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Christianity Oasis Ministry has provided you with this Generous Woman study. This study on how to be a Generous Woman asks why being a generous woman is wise, how can being a generous woman make you more virtuous, who is the generous woman message for, and how does the Generous Woman answer enhance your life. Let us seek and find the truth of how to be a Generous Woman together in this how to be a Generous Woman study, shall we?


 

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THE VIRTUOUS WOMAN
A RECIPE

STEP #12


Welcome back ...

Today's Virtuous Vitamin is
~GENEROSITY~

liberality in giving

 

Proverbs 31 ... Verse 20
She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.


GENEROUS WOMAN

GENEROUS WOMAN STUDY ON GENEROUS WOMAN QUOTES WITH GENEROUS WOMAN MESSAGE


Happy to have you back for more of our study of what it means to be a virtuous woman. Did you know that if you're reading this, which means that you either have a computer or access to a computer and the internet, chances are that you probably consider your family to be in the middle class or lower middle class income category of working people? And you probably wish that you had more money, am I right?

My friend, I'm sure the statistics are staggering as to how many people there are in the world that are less fortunate than you, who only wish they could have a fraction of what you have. It's so easy to lose perspective of how Jesus taught us to help the poor because we're so busy thinking we're poor ... When we're not!

HOLY SOCKS, BATMAN!

I have a little story to tell you. One day in the middle of a wet winter day, I was driving down the access road to a major freeway, and there was a young lady on the side of the road who looked a little worse for wear. She was shivering and her clothes weren't heavy enough to keep warm on such a day. She held a sign that said: 

Please Help
God Bless You

Well, as I drove past her, in my nice dry car with my nice stereo playing in my nice warm coat that was adequate for the weather, I opened my wallet and had only a few coins in it, but I remembered putting on a brand new pair of thick white socks just an hour ago, and being a person myself who is very sensitive to cold damp weather, I thought, I could at least give her those new socks. I have to tell you though, that after I thought about the idea for a second or two, my second impulse was, "Nehhhhh, nobody would want socks that had been on someone else's feet." 

"If you don't give them to her, you're gonna wish you did later," interrupted my conscience, so I pulled over onto the shoulder of the road, took them off and folded them up and turned around at the next crossover. I pulled up next to her, rolled down my window, and with an almost embarrassed look on my face I said, "These are brand new, I just put them on an hour ago." Do you know, that girl smiled the biggest smile, hugged that silly pair of socks to her heart and thanked me wishing me God's blessings as though I had given her a million bucks.

GENEROUS WOMEN REWARDS AND GENEROUS WOMEN BLESSINGS

Why am I telling you this instead of keeping it to myself, after all, Jesus said to keep your generosity secret or you must settle for the recognition of men instead of a reward from God:

Matthew 6:1-4
Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in Heaven. Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret Himself shall reward thee openly.

The reason I share this with you, isn't for praise (or I would probably have told you a story where I thought I was a smidgeon more generous than giving away a measly pair of used socks), but rather to help you earn more rewards from God. You see, even though something may not mean much to us, it means the world to someone less fortunate. How many times do we hesitate, postpone, or even fail to give, because we don't think it's an adequate gift? Nonsense, I say! GIVE!

One little side comment ... When you give to someone, never expect anything in return from them. Your reward comes from the Lord ... After this life.

The state of mind you're in when you give is very important, too. With a willing attitude is how the Lord wants us to give.

Mark 12:41-44
And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much. And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing. And He called unto Him His disciples, and saith unto them,
Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury: For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living.

2 Corinthians 9:7
Ö God loveth a cheerful giver.

  Even though we live in a very materialistic society and era, the most expensive, magnificent things cannot be taken to Heaven.

1 Timothy 6:7
For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.
Matthew 6:19-21
Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon Earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in Heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
Matthew 6:33-34
But seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
Luke 12:25
And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit?

