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Thought For Today 8-Mar-2004

Thought For Today

8-Mar-2004

Malachi 3:7 Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept them. Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith the Lord of host. But ye said, Wherein shall we return?

Malachi 3:8 Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.

Malachi 3:9 Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.

Malachi 3:10 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 recieve it.

Tithes and offerings!! People have different opinions about tithes and offerings! Some people believe that you should give all your tithes and offerings to the church that you attend. Some think you should give your tithes and offerings to the needy. Some don't even believe in paying tithes and offerings. I for one believe in paying tithes and offerings. I am not telling you to pay tithes and offerings that is your choice. I am not telling you how to pay your tithes and offerings, that is your choice also. What I am saying is that God said we are to pay tithes and offerings!

Malachi 3:7 Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept them. Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith the Lord of host. But ye said, Wherein shall we return? This verse is telling me that man has always had a greedy spirit! And God is letting man know he has a greedy spirit, having money is not a sin, but we read in: Titus 6:10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. According to God's word man has had a greedy spirit for a long time.

Malachi 3:8 Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. This is God speaking to Malachi, God himself said man robbed God! Many will say God owns all things he don't need my pittly little bit of money! I need it worse than God does! This is true, God does own all things, and he don't need your pittly little bit of money, But, you have to have enough faith in God to give him your pittly little bit of money, and when you do then God will increase your earnings, you will recieve more than you give! Your faith will bring blessings to you. If no one paid tithes and offerings, who would pay the bills at the church you attend, how would the pastor eat, how would the pastor get around if he had no money to buy a car, or gas to put in a car? Think about it! Your church that you attend would not last long if no one paid the bills. Is it fair for some to pay the way of others who have the means to pay their own way? If you and your neighbor made the same amout of money, would it be fair for you if you were expected to buy your neighbors food for them, or perhaps pay their car payment, or their electrict bill, or buy them a new living room suite! No, that would not be fair, yet many expect the others in the congregation to furnish electricity for the lights, the heating, the air conditioning, ect. in the church. They expect others to furnish padded pews to sit in, carepet on the floor, paneling or paint to make the church building look good! When you do not pay your tithes as God has COMMANDED you are robbing from God, and you are taking advantage of the other members of the congregation because they need to make up your slack! If the slack is not made up then the entire congregation suffers.

Malachi 3:9 Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation. Look back and read that one again!! This is the word of God! Not man's word but God's word! It's simple, rob God be cursed! If you do not pay tithes you need to think about that. God could not make it any plainer, ROB GOD BE CURSED!

Malachi 3:10 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 recieve it. Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse! Where is the storehouse? that there may be meat in mine house, where is God's house? and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, do as God commands, and see if he does as he says he will! If I will not open the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there should not be room enough to recieve it. God said he would open the windows of heaven and pour out a blessing that there would not be room enough to recieve it! God cannot lie, prove God now, or "see if what he says is not true" Do as God commands, and God will do as he promises!

I know there are many that don't have much to pay as tithes. However, God said pay 10% in tithes, and 10 % is what he meant! If you make a dollar put a dime in as tithes, if you make a dime put a penny in as tithes! God said pay your 10% no matter what it is.

Mark 12:42 And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which made a farthing.

Mark 12:43 And he called unto his disciples and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury;

Mark 12:44 For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living. I believe we need to pay tithes on every bit of money we recieve, no matter where it comes from. I believe in paying tithes, I believe that if we don't pay tithes then we are robbing from God! Offerings are not tithes! Offerings are what you want to give above your tithes. Tithes is what God requires we give, offerings is extra because we want to give into the kingdom of God!

Give unto the kingdom of God, and it will be given unto, you!

Tim V.