God can Restore Your Money.
Lorna and I travelled to South Africa in the 1990’s.
We went with a church group that was planting a lot of churches in different parts of South Africa.
At one of the “church plants” a young pastor and his wife were telling their story.
They had risked their finances by leaving the security of their jobs.
Now they were in debt and were seeking God for answers.
Their understanding of financial offerings went to a new level as God opened up the Word.
They realised that their financial offerings were not just helping their young church to grow and prosper.
They felt God was emphasising the importance that all local churches play in the harvest of souls.
They were able to impact the community as a church.
Before this, they had been two individuals doing their own thing.
Their evangelistic efforts had increased in a big way.
Now God was impressing upon them the importance financial offerings played in keeping a church open and functioning.
As a young Christian couple they believed God’s kingdom could advance without really needing money.
A new maturity developed as they became more aware of the practical nature of running a church.
But this was not helping their personal finances until they made the link between their financial offerings and God’s harvest.
This young couple were also being influenced by Reinhard Bonnke, the famous evangelist who was conducting massive crusades throughout Africa.
One of his stories about financial difficulties was very relevant to their situation.
Here is a summary of that story.
Reinhard had just received a phone call from his head office.
The expenses for the crusades were much more than his organisation’s income.
“Christ for all Nations” was hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt.
At the beginning of the year, the Lord had assured him that this year would be;
“A year of twelve full baskets, a basket for each month.”
“Lord,” he said. “Why?
You said there would be full baskets.
But they are all empty?”
God spoke back to him, saying,
“The baskets of the disciples started filling only after the multitudes had all eaten.
Keep on feeding the multitudes with My Word and I will fill the baskets.”
Reinhard was amazed, but within 24 hours his debts were paid.
He ended the year without debt.
In the meantime he kept on feeding the multitudes with the Word of God and the Lord kept supplying the financial needs of “Christ for all Nations”.
The lesson for the young couple in this story was:
When anyone gives financial offerings, they are helping the local church to keep on preaching the gospel.
Tithes and offerings keep the doors of the church open.
The end result is people get saved and helped.
When you help God in his spiritual harvest.
He will help you in your financial harvest.
As Lorna and I sat in the audience listening to this young couple tell their story.
We were fascinated by how this worked in a practical way.
The young couple finished their story by focusing on how their new understanding of tithing and financial offerings manifested in their day-to-day life.
They noticed an enormous change in people’s attitude.
Suddenly they were swept up in a supernatural tide of favour.
In every area of this couple’s finances, people started to be extremely generous towards them.
The scripture that was most relevant was this one.
“The Lord had made the Egyptians favourably disposed toward the people, and they gave them what they asked for.”
[Exodus 12: 36]
They now knew, that financial offerings and people’s attitudes were linked.
They kept on giving and the favour kept flowing until their personal debt was paid.
They were experiencing this favour not only from Christians.
It was the non-Christians and their change of attitude that amazed them the most.
Most of you would be familiar with the story in Luke chapter 5.
Here is the outline.
Peter fished all night and catches nothing.
Jesus is preaching nearby.
Peter allows Jesus to preach from his boat.
More people get to hear the gospel.
Because Peter helps Jesus preach the Word of God.
Jesus helps Peter in his business.
Everyone is happy.
Peter went from failure to success in a day.
When you give money…you are helping God.
Preaching the good news is important to God.
Jesus will help you financially as you help him [his church] financially.
Giving is a win…win situation.
You help God with his harvest and He will help you with your harvest.
Matthew chapter 20 has a story about the harvest.
A landowner hires some men to help him in the harvest of his grapes.
At the end of the day with only an hour to go, he hires more men.
When everyone gets paid, these men get the same wages as everyone else.
They only worked one hour…yet they got a full day’s wage.
Work one hour…get paid for 12 hours.
The landowner had the power to create wealth for these men.
God has the power to create wealth for us.
And gives us the ability to create wealth.
But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth.
[ Deuteronomy 8:18 ]
One of God’s favourite ways to bless a person is by giving them something to give away.
Every week he is giving you a portion of seed.
Giving your money… gives you a regular seed sowing opportunity.
And you can expect a regular harvest.
The Lord our God, who gives autumn and spring rains in season, who assures us of the regular weeks of harvest.
[ Jeremiah 5:24 ]
Expect a harvest.
A regular harvest.
In Matthew 17 is a story about paying a tax debt.
Jesus told Peter to obtain the money in an unusual way.
Jesus told Peter to look for the money in an unusual place.
Go to the sea, cast in a hook, and take the fish that comes up first.
And when you have opened its mouth, you will find a piece of money.
[ Matthew 17:27 ]
The money was hidden in the mouth.
Remember God can change you.
He can change your circumstances.
Or he can change your speech.
Sometimes he will change everything.
Also he can change people’s attitude towards you.
JOSEPH RESTORED HIS BROTHERS MONEY.
After visiting Joseph in Egypt to get food, his brothers were on their way home.
Suddenly they discovered their money had been hidden in the grain sacks.
“My money has been restored, and there it is, in my sack!”
Then their hearts failed them and they were afraid, saying to one another,
“What is this that God has done to us?”
[ Genesis 42:28 ]
Joseph had returned their money and hidden it in the sacks of grain.
Where has God hidden money for your provision?
Here is one last story to encourage you.
A woman goes to the King to ask for her farm.
He gives the farm back to her.
And gives back all the money the farm earned while she was away.
This is the key to success.
We need people to show us favour.
Then the King assigned an official to her case and said to him,
“Give back everything that belonged to her, including all the income.”
[ 2 Kings 8:6 ]
May God’s favour surround you like a shield.
ONE MORE IDEA.
Here is a key to help you understand the difference between tithes and offerings.
The story in Luke chapter 5 will help us.
Peter had a boat and a net.
The boat works like your tithes.
They provide the regular finances that the church needs to function.
But your offerings are like the net.
They help the church grow with special projects.
Building funds, missionary support, evangelistic outreaches.
To prosper… you need a boat and a net.
Tithes and offerings do different things.
One is for stability, the other is for growth.
If you want to be blessed…then tithe.
If you want to grow financially… then give a regular offering.
Remember you need both.
Written by Tony Egar.