When you give your tithes, do you think it is useless? Do you feel like you are seeing no rewards or blessings from giving? Have you quit giving because you thought you weren't getting back your fair share of blessings, or because you thought you needed that money more to pay bills? Some of you might think how can she say such a thing, but I am telling you there are people who think this way. To be honest, I myself have made comments like, I have sown so much of this into this, but I am still struggling. So be honest with yourself and repent with me now for when we have said such things. Let me show you why.
In Malachi chapter 3, one of my favorite passages of scripture about giving. In fact the scriptures that gave me revelation about giving, is a very important message about complaining about your giving as well. Yeh! You see first we read Mal. 3 v 9-10, and we see how we are suppose to give and the Lord is going to open the windows of heaven and pour out blessings. HALLELUJAH! We stop there for a while and park. Then we get a revelation of Mal. 3 v 11-12, where God is going to rebuke the devourer, so that our seed can not be destroyed, so that our seed will bring us fruit. AMEN! Then we park there for a while and rejoice in His word.
Well, now it is time to move on. Let's look at Mal. 3 v 13-15. Put your seat belts on because this is going to be a rough ride for some.
Mal 3 v 13-15...."Your words have been harsh against Me," says the Lord. "Yet you say, 'what have we spoken against You?'. "You have said, 'It is useless to serve God; what profit is it that we have kept His ordinance, and that we have walked as mourners before the Lord of Hosts?" So now we call the proud blessed, for those who do wickedness are raised up; they even tempt God and go free."......
Let me break it down for you. When we complain and say I have been giving and giving and nothing is coming back to me, why am I struggling when I tithe like I am suppose to? Why do those people who do not even worship or believe in the Lord have so much?
STOP! The Lord says we are speaking harsh words against Him when we do this. We are getting into envy and jealousy over what others have. When we do this, when we say these things, we might as well call God a liar. That's right. That is how harsh our words are against Him. Did He not say that He would open the windows of heaven, then why are you saying He has not done anything for you?
Now let me take this a step further and show you what else this says to me. You can read it for yourself and see. When we do not do what Mal. 3 v 10 tells us to do, when we do not tithe and give to God so that He can bless us, when we do not trust in His word to do what He is telling us to do here in this scripture, then we might as well throw out the whole book and not trust in Him for our healing, our salvation, our victory over what ever battle we are facing, because we can not believe Him in one part of His word, and call Him a liar in another. It just doesn't make any sense to say you believe Him in one area but not in another when He has said Himself that His word shall not come back to Him void. His word is TRUTH. So when we murmur and complain that we are not being blessed we are using harsh words against our God. AMEN!
Mal. 3 v 9-15....."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 blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it.
And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, so that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground, nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field, says the Lord of Hosts; and all the nations will call you blessed, for you shall be a delightful land, says the Lord of Hosts."
"Your words have been harsh against Me, says the Lord, 'Yet you say, 'what have we spoken against You?' You have said, 'It is useless to serve God; What profit is it that we have kept His ordinance, and that we have walked as mourners before the Lord of Hosts? So now we call the proud blessed, for those who do wickedness are raised up; they even tempt God and go free.' "....................................
We need to put a watch on our words. When we speak this way we are saying in a word that it is useless to do what God says, we are eating our own seeds that we have sown. Not only that but we are saying that we do not believe the words God spoke to us, we are calling Him a liar. Remember we do not sow out of law but out of cheerful, willing hearts that are trusting in the LORD. If you are giving any other way than willingly and cheerfully, if you are giving grudingly, and regretfully, then you might as well be throwing your money into the toilet.
I mean would you go to the store and buy your groceries, pay for them then walk out without them, just leave them there. No, what good is your food going to do you if you don't take it home and eat it. You will get no value from it whatsoever if you do not eat what you bought. Right! The same is true with your tithes. If you do not give trusting and expecting to receive from the Lord then you are doing the same thing, walking off without your food. If you go to church and do not go in trusting and expecting to receive a word from the Lord, then you are doing the same here as well. The Lord says to give so that there may be food in His house. His word is all the food you need. His word will show you where your blessings come from. His word will bring you your healing. But His word does you no good if you do not trust and believe in Him. AMEN!
STAY IN HIS WORD!