2 Corinthians 9:6-8 is not just about the sacrifice of money. It refers to all areas of our lives, including our ministry to people.
God blesses and rewards us for self-sacrifice in different ways - spiritually, financially, with joy and many other things. The opportunity to bring an offering itself is a blessing and celebration. No matter how much we sacrifice, we must never have regrets about it. God looks at our heart. He has a special way of blessing those who sacrifice cheerfully. And in turn, He opens our hearts even more and we become able to sacrifice even more. Do not be afraid to take a risk, because those who have no fear of sacrifice receive more from God. Regret and fear of sacrifice means that you do not trust God and do not believe in His power, might, mercy and love. The word "brachot" is a plural form of the word "blessing." A special meaning of this word is that these blessings increase and multiply.
The main rhetorical characteristics of the word "shalem”, which is derived from the word "shalom," are full, complete, whole, peaceful and calm. One of the most important elements of shalom is wholeness. The apostles wrote not just about peace, but about fullness, wholeness, and unity in the Body of Messiah. Therefore, wholeness should be considered as completeness and wholeness in the Body of Messiah. This completeness and wholeness in the Body of Messiah is impossible without any of these components - the Jewish people who have accepted their Messiah Yeshua and believers from other nations. Today God is restoring the wholeness of the Body of Messiah, His shalom in Him. To enter into God's movement of this we should:
- Investigate ourselves and our hearts and ask the question, “Have we have truly accepted the people of Israel, or do they remain strangers to us?” It is important to pray that our attitude toward the Jewish people be God's attitude. If we discover that there is something wrong with our attitude toward the people of Israel, we have to repent then ask God's help for the final break with the spirit of anti-Semitism, and to serve the Jewish people victoriously and with joy. The example of Ruth is important for all of us (Ruth 1:16; 2:12). Ruth committed an act of faith by trusting the God of Israel and accepting the Jewish people as her own. This led to the incredible blessing of her entering into the fullness of the Lord’s reward when she became King David's great-grandmother and subsequently was entered into the genealogy of Yeshua Messiah.
- Look into the root of our repentance (“Why have I done it?”) and determine whether or not after we repent if we will be able to live a life in which this, and all areas of our life belong to the Lord. The Lord has delivered us from impure thoughts, desires, and intentions. It is important to fill this newly freed space with God's thoughts, desires and most importantly, with God's faith which is dead without deeds, otherwise our lives will be empty and aimless. The deliverance received from God will not bring the necessary integrity (metaphor: if a scale weight has a hole inside, it is not whole, it has emptiness and is inferior). One of the reasons that some believers feel even worse after repentance than they felt before is because they had the wrong goal in repenting. For example, some may repent as a means to solve personal problems, receive blessings, etc. If we continue to live for ourselves, the place in us which God released to be filled with God’s own love and joy will be filled by more evil and impure spirits instead.
In difficult situations where we do not receive answers to our prayers for a long time, we can lose shalom. Doubts, disbelief, and skeptical thoughts about the hopelessness of the situation and the meaninglessness in resisting the enemy, etc. may take root in us. We forget about our victories in the Lord and our defeats grow in our eyes, darkening the things the Lord has already done in our lives. This can lead to a spiral of perversion in our sensations, feelings, conscience, and so on. Such a state is dangerous because it pushes us out of the place that God has put us; a place where He blesses us in different areas of our life and in our ministry to Him. We are not used to having to fight for our shalom; for the fullness in the Lord, or for integrity of our life, but if we want to keep our shalom and if we want to have full integrity from the Lord, we should:
- Confess ourselves as bankrupt before God and thank Him for all He has done for us. Giving thanks to God is one of the strongest weapons against the attempts of the enemy to knock us out of shalom.
- Believe that we can count on God's blessings. Stop whining and believe that God will surely answer. Stop feeling sorry for ourselves. Stop feeling bitter if we do not receive something immediately after our prayer because sometimes God answers us after a lot of time has passed.
- Do not tolerate defeats. Do not surrender to the enemy. Do not accept his arguments and instead become indignant with the enemy’s invasion into the territory of God. We are His temple; God has separated us for Himself; we are sanctified by the blood of Yeshua.
Become God’s warriors for both ourselves and for others. Join the war that the Holy Spirit already is fighting for us.