Generous Life - 40 day devotional

 


This 40-day devotional will encourage us to experience God’s generosity and discover true contentment and joy. 

Each day provides biblical insights on generosity and giving, and throughout each week, you get an inspiring article, practical worksheet, and discussion questions.

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Week 1

Week 1 Day 1 -2.17.2021

God is the Owner of Everything

(Including All You Currently Have or Ever Will Have)

THINK ABOUT, DISCUSS OR PRAY ABOUT THE VERSE THAT RELATES MOST TO YOUR LIFE.

[God says] “For every animal of the forest is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills. … And the insects in the fields are mine. … For the world is mine, and all that is in it.”

Psalm 50:10–12

“The silver is mine and the gold is mine,” declares the Lord Almighty.

Haggai 2:8

For everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, Lord, is the kingdom. … Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things.

1 Chronicles 29:11b–12

[God says] “The land is mine and you reside in my land as foreigners and strangers.”

Leviticus 25:23b

“But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand. We are foreigners and strangers in your sight, as were all our ancestors. Our days on earth are like a shadow, without hope. Lord, our God, all this abundance that we have provided for building you a temple for your Holy Name comes from your hand, and all of it belongs to you.”

1 Chronicles 29:14–16

*David’s prayer after people gave generously to a building project

The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.

Psalm 24:1

If we belong to Christ, it’s logical that everything we have truly belongs to him. When we give to God, we are just taking our hands off what already belongs to him.


Week 1 Day 2 -2.18.2021

God is the Provider of Every Good Thing in Your Life

THINK ABOUT, DISCUSS OR PRAY ABOUT THE VERSE THAT RELATES MOST TO YOUR LIFE.

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

James 1:17

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.

Ephesians 1:3

If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!

Matthew 7:11

God said to Solomon, “Since this is your heart’s desire and you have not asked for wealth, possessions or honor, nor for the death of your enemies, and since you have not asked for a long life but for wisdom and knowledge to govern my people over whom I have made you king, therefore wisdom and knowledge will be given you. And I will also give you wealth, possessions and honor, such as no king who was before you ever had and none after you will have.”

2 Chronicles 1:11–12

 [God says] “Unending riches, honor, justice and righteousness are mine to distribute. My gifts are better than the purest gold or sterling silver! Those who love and follow me are indeed wealthy. I fill their treasuries.”

Proverbs 8:18–21 TLB

All that we have accomplished you have done for us.

Isaiah 26:12b

“As thunder follows lightning, giving follows grace. When God’s grace touches you, you can’t help but respond with generous giving.”

Randy Alcorn

Give to God what’s right ­— not what’s left. 


Week 1 Day 3 -2.19.2021

Your Role Is Trustee, Manager and Steward

THINK ABOUT, DISCUSS OR PRAY ABOUT THE VERSE THAT RELATES MOST TO YOUR LIFE.

And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus … Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ.

Colossians 3:17, 23–24 NLT

For none of us lives for ourselves alone, and none of us dies for ourselves alone. If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. 

Romans 14:7–8

After a long time their master returned from his trip and called them to give an account of how they had used his money. The servant to whom he had entrusted the five bags of silver came forward with five more and said, “Master, you gave me five bags of silver to invest, and I have earned five more.” The master was full of praise. “Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!”… Then the servant with the one bag of silver came and said, “Master, I knew you were a harsh man, harvesting crops you didn’t plant and gathering crops you didn’t cultivate. I was afraid I would lose your money, so I hid it in the earth. Look, here is your money back.” But the master replied, “You wicked and lazy servant!” 

Matthew 25:19–21, 24–26 NLT

It is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful. 

1 Corinthians 4:2 KJV

“People go through three conversions: The conversion of their head, their heart and their pocketbook. Unfortunately, not all at the same time.” 

Martin Luther

Have you gone through all three conversions yet?


Week 1 Day 4 - 2.20.2021

The Lord Watches Your Giving

THINK ABOUT, DISCUSS OR PRAY ABOUT THE VERSE THAT RELATES MOST TO YOUR LIFE.

Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a fraction of a penny. Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything — all she had to live on.”

Mark 12:41–44

As Jesus looked up, he saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. 

Luke 21:1

For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what he does not have. 

2 Corinthians 8:12

All who were willing, men and women alike, came and brought gold jewelry of all kinds: brooches, earrings, rings and ornaments. They all presented their gold as a wave offering to the Lord. … The leaders brought onyx stones and other gems. … All the Israelite men and women who were willing brought to the Lord freewill offerings for all the work the Lord through Moses had commanded them to do.” 

Exodus 35:22, 27, 29

All the officials and all the people brought their contributions gladly, dropping them into the chest until it was full. 

2 Chronicles 24:10

Your bank and credit card statements are theological documents. They tell who and what you worship. 


Week 1 Day 5 - 2.21.2021

Don’t Be Prideful About What God Entrusted to You

THINK ABOUT, DISCUSS OR PRAY ABOUT THE VERSE THAT RELATES MOST TO YOUR LIFE.

You may say to yourself, “My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.” But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth. …

Deuteronomy 8:17–18

If your riches increase, don’t be proud. 

Psalm 62:10 TLB

Be careful that you do not forget the Lord your God. … Otherwise, when you eat and are satisfied, when you build fine houses and settle down, and when your herds and flocks grow large and your silver and gold increase and all you have is multiplied, then your heart will become proud and you will forget the Lord your God. 

Deuteronomy 8:11–14a

This is what the Lord says, “Let not the … rich boast of their riches, but let the one who boasts boast about this: that they have the understanding to know me.” 

Jeremiah 9:23–24a

Proud man! Frail as breath! A shadow! And all his busy rushing ends in nothing. He heaps up riches for someone else to spend. 

Psalm 39:5–6 TLB

What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul? 

Mark 8:36

Better poor and humble than proud and rich. 

