And out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. (Gen 2:9)
Greetings. In this devotional, the question to ask is what tree are you eating from? In our previous studies, we have seen how our lives are a garden before God. In our day to day life, we have to make decisions. Some are routine like what do I wear for work, what shoes do I put on, etc. Others are minor but can affect us and the family like what do we eat? Do I cook or order food from the restaurant? Finally, there are those decisions that are far more serious and can impact our lives such as—Do I obey God or do my own thing? Do I choose life or death?
In further reviewing our past studies, We, also, saw how our tongues can be a tree of life. Our tongue can be our best friend or worst enemy. We need to consider the power of the tongue. We can destroy or build with our words. Like Adam, we have a choice to eat from the two trees in our garden–The tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. What tree will you choose to eat from? As a minister, I have talked to many people who are having financial problems. My heart aches when I hear the despair in their voices and how they are in need of finances to pay the rent or mortgage.This is, truly, a recurring problem in the body of Christ.
God’s word has the solution–Tithing and giving. When you read the promises in Malachi 3:8-13, he promises you an open heaven. An open heaven to bless you, not only financially but in other areas of your life. Then, there are people that would say–I tried that and it did not work. Folks, in every contract, there is a thing called the fine print. We have a covenant (contract) with God and unlike the world, where deceitful people would trick others with small print or fancy jargon, God makes his word clear to his children.
Spend some time studying your covenant with God. Familiarize yourself with the fine print. The Holy Spirit is our advocate and will make things clear for you. When facing financial problems, don’t touch your tithes and offerings. Don’t eat out of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. You may say–I need food for me and my family. Yes, buying food is a good thing and you need to feed your family but you have the mind of Christ! We walk by faith and not by sight. Ask God to give you wisdom. As you do this, the Holy Spirit will give you some answers and you will be able to pay the tithes and offerings.
What if you fail and missed out on the tithes and offerings? There is, still, hope. Go to God and ask for his forgiveness and get up again. There is a saying–Rome was not built overnight. Exercise your faith and no matter how many times you fall, continue to get up–You are more than a conqueror. Finally, brethren, take some time to build up your faith. Don’t wait until trials and tests come your way. Start now and do some studying. Meditate on the word and build a strong foundation. As you do this, when the storms of financial challenges hit you, you will be prepared and be able to turn your test into a testimony!
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