Alms in The Kingdom of God!
“Sell what you possess and give donations to the poor; provide yourselves with purses and handbags that do not grow old, an unfailing and inexhaustible treasure in the Heavens, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys.” (Luke 12:33)
In addition to offerings, there are what the Bible calls “Alms”, or what is known today as charity. This is not what we give to God, but what we give to the needy, the poor and the afflicted. The Bible has a lot to say about giving to the poor.
“Do not be seized with alarm and struck with fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom! Sell what you possess and give donations to the poor; provide yourselves with purses and handbags that do not grow old, an unfailing and inexhaustible treasure in the Heavens, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Luke 12:32-34.
Where you put your money is where your heart is. You cannot have your money in one place and your heart in another. Your Father has given you the Kingdom, so that you can afford to be generous. Give to the poor and lay up treasures for yourself in Heaven.
“Cast your bread upon the waters, for you will find it after many days. Give a portion to seven, yes, even [divide it] to eight, for you know not what evil may come upon the earth.” Ecclesiastes 11:1-2.
Giving is an insurance against bad times. When you give to God, He gives you back in abundance and overflow.
– Faith Confessions –
“satan cannot get my stuff because of God’s hedge of protection that surrounds me at all times and as I press on to give and help meet the needs of the needy, God meets my needs and gives me more to sow in the Mighty Name of Jesus Christ, Amen and Amen.”