Should A Person Tithe Even When They Have a Mountain Of Bills?

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May 18, 2006

God says in Malachi 3:11..." and he (the destroyer or Satan) shall not destroy the fruits of your ground" what does God mean by "your ground"? Can you please tell me about the rest of the verse and what it means? I don't understand about "my vine casting her fruit before the time in the fields either"? What fields? and what is my vine? is running out!

"And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts."  Malachi 3:11

This verse is speaking of tithing.  God promises to bless you and even make up for bad years if we do not withhold our tithe.  Back in the days of Malachi, apparently they were experiencing a locust invasion and they were eating everything in sight.  Due to this invasion they sustained great losses and were reluctant to pay their tithe even on what they did harvest. 

There is a lesson in tithing even when you suffer loss. God simply says if you will stay steady with your tithe even in the bad times I will remember to bless you and even make up for the years that you experience loss.  You see, the years of loss were a test to see if they would continue to trust the Lord even though things looked bad.

Unfortunately, at the first sign of an economic shortfall, the first thing many Christians cut is their tithe.  God promises to meet our needs, but sometimes He brings those lean times to see if we will remain faithful to what He Has commanded.  

In times like this you need to get your priorities in line and pay your tithe (to your home church) and then pay your bills.  Many would have you to believe that's just plain crazy (even Christians) but in time you will see that you were crazy not to pay your tithe.    

I hope that answers your question.

Pastor Malone

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