God gives you the heart to be generous

God gives you the heart to be generous, and the means to be generous. God covers all grounds. When you limit your giving based on your current circumstance and the money in your bank account or your wallet, then you would be paralyzed. You are unable to part with your material wealth because you are relying on your own ability.

However, when you fix your eyes on the power and love of the Lord, then this opens your perspective to see the bigger picture. You are not the source of your generosity. Paul reveals the secret to generosity is simply stepping out in faith and giving.

Decide in your heart to be a cheerful giver.

God is the One who will bestow gracious abundance on those who give generously as it is that He will bless the generous with resources to give generously.

Paul defines the blessing of grace as having all sufficiency in all things. The term “Sufficiency”, which came from the Greek word autarkeia, is the state of possessing all that one needs so that he is able to manage without any help or support from others. Philippians 4:11 distinguishes the idea of “contentment” (as in Phil. 4:11).

However, it is an indirect result. The idea implies that the generous man curtails his own wants that he may be able to give to others, thus not being in want any longer.

A generous man is motivated by God’s own spirit of blessing.

The truth involved is probably close to that of Philippians 4:19, which is also expressed in the context of the Philippians’ generosity. Said in another way, a generous man is motivated by God’s own spirit of blessing. This man does not fear that God will leave him penniless. The God who puts it into a man’s heart to be generous with his material wealth will also ensure that his needs are supplied so that this man abounds in every good work. In other words, he is always able to contribute to the good work God intended for the church to do on earth

How to Give Your Heave Offering

Is the tithe the same as the heave-offering? The short answer is no. The heave-offering is often given in conjunction with the tithes (Lev. 7;14, 34) as a provision for the Levites. The Levites are the priestly tribe the Lord assigned to be ministers. They have no land of their own, and could not grow their own food.

Their life’s calling and vocation are to serve the Lord. They depended on the Lord’s provision through tithes and heave offerings (Num. 18:24, 29).

The heave-offering, like the tithe, is given from the person’s first fruits, that is, out of the first portion of the produce harvested each year (Num.15:21).

The heave-offering is designed and permitted to be consumed only by the priests.  According to Jewish traditions, only the proprietor was allowed to set apart the târumah. In other words, it is the giver who intentionally gives the târumah set apart for its purpose as a heave offering.

In ancient Israel, there was a sacred character to the târumah.

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THE KIND OF GIVING GOD COMMENDS

THE KIND OF GIVING GOD COMMENTS: Paul wrote to the church in Corinth about the generosity that pleases the Lord. Generosity is a heart issue, not a money issue. A person’s generosity is measured against his willingness to give, and not in the amount that he is giving. A person can give a million dollars with a reluctant heart, and the Lord would be displeased and dishonored by it. Compare it with a person who gives a hundred dollars for his tithe, which is double what is required of him, because of his willingness to give to the Lord and his desire to please God. The Lord would be pleased with the $100, and displeased with the $1,000,000.

Paul wrote, “Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Cor. 9:7).

In the passage, it is clear that Paul addresses this letter to “each of you”, suggesting that the amount given will be different from one individual to another. The amount does not determine the attitude of the heart when it comes to giving the offering.

The amount does not determine the attitude of the heart when it comes to giving the offering.

Paul notes three important things about the giver. First, he should give according to as he purposes in his heart. We see a parallel to this in Exodus 25:1-2.  The giving must be free and deliberate, not under compulsion. It is not on a mechanical scale that one gives. It must be absolutely voluntary, and it must be the man’s worship to his God.

Another thing Paul listed here is that the give must not give grudgingly or out of necessity. The giver must not be grieved by his sacrifice. A person’s grief is based on his perspective. If he feels he is losing money — period — then he would be sorrowful. If he knows that God is faithful to reward those who are faithful and obedient to His word, then this would be a joyful process.

Finally, the giver must be cheerful in the process.

The word “cheerful” (Greek hilaros) implies that one is quick to act because he finds joy in the action. Paul further reveals how our generous God also loves a cheerful giver. He approves and chooses this kind of giver. How come? Because this giver reflects the nature and identity of the Lord. God is cheerful when He blesses us. He absolutely enjoys it. When we have the same attitude in giving, He loves seeing His image in His children.

