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Have You Given Money Away

Once while praying the Spirit told me to give money away to people asking for work at this certain place. The owner agreed to do this for me in secret. It worked ok. Has anything like this happen you?

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God layed it upon my heart to give a caravan (small van) to a couple in my church. They had a car but it was breaking down all the time. My husband and I got up one night in service and gave them the title, free and clear. Never regreted it since. The blessing was being able to help others. But there have been times I would do things in secret by obeying God's voice. The blessing is to be able to give and that God is using me in a mighty way.
---Rebecca_D on 4/8/07

Don't get me wrong (85 words not quite enough.) I'm not complaining about the's just harder than it used to be because of so many organizations asking. I have to really discern the Lord's leading.
---Donna on 3/6/06

Yes. First to my church, that's where I am nurtered, spiritually. Then to people I encounter that have a need, not usually strangers, but good people having hard times who don't expect help. Sadly, I've turned sour on both Christian and secular charities. Many hide their financial records, but spend so much on glossy ads, TV spots, consultants, administative personnel.. little is left for the needy. Give to them once, and you're a "lifetime member". The appeals never stop (and I'm not rich).
---Donna on 3/6/06

Alan ,good,thanks.I agree that it is ok to help secular Charities. Research Grants are limited and targeted at some illnesses more than others. My Dad died from complications caused by leukemia and diabetes so that really hit close to home that you were asking for help to further needs in Leukemia area. God Bless those who have a heart for giving , few people have the gift of giving. For those who are touched so deeply by others need, truely have that gift, I believe they are called to that.
---Darlene_1 on 1/27/06

Mod ... # 2 I was collecting for the charity that supports research into leukaemia when that was first said to me. It has also happened when I have been collecting for a Christian charity sending aid to famine and flood parts of the world. I see nothing wrong in Christians getting involved with raising money for secualr charities, nor for inviting non-Christians to contribute.
---alan8869_of_UK on 1/27/06

Mod ... # 1 regarding collecting for charities, you ask "Really? Why don't people just do that within their church doors?" Because it is not only in church that people want to give. Churches tend to collect money for their own pet Christian charities or missions. But there are many cross-denom and secular charities that are worthy of support.
---alan8869_of_UK on 1/27/06

Darlene ... your list seems quite OK to me.
---alan8869_of_UK on 1/26/06

Mod ... You ask "What is "round houses"? Yes the mind boggles at collecting them! I think they are a kind of primitive house in ancient settlements, and I think they have them in tribal Africa. But I meant collecting for charity AROUND houses! It's a common method in in England, to take the collecting tin round and knock on the doors.

Moderator - Really? Why don't people just do that within their church doors?
---alan8869_of_UK on 1/26/06

Darlene ... I think my point is made by the eaxmaples of the money I am able to collect for charity from different social strata.
---alan8869_of_UK on 1/26/06

Alan , add to if you have something to define this better; I always consider needs as food, clothes, roof over their head, including utilities , medicine and or doctor bills, for school age, supplies and lunches. Oh yes, for College Age help with transpotation, including money for gas, food, sometimes tution for classes or cost of books. It is really a broad range of needs. When someone is working and doing their best to get by and can't then help is in order. USA, There are welfare programs for poor.
---Darlene_1 on 1/26/06

Yes Darlene, # 2 In the poor houses, they usually have keep a tin behind the door, for such things, and give a few coins. In the "middle class" areas, they go and fetch their purse and give a greater amount. In the wealthy areas, the amount they give is usually less than the poor give.
---alan8869_of_UK on 1/26/06

Yes Darlene, # 1 .. It is most important to make sure that one's family needs are met, and that they do not become a burden on others. But how does one define "need"?
As one gets more affluent, luxuries become needs! As with that man's car! I occasionally collect round houses for charity. Every time I do it, I am struck be the response of different social groups.

Moderator - What is "round houses"?
---alan8869_of_UK on 1/26/06

Alan ,there will always be the social climbers and nonChristians who twist anything to justify what they do. I think you may be right about charity and love being linked. We love our family and that's why we always put them first. I found some think the saying about Charity began with Charles Dickens, some earlier. The Bible says a man who doesn't provide for his own is worse than an infidel. That shows how important it is to put family needs first. Responsibility to our own is God's plan for the family.
---Darlene_1 on 1/26/06

Darlene, I remember someone saying "charity begins at home" when I was collecting for a very worthwhile charity ... he went on to say "How can I give to you when I have just borrowed 40,000 for my new car?"
I think the phrase "charity begins at home" started when the word charity meant "love".
---alan8869_of_UK on 1/26/06

Rebecca D ,I'm not sure why my position on giving gets such a strong response from others, I'm glad you wrote, because it made me realize, God will not prompt anyone to give to people who will use the money in a sinful way. I had never thought of it in that way before. If the people do use it wrongfully it wasn't God telling one to give, but ones own self/compassion. God will not lead us or anything we do/give into something sinful. If God says give it's for His purpose, to further the Kingdom, not man's.
---Darlene_1 on 1/26/06

Darlene, if God lays it on my heart to give someone a thousand dollars, I do. Once it leaves my hands it is not my problem what they do with that money, I've done my part and if that person lied to me about the money, God knows all and God sees all. And he will judge them accordanly.
---Rebecca_D on 1/26/06

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Thanks for the clarification Darlene. God bless you.
---emg on 1/26/06

emg, you know when you hear from God, certainly you must follow His leading.Yes, I give to my church and those charties the church supports.Orphan's Home, Missions overseas, but my first and foremost giving is to greatgrandchildren who haven't a father to supply their needs or other people in family or friends. I am from the very very old school that believes charity begins at home, to those near to you first. Each one of us must do what we feel led to do without regard for what people think of it.
---Darlene_1 on 1/25/06

Darlene, do you mean that you never give to Christian charities either? Do you not give to your church? If you do you have lost control of how it is spent by your church or the charity. God puts it on my heart to give at certain times and to certain people or charities. I give in obedience and leave the rest to God. I trust that He will ensure that it is spent for His work and if it isn't I have still done the right thing, even though someone else might not have.
---emg on 1/25/06

I never give money to anyone, other than family, in need. I will note the needs a person or family has and buy those things for them. Giving money, in my opinion, gives away control of how that offering is spent and it may not always be used the way you intend or it should be used. It can even be used for something sinful and I would hate that.
---Darlene_1 on 1/25/06

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Whenever I give money, whether it be to a charity or to an individual, I post it anonymously. I have twice left a box of groceries on the doorstep of a couple who were out of work long term and drove away quickly before they could see who had put them there. I learned afterwards that quite a number of boxes had been found on that doorstep so several people had had the same idea. The couple were extremely grateful. I have been helped in lean times and it's good to do the same for others.
---emg on 1/20/06

During a very hard trial in my life, my 7 children and myself were homeless..Every week I would receive an envelope with money. I never had to beg for bread. I do the same when God directs.
---Lynn on 1/19/06

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