Throughout the Bible God is revealed to us as a creative, generous, abundant God. He doesn’t comprehend “not enough” because by His very nature He is abundant – more than enough. He doesn’t comprehend “impossible” because by the words of His mouth he speaks things into existence. Not only is this God able to create and provide for His creation, He actually desires to. God is so good that His desire is always to bless us. Throughout the Scriptures we see a God who loves to bless his creation.
For some reason, though, we find ourselves trading in this narrative of abundance that he invites us into for a narrative of scarcity...
God can speak things into existence and yet we live as if there’s not enough.
We stress, we worry, we fear that there isn’t enough.
God so desperately wants to break this scarcity mindset off of our lives that he challenges us to test Him so that we can see once and for all that He is the abundant, generous God that Scripture shows us.
We see this in Malachi 3, where God says, “Test me and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it!” WOW. What an incredible promise.
God wants to unleash the fullness of his blessings into your life,
and He wants you to dare him to do it!
This is an amazing promise, but it is a promise that comes with a condition. Before God invites us to challenge Him, He challenges us: “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse…” God challenges us to break off the mindset of scarcity by putting him first, putting our faith on display!
Tithing isn’t about our money, it’s about our relationship with God. God doesn’t want anything from us, He wants everything for us. The Bible teaches us that when we trust God with what he asks of us,
His blessings overflow in our lives.
Bringing the first 10% of our income to God may feel overwhelming, but Malachi 3:10 tells us that when we tithe and bring back to God what is already his, he will bless us. Tithing is about learning to trust that God will keep that promise.
Countless people experience God’s blessings when they tithe, but often the first step is the hardest one to take. Through this 90 Day Faith Challenge, we are collectively taking this step together as a church family, believing that as we match our step of faith (tithing) with an attitude of faith (expectation), God will be true to his word, and we will see more of God’s blessings in our lives than ever before!