Jesus said, "Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you." And with that he breathed on them and said, "Receive the Holy Spirit."
1 | A CORRECT VIEW OF GOD LEADS TO A GENEROUS LIFE
GENEROSITY IS NOT SOMETHING GOD DOES, IT'S WHO HE IS
2 | THE ENEMY SEEKS TO DISTORT YOUR VIEW OF GOD
The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, "You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die."
Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, "Did God really say, 'You must not eat from any tree in the garden'?" The woman said to the serpent, "We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, 'You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.'" "You will not certainly die," the serpent said to the woman. "For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."
DISTORTION #1 - GOD CAN'T
When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick. As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, "This is a remote place, and it's already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food." Jesus replied, "They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat." "We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish," they answered. "Bring them here to me," he said. And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.
For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what one does not have.
NEVER UNDERESTIMATE WHAT A BIG GOD CAN DO WITH YOUR SMALL OBEDIENCE!
DISTORTION #2 - GOD WON'T
"You know the commandments: 'Do not murder, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Do not defraud, Honor your father and mother.'" And he said to him, "Teacher, all these I have kept from my youth." And Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, "You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me." Disheartened by the saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.
GOD LOVES YOU WITH THE SAME LOVE THAT HE LOVES JESUS
"You have loved them even as You have loved me."
"Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!"
WHATEVER GOD ASKS YOU TO DO, YOU CAN TRUST HIM
Generous Gospel | A Loving, Generous Father
Do you ever wonder if God "can't" or that God just "won't"? This message is for you! This weekend, Lead Pastor Whit George teaches on the incredible love of our Heavenly Father, as well as two distorted perspectives of God's heart toward us.