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Spiritually Speaking

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Spiritually Speaking

By The Staff

 

Giving to God Willingly   We know there are so many instances in the Bible where we read about receiving blessings, but something caught my attention recently it stated giving to God. It is good sometimes to remind ourselves of our responsibility to God. Matthew 6:1-4 tells us not to let others know when we are giving gifts to the needy. Not to sound a trumpet, as the hypocrites do that they might get glory from man were to give in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thy openly. (Read the entire four verses.) I Corinthians 16:1-2 reminds us to give according to our ability. To give according to how God has prospered us. This was Paul writing to how contribution should be made to the saints. How many of us give according to how God has prospered us? Paul puts it this way in II Corinthians 9:6-15, I am paraphrasing it. “He that soweth sparingly shall reep sparingly; and he that soweth bountifully shall reap bountifully. Ever man as he has purposed in his heart, so let him give, not grudgingly or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you: that ye, always having all sufficiency in all good things, make abound to every good work- The end of verse 15 says, “Thank be unto God, for his unspeakable gift.” We know we are to give cheerfully, willingly and liberally. We know God has told us how much we are to give proportionally to what we have. Malachi 3:8-12 is very plain. Verse 8 asks the question “Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. Verse 10 says “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 ye the window of heaven and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. Verse 11, “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 the time in the field, saith the Lord of host.” Did you know that we have records of some very prominent men paying tithes early in their business life: M.W. Baldwin, M.S. Hershey, W. Wrigley, Jr., F.W. Woolworth, J.L. Kraft, H.P. Crowell, H.J. Heinz and John D. Rockefeller. One of my favorite stories I read years ago was about a farmer whose fields were about to be destroyed by the dreaded army beetle. He knew his farm could be destroyed instantly. His young daughter asked, “Daddy you paid your tithes didn’t you? Then why don’t we ask Him to keep the beetles away?” Together they knelt in prayer, earnestly claiming the promise of Malachi 3:11. Soon they saw blackbirds starting to light in the field. Soon they looked up and they resembled a cloud in the sky. They were on the ground only a few minutes, when they flew away there wasn’t a beetle left. The blackbirds devoured them, the crops were saved. It seems a small amount to tithe 10 percent, when He gives us everything. God Bless.