God is cheerful when He blesses us. He absolutely enjoys it. When we have the same attitude in giving, He loves seeing His image in His children.

The Source of What We Give

Giving is a faith issue and not a supply issue. The giving is not dependent on what you currently. Instead, it is based on your heart to believe in God. What did Paul write, “And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work” (2 Cor. 9:8). Every word of the first part of the verse alone speaks a lot about how the ability to give comes from God:

God is able to provide

God is able to provide you

God is able to provide you with every

God is able to provide you with every blessing

God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance.

The second part of the verse reveals God’s purpose. First, so that you can always have enough of everything. Second, so you may share abundantly in every good work. The purpose of the blessing is to bless you and to enable you to contribute — to give your offering.

The purpose of the blessing is to bless you and to enable you to contribute — to give your offering.

 

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A Prophetic Tale

It is a Prophetic Tale:

When I was a child, thinking about the future had always intrigued me. “Is there a way to see it?” is a question that always tingled in my mind. Growing up there were all these books that I’ve used to sincerely engage within the pursuit of an answer, from Dean Buonomano’s “Your Brain is a Time Machine” to historical texts and studies of the future. Kids in school used to push me around because of what I used to read. But I never ceased to follow what my heart was inspired and fascinated by; a free prophecy solely about my life’s Prophetic Tale.

It was a perpetuated dive into the science of the future. It was worth it, but then I realized that books of science weren’t the answer to a question that for so long both haunted and inspired my being. For so long, I searched for that free prophecy in the wrong place.

This resonated with a quote my mother has often repeated to me before she passed: “Sometimes the things you seek are right in front of you”; a saying that solidified in my heart. It was Christianity, the religion my mother taught me about, and one which I have been ignoring throughout the voyage of my life. It was about time I turned my focus towards what was true and holy. So I spent my time reading the bible and indulging in its mysteries.

A certain verse that piqued my curiosity read “Surely the Sovereign Lord does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets” (Amos 3:7), and as I studied further, it seemed to be that prophets and prophetesses can be the answer to my complicated question.

They are religious extensions to the sanctity of the Lord, and the purpose of it is not just to understand the substance of the future but to accomplish my instrumentality as a servant of God. Suddenly it wasn’t the future I only wanted. “What does God think about my decisions? Will I ever accomplish my pure desires? Does my innocent soul jeopardize the message of God?” I guess my childhood questions have grown different branches, vigorously dissimilar to what I was looking for. However, it finally felt like I was seeking something original; something true for Prophetic Tale.

My search included reading what stands in opposition to this religious theory. I am intrinsically convinced about what I believe in and stand in solidarity for. After graduating from college and working in different places around New York to reshape my life in a productive way.

I had the opportunity of attending a biblical educational talk hosted by Zoe Ministries church.

It was beautiful, and that’s all I can say. Archbishop Jordan – a man known for his spirituality – is the one that offered me my first prophetic prayer. This prophetic word is something I still do not fully understand, but what I do know is that weeks after, my life has changed. I am married to the loveliest woman that God blessed me with, and working as a successful chef at a prospering restaurant. I am writing this because I want to give back to him and to God for this blessing of a transformed life.

 

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A Prophetic Tale

 

The Distinction of the Tărūmāh: What is a Heave Offering?

“When a man becomes a Christian, he becomes industrious, trustworthy and prosperous. Now, if that man when he gets all he can and saves all he can does not give all he can, I have more hope for Judas Iscariot than for that man!”

John Wesley

“But woe to you Pharisees! For you tithe mint and rue and herbs of all kinds, and neglect justice and the love of God; it is these you ought to have practiced, without neglecting the others.

Luke 11:42 NRSV

Have you ever heard about the heave offering?

You can find the term “heave offering” several times in the Old Testament specifically. It’s a way of presenting one’s offering to the Lord. It usually appears together with burnt offerings, grain offerings, and the offering of the firstborn flocks. The Mosaic Law requires the people of God to give the heave-offering.

