Sunday 1/26/14 Pastor Michael sermon Greater Finance Opens Heaven=The Power of a Dime Malachi 3:6-12, Leviticus 27:30-32
This is our year of greater. In order for us to produce greater, we have to do greater. God has given us the ability to change our lives with one coin. The dime is ten percent (10%) of our income. The dime is the smallest coin in the nation. The freedom that a dime brings is tremendous. We must understand that the dime is the passage way to open Heaven and we must not minimize it.
In our text, God is challenging the children of Israel to pay tithes and offering. They were asking God why they were going thru troubles. God let them know that they could change their life with a dime. God let them know that He is the same God, He does not change. If He ever opened Heaven before, He can and will do it again. If He worked miracles before for others in the Old Testament, He will do it again for us today. The key to getting Heaven to open for us is the dime. It all happens with a dime. You have to follow Godís instructions on how to handle the dime.
1) Repent of Our Old Ways of Using the Dime: Return to God and use the dime the way He said to. Release the dime as said in Lev 27:30-32. The first 10th of all we get belongs to God.
2) Release the Dimes in Our Life to God First: Put God first before we pay our electric bill or anything else. Put the dime-10% to God first. When we give God the dime, it will multiply. The dime is set apart and belongs to God. The first dime out of every dollar belongs to God! If you woke up this morning and can walk, see and hear then that is God blessing you! Donít hold back what belongs to God!
3) If We Rob God, We Are Under a Curse: We are under a curse when we hold back. God cannot bless us because we are cursed! Whatever we do will not prosper and God also takes His hand of blessing off of us. We will have to then fend for ourselves. When we give God the first dime, He will cause the remaining 9 dimes that we keep, to bless us and keep us healthy. God will make the 9 dimes go farther than ever before. Give God whatís in our hand so He can release whatís in His hand! This is our year of coming out! Greater Works!
Bring God the first dime and donít try to figure out how it works. Just bring it to God and He will blow on our remaining nine dimes and they will Blow UP with increase! We are going to be blowing UP! This is our year!!
**Action: Bring it to God
**Attitude: Gladly bring it, be a cheerful giver
**Amount: The whole tithe! Not a partial tithe! Do not rationalize when we see the bills that are coming up. God wonít open up Heaven for a partial payment. This is a trust issue.
God wants us to trust Him with a 10th out of the dollar. Be obedient to God and let Him take care of our situation. Trust God and bring the whole tithe!
**Anchor Place-Storehouse: This is our local church and not a TV preacher. We eat spiritual food at our local church so we pay our tithes to our local church. We eat the word here so we pay tithes where we eat at! Itís just like if we go eat dinner at Ryanís steakhouse. Do we go pay for our meal at Red Lobster? NO! Thatís not it and not the way to do it!
**Test Me!! God says to test him and see that He is God. He will give us spiritual blessings after we pay our tithes. Heaven will open and blessings will pour out on us! We may have no money or good credit but suddenly God makes a way for us to buy a new car, a new house and get scholarships for expensive private schools. God will bless us and also stretch what we already have. The old hoopdey car we have will keep on running. People may laugh at us but we say hey- hey, we donít have a car payment! We are driving free!! Release the dime to God!