Are You Robbing God?

“Ever since the time of your ancestors you have turned away from my decrees and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you,” says the Lord Almighty. “But you ask, ‘How are we to return?’ “Will a mere mortal rob God? Yet you rob me. “But you ask, ‘How are we robbing you?’ “In tithes and offerings.  You are under a curse -- your whole nation -- because you are robbing me.” (Malachi 3:7-9)

God holds us accountable for our actions; there is no doubt about it. As He held His children accountable for their actions financially, He holds us accountable, too. These are strong words, indeed. God looked upon the withholding of tithes and offerings, as an act of thievery. I believe He still does. Let’s admit it. We don’t give naturally, do we? As all of God’s creation gives (like the sun, moon, trees and grass, and even the animals), we tend to be only receivers. In fact, that sense of entitlement plagues not only our country, but us individually. We have become professional consumers, who exist to receive and then evaluate how well we have been served. It seems like every generation gets deeper into self-absorption. Somewhere, it must stop!

It can stop one person at a time, and it needs to stop with us individually. The Lord sees that returning to Him is coupled with giving honor to Him with our resources. There is no way to rationalize our way out of that; this is what He desires. He wants us to be givers, not takers. His plan for us is to be people who live to honor Him tangibly and proportionately with how He has blessed us.

How is that working for you today? Are you a hold-out? Or are you a person who has learned the discipline and experienced the blessings of actually being a real giver? Are you a “tipper” to God or a real giver? The word, “tithe” actually means one-tenth! Do the biblical research and you will find that the place to give that tithe is the storehouse, and not just anywhere you want to give it. I believe the local church today is the storehouse. Anywhere you worship and are connected to the body of Christ fits that description. If you are being fed spiritually by a ministry, give mightily to support their work.

And by the way, “offerings” are over and above basic tithing. You see, God wants us to live with open hands to Him and to others. You can’t “out give” God, but you can surely shortchange yourself when you choose to be a “grasper” instead of a “giver.”

“Lord, help me to return to You this day and show it in a measurable way… through my giving. In Jesus’ name, Amen”
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Betty Jane Laughlin - February 4th, 2023 at 7:27am

I give my tithe and yet, sometimes it seems like it isn't enough. My Lord gives generously

John Peterson - February 4th, 2023 at 8:35am

Every Christian should learn the blessings of tithing and giving. I am reminded of a time in the 80's when times were tough, home interest was up to 19%. I was working straight commission and money was short. Mt wife asked me what to do, if she wrote the tithe check we wouldn't have the money for our house payment. I told her to write the tithe check because God promised to provide for the faithful. Just in time to get the house payment mailed in on time a refund check came returning our electric deposit and it was enough to make our house payment on time. Tithing is a major blessing by knowing we can be a part of people coming to know Jesus while we have no way of being there to help. Giving has the same effect. Thank you DR Dodd for your devotionals, they are such a blessing. I live in Florida, with the TV service I have now I don't receive you broadcasts however I am changing to a different TV service Monday and I will be able to watch your church sevices. PTL!!

James Everett - February 4th, 2023 at 9:59am

Tithes and offerings are a must with God. Why miss out on His extreme blessings in life by being greedy. He provided it all to us to start with and he only asks a tenth in return. Try to out give him and see what happens. You can’t put give God but have fun trying!!!!

James W. Howell - February 4th, 2023 at 2:14pm

I know that I need to give to GOD. Help Me Lord to be a giver and not a worrier when it comes tithing. Thank you Lord.






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