Proverbs 16:19 TLB

The pride of your heart has deceived you, you who … make your home on the heights, you who say to yourself, “Who can bring me down to the ground? Though you soar like the eagle and make your nest among the stars, from there I will bring you down,” declares the Lord .… “Oh, what a disaster awaits you. … Your friends will deceive and overpower you.” 

Obadiah 1:3–7

When a man becomes rich, either God gains a partner or the man loses his soul. 


Week 1 Day 6 - 2.22.2021

The Poor Should Give to God From What They Have

THINK ABOUT, DISCUSS OR PRAY ABOUT THE VERSE THAT RELATES MOST TO YOUR LIFE.

No one should appear before the Lord empty-handed.

Deuteronomy 16:16

So [Elijah] went to Zarephath. As he arrived at the gates of the village, he saw a widow gathering sticks, and he asked her, “Would you please bring me a little water in a cup?” As she was going to get it, he called to her, “Bring me a bite of bread, too.” But she said, “I swear by the Lord your God that I don’t have a single piece of bread in the house. And I have only a handful of flour left in the jar and a little cooking oil in the bottom of the jug. I was just gathering a few sticks to cook this last meal, and then my son and I will die.” But Elijah said to her, “Don’t be afraid! Go ahead and do just what you’ve said, but make a little bread for me first. Then use what’s left to prepare a meal for yourself and your son. For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: There will always be flour and olive oil left in your containers until the time when the Lord sends rain and the crops grow again!” So she did as Elijah said, and she and Elijah and her family continued to eat for many days.

1 Kings 17:10–15 NLT

Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me and will watch over me … then the Lord will be my God … and of all that you give me I will give you a tenth.”

Genesis 28:20–22

*At the time, Jacob was a single young man with no job or income.

Though [the Macedonian Christians] have been going through much trouble and hard times, they have mixed their wonderful joy with their deep poverty, and the result has been an overflow of giving to others. They gave not only what they could afford but far more; and I can testify that they did it because they wanted to. … They begged us to take the money so they could share in the joy of helping the Christians in Jerusalem.

2 Corinthians 8:2–4 TLB

If a pauper gives to God, he’ll feel like a prince. If a prince doesn’t give to God, he’ll feel like a pauper.


Week 1 Day 7 - 2.23.2021

Set Up a Plan to Faithfully Give to the Lord's Work

THINK ABOUT, DISCUSS OR PRAY ABOUT THE VERSE THAT RELATES MOST TO YOUR LIFE.

[Jesus said] “But woe to you Pharisees! For though you are careful to tithe even the smallest part of your income, you completely forget about justice and the love of God. You should tithe, yes, but you should not leave these other things undone.”

Luke 11:42 TLB

“You must tithe all of your crops every year. … The purpose of tithing is to teach you always to put God first in your lives.”

Deuteronomy 14:22–23 TLB

[God said] “You must be prompt in giving me the tithe. …”

Exodus 22:29 TLB

Abram gave … a tenth of everything.

Genesis 14:20

“Will a man rob God? Surely not! And yet you have robbed me. ‘What do you mean? When did we ever rob you?’ You have robbed me of the tithes and offerings due to me. And so the awesome curse of God is cursing you. … Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so that there will be food enough in my temple; if you do, I will open up the windows of heaven for you and pour out a blessing so great you won’t have room enough to take it in! Try it! Let me prove it to you! Your crops will be large, for I will guard them from insects and plagues. Your grapes won’t shrivel away before they ripen,” says the Lord Almighty.

Malachi 3:8–11 TLB

The people responded immediately and generously with the first of their crops and grain, new wine, olive oil, honey, and everything else — a tithe of all they owned.

2 Chronicles 31:5a TLB

Giving 10 percent isn’t the ceiling of giving; it’s the floor. It’s not the finish line of giving; it’s just the starting block.

WEEK 2

Week 2 Day 8 2.24.2021

Don’t Trust in Your Riches

THINK ABOUT, DISCUSS OR PRAY ABOUT THE VERSE THAT RELATES MOST TO YOUR LIFE. 

Whoever trusts in his riches will fall, but the righteous will thrive like a green leaf. 

Proverbs 11:28

Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God. 

1 Timothy 6:17

Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. 

John 14:1

[Job said] “If I have put my trust in gold or said to pure gold, ‘You are my security,’ if I have rejoiced over my great wealth, the fortune my hands had gained … so that my heart was secretly enticed … then these also would be sins to be judged, for I would have been unfaithful to God on high.” 

Job 31:24–28

They trust in their wealth and boast of great riches. Yet they cannot redeem themselves from death by paying a ransom to God. Redemption does not come so easily, for no one can ever pay enough to live forever and never see the grave. Those who are wise must finally die, just like the foolish and senseless, leaving all their wealth behind. The grave is their eternal home, where they will stay forever. They may name their estates after themselves, but their fame will not last. They will die, just like animals. 

Psalm 49:6–12 NLT

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Week 2 Day 9 - 2.25.2021

Riches Can Deceive You

THINK ABOUT, DISCUSS OR PRAY ABOUT THE VERSE THAT RELATES MOST TO YOUR LIFE.

You say, “I am rich, with everything I want; I don’t need a thing!” And you don’t realize that spiritually you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked.

Revelation 3:17 TLB

What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul? 

Mark 8:36

Others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful. 

Mark 4:18–19

[Jesus said] “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” 

Luke 12:15

Don’t weary yourself trying to get rich. Why waste your time? Riches can disappear as though they had the wings of a bird! 

Proverbs 23:4–5 TLB

The more you have, the more you spend, right up to the limits of your income. So what is the advantage of wealth — except perhaps to watch it as it runs through your fingers! 

Ecclesiastes 5:11 TLB

The love of money is the first step toward all kinds of sin. Some people have even turned away from God because of their love for it, and as a result have pierced themselves with many sorrows. 

