WILL A MAN ROB GOD?????(MALACHI 3:8-9)
GOD'S WORD ON TITHES AND OFFERINGS-NOT MAN'S OPINIONS AND INTERPRETATIONS!
(MALACHI 3:6-12, ROMANS 3:3-4)
Then came to Jesus scribes and Pharisees, which were of Jerusalem, saying,
2 Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread.
3 But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?
4 For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death.
5 But ye say, Whosoever shall say to his father or his mother, It is a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me;
6 And honour not his father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition.
7 Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying,
8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.
9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
When you rob God of his Ten Percent(10%), Satan will rob you of your 100%!!
THE EARTH IS THE LORD'S!
1 The earth is the Lord's, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.
So, keeping things in perspective, we see that God owns it all, and we are just stewards, whether is is our abilities, our talents, jobs, and most importantly, our very existence:
27 That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:
28 For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.
First of all, God is not going to force anyone to do anything! We all have freewill and are free to make our own choices, but, we are not free from the consequences. No one would plant tomatoes in a garden and expect corn! Seed Time and Harvest is one of God's Laws that works for, or against you each time it is applied(GENESIS 8:22). (Regardless of whether you believe or not, no one would argue if the Law of Gravity actually works. We know it works!) Why? It's a LAW!
Be not deceived. God is not mocked! Whatever a man sows, that, he will reap(Galatians 6:7)
19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: God is saying "the choice is yours, but, I am encouraging you to "choose life!", so, when people deliberately make the wrong choice in the face of the right choice and receive the "consequences" of making that choice, they wanna "blame God," the devil", and "fate," and the "white man," and the "black man", or the "politicians", or whatever they choose, but, they are simply reaping the "consequences" of a bad choice when they could have made the right choice!
There is a Reason why Extremely Rich Businessmen were very Successful and Wealthy-They were in Covenant and Partnership with God through Tithing and giving Offerings! Here is a list of those Very Rich Men:
1)JOHN D. ROCKEFELLER - THE FIRST BILLIONAIRE: The very first person to reach the status of billionaire was a man who knew how to set goals and follow through. Rockefeller, a devout Baptist and one of our nation's first billionaires said, "I never would have been able to tithe the first million dollars I ever made if I had not tithed my first salary, which was $1.50 per week. "He believed that the ability to make money was a gift from God to be developed and used to the best of one's ability and for the good of mankind. At the age of 23, he had become a millionaire, by the age of 50 a billionaire.
2)David Rockefeller said that when he was seven years old the received on allowance of 50 cents a week. David was taught to save five cents and that the other five cents belonged to the Lord--it was his tithe to God. He said, "Our parents made us feel, from an early age, that we had to contribute, not just take."
3)John S. Huyler-When candy manufacturer John S. Huyler started out in business, he took Jacob's pledge: "...of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee" (Gen. 28:22).
Going to the bank, he opened a special account which he initialed "M.P." Into that fund he regularly entered a proportionate amount (more than the tithe) of his income. When anyone asked what the strange label meant, they were told that it stood for "My Partner." As he kept God uppermost in his mind in all his transactions, his industry grew at a phenomenal rate, and each week the "Lord's treasury" received increasingly large sums. His gifts to worthy causes and private individuals amazed his business associates. These contributions were always accompanied with the request that the donor should not receive any thanks or glory for his actions. He asked each church and recipient to offer praise to God alone, for he said, "After all, the money isn't mine; it's the Lord's!" See: Luke 6:38; 1 Cor 16:1-2; 2 Cor 9:7
God enabled him to become one of the great philanthropists of his day and to do much in the cause of world evangelizing.
4)J.L. KRAFT-J.L. KRAFT , head of the Kraft Cheese Corporation, who had given approximately 25% of his enormous income to Christian causes for many years, said, "The only investment I ever made which has paid consistently increasing dividends is the money I have given to the Lord."
5)LAST, but, definitely, not least, the Richest of them all was KING SOLOMON, the Richest and Wisest Man to ever live said:
Proverbs 3:9-10 King James Version (KJV)
9 Honor the Lord with thy substance, and with the first fruits of all thine increase:
10 So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.
How God Feels About Honor:
1 Samuel 2:29-30
29 Wherefore kick ye at my sacrifice and at mine offering, which I have commanded in my habitation; and honor thy sons above me, to make yourselves fat with the chiefest of all the offerings of Israel my people?
30 Wherefore the Lord God of Israel saith, I said indeed that thy house, and the house of thy father, should walk before me for ever: but now the Lord saith, Be it far from me; for them that honor me I will honor, and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed(Definitely, don't want to be in that category!)