How would we feel if we paid the twenty-five dollars in a movie theatre for a good ol’ fashioned action film, but the action never started? Wouldn’t we want our money back? Or let’s say, it was a romantic comedy but instead of laughter we received a long Shakespeare drama without one ounce of mirth. Or how about when we sit down to a good meal at an expensive restaurant but there’s no food being served, it’s all imaginary. Talk about a let down.
How come we Christians put up with the same? Here we have this wonderful salvation package, over 900 promises, 24 hour access to the God of Love and Wisdom, and yet, we’re bored, depressed or feel ripped off because nothing is happening. I used to sit in church and say, someday I’m going to have a big walk with God. Someday I’m going to actually feel something other than guilt when I come here. Here’s my question…
Are you having fun yet?
And I mean, are you and God having fun together? If not, and it’s because you don’t know how, you’re in for a treat today.
Let’s talk about adding spicey fun to this walk of love or agape.
“The LORD shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow.” Deut. 28:12
Did you know that God has a “good treasure”? Read the whole context of this verse in chapter 28 and you’ll be blown away. It talks about all the ways God will bless His children if they do one thing.
“And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe [and] to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth:” Deut. 28:1
All He asks, is that we do what He says?
Okay Terri, but is that hard?
“For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments: and His commandments are not grievous (hard to do).” 1 John 5:3
Isn’t that interesting? Loving God is doing what He asks us to do. How do we know what God wants? How do we get that good treasure raining down from heaven? Here’s another place God mentions pouring on the blessing, but this time He tells us how to get it started.
“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 you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that [there shall] not [be room] enough [to receive it]. 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 hosts.” Malachi 3:10-11
Wow! That’s a pretty big promise. It’s also a procedure because tithing is something God wants us to do. Does God need the money? No. He’s spirit. He doesn’t use money. Who needs the money? His ministers do. More importantly, God knows which minister needs what and when they need it. Here’s where the fun comes in. We ask Him where to give our money and get specific on the time and place. Treat each time like the first time. You will start seeing amazing outcomes. Remember you’re giving because God told you to give and, in essence, it’s going to His work here on earth. Give and let it go because now the conditions of Malachi 3:10’s promise are then fulfilled on your part. Now it’s God’s turn to bring back the blessing on you. Look at what you’ve accomplished by doing that one act of giving.
- 1 John 5:3, you’ve loved like God wants you to love and how He loves you.
- You’ve done Deut. 28:1, which means all the chapter of 28 will follow and I urge you to read the chapter.
- Then you’ll be doing Malachi 3:10. He even says to prove Him.
Wow! That is huge. Are you proving God? Are you praying for your need to be met but have never done this principle? Today is the day to see God’s good treasure in action!
This is how we add spice to our love (agape) life. Most people don’t realize giving is this immediate and or powerful, but what did God’s giving do for us?
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
Wow, that act changed history and the fate of all mankind. What happens when we give?
When we ask for God’s divine guidance, out of walking in His divine love, where we should give, then obediently do it, cataclysmic dominos of blessing shatter through the walls of unbelief, despair, heartache, jealousy, hate and worst of all apathy. The power of this act is earth-rending and eternal. It is so powerful that no weapon formed against it can prosper. But God needs our hands, our feet, our obedience. He needs our humility and our trust.
Find out today where your tithe should go, then do it and claim the promises God so desires to give to you.
God bless you today!
If you’d like to read a post about romantic spice click here.