Malachi 3:10 "Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and prove Me now by it, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of Heaven for you and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it."
Are you ready to take the limits off your income? I am. And the Lord has been showing me how we can do it. I'm excited about it because this is the day when we as believers need to prosper. We need to have enough not just to meet our own needs, but to see to it that the gospel is preached around the world.
Jesus is coming back soon! We don't have time to sit around wishing we had enough money to go through doors God is opening before us. We don't have time to say, "Well, one day when finances aren't so tight..." We need to increase so we can give—and we need to do it now!
How do we get on that road to increase? Through tithing. Tithing is the covenant transaction that opens the door for God to be directly involved in our increase. It is a two-way exchange in which we honor God by giving Him ten percent of our income and He, in return, provides us with a "surplus of prosperity" (Deuteronomy 28:11).
But Larry you may say, "I know Christians who have been tithing for years and they are not wealthy!"
Actually, you don't. You just know people who have put ten percent of their income into the offering bucket. They went through the motions, but they weren't doing all Bible tithing requires.
You see, tithing isn't just a matter of the pocketbook. It is a matter of the heart. That's the way it is with everything as far as God is concerned. He always looks on the heart. So when we tithe as a religious routine, not in faith, just because we're supposed to, and not as a genuine expression of our love for God, we miss out on the blessings of it.
That's what happened to the people in Malachi's day. They were bringing sacrifices to the Lord. They were going through the motions of tithing. But they were not being blessed. In fact, they were living under a financial curse because the attitude of their heart was not right. (You can read about it in Malachi 1:6-8.)
What they were missing was honor! They weren't giving God their best. Because they didn't love and reverence God in their hearts, they were offering Him their leftovers. They were fulfilling religious requirements by keeping a formula with no worship.
So are you ready? Ready to take the limits off? Then tithe. But when you tithe, do it the right way. Remember to honor God with your tithe…honor Him from your heart. Soon, you'll enjoy the supernatural increase God has promised you!
Confession: I bring my tithes into the storehouse. The Lord opens the windows of heaven and pours me out a blessing so great that there is not room enough to receive it.
The Daily Bread
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Pastor Larry Smoot is Senior Pastor of Church on the Rock in Stafford County, Virginia.