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.
12 And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the Lord of hosts.” (Malachi 3:8-12)
I. A readiness to give.
A. Generous is all about our heart.
B. When God changes our heart from selfishness to generosity, every part of our life’s journey is affected.
II. God is working selfishness and grief out of our hearts.
A. Tithing is the fastest way to destroy selfishness and learn to fear God, always.
22 “Thou shalt truly tithe all the increase of thy seed, that the field bringeth forth year by year.
23 And thou shalt eat before the Lord thy God, in the place which he shall choose to place his name there, the tithe of thy corn, of thy wine, and of thine oil,
and the firstlings of thy herds and of thy flocks; that thou mayest learn to fear the Lord thy God always.” (Deuteronomy 14:22-23)
B. God is developing a grateful and generous heart within all of us. (Deuteronomy 15:7-15)
III. Three levels of giving:
A. Tithe – God’s test. Are we putting God first?
B. Offering – A desire that rises to meet a need.
C. Extravagant Gift – A burden to give an extraordinary gift.
1. Widow woman gave everything in her savings account.
2. Mary gave a year’s wages.
D. Whatever level of giving you believe God for will be the level God meets you at.
(II Corinthians 9:6-10)
6 “But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.
7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.
8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:
9 (As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth for ever.
10 Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;)”
(2 Corinthians 9:6-10)
E. How to set up online and mobile giving – Bryan.
IV. The spirit of mammon is on all possessions not sanctioned by God.
A. Mammon wants us to worship it and take the place of God in our lives.
B. Mammon promises:
6. The ability to fix your problems (Luke 16:9-14)
C. Generosity breaks the power of greed and selfishness. The spirit of mammon operates through these areas.
V. Mammon is not money, it is a spirit.
A. You hear the voice say:
1. Don’t give!
2. What if you don’t have enough?
3. What are they doing with my money?
4. I’m disappointed in them talking about money.
VI. The reward of putting God first (Hebrews 11:6)
VII. If you have not signed. Please make a commitment to God by signing God’s Guarantee.
A. Sign one to hand into the church and sign the other to leave in your Bible to pray over your commitment to God.
B. God is taking you to new levels in Him.