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I want to first apologize for not posting this Friday as originally scheduled. I am tired. I get weary in doing good, even though I shouldn’t. The enemy of my soul wants me to quit this whole study (especially before we get into the Gospel) and I have become very selfish with my time. It’s MY time…right? WRONG!! So the battle ensued in regards to putting out this blog and Friday was my most rebellious day yet. It’s funny that I wrote this about giving of ourselves that which was so freely given to us days before Friday. I love how things I put on paper always come back around to teach me a lesson later….

mine2MINE!!! If we have young children, we have heard that word many times before. Hoarding is a natural tendency and even as young children, it is drilled into our heads by our parent and those in authority over us the importance of sharing. Have you ever tried to teach a child to share? It is quite a painful experience as the young child scowls and frowns at you, usually from a corner where they have retreated with their precious toy which is rightfully theirs that they just snatched from another unsuspecting kid who is now crying alligator tears in the middle of the room. Prying it out of their hands as you gently coax them to give it up all the while trying to explain to them that this is a good and honorable thing to do. Give up your precious toy to the other child in the middle of the room and you will be blessed greatly for it. WHAT?!?!? What kid is going to understand that? But is a necessary thing to teach our children to be giving and compassionate, even when they don’t feel like it.

mine1Malachi 3:10 – Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.

As an adult, I hear excuses all the time in regards to the giving of the tithe. Don’t we also tithe our time and service? Why all the excuses? Why do some feel backed into a corner to give back that which was so freely given to them? How generous has God been to you? Has He poured out on you grace? Mercy? Love? What about the times when you felt completely unworthy of receiving it and it was given to you anyway? What about the days when you were completely ungrateful for the things that obviously didn’t come from your own doing but you took all the credit anyway. God supplies ALL our needs according to His goodness and grace and love. ALL OUR NEEDS. So why all the excuses? Tithing of our money and time is not a command, but it is a test of our heart. It’s an outward display of a inward grateful heart. We cannot receive the gifts of God when we are standing in a corner with closed fists and scowling at the Lord who only really asking for our obedience in giving back that which is not really ours in the first place.

You can read Malachi about visions and prophecy at www.biblegateway.com. What a testimony to God’s favor and mercy upon us all! Join in the discussion by posting comments or questions below and let’s do this together!! #ReadtheBible #bgbg2 #BibleGateway #newbeginnings #Malachi

mine3To further your reading, consider this from:

Galatians 6:7-8 – Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.

The floodgates of heaven are still in service. The locks are not rusted and open as easily as before. They opened for Moses and the sea parted. They opened for Joshua and the river came to a halt. They will open for you…if you let them. Why ask for a cupful when He owns the entire ocean?

Related Scriptures: Romans 12:1; Luke 6:38; Proverbs 3:9-10

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