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December 28, 2020
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Pastor Robert speaks a message titled “Don’t Rob God” where he talks about how God wants an opportunity to bless us through our giving.

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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 apartto the Lord.
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  • Okay? So, the tithebelongs 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 atwo-fold robbing here.
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  • ♪ ♪
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  • ROBERT: I'm going to preacha message that when I say
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  • the title you're going to thinkyou've heard it before.
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  • In other words, not thismessage, 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 preachedon giving for 30 years,
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  • and I've never seenin this famous passage,
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  • Malachi 3, what I'm going toshare with you this weekend.
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  • So, the title of the messageis "Don't Rob God",
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  • "Don't Rob God".
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  • The only thing is that forthe first time in my life
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  • this last weekend I sawthis 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 passagein Malachi has been
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  • misunderstood for years evenby me, and I've got to
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  • tell you all -- I was just goingto read it to you
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  • and then tell you, but I've gotto tell you so you can see it
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  • as we read the passageand not think about
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  • the old legalistic way thatit's presented many times.
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  • When I say don't rob GodI don't mean by you keep
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  • your tithe and your tithebelongs to Him
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  • and so you're robbing Godof money.
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  • I actually don't thinkthat's what this mean.
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  • I personally don't thinkthat 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'strying to say, Malachi 3,
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  • and this is what I'm sayingin this message,
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  • and you could even put it afterthe three words don't rob God
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  • if you want.
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  • Don't rob God of an opportunityto bless you.
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  • I actually think that that'swhat He's saying in Malachi 3.
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  • I think he's sayingyou 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 openthe windows of heaven over you
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  • and pour a blessing on you.
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  • I'd like to rebukethe devourer for you,
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  • but because you won't do itmy 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 thinkabout it, just see.
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  • The way I'm saying it iswill 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 opportunitiesto bless you."
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  • Now, I'm just saying thatI think that's what this means,
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  • "but you say in what wayhave 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 reasonGod came up with a concept
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  • of tithing was not to supportthe work of His kingdom
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  • because He could've sentravens to do that.
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  • He could have brought waterout of a rock.
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  • He could've brought mannafrom heaven and had quail
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  • fly in and landright in their laps.
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  • So, God did not invent tithingto support His work.
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  • He did not invent tithingfor His benefit.
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  • He invented tithing for ourbenefit as an opportunity
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  • to bless us.
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  • So, because you haven'tgiven 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 curseinstead 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 intothe store house, watch this,
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  • that there may be foodin my house."
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  • I just want to ask youa question.
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  • Just stop just for a moment.
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  • One of the things that we loveabout Gateway Church
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  • and about many othergreat churches
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  • around the country is thatwe're fed the word of God.
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  • Right?
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  • I mean, God chose meand 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 someof 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 itthat 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 isGod's word, and we want to hear
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  • that touch of the Holy Spiriton it like last weekend
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  • and say, wow, I've neverseen it that way.
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  • Okay.
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  • I believe one of the reasonsthat we have such great food
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  • in Gateway Church is becausewe have a lot of tithers.
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  • He says, "Bring the titheinto the storehouse,"
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  • the storehouse always refersto the local church,
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  • "that there may be foodin my house."
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  • And I'm going to say itanother way,
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  • that I may bless you.
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  • It's another opportunityfor 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 youwould prove metal, test it,
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  • "and test me in this saysthe Lord of host
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  • if I would open for youthe windows of heaven
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  • and pour out for you suchblessing there would not be
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  • room enough to receive it."
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  • In other words, you'll beable to give more,
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  • "and I will rebuke the devourerfor your sakes."
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  • Those three words helpedconvince me that this is what
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  • God was saying becauseHe was saying you've robbed me,
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  • and He's not saying thatHe's hurting
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  • and He's running out of goldfor His streets in heaven.
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  • He's saying you're robbing meof 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 sayfor 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 devourerfor your sakes
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  • so that He will not destroythe fruit of your ground
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  • nor shall the vine fail to bearfruit for you in the field."
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  • The vine would representyour business,
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  • whatever business you're in.
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  • "It won't fail to bear thatfruit says the Lord of hosts,
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  • and all nationswill call you blessed.
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  • For you will be a delightfulland says the Lord of hosts."
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  • Another way to say itaccording to what I'm saying is
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  • because you gave meopportunities to bless you.
