"Be a Giver and Partaker - Prosper in All Things!"
By Russ Walden
How to Be a Giver & a Partaker of God's Riches in Glory
Philippians 4:10-19 says: "But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at last your care for me has
flourished again; though you surely did care, but you lacked opportunity. Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned
both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
"Nevertheless you have done well that you shared in my distress. Now you Philippians
know also that in the beginning of the Gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church shared with me concerning giving and receiving but you only. For even in Thessalonica you sent aid once and again for my necessities. Not that I seek the gift, but I seek
the fruit that abounds to your account.
"Indeed, I have all and abound. I am full, having received from Epaphroditus the things sent from you, a sweet-smelling aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well pleasing
to God. And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus."
Paul was speaking to the Philippians explaining how he had learned to be content in every situation; whether
suffering need or having abundance, he could do all things through Christ, which is where his strength came from.
These people were different, however. He said that no other church gave into his
ministry like they had. They gave financial gifts, not just while he was visiting them but also to support him while ministering in other places. They made a commitment by partnering with him, enabling him to travel and share the message of Jesus Christ to
the whole world.
Paul spoke of a special blessing for those who gave when he said, "My God shall supply all of your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus."
When you sow into the Kingdom of God through a powerful ministry so that others can receive the Gospel, you reap God's riches in glory and all of your needs are met. Then you also become a partaker of the same anointing and blessings that are on
The Key to Abundant Life – It's a Choice
The Father says to you, "I am looking for ways to get your blessings to you, not take
from you. My ways and thoughts are higher than yours, which are usually diametrically opposed to the world's way of thinking and doing.
"In order to receive something, you first have to do something. Things
are the way they are because of what you are doing. If you want something different you have to do something different.
"I gave My all so that you could live not just an ordinary life, but a life worth
living—abundant life. If you are not experiencing abundant life, it is not because I have not provided it. You appropriate My promises, first and foremost, by reading them so that you know what they are, believing them, speaking them, acting on them
as if they are true—arranging your life around them.
"When you make room for Me, when you allow for growth and expansion to happen in your life, you are giving Me and the angels something to work
with. The angels hearken to the 'voice' of My Word. Your voice, speaking My Word by faith, activates angels on your behalf."
2 Corinthians 9:11-15 says: "Thus you will be enriched in all things and in
every way, so that you can be generous, and [your generosity as it is] administered by us will bring forth thanksgiving to God.
"For the service that the ministering of this fund renders does not only
fully supply what is lacking to the saints (God's people), but it also overflows in many [cries of] thanksgiving to God.
"Because at [your] standing of the test of this ministry, they will glorify
God for your loyalty and obedience to the Gospel of Christ which you confess, as well as for your generous-hearted liberality to them and to all [the other needy ones].
"And they yearn for you while they
pray for you, because of the surpassing measure of God's grace (His favor and mercy and spiritual blessing which is shown forth) in you.
"Now thanks be to God for His Gift, [precious] beyond telling [His
indescribable, inexpressible, free Gift]!"
How to Prosper in All Things
The Father says, "Nothing escapes My eye; I see everything. Even the widow
who gave two mites is specifically mentioned as giving more than all the rich people at the treasury that day because it was all she had. It was also the attitude with which she gave. Would I then let her starve after she gave her all to Me? Absolutely not.
She received My blessings and protection, just as you do.
"My ways and methods are not always obvious to the natural mind and circumstances. When things appear as a 'suddenly,' know that I have been working
behind the scenes your whole life to make all things work together for your good.
All things, means ALL things—not just the 'good things' that work out perfect. I can make even your mistakes to prosper
when you trust Me and follow My formula for success.
"My Word is near to you, in your mouth and in your heart, so that you may do it. I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; choose
life that both you and your seed may live."
"But the Word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it." (Deut. 30:14 KJV)
By Russ Walden
Father's Heart Ministry
528 Ellsworth St. SW
Albany, OR 97321