.
So I gave. But when I did, it wasn’t because of the unctioning of the Holy Spirit. It was because someone (Pastor, Preacher, Minister) told me to. I figured, “They’re men/women of God. If they say do it and I do it, I am going to be blessed.”
But something was missing behind the gift. The intention. The purpose. The act of obedience–to GOD, not man.
Let’s fast forward to now, where I’ve realized that I am a woman of God too. I too, hear from God. I give in my time of need now, but I give with a purpose and passion–out of obedience to the Holy Spirit, with intention behind it. I give as a result of my own personal relationship with God.
And guess what? This type of giving has anointing and power behind it. This is the type of giving that reaps a harvest.
Stay connected to God through studying His word, prayer, meditation, and fasting. Give according to the wisdom and instruction HE gives you. Will it, much of the time, be sacrificial? Yes. But because it was due to your personal obedience to Him, it will always reap a harvest beyond what you could imagine.
Jesus died so that we could have Life in Him–the greatest gift ever. That seed that He planted reaped a harvest of Givers–us. It’s who we are–who we are meant to be.
At the core of His gift was Love. He is Love; and because He lives in our hearts, so are we.
2 Corinthians 9:6-9 But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. As it is written: “He has dispersed abroad, He has given to the poor; His righteousness endures forever.”
1 Peter 4:10 As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
Romans 12:9-13 Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality.
Luke 6:38 Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”