Helping the Needy: What’s Our Role?



If there is among you a poor man of your brethren, within any of the gates in your land which the LORD your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart nor shut your hand from your poor brother, but you shall open your hand wide to him and willingly lend him sufficient for his need, whatever he needs.  Deuteronomy 15:7–8 NKJV

The Bible is very clear that God wants His people to be a blessing to those who are in need. This lending to those in need was to be done even as the seventh year approached, the year of release from all debts.

Beware lest there be a wicked thought in your heart, saying, ‘The seventh year, the year of release, is at hand,’ and your eye be evil against your poor brother and you give him nothing, and he cry out to the LORD against you, and it become sin among you.  Deuteronomy 15:9–11 NKJV

In other words don’t be afraid you won’t be paid back because the Lord gives us a promise!

He who has pity on the poor lends to the LORD, And He will pay back what he has given.
Proverbs 19:17 NKJV

You shall surely give to him, and your heart should not be grieved when you give to God will bless you in all your works and in all to which you put your hand. For the poor will never cease from the land; therefore I command you, saying, ‘You shall open your hand wide to your brother, to your poor and your needy, in your land.’  Deuteronomy 15:10-11 NKJV

God will not only pay us back for helping the poor but because of your obedience to His word, He will “bless you in all your works”!

Jesus said,

“Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”
Luke 6:38 NKJV

God will test our hearts in our giving to those that are in need; those who respond rightly to the test are promised His blessing on all of their efforts to prosper.  This is another opportunity to give to the poor within our gates.  Will you consider giving to The Storehouse?

The needs of the people, especially  children, have increased. We don’t believe  more government programs are the answer. We believe YOU are the answer.  Would you take a moment and ask the Lord if he would have you help us to help others?

May God Bless You as You Pray!


Ken Gerry, Sr. is the full-time Senior Pastor of New Life Christian Center in Norfolk, VA.  He and his wife, Nancy, founded The Storehouse ministry over 28 years ago.  When he’s not declaring the Kingdom of God to those around him, he’s probably watching a NY Yankee game with his son Christian…or spoiling his grand-daughter while she’s away from his eldest son Kenny and daughter-in-law Hannah.