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“Will a man rob God? Yet you rob me.

“But you ask, ‘How do we rob you?’

“In tithes and offerings. You are under a curse—the whole nation of you—because you are robbing me.

Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.

I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not cast their fruit,” says the Lord Almighty. “Then all the nations will call you blessed, for yours will be a delightful land,” says the Lord Almighty. Malachi 3:8-12

Most of us are in shock this time of the year, as we get our annual earnings statements from our employers and our annual giving statements from the church. The math just does not tally!

However we try and justify it, we can't deny the fact that we are at fault. We have robbed God, the Scripture says. I know we don't consider it too serious a crime as robbing; but it is... In addition we have robbed ourselves of our blessings too.

Why is it that we don't think twice about spending for us but give all the reasoning when it comes to give back to God?

If we take a toll of all our unexpected expenditure this year we can clearly understand it was a result of robbing God. Because if we had not, then He would have prevented the pests from devouring our crops and the vines in our fields would not have cast their fruit.

If at the end of the year we don't have much left overs we now know the reason - because we had not taken upon the challenge of God to test Him by our giving; if we had, He would have opened the floodgates of heaven and poured out so much blessings that we would not have room enough for it!

We called for the wastage of our resources; we have invited this drought in our finances!

Let us make a decision today not to rob our God going forward. Let us be cheerful in bringing our tithe and offering into His storehouse. Pray about where and how to pay back to the Lord. He will reveal it to you!

Hopefully next year this time we can see our year end statements and praise God...

Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9:7

P.S: I am sorry if this message was a little too strong. It is the Holy Spirit sharing!

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