How To Give (Pt. 2)

In the first part of this series, we described giving as an act of transferring possession of something abstract, or concrete (tangible) to another. We also said that the purpose of giving is to improve the lives of others.

Giving is one avenue which God has chosen to multiply what we have. Jesus said, “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again” (Luke 6:38 KJV). Through our giving, men are directed and made to give us increased proportions of what we have hitherto given to others.

Even though giving is a channel of blessing, the manner in which it is carried out will determine whether the outcome of the action will result in a blessing or otherwise. This is because when it comes to giving, the attitude of the heart and the motives with which a person gives influence the outcome of the action.

In the first part of the series, we outlined some inner conditions for giving well. Now, we would look at conditions (of the heart and mind) that are not appropriate for giving.

 

Conditions Not Appropriate For Giving

1. Don’t give when you are being forced or threatened to give.

“Let each one give [thoughtfully and with purpose] just as he has decided in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver [and delights in the one whose heart is in his gift].” (2 Corinthians 9:7 AMP). I have noticed that time and again in churches and other meetings where ministers attempt to force people to give. This is not proper. The verse we just quoted says God’s people should give what they have decided in their hearts to give and should not give under compulsion. In other words, they should not be forced to give what they are not willing to give. The Word goes on to say that ‘God loves a cheerful giver’. By saying this, it implies that God doesn’t like it when people give under compulsion. In the same vein, God’s people should not be compelled to give with threats. I have seen ministers tell people to ‘give or else such and such evil thing will occur in your life’. This is also wrong. God delights in the one whose heart is in his gift; not in the giver who is full of the fear of evil. If ever you feel threatened or forced to give, know that it is not a good time or moment to give. Wait for a moment or opportunity where you can give thoughtfully and with purpose as the Word prescribes.

2. Don’t give sparingly or scantily.

“Now [remember] this: he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows generously [that blessings may come to others] will also reap generously [and be blessed].” (2 Corinthians 9:6 AMP). Giving that is sparing or scanty is: not notable, not much, not noticeable, not substantial. Though the Scripture does not explicitly say to avoid this kind of giving, it does not recommend it. This is because of the kind of scanty result this kind of giving results in. God knows that His children will not be pleased by scanty gifts or rewards. Scanty giving results in scanty rewards. If you have ever felt insulted on account of receiving a scanty gift, you will understand why you shouldn’t give in this manner.

3. Don’t give grudgingly.

“Let each one give [thoughtfully and with purpose] just as he has decided in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver [and delights in the one whose heart is in his gift].” (2 Corinthians 9:7 AMP). A person who gives grudgingly displays reluctance or unwillingness to give which is usually coupled with mild levels of anger. God does not accept this kind of giving.

4. Don’t give sorrowfully.

“Remember: A stingy planter gets a stingy crop; a lavish planter gets a lavish crop. I want each of you to take plenty of time to think it over, and make up your own mind what you will give. That will protect you against sob stories and arm-twisting. God loves it when the giver delights in the giving.” (2 Corinthians 9:6-7 MSG). Sorrow is in direct contrast with cheerfulness. Since God loves a cheerful giver, we can safely imply that he hates sorrowful giving.

5. Don’t give under constraint, duty, duress or pressure.

“Remember: A stingy planter gets a stingy crop; a lavish planter gets a lavish crop. I want each of you to take plenty of time to think it over, and make up your own mind what you will give. That will protect you against sob stories and arm-twisting. God loves it when the giver delights in the giving.” (2 Corinthians 9:6-7 MSG). Do you feel like your arm is being twisted by a minister to give? Curb this by preparing your offering at home before going to church or the cell meeting. God wants our hearts to be protected from this kind of giving because it does not result in blessings.

