"Test me in this...and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it" (Malachi 3:10).
Does God own everything?
Is this world materialistic?
Are there too many in need?
Do you want to grow closer to God?
Then give to God. Giving affirms "all things come of Thee, O Lord" (1 Chronicles 29:14). Giving keeps one from becoming a slave to possessions. Giving funds projects and causes that help others. And giving is a sure way to become more heavenly minded, for "where your treasure is, there will your heart be also" (Matthew 6:21).
How is your giving to God? Is it whatever is leftover after you pay your other bills? Is it whatever you have in your purse at the time? Is it only when you have enough?
One should at least give 10% of your income (called a tithe). See Leviticus 27:30, Matthew 23:23, and Proverbs 3:9. If that seems difficult or even impossible, consider the verse above from Malachi. God actually asks you to test Him. Go ahead, make room in your budget. See how God provides for you. To not tithe regularly is disobedient to God, puts your heart elsewhere, shows a lack of faith, and robs you of seeing God de
monstrate His faithfulness to you.
Giving a tithe is a gateway onto a path of generous giving that will open up new ways of God's provision for you, help you to be free from idolatry, and align your mind with God's purposes and cares.
In this season of thanksgiving, please thank God not just in prayer but in pledging 10% of His money entrusted to you back to the Church, His bride. You will be receiving a pledge card soon. Return it to CHS on or by Dec. 2, and you will receive a free book, The Treasure Principle by Randy Alcorn.
You can also email your pledge amount to firstname.lastname@example.org or give online HERE.
Thank you! Grace and peace to you from God, from whom every blessing flows.