Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.
I remember when I first read this scripture after becoming saved. It seem to hit me right down to the core of my being. I never really looked at not giving my tithes and offering was robbing God. And I guess before I had come into the knowledge I wasn't. But once I had come into the knowledge, I was now being held accountable.
Remember when you first became saved, how it seem that whatever you asked God for, He gave it to you. During this time you are finding it considerably easy to do what the Lord has told you to do. But as you continue on in the relationship, God starts to pull back on the blessings; oh they still come, just not as quick. Now during this time, you may have started to wonder what is going on, not realizing that God is using this time to allow you to see what your real intentions are; because after all, He knows! You get to see if you are going to serve Him because He gives you what you want, or because He is worthy.
I remember this one particular incident that took place in my life. My husband and I had been saved for a while now, yet we were still new to our new found life. We found ourselves faced with the decision of whether we were going to give our tithes or pay our rent. What was so interesting about this decision was that the amount that we were to give in tithes, was the exact amount that would make us short on our rent. Talk about a test of your faith! Again, remember that we are still fairly new to this new lifestyle, still learning, still growing. To be honest with you, the decision we made was totally out of fear and unbelief. We decided to pay our rent.What a big mistake that was. Understand me when I say this, for the first time in my life I felt like I had robbed God. That scripture came to life for me that day. I felt terrible. I cried, and cried, asking God to forgive me. I knew that He had fogiven me because that's the awesome God that He is, and the fact that He knew what decision we was going to make, but I couldn't forgive myself. I kept saying to myself, "how could you be so stupid and selfish? After all God has done for you, this is how you treat Him?" Needless to say, that was six years ago, and I can say that we have faithfully and cheerfully given our tithes since that day forth. We look forward to giving them. (Note: giving an offering wasn't hard for us; it was giving our tithes consistently that we were having challenges with).
My advice to you is to give your tithes and offerings as you are instructed to do. Don't make the same mistake that we did. If you have already made the mistake that we did, ask God to forgive you, repent, and start living a life of obedience from this day forth.
YOU'LL BE GLAD YOU DID!!!!!!! IN JESUS' NAME, AMEN.
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.
And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts. Malachi 3:10-11
One thing that I asked God that day was to always allow me to remember that feeling so that I won't make that mistake anymore. And still to this day, I still get that uncomfortable feeling when I tell this story. Even as I am telling you, just the thought of it brings chills. God has honored my request and I appreciate Him for it. My goal is to live a life that pleases Him; not man.
My advice to you is not to make that scripture come to life for you. Give your tithes and offerings just as it says in the Bible. God has done so much for us that it is the least that we can do. Don't make the same mistake I made. But if you have made that mistake, ask God for forgiveness, repent, and get started on living a life of obedience. YOU'LL BE GLAD THAT YOU DID!!!!!