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Pattern and Principles: The Bondage of GIVING 

 

BY Femi Awodele

– 2 Corinth 9: 6-11

REMEMBER this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. As it is written: “They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor; their righteousness endures forever.”

Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.

Until about 12-15 years ago, I lived under the bondage of giving, I gave under compulsion – because someone appealed emotionally, I gave out of fear and laid fleece – God if you do this, then i’ll give that, I gave what I thought was my money, basically – I gave based on wrong knowledge.

As God gave me the grace to write (and I realized it meant something to many), I figured God would want me to ensure what I’m writing His Truth to the best of my understanding. I studied a lot, even if it was a two paragraph article, and one of the topics I studied then was GIVING – I wrote my finding then, and I lost a few friends.

I realized (KNOWLEDGE) that my Giving is an act of WORSHIP (surrender), I realized that what I give simply flows THROUGH me, I realized that NOT giving is hindering what God has ALREADY done (law of sowing and reaping) – so i’m no stealing from Him as OT folks.

I discovered (DISCERNMENT) that there is a law that governs Giving for us NT folks, I discovered that my HEART not my wallet or bank account is key, I discovered that my emotion is different from where God want me to Give – so I listen carefully, I discovered that when He tells me (us) to give – He will also provide the SEED.

I felt grieved, when I saw the clip of a well-known Nigerian pastor based in the UK, using human emotion (trickery) to raise fund, exactly what Paul the apostle warned about. I must say, he is not the only one – I believe it is a common concept among “pentecostal charismatics”.

Here is my recommendation for True Believers, anyone can say whatever they want (that include me), it is still your responsibility not to get carried away by oratory but to study the scripture and liase with God’s Spirit within you to come to your understanding of God’s word.

 

Femi Awodele is the Executive Director of Christian Couples Fellowship International, Inc., a marriage ministry with chapters worldwide based in Omaha, Nebraska, in the United States

-The opinions and views expressed in this article are solely those of the writer/author, and do not necessarily represent or reflect the editorial policy of Headline News Nigeria.

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