Sammy Gitaari

Wings to Fly, Legs to Run

Ask and it Shall Be Given
Ask and It Shall Be Given
Having enough for you and for ministry
(Luke 11:9-10)
All ministries will cost money.  Anointing will never move by itself.
Jesus Christ had a ministry that was funded.
He had a treasurer – to keep and expense money—even though his treasurer was a thief the ministry had enough.
People who had benefited from his ministry supported Jesus’ ministry.
 Luke 8:2
And also some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases: Mary (called Magdalene) from whom seven demons had come out; Joanna the wife of Cuza, the manager of Herod's household; Susanna; and many others. These women were helping to support them out of their own means.
Influential disciples like Joseph, Nicodemus, Simon, Zacchaeus did not all become apostles—they worked elsewhere and supported the ministry.
Jesus’ ministry was not funded with heavenly currency but the legal tender of his time.
Neither was Jesus a poor fund-raiser – he had a way, a method and a control system.
“But” you ask me, “did he not make ‘miracle wine’ from ‘water’?
Did he not get money from fish?
We must learn to live in Canaan.  It is a land flowing with milk and honey.  But notice that we do not fetch milk in a stream – whether in Kenya or in Canaan, milk comes from cows.  And cows don’t give milk without calving, eating and being cared for.  To get the milk that flows in the land, some dairy farming is required – it is work.  That work can and must be done.  Similarly, honey is not collected from a well – anywhere in the world.  It comes from bees.  To really enjoy the honey that flows, you got to keep and care for bees.  And to collect the honey, bees will sting you.
Accessing Kingdom resource for our service
Know what you need
If you have no idea what you need you will get nothing. Have a clear project. You cannot sell what you don’t have and you cannot raise money for what you don’t know.
Plan, think, set goals and budget.
Share needs
In life there are people that have what you need.
Others know someone who knows someone who has what you need. Share your need---
In ministry those who benefit from the ministry should and are required to actually support such ministry.
Church people must support the work by tithes and offerings.
When there are needs of extra ministry, then the church should be challenged to give free will offerings.
Ask
Do not stop at sharing need—ask for what you want.
Do not accept the ungodly language that says God will supply only by your prayer and him touching who he will.  For most of my life I worked like this.  But it really does not work.
Besides it is a foolish way of working.
The Lord eventually showed me no one would do a significant ministry that is impacting without talking about him ministry needs.
Let me show you a few examples from the word of God.  Let us begin with Jesus.
Jesus asked people to support his ministry and many times.
He asked Zacchaeus to throw a party for him.  Zacchaeus was a thief and a sinner.  But Jesus invited himself to his home.  See, however, how gladly Zacchaeus did the party for the whole group—Jesus’ team.  There are many Zacchaeus out there that are waiting to be asked to do something for the Kingdom of God.
No one ever became Jesus disciple without being asked.  He asked men to be his apostles.   Similarly, there are many men and women out there waiting to join you team – of partners, of members and supporters but need someone to ask them to.
Jesus used a borrowed donkey (the equivalent of a car or vehicle today) to get to Jerusalem.  He even asked someone to provide a place to do the Last Supper.
It is not a shame to ask for funds to carry on ministry.  It does not make you a beggar.  It is God’s method of doing his business.  Learn to ask and do so without apology or shame.
Even though God had told the prophet Elijah that he has commanded a woman to feed him.  Elijah did not wait for the poor woman to be touched by God to give him food – she would not have done it!  She needed help herself!  But God’s way is to begin even when there is need.  So Elijah asked her for food and that saved both him and her family.
How many people out there would be keeping your ministry going and at the same time your ministry would be keeping them alive?  But you must ask them.
Moses did not wait for people to give what they wanted for building his tabernacle.
God instructed him to specifically ask, for specific things, and aggressively (Exodus 35:43-46:7).  Notice that because Moses asked specifically he received all he needed.  In fact in the end, the people were restrained from bringing more, because what they had was more than enough to do the work.
Exodus 36:6-7
Then Moses gave an order and they sent this word throughout the camp: "No man or woman is to make anything else as an offering for the sanctuary." And so the people were restrained from bringing more, because what they already had was more than enough to do all the work.
From Moses we do learn a secret here:
You got to hear from God and know what he is saying you do.
Then do not beg the people, rather, command them to do God’s will.
Exodus 35:4
 Moses said to the whole Israelite community, "This is what the Lord has commanded:
If it is not God’s business, do not bother God’s people with it.
Personal Story
For very many years, I struggled to raise funds for ministry.  Often I managed my ministry through my family resources.  This kept my wife and children at very tight financial positions because what was for family is what did 90% of my ministry.  The people who benefited from such ministry had no idea what my family was going through to keep them receiving the ministry.  Eventually, ministry grew beyond my family resources.  We prayed and fasted for money but nothing much really happened.
Then I cried to God concerning the impotence of my countless prayers.  In his grace he showed me the way out.  It was in the scriptures I had read many times.
Luke 11:9-10
