Give and You Will Receive – Life Principle

“Give and you will receive” is a life principle that I truly believe. The Bible commands us to bring the tenth into the storehouse.  “Bring the whole tenth into the storehouse (Into the storehouse — This was one or more large rooms in the temple, built on purpose for this use), so that there will be food in my house, and put me to the test,” says Adonai-Tzva’ot. “See if I won’t open for you the floodgates of heaven and pour out for you a blessing far beyond your needs.”  Malachi 3:10 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

This is another verse that makes me want to give: The person who blesses others will prosper; he who satisfies others will be satisfied himselfProverbs 11:25 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB

I discovered giving a tenth (tithe) of what I have in Sunday School when I was 15 years old. My teacher at that time was Esther Silbor. That was the only lesson I remember.  It was pretty easy to give 10 cents out of 1.00 but the real test came when I got my first job and I had to give a bigger amount. After paying my obligations, it seems that I did not have enough left for my lunches. It was very tempting to keep the tithe for myself but I decided to trust God to sustain me. In those days, I didn’t have any credit card to fall back on. God was faithful and I noticed that His provision comes in a timely manner. I would be worrying unnecessarily when somebody out of the blue decides to treat me to lunch. Indeed I can testify that God has blessed me far beyond my needs.

There were a few times that I skipped giving but then God never fails to give me plenty of opportunities to make it up. He always gives me a second chance and helps me to become better in the way I looked at life and how to live it.

 

A friend of mine, Eunsil, told me that if your fists are clenched tight, then you will not be able to catch the blessings but if your hands are open then they are always ready to receive them.

Give,  and you will receive gifts —the full measure, compacted, shaken together and overflowing, will be put right in your lap. For the measure with which you measure out will be used to measure back to you!” Luke 6:38 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

 Moreover, God has the power to provide you with every gracious gift in abundance, so that always in every way you will have all you need yourselves and be able to provide abundantly for every good cause —as the Tanakh says,“He gave generously to the poor; his tzedakah (righteousness) lasts forever.” 2 Corinthians 9:8-9 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB) 

God is a faithful provider. God is a giver.

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