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Biblical giving: Your best insurance against any economic crisis

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The word of God is replete with teachings on the power of giving. And you can’t go wrong when you are a faithful giver. Not only in church, but rather in the kingdom of God. That is to say in life! If you are one reading this you could actually take this seriously for the rest of your life, because this is something I’ve only shared with a few people before.

I remember a time when I started supporting the poor. It was through an invite by Pastor “Tony” Campolo in church. Some of you would know who this is. For those who don’t. Anthony “Tony” Campolo is an American sociologist, pastor, author, public speaker, and former spiritual advisor to U.S. President Bill Clinton. A great speaker, renowned minister of the word of God. Very entertaining or should I say charismatic preacher too!

I had attended a church service at Riverview church in Perth Western Australia and during his sermon, he exhorted us to give part of our income for the sake of supporting 1 child in need in some poverty-stricken area in the world. This was to be done through the charity organization World Vision. It was only AUD$48 per child per month at the time, and frankly, I could afford it. My income was quite enough back then to be able to support a child so I jumped in for the opportunity and from that point I gave consistently to World Vision in support of a child in hunger-struck areas. I was still a student at university back in those days, and a student at the things of God. I believe the year was 2013.

A few years down the line towards the end of 2015, I was contemplating cutting off some expenses and going lean on my budgets and one of those would be this faithful act of giving that I had been led to be a part of. Little did I know that I had literally opened an insurance account with God when I started giving so faithfully, especially giving to the poor.

So I contemplated cutting it off, but I had no justifiable reason, why I was cutting it off, as I was still working, had income and I was simply thinking of holding back. Of course, there are times in life when seasons, can change and budgets or rather financial plans need to change. So that was one of those seasons for me. But as I continued to brood over the idea of stopping it, I remember hearing a strong voice from the Lord one morning after I had just woke up saying, “don’t cut it off, partner with them”. This was counterintuitive, so I only allowed the voice to last for the moment, safe to say I ended up cutting it off.

This was a bad idea because by this act I literally had cut off God’s divine insurance over my life. And fast forward from that time, things went downwards, and so did other decisions I made thereafter, it was like an avalanche of mistakes. Finances became fairly tight. But that’s because I had not realised what I had done at the time nor did I know it to be divine insurance back then until a later revelation from God. To me, it was simply a change of financial plans.

I shared this long story to say, never stop giving. When you give you have opened divine insurance over your life. This insurance protects you from a lot of things that you will encounter when an economy goes bad, when people get retrenched at work, or when some bad luck suddenly wants to knock at your neighbor’s door and is coming to yours too Ecclesiastes 11:1-2 says, “Give a portion to seven and also to eight; for thou knowest not what evil shall be upon the earth.”

Faithful giving (some call it partnership) will protect you from the most sinister things the devil can plan to do to you. It will literally fight on your behalf. This is a spiritual concept that I cannot explain fully to your mind until you experience it yourself.

The word of God explains it in Psalm 112: 9-10 KJV. It says: “He hath dispersed, he hath given to the poor; his righteousness endureth for ever; his horn shall be exalted with honor. The wicked shall see it, and be grieved; he shall gnash with his teeth, and melt away: the desire of the wicked shall perish.”

Its talks about a faithful giver. Literally speaking, when you are a faithful giver, you’ll outlast the evil attacks that try to come against you in your life. They will literally not succeed at all. But when you cut it off you’ll be susceptible to them.

On the other hand, God not only uses your insurance account to protect you but also to bless you. He will begin to build certain areas of your life supernaturally. He will build and protect what he has blessed you with, as you give faithfully in partnership with what God cares about. So many people are criticizing, prosperity in God, and also attacking churches that invite people to give in to their ministry for the sake of the gospel.

Don’t be among those who criticize giving, or divine prosperity, but understand the principle, and don’t give out of emotion, but understanding. This stuff is real!

So what do you do to start setting up a divine insurance account if you haven’t done this before, or if you have cut it off like i did before.

  1. Pay your tithe, 10% of your income,

2. Support the poor, maybe through a church mission or charity with a consistent amount each month, and

3. Work hard with your mind and hands.

Do these faithfully, and watch what God will do in your life as you work with your hands, and invest or run a business. And when you do. Do it joyfully and be prompt about it. as soon as you receive your income, fulfill your giving commitments. No matter how difficult things get in your economy or life, don’t cut it off!

Because the word of God says, ” 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].” 2 Corinthians 9:6-7 AMPC

So fast forward to early 2017, I am back in Zimbabwe my home country, and running this business, at the time I had still cut off World Vision donations and not recommitted. I was trying to figure out how to improve the business when I heard that voice again, say “World Vision”.

It did not occur to me immediately why I heard it. Only after visiting the organisation offices, and trying to establish if I could re-commit only to be told it can be done in certain countries that are receiving hubs, that I realised the Lord was talking to me about the wrong decision I had made, and how it caused certain financial rifts in my life. I immediately understood why and what had happened.

I cut off the source of my blessings, when I cut of my faithful giving a divine insurance connection was cut, and supernatural supply began to seize. God spoke here because He wanted me to learn the principle and hold it for dear life so I pray you to do it too.

Keep giving and maintain your divine supply. God will make sure you are always ahead in your game, whilst supernaturally blessed and progressing in life.

Thank God I learned this lesson and it stuck, today I now enjoy having full-blown insurance cover from heaven. And I can tell the blessings are beyond my own efforts and has Jesus Christ in it!

Some are struggling with debts, jobs, businesses, family poverty, yet this is the solution I know to turn things around for you. Open a divine insurance account with God, and maintain it through faithful giving to the church and to the poor or those with pressing or immediate needs.

If you help the poor, you are lending to the LORD–and he will repay you! Proverbs 19:17 NLT

Do it because you love to, with understanding, and not because you have to. God loves, and cannot do without you when you are cheerful and prompt to do it, giver.

I pray this principle becomes a part of your life. God bless

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