GIVING EQUALS RECEIVING

 

Colossians 3: 25 -- But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.

Galatians 6: 7 -- Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

Galatians 6: 9 -- And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

There are basically two (2) laws of God that work for both saint and sinner alike. God has set up these laws so that they always work and never fail. It does not matter what type of person is operating these two laws. The first law is referred to as the Law of Believing. In our teachings, we have three parts on the Law of Believing. If you can master this law, there is actually nothing that you cannot accomplish. However, you want to operate this law according to God's Word.

For the sake of this teaching, that is all we are going to say right now about the Law Believing. If you like, you may turn to this law and study it some other time. Right now we are going to talk about the second immutable law of God that also works for saint and sinner alike. Again, this law always works and never fails. If everyone on the face of this earth understood and applied this law, there would not be one single problem anywhere. That is how important this law of God is to us today.

We will refer to this law as the law of GIVING EQUALS RECEIVING.

Man's basic spiritual problem is the integrity of the Word of God. In more simpler terms, it means he simply does not believethat the Word of God is the Will of God. Take a look at the first Scripture from Colossians that was stated at the beginning of this teaching.

Colossians 3: 25 -- But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.

If every person understood and applied this one principle, they would never do wrong to anyone or anything ever again. Why? Because they know they are going to receive back in return for the wrong which they have done. Anyone who BELIEVES this Scripture, and is in their right mind, WOULD NOT DO ANY WRONG. The exception would be an insane person. Examining that Scripture even more closely, we see that God is telling us that He is also not a respecter of persons. This simply means that he does not favor one person over another no matter how much money or power that person may have. God is fair to everyone and treats everyone equally. Concerning favoritism, the Word speaks clearly in the book of James:

James 2: 9 -- But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors.

As a very simple example, letís say that you are having a meeting with a group of old friends at your home. Some are now very successful according to the worldís standards, and some are struggling in the financial area. You treat the more successful people to the best you have to offer, while you treat the less successful people in a rude, somewhat unwelcome manner. You know what I mean -- weíve all done it at one time or another.

This is respect of persons and it is sin. So what are you giving out? You will eventually receive back in return for your sinful, rude actions. IT NEVER FAILS. Something negative will happen to you at some time in your life because of this one situation. This is because GIVING EQUALS RECEIVING. Itís one of Godís Laws and it cannot be broken -- there are no exceptions. My point here is that you understand and apply this law in your life AND NEVER FORGET IT. It will help you to renew your mind to a major principle in Godís Word. It must be mastered or you will never manifest the more than abundant life.

I have found that nothing drives the point home like an actual real-life example or experience when teaching God's Word. Pertaining to this great principle, I have so many experiences pertaining to this particular type of situation, that I will only generalize for the sake of effectiveness and a sensible length for this teaching.

Since I finally decided not only to learn this principle, but to APPLY IT, every time I come across a situation where I am tempted to do something wrong, I remember what Colossians 3: 25 says and I STOP! I stop thinking about it and I do not carry out the action. The Word of God is very, very powerful and you need to memorize Scriptures to help you along. This is true in case you are out there somewhere in the world and you do not have your Bible with you. It is the enemy, the present god of this world, who will go out of his way to agitate you or to tempt you to do wrong to others. That way, he's got you. He gets you out of fellowship and then you are in his ball field and he has his way with you. It's really so simple to simply apply God's Word AND THAT IS WHAT DEFEATS THE ADVERSARY! Mostly everyone knows right from wrong but God gives us a choice -- He gives us FREE WILL. By our own free will, we chooseto do good or to do evil. What does it mean to do good? The Word of God tells us, in every category of life, how we are to act and to conduct ourselves. It is our perfect blueprint for living.

Now before we go any farther, I would like to get into a very specific point. The enemy seems to have a great deal of influence in the category of Ď vengeanceí. Let's take a look at what God's Word says about this subject. Let me take this opportunity to show you clearly how important it is to STUDY God's Word. How in the world are you going to know where these Scriptures are located if you never study?

II Timothy 2: 15 -- Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. [emphasis added]

The Scripture I'm about to go over with you seems to have taken me forever to apply. You see, my old man was very much a hot head -- someone who became angry rather quickly and in turn, would strike back just as quickly. The renewed mind can be very difficult at times. But you must finally realize some time in your life that seeking vengeance IS WRONG AND DESTRUCTIVE TO YOUR OWN SELF. Seeking vengeance or revenge is God's job. How do I know this? Because the Word of God tells me so.

Romans 12: 19 -- Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rathergive place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance ismine; I will repay, saith the Lord.

