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The Giving Spirit

Luke 6:38 (KJV) Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.

We often only use this verse in connection to receiving an offering within a worship setting. However, if we were to read the entire passage of Scripture in Its proper context (Lk. 6:27-42), we will take notice of the fact that Jesus was speaking of extending love, mercy, grace, and forgiveness instead of casting judgment on others, especially in consideration of the fact that we have received each from Him quite generously. We cannot apply the principle to the one preferred area of choice in our lives to the neglect of its proper application to other areas as well. Although the principle can be applied to finances as a general Kingdom principle, there is, however, a much greater lesson being taught by Jesus. (Ref. To Mt. 7:1-5; 2 Cor. 9:6-8).

We abuse (abnormally use) something when we use it apart from its purpose. The same thing happens when we take the Word of God out of context to force it to mean something apart from its intended meaning.

In moving away from the intentional isolation of the principle in favor of financial blessings, we must put down every false teaching that imposes this imbalance of prosperity preaching through the power of the Spirit (Ref. To 2 Cor. 10:4-5; 1 Tim. 4:1-2, 16; 6:9-10; 2 Tim. 1:13-14; 3:1-5; 4:3-4). To appeal to the sensual nature of the congregation in this fashion is to do a great disservice to the Body of believers. We must warn the people of God by letting them know that everything appeals to the sensual nature (which includes the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh, and the pride of life) is not of God, but is of the world (Ref. To 1 Jn. 2:15).

As leaders within the Body, we have a God-mandated responsibility to 1) equip His people for works of service, 2) build up the Body of Christ, 3) assist the Body in reaching the unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and 4) to assist the Body in becoming in every respect the mature Body of Christ (Ref. To Eph. 4:11-16).

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