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  • Years ago, when I waslearning about giving,
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  • you know, Debbie and I startedlearning about giving
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  • in probably my early 20s.
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  • I got saved at 19, and webegan 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 thatI could give more,
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  • and I've told you this before.
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  • Debbie and I came to a placewhere we were giving 70%
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  • of our income to the kingdom.
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  • So, we were justgiving, 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 ministryat all, in a life group,
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  • and one of the couples talkedabout 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 wanteveryone 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 financesthat you need
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  • for the short-termmission trip?"
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  • They said, "Well,we're a little short.
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  • If you all could prayabout 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 careof that."
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  • So afterwards, I went out tothe 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 iswhat I felt like
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  • the Lord said to me.
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  • I felt like the Lord saidto 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 kindof spit that heals your eyes.
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  • It was the spit you outof 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 remindedme of this week, this week.
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  • I've never shared aboutMalachi 3 like I'm sharing
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  • this week.
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  • I've never sharedthis before.
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  • Here's what He said to meyears ago when I gave
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  • that couple that money.
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  • He said, "You robbed me ofan opportunity to bless
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  • the other couples in the group."
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  • He said, "I had itall 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 togive $100.
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  • One couple was going to give$200 or $100."
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  • Whatever it was, I don'tremember the amounts now,
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  • but He said, "I had itall planned out."
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  • And He said, "I had it allplanned out how I was going to
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  • bless them, and you robbed meof the opportunity
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  • to bless them."
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  • And I didn't even relate itto Malachi 3,
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  • but what I realized from thatmoment on was that I don't give
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  • just because I havethe 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 threeopportunities of blessing
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  • that I see in Scripture.
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  • All right?
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  • Three categoriesof opportunity.
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  • So, here's the first one:tithes.
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  • I believe that when we tithewe give God the opportunity
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  • to bless us.
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  • Joshua 6 -- we'll getto Mark 12 in a moment.
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  • Joshua 6 is when they'regoing 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 fromthe accursed things."
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  • I want you to noticethis 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,
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  • there'll be a curse on youwhen you take of
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  • the accursed things and makethe camp of Israel a curse."
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  • I think He's trying to saythere's a curse if you do this,
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  • "and you trouble it,but all the silver and gold
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  • and vessels of bronzeand 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 intothe treasury of the Lord."
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  • Okay.
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  • He's referring to the tithebecause they go to the house
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  • of the tithe because the titheis always the first 10%,
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  • not the last 10%.
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  • It doesn't take faithto give the last 10%.
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  • It takes faith togive the first 10%.
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  • It also statesthat we put God first.
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  • It's the principle of firstthat I've preached to you
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  • many times.
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  • The first bornrepresents this.
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  • The first fruitsrepresent 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 Jesusbefore we repented.
  • 00:11:37.912 --> 00:11:41.583
  • He gave Jesus hoping that wewould then come to Him
  • 00:11:41.683 --> 00:11:47.322
  • and let Him bless us.
  • 00:11:47.422 --> 00:11:48.857
  • So, this is whatthe tithe is.
  • 00:11:48.957 --> 00:11:50.258
  • So, that's whatHe's saying here.
  • 00:11:50.358 --> 00:11:52.861
  • He's saying give me anopportunity to bless you.
  • 00:11:52.961 --> 00:11:54.462
  • So, it's Jericho because itwas the first city
  • 00:11:54.562 --> 00:11:57.031
  • in the Promised Land andwhen they took of what
  • 00:11:57.132 --> 00:12:00.068
  • belonged to God, they also tookthe opportunity away from God
  • 00:12:00.168 --> 00:12:05.540
  • to bless them, and they lostthe next battle,
  • 00:12:05.640 --> 00:12:08.543
  • but what He was saying was ifyou give me the first,
  • 00:12:08.643 --> 00:12:11.212
  • then it gives me an opportunityto bless you,
  • 00:12:11.312 --> 00:12:14.482
  • and you have that opportunityevery time you get paid.
  • 00:12:14.582 --> 00:12:18.653
  • Are you going to give Godthe opportunity to bless
  • 00:12:18.753 --> 00:12:21.422
  • the 90%?
  • 00:12:21.523 --> 00:12:23.491
  • And you need tohear something.
  • 00:12:23.591 --> 00:12:25.160
  • I know this is strong.