1 Timothy 6:10 TLB

If he sows to please his own wrong desires, he will be planting seeds of evil and he will surely reap a harvest of spiritual decay and death. 

Galatians 6:8 TLB

The poorest man in the world is the man who has nothing but money.


Week 2 Day 10 - 2.26.2021

Train Your Children to Be Faithful and Generous Givers

THINK ABOUT, DISCUSS OR PRAY ABOUT THE VERSE THAT RELATES MOST TO YOUR LIFE.

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

Proverbs 22:6 KJV

I have chosen him, so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing what is right and just.

Genesis 18:19

These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.

Deuteronomy 6:6–7

… We will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power, and the wonders he has done. He decreed statutes … which he commanded our forefathers to teach their children, so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children. Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.

Psalm 78:4–7

Bring them up with the discipline and instruction that comes from the Lord.

Ephesians 6:4b NLT

Giving a child money to put into an offering plate does not produce a generous adult. If you want to produce a generous adult, you must train a child to tithe from any money he or she receives from family, friends or work projects. This child will grow up to honor God.


Week 2 Day 11 - 2.27.2021

Focus on Being Content With God’s Daily Provisions

THINK ABOUT, DISCUSS OR PRAY ABOUT THE VERSE THAT RELATES MOST TO YOUR LIFE.

Godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.

1 Timothy 6:6-8

Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income.

Ecclesiastes 5:10

Give me just enough to satisfy my needs! For if I grow rich, I may become content without God. And if I am too poor, I may steal and thus insult God’s holy name.

Proverbs 30:8b-9 TLB

“This, then, is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread.’”

Matthew 6:9–11

I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.

Philippians 4:11–12

You are only poor when you want more than you have. The trouble with most people is their earning capacity doesn’t match their yearning capacity. 


Week 2 Day 12 - 2.28.2021

You Cannot Serve God and Money, but You Must Learn to Serve God With Money

THINK ABOUT, DISCUSS OR PRAY ABOUT THE VERSE THAT RELATES MOST TO YOUR LIFE.

[Jesus said] “So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? … No servant can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”

Luke 16:11–13

The good man’s earnings advance the cause of righteousness. The evil man squanders his on sin.

Proverbs 10:16 TLB

[Jesus said] “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

Matthew 6:19–21

How much better to get wisdom than gold, to choose understanding rather than silver!

Proverbs 16:16

Why should fools have money in hand to buy wisdom, when they are not able to understand it?

Proverbs 17:16

It is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.

1 Corinthians 4:2 KJV

The world asks, “What does a person own?” God asks, “How is the person using what they have been given?”

A Christian is one who does not have to consult his bank book to see how wealthy he really is.


Week 2 Day 13 - 3.1.2021

Dangerous Consequences if You Live for Pleasure

THINK ABOUT, DISCUSS OR PRAY ABOUT THE VERSE THAT RELATES MOST TO YOUR LIFE.

Whoever loves pleasure will become poor.

Proverbs 21:17

Don’t be misled; remember that you can’t ignore God and get away with it: a man will always reap just the kind of crop he sows!

Galatians 6:7 TLB

I denied myself nothing my eyes desired; I refused my heart no pleasure. … Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless.

Ecclesiastes 2:10–11

A fool thinks only of having a good time now.

Ecclesiastes 7:4 TLB

There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, … lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God — having a form of godliness but denying its power.

2 Timothy 3:1–5

The widow who lives for pleasure is dead even while she lives.

1 Timothy 5:6

Don’t carouse with drunkards and gluttons, for they are on their way to poverty. And remember that too much sleep clothes a man with rags.

Proverbs 23:20–21 NLT

The younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living.

Luke 15:13

Your use of money shows what you think of God.

Many people have “getting” goals, but very few people have “giving” goals. What are your “giving” goals?


Week 2 Day 14 - 3.2.2021

Live for Your Heavenly Home

THINK ABOUT, DISCUSS OR PRAY ABOUT THE VERSE THAT RELATES MOST TO YOUR LIFE.

These men of faith … agreed that this earth was not their real home but that they were just strangers visiting down here. … They were looking forward to their real home in heaven. If they had wanted to, they could have gone back to the good things of this world. But they didn’t want to. They were living for heaven. And now God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has made a heavenly city for them.

Hebrews 11:13–16 TLB

For this world is not our home; we are looking forward to our everlasting home in heaven. … Don’t forget to do good and to share what you have.

Hebrews 13:14, 16 TLB

By faith [Abraham] made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God.

Hebrews 11:9-10

If any man builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, his work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each man’s work. If what he has built survives, he will receive his reward. If it is burned up, he will suffer loss; he himself will be saved, but only as one escaping through the flames.

1 Corinthians 3:12–15

For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.

2 Corinthians 5:10

Our real worth is what will be ours in eternity.




Week 3

Week 3 Day 15 - 3.3.2021

The Desire for “More” Can be Destructive

THINK ABOUT, DISCUSS OR PRAY ABOUT THE VERSE THAT RELATES MOST TO YOUR LIFE.

People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

I Timothy 6:9–10

Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”

Hebrews 13:5

Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income. … But as for the rich, their abundance permits them no sleep.

Ecclesiastes 5:10, 12

Some men enjoy cheating, but the cake they buy with such ill-gotten gain will turn to gravel in their mouths.

Proverbs 20:17 TLB

Quick wealth is not a blessing in the end.

Proverbs 20:21 TLB

What sorrow awaits you who build big houses with money gained dishonestly!

Habakkuk 2:9 NLT

Give freely and become more wealthy; be stingy and lose everything.

Proverbs 11:24 NLT

It’s not the high cost of living; it’s the cost of living too high that gets most people in trouble.

When your outgo exceeds your income, your upkeep will lead to your downfall.


Week 3 Day 16 - 3.4.2021

Public and Leadership Gifts for Building Projects

THINK ABOUT, DISCUSS OR PRAY ABOUT THE VERSE THAT RELATES MOST TO YOUR LIFE.

