How to be Blessed

Malachi 3:10
Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. "Test me in this", says the LORD Almighty, "and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it."


Definitions
blessing- the act of invoking or declaring God's goodness and favor upon others. This also includes God blessing his people by giving life and forgiving our sins.
tithe- one-tenth of a person's income presented as an offering to God. The word tithe is derived from the Hebrew word, "aser" meaning ten. The "ma'aser," or tithe, thus means the tenth part. (www.biblicalheritage.org)


Summary
We have an obligation to give God back 1/10 of what is his. Our income is really God's money anyway. We are simply managing the piece that he has given us dominion over. He tells us not only to give back what is rightly his, but he also guarantees that he will bless us with more than we have room for. There's an "if", a condition; if we give, God will bless. If we are giving God back a portion of what was his to begin with, then what are really giving? It's certainly not a loss, rather, it is an investment. An investment in God's kingdom, an investment that has a guaranteed return on it. By giving our ten percent back, we are being faithful and obedient. That's what God really wants to reward us for, our obedience. God is God. An overdrawn bank account isn't going to stop him. He will provide for his will to be carried out in one way or another.


Not giving to God is more or less robbing God. How? Think of it like this: everything belongs to God, right? it is his money to start with. Let's think, for a minute, of God as the banker. If I make a deposit and withdraw less than my deposit, I am to the good, right? If I make a deposit and withdraw the same amount that I deposited, I'm even. When God has given us and blessed us with so much already, we have taken a withdraw from the Banker (God). If we continue to except these withdraws never making deposits, we end up overdrawn. Don't get me wrong, we can't match or out give God. The banker example is just something that we can relate to.


God wants us to be obedient to his word, that is really the main point in all of this. Without obedience to God, sin thrives. God does not want to see not even one lost. The other side of the coin is the fact that, on earth, God's church has to have financial support in order to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ. Our tithes, in our obedience, advances God's kingdom on earth, claiming souls for Jesus. Our contributions supply the blessing of life and forgiveness of sins. Doing this touches and pleases the heart of God to the point that he pours out his blessings upon us. I know this is a sensitive subject for a lot of people. I understand because it once was one for me too. I have come to realize that if it were not for some one's faithfulness and obedience to God's word, the gospel may not have reached me and I would be lost.


So the next time you are in church and the offering is being taken up, instead of going to the restroom, digging through your purse like you are trying to find your money, or gritting your teeth at the thought of giving; think about this message. Think about the souls you will be extending life to and be glad that you are able to contribute to advancing God's kingdom. Put it to the test and you will be blessed! God bless you! We love you!


Mark 12:43-44- "Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of poverty, put in everything- all she had to live."
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