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The secret to being blessed financially

Will man rob God? Yet you are robbing Me. But you say, ‘How have we robbed You?’ In your tithes and contributions. You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing Me, the whole nation of you. Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house. And thereby put Me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of Heaven for you, and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need.  Malachi 3:8-10

 This isn’t one of those speeches that you’ll get when you turn on a church channel where you see a guy with all kinds of diamond and gold rings and watches on. He says, “Send me money and you’ll be blessed. God will double your income.” No, it isn’t. But here God says that His people, the Jews, the keepers of the Temple and the words of the prophets and Moses, were robbing Him.

Robbing Him? Yes. They were supposed to give God a tenth of their bounty and they money bags.jpgweren’t. They were keeping it for themselves, and they were under a curse from God. God told them to test Him and see—if they would start to give a tenth of everything they had, He would open the windows of Heaven and pour down blessings on them.

Now some people look at this and say, “Now that’s the Old Testament. That’s not for today. There are enough things in the New Testament about giving to indicate the very same thing. A tenth of what you have, or a tithe, is just a good place to start. Listen to Luke 6:38: Give and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. In 2 Corinthians 9:10 Paul wrote, He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God.

If you are generous with your money, God will multiply your spiritual seed for sowing. In other words, there is a link between how generous you are and your harvest of righteousness. If you don’t see any spiritual fruit being reproduced in your life, maybe it is because you have never learned the discipline of giving. So I get to be the one to tell you this very important secret!

I can tell you from my own experience, the more generous I am with the money that God has blessed me with, the more money He blesses me with. And, the more opportunities He blesses me with to share Jesus with others. If you are struggling to make ends meet, maybe it is because you are under the Malachi 3 curse. Start giving God a tenth of what you have and trust Him to multiply it. He said to test Him and see. Do it.

Give to God off of the top, not with what’s left. Matthew 6:33 tells us to Seek first the kingdom of God and all these things will be added onto us. He means it.

There is this neat little book by Randy Alcorn, The Treasure Principle, Unlocking the Secret of Joyful Giving.  It is by Multnomah Press, 2001.  He has a lot more to say in his bigger book, Money, Possessions and Eternity.  That is by Tyndale House Publishing and it was done in 1989 and 2003.  Both open up a whole new perspective on storing up eternal treasures.  Alcorn tells how to do develop a treasure mentality, not only because earth’s currency will become worthless when Christ returns, but because Jesus commands it.

In fact, in his first page in Money, Possessions and Eternity Alcorn sites that the Bible devotes twice as many verses to money (about 2350 of them) than to faith and prayer combined.  Boom.  It’s a big deal.  So stop and think about how you view money, how much you give to God, and whether you are storing up treasures on earth or for Heaven, where moth and rust cannot destroy and where thieves cannot break in and steal, as Matthew 6:19 states.  And be blessed!

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Overflowing Grace

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And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.  2 Corinthians 9:8

Paul is on the subject of his giving project that he was first commissioned with in Acts 11 when Agabus foretold that there would be a famine in Judea.  Acts 11:29-30 says, “So the disciples determined, everyone according to his ability, to send relief to the brothers living in Judea.  And they did so, sending it to the elders by the hand of Barnabas and Saul.”  Wherever Paul established a church, he had them participate in this giving project.

It was a good opportunity to teach about principles of giving.  Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 9:6, “Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.”  He was talking about sowing  money for the sake of the kingdom.  We can give money to others willingly and generously because that is exactly what God has done for us.  God wants to have you give more so He can give you more–both grace and money.

When we open up the floodgates of our giving, God opens up the floodgates of His grace.  This is not just so we will be content and stocked up, but so that we will be sufficient in Him to overflow to others.  We will abound in every good work.  If you hold on tight to your money, spending it on yourself, you won’t get to see the grace of God abound, or overflow, in your life.   But if you can begin to live a life of giving generously, you will see God’s grace multiply all over you.

It helps to have money to give.  Ephesians 4 describes what a repentant and transformed life looks like, and in verse 28 Paul simply states, “Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need.”  Of course we don’t want to get obsessed with having money and working too much, but what a great way to show that Jesus is Lord of your life: generously giving money and things that you have in the name of Jesus.

In 2 Cor. 9:10 Paul goes on to say that if you give, God will multiply your seed for sowing and that He will increase your harvest of righteousness.  Some people might wonder why they haven’t seen God use them in other people’s  lives, whether it is to lead someone to Christ or to mentor or some other way.  It may because they haven’t let go of their money for Jesus’ sake.  They might not even have a job because that hasn’t been the pattern of their life.  Perhaps it is time to become productive, wise and generous with  time and money.

When you catch the concept of being generous,  the overflowing grace of God will pour into your life.  You will see abundance as Luke 6:38 promises: “Give and it will be given to you.  Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap.  For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”  This is because God is able to make all grace abound to you so that you will have all sufficiency in all things.

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