  • 00:12:25.260 --> 00:12:26.461
  • It's consecrated when it'sbrought to the house of the Lord
  • 00:12:26.561 --> 00:12:31.299
  • and it's cursed ifit stays in your tent
  • 00:12:31.399 --> 00:12:35.570
  • and that's what happenedto Achan.
  • 00:12:35.670 --> 00:12:38.506
  • Years ago, I was preachingon the tithe and there was
  • 00:12:38.606 --> 00:12:42.811
  • a single mom in our churchthat said, "You know,
  • 00:12:42.911 --> 00:12:45.747
  • I just began getting convictedeven though I have
  • 00:12:45.847 --> 00:12:48.249
  • limited incomeand am a single parent,
  • 00:12:48.349 --> 00:12:50.618
  • but I'm going to tithe.
  • 00:12:50.718 --> 00:12:52.353
  • I'm going to begingiving God the first."
  • 00:12:52.453 --> 00:12:54.689
  • And so, she came and broughther checkbook to church
  • 00:12:54.789 --> 00:12:56.791
  • with her.
  • 00:12:56.891 --> 00:12:58.026
  • At the end of the service,she went to write the check.
  • 00:12:58.126 --> 00:13:00.061
  • She made $1.000 that week.
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  • She went to write a checkfor $100, and before she put
  • 00:13:01.763 --> 00:13:04.365
  • the amount in, the Lord saidto her, "Make it $120."
  • 00:13:04.465 --> 00:13:08.503
  • And she was like, "God,this is a stretch."
  • 00:13:08.603 --> 00:13:13.875
  • He said, "Yeah,but the tithe is $100,
  • 00:13:13.975 --> 00:13:16.044
  • but I want you to givean offering also.
  • 00:13:16.144 --> 00:13:18.246
  • I want you to trust me.
  • 00:13:18.346 --> 00:13:19.280
  • Just watch what I do."
  • 00:13:19.380 --> 00:13:20.415
  • So, she wrote it for$120, put it in the box.
  • 00:13:20.515 --> 00:13:23.818
  • She's leaving, and a man --there's a man in our church
  • 00:13:23.918 --> 00:13:26.921
  • that carriesone hundred-dollar bills
  • 00:13:27.021 --> 00:13:28.456
  • in his wallet to give away.
  • 00:13:28.556 --> 00:13:30.491
  • Been dong it for years.
  • 00:13:30.592 --> 00:13:32.727
  • So, he feels like the Lord says,"You go to that woman
  • 00:13:32.827 --> 00:13:36.931
  • and give hera one hundred-dollar bill."
  • 00:13:37.031 --> 00:13:38.867
  • So, he pulls his wallet outand when he pulls
  • 00:13:38.967 --> 00:13:41.269
  • the hundred out,there's a 20 stuck to it.
  • 00:13:41.369 --> 00:13:46.507
  • He starts to put the 20 backin, and the Lord says,
  • 00:13:46.608 --> 00:13:48.977
  • "No, give her the 20 also."
  • 00:13:49.077 --> 00:13:52.380
  • And so, he says, "Lord,I don't give $120 to people.
  • 00:13:52.480 --> 00:13:55.917
  • I give one hundred- dollar billsto people.
  • 00:13:56.017 --> 00:13:59.888
  • It's kind of my thing.
  • 00:13:59.988 --> 00:14:00.722
  • That's what I do."
  • 00:14:00.822 --> 00:14:01.756
  • And the Lord said,"No, you obey.
  • 00:14:01.856 --> 00:14:05.526
  • That's your thing.
  • 00:14:05.627 --> 00:14:06.594
  • That's what you do.
  • 00:14:06.694 --> 00:14:09.464
  • So, he says to her, "Ma'am,I have to let you know for years
  • 00:14:09.564 --> 00:14:11.566
  • I've given peopleone hundred-dollar bills
  • 00:14:11.666 --> 00:14:13.935
  • when God tells me.
  • 00:14:14.035 --> 00:14:15.203
  • God spoke to me, but He alsotold me to add a $20 to it."
  • 00:14:15.303 --> 00:14:18.239
  • Now, what do you think thatdid for that single mom,
  • 00:14:18.339 --> 00:14:22.477
  • and you will never ever convinceher that wasn't God.
  • 00:14:22.577 --> 00:14:27.315
  • As soon as she writesa check for $120,
  • 00:14:27.415 --> 00:14:30.718
  • a guy that gives $100gives $120.
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  • You follow me?
