Tag: 2nd Corinthians 9:6-8

Abundance through giving!

Scripture reading for August 8th:  Psalm 79-82, 2nd Corinthians 9

Key Scriptures: 2nd Corinthians 9:6-8 “The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.  Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.  And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.”  

As Paul was encouraging the Corinthians to give an offering to help the needy in Jerusalem, he shared the spiritual law of sowing and reaping.  When you give, it is like sowing seed.  Seed that is sown has the potential of producing a harvest.  If God blesses the seed, it will increase and you will reap.  The more seed you sow, the greater the potential of great increase.  God loves to give increase and bless those who sow in faith into His kingdom.  They abound in grace and have sufficiency!

Psalm 79:13 “But we Your people, the sheep of Your pasture, will give thanks to You forever; from generation to generation we will recount Your praise.”  

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for Your great generosity in blessing Your people’s giving.  Help me to keep a generous spirit and be a cheerful giver.  Thank You for the abundant harvest.  Amen.

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The joy of sowing!

Scripture reading for July 5th:  Psalm 126-129

Key Scriptures:  Psalm 126:3-6 “The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.  Restore our fortunes, O Lord, like the streams in the Negev.  Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy.  He who goes out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with him.”

As the pilgrims ascended the climb to Mt. Zion and the temple mount, they were surrounded by harsh desert and rocky soil.  That reminded them of the difficult times that they had experience and where they sowed, often in tears, because of war, captivity, or their own disobedience.  As they returned to God’s dwelling place, they sowed songs of joy.  They knew God would not disappoint them and His presence would bring joy and fruitfulness!

The joy of sowing:  “Remember this:  Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.  Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.  And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all time, having all you need, you will abound in every good work.”  (2nd Corinthians 9:6-8

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Sufficiency in all things, always!

Scripture reading for August 9th:  2nd Corinthians 9

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  2nd Corinthians 9:6-8  “Remember this:  Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.  Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.  Ans God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times having all you need, you will abound in every good work.”  

Being a farmer, I am well aware of the law of sowing and reaping.  You must sow before you reap.  You have to use enough seed to reap the maximum benefit.  The sower must also sow in faith, with a cheerful disposition and expectation of harvest.  You harvest more than you sowed because seed multiplies because of God’s amazing grace of design and His blessing for provision.   These principles also apply in giving of tithes and offerings to God for His work.  If we sow cheerfully and generously, we will reap abundantly!  God will shower His grace on us to enable us to continue giving and doing His work!

Observations for over-comers:  Believers are cheerful and generous people who give freely and enjoy sufficiency in all things at all times enabling good works to God’s glory!  “Praise the Lord.  Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who finds great delight in His commands. . . .He has scattered abroad his gifts to the poor, his righteousness endures forever; his horn will be lifted high in honor.”  (Psalm 112:1,9)

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