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Be a Better You: Don't Rob God

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July 17, 2019
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Pastor Robert Morris Ministries

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Be a Better You: Don't Rob God

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  • ROBERT MORRIS: In Hebrew,
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  • ROBERT MORRIS: In Hebrew, that mea
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  • ROBERT MORRIS: In Hebrew, that means
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  • ROBERT MORRIS: In Hebrew, that means bel
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  • ROBERT MORRIS: In Hebrew, that means belon
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  • ROBERT MORRIS: In Hebrew, that means belongs
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  • ROBERT MORRIS: In Hebrew, that means belongs t
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  • ROBERT MORRIS: In Hebrew, that means belongs to
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  • ROBERT MORRIS: In Hebrew, that means belongs to Go
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  • ROBERT MORRIS: In Hebrew, that means belongs to God.
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  • He's God's property.
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  • It is holy or set apart to the Lord.
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  • Okay? So, the tithe belongs to God.
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  • I know God owns it all, but He set apart that.
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  • He has set it apart.
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  • That's why there's a two-fold robbing here.
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  • ROBERT: I'm going to preach a message that when I say
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  • the title you're going to think you've heard it before.
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  • In other words, not this message, but you've heard
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  • someone preach on this before, but I've never shared
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  • what I'm going to share, and I am going to talk some
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  • about giving, but I preached on giving for 30 years,
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  • and I've never seen in this famous passage,
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  • Malachi 3, what I'm going to share with you this weekend.
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  • So, the title of the message is "Don't Rob God",
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  • "Don't Rob God".
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  • The only thing is that for the first time in my life
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  • this last weekend I saw this passage opposite
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  • of what we think it means.
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  • Opposite.
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  • I believe that this passage in Malachi has been
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  • misunderstood for years even by me, and I've got to
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  • tell you all -- I was just going to read it to you
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  • and then tell you, but I've got to tell you so you can see it
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  • as we read the passage and not think about
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  • the old legalistic way that it's presented many times.
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  • When I say don't rob God I don't mean by you keep
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  • your tithe and your tithe belongs to Him
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  • and so you're robbing God of money.
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  • I actually don't think that's what this mean.
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  • I personally don't think that God needs our money.
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  • Do you?
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  • I don't think He does.
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  • Here's what I think He's trying to say, Malachi 3,
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  • and this is what I'm saying in this message,
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  • and you could even put it after the three words don't rob God
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  • if you want.
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  • Don't rob God of an opportunity to bless you.
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  • I actually think that that's what He's saying in Malachi 3.
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  • I think he's saying you are robbing me of
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  • the opportunity to bless you.
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  • I would like to bless you.
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  • I would like to open the windows of heaven over you
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  • and pour a blessing on you.
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  • I'd like to rebuke the devourer for you,
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  • but because you won't do it my way, you're robbing me
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  • of a blessing.
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  • So, let's read it.
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  • Malachi 3:8, "Will a man rob God?"
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  • Now, if we think about it, just see.
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  • The way I'm saying it is will a man rob God
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  • of an opportunity to bless him.
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  • "Yet you have robbed me," now just think about it,
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  • "of many opportunities to bless you."
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  • Now, I'm just saying that I think that's what this means,
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  • "but you say in what way have we robbed you
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  • of opportunities to bless us?
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  • In tithes and offerings."
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  • In other words, the whole reason God came up with a concept
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  • of tithing was not to support the work of His kingdom
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  • because He could've sent ravens to do that.
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  • He could have brought water out of a rock.
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  • He could've brought manna from heaven and had quail
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  • fly in and land right in their laps.
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  • So, God did not invent tithing to support His work.
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  • He did not invent tithing for His benefit.
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  • He invented tithing for our benefit as an opportunity
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  • to bless us.
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  • So, because you haven't given me His offerings,
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  • watch the next verse, Verse 9, "you're cursed with a curse."
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  • You're under a curse instead of a blessing,
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  • and I don't want you to be.
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  • For you've robbed me," now again,
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  • let's think about it this way, "of opportunities
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  • to bless you."
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  • You've robbed me.
