Friday, May 18, 2012

Bless Those Who Give

By Richard L Spangler

   I was at a Ministering Spiritual Gifts Conference in Suffolk, Va. April 26-29, 2012, when I heard this teaching by Apostle John Burkholder of Sword of the Spirit Ministries in Buffalo, NY. And felt it important to relay it to you. There are also some additional insights the Lord has given me which I will also share.
   Apostle Burkholder taught on Luke 6:38 Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” He stated, that he prays this over his offerings regularly. One day as he was praying this verse, God spoke to him that he was praying it wrong. Apostle John asked how he was praying it wrong. The Lord stated it was not enough to pray for his offering to blessed, but he needed to pray for those who the Lord spoke to: to give to him to be blessed, so that they could give. Then the Lord took it to another level, not only was to pray for blessings for those who were to give to him but also pray for those who were to bless the givers so that they could bless the givers.

  This takes blessing others to a whole different level; it takes it beyond simple addition into the level of multiplication of blessings. God is a God of multiplication, we see at creation in Genesis commanded everything living thing to be fruitful and multiply (not add). This is true in blessings as well as we pray for others to be blessed in the matter stated above, then our blessings will be multiplied as well. So as you give your tithes and offerings pray for those who are to give to you to be blessed and for those who are to bless them to be blessed and watched what God does.
               Apostle John shared several testimonies of where this has worked in a powerful way. My personal story is an example. I prayed over my offering that afternoon and on Sunday at church. My wife has had some physical issues that she could not work for over two years (God has been faithful in His provision for us). We and her doctors agreed that she should apply for disability. So, she set down and filled out all the paperwork and submitted it. Her claim was promptly rejected. She appealed. We were to go to an appeals hearing on the Tuesday after the conference. I told was told that I could say nothing during the hearing, so I just sat there and prayed quietly in tongues. The judge stated that it looked like my wife qualified and we would be notified in 7 to 10 days of his decision. We were excited and praising God. It gets better, my wife’s lawyer calls on Friday, stating the judge’s decision had already been given and he ruled in our favor. She stated it would at least two months before we received any back payments (two years worth) and then monthly checks. We again rejoiced. Then on the following Tuesday, the lawyer called, stating she did not understand it but the checked was already processed and mailed. We were stunned. On Friday we received a check for two years worth of back payments. Praise the Lord.  We tithed on what we received and I again prayed over it and now waiting to see what God does now.
 I hope you will pray this promise for giving in faith, not only for yourself, but also for those who are to give to you to be blessed. Then take the next step and pray for those to be blessed who are to give to the ones who are to bless you. 

   Please share with us what God does for you as you bless others.