Sometimes our Sunday morning prayer speakers are just too good not to share in a blog post.
Mike Deutcher is a local State Farm Insurance Agent and all around go-to-financial wizard, who occasionally handles the prayer time before ‘giving’ on Sunday morning. We all know he’s going to talk “too much” and share something from Malichi 3:10 because that’s his favorite verse, but every time he speaks, he reveals something of value that we might not have found before, or heard. At least, if we heard it, it didn’t sink in, so he tells us again. This past Sunday, Mike inspired me to write this blog post, revealing some of the message he gave on his favorite verse, along with, of course, my interpretation of the message.
How to make money…
It’s all good sense, God says he will reward a cheerful giver. So when we give to God as recommended by our tithes, he provides. It’s about obedience, we do what we’re supposed to do, and God rewards us for obeying him.
“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test 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 a blessing until it overflows.”
This isn’t just about your finances… God’s talking about financial and spiritual blessings. Because when we bring into the storehouse what belongs to God and give the WHOLE tithe, he promises to open the windows of heaven and pour out a blessing that will overflow.
Have you ever seen a cup filled to overflowing? It doesn’t just run over, it bubbles out over the sides and runs in rivers away from the cup.
Wouldn’t that be an amazing gift from God, to be so filled up in spirit, in your finances, and in your life that you bubble over with exuberance for Him?
There are some basic principles at work here…
For instance, when the fishermen came to shore, exhausted, without any fish, and Christ directed them to sail back out and cast their nets on the other side, he was giving them a specific direction. Cast your nets on the other side.
Now, we don’t know that they sailed back to the same place on the ocean. It doesn’t matter. It does matter that they obeyed Christ and cast their nets.
That’s what we have to do. So, think about these things for a bit, and see if they don’t help you come up with the answer:
1 – what is your motivation for following God’s direction?
2 – if your motive is greed inspired, you may not get the blessing.
3 – if your motive is faith inspired (desire to follow God) then God will be faithful to bless you.
4 – God’s blessing may be spiritual:
- as you give the blessing may be given unto you.
- problems may be solved.
- provisions may be given.
- relationships may be restored.
- weapons against you will not prevail.
The battles we face are not carnal. They are more often spiritual. When we seek God first, put our service to God above all else and follow HIM, all things will be added unto us.
How difficult is that to understand?
In reality, it might be pretty difficult, because we all seem to get stuck in the mire of our own desires forgetting to seek first the kingdom of heaven. But when we learn to seek him first, the rest – all other desires of our heart – are provided for, because that’s how God works.
Seek HIM first. Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse and test him as he says. Expect his provision and be faithful to obey him.