Understand that the word Ďwrathí is referring to God's wrath. It is not the wrath of the person that is causing you a problem. When I finally learned to apply this scripture, I saw something that I never saw before. To seek revenge upon an evil person is to make a fool out of yourself by stooping as low as the evil person. You also must understand that God is all light in Him is no darkness at all. So how in the world can God have or execute wrath?!

It is extremely important to understand that the true God and Father of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ WILL ALLOW the enemy to unleash his wrath upon evil people.

That is why, when you hear somebody say that God killed somebody or took their lives, you stand up and you tell them that God doesn't kill people. Do you understand this principle?

I Corinthians 15: 26 -- The last enemy thatshall be destroyed isdeath.

Then death is an enemy. In the Old Testament, it was never God who brought all those calamities upon so many people. It was the true God who allowed the devil to bring those sicknesses and diseases upon people. This basic simple principle is one of the most misunderstood principles in so-called Christian circles today. The true God never harms anyone -- he never brings sickness upon people. How in the world can he do such a thing if He is all light and in Him is no darkness at all?

I John 1: 5 -- This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. [emphasis added]

Now that we understand this, we can move on. Letís study our second scripture that was stated at the beginning of the teaching. Perhaps we better repeat it again:

Galatians 6: 7 -- Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

God will often repeat Himself many times over because He knows that this is how we learn. God surely wants and deserves respect. That is why He starts off this Scripture in such a manner.

God is saying not to deceive yourself because He cannot be mocked. In other words, He sees all and you just canít hide from God. HE IS PRESENT EVERYWHERE. Then after He establishes Himself as the Supreme Creator, He then gets into more specifics concerning The Law of Giving Equals Receiving.

The beginning of the verse is saying: "DONíT EVEN THINK ABOUT IT!" Then the verse goes on to say that whatever you are giving out will absolutely come back to you. If you live in an evil manner, you will eventually pay the price. Believe me, THERE IS NO ESCAPE. Iím speaking from experience. This law works with a mathematical accuracy and with a scientific precision EVERY TIME -- saint or sinner, it doesnít matter.

At one point in my life, I lived in a terrible way. I looked out only for myself and hurt many people along the way. Renewing my mind to Godís Word IS THE ONLY THING THAT CHANGED ME and saved my life. Remember, it is the only thing that changes anyone. You can try all the self-help programs you want. They are all temporary counterfeits and eventually you will experience the same problems. Every wrong thing that you do in life eventually comes back to haunt you. It will either surface in the material world or in your mind. Most often, the latter is worse.

That is why you need to know and APPLY Godís Word. The Word of God heals the mind by substituting WHOLE [SANE] thoughts for HALF [INSANE] thoughts. The world gives you nothing but HALF THOUGHTS. I refer to the enemyís methods and devices as "ORGANIZED CONFUSION". DONíT LET HIM PRESSURE YOU INTO DOING EVIL THINGS OR ACTS. HE IS THE MASTER OF TRICKERY AND DECEPTION -- DONíT FALL FOR IT. If you do, you will bring suffering and calamity to yourself.

Now we will move to our conclusion which is very positive and uplifting. If you notice, there are basically three (3) Scriptures that make up the body of this teaching. It is interesting that the number 3 represents Ďcompletenessí in the Bible. Now we are going to examine our third Scripture from The Church Epistle of Galatians. Again, since it is way back at the beginning of the teaching, letís rewrite it:

Galatians 6: 9 -- And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

Now here, God talks about well doing and that should always be our goal. No, I donít mean being a wishy-washy religious Christian, I mean STANDING ON THE WORD OF GOD RIGHTLY DIVIDED. God Almighty is backing you up and so is Jesus Christ. God is telling us not to give up doing the Word of God. You may face pressures and/or pleasures, but AT THE EXACT RIGHT MOMENT IN TIME, you will reap the results of your well doing. Isnít that just fantastic? What a promise to think about. God is saying that if you donít faint IN YOUR MIND, you will eventually be blessed exceeding abundantly above all that you can ask or even think.

Ephesians 3: 20 -- Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,

I have experienced this promise time and time again in my life. Remember not to let the world discourage you. Thatís what the god of this world does -- he steals, kills, and destroys -- in contrast as to what a knowledge of Jesus Christ does.

John 10: 10 -- The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I [Jesus Christ] am come that they might have life, and that they might have itmore abundantly.

The true God and Father of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ PROMISES YOU that if you simply DO YOUR BEST and donít give up -- donít faint in your mind, when the time is right, YOU WILL RECEIVE BACK AND REALIZE ALL THE BLESSINGS AND DREAMS THAT YOU RIGHTFULLY DESERVE AS A RESULT OF YOUR STEADFAST STAND ON GODíS WORD and because you rightly applied the Law of:

GIVING EQUALS RECEIVING

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