MFM Daily Devotional 31 January 2022
TOPIC: What Type of Giver Are You? (IV)
MEMORY VERSE: 2 Samuel 24:24 – “And the king said unto Araunah, Nay; but I will surely buy it of thee at a price: neither will I offer burnt offerings unto the LORD my God of that which doth cost me nothing. So David bought the threshingfloor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver.”
MOTIVATIONAL QUOTES: We rise by lifting others.
PRAISE & WORSHIP: Take praise and worship songs as led by the Holy Spirit
PROPHETIC WORD FOR TODAY: I decree that, as you make yourself a giver that pleases God, heaven will give you pleasant surprises, in the Name of Jesus.
FIRE SCRIPTURE: Mark 12:41-44
41 And he sat down opposite the treasury and watched the people putting money into the offering box. Many rich people put in large sums.
42 And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which make a penny.
43 And he called his disciples to him and said to them, “Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box.
44 For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”
MFM Daily Devotional 31 January 2022 MESSAGE
Beloved, you should be a voluntary giver. The Bible affirms that Zacchaeus gave his goods to feed the poor without being asked (Luke 19:1-9). He is a worthy example and I advise that you imitate him.
Psalm 41:1-3 says, “Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the LORD will deliver him in time of trouble. The LORD will preserve him, and keep him alive; and he shall be blessed upon the earth: and thou wilt not deliver him unto the will of his enemies. The LORD will strengthen him upon the bed of languishing: thou wilt make all his bed in his sickness.”
Another type of giver you should be is an unpretentious giver. In giving, you should be modest and unassuming; don’t try to impress others or make a show of your giving.
In Luke 10:25-37, the Bible relates the story of a traveller who was attacked by armed robbers, wounded and left half dead.
Though a priest and a Levite both ignored the man, the Samaritan had compassion on him. He bound up his wounds, poured oil and wine on it, set him on his beast and took him to an inn to take care of him. He paid for the sick man’s treatment and promised to pay more when he returned from his trip. I want you to note that the Samaritan did all these without making any show of his giving. Imitate him!
As a believer, the Bible enjoins that you should be a perfumed giver. The Philippians were perfumed givers. The Bible says that their gifts were “an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, well-pleasing to God”(Philippians 4:18). What this means is that they gave a fragrant offering, acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God. Your giving should have these beautiful features.
Finally, you should imitate the greatest giver –God, who gave His only begotten Son for you and me that we might be saved (John 3:16-17).
Beloved, having learnt the type of giver you shouldn’t be and the type heaven wants you to be, you should now make a decision to be an exemplary giver. Draw up a plan on how to achieve that. Take practical steps to become a faithful giver today. Your rewards will be amazing!
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Exodus 25–26; Matthew 20:17–34
1. Father, remove pretense and self-seeking attitude from my life, in the Name of Jesus.
2. Father, bless me more and help me to give more to Your work and your Kingdom, in the Name of Jesus.
3. O God, let my giving provoke open heavens for me, in the Name of Jesus.
4. O God, make me a great giver in the order of the Philippians, in the Name of Jesus.
5. Father, give me the grace to give my best at all times, in the Name of Jesus.
6. Enemies of open heavens and breakthrough in my life, die, in the Name of Jesus.
7. Father, as I increase my giving this year, let divine increase and multiplication manifest in all areas of my life, in the Name of Jesus.