Carey Lewis Devotions
Saturday, November 2nd, 2019
Success Strategies: Generosity
A generous man devises generous things,
And by generosity he shall stand.
Isaiah 32:8 (NKJV)
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
John 3:16 (NKJV)
It is written: 'God loves a cheerful giver' (2 Corinthians 9:7, NIV).

How does God show this love? By returning the favor--in abundance.

'Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure-- pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return' (Luke 6:38, NASB).

Who are 'they?' The people God appoints to bless you.

Consider your Heavenly bank account:

'Store up for yourselves treasures in Heaven' (Matthew 6:20, NASB). 'Laying up in store... a good foundation against the time to come' (1 Timothy 6:19, NKJV), 'That may abound to your account' (Philippians 4:17, NIV).

How do we make deposits? Offerings, alms, service, sacrifice and praise.*

When we give generously to others, God gives generously to us.

Jesus considers our gifts to others as given to Him: 'Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me' (Matthew 25:40, NKJV).**

We cannot know what God deposits in our account for every good act, word or gift we give. But when we need it, it comes back to us--in abundance.

Although we should not give only to receive, God's perfect justice always rewards. Consider Whom and what God gave to us.

Therefore, generosity is a success strategy.

## Success Strategies: Generosity (Part 28)

* Article on your Heavenly bank account:

** Matthew 25:31-40 (NKJV):

NOTE: This series is a republished edit of a 2013 devotion series called, 'Success Strategies.' You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you're not a performer, don't be deterred. In truth, every disciple acts for Christ, models Christ and stewards His talents.

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Success Strategies series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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