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One of the great characteristics you will almost always see in the lives of people who enjoy the benefits of God's presence is this: their money is always at God's disposal.

In other words, they are good stewards of what God has entrusted to them.

We see this illustrated in the life of a man named Cornelius in Acts, chapter 10. Notice what the Word says about this Gentile centurion:
There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of the band called the Italian band, a devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God always.

He saw in a vision evidently about the ninth hour of the day an angel of God coming in to him, and saying unto him, Cornelius. And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said, What is it, Lord? And he said unto him, Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God.
(Acts 10:1-4)
We are reading about a very historical event here. God was looking for a Gentile to be the first non-Jew who is born again. To that point, everyone believing on Jesus had been Jewish. It had not even occurred to Peter that a Gentile could be born again.

So when God set out to find the man who would be the first of millions upon millions of Gentile believers, who did He choose? A man whose prayers and alms had gone up as a memorial before Him.

Alms refers to giving to the poor and to the work of God. God is looking for people to bless who can own money without money owning them.

How do you demonstrate your faithfulness with finances? Simple: by tithing and giving offerings. It got God's attention in the case of Cornelius, and it will get His attention in your case, too.

God is looking for faithful stewards - people He can entrust with fortunes and wealth, knowing they will distribute it wherever He tells them.

Show me someone who is enjoying the many benefits of God's presence and I will show you someone who tithes and gives as the Spirit leads.

Source: Answers Awaiting In The Presence Of God by Creflo A. Dollar
Excerpt permission granted by Harrison House Publishing

Author Biography

Creflo A. Dollar
Web site: World Changers Church International
Creflo Dollar is a founder and senior pastor of World Changers Church International (WCCI). He's a world-renowned Bible teacher, sought-after conference speaker, and bestselling author with hundreds of books, CDs, and DVDs in distribution worldwide. Recognized for his cutting-edge revelation and humorous, pragmatic approach, he enables thousands to experience grace, restoration, healing, and financial breakthrough by applying simple, biblical principles to their lives. He is the author of such game-changing books as "The Radical Life of Grace" and "Why I Hate Religion", and his award-winning Changing Your World television broadcast reaches nearly 1 billion homes. His ministry includes an app available on mobile devices and smart TV's, a dedicated YouTube channel, and the Changing Your World Network, a 24-hour online channel. A thriving social media presence has allowed him to connect with World Changers worldwide.

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