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  • Even this whole nation.
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  • "Bring all the tithes into the store house, watch this,
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  • that there may be food in my house."
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  • I just want to ask you a question.
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  • Just stop just for a moment.
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  • One of the things that we love about Gateway Church
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  • and about many other great churches
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  • around the country is that we're fed the word of God.
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  • Right?
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  • I mean, God chose me and other pastors
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  • of great churches, revelation from His word,
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  • and it's not a dry, boring, dull sermon.
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  • Right?
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  • It's very exciting and some of the best we've ever heard,
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  • but it's -- no, no, I don't mean it that way.
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  • I really don't mean it that way.
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  • I'm just joking with you, but it's revelation.
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  • Right?
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  • What we want to hear is God's word, and we want to hear
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  • that touch of the Holy Spirit on it like last weekend
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  • and say, wow, I've never seen it that way.
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  • Okay.
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  • I believe one of the reasons that we have such great food
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  • in Gateway Church is because we have a lot of tithers.
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  • He says, "Bring the tithe into the storehouse,"
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  • the storehouse always refers to the local church,
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  • "that there may be food in my house."
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  • And I'm going to say it another way,
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  • that I may bless you.
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  • It's another opportunity for me to bless you
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  • and then He says this, "and try," and the word
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  • try means prove, the way you would prove metal, test it,
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  • "and test me in this says the Lord of host
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  • if I would open for you the windows of heaven
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  • and pour out for you such blessing there would not be
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  • room enough to receive it."
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  • In other words, you'll be able to give more,
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  • "and I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes."
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  • Those three words helped convince me that this is what
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  • God was saying because He was saying you've robbed me,
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  • and He's not saying that He's hurting
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  • and He's running out of gold for His streets in heaven.
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  • He's saying you're robbing me of a blessing, and He says this,
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  • "and to prove it, I will rebuke the devourer."
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  • He doesn't say for the kingdom's sake.
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  • He says for your sake.
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  • That's a blessing.
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  • "I'll rebuke the devourer for your sakes
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  • so that He will not destroy the fruit of your ground
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  • nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field."
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  • The vine would represent your business,
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  • whatever business you're in.
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  • "It won't fail to bear that fruit says the Lord of hosts,
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  • and all nations will call you blessed.
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  • For you will be a delightful land says the Lord of hosts."
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  • Another way to say it according to what I'm saying is
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  • because you gave me opportunities to bless you.
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  • Years ago, when I was learning about giving,
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  • you know, Debbie and I started learning about giving
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  • in probably my early 20s.
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  • I got saved at 19, and we began to give extravagantly,
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  • and I found great joy in giving, and I wasn't giving to get.
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  • I was just giving to help, but the more I gave,
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  • the more God gave me so that I could give more,
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  • and I've told you this before.
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  • Debbie and I came to a place where we were giving 70%
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  • of our income to the kingdom.
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  • So, we were just giving, giving, giving.
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  • So, we were in a life group.
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  • I was not a pastor.
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  • I wasn't an associate pastor.
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  • I was not an evangelist.
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  • I was not in ministry, vocational ministry,
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  • not in vocational ministry at all, in a life group,
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  • and one of the couples talked about that they were about to go
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  • on a mission trip, short-term mission trip,
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  • and they said we just want everyone to pray.
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  • Well, I got such joy in giving, so I said,
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  • "Do you have all the finances that you need
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  • for the short-term mission trip?"
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  • They said, "Well, we're a little short.
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  • If you all could pray about that too."
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  • So, I said, "Well, how short are you?
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  • How much do you need?"
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  • And they said, "$800."
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  • So, I knew immediately.
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  • I said, "I'll take care of that."
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  • So afterwards, I went out to the car, got my checkbook,
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  • wrote a check for $800, they came out, we stood
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  • and talked for a while, and I gave them the check.
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  • I got in the car, and this is what I felt like
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  • the Lord said to me.
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  • I felt like the Lord said to me, "I am so mad at you
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  • right now I could spit."
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  • And it wasn't the good kind of spit that heals your eyes.
