In Proverbs, we are taught to:
“Honour the Lord with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:
So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.”
When we freely give tithes and offerings to the Lord, we honor Him by doing so.
To willingly and cheerfully part with a portion of our substance, not only rebukes
the devourer(Malachi 3:11)- but also opens the windows of Heaven, and pours out a blessing upon us. A blessing so big that there won’t be room enough to receive it.
Tithing can be very difficult to pay when you are suffering financially. When things are so dismal- when your job outlook is grim, or you’ve only got $5 in your checking account, or maybe both..it can be unbelievably hard to release your grasp on what little you have.
Ironically, what many see as a burden, or another bill to pay is actually the way out of whatever dire financial situation that you’re in.
If I would’ve tested God’s promise sooner, I would’ve suffered less. I’m grateful that I did test God’s promise. I’m grateful that on a Sunday morning, when my hopes were low, and my debts were high, that I walked into a house of God and gave the Lord the only dollar I had left to my name.
We didn’t know where the next round of groceries was
coming from, and at the time we were too proud to ask anyone for help.
While my donation was so very small, the Lord did not hold back from me. Just as He promised, the windows of Heaven were opened, miracles occurred, and we had food for not only the next few weeks, but the next couple of months!
It was a turning point in my life. He taught me to trust in Him to provide- not only in providing our physical needs, but also our emotional needs as well. There is a peace that comes from giving our offerings to the Lord- it is real, it is tangible. The Lord rebukes the devourer- not only in financial ways, but also in mental and emotional ones. Satan
wants you to worry that there’s not enough, and that God won’t provide for you. That God doesn’t know who you are or how much you might be struggling right now. That is a complete lie. God does know you- and we are promised in Philippians 4:19 that “God shall supply all your needs according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
We don’t need to worry. We don’t need to fear. When we take that leap of faith and honor the Lord with our tithes and offerings, we will be taken care of. Our needs will be met. We will be blessed.
Wishing you a peaceful day.
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