TRUST GOD IN A NEW WAY!
The book of Malachi tells us that the people doubted God's love and offered sacrifices to him that were unacceptable - sacrifices that even their governor wouldn't want. "You dishonor my name by your actions... says the Lord."
"I will sit like a refiner of silver, burning away the dross, says the Lord... refining them... so that they may once again offer acceptable sacrifices to the Lord."
Lord, forgive us of every thought and action that displeases you. May you purify us as we give to your kingdom work, make our offering acceptable and help us to know you and to trust you with all our heart.
#1: "If I will not open you the windows of heaven."
The windows of heaven always deal with revival. The Lord promises to revive every person who obey Him.
#2: "And pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it."
God Almighty declares in His Word that the tither will be prosperous-so prosperous, in fact, that there will not be room enough to receive the prosperity and blessings God has in store for the one who obeys Him.
#3: "I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes."
Rebuke, means "to cripple" or "to paralyze." God Almighty will actually cripple the enemy on your behalf when you tithe. (Malachi 3:11)
#4: "He shall not destroy the fruits of your ground."
The "fruits of your ground" refers to your money. The enemy will not be able to touch your money as a result of your obedience to the Lord in the tithe.
#5: "Neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the Lord of hosts."
It is remarkable that in John 15:5, Jesus said, "I am the vine, ye are the branches." The vine, therefore, means the family, and God gives this amazing promise to the tither when He says that the enemy will not touch your family, if you obey the Lord.
#6: "All nations shall call you blessed."
God will bless and prosper you so that the nations of the world will see the blessings of God upon you, In other words, you will be a mighty witness of the power and blessings of God.
#7: "Ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the Lord of hosts."
Delightsome means, "highly desired." As you obey the Lord with the tithe, God will so highly desire you that He will use you.
In 2 Kings we read about a biblical example of a woman in debt. Her husband had died, and the authorities were getting ready to take her children to debtor’s prison for what she owed. She had no solution to her problem. As a single parent, she heard nothing but creditors knocking at her door. The creditors didn’t care that she was alone and had no way to get them their money. All they knew was that she was saying that she couldn’t pay her bills.
Desperate, the woman sought spiritual help. She went to the prophet. God honored this woman’s heart in seeking out a spiritual solution to her financial problem. The prophet told her to go to her neighbors and ask them to give her all of the empty pots that they had in their houses. He told her to take anything her neighbors had to spare, and then pour what was left of her oil in them.
The problem was that this lady didn’t have any oil to pour. She could have easily told the prophet that his solution didn’t make sense. But in faith, she trusted God instead. After gathering the empty pots, the single woman went into her home and closed the door and began to pour what little oil she had with her. As she began to pour, she saw that the oil would not run out. All she had was a little, but God took her little when she responded in faith and created much. We read that the woman, “said to her son, ‘Bring me another vessel.’ And he said to her, ‘There is not one vessel more.’ And the oil stopped. Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, ‘Go, sell the oil and pay your debt, and you and your sons can live on the rest.’” (2 Kings 4:6,7)
The prophet had given the woman the secret to her financial victory. She would not have known it had she not sought him out, and followed what he said. No one could have come up with such a seemingly impossible way for her to pay off her debt, except for the prophet who knew it would work.
Friend, God has a plan for you. If you are struggling with debt today and you take the time and the effort to seek Him, He has a plan to bring you to financial victory. I can’t tell you the exact details of that plan because His ways are higher than our ways and His thoughts are higher than our thoughts. But what I can tell you is that if you will put Him and His principles first in your life, He will show you His plan for you. He will put a thought in your mind that you never had before, or bring some concept to you that shows you how to turn your financial losses into financial gain.
God has a way of cancelling out our debts and turning situations around. But you will never discover His plan for you until you seek Him first. “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added to you.”
It’s a promise – a promise you can take all the way to the bank.