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  • It was the spit you out of my mouth type of spit,
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  • you know, and I was shocked.
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  • I said, "God, what do you mean?
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  • The couple needed $800.
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  • I gave them $800.
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  • What's your deal?"
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  • You know what He said to me?
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  • And this is what He reminded me of this week, this week.
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  • I've never shared about Malachi 3 like I'm sharing
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  • this week.
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  • I've never shared this before.
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  • Here's what He said to me years ago when I gave
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  • that couple that money.
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  • He said, "You robbed me of an opportunity to bless
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  • the other couples in the group."
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  • He said, "I had it all planned out.
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  • I was going to speak to you, and you were actually going
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  • to give half of it; $400.
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  • One couple was going to give $50, and that would have been
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  • a sacrifice for them.
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  • One couple was going to give $100.
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  • One couple was going to give $200 or $100."
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  • Whatever it was, I don't remember the amounts now,
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  • but He said, "I had it all planned out."
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  • And He said, "I had it all planned out how I was going to
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  • bless them, and you robbed me of the opportunity
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  • to bless them."
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  • And I didn't even relate it to Malachi 3,
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  • but what I realized from that moment on was that I don't give
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  • just because I have the resources.
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  • I give when God speaks, and I give what God speaks.
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  • And I give what God speaks.
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  • So, there are three opportunities of blessing
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  • that I see in Scripture.
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  • All right?
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  • Three categories of opportunity.
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  • So, here's the first one: tithes.
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  • I believe that when we tithe we give God the opportunity
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  • to bless us.
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  • Joshua 6 -- we'll get to Mark 12 in a moment.
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  • Joshua 6 is when they're going into the Promised Land,
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  • and it's the first city, and it's Jericho.
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  • In verses 18 and 19 it says, "And you by all means
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  • of staying from the accursed things."
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  • I want you to notice this word cursed.
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  • It says accursed.
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  • Same thing as cursed.
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  • "Lest you become accursed," in other words,
  • 00:10:38.290 --> 00:10:41.210
  • there'll be a curse on you when you take of
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  • the accursed things and make the camp of Israel a curse."
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  • I think He's trying to say there's a curse if you do this,
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  • "and you trouble it, but all the silver and gold
  • 00:10:53.130 --> 00:10:56.140
  • and vessels of bronze and iron are consecrated,"
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  • cursed, consecrated.
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  • That simply means set apart, set aside,
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  • "to the house of the Lord.
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  • They shall come into the treasury of the Lord."
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  • Okay.
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  • He's referring to the tithe because they go to the house
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  • of the tithe because the tithe is always the first 10%,
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  • not the last 10%.
  • 00:11:16.000 --> 00:11:16.290
  • It doesn't take faith to give the last 10%.
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  • It takes faith to give the first 10%.
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  • It also states that we put God first.
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  • It's the principle of first that I've preached to you
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  • many times.
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  • The first born represents this.
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  • The first fruits represent this.
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  • Jesus is God's first born, and He's God's first fruit,
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  • and so Jesus is God's tithe.
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  • He gave Jesus before we repented.
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  • He gave Jesus hoping that we would then come to Him
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  • and let Him bless us.
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  • So, this is what the tithe is.
  • 00:11:47.260 --> 00:11:49.050
  • So, that's what He's saying here.
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  • He's saying give me an opportunity to bless you.
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  • So, it's Jericho because it was the first city
  • 00:11:53.140 --> 00:11:55.280
  • in the Promised Land and when they took of what
  • 00:11:56.010 --> 00:11:58.290
  • belonged to God, they also took the opportunity away from God
  • 00:11:59.020 --> 00:12:04.150
  • to bless them, and they lost the next battle,
  • 00:12:04.180 --> 00:12:07.150
  • but what He was saying was if you give me the first,
  • 00:12:07.180 --> 00:12:10.050
  • then it gives me an opportunity to bless you,
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  • and you have that opportunity every time you get paid.
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  • Are you going to give God the opportunity to bless
  • 00:12:17.210 --> 00:12:20.110
  • the 90%?
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  • And you need to hear something.
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  • I know this is strong.