Heaving is an action. It pertains to an upward movement. An offering is distinguished as a heave offering because there is a generic movement of lifting or heaving the sacrifice toward the altar. It is also referred to as separating a portion of the sacrifice from the rest. The “heaved” up portion was set apart for the consumption of the priests (Lev. 7:34) because God takes care of His ministers. Here’s a picture of how the process of the heave offering is done:

 27 And thou shalt sanctify the breast of the wave offering, and the shoulder of the heave offering, which is waved, and which is heaved up, of the ram of the consecration, even of that which is for Aaron, and of that which is for his sons:

28 And it shall be Aaron’s and his sons’ by a statute for ever from the children of Israel: for it is an heave offering: and it shall be an heave offering from the children of Israel of the sacrifice of their peace offerings, even their heave offering unto the Lord. (Exodus 29:27-28, King James Version)

The distinction of târumah

Târumah is a heave offering; it is a contribution of the believer to the ministry of God.

The Hebrew term “Târumah” (תְּרוּמָה [târuwmah or târumah), pronounced as ter·oo·maw is translated as “offering” appears 51 times,  “oblation” 19 times, “heave” four times, “gifts” once, and “offered” once. There is an interesting correlation between how this single word is translated into different Scripture and it gives us a hint as to how important this concept is to the Lord. Târumah is a heave offering; it is a contribution of the believer to the ministry of God.

Târumah serves as a call for the Israelites to bring to God what we understand as “gifts”.  In Scripture, we read: “The Lord said to Moses: Tell the Israelites to take for me an offering; from all whose hearts prompt them to give you shall receive the offering for me” (Exodus 25:1-2). In The Torah: A Modern Commentary, it reads like this: “you shall accept gifts for Me from every person whose heart is so moved”. God uses His people to bless His ministers. It is because of God’s grace and will that the members of the Body of Christ bless His front liners in the ministry. It’s not because of the church member’s own generosity and wealth.

It is because God touches one’s heart to be generous and provides for him that he is able to give the Târumah offering.

A member of the church cannot say, “I am so generous to my pastor, which is why I am giving him my Târumah offering, on top of my tithes.” It is because God touches one’s heart to be generous and provides for him that he is able to give the Târumah offering. Otherwise, they cannot exhibit this generosity. This generosity comes from the Lordship the believer places himself under, in order to obey the commands of the Lord.

In the passage, after God enumerated the precious metals, stones, and materials that would constitute such gifts, God reveals the purpose of this command.[i] God said, “And have them make me a sanctuary, so that I may dwell among them” (Exo. 25:8). Do you want the Lord to truly dwell among you in your church? Then, you need to obey and bring in the Târumah offering.

People need symbols. They cannot fully grasp the concept of God because He is intangible and invisible. As human beings, we are used to understanding concrete things more effectively than abstract concepts. As a quest to make this human-divine partnership more tangible, the Bible presents the idea of making a sanctuary for God. The idea of gift-giving or donating to God is rendered so that human beings understand how they can express their worship and loyalty to the Lord.

The idea of gift-giving or donating to God is rendered so that human beings understand how they can express their worship and loyalty to the Lord.

Notice the words the author used in the passage from Exodus 25. The Scripture used “to take” instead of “to bring” in “Tell the Israelites to take for me an offering.”

Hold that thought for a second, and look at it from another angle. If we linguistically study this word, the verb meaning of “Târumah” is “to elevate.” Does this root meaning add anything more to our understanding of what’s going on here? Have you ever seen something elevate? If you’ve ridden an elevator before, it goes from the first floor to the second floor. It leaves the first floor and arrives on the second floor. An elevator that works cannot be both on the first floor and the second floor at the same time.

Going back, why did the verse say, “To take for me” The Bible talks about taking an offering, but why did it not directly say to bring your donations to God? A linguistic investigation shows us insights into human ways of thinking. There is a “Take and give” concept here.[i] In order to give something, it must be taken from ourselves. Said in another way, true gift-giving is about giving something up.

True gift-giving is about giving something up.

The Târumah is a heart offering (see Exo 25:2) that can be elevated.

The elevation here refers to the spiritual expansion because of the elevated nature of the gift. Throughout the Pentateuch, Moses is described as “going up” to commune with God. This suggests that through the gifts that the people of God give to the ministers, then all Israelites are able to ascend toward the Divine. They need to let go of something to get somewhere. As in the elevator illustration, they need to let go of being in the first floor in order to reach higher floors. In the context of the heave offering, it is letting go of a tangible object, in order to experience an intangible God.

