Therefore, as you abound in every thing, in faith and utterance, and knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love to us, see that you abound in this grace also. 2 Corinthians 8:7
How do you give to the LORD? Do you just drop some money in the plate at church without much thinking about it? Or do you just write a check to GOD at the first of every month and pay HIM like you pay all your other bills?
You need to think about that because how you give is a matter of deep concern to GOD. HE is particular about how offerings are given. He will not receive just any old thing however you feel like giving it.
In Malachi, for example, GOD refused to receive Israel's offerings. They were bringing HIM their defective animals, their blind calves, and the injured ones they couldn't do anything elese with - and GOD said it offended HIM. HE told them, "You do not have any reverence or honor for ME, and I am not going to accept your offering."
I am sorry to say, but that kind of thing did not die out after the Book of Malachi was written either. Many today do not have any reverence for GOD at offering time. People wait for the preach to beat them over the head untl they feel so guilty they have to reach down in the pocketbooks and get some money out.
But I want you to know that's offensive to GOD. In fact, HE spoke directly to a friend of mine. GOD says It grieves ME when the church takes offerings. I said to worship ME. Don't take from the people, but let them bring their gifts and worship ME with them. Then they will see the fruits of their giving."
Worship the LORD at your home prior to arriving to church and rejoice while preparing your offering. When it is offering time, Clap your hands and Praise GOD!!!
Then, the next time the offering plate is passed, don't just drop your gift carelessly in the plate as it goes by. Get serious. Determine to obey GOD. Worship HIM with your money be thankful. He will do more than simply receive it. He will open the windows of blessings for your.
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