THE HABITS OF HAPPINESS-Part 15
“And now, brothers, we want you to know (about the church at Philippi) about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches. Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the saints. And they did not do as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then to us in keeping with God’s will.” 2 Corinthians 8:1-5 (NIV)
6 BENEFITS: EVERY TIME I’M GENEROUS...
1. I EAR THE GRATITUDE OF OTHERS.
“How grateful I am and how I praise the Lord that you are helping me again... It was so good that you helped me when I needed it... You Philippians were the only ones who gave me financial help when I brought you the Good News... no other church did this... you sent me aid again and again when I was in need… so I am generously supplied with the gifts you sent me.” Philippians 4:10, 14-16, 18 (TLB)
“Every time I think of you, I give thanks to God... because you have been my partners in spreading the Good News about Christ... It is right that I should feel as I do about all of you, for you have a very special place in my heart. We have shared together the blessings of God.” Philippians 1:3, 5, 7 (NLT)
2. I SHOW WHAT REALLY MATTERS MOST.
“I want you to understand what really matters...” Philippians 1:10 (NLT)
“I once thought these things were valuable, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done.” Philippians 3:7 (NLT)
“But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives.” Philippians 3:20 (NLT)
3. I BECOME MORE LIKE JESUS.
“Your lives will be filled with the truly good qualities which only Jesus Christ can produce, for the glory and praise of God.” Philippians 1:11 (TEV)
“Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but look also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 2:4-5 (NIV)
4. I STRENGTHEN MY FAITH.
“Do not worry about anything, but pray and ask God for everything you need, always giving thanks.” Philippians 4:6 (NCV)
“Though I appreciate your gifts, what makes me happiest is the well-earned reward you will receive because of your generosity.” Philippians 4:17 (TLB)
“I want you to have the profit that accrues to your account.” (NAB)
“I want you to receive the blessings that come from giving.” (CEV)
“…Give happily to those in need, and always be ready to share whatever God has given you. By doing this, you will be storing up real treasure for yourselves in heaven – it is the only safe investment for eternity!” 1 Timothy 6:18-19 (TLB)
“I am generously supplied with the gifts you sent me with Epaphroditus. They are a sweet-smelling sacrifice that is acceptable and pleasing to God.” Philippians 4:18 (NLT)
“And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19 (NIV)
“You can be sure that God will take care of everything you need, his generosity exceeding yours, in the glory that pours from Jesus. Glory to God forever and ever!” Philippians 4:19 (MSG)
2 WAYS TO BE GENEROUS
1. BY ________________________. What can I afford?
2. BY ________________________. God, what do you want to give through me?
“Remember the words the Lord Jesus himself said, ‘There is more HAPPINESS in giving than in receiving!’”Acts 20:35 (TEV)