Nearly everybody knows the importance of doing things from the heart, both Spiritual and non-Spiritual people understand that only when our heart is in what we do then and only then are we pleased and expect a positive outcome from the endeavor.
When our heart is in what we do it feels good and the right thing to do. Again, when our heart is in whatever it is, we have a positive feeling and a Peace comes upon us.
On the other hand, if our heart is not in it, we get a negative emotional feeling,( am not talking about feeling vs faith ) Even God uses our emotions to lead us, Peace is an indication that the Lord is leading us, and Peace is an emotion and a feeling.
What I really want to talk about is giving (yea MONEY), this area has been abused by religion it’s ridiculous, to the fact the approach to giving by some religious groups have turned people away from the faith.
However Giving and Receiving is a Spiritual principle and has Supernatural substance such as sowing and reaping, seed time and harvest.
The Blessing only comes when it’s done the right way, which for the giver, their heart has to be in it, another word of saying this is, being cheerful, not manipulated into giving. ( We see a lot of the manipulation on some Christian TV channels) , THIS IS NOT GOOD FOR THE FAITH. It turns people off.
Apostle Paul said in 2 Corinthians 9: 7
Let each one [give] as he has made up his own mind and purposed in his heart, not reluctantly or sorrowfully or under compulsion, for God loves (He takes pleasure in, prizes above other things, and is unwilling to abandon or to do without) a cheerful (joyous, “prompt to do it”) giver [whose heart is in his giving].
To reiterate, there is a BLESSING in giving but it has to be done willingly to realize a MIRACLE if that is your desire.
Also for the giver, check out if there is an anointing present at the time of your giving, in other words, is the LORD urging you to give.
Let’s look at a perfect example in 1 Kings 10-16 Amplified
So he arose and went to Zarephath. When he came to the gate of the city, behold, a widow was there gathering sticks. He called to her, Bring me a little water in a vessel, that I may drink.
As she was going to get it, he called to her and said, Bring me a morsel of bread in your hand.
And she said, As the Lord your God lives, I have not a loaf baked but only a handful of meal in the jar and a little oil in the bottle. See, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and bake it for me and my son, that we may eat it—and die.
Elijah said to her, Fear not; go and do as you have said. But make me a little cake of [it] first and bring it to me, and afterward prepare some for yourself and your son.
For thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: The jar of meal shall not waste away or the bottle of oil fail until the day that the Lord sends rain on the earth.
She did as Elijah said. And she and he and her household ate for many days.
The jar of meal was not spent nor did the bottle of oil fail, according to the word which the Lord spoke through Elijah.
In the above verses the widow cooked for Elijah first from the little she had, as a result a miracle occurred, the Supernatural manifested and her oil and her handful of meal lasted for many days.
This could only happen because the POWER of God was on His Prophet. There is a price to pay (NOT MONEY) for the power of God to come upon a person.
Also, the POWER of God is not always on His servants, The same great Prophet ran in fear when evil Jezebel threaten to kill him. Faith and Fear can’t co – exist.
From the widow giving a meal to the Man of God, she got unlimited fold return, however before you give an offering make sure you do it willingly and your heart is in it.
Until Next time. Keep Believing, Keep Hoping & Keep Loving.