Friday, May 2, 2008

Give and you shall receive

Hey everyone!!I just got done listening to an online sermon and the message was excellent.It`s a new site I found called Southeast Christian Church.The message was about how we manage our finances and also how we view our financial situations.What we do with our money is a direct reflection of our faith.What do you do when money is tight?Do you give freely to the Lord because your faith is enough,or do you store it away because you feel as though there will never be enough money? Malachi 3:10 sais:Bring the full tithes into the storehouse,that there may be food in my house.And thereby put me to the test,says the Lord of hosts,if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need. Isn`t that so amazing?? God promises us that if we give to Him,He will bless us!!Now,my husband is not saved so he does not allow me to give 10%,but this passage is about so much more than just money.You see,God wants us to give Him our hearts.Give freely of your heart and trust in him and the blessings will be poured out to you!!Tithes are an outward showing of trust and faith in God.Trust Him first,then you will be blessed.
Our family is living proof of that promise from God!!Through our trials,I never doubted God`s love for us.He always had my heart,now we are being blessed for that!!The point I`m trying to make here is not to brag or boast,but to encourage all of you today!!God keeps His promises to us,but He wants our hearts.We need to trust in Him in every area of our lives!That is the mark of a true Christian!!
It is my prayer that this post will be an encouragement to everyone who reads it!!!! Have a blessed day everyone!!!


Anonymous said...

It's so great that you can see other ways of giving seeing as you don't have the option to give 10% of your money. It can be so easy for us to become legalistic about these things and forget that there are other ways to give.

Hope you have a good weekend.

Susan. :o)

Lea of Farmhouse*Blessings said...

Hi Toni! Your post reminds me of an old song by Keith Green that has always stayed with me. "To Obey is better than sacrifice. He doesn't need your money. He wants your life."

Our obedience and willingness to do whatever He would have for our lives is the very best we can give the Lord.


Stacy said...

I really enjoyed this post =) It was very uplifting and put a smile on my face =) *hugs*

ElleBee said...

I'm reading Dave Ramsey's book "Total Money Makeover" right now. I highly recommend it as a fabulous Christian (or non-Christian, for that matter!) method of money management. He has a good website too: Thanks for blessing us with your blog. I made your lemon chicken recipe and it was yummy! :)