Then King David turned to the entire assembly and said, “My son Solomon, whom God has clearly chosen as the next king of Israel, is still young and inexperienced. The work ahead of him is enormous, for the Temple he will build is not for mere mortals — it is for the Lord God himself! Using every resource at my command, I have gathered as much as I could for building the Temple of my God. Now there is enough gold, silver, bronze, iron, and wood, as well as great quantities of onyx, other precious stones, costly jewels, and all kinds of fine stone and marble. And now because of my devotion to the Temple of my God, I am giving all of my own private treasures of gold and silver to help in the construction. This is in addition to the building materials I have already collected for his holy Temple. I am donating … gold … and silver. … Now then, who will follow my example and give offerings to the Lord today?” Then the family leaders, the leaders of the tribes of Israel, the generals and captains of the army, and the king’s administrative officers all gave willingly. … The people rejoiced over the offerings, for they had given freely and wholeheartedly to the Lord, and King David was filled with joy.

1 Chronicles 29:1–9 NLT

Where God guides, he provides. What God orders, he pays for. God’s work, done in God’s way, never lacks God’s supply.


Week 3 Day 17 - 3.5.2021

Cautions for Growing Indebtedness

THINK ABOUT, DISCUSS OR PRAY ABOUT THE VERSE THAT RELATES MOST TO YOUR LIFE.

Just as the rich rule the poor, so the borrower is servant to the lender.

Proverbs 22:7 NLT

Pay everyone what he ought to have. … Pay all your debts except the debt of love for others — never finish paying that!

Romans 13:7–8 TLB

The wicked borrow and never repay, but the godly are generous givers.

Psalms 37:21 NLT

The Lord will … bless all the work of your hands. You will lend to many nations but will borrow from none. The Lord will make you the head, not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands of the Lord your God … you will always be at the top, never at the bottom. … However, if you do not obey the Lord your God and do not carefully follow all his commands … the foreigners who reside among you will rise above you higher and higher, but you will sink lower and lower. They will lend to you, but you will not lend to them. They will be the head, but you will be the tail.

Deuteronomy 28:12–15, 43–44

Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty.

Proverbs 21:5 NLT

If you lack the means to pay, your very bed will be snatched from under you.

Proverbs 22:27

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Week 3 Day 18 - 3.6.2021

Give in Proportion to How God Has Blessed You

THINK ABOUT, DISCUSS OR PRAY ABOUT THE VERSE THAT RELATES MOST TO YOUR LIFE.

According to their ability they gave to the treasury for this work.

Ezra 2:69a

Bring to [God] a freewill offering proportionate in size to his blessing upon you as judged by the amount of your harvest.

Deuteronomy 16:10b TLB

They all gave out of their wealth.

Mark 12:44a

The disciples, as each one was able, decided to provide help for the brothers and sisters living in Judea.

Acts 11:29

For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what he does not have.

2 Corinthians 8:12

For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability.

2 Corinthians 8:3

On every Lord’s Day each of you should put aside something from what you have earned during the week, and use it for this offering. The amount depends on how much the Lord has helped you earn.

1 Corinthians 16:2 TLB

On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and [the wise men] bowed down and worshipped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

Matthew 2:11

When you give to God, you discover that God gives to you.


Week 3 Day 19 - 3.7.2021

Women Play a Significant Part in Giving to God’s Work

THINK ABOUT, DISCUSS OR PRAY ABOUT THE VERSE THAT RELATES MOST TO YOUR LIFE.

Joanna the wife of Chuza, the manager of Herod’s household; Susanna; and many others. These women were helping to support [Jesus and his disciples] out of their own means.

Luke 8:3

A woman came with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, made of pure nard. She broke the jar and poured the perfume on [Jesus’] head.

Mark 14:3

… Everyone who was willing and whose heart moved him came and brought an offering to the Lord for the work … All who were willing, men and women alike, came and brought gold jewelry of all kinds: brooches, earrings, rings and ornaments. They all presented their gold as a wave offering to the Lord. … Every skilled woman spun with her hands and brought what she had spun — blue, purple or scarlet yarn or fine linen. And all the women who were willing and had the skill spun the goat hair.

Exodus 35:21–22, 25–26

In Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (in Greek her name is Dorcas); she was always doing good and helping the poor.

Acts 9:36

Then the king, with the queen sitting beside him, asked me, “How long will your journey take, and when will you get back?” It pleased the king to send me; so I set a time. … And because the gracious hand of my God was upon me, the king granted my requests.

Nehemiah 2:6–8

No widow may be put on the list of widows unless she is over sixty, has been faithful to her husband, and is well known for her good deeds, such as bringing up children, showing hospitality, washing the feet of the saints, helping those in trouble and devoting herself to all kinds of good deeds.

1 Timothy 5:9–10

God looks at the heart, not the hand — the giver, not the gift.


Week 3 Day 20 - 3.8.2021

Beware of Greed, Hoarding or Selfishness in Your Life

THINK ABOUT, DISCUSS OR PRAY ABOUT THE VERSE THAT RELATES MOST TO YOUR LIFE.

Then [Jesus] said, “Beware! Guard against every kind of greed. Life is not measured by how much you own.” Then he told them a story: “A rich man had a fertile farm that produced fine crops. He said to himself, ‘What should I do? I don’t have room for all my crops.’ Then he said, ‘I know! I’ll tear down my barns and build bigger ones. Then I’ll have room enough to store all my wheat and other goods. And I’ll sit back and say to myself: “My friend, you have enough stored away for years to come. Now take it easy! Eat, drink, and be merry!”’ But God said to him, ‘You fool! You will die this very night. Then who will get everything you worked for?’ Yes, a person is a fool to store up earthly wealth but not have a rich relationship with God.”

Luke 12:15–21 NLT

Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming upon you. Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes. Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire. You have hoarded wealth in the last days.

