DAY 17: Giving That Promotes Open Heavens
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 a blessing, that there will not be room enough to receive it." Malachi 3:10
WOW! God challenging us to "test" Him! So why don't we do it? Is it because we are immediately turned off by "yet another scripture suggesting we give?” We must remember that God already owns everything and needs nothing "material" from us to give to Him. What He is wanting from us is for us to show our obedience to His word, thus giving Him the opportunity to bless us in ways we could never imagine.
Application: The enemy knows this is a weak spot in so many of us, so he hammers away at us at every sign of possible follow-through to God's challenge in this scripture. We must overcome this attack of the enemy by simply praying, asking Holy Spirit to help us and strengthen us to be obedient to God's Word. Remember, as a Christ follower, we belong to Jesus and have every right to tell Satan to take a hike.
Question: Have you ever questioned why God would even challenge us in this way?
Challenge: Let's start testing God because of our love for Him and just watch the heavens open up! And remember: God blesses us to be a blessing.
Prayer: Thank you, Jesus, for claiming me as Yours and for being the Lord and Savior of my life. Holy Spirit, come and help me to be strong when I am under attack from the enemy to go his way. I want to be totally faithful to Your Word, simply because I love you with all my heart. Help me to be strong in my weakness and used of You as Your will desires. Amen