“There is another matter too often neglected by those who seek the Lord in prayer. Have you been honest with God? By the prophet Malachi the Lord declares. “Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from Mine ordinances, and have not kept them. Return unto Me, and I will return unto you, saith the Lord of hosts. But ye said, Wherein shall we return? Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed Me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed Thee? In tithes and offerings.” Mal. 3:7, 8 (KJV)
As the Giver of every blessing, God claims a certain portion of all we possess. This is His provision to sustain the preaching of the gospel. And by making this return to God, we are to show our appreciation of His gifts. But if we withhold from Him that which is His own, how can we claim His blessing? If we are unfaithful stewards of earthly things, how can we expect Him to entrust us with the things of heaven? It may be that here is the secret of answered prayer.” (White, Christ’s Object Lesson)
Reflection Thought: Are there areas in your life that you have unwillingly or unknowingly been dishonest dishonest with God? Pray and ask God to show you those areas, then humbly ASK forgiveness for what He reveals to you. THANK Him for the revelation and BELIEVE that you are forgiven.
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