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In several passages in the Bible, the Lord has made precious promises to those of us who are godly givers—those who obey His commandments, bring their tithes and offerings into the storehouse, and give in other ways as directed by God. Let's look at three of these promises:

God's Blessings Will Come On Us And Overtake Us
"And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the Lord thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth: And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God" (Deut. 28:1-2).

God Will Rebuke the Devourer For Our Sakes
"And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the Lord of hosts" (Mal. 3:11).

According to the New Testament, you and I have the power and authority to cast out demons (Mark 16:17). We have discovered that this is an effective and powerful way to keep Satan and his demons from taking from us the health, wealth, and blessings. Christ died to provide for us, our rightful inheritance as heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ. We also know that Jesus has delegated to us the power and authority to bind and loose on earth (Mark 16:19). This is also a tremendous blessing and privilege.

But as marvelous as those blessings are, here in this Old Testament passage God assures us that if we will be faithful in our tithes and offerings, He Himself will rebuke the devourer (Satan) for us, for our sakes.

God Will Increase Our Storehouse of Seed
"For God, who gives seed to the farmer to plant, and later on, good crops to harvest and eat, will give you more and more seed to plant and will make it grow so that you can give away more and more fruit from your harvest" (2 Cor. 9:10).

Here Paul assures us that if we follow a consistent lifestyle of giving, the Lord will see to it that our storehouse of seed is continually replenished. Why? So we will have more and more seed to invest, to produce more and more fruit. Not so we can live in luxury and ease while the rest of the world goes hungry, but so we will have more and more fruit to give away, to meet the needs of others. That's the Christian lifestyle: giving and receiving, being blessed to be a blessing, prospering for the sake of all those in need.

Increasing the Fruits of Righteousness
Previously, I have discussed a promise of the Lord to those believers who give: our giving results in an increase in the fruits of our righteousness according to 1 Corinthians 9:10. In Isaiah 32:17 and 28 we see at least four "fruits of righteousness."

And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance forever. And my people shall dwell in a peaceable habitation, and in sure dwellings, and in quiet resting places.

Let's look at this important passage in the New International Version: "The fruit of righteousness will be peace; the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever. My people will live in peaceful dwelling places, in secure homes, in undisturbed places of rest."

1. Peace
As you and I become faithful and consistent godly givers, our lifestyle of giving actually begins to create an atmosphere of peace in us and around us. This is particularly true, and especially important, during times of adversity, when the economy is bad, when things are falling apart. When "all hell breaks loose," people will naturally be drawn to those who manifest the "peace of God." This peace will come upon us and overtake us because we are linked to the God of all peace and are living in harmony with Him.

2. Quietness
When he (the Lord) giveth quietness, who then can make trouble?(Job 34:29). According to Isaiah 32:17-18, one "effect" of the work of righteousness is quietness of spirit.

If there has ever been a time in the history of the Church when people everywhere have needed and hungered for quietness of spirit, it is now. With all the turmoil, harassment and adversity that the Body of Christ has recently experienced, what a wonderful blessing it would be to possess quietness of spirit.

With this God-given sense of quietness, you and I can lie down at night knowing that all of our needs are being provided for us. We can be at ease in our minds and hearts. Not just occasionally. Not just when things are going well, when the economy is on the upswing, when the stock market is rising, but at all times, regardless of our outward circumstances.

3. Confidence
"And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him" (1 John 5:14-15).

Although I have needs, just as everyone else does, I also have something that not everyone else possesses - a sense of confidence. Confidence in the Lord, and confidence in my own well-being. Despite my problems, I am still absolutely convinced that God will meet my needs in accordance with His riches in glory through Jesus Christ my Lord.

Many times I meet other people who are experiencing need, and I sympathize with them because I know what it is to be in that situation. Often I will give to them because I know their need is great and the pressure is getting to them. I also know that by giving to them I am taking action toward fulfilling my own lack. I have a deep-seated confidence in my giving, because I am persuaded that the Lord will return my gift to me somehow, some way, because He is faithful. So by giving I am actually helping to meet both of our needs, the other person's and my own.

4. Assurance
"Whereof he hath given assurance unto all men" (Acts 17:31).

I don't know how many times Carolyn and I have had a great need, and then received from the Lord the very amount necessary to meet that obligation. Almost invariably, before we could use that money to settle our debt, we would come into contact with someone else whose financial need was even more pressing than ours - with one difference. We would realize that we knew something the other person didn't know. We knew how to believe and receive from the Lord; he or she didn't.

Many are the times we have given away to someone else what we ourselves desperately needed. How could we do that? How could we put the needs of others ahead of our own? We could do that only because we had a God-given assurance that by meeting the needs of others, we were guaranteeing that our own needs would be met by the Lord. Carolyn and I know that God will meet our needs. We are fully persuaded. He has done it for us so many times before, how could we ever doubt Him?

Source: How God Supplies Your Every Need by Jerry Savelle.
Excerpt permission granted by Jerry Savelle Publications

Author Biography

Jerry Savelle
Web site: Jerry Savelle Ministries International
Dr. Jerry Savelle was an average, blue-collar man who was struggling and needed God's help. While he considered himself a "nobody," when he became a believer God told him not to worry about it because He was a master at making champions out of nobodies. God has since taken Dr. Savelle from being a constant quitter to a man who knows how to stand on the Word of God until victory is experienced. Because of the life-changing combination of God's faithfulness and Dr. Savelle's "no quit" attitude, his life is totally different than it was thirty-eight years ago.

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