Gaelic Proverbs ” The hand that gives is the hand that gets”
Malachi 3:10-12 ” I am the Lord All Powerful, and I challenge you to put me to the test. Bring the entire ten percent into the storehouse, so there will be food in my house. Then I will open the windows of heaven and flood you with blessing after blessing. I will also stop locusts from destroying your crops and keeping your vineyards from producing. Everyone of every nation will talk about how I have blessed you and about your wonderful land.
Malachi is dealing with an obstacle that is in the way of the free outpouring of God`s blessings on His people. God wants to bless you, God gets joy out of blessing you. God wants to blow your mind. Ephesians 3:20 ” Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think according to the power that worketh in us. God said He would supply all our needs. Is there something that you need that you do not have? Are you feeling a little lonely? Is money a little low? Are you wondering how are the kids and grandkids going to college? what about this health issue that I have? What is God waiting on? I know He heard my prayer. Yes God heard your cry for help but He can`t go against His word. So what is the problem? Israel had been unwilling to pay the price of God`s favor, it was not about the money but about putting God first and trusting God. Matthew 6:21 ” For where your treasure is there your heart will be also”. What is God waiting for? For you to open your heart and then you will open your hands so God can put a blessing in your hands. Luke 6:38 ” Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. We are not talking about just money, but anything you are holding so tight from God and others, because we give to God by giving to others. Proverbs 19:17 ” Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward them for what they have done. A smile does not cost you anything, a encouraging word does not cost you anything, giving advice does not cost you anything. Acts 3:6 ” Then Peter said, Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth walk. A prayer does not cost you anything. What is blocking your blessing? God wants 10% of your time, that is 16 hours a week, how are you doing? God wants 10% of your talent( Teaching, praying , helping , witnessing ,) God wants your best offering, given from the heart. How are you doing ? Be honest with God and talk with Him, Lord I do not give my time, talent , or money like I should, Lord please help me. Lord I am going to start with giving 8 hours of my time a week. Lord I am going to start with giving $25.00 a week. Just be honest we can not lie to God. He knows the heart. We must remember we reap what we sow. In the text God said just try me one time and see want I open the windows of heaven, not one window but windows and flood you with blessings after blessings. God said if you try me and I don`t bless you then I will give you back what you gave to me. We have all purchase products that said 100% guarantee. Well that`s what God is saying 100% guarantee.
Trusting Jesus Christ for your salvation will get you to Heaven, But trusting Jesus Christ for your salvation does not automatically get Heaven to come down to you( Tony Evans). God has given us instruction on how to make that happen, open your heart, open your hand, open your mind.
We can not ask the fireplace to give more heat without putting a log on the fire.
This week track your time and how you spend your money. what about your talent. Israel had been unwilling to pay the price of His favor. The windows of heaven had been closed upon the people of God and they were in the midst of a draught. Is there a draught in any part of your life? Now you know how to make it rain.