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  • It's consecrated when it's brought to the house of the Lord
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  • and it's cursed if it stays in your tent
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  • and that's what happened to Achan.
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  • Years ago, I was preaching on the tithe and there was
  • 00:12:37.160 --> 00:12:41.220
  • a single mom in our church that said, "You know,
  • 00:12:41.250 --> 00:12:44.200
  • I just began getting convicted even though I have
  • 00:12:44.230 --> 00:12:47.050
  • limited income and am a single parent,
  • 00:12:47.080 --> 00:12:49.160
  • but I'm going to tithe.
  • 00:12:49.190 --> 00:12:51.080
  • I'm going to begin giving God the first."
  • 00:12:51.110 --> 00:12:53.180
  • And so, she came and brought her checkbook to church
  • 00:12:53.210 --> 00:12:55.210
  • with her.
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  • At the end of the service, she went to write the check.
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  • She made $1.000 that week.
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  • She went to write a check for $100, and before she put
  • 00:13:00.220 --> 00:13:03.100
  • the amount in, the Lord said to her, "Make it $120."
  • 00:13:03.130 --> 00:13:07.140
  • And she was like, "God, this is a stretch."
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  • He said, "Yeah, but the tithe is $100,
  • 00:13:12.280 --> 00:13:15.000
  • but I want you to give an offering also.
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  • I want you to trust me.
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  • Just watch what I do."
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  • So, she wrote it for $120, put it in the box.
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  • She's leaving, and a man -- there's a man in our church
  • 00:13:22.260 --> 00:13:25.260
  • that carries one hundred-dollar bills
  • 00:13:25.290 --> 00:13:27.120
  • in his wallet to give away.
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  • Been dong it for years.
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  • So, he feels like the Lord says, "You go to that woman
  • 00:13:31.230 --> 00:13:35.260
  • and give her a one hundred-dollar bill."
  • 00:13:35.290 --> 00:13:37.240
  • So, he pulls his wallet out and when he pulls
  • 00:13:37.270 --> 00:13:40.060
  • the hundred out, there's a 20 stuck to it.
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  • He starts to put the 20 back in, and the Lord says,
  • 00:13:45.160 --> 00:13:47.270
  • "No, give her the 20 also."
  • 00:13:48.000 --> 00:13:51.090
  • And so, he says, "Lord, I don't give $120 to people.
  • 00:13:51.120 --> 00:13:54.250
  • I give one hundred- dollar bills to people.
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  • It's kind of my thing.
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  • That's what I do."
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  • And the Lord said, "No, you obey.
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  • That's your thing.
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  • That's what you do.
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  • So, he says to her, "Ma'am, I have to let you know for years
  • 00:14:08.160 --> 00:14:10.160
  • I've given people one hundred-dollar bills
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  • when God tells me.
  • 00:14:13.000 --> 00:14:14.050
  • God spoke to me, but He also told me to add a $20 to it."
  • 00:14:14.080 --> 00:14:17.060
  • Now, what do you think that did for that single mom,
  • 00:14:17.090 --> 00:14:21.130
  • and you will never ever convince her that wasn't God.
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  • As soon as she writes a check for $120,
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  • a guy that gives $100 gives $120.
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  • You follow me?
  • 00:14:31.020 --> 00:14:32.080
  • So, give God an opportunity to bless you in your tithing.
  • 00:14:32.110 --> 00:14:33.230
  • Here's number two: offerings.
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  • Offerings.
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  • Look back at Malachi 3 there, Verse 8.
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  • "Will a man rob God, yet you've robbed me,
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  • but you say in what way have we robbed you
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  • in tithes and offerings."
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  • Now, look at me for a moment.
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  • The tithe belongs to God.
  • 00:14:49.270 --> 00:14:51.140
  • Leviticus 27 says, "And all the tithe of the land,
  • 00:14:51.170 --> 00:14:54.020
  • whether the seed of the land or the fruit of the tree
  • 00:14:54.050 --> 00:14:56.120
  • is the Lord's."
  • 00:14:56.150 --> 00:14:59.130
  • Is the Lord's.
