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Giving and Receiving   >|


The Bible not only teaches the joy and blessings of GIVING, but also the REWARD that giving brings to the GIVER! The confirmation of this glorious truth is firmly established by the apostle Paul in his letter to the Philippians.

I have heard numerous great sermons on the duty of giving for the cause of Christ, but not nearly as many on the way God blesses and returns the gift many times over! Mark's gospel tells us that some gifts will return 30, 60 and even 100-fold! Jesus said:

"There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel's, but he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time...and in the world to come eternal life"! Mark 10:29-30 KJV

Wow! Does not Jesus' own words settle it? Yes! He wants us to prosper and have all our needs met! But, that's not all — God also says:

"Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart"! Psa. 37:4 KJV

We could stop right here and have a "camp meeting revival," but the great apostle Paul makes it even more emphatic! Our theme Scripture is clear — the Philippian church were GIVERS, so Paul adds:

"But though I appreciate your gifts, what makes me happiest is the well-earned reward you will have because of your kindness." Phil. 4:17 TLB

Every so often on "Behind the Scenes" and on Praise-a-Thon®s, I offer you another KEY for your SPIRITUAL KEY RINGS! So, those of you who have a need (and who doesn't?) I challenge you to take hold of this one. As the precious Holy Spirit makes this truth real, I too, am reaching out because, like you, I have some very real needs!

Paul goes on to nail it down firmly as he concludes:

"And it is he who will supply all your needs from his riches in glory, because of what Christ Jesus has done for us"! Phil. 4:19 TLB

While this verse is a wonderful promise, I am told by Bible scholars that the word "need" is a poor translation by the King James Version. The translation from the original Greek should read as: He will supply all your abundance from his riches in glory...." But HOLD ON — there is always a condition to be met by us before we can claim this blessed key! Before I give it to you, there is one gift that requires NO condition! It is our eternal salvation which is full and free to all who simply believe!

So, to claim this key of God's abundance we must remember that the Philippian believers were GIVERS! Paul did not give this key to any of the other churches! Paul teaches the Corinthian church the joy and blessings of giving, but then chastises them for not obeying!

"Did I do wrong and cheapen myself...because I preached God's Good News to you without charging you anything? Instead I ‘robbed' other churches by taking what they sent me...so that I could serve you without cost"! 2 Cor. 11:7-9 TLB

Paul concludes his strong exhortation with, of all things, an apology!

"The only thing I didn't do for you, that I do...in all other churches, was to become a burden to you — I didn't ask you to give me food to eat and a place to stay." 2 Cor. 12:13 TLB

And, if you cannot say "AMEN" right here, say "OUCH!" because Paul concludes, as I said, with this apology: "PLEASE FORGIVE ME FOR THIS WRONG!" 2 Cor. 12:13b TLB.

Finally, Jesus Himself makes the condition clear. So we want our needs met, right? We want to have even the desires of our hearts — right? Okay, here it is:

"Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: [so] that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, HE MAY GIVE IT TO YOU"! Jn. 15:16 KJV

I believe the above verse forever settles it: ONLY FRUIT BEARERS may claim the precious promises of God to prosper and have abundance in everything on earth and finally, eternal life!

So, what is this "FRUIT" that God so greatly desires? Ah, I think you know: it is the eternal souls of men, women, boys, and girls that we are snatching as "brands from the burning" from the evil one's grasp! Yes, with over 12,000 stations, cables, DTH, and the Internet — fed by 70 great satellite angels in the sky — glory be to God, together we are doing it in Jesus' holy name!

Will you join us? Jan and I need you more than ever as we see the finish line in view! It will not be long until we will have to pass the torch on to our next generation, if Jesus tarries. But, this I see clearly now: THE HARVEST IS POURING IN FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD! "Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision" — we must continue to tell them to flee from the wrath to come!

TBN's great week of Praise-a-Thon® begins

November 2 - 7

In fact, the whole month we will keep the phones and Internet open to receive your call and pledge. Tell us your need — we will put our whole TBN family in agreement with you — as we learn the joy of giving and receiving!

Join your worldwide TBN family for a glorious week of Praise-a-Thon®, November 2-7. We'll be praying for your needs according to God’s promises of Philippians 4:19!

Be encouraged, refreshed and renewed with Jan and her team as they lead us in a wonderful time of praise and worship!