Topic: Sacrificial Giving: God’s Way To Prosperity 1
Fire Scripture: Gen. 22:1-18
22 And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am.
2 And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.
3 And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him.
4 Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place afar off.
5 And Abraham said unto his young men, Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you.
6 And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering, and laid it upon Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife; and they went both of them together.
7 And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?
8 And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.
9 And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood.
10 And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son.
11 And the angel of the Lord called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I.
12 And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me.
13 And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son.
14 And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the Lord it shall be seen.
15 And the angel of the Lord called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time,
16 And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the Lord, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son:
17 That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies;
18 And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.
LK. 21:4 – “For all these have their abundance cast in unto the offerings of God, but she of her penury hath cast in all the living she had.”
Outline: Sacriﬁcial giving is an act of showing how much you love God and how important He is to your life. Giving sacriﬁcially is a painful act towards a personality you reverence and respect. It is when you displease yourself to please God. Sacriﬁcial giving is the road to spiritual power. If you want God’s power give sacriﬁcially. There is no greatness without sacriﬁce. Whatever you give to God and you do not feel the pain is not a sacriﬁce.
David said he would not give any offering to God that cost him nothing (2 Samuel 24:24). Sacriﬁcial giving is not only when you give a huge amount of money. Rather, it is measured with what remains in your hand after the giving. Jesus told His disciples that all those who put offerings in the offering bags gave out of their abundance, but the woman that cast a penny gave all she had (Luke. 21:4) Sacriﬁcial giving is an unusual, uncommon, painful and outstanding giving to attract God’s attention towards you like the woman in Luke. 21:4.
It is the act of giving or surrendering something of value for the sake of getting something of higher value. Sometimes giving sacriﬁcially may look senseless to you. Abraham was asked to sacriﬁce his only son that took him years to get. Not only that, it was the same son whom God promised that he would so bless that Abraham and his seeds would be too numerous to count. This same Isaac was asked to be given up as a sacriﬁce. It looked senseless but God was just testing Abraham’s obedience.
Obeying God is often a struggle because it may mean giving up something we truly value. This time Abraham’s obedient was prompt and complete. Sacriﬁcial giving is dangerously inconvenient. It must be done in faith. Sacriﬁcial giving is sowing. A farmer who failed to sow good seeds will have nothing to harvest when the time comes.
Sow bountifully into the Kingdom of God so that you can reap bountifully (2 Cor.9:6) Do you want to be highly blessed? Then give sacriﬁcially. Remember givers never lack.
The happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.”
The seed of your giving shall produce hundred folds for you, in the name of Jesus.
HYMN: There Shall Be Showers of Blessing
1. “There shall be showers of blessing”
This is the promise of love;
There shall be seasons refreshing,
Sent from the Saviour above.
Showers of blessing,
Showers of blessing we need;
Mercy drops round us are falling,
But for the showers we plead.
2. “There shall be showers of blessing”
Precious reviving again;
Over the hills and the valleys,
Sound of abundance of rain.
3. “There shall be showers of blessing”
Send them upon us, O Lord;
Grant to us now a refreshing,
Come and now honour Your Word.
4. “There shall be showers of blessing”
O that today they might fall,
Now as to God we’re confessing,
Now as on Jesus we call!
MFM DAILY DEVOTIONAL 17TH JULY 2021 PRAYER POINTS
1. Lord, create in me the spirit of understanding for giving to Your kingdom’s work, in the name of Jesus Christ.
2. I enter into Abraham’s covenant of limitless blessing, in the name of Jesus Christ.
3. Lord, create in me the spirit of compassion for the poor and the needy, in the name of Jesus Christ.
4. The devil shall not harvest the fruits of my labour, in the name of Jesus Christ.
5. The devil will not deny me of the fruits of my sowing into God’s kingdom, in the name of Jesus Christ.
6. O Lord, bless me beyond my imagination, in the name of Jesus Christ.
7. I refuse to hold on to my seed of blessing, in the name of Jesus Christ
Bible In One Year: Psalms 106; Psalms 107
MFM Daily Devotional 17th July 2021. The Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries (MFM) is a Pentecostal denomination founded in Yaba, Lagos, Lagos State, Nigeria in 1989, now with churches in several countries. It was founded by Daniel Kolawole Olukoya