  • 00:14:59.160 --> 00:15:00.250
  • In Hebrew, that means belongs to God.
  • 00:15:00.280 --> 00:15:02.130
  • He's God's property.
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  • It is holy or set apart to the Lord.
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  • Okay?
  • 00:15:05.280 --> 00:15:06.250
  • So, the tithe belongs to God.
  • 00:15:06.280 --> 00:15:08.090
  • I know God owns it all, but He set apart that.
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  • He has set it apart.
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  • That's why there's a two-fold robbing here
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  • when you take what doesn't belong to you,
  • 00:15:14.100 --> 00:15:15.280
  • but I've never been able to reconcile these two words.
  • 00:15:16.010 --> 00:15:20.220
  • It says, "You've robbed me, and they said in what way."
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  • His answer was, "in tithes and offerings."
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  • Okay.
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  • How do you rob God in offerings when they don't belong to Him?
  • 00:15:28.190 --> 00:15:31.050
  • I know it all belongs to Him, but we return the tithe,
  • 00:15:31.080 --> 00:15:34.090
  • and we give free will offerings, and God even uses the word
  • 00:15:34.120 --> 00:15:37.200
  • free will several times before you see
  • 00:15:37.230 --> 00:15:39.270
  • the word offering, you'll see the word free will.
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  • Have the people bring a free will offering.
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  • Okay.
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  • You explain to me how you rob God in offerings,
  • 00:15:45.290 --> 00:15:48.140
  • and I'll tell you how, and I saw it the first time
  • 00:15:48.170 --> 00:15:50.240
  • this last week.
  • 00:15:50.270 --> 00:15:51.290
  • The only way you could rob Him is if you robbed Him
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  • of a blessing, of an opportunity to bless you.
  • 00:15:54.190 --> 00:15:59.170
  • That's the only way this passage makes sense.
  • 00:15:59.200 --> 00:16:02.210
  • When God put the two words on there, "and offerings."
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  • It makes sense.
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  • You've robbed me of opportunities to bless you.
  • 00:16:10.000 --> 00:16:12.100
  • How have we robbed you?
  • 00:16:12.130 --> 00:16:13.100
  • Well, one of the tithes, but also offerings
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  • because if you give an offering over and above your tithe,
  • 00:16:15.180 --> 00:16:18.270
  • it's another opportunity for me to bless you.
  • 00:16:19.000 --> 00:16:23.260
  • Are you all following me?
  • 00:16:23.290 --> 00:16:25.110
  • You may not know this, but this is
  • 00:16:25.140 --> 00:16:26.210
  • really good preaching.
  • 00:16:26.240 --> 00:16:28.170
  • This is good.
  • 00:16:28.200 --> 00:16:30.220
  • Please hear me.
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  • I have no reason to preach to you about giving.
  • 00:16:34.000 --> 00:16:37.070
  • I have none.
  • 00:16:37.100 --> 00:16:38.160
  • You say, well, when we give the church can expand.
  • 00:16:38.190 --> 00:16:41.160
  • Okay.
  • 00:16:41.190 --> 00:16:42.220
  • I don't want to expand unless God wants us to expand.
  • 00:16:42.250 --> 00:16:46.140
  • I only want to do what God wants us to, and I preached
  • 00:16:46.170 --> 00:16:48.290
  • on giving for years with one motive in my heart
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  • and that's to help you.
  • 00:16:52.270 --> 00:16:55.160
  • I'm telling you, and many, many people would confirm
  • 00:16:55.190 --> 00:16:58.110
  • what I'm saying.
  • 00:16:58.140 --> 00:16:59.250
  • When you give, you give God an opportunity to bless you.
  • 00:16:59.280 --> 00:17:04.060
  • So, tithes, offerings, and here's number three:
  • 00:17:04.090 --> 00:17:06.100
  • sacrificial offerings.
  • 00:17:06.130 --> 00:17:08.200
  • Now, there are many, many sacrificial offerings
  • 00:17:08.230 --> 00:17:12.110
  • in Scripture.