James 5:1–3

Turn my heart toward your statutes and not toward selfish gain. Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word.

Psalm 119:36–37

Better the little that the righteous have than the wealth of many wicked.

Psalm 37:16

Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.

2 Corinthians 9:6

There are no pockets in a shroud and no U-hauls behind a hearse.

God is going to have to take some people to heaven feet first, because they keep trying to hold onto everything they have here on earth.



Week 3 Day 21 - 3.9.2021

Never Neglect God’s House and Servants

THINK ABOUT, DISCUSS OR PRAY ABOUT THE VERSE THAT RELATES MOST TO YOUR LIFE.

“Is it a time for you yourselves to be living in your paneled houses, while this house remains a ruin?” Now this is what the Lord Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways. You have planted much, but have harvested little. You eat, but never have enough. You drink, but never have your fill. You put on clothes, but are not warm. You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it.” This is what the Lord Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways. Go up into the mountains and bring down timber and build the house, so that I may take pleasure in it and be honored,” says the Lord. “You expected much, but see, it turned out to be little. What you brought home, I blew away. Why?” declares the Lord Almighty. “Because of my house, which remains a ruin, while each of you is busy with his own house. Therefore, because of you the heavens have withheld their dew and the earth its crops. I called for a drought on the fields and the mountains, on the grain, the new wine, the olive oil and everything else the ground produces, on people and livestock, and on all the labor of your hands.”

Haggai 1:4–11

“We will not neglect the house of our God.”

Nehemiah 10:39b

[God said] “You must be prompt in giving me the tithe of your crops and of your wine. …”

Exodus 22:29a TLB

Be careful not to neglect the Levites [ministers] as long as you live in your land.

Deuteronomy 12:19

Materialism is to generosity, what kryptonite was to Superman.

If everyone in your church followed your pattern of giving, would your church receive a token, a tip or a tithe?

Week 4

Week 4 Day 22 - 3.10.2021
God Highly Regards a Christian in Humble Financial Circumstances
THINK ABOUT, DISCUSS OR PRAY ABOUT THE VERSE THAT RELATES MOST TO YOUR LIFE.
Believers in humble circumstances ought to take pride in their high position. But the rich should take pride in their humiliation — since they will pass away like a wild flower. For the sun rises with scorching heat and withers the plant; its blossom falls and its beauty is destroyed. In the same way, the rich will fade away even while they go about their business.
James 1:9–11
Listen, my dear brothers and sisters: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him? But you have insulted the poor. Is it not the rich who are exploiting you?
James 2:5–6a
Though [the Macedonian Christians] have been going through much trouble and hard times, they have mixed their wonderful joy with their deep poverty, and the result has been an overflow of giving to others. They gave not only what they could afford but far more; and I can testify that they did it because they wanted to and not because of nagging on my part. They begged us to take the money so they could share in the joy of helping the Christians in Jerusalem.
2 Corinthians 8:2–4 TLB
“I am only one,
But still I am one.
I cannot do everything,
But still I can do something.
And because I cannot do everything,
I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.”
Edward Hale

Week 4 Day 23 - 3.11.2021
God Has Good Works for You to Do During Your Lifetime
THINK ABOUT, DISCUSS OR PRAY ABOUT THE VERSE THAT RELATES MOST TO YOUR LIFE.
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Ephesians 2:10
“If you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?”
Esther 4:14
*Mordecai said this to Esther.
In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
Matthew 5:16
And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. … You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.
2 Corinthians 9:8, 11
Tell the rich to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good works and should give happily to those in need, always being ready to share with others whatever God has given them. By doing this they will be storing up real treasure for themselves in heaven — it is the only safe investment for eternity! And they will be living a fruitful Christian life down here as well.
1 Timothy 6:18–19 TLB
In response to all he has done for us, let us outdo each other in being helpful and kind to each other and in doing good.
Hebrews 10:24 TLB
Many people go to their graves, with God’s unplayed music still inside of them. Don’t waste your God-given life with low living, small planning, mundane talking, constant grumbling or cheap giving. Be all that God has called you and equipped you to be.

Week 4 Day 24 - 3.12.2021
Some Are Called to Extravagant Giving
THINK ABOUT, DISCUSS OR PRAY ABOUT THE VERSE THAT RELATES MOST TO YOUR LIFE.
Jesus looked at [the young rich man] and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth. Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!” The disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said again, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”
Mark 10:21–25
So Elijah went from there and found Elisha. He was plowing with 12 yoke of oxen, and he himself was driving the twelfth pair. Elijah went up to him and threw his cloak around him. Elisha then left his oxen and ran after Elijah … He took his yoke of oxen and slaughtered them. He burned the plowing equipment to cook the meat and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he set out to follow Elijah and became his servant.
1 Kings 19:19–21
A woman came with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume (worth a year’s wages), made of pure nard. She broke the jar and poured the perfume on [Jesus’] head.
Mark 14:3
For from time to time those who owned lands or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone who had need. Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas (which means “Son of Encouragement”), sold a field he owned and brought the money and put it at the apostles’ feet.
Acts 4:34b–37
What is the most precious and financially valuable item in your life? Would you ever consider giving away this item, so you could worship the Lord through extravagant generosity?