6. Don’t give to be seen by men.

“Be especially careful when you are trying to be good so that you don’t make a performance out of it. It might be good theater, but the God who made you won’t be applauding. When you do something for someone else, don’t call attention to yourself. You’ve seen them in action, I’m sure—‘playactors’ I call them—treating prayer meeting and street corner alike as a stage, acting compassionate as long as someone is watching, playing to the crowds. They get applause, true, but that’s all they get. When you help someone out, don’t think about how it looks. Just do it—quietly and unobtrusively. That is the way your God, who conceived you in love, working behind the scenes, helps you out.” (Matthew 6:1-4 MSG). No comments. I believe these words of Jesus in the sixth chapter of St. Matthew’s gospel have explained it well enough.

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How To Give (Pt. 1)

Giving is such an essential part of human existence and life in this world. Someone once said: “Giving is essential to self-respect. To be in a situation where you can only receive, [and] not give, is to lack human dignity” (Rabbi Jonathan Sacks).

In giving, one transfers possession of something abstract, or concrete (tangible) to another. Giving is in its purest sense, an expression of love. The purpose of giving is to improve the lives of others.

God’s Word has much to say about giving because of its indispensability and the vital role it plays in human existence.  In this article, I wish to highlight a few God-thoughts on ‘How To Give’. The attitude, disposition, preparation and motives culminating in our eventual release of our substance to others is of great importance to God.

God doesn’t just want us to give. He wants us to ‘give well’. To ‘give well’ is to give with a right attitude, disposition and with pure motives.

 

Conditions for Giving Well

Apostle Paul wrote a letter to a group of people who were eager to help others by their giving. With his words (in 2 Corinthians Ch. 9, vs 1-15), I would highlight the conditions for giving well:

“There is no need for me to write to you about this service to the Lord’s people. For I know your eagerness to help, and I have been boasting about it to the Macedonians, telling them that since last year you in Achaia were ready to give; and your enthusiasm has stirred most of them to action. But I am sending the brothers in order that our boasting about you in this matter should not prove hollow, but that you may be ready, as I said you would be. For if any Macedonians come with me and find you unprepared, we—not to say anything about you—would be ashamed of having been so confident. So I thought it necessary to urge the brothers to visit you in advance and finish the arrangements for the generous gift you had promised. Then it will be ready as a generous gift, not as one grudgingly given. Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. As it is written: “They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor; their righteousness endures forever.” Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else. And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you. Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!”

 1. Give willingly

This is the definition of generosity. The dictionary definition of generosity is: “The trait of being willing to give your money [or possessions] or time (WordWeb). The attitude of your heart at the time of giving should be willing, that is unforced or uncoerced.

2. Give with readiness and eagerness to promote the cause for which you are giving.

Commendable giving is carried out with an eagerness to help. Paul’s audience were clearly eager to help other believers. Paul states explicitly concerning them: “For I know your eagerness to help…”.

3. Plan your giving in advance.

Planning your giving in advance is a prerequisite for generous giving.

4. Prepare in advance for acts of generosity.

Without preparation to give, giving is prone to be carried out grudgingly. Depending on what you intend to give and the size or monetary value of what you intend to give, you may need to prepare for days, weeks, months or years. This will help you make all the needed arrangements so you won’t be forced or hurried at the last minute.

5. Give generously

a) A generous person gives more of something than is usual or expected.

b) A generous person is friendly, helpful and willing to see blessings come to someone or something.

c) A generous amount of something is much larger than is usual or expected.

6. Give as you have purposed in your heart and mind to give.

“Let each one [give] as he has made up his own mind and purposed in his heart, not reluctantly or sorrowfully or under compulsion…” (2 Corinthians 9:7 AMP) 

7. Give cheerfully.

“…God loves (He takes pleasure in, prizes above other things, and is unwilling to abandon or to do without) a cheerful (joyous, “prompt to do it”) giver [whose heart is in his giving].” (2 Corinthians 9:7 AMP) 

8. Give joyously.

“…God loves (He takes pleasure in, prizes above other things, and is unwilling to abandon or to do without) a cheerful (joyous, “prompt to do it”) giver [whose heart is in his giving].” (2 Corinthians 9:7 AMP) 

