8 “Will a man rob God? Yet you rob me.
”But you ask, ‘How do we rob you?’
”In tithes and offerings. 9 You are under a curseâ€”the whole nation of youâ€”because you are robbing me. 10 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.
Malachi 3 (New International Version)
I hear people saying all the time “after I paid my tithes this or that” and I’d say to myself man that’s what I need to be doing. I’m tired of giving God “what’s left” after paying my bills.
Well, the first of the month rolled around, and guess what? Something came up. I had to pay a speeding ticket I had gotten back in Oct. The Sec of State sent me a letter saying that my license was suspended as of Jan 5, 2006. I was shocked, but in order for my licenses to be reinstated I had to pay $242.40. When I received that mail it was Jan 7, 2006. I was driving around with suspended licenses.
That following day by it being on my mind so tough. I had to go and pay it. I got up, called my job and told them that I was going to be late because I had business to take care of. I went paid my ticket and extra fees and my licenses was reinstated.
Later on I started thinking about how I didn’t have any money left to tithe. For some reason I didn’t feel bad because “something had came up………God will understand.” So I dismissed it, and promised to start off fresh the following month in Feb 2006.
Well, Feb (2006) rolled around I had gotten my check and was checking off all the things that I had to do. For tithing I had down $150.00 to make up for January and part of Feb. After I finished checking off things, and looking at my money. I crossed out the 1 and decided that I was going to give God $50.00. Yep, sure did. I had done everything on the list and that was my final decision. God gets $50.00.
The very next day as my check sheet was sitting in front of me, I had on my coat about to go to work. My close friend Shaun called me from Chicago. She is like one of my best friends. She lived here in Detroit 4 years ago, for 14 years. She called me and her voice sound different. First thing out of her mouth was Lacrease what are you doing? And I said about to go to work I have my coat on and everything. She said I am too, she said God told me to call you, she said I didn’t want to do it, because I don’t understand, but he keep getting on me about it.
I said okay Shaun what is it……………………. tell me. She said God said that money you are supposed to give to him, she said do it. I said HUH? I knew instantly what she was talking about.But I wanted her to keep going, cause I couldnt believe what I was hearing. She said God said try him. She said it don’t make sense to me, because this message is for you, She said Im just telling you what he told me to tell you. He said tell her to give it to me. I stood there frozen on the phone, cause I knew what she was talking about. I neverrrrrrrr told her about my list, or even that there was a list. That’s something I do every week. We neverrrrr talked about my tithes, offerings or anything. That’s how I knew it was God telling her that.
He knew that I had scratched him down to $50.00 instead of $150.00. SHE NEVERRRRRRR KNEW. She said I don’t even want to know what he is talking about, she said and I have to go to work, and I will talk to you later. I hung up the phone and wanted to shake out of my coat. But I had to laugh cause God knows how to reach me and through the right people.
God didn’t have to tell me anything else. I grabbed $150.00 and I paid my tithes. I sent them to my Church that SAME DAY.
Not only did I pay my tithes but I sent an offering with it. That couldn’t wait until Sunday. Cause my thing is you have to know it was God, she didn’t know anything about that. I dont even want to know my penalty of ignoring that. I was obedient quick fast and in a serious hurry.
Next week its pay day again. I know the enemy is going to come at me with something else to try to keep me from doing what’s right. Im praying (pray with me) that I continue to do what is right. I will keep you all updated.
Your Sister in Christ
Where works of the flesh exists, there is NO joy