As Christmas Day approaches, thinking about God; make that slowing down to consider the Lord is a difficult task. Pondering what presents you are going to buy, how much each will cost and when you will make take to find them all can be exhausting. Thus, tithing back to God or offering your talents to the church often get’s lost in the holiday rush.
While reading the Bible recently, traces of giving back to God are interspersed within the Pentateuch, another name for the first 5 books of the Old Testament. In the back of my mind, I want to give 10 % or the first portion of my paycheck back to God, yet a lack of a faith is preventing me from experiencing supernatural blessings. If only I would trust God to provide daily bread, then the storehouses of heaven might open.
Perhaps this is why the apostle Paul wrote, “the things I don’t want to do I do, but those I hate I do, ” Romans 7:15. This invisible force field prevents genuine believers from a spiritual breakthrough. Alone, on my own strength, I am hopeless, destined for failure, Romans 3:23. However, by grace, through faith, stands a God of second, third and fourth chances, Ephesians 2:8-10. May this promise catapult you to new heights as you remember to give God what is rightfully His, your first fruits, Romans 7:4.
by Jay Mankus