9. Give promptly.

“…God loves (He takes pleasure in, prizes above other things, and is unwilling to abandon or to do without) a cheerful (joyous, “prompt to do it”) giver [whose heart is in his giving].” (2 Corinthians 9:7 AMP) 

10. Let your heart be in your giving.

“…God loves (He takes pleasure in, prizes above other things, and is unwilling to abandon or to do without) a cheerful (joyous, “prompt to do it”) giver [whose heart is in his giving].” (2 Corinthians 9:7 AMP) 

 

God’s Chosen Ones (3)

“You whom I [the Lord] have taken from the ends of the earth, and called from its remotest parts and said to you, ‘You are My servant, I have chosen you…” (Isaiah 41:9 AMP, emphasis added)

Every one who is born again has been specially chosen of God. “You are God’s chosen and special people. You are a group of royal priests and a holy nation. God has brought you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” (1Peter 2:9 CEV). God delights in us and has given us His Spirit to dwell in us. He has done all this for a purpose. His purpose has translated to our mission.

The Five-fold Mission of God’s Chosen

See my servant, whom I uphold; my Chosen One in whom I delight. I have put my Spirit upon him; he will reveal justice to the nations of the world. He will be gentle—he will not shout nor quarrel in the streets. He will not break the bruised reed, nor quench the dimly burning flame. He will encourage the fainthearted, those tempted to despair. He will see full justice given to all who have been wronged. He won’t be satisfied until truth and righteousness prevail throughout the earth, nor until even distant lands beyond the seas have put their trust in him…“I the Lord have called you to demonstrate my righteousness. I will guard and support you, for I have given you to my people as the personal confirmation of my covenant with them. You shall also be a light to guide the nations unto me. You will open the eyes of the blind and release those who sit in prison darkness and despair. (Isaiah 42:1-7 TLB)

God’s mission for His chosen ones as depicted in the verses above are as follows:

  1. Encouraging the fainthearted in the Lord.
  2. Giving justice to those wronged.
  3. Ensuring truth and righteousness prevails throughout the earth.
  4. Demonstrating God’s righteousness.
  5. Being a light to the nations.

There are those who are weak in the Lord. They have light but their flames are dimly burning. They are as bruised reeds. God has called us to encourage them and fill them with fresh hope. We are to be gentle with such people and bring them to a point where their hearts are fixed, trusting in the Lord. “[My Chosen Ones] will be gentle—[they] will not not break the bruised reed, [they] will encourage the fainthearted, those tempted to despair.” (Isaiah 42:2-3 TLB).

Secondly, we have a mission to give justice to those who are being wronged; those being wronged by the devil and evil men. God never made men to be oppressed, paralyzed, afflicted with disease and infirmity, or tied down with poverty. He’s called us to give justice to the wronged. “You’re here to defend the defenseless, to make sure that underdogs get a fair break; Your job is to stand up for the powerless, and prosecute all those who exploit them.” (Psalm 82:2-4 MSG).

Thirdly, He has called His chosen ones to ensure that truth and righteousness prevails throughout the earth. What truth is to prevail? God’s Word. Jesus said that the Word of God is TRUTH (i.e. reality). “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.” (John 17:17 KJV). How does righteousness prevail? It prevails when the Gospel of Jesus Christ prevails. God’s righteousness is revealed in the Gospel. “I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth…For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith…” (Romans 1:16-17 KJV)To fulfil this aspect of our mission, we ought to channel our spiritual, mental, intellectual, physical, material, financial and social resources in publishing, spreading, and promoting the Gospel all over the world. This is our divine responsibility.

Fourthly, He has called us to demonstrate His righteousness. He says, “I the Lord have called you to demonstrate my righteousness.” (Isaiah 42:6 TLB)Righteousness is God’s nature in His chosen ones. It is the ability to do right and fulfil God’s will on the earth. This nature is at work in us. Therefore, we walk in righteousness, carry out works of righteousness and manifest God’s goodness to the world.

