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Have you ever read Malachi chapter 3?  If you've been to church for any amount of time there is a great chance you have heard a pastor talk about tithing.  But have you ever read or studied this financial concept for yourself?  You really should.  Tithing isn't a pastors idea.  Tithing is God's plan.

Look what is written in Malachi chapter 3.
“Bring the entire tithe into the storehouse so that there may be food in my temple. Test me in this matter,” says the Lord who rules over all, “to see if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until there is no room for it all."

Today you have the opportunity to do what this scripture teaches.
Today you get to...
Bring the whole tithe, a full 10% of your paycheck.  I know this is difficult for some, but anything less than 10% isn't a tithe.
I know why it's hard to tithe.
You can't.
But,
God knows your situation.
That's way He says to "test me in this"
"this"...
Is tithing.
God says to you...
I dare you to trust me with 10% of your income.
I dare you!

Oh...
By the way...
The one who dares you to test him.
He is "the Lord who rules over all."
He can handle your test.

And, when you test him by...
Giving him back 10% of the income he has blessed you with.
When you give back to God a tithe.
He will "open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until there is no room for it all."

How I hope you will soon trust God with your money.
How I hope you will soon trust that your money is yours only because God gave it to you.
How I hope you will soon trust that you can't out give God.

Can I pray for you?  I know this is a big step of faith.
Father, I pray for those who are timid to test you in their giving.  I pray they would trust your promises.  Father, may you give us all courage to be obedient to your commands.  Amen.

Have a blessed day of worship,
Pastor Matt