by Don Gossett
FIRST. God Himself is the original giver. "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life" John 3:16. Christ "loved us and gave Himself for us" Galatians 2:20.
SECOND. "It is more blessed to give than to receive" Acts 20:35. Why? Because God promises to open the windows of heaven unto us, to pour out an overflowing blessing, to rebuke the devourer, (Satan) for our sakes. Read Malachi 3:10-11. In fact, God challenges us to "prove Him" just to see if He will actually do what He promises!
THIRD. The firm disapproval of God rests upon those who rob Him of tithes and offerings. "Ye are cursed with a curse, for ye have robbed me in tithes and offerings" Malachi 3. To withhold from God tends to poverty, materially and spiritually (Proverbs 11:24). God also frowns upon giving "grudgingly or of necessity" 2 Corinthians 9:7. Real giving is an act of faith. Failure to give is rank unbelief, or disobedience.
FOURTH. The devil says, "You are a fool for giving your money away. You shouldn't pay tithes or give offerings. That's all unnecessary and foolish." Speak boldly to Satan, "Get thee behind me, Satan. God says that my giving honors Him (Proverbs 3:10), that I shall be rewarded now and in heaven. Christ said that what I give shall be given unto me - good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over. The Lord is heaping up my blessings, for I am giving unto Him and His work!" Luke 6:38.
FIFTH. What is Bold Giving? It is liberal giving (Proverbs 11:25); bountiful giving (2 Corinthians 9:6); cheerful giving (2 Corinthians 9:7). Your giving is an INVESTMENT in carrying forward the Lord's great work on earth: your local church, world evangelism, radio broadcasting, literature programs and other Gospel centered causes.
SIXTH. What is the Blessing of Bold Giving? It is to "lay up treasures in heaven:" to have an active share in sending forth the Gospel to meet people's needs, spiritual and physical.
SEVENTH. Dare to abandon yourself to God's promises in your giving! "But this I say, He which sows sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which sows bountifully shall reap also bountifully" 2 Corinthians 9:6.
NOTE: Marie felt that the Lord would have us send the above out, and I agree. Many of you reading this will be non-tithers. This then will be a challenge to you. Both Marie and I over 57 years of married life have proven this challenge of Don Gossett to be eminently true.
During the first year of our married life we were students at Northern Baptist Theological Seminary of Chicago. Our finances were extremely tight, and I talked Marie into letting our tithing habit go, seeing we were seminary students. Our situation then really bottomed out (1949). At the bottom I asked God and my wife to forgive me, and we started tithing again, and haven't stopped since. Within 6 months we were completely out of debt. God gave me a job as caretaker and host at headquarters of the Conservative Baptist Association, 352 N Wellington, Chicago, and then almost immediately I received a call as Associate Pastor to Dr. D. A. Scotchie McCall of Tabernacle Baptist Church of Chicago.
Our life has been a steady stream of testing, deliverance and blessing ever since. We can give testimony after testimony from the churches we have pastored, always holding up this standard. Our church from February 1953 - February 1958 averaged not a tithe, but 30%! Over and above our church tithe, in our faith missionary giving, every member including babies gave an average of $150.00 a year to missions. Blessed? Every member of our church testified to the blessing of obeying in tithes and offerings. Not only that, but our membership read the Bible through each year, fasted regularly, had up to 13 prayer meetings a week up to the time revival broke out. We had 100 converts in 9 months, and all stuck! We were the largest per capita giving missionary church in all of Chicago. For our glory? Absolutely not! For HIS Glory ALONE, BECAUSE He is eminently worthy. The Kostner Avenue Baptist Church of Chicago grew from 16 to 800 members in 8 years, and continued as a tithes and offerings church.
"TWO ARE BETTER THAN ONE" MINISTRIES
Jim & Marie Watt - used with permission
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