Monday, August 26, 2013

Word of the Day.... August 26,2013


The Blessings of Giving
Bring all the tithes into the storehouse,
That there may be food in My house,
And try Me now in this,”
Says the Lord of hosts,
“If I will not open for you the windows of heaven
And pour out for you such blessing
That there will not be room enough to receive it.—Malachi 3:10


Our money is a direct reflection of the priorities of our lives. We like to disconnect the two, but really they are very connected. Jesus said, "Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be" (Luke 12:34). We will invest in our passions. If you want to find out what a person's interests are, then take a tour of their checkbook or expense account and see where they are spending their money.

Although some make more money than others and some are more successful than others, here is the thing we all need to keep in mind: We need to take what God has given us and be wise stewards over it, investing generously in the work of the kingdom of God. God will bless generosity.

Paul wrote, "You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don't give reluctantly or in response to pressure. 'For God loves a person who gives cheerfully' " (2 Corinthians 9:7).  When you look this scripture up in the Greek it actually means hilariously.  How many of us give hilariously to our Lord?  This verse changed my whole attitude on tithing.  

Some will say, "I can't afford to give." Really? I can't afford not to give. Giving is not just for rich people; it is for all people. Everyone should invest in God's kingdom. Here is something to consider: Maybe one of the reasons you are having financial struggles is because you have not honored the Lord in your giving.

Am I saying that if you give, then God will make you rich?

No, I am not saying that at all. But Scripture connects the two. Paul follows up 2 Corinthians 9:7 with this statement: "And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others" (verse 8).


Everyone should give. And as you give to the Lord, He will bless you for it.  I can tell you that in my own life He has blessed my husband and I very much.  I love knowing that what I give is helping others hear the gospel, or to feed the poor or to build wells so that there is fresh water to drink.  It makes me just want to shout hallelujah!!  I hope that you all have a Simply Heavenly day!!!

1 comments:

Love this message!!

A faithful tither,
Meredith

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