EVERY WORD OF GOD FOR DAILY LIVING BY:
PASTOR PAUL RIKA:
Holiness Revival Movement Worldwide
DATE: FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 5
TEXT: Malachi 3:7-11
7 Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept them. Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith the Lord of hosts. But ye said, Wherein shall we return?
8 Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.
9 Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.
10 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.
11 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.
KEY VERSE: Malachi 3:8:
Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed Me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed Thee? In tithes and offerings.
Many people do not understand why God says those who do not pay their tithe and do not give Him offering are robbers. Yes, these are robbers because they deny men, women and children the privilege of hearing the gospel of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; hence, they rob God of His glory among men. In fact, they are more than just being robbers!
i. They are wicked: because they do not pity their fellow men on their way to destruction. They have no passion for soul. They value money above the soul of man. They do not realize that nothing can be given in exchange for the soul of man.
ii. They are selfish: because they think only about themselves and care not for other people around them.
iii. They are rebellious: because God gave them money and material possessions so that they would give back to Him for His glory, but they turn these things to their glory and reject the glory of God.
iv. They are ungrateful: because they refuse to express praise and gratitude to God with the money and material possessions He has given them.
v. They are unreasonable: because they do not realize that they are strangers in this world who brought nothing into it and will take nothing out of it when they die.
vi. They are useless: because God cannot put their money and material possessions into honorable use for the glory of His Name.
vii. They are wretched: because they have no eternal investment in the kingdom of God. Revelation 3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
Therefore, God has cursed them with a curse! The God who placed a curse on Cain has placed a curse upon them, for refusing to honor Him and promote His course and glory on earth through the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Thought for the day: It is bad enough to be a robber of man, how much more robbing God in tithe.
Song for the day: I am ready to obey Thy word, I am ready to obey…..
Bible reading for the day: Exodus 37-38; Matthew 23:23-39
PASTOR PAUL RIKA