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Wednesday, May 24 2017
    
       Malachi 3:10 is a bible verse which is very often misunderstood. Because of it, it is not very popular among it’s readers. The reason it is misunderstood is because many people view it as an indictment and condemnation. The truth is that it is the opposite. It is God’s invitation to a blessing. Here’s what it says: “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)
       Many will present the argument that Malachi’s message was given specifically to God’s people in his time but one thing that can not be disputed is God’s unchanging character. He still blesses those who give their offerings faithfully. In fact, Jesus said in New Testament times: “Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.” (Luke 6:38) This, just like the previous verse, is an invitation to a blessing. If you give, you will receive.
       There are many good people who don’t give to their church or for the Lord’s work simply because they are afraid they won’t have enough left to live on. Please understand that God does not want us to give what we don’t have; neither does He want us to give our tithes and offerings if it is not in our hearts to do so. And while it is true that God loves a cheerful giver, (See 2 Corinthians 9:7) those who take Him at His word and give will be blessed indeed. One more thing: It is obvious that God is a generous and giving God. That being the case, God’s children should be generous and giving as well. Don’t be afraid! Take a step of faith. You’ll be glad you did.
 
God’s word for today: (Psalm 33:12) “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people He chose for His inheritance.”
      
Posted by: Joe Martinez AT 08:14 pm   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
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