1 Peter 3:8-9
Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.

There's an interesting thing in this scripture that we didn't talk about when we studied it in our previous steps:

Matthew 25:40
And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

 What does it mean "the least of these my brethren"? Let me follow up with another question; Have you ever seen homeless people, and you would have given them money, but supposed that they would just spend it on wine or beer or drugs, so you decided not to? The Bible does teach us to prove all things, so be sure you ask the Holy Spirit to help you discern. Surely the Lord doesn't want us to contribute to things that aren't righteous. Since many times you really don't know what a person may spend your charity on, or what hardships may have befallen them to want to spend it on things (that we in our holier than thou state of mind) think unnecessary, unworthy, or un-anything, it may be a good idea to ask yourself, Would this person fall into the category of the "least" of Jesus' brethren?

GENEROUS WOMEN PURPOSE AND GENEROUS WOMEN INTENT 

Hmmm, here's another interesting question. When God is tallying the charity that you give to others, does He make a note or a deduction if the receiver of the gift does not spend it on something "practical" in your humble opinion, or does it only matter that YOU GAVE FROM YOUR HEART?

2 Corinthians 9:7
Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.

Proverbs 3:27-28
Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it. Say not unto thy neighbour, Go, and come again, and to morrow I will give; when thou hast it by thee.

That reminds me of something I read in a little book called
 "99 Annoying Attributes of God"

On the front cover is a subtitle:
Why God is God and You're Not

The quote from the book is this: 
"God is annoying because His sense of mercy often gets in the way of my sense of justice."

It just dawned on me that in this same Proverb that we're studying, King Lemuel's mother addresses this very thing:

Proverbs 31:6-7
Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts. Let him drink, and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more.

When the opportunity arises for you to help one of God's children, don't let it escape by letting the judgmental side of you steal your chance to erase some of your own sins:

1 Peter 4:8
And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.

I like the way Peter uses the word fervent in that scripture. Passionate, enthusiastic charity!

James 2:15-16
If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?

James seems to have the same opinion ... Don't just say "I'll pray for ya. Good luck."  

GENEROUS WOMEN PROCEDURE AND GENEROUS WOMEN PRACTICE

There are plenty of ways to give. Again, money isn't the only thing the Lord counts as charity. Donate your time, talent, service, food, clothing, prayer, it doesn't matter what you give, as long as it's from your heart. If you did an inventory of your home and gave to charity all the things that you haven't used in the past year, how many things do you suppose you really need to live? How much money and time are spent on maintaining things that people don't really ever use? Would you guess that most couples own 12 dinner plates, but rarely use more than four of them at one time? And what about the fine china that sits in the cabinet except for Christmas dinner, and when you use it you're a nervous wreck that it may get chipped? How often do you use your linen napkins? How many coffee cups does a family really need, and how many do they actually have? Bath towels? Pairs of shoes? Living rooms? Most people believe that they need more. My friend, the more you have, the more you have to worry about.

The Words of Jesus:

Luke 12:15-21
... Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.
And He spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.

For those of you who have issues with giving up your job to serve the Lord because you think you would be bored out of your mind with nothing to do, or you believe that your talents are so limited that you can't think of how little old you might possibly serve the Lord in an effective way, charity may be your niche. 

Volunteering is a fantastic way of serving the Lord. There are countless Christian organizations that serve fellow Christians, the poor and needy ... You name it. You could even start one yourself. Create a way to give your love to God's people. You've heard of E-Bay, well why on Earth, with as many needy souls as there are, is there not a Charity-Bay? Sure seems like someone could make something like that work, with the hand of God helping.  Like a Goodwill online, or a Salvation Army, but just a commonwealth of giving and receiving between charitable and needy souls ... Couldn't that work?

Proverbs 10:12
Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins.

The secret of generosity is in the love that accompanies it. Without love, the giving turns into something completely different, like obligation, bribery, recognition, competition, or many other ugly things. Don't forget to include love when you're freely giving to others.

Don't you just love our cookbook? God clearly spells out His will in the Bible. We can find most of what He wants us to do written on its pages. How should we live? How should we treat other people? How can we please God? It's all there. If we follow the recipes He created, He will bless us.

And as always, reflect on God's Grace, every day of your life. He loves you so very, very much.


STEP #12

 Meditate on:

GENEROSITY

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