  • 00:17:12.140 --> 00:17:13.220
  • David gave a very sacrificial offering
  • 00:17:13.250 --> 00:17:15.170
  • to build a temple for Solomon to build a temple.
  • 00:17:15.200 --> 00:17:19.030
  • David set aside if you take it to the valuation of
  • 00:17:19.060 --> 00:17:22.010
  • today, most people say about $21 billion is what he gave.
  • 00:17:22.040 --> 00:17:28.100
  • That's a lot even for a king.
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  • Solomon, his son, when he was setting to be the king,
  • 00:17:31.150 --> 00:17:35.130
  • it was tradition to offer one bull.
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  • He sacrificed 1.000 bulls.
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  • The woman who anointed Jesus right before He was crucified,
  • 00:17:42.160 --> 00:17:47.270
  • and Jesus said she anointed my body for burial,
  • 00:17:48.000 --> 00:17:52.000
  • but she did it with one year's wage of perfume.
  • 00:17:52.030 --> 00:17:57.160
  • That's a sacrificial offering, a year's wage.
  • 00:17:57.190 --> 00:18:00.070
  • You go through just -- here's one.
  • 00:18:00.100 --> 00:18:04.080
  • Abraham willing to offer his son.
  • 00:18:04.110 --> 00:18:08.140
  • That's a sacrifice, and of course, God stopped him
  • 00:18:08.170 --> 00:18:12.060
  • because he didn't require something like that,
  • 00:18:12.090 --> 00:18:14.120
  • but he tested his heart, and he gave God
  • 00:18:14.150 --> 00:18:17.110
  • an opportunity to bless him.
  • 00:18:17.140 --> 00:18:18.270
  • Here's the greatest sacrificial offering:
  • 00:18:19.000 --> 00:18:22.240
  • God offered His Son.
  • 00:18:22.270 --> 00:18:26.180
  • But let me show you one sacrificial offering, Mark 12
  • 00:18:26.210 --> 00:18:29.260
  • if you're there, that you might not think about
  • 00:18:29.290 --> 00:18:32.120
  • as a sacrificial offering.
  • 00:18:32.150 --> 00:18:34.250
  • You might not have remembered it,
  • 00:18:34.280 --> 00:18:37.040
  • but Mark 12:41-44, "Now, Jesus sat opposite the treasury."
  • 00:18:37.070 --> 00:18:42.160
  • That's the offering box, "and saw how the people
  • 00:18:42.190 --> 00:18:47.230
  • put money into the treasury."
  • 00:18:47.260 --> 00:18:49.210
  • I just want you to notice that he was watching
  • 00:18:49.240 --> 00:18:52.070
  • how they did it.
  • 00:18:52.100 --> 00:18:53.080
  • He wasn't as concerned with how much.
  • 00:18:53.110 --> 00:18:55.140
  • He's watching how.
  • 00:18:55.170 --> 00:18:57.030
  • He's watching the attitude of the heart,
  • 00:18:57.060 --> 00:18:59.230
  • "and many who were reach put in much," and they should.
  • 00:18:59.260 --> 00:19:03.050
  • Today, when you make a commitment you should give
  • 00:19:03.080 --> 00:19:05.260
  • according to your ability.
  • 00:19:05.290 --> 00:19:07.100
  • It should be a sacrifice.
  • 00:19:07.130 --> 00:19:08.250
  • "Then one poor widow came and threw in two mites
  • 00:19:08.280 --> 00:19:11.230
  • which make a quadrant."
  • 00:19:11.260 --> 00:19:13.230
  • Okay, a mite is a Jewish penny.
  • 00:19:13.260 --> 00:19:15.270
  • Two mites make a quadrant which is a Roman penny.
  • 00:19:16.000 --> 00:19:19.230
  • So, that explains that 'cause we don't use mites
  • 00:19:19.260 --> 00:19:22.240
  • and quadrants today.
  • 00:19:22.270 --> 00:19:24.040
  • So, she gave two Jewish pennies which two Jewish pennies
  • 00:19:24.070 --> 00:19:27.030
  • equal one Roman penny.
