Apostle Grace Lubega
1 Kings 17:12-15(KJV); And she said, As the Lord thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but an handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse: and, behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die. And Elijah said unto her, Fear not; go and do as thou hast said: but make me thereof a little cake first, and bring it unto me, and after make for thee and for thy son. For thus saith the Lord God of Israel, The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until the day that the Lord sendeth rain upon the earth. And she went and did according to the saying of Elijah: and she, and he, and her house, did eat many days.
Our theme scripture has been used by some ministers of the gospel to “milk” some of their congregants of all their finances, leaving them bereft, frustrated and sometimes bitter.
What some ignore is the fact that Elijah had the anointing to multiply the little that the widow had.
The Bible says that after giving Elijah all that she had, her and her house ate for many days because the barrel of meal did not waste and the cruse of oil did not fail.
This is what Paul calls causing fruit to abound to your account.
In Philippians 4:17 (AMP) he says, “Not that I seek or am eager for [your gift], but I do seek and am eager for the fruit which increases to your credit [the harvest of blessing that is accumulating to your account].
This grace that causes fruit to abound to the account of others comes because the minister of the gospel also practices the principles of divine providence; he gives his tithe and first fruit, he gives to the cause of the gospel and his heart is open to the needs of others.
When a man of God practices these principles, he does not have to manipulate to be given. His source is God whom he serves faithfully. Hallelujah!
FURTHER STUDY: Philippians 4:17, Matthew 10:8
The grace that causes fruit to abound to the account of others comes because the minister of the gospel also practices the principles of divine providence; he gives his tithe and first fruit, he gives to the cause of the gospel and his heart is open to the needs of others.
PRAYER: Father, I thank you for this Word. Thank you because I give in wisdom. Blessing follows me because I understand the hows of divine providence. By this, I profit the kingdom to the glory of your name. Amen.