"GIVING QUICKLY is GIVING TWICE" -by Derek Prince. 'Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act. Do not say to your neighbor, "Come back later; I'll give it tomorrow"-when you now have it with you.' -Prov 3:27-28 NIV Those are words of very practical wisdom. There's a proverb in the Latin language. If I quote it to you in Latin, probably most of you wouldn't understand. But it's very brief. It says, Pristad quaik it todat, which means, "He gives twice who gives quickly." What wisdom there is in that. When a person is in need and you have the ability to supply that need and the person is worthy of your help, don't hesitate, don't wait, don't hold back. If you give quickly, it's like giving twice. If you keep them waiting and frustrate them, then your gift will not really be blessed the way it should be blessed. So don't withhold that which is good for those who deserve it. Don't say to your neighbor, "Come back tomorrow," when you have it with you. There's a kind of stinginess, there's a kind of lack of total honesty there which somehow spoils the act of giving. Remember that, "He gives twice who gives quickly." Next time you have the opportunity to give, don't hold back, don't hesitate, and don't do a lot of mental calculation, just respond to the need of your neighbor and the prompting of the Holy Spirit. Give without hesitation. Give without any reservation. Just give freely, because as you give God will give back to you. [-Derek Prince] ART BEEBE Adds: Many people seem to think that 'giving' to their church or fellowship is all that is required. Nothing could be further from a Biblical truth. The scriptures tell us that giving to your parents in need is equivalent to giving to the Temple (and even preferred - see Mark 7:11-13). Giving to the poor brings great reward, and is equated as giving directly to the Lord. Giving to those who cannot repay also is rewarding. Giving to 'wayfarers', that is travelers who are in need also brings a reward... Now read this carefully - Isa 58: 6 Is not this the fast that I have chosen: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the bands of the yoke, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke? 7 Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh (your kinfolk) ? 8 Then shall thy light (understanding of hidden things) break forth as the morning, and thy healing shall spring forth speedily; and thy righteousness shall go before thee (reputation precede you); the glory of Jehovah shall by thy rearward (protection from unseen attacks). 9 Then shalt thou call, and Jehovah will answer; thou shalt cry, and he will say, Here I am. If thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke (controlling people), the putting forth of the finger (accusations), and speaking wickedly (gossip, rumors); 10 and if thou draw out thy soul (compassion) to the hungry, and satisfy (meet the needs of) the afflicted soul: then shall thy light (wisdom) rise in darkness, and thine obscurity (lack of friends) be as the noonday (not a shadow in sight!); 11 and Jehovah will guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in dry places, and make strong thy bones; and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not. 12 And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places; thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in. You may wonder why certain things happen to you, or why some things promised you in God's word, seem to be missing from your life. Is it possible that you haven't been obedient in your GIVING ? Take courage, obey. and may you be blessed. ~Art Beebe.