6 Commanded Blessings of Giving
The word GIVE appears in the Bible 921 times – that’s almost as many times as FAITH, HOPE and LOVE combined. It is mentioned more than any other subject in the Bible … 2 times more than Heaven and Hell combined. 3 times more than love. 7 times more than prayer. 8 times more than belief.
In fact, 17 of the 38 parables that Jesus spoke are all about giving. Here’s the crazy thing: 15% of the Bible talks about giving, gifts, finances and/or tithing. Wow! I guess you can say, “God’s Word is also a financial roadmap.”
God said in Malachi 3, “Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in my Temple. If you do,” says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies, “I will open the windows of heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing so great you won’t have enough room to take it in! Try it! Put me to the test! Your crops will be abundant, for I will guard them from insects and disease. Your grapes will not fall from the vine before they are ripe,” says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies. “Then all nations will call you blessed, for your land will be such a delight,” says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies” (Malachi 3:10).
The prophet Malachi reveals SIX … count them … SIX commanded blessings when you give/tithe. These are only released through the act of giving.
Here are the commanded blessings of giving:
- Overflowing blessing (“… so great you won’t have enough room …”)
God wants to bless you in greater ways.
- Increase of resources (“… your crops will be abundant …”)
God wants to increase your financial health.
- Protection from attack (“… for I will guard them …”)
God wants to protect you from the enemy.
- Perfect timing (“… from the vine before they are ripe …”)
God will meet every need and reveal His will at the right time.
- Reputation of abundance (“… all nations will call you blessed …”)
Other people will recognize God’s favor on your life.
- Happy homes (“… your land will be such a delight …”)
God will flood your house with real joy.
Let me just say, “If you don’t sow it, God can’t grow it.” God has to have something to work with. Start giving today … watch God release His commanded blessings on your life and family.