  • 00:19:27.060 --> 00:19:29.030
  • So, he called his disciples to himself and said to them,
  • 00:19:29.060 --> 00:19:32.160
  • "Assuredly, I say to you this poor widow has put in more
  • 00:19:32.190 --> 00:19:35.010
  • than all those who have given to the treasury.
  • 00:19:35.040 --> 00:19:38.110
  • For they put in out of their abundance, but she out of
  • 00:19:38.140 --> 00:19:41.000
  • her poverty put in all she had, her whole livelihood."
  • 00:19:41.030 --> 00:19:47.040
  • That's a sacrificial offering.
  • 00:19:47.070 --> 00:19:49.280
  • Now, here's something I was thinking about.
  • 00:19:50.010 --> 00:19:53.190
  • I mean, I just go this revelation this week
  • 00:19:53.220 --> 00:19:55.090
  • that when we give, it's an opportunity.
  • 00:19:55.120 --> 00:19:58.220
  • It gives God an opportunity to bless us.
  • 00:19:58.250 --> 00:20:02.040
  • Now, I want to tell you the end of a story.
  • 00:20:02.070 --> 00:20:07.180
  • I think it was year ago.
  • 00:20:07.210 --> 00:20:09.210
  • It might've been two, but I shared the story about
  • 00:20:09.240 --> 00:20:13.050
  • the single mom that gave the $100 tithe and the man
  • 00:20:13.080 --> 00:20:18.110
  • in our church that gives hundred-dollar bills,
  • 00:20:18.140 --> 00:20:20.220
  • and he went to her in the parking lot and gave her $120.
  • 00:20:20.250 --> 00:20:24.020
  • I've already shared that with you, but when I shared
  • 00:20:24.050 --> 00:20:27.010
  • that the last time I shared it, I need to let you
  • 00:20:27.040 --> 00:20:30.040
  • know something.
  • 00:20:30.070 --> 00:20:31.240
  • I said a man in our church gives hundred dollar bills away
  • 00:20:31.270 --> 00:20:35.090
  • and he's done this for about 30 years now.
  • 00:20:35.120 --> 00:20:36.290
  • Okay.
  • 00:20:37.020 --> 00:20:39.100
  • I'm the man.
  • 00:20:39.130 --> 00:20:42.060
  • So, I didn't lie to you 'cause I'm a man in our church.
  • 00:20:42.090 --> 00:20:46.060
  • Okay?
  • 00:20:46.090 --> 00:20:48.190
  • But when I shared that, I didn't want to say,
  • 00:20:48.220 --> 00:20:50.220
  • I give hundred-dollar bills, and I've been doing this
  • 00:20:50.250 --> 00:20:54.030
  • for a long time.
  • 00:20:54.060 --> 00:20:55.050
  • I didn't want to say that.
  • 00:20:55.080 --> 00:20:56.020
  • I just shared the story.
  • 00:20:56.050 --> 00:20:58.170
  • So, I'm the one that gave the single mom
  • 00:20:58.200 --> 00:21:00.160
  • the $100 plus the $20.
  • 00:21:00.190 --> 00:21:03.130
  • So, I shared that with you a year or two ago in a message.
  • 00:21:03.160 --> 00:21:07.190
  • On that Sunday, we were having family dinner.
  • 00:21:07.220 --> 00:21:11.170
  • We had everyone over at the house and when my daughter
  • 00:21:11.200 --> 00:21:17.020
  • got there, she said, "Can I talk to you for a minute?"
  • 00:21:17.050 --> 00:21:21.140
  • And I said, "Sure."
  • 00:21:21.170 --> 00:21:22.180
  • And so, we went in my office, and she was crying
  • 00:21:22.210 --> 00:21:27.290
  • and she said, "You're the man, aren't you?"
  • 00:21:28.020 --> 00:21:38.220
  • And I said, "What do you mean?"
  • 00:21:38.250 --> 00:21:39.280
  • And she said, "You're the man that you told the story
  • 00:21:40.010 --> 00:21:43.210
  • about today, aren't you?
  • 00:21:43.240 --> 00:21:47.160
  • You're the man that gives hundred-dollar bills away."