 

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Wait for the Right Time

Wait for the Right Time — God’s Timing

Wait for the Right Time — God’s Timing: You may be feeling frustrated that you are getting overlooked or that other people are receiving their mantles before you. Do not compare yourself with others. You must not use other people’s lives as the standard for when God will appoint you because you have your own story. Elisha was appointed by God to be His prophet. However, God also used Elijah to recognize, prepare, and establish this appointment.

At the same time when you wait for the right time, God used Jacob, Potiphar, the prison warden, and the Pharaoh to choose Joseph for a position in Egypt that was already his through God’s divine appointment.

We must not self-appoint ourselves to a mantle or ministry. God can use those who are overseeing you recognize and establish you to the calling you are meant for at the right time (Acts 6:6, Acts 13:1-3). You must be secure in God’s timing. In the meantime, prepare and be in the faith and wait for the right time.

 

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Servanthood Positions Prepares You for the Anointing

For a long time, Elisha was Elijah’s servant. He was supporting him in a menial capacity in the prophetic ministry. He was training “on-the-job,” so to speak (1 Kgs. 3:11). Similarly, Joseph practiced servanthood for years. First, he served in his father’s house. Then, when his brothers sold him as a slave, he worked for Potiphar. When he was imprisoned, he worked faithfully under the prison warden. It was a long and hard road before he received the mantle of rulership in Egypt through his prophetic gift.

A season of serving taught them to be faithful and to have a teachable heart — qualities that would benefit those with the prophetic mantle.

For most of the time, people want to go directly after the mantle. However, looking at the lives of Joseph and Elisha, we see how God already had a plan for their lives. He had a purpose for the times He placed them in humble positions with the people and leaders they served. A season of serving taught them to be faithful and to have a teachable heart — qualities that would benefit those with the prophetic mantle.

Elisha was first a worker in the fields when Elijah called him to serve under him. He also served under Elijah for some time. It took these years of service before he took up Elijah’s mantle. These times of service were not just “stepping stones” that they could skip out on. These were critical and character-building seasons that equipped them to carry the weight of the mantle.

Joseph also had a series of physical mantles along the way. The “coat of many colors” was given to him — prophetically — to indicate how his father favored him. However, during this time, he was not ready for this “mantle” to oversee his brothers. His brothers hated him because of how he acted when he was sharing his dreams. Later, Joseph was given a cloak in Potiphar’s household as head slave (Gen. 41:42). However, it was this cloak that Potiphar’s wife used to falsely accuse him. Joseph was faithful with the succession of mantles he was given, until he was ready for a higher calling.

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Elisha needed to cooperate with the call of God

Elisha needed to cooperate with the call of God on his life to receive the mantle. He could’ve rejected this calling, as so many people may have done in their lives. For Elisha, he hungered and pursued this appointment, as shown in how he pursued Elijah as a mentor. It was a sign of the burden God already placed in his heart. We can learn that if we have a burden and a desire for a certain appointment, it’s probably God who placed it there. God would not really call you into something, without placing a desire for this holy calling.

Joseph knew that at a young age, through prophetic dreams, that God called him to be a ruler. The desire God plants in our hearts is just one of many possible confirmations that the calling is ours. Thus, just because you have a desire does not mean that you are already called — remember, the heart can be deceitful at times (Jer. 17:9).

The desire God plants in our hearts is just one of many possible confirmations that the calling is ours.

 

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RECEIVING THE PROPHETIC MANTLE

RECEIVING THE PROPHETIC MANTLE

RECEIVING THE PROPHETIC MANTLE:

As people who operate in the prophetic realm, we are often drawn to the biblical account of Elijah and the prophetic mantle. Elijah’s mantle was not just a cloak he wore to protect him from the seasons.

But It also represented his appointment as a prophet of God.

When he passed on his mantle to Elisha, it was also a prophetic act of passing on the mantle

to his successor (1 Kgs. 19:19).

As I’ve mentioned before, the mantle is simply a bible metaphor for calling or anointing. There was nothing magical about Elijah’s cloak.

so, you must not go around looking for magic cloaks in thrift stores hoping to find the cloak Elijah used to own.

