In Touch Daily Devotional 
by Dr. Charles Stanley

Wednesday December 14, 2005

The Key to Financial Blessing

MALACHI 3:7-12

 

All of us struggle when there is a discrepancy between what our minds know is true and what we feel in our emotions. One area believers typically find difficult is personal finances. Understanding what the Bible says about money, do we choose truth or allow our ever-changing feelings to dictate our actions? Believers find it easy to give God one penny out of a dime or one dollar out of ten, but when the numbers grow bigger — one hundred out of a thousand or a thousand from ten thousand — they often balk. However, we cannot expect the Lord to bless us financially if we are not supporting His work.

 

Scripture speaks about giving a whole tithe, which is one-tenth of our earnings or ten percent of whatever we produce, according to Deuteronomy 14:22 (NIV). We should also note that we give God the first portion of our income, not what is left over at the end of the month.

 

God’s tithe goes into His storehouse, which is the church. From there, what is offered can be channeled into the Lord’s work throughout the world. Imagine how many great ministries and outreaches would close if money dried up. Sharing the Gospel is not only a spiritual responsibility but a financial one as well.

 

When we refuse to give our portion, we block the flow of God’s blessing in our own life. Often we decide to offer less than a tithe because we do not trust His provision. Our Father has promised us protection and plenty if we follow His mandates. Give the Lord His due and see what great blessings He provides.