Grace can empower a willingness to give beyond

2 Corinthians 8:1-5 Moreover, brethren, we do you to wit of the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia; 2 How that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality. 3 For to their power, I bear record, yea, and BEYOND THEIR POWER they were willing of themselves; 4 Praying us with much intreaty that we would receive the gift, and take upon us the fellowship of the ministering to the saints. 5 And this they did, not as we hoped, but first gave their own selves to the Lord, and unto us by the will of God.


The Apostle Paul used the example of the Macedonian churches as a testimony of how powerful the grace of God is to create properly motivated giving. Grace had impacted the hearts of the Macedonians to be willing to give beyond their ability, beyond their means, without thought of themselves. This was sacrificial giving and this type of giving confronts the heart attitudes of the culture which we live in that is full of greed, covetousness, debt, credit madness, and the accumulation of things. Giving offerings is normally giving with a willingness according to what one has or ones means (2 Corinthians 8:12) but the Macedonian Believers had a willingness beyond that. Only the grace of God can empower that kind of willingness


There is often a spirit of poverty behind these attitudes. Poverty is not only a curse and a mindset, but poverty can also be a spirit.  It’s a spirit that’s characterized by a fear of not having which causes you to clutch to what you have for fear of never getting more. A poverty spirit is manifested in covetousness which is a desire to have more and more and never being content; getting all you can and holding to all you get.


A poverty spirit can hinder, interrupt, and can even stop your service to God like it did the rich young ruler in Mark 10:17-23. The way you break the hold of that spirit is by acting against it with actions of giving. You can pray until you’re blue in the face, but it’ll never break the hold of this spirit until your FAITH gets INTO ACTION and GIVES. Grace can empower this kind of giving that breaks the hold of the spirit of poverty.

Pastor John Rasicci is the founder and Pastor of Word of His Grace Church in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, where we are building people who are building the Church. Pastor's ministry mission is to help people discover God's dream for their Life, the Local Church, and the Last Days' Harvest. With a strong emphasis on the grace of God and with a prophetic voice, Pastor John preaches and teaches in churches, conferences, and crusades both locally and throughout the world. He has produced books, tapes, and other teaching materials to empower, enable, and equip Believers with the Word of God. Pastor John is married to his wife Candy who with their three children, Krista, Joanna, John Anthony, and two son-in-laws, Matt and Doug, serve together in the ministry. After graduating from Kent State University, Pastor John pursued a career in professional baseball before accepting the call to the ministry. He and his wife, Candy, received their ministry training from Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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