"So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.
I thought I knew that scripture perfectly.   I had always read this passage: “Ask God.”  Now I saw it went much farther than that.  The same applies to men.  There is a place for God and a place for men.  Do not mix things up.  Ask God but talk to men who he has moved.
Consider the prodigal son, in Luke chapter 15.
Luke 15:12
The younger one said to his father, 'Father, give me my share of the estate.' So he divided his property between them.
The prodigal son received because he has asked.  We need to give him credit for knowing what was his and asking for it.  When he lost it, he knew he could come back and ask – so he did.  Notice in both cases he received.
On the other hand, his brother had “everything” (v.31) but he had no knowledge of it. So he lived and worked as a slave.  And complained that nobody cared, not even his father.  He could use his father’s wealth too, but he did not ask!
Luke 15:31
"'My son,' the father said, 'you are always with me, and everything I have is yours.
Don’t we often move about ministry like slaves, just like this man?  Then we complain that God has made us miserable.  Yet all he has is ours and we can ask.  There is plenty! Ask!
James 4:2-3 says the same thing, “You do not have, because you do not ask God.”
Notice this – the principle is not limited to prayer.  We must learn an important truth here; God owns everything, but entrusts it to men.  You need to learn to live in two worlds: the spiritual and the physical.   By prayer you move the spiritual and by wisdom you operate the physical.  After praying to God, you need to ask yourself, “Who has what I need?”
Some of the land you need is next to you – but you need to ask those who it belongs to now, to give or even to sell to you.
I learnt to ask but my pride had to first of all go.  I had to admit I don’t have everything and that God uses people.
Esther 4:6, 7:3.  If all that Esther and team did was prayer and prayer only, the way we do it – I guess they would have perished.  But after moving heaven by prayer she used wisdom in asking.  And she got it.  The answer was in the hands of the king; the power was in the hands of God.  She got both.
Nehemiah asked God in prayer and fasting (Nehemiah 1), but he also sought audience with the king and made an appropriate request:
Nehemiah 2:4-8
The king said to me, “What is it you want?”
Then I prayed to the God of heaven, and I answered the king, “If it pleases the king and if your servant has found favor in his sight, let him send me to the city in Judah where my fathers are buried so that I can rebuild it.”
Then the king, with the queen sitting beside him, asked me, “How long will your journey take, and when will you get back?’  It pleased the king to send me; so I set a time.
I also said to him, if it pleases the king, may I have letters to the governors of Trans-Euphrates, to that they will provide me safe-conduct until I arrive in Judah?  
And may I have a letter to Asaph, keeper of the king’s forest, so he will give me timber to make beams for the gates of the citadel by the temple and for the city wall and for the residence I will occupy?”
That is how to do it.  Do not leave it to chance.
Know your need.
Pray about it.
Ask those who God had led you to – especially those who benefit from your ministry.
You pray for a wife – when ready you have to ask a woman to marry you.  It will be stupid to wait for God to ask one for you.
You pray for jobs – you must go and seek them.  Then sent applications, go for interviews etc.  You pray for a car – the dealers have enough of what you need.
At some point, you must make a move.  Then God works with you to make it a reality.
Challenge:
Got a ministry to do?  Do not sit there intimidated by the cost.  Do not keep wishing it would happen.  Pray about it.  And appropriately move to raise the money.  If you fail you won’t die – improve on your skills and all will be done.  Ask it shall be given!
There are people out there waiting to be asked to come to your church, to get saved, to give to your ministry, to employ you, etc.  Let’s do it!
Lesson from my mother-in-law
My mother-in-law has been widowed long before I married her daughter and she often needs our support – which we give gladly, where we can.  At some point I noticed that my relationship with my mother-in-law was getting distant.  She would talk few words but her face said all was not well.   For a whole year I ignored it and she too said nothing, but every time we talked she looked more miserable.
When I could not handle it anymore, I confronted her.  She admitted she was unhappy with me, because I was not helping with a need she was having.  I protested that I did not know she had a need.  To this she responded, “I did not want to keep bothering people.  So I talked to God and left it to Him.”
To this I responded, “Then you ought to be mad at God not me.  He did not tell me what you told Him.”
After some talk we agreed, in the future she should let God do what He can do and let me do my part.  I let her know that she had the responsibility to talk to God and to talk to me too whenever she had a need.
After this encounter with my mother-in-law I laughed at myself.  I thought, how often had I been frustrated because God was not doing something yet it was I who was foolish?  I expected God to talk to men when I needed to talk to them.
Come to think of it:
How many people would get saved if all we did was pray and believe that God will save them?
The Bible’s plain answer is this:
Romans 10:14
 “And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard?  And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?”
Someone has to tell them, ask them, persuade them, etc.  There is God’s responsibility and our responsibility.
Now do not call me a beggar for asking people to get saved.  But also, do not insult God’s servant for asking you to give money for extension of His Kingdom, it is the only way to do it.

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