“24 There is that scatters, and yet increases; and there is that withholds more than is meet, but it tends to poverty.
25 The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that waters shall be watered also himself.” Proverbs 11:24-25
The liberal soul gives liberally to the Work of God; they scatter and yet increases are promised. They do not give to gain the increase but give to gain souls for the Kingdom of God. While those who withhold from God will not gain but instead tend toward poverty.
“28 He who trusts in his riches shall fall; but the righteous shall flourish as a branch.
29 He that troubles his own house shall inherit the wind: and the fool shall be servant to the wise of heart.
30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he who wins souls is wise.” Proverbs 11:28-30
Regrettably, it is satan’s minister who are all too often supported by the church and their supports will not be increased but in reality cursed by God.
“8 Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed Me. But you say, Wherein have we robbed You? In tithes and offerings. 9 You are cursed with a curse: for you have robbed Me, even this whole nation.” Malachi 3:8-9
Due to lack of proper teaching and preaching of the full counsel, rightly divided Word of God and turning instead to novels written by satan’s ministers to appeal to the lusts of the flesh (Blood Moons, Harbingers, Paradigm, Shack, Grace Revolution, Purpose Driven Life, etc.) much of the Body of Christ is without discernment and understanding of that which is the Work of God. The Bible has been rewritten and translated into man’s private interpretation and presented as the Word of God.
“13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.
14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.” 2 Corinthians 11:13-15
There are those who “scatter” and give liberally to the Work of God and there are those who scatter and give liberally to the work of satan. For those who give liberally to the work of satan, there is no increase because they are robbing God and their giving is cursed.
The message is the criteria. If the message is not Jesus Christ and Him crucified, then it is not the Gospel and we are supporting another gospel and another Jesus; a false gospel which is accursed (Gal. 1:6-8).
Jesus is the Source and His Cross the means by which Salvation comes to the sinner and Sanctification to the Saint. When Jesus is lifted up among the people, the Holy Spirit draws us closer unto God and sick bodies are healed, the lame walk, bondages broken and the liberty in Christ Jesus realized. It is the Power of God in the preaching of the Cross of Christ because the anointing is of the Spirit of God and not intellectual, vain philosophies. Unless you know, you just don’t know.
Tragically so many do not know nor understand the power of God because their faith is directed and misplaced to another source and another means for victorious Christian living. The power of sin is not broken in their lives because they are no longer under Grace but under law, man made laws presented from the pulpit given to gain their “best life now”. This is the gospel too often being supported by the church because it motivates the Believer and appeals to their flesh.
“For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to Save them that believe.” 1 Corinthians 1:21
We must discern the message to understand whether or not we are giving to the work of God or the work of satan. One message contains truth but is leavened with a lie, while the other is Truth and contains the power of God…the Cross of Christ (1 Cor. 1:18).
-Donna Clark Warren