Week 4 Day 25 - 3.13.2021
God Can Do Great Things Through One Person or Group Devoted to Him
THINK ABOUT, DISCUSS OR PRAY ABOUT THE VERSE THAT RELATES MOST TO YOUR LIFE.
For the eyes of the Lord search back and forth across the whole earth, looking for people whose hearts are perfect toward him, so that he can show his great power in helping them.
2 Chronicles 16:9a TLB
“Let’s go across to the outpost of those pagans,” Jonathan said to his armor bearer. “Perhaps the Lord will help us, for nothing can hinder the Lord. He can win a battle whether he has many warriors or only a few!” … So they climbed up using both hands and feet, and the Philistines fell before Jonathan, and his armor bearer killed those who came behind them.
1 Samuel 14:6–13 NLT
The Lord said to Gideon, “With the 300 men that lapped I will save you and give the Midianites into your hands. Let all the others go home.”
Judges 7:7
Zerah the Cushite marched out against [God’s people] with an army. … Then Asa called to the Lord his God and said, “Lord, there is no one like you to help the powerless against the mighty. Help us, Lord our God, for we rely on you, and in your name we have come against this vast army. Lord, you are our God; do not let mere mortals prevail against you.” The Lord struck down the Cushites. …
2 Chronicles 14:9–12
“Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,” says the Lord Almighty.
Zechariah 4:6b
David replied to the Philistine, “You come to me with sword, spear and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of heaven’s armies — the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. Today the Lord will conquer you, and I will kill you and cut off your head. … And everyone assembled here will know that the Lord rescues his people, but not with sword and spear. This is the Lord’s battle, and he will give you to us!”
1 Samuel 17:45–47 NLT
Expect great things from God. Attempt great things for God.

Week 4 Day 26 - 3.14.2021
God Blesses You so You Can Bless Others
THINK ABOUT, DISCUSS OR PRAY ABOUT THE VERSE THAT RELATES MOST TO YOUR LIFE.
The good man’s earnings advance the cause of righteousness. The evil man squanders his on sin.
Proverbs 10:16 TLB
God, even our own God, will bless us. And peoples from remotest lands will worship him.
Psalm 67:7 TLB
It is possible to give away and become richer! It is also possible to hold on too tightly and lose everything. Yes, the liberal man shall be rich! By watering others, he waters himself.
Proverbs 11:24–25 TLB
If anyone is poor among your fellow Israelites in any of the towns of the land the Lord your God is giving you, do not be hardhearted or tightfisted toward them. Rather, be openhanded and freely lend them whatever they need … Give generously to him and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to.
Deuteronomy 15:7–8, 10–11
God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.
Hebrews 6:10
And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.
2 Corinthians 9:8
Seek joy in what you give, not in what you get.


Week 4 Day 27 - 3.15.2021
It Is Appropriate to Ask People How You Can Help Them
THINK ABOUT, DISCUSS OR PRAY ABOUT THE VERSE THAT RELATES MOST TO YOUR LIFE.
So the king asked me, “Why are you looking so sad? You don’t look sick to me. You must be deeply troubled.” Then I was terrified, but I replied, “Long live the king! How can I not be sad? For the city where my ancestors are buried is in ruins, and the gates have been destroyed by fire.” The king asked, “Well, how can I help you?” With a prayer to the God of heaven, I replied, “If it please the king, and if you are pleased with me, your servant, send me to Judah to rebuild the city where my ancestors are buried.” … And the king granted these requests, because the gracious hand of God was on me.
Nehemiah 2:2–8 NLT
Two blind men were sitting by the roadside, and when they heard that Jesus was going by, they shouted, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us! … Jesus stopped and called them. “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked. “Lord,” they answered, “we want our sight.” Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed him.
Matthew 20:30–34
“What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him. The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.” “Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.
Mark 10:51-52
“Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as you can.”
John Wesley

Week 4 Day 28 - 3.16.2021
God Will Reward You for Faith, Generosity and Diligent Labors
THINK ABOUT, DISCUSS OR PRAY ABOUT THE VERSE THAT RELATES MOST TO YOUR LIFE.
Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.
1 Corinthians 15:58
Let us not get tired of doing what is right, for after a while we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t get discouraged and give up. That’s why whenever we can we should always be kind to everyone, and especially to our Christian brothers.
Galatians 6:9–10 TLB
God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, so that what you hope for may be fully realized. We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.
Hebrews 6:10–12
Not that I desire your gifts; what I desire is that more be credited to your account.
Philippians 4:17
“Giving is a giant lever positioned on the fulcrum of this world, allowing us to move mountains in the next world. Because we give, eternity will be different — for others and for us.”
Randy Alcorn
“I have watched over 100,000 families over my years of investment counseling. I always saw greater prosperity and happiness among those families who tithed than among those who didn’t.”
John Templeton

Week 5


Week 5 Day 29 - 3.17.2021
The Giver and Front-line Worker Are Equal Partners in God’s Work
THINK ABOUT, DISCUSS OR PRAY ABOUT THE VERSE THAT RELATES MOST TO YOUR LIFE.
The share of the man who stayed with the supplies is to be the same as that of him who went down to the battle. All will share alike.
1 Samuel 30:24b
Dear friend, you are faithful in what you are doing for the brothers and sisters, even though they are strangers to you. They have told the church about your love. Please send them on their way in a manner that honors God … We ought therefore to show hospitality to such people so that we may work together for the truth.
3 John 1:5–8
So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and each will be rewarded according to his own labor. For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.
1 Corinthians 3:7–9
Not that I desire your gifts; what I desire is that more be credited to your account.
Philippians 4:17
[Jesus said] “Whoever welcomes a prophet as a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and whoever welcomes a righteous person as a righteous person will receive a righteous person’s reward.”
Matthew 10:41
“I judge all things only by the price they shall gain in eternity.”
John Wesley
“Only one life, ‘twill soon be past; only what’s done for Christ will last.”
C. T. Studd

Week 5 Day 30 - 3.18.2021
Your Giving Will Be a Great Encouragement to Others
THINK ABOUT, DISCUSS OR PRAY ABOUT THE VERSE THAT RELATES MOST TO YOUR LIFE.
This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of God’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else.
2 Corinthians 9:12–13
And God’s grace was powerfully at work in them all that there were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned lands or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone who had need. Joseph … whom the apostles called Barnabas (which means “Son of Encouragement”), sold a field he owned and brought the money and put it at the apostles’ feet.
Acts 4:33b–37
You are the light of the world. … Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
Matthew 5:14-16
There is no advantage in being the richest person in the cemetery.
A wealthy Christian man who lost everything in a financial downturn was asked if he ever regretted all the giving he had done to the Lord’s work. He replied, “What I gave, I still have. What I kept, I lost.”

