Says Moses to the people of Israel,
"I place before you today a blessing and a curse : the blessing, if you obey the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you today: and the curse, if you do not obey the commandments of the Lord your God, but turn aside from the way which I command you today, to go after other gods which you have not known..."
( Deuteronomy 11;26-28 )
The Lord has given us a choice; to be blessed or to be cursed. It is our decision which way we go.
Have you been disappointed by your church and or ministry ? Do you feel as though they do not represent the love of the Lord ? Are you hesitant to give your monies to them, wondering what good or ill they will do with it ? And finally, did you see them as a God honoring place and change your views after being asked to contribute ?
Money is a very difficult thing to let go of... the devil knows this all too well... and he would like nothing more than to shut down every institution of God on the planet and keep each blessing of yours from ever reaching your hands !
I ask this because many , many people have been led away from the love of our Lord due to hurts and wounds that may or may not be entirely due to the churches actions or lack there of.
Mind you, I am certainly not advocating to give without thought as to where. But prayerfully consider that the Lord would move your heart in such a way that you know it is His will. Let wisdom and knowledge be your guide through the power of the Holy Spirit.
He speaks to our hearts in many ways, do not worry, He will answer you ! He wants to bless you and will lead you to where you need to go.
I seek to address the issue of giving today, as to where , I am positive that when a willing heart opens to do and or support the Lords work, He will be right there to help you !
Let me ask you this, have you ever erred and been forgiven ? ever judged someone and come to know the same fault within the boundaries of your own life ?
Yeshua, came to teach us in no uncertain terms, how to abide in love. Love for the Father in heaven and for each other, above all else. We all fall short of this every day... Thats why He came, that we could come under the blood covenant and find forgiveness for our own shortcomings and for each other.
The commandments of the Lord are there for our own benefit, to be blessed by, in, and through them.
"You shall not forsake the Levite, (priest ) who is within your gates, for he has no part in your inheritance with you." (Deuteronomy 14;27 )
When you bring your tithes and offerings into the church of the Lord your God, it is for YOU to be blessed !
The Lord is not blind, He sees all things, even unto the souls of men...
We give unto Him who created us and trust in Him alone. And it is the Lord your God who blesses you in return for your faithfulness to HIS commandments.
I know, sometimes its difficult to give, in fact the harder it is, the more important it is that you do... Let nothing stand between you and the Lords purpose and blessings that He longs to give to you.
"You shall surely give to him, and your heart should not be grieved when you give to him, because for this thing the Lord your God will bless you in all your works and in all to which you put your hand."
If you have been called to a church or ministry that gives glory to the Lord thy God and to His only son, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit, and find yourself in the uncomfortable decision making process of weather or not to give your tithes and offerings there, consider this...
What would happen if you looked upon your imperfect pastors/ministers/elders etc. and blessed them instead of wondering if they are "holy" enough ... What if instead of judging and questioning we stood on the promises of God in unison and prayed for them to become the leaders they were destined to become according to Gods will. After all, are we not all continually in the "becoming" stage of the man/woman of God that He intends for us to be...
What if we gave to the Lord God Almighty right through the imperfection of man and left it there to do His good pleasure with it... For in doing this we allow God, not us, control and room to develop His good purpose in our own souls as well as others.
What I mean is that we should look upon the servants of the Lord and allow ourselves to see our gift as passing through the man/woman directly into the hands of Jesus, fully expecting that the blessing that returns to us comes not from man but from Gods own hand...
Just maybe in so doing, we will be lifted up in like manner, instead of judged by our own imperfections, at such a time as we are most in need.
"Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in Mine house, and prove Me now herewith, saith the Lord of Hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it."
( Malachi 3;10 )
Give My children, with joyful hearts for great is your reward, both in heaven and upon the earth !
In good measure it shall be given unto you, shaken up, pressed down, and overflowing !
I happen to be homeless and have been for two months now. I do get a small stipend and I will give ten percent to my local church because I do believe in the promises of the Word of God.
He has already blessed me throughout this most difficult time in my life with the peace that surpasseth all understanding... yes its real ! I know first hand that Jesus can and does this for His children.
Now I look forward to more blessings as a result of answering His call to do and keep His commandments .
And I ask others to do the same...
follow the Lamb of God and do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
Lord God heavenly Father we come before Your holy throne this day in the mighty name of Your holy son, Yeshua, (Jesus) through the power and presence of Your Ruach Hakodesh (Holy Spirit),
to give to You praise honor and glory !
We give from the goodness of our hearts unto Your servants oh Lord according to Your holy Word. We lift up the Levites, (preists and ministers) to be blessed oh Lord, for through them we are fed Your righteousness. Bless them Lord with abundant graces this day that we too may be blessed according to Your holy Word in which we believe and remain steadfast in faith of the promises yet to come. Bless our offerings Lord, that they may be a sweet scent to You. Bless our bodies and our minds, our souls and our lives with every good thing Your most gracious heart desires to give to us.
You are the Father of all life and in Your Holy Name we choose to bless and be blessed oh Lord of Hosts !
Amen, and Amen !