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 Bowing to the Givers (Tozer)

Bowing to the Givers
A.W. Tozer

Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy. (1 Timothy 6:17)

Remember, my giving will be rewarded not by how much I gave but by how much I had left. Ministers are sometimes tempted to shy away from such doctrine as this lest they offend the important givers in their congregation. But it is better to offend men than to grieve the blessed Spirit of God which dwells in the church. No man ever yet killed a true church by withdrawing his gifts from it because of a personal pique. The Church of the Firstborn is not dependent upon the patronage of men. No man has ever been able really to harm a church by boycotting it financially. The moment we admit that we fear the displeasure of the carnal givers in our congregations we admit also that our congregations are not of heaven but of the earth. A heavenly church will enjoy a heavenly and supernatural prosperity. She cannot be starved out. The Lord will supply her needs.

"Thank You, Heavenly Father, for Your incredibly generous provision and faithfulness--both to us as individuals and to the churches we lead. Amen."

(from: God Tells the Man Who Cares, 147)


 2007/7/31 11:36Profile

Joined: 2007/6/27
Posts: 1573
Omaha, NE

 Re: Bowing to the Givers (Tozer)

God is the giver of all good things, and He
shares His blessings so that we may bless
others. He does not need our riches, and
He is the only true treasure of our hearts.
God asks us to give as we have been blessed;
and uses what is given for His ministry and
His purposes. 8-)

Martin G. Smith

 2007/7/31 11:54Profile

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