walk in the word
Category: Finances, Relying on God, Spiritual Life, Worship, Your Walk With God
“Bring the full tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need.” Malachi 3:10
I believe that first things belong to God. The first moments of the day are His, the first day of the week, the first of my talents, the first of my treasures, the first of my time—not only does God deserve them, but they belong to Him.
I also believe that my best belongs to God. Some people say, “Well, I’m not a morning person. It’s hard for me to spend time with the Lord so early”—then give Him your best time and focus at night. The principle is this: give God your very best in every area of your life—your time, talents, energy, and finances.
Many people track with this concept until they get to the last word on that list …finances. When it comes to giving generously and sacrificially to God first, they draw the line and retreat in self-protection. What if I don’t have enough?
God knows what you give to Him. You don’t need to fear coming up short at the end of the month because you gave to Him first. No, God is in debt to nobody. You can’t out give Him. He will stand with those who stand with Him. You give, and God will give back to you in a thousand different ways.
I know that many of you reading this have tasted and seen that the Lord is good. You have proved God’s faithfulness and are living under the outpourings of blessing. Others have never tasted that sweetness because they’ve not yet stepped out in faith to put God first. They wonder, why is it always so tough for us? Why do we struggle every month? Could this be it? I don’t believe you can have victory in your finances until you first get victory in priority of giving. You’re on your own if you don’t put God first.
I commend to you the courage to examine this area of your life. You’re making a statement of what you believe about God every time the offering is taken. Every gift is a step of faith. Kathy and I picked up this challenge years ago and God has proven Himself to us over again. He will to you too.
It’s your turn. Give generously and sacrificially to God for a week, for a month, for a year, and you’ll have stories of God’s faithfulness to tell for the rest of your life. God can get a lot to people who are willing to give it back to Him.
God help us to live true to His Word and in the light of His promises and provision.
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