Give, and it shall be given unto you

Good morning. Today, I remember being in college my 2nd year. I was a full-time student and lived on campus. I went to the financial aid office like I did at the beginning of every semester. But this time, I was prepared to tell them I would have to drop out, but when the counselor pulled up my account, she said, ” Alright. You are good to go.” I asked, “What do you mean?” She said, “Someone paid for your entire semester in full. ” To this very day, I still don’t know who paid for that semester of college. Listen, you are not limited by your current financial status or by your supply. In the kingdom, God has an economic plan that surpasses ours. God is Jehovah Jireh, or provider. He isn’t limited by the current economic recession. His supply never runs out. Luke 6:38 says, “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.” Another translation says that the way you give to others is the way you will receive in return. The key to men giving to you is you giving to men. 🙂 Recently I went home to visit and a man walked up to me at church. He asked if I knew who he was. I honestly didn’t recognize him. Then he said, “I am the man you helped back when you were in college. You helped me when I was on the streets and desperate. You even gave me a ride to where I needed to go. My life is much better now!” (I don’t recommend this in our time now. Ladies, never pick up someone off the street when you are alone LOL.) Back to the story, I vaguely remember that incident, but I do know that seeds sown in the lives of others will always reap a harvest in your own field. I strongly believe that by giving what I had (a ride, some food, a little cash) sowed the seeds for me to be blessed when I needed it. Furthermore, I reaped far more than I sowed. The scripture refers to your provision being pressed down. When you crush grapes, they take up less room, so you can actually put even more in the same barrel than would normally fit at their normal size. Or, how about leaves? Have you ever raked the yard and put leaves into a bag, but when you pressed them down and crushed them, you had room to add more leaves. This is what it is like for us. God makes room for greater blessings in our lives than what we could normally contain. Then it goes on to say that the blessing would run over! That means that after God has made more than enough room in your barrel, then he goes beyond that and gives until it overflows and you don’t have enough room to contain all of the blessing. Today I want to challenge you to not live in a state of selfishness and self-centeredness. Always be willing to sow into the lives of others. This is one of the many ways you will keep the windows of heaven open in your own life. God promised to pour out blessings that you will not be able to contain. Remember, the key to others giving to you, is you giving to others. Have a blessed, prosperous and productive day.

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