  • 00:21:47.190 --> 00:21:52.260
  • And I said, "Why do you say that?"
  • 00:21:52.290 --> 00:21:55.200
  • She said, "Because when you told that story today,
  • 00:21:55.230 --> 00:21:58.280
  • I was flooded with memories from my childhood.
  • 00:21:59.010 --> 00:22:07.220
  • Times that there'd be the man on the side of the street
  • 00:22:07.250 --> 00:22:10.120
  • with the will-work-for-food sign,
  • 00:22:10.150 --> 00:22:12.270
  • and you would pull the car over and go over and talk to him,
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  • but today," she said, "I could see that you always
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  • gave them something, and I remember all the times
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  • that you went back into restaurants and talked to
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  • the waitress, and we'd say to mom sitting in the car,
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  • what's dad doing?
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  • And she'd say, he's just sharing the Lord
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  • because I told her don't tell anybody about this.
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  • Just don't tell anyone."
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  • She said, "Dad, I had memory after memory growing up of you
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  • giving hundred-dollar bills to people.
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  • You're the man, aren't you?"
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  • And I said, "Yes, sugar, I'm the man."
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  • And my daughter looked at me and said,
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  • "I want to be like you daddy.
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  • I want to be like you."
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  • That's worth it all.
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  • When your kids, all three of my kids love God, serve God.
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  • That's worth it.
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  • I'm telling you, God wants to bless you in more ways
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  • than just money, but you're going to need to give Him
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  • an opportunity to bless you.
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  • It is so fun to be a giver, and our children see it
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  • when we have that giving nature.
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  • I believe we're the most like God when we give,
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  • and here's what I mean by that.
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  • Not just giving money, but out tithe or our prayers
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  • or our compassion, our concern for someone.
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  • For God so loved the world that He gave, and what's
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  • amazing about God is He blesses us when we give.
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  • As I said in this message, don't rob God of the opportunity
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  • to bless you.
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  • So, tithe to your local church, give offerings over and above,
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  • and I want to take a moment to say thank you
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  • to those of you who give to our ministry to allow us
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  • to take the Gospel all over the world.
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  • Thank you for being a giver, and if you've never tithed,
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  • if you've never given offerings, I want to encourage you
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  • to step out this week and start giving
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  • as the Holy Spirit leads you and watch God, watch God
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  • open the windows of heaven and pour out blessing
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  • and it says so much that you can't receive it
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  • what that simply means is not that you're going to get rich,
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  • but so that you'll have enough for your family
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  • and enough to bless others as well.
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  • Thank you for being givers.
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  • Thank you for being lovers of people.
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  • I love you guys so much.
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  • Please watch next time.
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  • I'm going to continue this series.
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  • ANNOUNCER: Wouldn't it be amazing to get a glimpse
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  • of the priorities that are on God's heart for your life?
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  • To know what's most important to God in our relationship
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  • with Him and with the people around us?
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  • In the exciting new teaching series, "Be a Better You"
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  • Blueprints for Christian Living, Pastor Robert gives us a look
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  • into the priorities of God's heart, and explains how we
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  • can grow and mature in our faith in Him, and our love toward
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  • each other.
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  • ROBERT: Think about this, Jesus Christ, God's Son came to earth
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  • and the sinners wanted to hang out with Him.
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  • ANNOUNCER: These six messages contain principles that will
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  • help you develop a blueprint for building your life
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  • on what matters most to God.
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  • You'll gain a better understanding of how to live
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  • a Christ centered life that is not moved by the changes
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  • in culture, or by circumstances.
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  • These powerful and life changing messages will help
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  • you become a better you.
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  • Right now we want to send you this six message series on CD
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  • As always, we are greatful for your generous support,
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  • ANNOUNCER: You feel it.
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  • Inside you beats a heart for ministry.
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  • A sense that you're called to serve God in a greater way.
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  • But perhaps, you feel stuck, not knowing how to get
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  • from where you are to that envisioned place.
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  • Let The King's University Online be the bridge to your calling.
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  • through the power of the Holy Spirit.
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  • Imagine what could happen if you took the first step.
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