Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
Memorise: He that withholdeth corn, the people shall curse him: but blessing shall be upon the head of him that selleth it. Proverbs 11:26.
Read: Proverbs 11:24-26
It is a terrible thing to be a miser. The miser stands between those he or she is sent to and their blessing. When God blesses the fellow because of those around him, their blessing will end up with him, whereas the supposed beneficiaries will continue to petition Heaven for their provision and God would say, “But l have released their blessings to so and so”. If God wants to use you as a channel to bless others but you convert their blessings into yours, you are a thief, a robber, an oppressor and a wicked fellow. That act of wickedness may shut the doors of blessings against you. There are many brethren who are still having in their custody items God had instructed them to give to their pastors, missionaries, or some needy persons. Some are still sitting on the money meant for others. Has God instructed or prompted you to give something- clothes, shoe, specific amount of money, a job opportunity, some time of intercession, a car, a house, etc. to somebody? From that moment the item ceased to be yours. It is now another person’s property in your custody just like tithe is God’s money in your custody. If you fail to release the item(S) to the owner(S), you are only inviting curses and devourers.
If you are tight-fisted, it will affect your today and tomorrow. It will also affect your children and even generations after you. If you find it difficult to give, you can’t be helped. A pastor that cannot give will turn his congregation into church of misers. If such a pastor wants to raise funds for a project and he cannot give for the same purpose, many who should give may follow his bad precedent. Ask God to deliver you from the spirit of stinginess. Ask for the grace to give. Are you a giver? Do not rest on your oars! You can give more to trigger greater blessings. You can out-give others. You can move from 10 to 20, 30, 50, or even 90 percent on tithing and see how God will embarrass you. Strive to lead when it comes to giving. Give generously and cheerfully. Give regularly. Give to God’s servants when they are not ministering to you. Just be a blessing.
If you by faith reverse the order of tithing from 10 percent to 90, God will reverse the order of blessing you from the ordinary to the extraordinary.
Bible in one year: Psalms 16-18