Test Him

Usually it is not a good idea.

I won’t like the consequences.

I’m talking about testing God.  God wants us to have faith in him and trust him.  If I’m smart, I’m not going to test God’s patience or mercy or love.

With one exception.

There is one place in the Bible where God says, “Test me”.

He knows all the issues we have with money – it quickly becomes our god, we always want more and we’re willing to sacrifice our families to get it, we have trouble giving generously, we get in such deep debt that we think we can’t give.  Just to name a few.

So God says, “Bring all the tithes into the storehouse…..I will pour out blessing so great you won’t have enough room to take it in!  Try it!  Put me to the test!”

I have attended a couple of different churches who sponsor a 90 day challenge for giving to God.  People tithe for 90 days – no cheating because nothing is hidden from God – and they watch God move in their finances.  If they don’t see God move, they get their money back.

But they never ask for their money back because God always moves.  I love it!  Test him!

And you will find out what those of us that have committed to tithing have found out – the refunds, checks for overpayment and unexpected credit to our accounts start rolling in.   Regular stories like this –

I had a dental claim paid by my insurance and the medical assistant looked at me with surprise when she handed me back a check for $900 and told me that insurance NEVER covers this part of the procedure but they did for me.

My husband recently had a dental issue that was not covered by insurance and would cost $2500.  Since we’re retired and live close to Mexico, we decided to try going to one of the towns in Mexico that is well-known for their good dentists, lower prices and more options.  The $10 x-ray in Mexico showed that there were no longer any issue.  If I wanted to be cynical, I could say the first dentist was just trying to get some money from us but we had gone to him for several years and he had always been the opposite – trying to make sure we got the most for our money and not doing anything that didn’t need to be done.

I prefer to give God the credit for that $2500 windfall.  He decided to bless us!  How awesome!

You would hear these kinds of stories from anyone who has committed to tithe.  God is faithful and we can count on him to respond when we are generous givers.

I also believe God moves in how often our cars break down and our appliances quit working. If we are stingy with God, don’t be surprised with high car repair bills and appliances that keep having problems.

Through the years, we have given two of our older cars to charity because we know God will bless us more for that than the $700 or $800 we could sell them for.  We recently donated a 2 year-old refrigerator to a church mission for the same reason.  God knows.

When you and I faithfully tithe, we are putting our finances under the umbrella of God’s blessing.  When we do that, he not only blesses our finances, he pours other blessings into our lives as well.  These are things that money can’t buy – like joy, love and purpose.  And more.

So much more pours out that it fills us up and starts to spill over to the people around us.  The windows of heaven open up for us when we get our money in line with God.  The more we give, the more we have.  That’s God’s math.  We cannot outgive God.

If you don’t have any of these stories, go ahead and test God!  I know what will happen.

Thank you for your faithfulness with our finances, Abba Father.

Sword Fighting Class – Overflowing

Great job!  We are memorizing Proverbs 3 together and we’re seeing God’s faithfulness as he writes his words on our hearts and minds.”

My child, do not forget my teachings but keep my commands in your heart for they will prolong your life many years and bring you prosperity.Proverbs 2 -13-3-11

Let love and faithfulness never leave you, bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.

Trust in the Lord with all of your might and lean not on your own undertanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight.

Do not be wise in your own eyes. Fear the Lord and shun evil.”

Here are the next couple of verses:

Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruit of all of your crops.  Then your barns will be filled to overflowing and your vats will brim over with new wine.”

God has an abundance of blessings waiting for us when we are wise with our wealth.

We just read in Malachi God’s epic promise to open the floodgates of heaven’s blessings when we bring our entire tithe into his house.

What does it look like when our barns are filled to overflowing?  Have you been there?  Do you want to be there?  I’m there and it’s worth the struggle and adjustements and recommittments.

What does it feel like to have our vats brim over with new wine?  I have to smile at this one because I love a good glass of wine :).  And I know how it feels to have my life overflowing with new blessings from God.  I’ve been there….I’m not always there.

Please guide us to this place where you are overflowing our lives, Abba Father.

God’s Math

God has a supernatural math when it comes to our generosity with our money and time in supporting the work of his kingdom.

His math is not like our math where 1+1=2.July 4b 2015 God's math

God’s math makes 1+1=100.  Or 1000.  Or 1,000,000 if he wants it to be.

God’s blessing + our giving = everybody wins.

When we give to God, we don’t have less.  We have more.  Don’t ask me to explain it – it’s just the truth.  I’ve experienced it many times.  We truly cannot out give God.

God’s math has been true for thousands of years.  After the Israelites started  to bring their contributions to the Temple of the Lord, they found that they had plenty to eat with plenty to spare.  God multiplied their generosity by giving them back more – a lot more.  When Hezekiah saw the large piles of leftover contributions, he built storerooms for all of it.  The Levites were put in charge of distributing the gifts in other towns.

See how God’s math works?  Their generosity just kept multiplying and spreading.

God does the same thing today.  If you don’t know that for a fact, test him.

Thank you, Abba Father.