Week 5 Day 31 - 3.19.2021
Your Pursuit of God and a Generous Life Will Give You a Fuller and Richer Life
THINK ABOUT, DISCUSS OR PRAY ABOUT THE VERSE THAT RELATES MOST TO YOUR LIFE.
Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.
1 Timothy 6:18–19
And I am praying that you will put into action the generosity that comes from your faith as you understand and experience all the good things we have in Christ. Your love has given me much joy and comfort, my brother, for your kindness has often refreshed the hearts of God’s people.
Philemon 1:6–7 NLT
[Jesus said] “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
John 10:10b
Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.
3 John 2 NKJV
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
Matthew 6:33
“First things belong to God. The first day of the week belongs to God. The first hour of the day belongs to God. The first portion of your income belongs to God. When you make God first, he can help you.”
James MacDonald

Week 5 Day 32 - 3.20.2021
God Will Bring Specific People Into Your Life to Help
THINK ABOUT, DISCUSS OR PRAY ABOUT THE VERSE THAT RELATES MOST TO YOUR LIFE.
Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it?
James 2:15–16
Whoever oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God.
Proverbs 14:31
But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, crippled, lame, and the blind, and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.
Luke 14:13–14
If anyone is poor among your fellow Israelites in any of the towns of the land the Lord your God is giving you, do not be hardhearted or tightfisted toward them. Rather, be openhanded and freely lend them whatever they need. … Give generously to them and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to. There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to be openhanded toward your fellow Israelites who are poor and needy in your land.
Deuteronomy 15:7–11
“You’ve heard of prayer warriors. What about giving warriors? God has entrusted us with so much. Perhaps he is raising up a great army of givers, and he’s calling us to enlist.”
Randy Alcorn

Week 5 Day 33 - 3.21.2021
Any Wealth Gained by the Wrong Means Has Consequences
THINK ABOUT, DISCUSS OR PRAY ABOUT THE VERSE THAT RELATES MOST TO YOUR LIFE.
[The wicked man] shall not enjoy the goods he stole. … His labors shall not be rewarded; wealth will give him no joy. For he has oppressed the poor and foreclosed their homes; he will never recover. Though he was always greedy, now he has nothing; of all the things he dreamed of — none remain. Because he stole at every opportunity, his prosperity shall not continue. He shall run into trouble at the peak of his powers; all the wicked shall destroy him. … God will rain down wrath upon him. He will be chased and struck down.
Job 20:17–24 TLB
The Lord hates cheating and delights in honesty. Proud men end in shame. … The evil man is destroyed by his dishonesty. Your riches won’t help you on Judgment Day. … The wicked shall fall beneath their load of sins.
Proverbs 11:1-5 TLB
[The wicked] goes to bed rich but wakes up to find that all his wealth is gone. Terror overwhelms him, and he is blown away in the storms of the night.
Job 27:19–20 TLB
Dishonest money dwindles away, but whoever gathers money little by little makes it grow.
Proverbs 13:11
Like a bird that fills her nest with young she has not hatched and which will soon desert her and fly away, so is the man who gets his wealth by unjust means. Sooner or later he will lose his riches and at the end of his life become a poor old fool.
Jeremiah 17:11 TLB
Ephraim boasts, “I am so rich! I have gotten it all by myself!” But riches can’t make up for sin.
Hosea 12:8 TLB
How much better to be honestly poor than questionably rich.

Week 5 Day 34 - 3.22.2021
God Can Use Anyone and Any Resources to Provide for His Work
THINK ABOUT, DISCUSS OR PRAY ABOUT THE VERSE THAT RELATES MOST TO YOUR LIFE.
A good person leaves an inheritance for their children’s children, but a sinner’s wealth is stored up for the righteous.
Proverbs 13:22
To the person who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness, but to the sinner he gives the task of gathering and storing up wealth to hand it over to the one who pleases God.
Ecclesiastes 2:26a
[God says] “I will give you hidden treasures, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the Lord … who summons you by name.”
Isaiah 45:3
Here is the fate God allots to the wicked, the heritage a ruthless man receives from the Almighty: … Though he heaps up silver like dust and clothes like piles of clay, what he lays up the righteous will wear, and the innocent will divide his silver.
Job 27:13, 16–17
Income from exploiting the poor will end up in the hands of someone who pities them.
Proverbs 28:8 TLB
Her profit and her earnings will be set apart for the Lord; they will not be stored up or hoarded. Her profits will go to those who live before the Lord, for abundant food and fine clothes.
Isaiah 23:18
“The world has yet to see what God can do with a man fully consecrated to him.”
Dwight L. Moody


Week 5 Day 35 - 3.23.2021
Your Giving in This Life Will Impact Your Experiences in Eternity
THINK ABOUT, DISCUSS OR PRAY ABOUT THE VERSE THAT RELATES MOST TO YOUR LIFE.
Not that I desire your gifts; what I desire is that more be credited to your account.
Philippians 4:17
When you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.
Luke 14:13–14
[Jesus said] “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Matthew 6:19–21
[Jesus said] “Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Luke 12:33–34
Use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.
Luke 16:9
If you ask people what they can “afford to give” to the Lord’s work or a special project, they will usually come up with a small amount that they feel they can handle. But if you ask people to determine what God is prompting their heart to give, there is no telling what God will lead them and provide for them to do.
God will often speak a financial amount into a person’s heart that is far bigger than their mind can at first grasp. It often takes the mind time to catch up to the amount that God has spoken into a person’s heart to give.