Finally, He has called us to be a light to the nations. “You shall also be a light to guide the nations unto me.” (Isaiah 42:6 TLB)We are an exceptional breed. We are uniquely different. Jesus said, “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid” (Matthew 5:14).  What does it mean to be the light and a city on a hill? It means we are supposed to lead. We are supposed to show the way, because light gives direction. We have been chosen to turn things around. We must do the things that improve the world of our time.

God’s Chosen Ones (2)

“You whom I [the Lord] have taken from the ends of the earth, and called from its remotest parts and said to you, ‘You are My servant, I have chosen you…” (Isaiah 41:9 AMP, emphasis added)

Every one who is born again has been specially chosen of God. “You are God’s chosen and special people. You are a group of royal priests and a holy nation. God has brought you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” (1Peter 2:9 CEV). And because we (born again Christians) are special to God, He takes a keen interest in all that concerns us. We are above our adversaries and greater than the world’s economy and systems.

Dealing with Adversaries, Challenges & Economies

“Behold, all they that were incensed against thee shall be ashamed and confounded: they shall be as nothing; and they that strive with thee shall perish. Thou shalt seek them, and shalt not find them, even them that contended with thee: they that war against thee shall be as nothing, and as a thing of nought. For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee. Fear not, thou worm Jacob, and ye men of Israel; I will help thee, saith the Lord, and thy redeemer, the Holy One of Israel. Behold, I will make thee a new sharp threshing instrument having teeth: thou shalt thresh the mountains, and beat them small, and shalt make the hills as chaff. Thou shalt fan them, and the wind shall carry them away, and the whirlwind shall scatter them: and thou shalt rejoice in the Lord, and shalt glory in the Holy One of Israel. When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue faileth for thirst, I the Lord will hear them, I the God of Israel will not forsake them. I will open rivers in high places, and fountains in the midst of the valleys: I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water. I will plant in the wilderness the cedar, the shittah tree, and the myrtle, and the oil tree; I will set in the desert the fir tree, and the pine, and the box tree together: That they may see, and know, and consider, and understand together, that the hand of the Lord hath done this, and the Holy One of Israel hath created it.” (Isaiah 41:11-20 KJV)

  • God’s chosen ones do not need to fret for one second about their adversaries. God has so programmed anyone who contends with His chosen ones for shame and confusion. He says, “Everyone who hates you will be terribly disgraced; those who attack will vanish into thin air.” (Isaiah 41:11 CEV¹)
  • The good part about this is that we (God’s chosen) don’t need to do a single thing about our enemies. God didn’t ask us to fight our adversaries, to criticize them, curse them or pray about their downfall. He only tells us their end result.
  • In the previous article, we talked about how God hardens His chosen ones to difficulties such that they are not moved by challenges. Apart from hardening us to difficulties, He re-constructs us at every stage of our lives to deal with the challenges at that level.
  • For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed [remodeled, spruced up, updated, refurbished, revitalized] day by day. (2 Corinthians 4:16 KJV)
  • In Isaiah 41, God talks about making us like new sharp threshing instruments. This connotes that He adds new “extensions”, “plug-ins”, and “features” to our personalities that we did not previously have.
  • Threshing instruments in Isaiah’s day were “made of wood with sharp stones [teeth] placed in the bottom. The sledge was pulled around and around over stalks of wheat or barley to cut the stalks into small pieces.”²
  • With our new features, we thresh mountains [challenges]. We have the ability to turn mountains into small pieces of stone. We are world overcomers, mountain crushers. We make hills like chaff.
  • Threshing also involved laying down the grain or material to be threshed on a big flat surface and whacking the daylights of out them with a bat or stick.³ This is what we do to the challenges we face. We crush them and take the life out of them. “…thou shalt thresh the mountains, and beat them small, and shalt make the hills as chaff.” (Isaiah 41:15 KJV)
  • When you face a challenge, know that it is an opportunity to: a) Use what God has given you; b) Be promoted to another level.
  • Develop a reputation for winning in the spirit. Demons and devils know those who have a reputation for winning and so they approach such people with extreme caution.
  • You ought to know who you are as God’s chosen. He says in His Word, “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. (1John 5:4 KJV). We were born to overcome the world. A mountain (challenge you face in this world) is only a small part of the world.
  • Besides all this, He causes us to live in an economy that transcends this world. Our economy is different and far above the economy of this world. In our economy, springs and lakes (money and wealth) can emerge from dry and barren lands. All manner of plants (businesses and enterprises) can grow and fill the desert.
  • It doesn’t matter what country or region of the world in which we find ourselves. All things are possible to us and whatsoever we are involved in/with has to prosper. This is the heritage of God’s chosen ones.
  • This is all because, not only is the hand of the Lord is on His chosen ones, He lives in them and causes them to triumph.
  • Whatsoever we do prospers irrespective of the world’s economy and systems.
  • We are God’s chosen. A special breed.