  • 00:14:32.120 --> 00:14:33.321
  • So, give God an opportunityto bless you in your tithing.
  • 00:14:33.421 --> 00:14:34.822
  • Here's number two:offerings.
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  • Offerings.
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  • Look back at Malachi 3 there,Verse 8.
  • 00:14:38.226 --> 00:14:40.662
  • "Will a man rob God,yet you've robbed me,
  • 00:14:40.762 --> 00:14:44.399
  • but you say in what wayhave we robbed you
  • 00:14:44.499 --> 00:14:46.134
  • in tithes and offerings."
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  • Now, look at mefor a moment.
  • 00:14:49.504 --> 00:14:50.872
  • The tithe belongs to God.
  • 00:14:50.972 --> 00:14:52.540
  • Leviticus 27 says,"And all the tithe of the land,
  • 00:14:52.640 --> 00:14:55.143
  • whether the seed of the landor the fruit of the tree
  • 00:14:55.243 --> 00:14:57.478
  • is the Lord's."
  • 00:14:57.578 --> 00:15:00.515
  • Is the Lord's.
  • 00:15:00.615 --> 00:15:01.849
  • In Hebrew,that means belongs to God.
  • 00:15:01.950 --> 00:15:03.451
  • He's God's property.
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  • It is holy or set apartto the Lord.
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  • Okay?
  • 00:15:06.955 --> 00:15:07.855
  • So, the tithebelongs to God.
  • 00:15:07.956 --> 00:15:09.324
  • I know God owns it all,but He set apart that.
  • 00:15:09.424 --> 00:15:11.492
  • He has set it apart.
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  • That's why there'sa two-fold robbing here
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  • when you take what doesn'tbelong to you,
  • 00:15:15.363 --> 00:15:16.965
  • but I've never been able toreconcile these two words.
  • 00:15:17.065 --> 00:15:21.769
  • It says, "You've robbed me,and they said in what way."
  • 00:15:21.869 --> 00:15:24.005
  • His answer was, "in tithesand offerings."
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  • Okay.
  • 00:15:28.309 --> 00:15:29.577
  • How do you rob God in offeringswhen they don't belong to Him?
  • 00:15:29.677 --> 00:15:32.213
  • I know it all belongs to Him,but we return the tithe,
  • 00:15:32.313 --> 00:15:35.350
  • and we give free will offerings,and God even uses the word
  • 00:15:35.450 --> 00:15:38.720
  • free will several timesbefore you see
  • 00:15:38.820 --> 00:15:40.955
  • the word offering,you'll see the word free will.
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  • Have the people bringa free will offering.
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  • Okay.
  • 00:15:45.927 --> 00:15:46.928
  • You explain to me how yourob God in offerings,
  • 00:15:47.028 --> 00:15:49.530
  • and I'll tell you how,and I saw it the first time
  • 00:15:49.630 --> 00:15:51.866
  • this last week.
  • 00:15:51.966 --> 00:15:53.034
  • The only way you could rob Himis if you robbed Him
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  • of a blessing, of an opportunityto bless you.
  • 00:15:55.703 --> 00:16:00.641
  • That's the only waythis passage makes sense.
  • 00:16:00.742 --> 00:16:03.711
  • When God put the two wordson there, "and offerings."
  • 00:16:03.811 --> 00:16:08.616
  • It makes sense.
  • 00:16:08.716 --> 00:16:10.918
  • You've robbed me ofopportunities to bless you.
  • 00:16:11.019 --> 00:16:13.354
  • How have we robbed you?
  • 00:16:13.454 --> 00:16:14.355
  • Well, one of the tithes,but also offerings
  • 00:16:14.455 --> 00:16:16.524
  • because if you give an offeringover and above your tithe,
  • 00:16:16.624 --> 00:16:19.927
  • it's another opportunityfor me to bless you.
  • 00:16:20.028 --> 00:16:24.899
  • Are you all following me?
  • 00:16:24.999 --> 00:16:26.401
  • You may not know this,but this is
  • 00:16:26.501 --> 00:16:27.735
  • really good preaching.
  • 00:16:27.835 --> 00:16:29.604
  • This is good.
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  • Please hear me.
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  • I have no reason to preachto you about giving.
  • 00:16:35.043 --> 00:16:38.279
  • I have none.
  • 00:16:38.379 --> 00:16:39.580
  • You say, well, when we givethe church can expand.
