Favor with God

Many pray and desire for favour with God, which of itself is not a bad thing. There are even people who, like Simeon in the book of Acts, are ready to ” buy” the favour of God with money. They erroneously think that by “sowing a seed”, they can buy God’s favour in whatever area of their lives they desire. That’s trying to replace our relationship with God with customer service!

Sadly such a notion is being fed and encouraged by certain preachers, reducing the blessing and favour of God into a purchase, a bargaining act!

Sounds rather like trying to manipulate God, or that God will not act or come through for us if we don’t pay a certain fee. God will only deal with those who are ready and willing to pay? Really? How much seed did we have to sow then, before we could seek God’s face for forgiveness, after Christ’s sacrifice on Calvary? I paid nothing because Christ cannot be bought; God is not up for sale to the highest bidder!
Not quite consistent with Scripture.

Giving is always crowned with blessing, for our Lord Jesus Himself said that it is more blessed to give than to receive.
So that giving confers blessing on the giver, who does so voluntarily without being persuaded or coerced into ” sowing a seed of any amount named by someone else”. That’s manipulation, and Paul speaks against it (2Cor 9:7).

“You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. For God loves a cheerful giver”.

And people want it so badly, they will pay any amount of money under the pressure and price naming of so called men/women of God, hoping the things they desire will be theirs. And because these preachers promise so too. It is nothing but an attempt at using monetary donations to purchase that which is the bread of the children, something given freely by virtue of relationship with God.

What about PS 37:4?Take delight in the LORD, _and He will give you your heart’s desires?*

Or Jn 15:7; ” But if you remain in Me, and My words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted!?

How about Matt 6: 31-33?
So don’t worry about these things , saying what will we eat? what will we drink? What will we wear?

These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers , but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs.
33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need. (NLT)

There, we have numerous assurances from God that once we are in a good relationship with Him, He will freely provide for us and give us our heart’s desires.

Unbelievers are the ones who should have their thoughts being dominated by how to have their needs taken care of or their heart’s desires fulfilled; not believers. That translates into worrying about their lives. Children of God have no need to fret at all.

There are some who claim that Abraham sowed a seed to Melchizedek, but Scripture only records a tithe, a tenth of the plunder he made from the kings he warred against. And that was after his victory in the war, not before (Gen 14:17-20).
So wherein comes any sowing of seeds to procure our needs or heart’s desires?
God doesn’t need your money to motivate Him to carry out His fatherly responsibilities to His children.
Paul said, ” but my God shall supply all your needs according to His (own) riches in Christ. He didn’t say according to the seed you sow!

Be a wise Christian. Practice good stewardship with the money God has entrusted you with.
Give to support the work of the ministry, and to help the needy, but look to God’s faithfulness for all your needs. Make His service your delight, and He will make your wants His care.
Preachers should come out plainly to solicit for funds to do the work of the ministry, and to fill their needs. Paul made the analogy of seeds sown by a farmer (2 Cor 9: 6) and the proportion of the harvest in relation to a gift for the needy believers in Jerusalem.
It wasn’t an attempt to make merchandise of God’s availability and provision. It is unrighteous to twist scripture in order to extort money from God’s children under the guise of God’s alleged modus operandi of providing for His own purchased possession which is false and does not uphold His integrity.

Fellow Preachers and Prophets, Let’s come clean and put some decency into the work of the ministry.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

Tancy, 09/2018

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