References:

  1. CEV – Contemporary English Version (US Version), 1995.
  2. Ferell’s Travel Blog, https://ferrelljenkins.wordpress.com/2014/04/01/visualizing-isaiah-28-the-threshing-sledge/, (viewed on 14th September, 2015)
  3. The Walden Effect, Harvesting, threshing, winnowing, and dehulling backyard grains, http://www.waldeneffect.org/blog/Harvesting__44___threshing__44___winnowing__44___and_dehulling_backyard_grains/, (viewed on 14th September, 2015)

God’s Chosen Ones (1)

“You whom I [the Lord] have taken from the ends of the earth, and called from its remotest parts and said to you, ‘You are My servant, I have chosen you…” (Isaiah 41:9 AMP, emphasis added)

Every one who is born again has been specially chosen of God. “You are God’s chosen and special people. You are a group of royal priests and a holy nation. God has brought you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” (1Peter 2:9 CEV). And because we (born again Christians) are special to God, He takes a keen interest in all that concerns us. With so much going on in the world that causes the hearts of men to quiver, we must hold the consciousness of our place in God.

There Is Nothing to Fear

“Fear not [there is nothing to fear], for I am with you; do not look around you in terror and be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen and harden you to difficulties, yes, I will help you; yes, I will hold you up and retain you with My [victorious] right hand of rightness and justice.” (Isaiah 41:10 AMP)

  • Refuse to fear; there’s nothing to fear when God is with you. And the good news is that, ‘He is with you!’
  • Refuse to consider all the things around you that cause terror and dismay. Pay attention to God’s Word.
  • Anything that is prone to cause terror and panic in your life has to defeat God before it can defeat you.
  • Do not observe the lying vanities (i.e. the challenges, pressures, difficulties). They cannot defeat God. They cannot defeat the God in you. The One in you is Greater than everyone and anything that is in the world.
  • God holds you up and retains you with His victorious right hand. Who can even dare to snatch something out of God’s hand?
  • We belong to Christ and no man can snatch us from God’s hand. Jesus said: “My Father gave them to me, and he is greater than all others. No one can snatch them from his hands” (John 10:29 CEV)
  • No matter the challenges you may be facing, know that God is with you, strengthening you and hardening you to difficulties.
  • He never said we will not have challenges. What He said is this: “When you go through deep waters and great trouble, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown! When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up—the flames will not consume you.” (Isaiah 43:2 TLB)
  • God holds us up. What does this mean? It means he retains us, preserves us, keeps our heads above the water, and gives us the upper hand in every challenge.
  • Why does God specifically say He will uphold his chosen ones with His right hand, and not the left hand? The right hand signifies strength and dexterity. What God is saying is that He will uphold us with strength, power, efficiency and skill.

Not Made for Obscurity

“…You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine!…” (Matthew 5:14-16 MSG) 

The word “obscure” refers to something that is inconspicuous or unnoticeable. It also denotes something that is of little or no prominence, note, fame or distinction. A person who is obscure is far from public notice or important activities.

