August 31, 2007
Mal 3:10 says “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in my house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it”.
In this particular text God commands Israel to tithe; and this command applies to us today. The truth is…real believers pay tithes and give offerings. God encourages us to tithe by telling us if we will tithe faithfully, He would open the windows (plural) of heaven and pour us out a blessing (singular) that we would not have enough room to receive it. I want you to understand this…God is saying to those believers who will tithe, I will open a multitude of windows in heaven and pour you out “a” blessing, and you won’t have enough room to receive even that singular blessing. That is the kind of God we serve. He can give us so much in one blessing that we can hardly contain that. Now if He would do that for those who tithe (because the tithe is our obligation to Him, we owe that) what do you think He will do for those who would tithe and give? You see giving is the next level of offering to God. When you owe somebody you are obligated to pay that, however, giving something meaningful to someone says “I love you, I’m thinking of you”. Therefore, when we give an offering to God in addition to the tithe, it shows God we love Him. That’s why instead of Jesus talking about tithing in the New Testament, He says “Give and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down and shaken together, and running over shall men give into your bosom” (St.Luke 6:38) thus, giving takes you to the next level of blessing in the Kingdom of God.
God Bless You!
August 30, 2007
In the Gospel of (St.Mark 12:41-44) we see the tale of two types of givers. The first type of giver we see are those who have to give (St.Luke 21:1-4) even tells us that they were rich men) thus, they were able to give out of their abundance; they wouldn’t miss the money at all. The second type of giver we see (and we want to pay attention too) is a poor widow who gave all she had. In other words, she gave even though she really didn’t have it to give. Thus, she gave out of lack, poverty and need by faith; and saints there will be times, when you will have to give your way out of a situation if you want God to move on your behalf. You see this woman gave all she had, even though it wasn’t much, believing what she did give, God would honor it, bless it, and sow abundantly into her life. Now the scripture doesn’t say that God actually sowed into her life right away, but Jesus did take time out to share her life and giving with the disciples. Therefore, I have to believe that all her needs were met by God, because of her living and her giving. You see you can’t separate the two, not only must you give faithfully, but you must live faithfully as well if you want the full blessings of God. Thus, if you are in a financial mess talk to your bill collectors, make sure you are in a right standing with God through your living and your giving; in other words, find a way to tithe and give and watch God bring you out. It may not happen over night, but if you remain faithful it will come; I am a witness.
God Bless You!
August 29, 2007
For the believer, as it pertains to giving, what you put out is what you will receive. If you give a little to God you will receive little from God. Conversely, if you give much to God you will receive much from God. Also the attitude with which you give is as important as what you give, because as the title of this message says, God loves a cheerful giver. If you intend to give God something such as money, time, energies…etc, and you are complaining about it the whole time or you give it grudgingly, then it is best that you don’t give it at all because God won’t honor it. God is bound by His word, thus He want do anything outside of what His word says, so if you sow sparingly you will reap sparingly and if you sow bountifully you will reap bountifully (2 Cor. 9:6); thus, however you sow at least you will reap. I don’t know about you but I need to sow much because there is so much that I have need of. Child of God in the world in which we live today, the only one or thing we can depend on is God. You can’t possibly believe your job will always be there, and even if it is always there, you can’t possibly believe you will always make enough to provide, because when you get sick, there isn’t enough money in the world to heal your body. We have to sow into the God account, so when we have a need we have some fruit stored up for God to work with.
God Bless You!
August 28, 2007
(Phil 4:19) says “But my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus”. Christians for the most part love this particular scripture, because all of us want our needs to be met by God. However, this scripture doesn’t necessarily apply to everyone in the body Christ. It only applies to those who sow and give into the things of God. When the Apostle Paul made this statement, he was speaking to a church that was known for their generosity in giving to support the work which he was doing on behalf of the Kingdom of God. The Phillipian Church was known for their giving, they were known to communicate with the man of God during times of affliction, and they were known to sow into the things of God when other churches wouldn’t. Thus, they understood that one of the ways to be blessed by God, one of the ways to be sure that all your needs are met was to sow into kingdom work. Therefore, if you are a giver this scripture applies to you, but if you are one who attempt’s to hold on to every dollar you get, and you don’t tithe or sow offerings in your local ministry, this scripture is not for you. Yes I know that we believe that this scripture applies to all Christians, but all who say they are Christians are not faithful in their giving. As Christians we must understand that every-time we give what God has required, we open ourselves up to be blessed, we open ourselves up to having our needs met, and even some of the desires of our heart are given to us by God. As you examine (Phil 4:19) go back and read (Phil 4:10-20) and you will understand why Paul was able to speak this into their lives; and we want God to be able to say the same thing about us today.
God Bless You!