The power is sourced from the Holy Spirit it’s not the piece of fabric. If you think God is calling you to receive a prophetic mantle that’s why there is a pattern by which people have been able to do so.

Remember that there is no fixed formula with how God operates, but these are at least biblical models you can refer to from the lives of Joseph and Elisha.

God Determines Your Mantle Ahead of Time

We are not the ones who choose which mantle of anointing we receive from God. Instead, it is established and destined beforehand, by the One who knows us best — God. Elisha did not receive Elijah’s mantle because Elijah wanted him to have it. He didn’t happen to be at the right place at the right time.

Elijah knew God appointed the mantle to be passed on to Elisha according to God’s prophetic word: “you shall anoint Elisha son of Shaphat of Abel-meholah as a prophet in your place” (1 Kgs. 19:16).

God would not really call you into something, without placing a desire for this holy calling.

 

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RECEIVING THE PROPHETIC MANTLE

 

THE GIFT OF PROPHECY AND THE MANTLE OF PROPHECY

Those with the gift of prophecy can receive this mantle out of their desire to operate on this level of the prophetic realm.

The mantle of prophecy can be considered as a further progression of the gift of the Holy Spirit. Not everyone with the gift of prophecy can receive the mantle of prophecy. The mantle represents a specific calling into full-time ministry. Those with the gift of prophecy can receive this mantle out of their desire to operate on this level of the prophetic realm. This person may have been faithful with their gift over time and in the area given to them. In other words, no one receives the prophetic mantle the moment they received the gift of prophecy. It takes progression, maturity, and commitment.

When the Lord gives you the prophetic mantle, He will open you up to a larger sphere of ministry and influence — extending beyond the local church. They are still significant in the local church, but they can serve other churches and ministries as well. They have grown in maturity and influence in the local church to be trusted to minister to other churches. You need to be faithful in the little things to allow “more” to flow in. Thus, these individuals’ ministry can move out of the local church into areas of civil and community interests (not on national level).

The Lord is giving individuals with a prophetic mantle a louder and more distinct voice for the larger community and region.

The Lord is giving individuals with a prophetic mantle a louder and more distinct voice for the larger community and region. They are also becoming more influential in the community affairs. They can speak to community leaders and politicians, and they would feel the weight of the mantle on this person. Sometimes, these individuals are able to write out editorials to the local newspaper. They can give warnings to their region about things to come. They also speak God’s mind and heart into the decisions that need to be made.

 

 

 

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The Prophetic Mantle

Every prophet is a reformer. Woe to the prophet-less culture, for it has no one to tell it when it’s headed to destruction and guide it back to safety.

– Wallace Henley

 

5The company of prophets who were at Jericho drew near to Elisha, and said to him, “Do you know that today the Lord will take your master away from you?” And he answered, “Yes, I know; be silent.”

2 Kings 2:5 NRSV

The Prophetic Anointing

In the Second Book of Kings, we begin to understand the value of the prophetic mantle; “He picked up the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him and went back and stood on the bank of the Jordan” (2 Kgs. 2:13). Like Elisha, when he picked up the mantle that Elijah left behind, believers become endowed with the anointing of the prophet when they receive the prophetic mantle. The mantle itself does not have any power. We don’t need to have an actual physical mantle today in order to receive the prophetic anointing and ministry. The prophetic mantle is figurative of the anointing that individuals believe. In the “pool,” the prophetic mantle deals with a deeper prophetic anointing than simply operating with a spiritual gift.

Like Elisha, when he picked up the mantle that Elijah left behind, believers become endowed with the anointing of the prophet when they receive the prophetic mantle.

We need to recognize that not everyone with a prophetic anointing is a prophet. There is a thin line between the two — even if it’s sometimes indiscernible, the line still spells a difference. To have a prophetic anointing, it means that you must bear a mantle upon your higher calling. Let’s look at it this way, a pastor may be considered a prophetic pastor, or a teacher may be called a prophetic teacher. The higher calling specifically for these individuals are pastor and teacher, and the prophetic mantle is just icing on the cake, i.e. it is possible that the believer’s main calling may not be in the prophetic realm. Other examples of callings that can be strengthened by the prophetic mantle include being prophetic intercessors, prophetic counselors, prophetic evangelists, or prophetic writers.

 

 

 

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