God is clear in His Word and messages to us concerning the fact that He did not make the Christian for obscurity. He made us for His glory. Of what use is a glorious thing that is concealed and unnoticed? Of what use is a candle that is lit and afterwards placed under a bucket?

In the Scripture quoted above, Jesus asks an important question: “If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you?” He is saying in effect that our lives are to be put up to the world to show the way.

In the first epistle of Peter, God re-echoes this same truth, declaring that He made His saints ‘to set forth His wonderful deeds and display His virtues and perfections’ (1Peter 2:9 AMP). That is awesome. He made us for display. He made us to make a statement to the world by our very lives and existence.

The Christian was made to be noticed by the world.

The Christian is made for prominence.

The Christian is made for relevance and distinction.

The Christian is made to shine.

Refuse the low and insignificant life. Make an impact in your world.

“Let your light so shine before men that they may see your moral excellence and your praiseworthy, noble, and good deeds and recognize and honor and praise and glorify your Father Who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16 AMP)

The Importance of Listening

 

“I have a lot more to say about this, but it is hard to get it across to you since you’ve picked up this bad habit of not listening. By this time you ought to be teachers yourselves, yet here I find you need someone to sit down with you and go over the basics on God again, starting from square one—baby’s milk, when you should have been on solid food long ago! Milk is for beginners, inexperienced in God’s ways; solid food is for the mature, who have some practice in telling right from wrong” (Hebrews 5:11-14 MSG)

 

To listen means ‘to pay attention to something being said’, ‘to obey’, ‘to catch’, ‘to concentrate’, ‘to tune in’, ‘to observe’, ‘to hear and pay attention’. Listening is different from hearing in that, hearing is more passive and requires little effort. Merely hearing has very little attached to it besides receiving sound vibrations. Listening is hearing plus paying attention with the aim of getting maximum benefit from what is being heard. Listening is purposeful hearing.

People with bad listening habits undermine their own growth and development. Listening well is so crucial in all realms of personal development.

When you attend any meeting especially meetings in the house of God, it is very important that you listen to what is being said and taught. Our opening verse shows us that some of God’s people have picked up a bad habit of not listening when they go to the house of God.

This bad habit of not listening has serious repercussions on them especially with respect to their spiritual growth and development. It is hard to get anything across to people who do not listen. Until you listen and listen well, you are unable to understand the Word of God as you should and this has an adverse effect on your spiritual growth and more so, on the quality of life you live.

The Bible says in the 82nd Psalm that people who lack understanding will continue to walk in darkness. “They know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are out of course.” (Psalms 82:5). The first step however in gaining spiritual understanding is giving the Word of God your attention. The man who will not listen well will not understand well.

“My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.” (Proverbs 4:20-22 KJV)

 

The Effects of Not Listening

  1. You make it hard for your man of God to get anything across to you.
  2. You are unable to receive spiritual understanding.
  3. You become slothful in achieving spiritual insight.

Concerning this we have much to say which is hard to explain, since you have become dull in your [spiritual] hearing and sluggish [even slothful in achieving spiritual insight]. (Hebrews 5:11 AMP)

  1. You are unable to develop spiritually.
  2. You are unable to become a teacher in the house of God.
  3. You are unable to make progress in life.

This is because you keep needing to have someone go over the basics with you and start you out from square one. In effect, you take one step forward and one step backward.

  1. You are unable to go on to the greater truths of the kingdom of God.
  2. You will remain inexperienced in God’s ways.

The difference between the wise and the unwise is evident by their listening habits. The Bible says, “a wise person will listen and continue to learn, and an understanding person will gain direction” (Proverbs 1:5 GW). The Greek word translated ‘listen’ is “shama’ which means to hear intelligently, to hear attentively, to discern, and to make an effort to understand. The wise hear intelligently but the unwise do not.

Decide from today to give the Word of God rapt attention. Don’t take up the bad habit of not listening and not paying attention. Be one who gains maximum benefit from the Word of God because of the manner in which tune in, observe, concentrate and catch revelations from you man of God.