Week 6


Week 6 Day 36 - 3.24.2021
Don’t Seek Public Recognition
THINK ABOUT, DISCUSS OR PRAY ABOUT THE VERSE THAT RELATES MOST TO YOUR LIFE.
[Jesus said] “So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”
Matthew 6:2–4
[Jesus said] “Everything they do is done for show. … They love to sit at the head table at banquets and in the reserved pews in the synagogue!”
Matthew 23:5–6 TLB
[Jesus said] “You wear a noble, pious expression in public, but God knows your evil hearts. Your pretense brings you honor from the people, but it is an abomination in the sight of God.”
Luke 16:15 TLB
You gladly honor each other, but you don’t care about the honor that comes from the only God!
John 5:44b TLB
For they loved human praise more than praise from God.
John 12:43
“He who bestows his goods upon the poor shall have as much again, and 10 times more.”
John Bunyan
“Prosperity inebriates men, so that they take delights in their own merits.”
John Calvin

Week 6 Day 37 - 3.25.2021
Even the Smallest Acts Are Remembered and Rewarded
THINK ABOUT, DISCUSS OR PRAY ABOUT THE VERSE THAT RELATES MOST TO YOUR LIFE.
[Jesus said] “And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is my disciple, I tell you the truth, that person will certainly not lose their reward.”
Matthew 10:42
When you help the poor you are lending to the Lord — and he pays wonderful interest on your loan!
Proverbs 19:17 TLB
“The righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’”
Matthew 25:37–40
Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents. Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything — all she had to live on.”
Mark 12:41–44
“I shovel money out, and God shovels it back … but God has a bigger shovel!”
R.G. LeTourneau
“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.”
Jim Elliot

Week 6 Day 38 - 3.26.2021
A Main Focus of Your Giving Should be Your Local Church and Ministry Staff
THINK ABOUT, DISCUSS OR PRAY ABOUT THE VERSE THAT RELATES MOST TO YOUR LIFE.
If we have sown spiritual seed among you, is it too much if we reap a material harvest from you? … Don’t you know that those who work in the temple get their food from the temple, and those who serve at the altar share in what is offered on the altar? In the same way, the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should receive their living from the gospel.
1 Corinthians 9:11–14
Pastors who do their work well should be paid well and should be highly appreciated, especially those who work hard at both preaching and teaching. For the Scriptures say, “Never tie up the mouth of an ox when it is treading out the grain — let him eat as he goes along!” And in another place, “Those who work deserve their pay!”
1 Timothy 5:17–18 TLB
Christian workers should be paid by those they help. Those who do the plowing and threshing should expect some share of the harvest.
1 Corinthians 9:10b TLB
Those who are taught the Word of God should help their teachers by paying them.
Galatians 6:6 TLB
Hezekiah asked the priests and Levites about the heaps; and Azariah the chief priest, from the family of Zadok, answered, “Since the people began to bring their contributions to the temple of the Lord, we have had enough to eat and plenty to spare, because the Lord has blessed his people, and this great amount is left over.” … Then they faithfully brought in the contributions, tithes and dedicated gifts.
2 Chronicles 31:9–12a
Be careful not to neglect the Levites [ministers] as long as you live in your land.
Deuteronomy 12:19
No church ever has a money problem, only a faithfulness problem.

Week 6 Day 39 - 3.27.2021
Building Projects Are Worthy of Your Support
THINK ABOUT, DISCUSS OR PRAY ABOUT THE VERSE THAT RELATES MOST TO YOUR LIFE.
All the Israelite men and women who were willing brought to the Lord freewill offerings for all the work the Lord through Moses had commanded them to do [for the Tabernacle].
Exodus 35:29
“But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand. We are foreigners and strangers in your sight, as were all our ancestors. Our days on earth are like a shadow, without hope. Lord our God, as for all this abundance that we have provided for building you a temple for your Holy Name comes from your hand, and all of it belongs to you.”
1 Chronicles 29:14–16
*David’s prayer after people gave generously to a building project
Therefore King Joash summoned Jehoiada the priest and the other priests and asked them, “Why aren’t you repairing the damage done to the temple?” … Jehoiada the priest took a chest and bored a hole in its lid. He placed it beside the altar, on the right side as one enters the temple of the Lord. The priests who guarded the entrance put into the chest all the money that was brought to the temple of the Lord. Whenever they saw that there was a large amount of money in the chest, the royal secretary and the high priest came, counted the money that had been brought into the temple of the Lord and put it into bags. When the amount had been determined, they gave the money to the men appointed to supervise the work on the temple. With it they paid those who worked on the temple of the Lord — the carpenters and builders, the masons and stonecutters. They purchased timber and blocks of dressed stone for the repair of the temple of the Lord, and met all the other expenses of restoring the temple.
2 Kings 12:7–12
“The only investment I ever made, which has paid consistently increasing dividends, is the money I have given to the Lord.”
James Kraft

Week 6 Day 40 - 3.28.2021
God Will Show You Other Giving Opportunities
THINK ABOUT, DISCUSS OR PRAY ABOUT THE VERSE THAT RELATES MOST TO YOUR LIFE.
The Christian who is pure and without fault, from God the Father’s point of view, is the one who takes care of orphans and widows, and who remains true to the Lord — not soiled and dirtied by his contacts with the world.
James 1:27 TLB
… Because I rescued the poor who cried for help, and the fatherless who had none to assist them. The one who was dying blessed me; I made the widow’s heart sing.
Job 29:12–13
And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward.
Matthew 10:42
Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it. Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.
Hebrews 13:2–3
But even so, you have done right in helping me in my present difficulty.
Philippians 4:14 TLB
They honored us in many ways; and when we were ready to sail, they furnished us with the supplies we needed.
Acts 28:10
When you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.
Luke 14:13–14
“You have not lived until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.”
John Bunyan

About the Author

Brian Kluth became national director of NAE Financial Health in 2016 after serving in the financial and generosity sector of the evangelical community for over 35 years. He was president of the Christian Stewardship Association for five years before becoming senior pastor of First Evangelical Free Church of Colorado Springs in 2000. In 2009, the church commissioned him to become a full-time generosity minister. Kluth holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Trinity International University.