Tithe Challenge – Week 2 – Floodgates

90 Day Tithe ChallengeLast week we looked at, 10 “Bring the whole tithe Test me in this,”   As we saw last week, although it is wrong to test God with complaining, rebellion, and unbelief (Exod 17:2-7Num 14:22Deut 6:14-18Pss 78:17-19,40-42,56-5895:8-9106:6-29), it is not wrong to test him with obedience, especially giving.

Today we will look at the last part of verse 10 where it talks about the result:  God opening the floodgates of heaven.   God’s response to the people’s faithful obedience would be the opening of “the floodgates of heaven” and his “pouring” on them an abundance of blessing.

The phrase “floodgates of heaven” also occurs in Gen 7:118:2  as the source of the rain that flooded the earth.

The promise to open the “floodgates of heaven” in response to our obedience is amplified in two ways.

1.   The first amplification is that the flood would be not rain but blessings!

2.   Secondly, the phrase “until there is no longer sufficient room for it” means that God will pour out beyond human need.  God is able to give more than we can handle.  A flood is too much water.  A flood of blessings would be that we have more than we need.  Excess of what we actually need.  I have found this to be true in my own life.  God gives me so much!  I am flooded with his blessings.

I want us to understand clearly that God’s blessings are not only money, but peace of mind, health, joy, and the list would go on and on.  Gina Palmer one of our members says it this way, “When I tithe, God changes my heart.  I love my husband more, I love my children more, I am more thankful and more content of what I have.”

Jesus said, “Where your heart is there your treasure will be.” When we take the time to make our treasure God, by obeying and giving back to him, our hearts change!  I know that by giving I actually realize how much I have, and how much God has given me.  The spiritual blessings, the emotional blessings, the relational blessings and the physical blessings are too many to count.

Giving changes my heart to where I not only think of myself, (which comes all too natural) to thinking about God, and all that He his, and all that He has done and that I am flooded by so many good things not because I deserve them.  Oh no! It’s because God is faithful, He is amazing, and His word is true.   I pray you will know all the ways God has blessed you in these three months.

May you know the floodgates of God’s blessing,

Darrell

Sources:
Bible Exposition Commentary Old Testament
Life Application Bible Notes
 Matthew Poole’s Commentary

Giving may also be done online at www.ridgefellowship.com

About dkoop

Lead Pastor of The Ridge Fellowship: Leander, Jarrell & Taylor, TX
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