  • 00:16:39.680 --> 00:16:42.583
  • Okay.
  • 00:16:42.683 --> 00:16:43.785
  • I don't want to expandunless God wants us to expand.
  • 00:16:43.885 --> 00:16:47.522
  • I only want to do what Godwants us to, and I preached
  • 00:16:47.622 --> 00:16:50.024
  • on giving for years withone motive in my heart
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  • and that's to help you.
  • 00:16:53.961 --> 00:16:56.597
  • I'm telling you, and many,many people would confirm
  • 00:16:56.697 --> 00:16:59.434
  • what I'm saying.
  • 00:16:59.534 --> 00:17:00.902
  • When you give, you give Godan opportunity to bless you.
  • 00:17:01.002 --> 00:17:05.206
  • So, tithes, offerings,and here's number three:
  • 00:17:05.306 --> 00:17:07.341
  • sacrificial offerings.
  • 00:17:07.442 --> 00:17:09.677
  • Now, there are many, manysacrificial offerings
  • 00:17:09.777 --> 00:17:13.381
  • in Scripture.
  • 00:17:13.481 --> 00:17:14.749
  • David gave a verysacrificial offering
  • 00:17:14.849 --> 00:17:16.584
  • to build a temple for Solomonto build a temple.
  • 00:17:16.684 --> 00:17:20.121
  • David set aside if you takeit to the valuation of
  • 00:17:20.221 --> 00:17:23.057
  • today, most people say about$21 billion is what he gave.
  • 00:17:23.157 --> 00:17:29.363
  • That's a loteven for a king.
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  • Solomon, his son, when hewas setting to be the king,
  • 00:17:32.533 --> 00:17:36.471
  • it was traditionto offer one bull.
  • 00:17:36.571 --> 00:17:39.373
  • He sacrificed 1.000 bulls.
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  • The woman who anointed Jesusright before He was crucified,
  • 00:17:43.578 --> 00:17:48.950
  • and Jesus saidshe anointed my body for burial,
  • 00:17:49.050 --> 00:17:53.054
  • but she did it withone year's wage of perfume.
  • 00:17:53.154 --> 00:17:58.593
  • That's a sacrificial offering,a year's wage.
  • 00:17:58.693 --> 00:18:01.229
  • You go through just --here's one.
  • 00:18:01.329 --> 00:18:05.266
  • Abraham willingto offer his son.
  • 00:18:05.366 --> 00:18:09.470
  • That's a sacrifice, and ofcourse, God stopped him
  • 00:18:09.570 --> 00:18:13.207
  • because he didn't requiresomething like that,
  • 00:18:13.307 --> 00:18:15.409
  • but he tested his heart,and he gave God
  • 00:18:15.510 --> 00:18:18.379
  • an opportunity to bless him.
  • 00:18:18.479 --> 00:18:19.914
  • Here's the greatestsacrificial offering:
  • 00:18:20.014 --> 00:18:23.818
  • God offered His Son.
  • 00:18:23.918 --> 00:18:27.622
  • But let me show you onesacrificial offering, Mark 12
  • 00:18:27.722 --> 00:18:30.892
  • if you're there, that youmight not think about
  • 00:18:30.992 --> 00:18:33.427
  • as a sacrificial offering.
  • 00:18:33.528 --> 00:18:35.863
  • You might not haveremembered it,
  • 00:18:35.963 --> 00:18:38.166
  • but Mark 12:41-44, "Now, Jesussat opposite the treasury."
  • 00:18:38.266 --> 00:18:43.571
  • That's the offering box,"and saw how the people
  • 00:18:43.671 --> 00:18:48.809
  • put money into the treasury."
  • 00:18:48.910 --> 00:18:50.745
  • I just want you to noticethat he was watching
  • 00:18:50.845 --> 00:18:53.281
  • how they did it.
  • 00:18:53.381 --> 00:18:54.315
  • He wasn't as concernedwith how much.
  • 00:18:54.415 --> 00:18:56.517
  • He's watching how.
  • 00:18:56.617 --> 00:18:58.152
  • He's watching the attitudeof the heart,
  • 00:18:58.252 --> 00:19:00.821
  • "and many who were reach put inmuch," and they should.
  • 00:19:00.922 --> 00:19:04.158
  • Today, when you makea commitment you should give
  • 00:19:04.258 --> 00:19:06.861
  • according to your ability.
  • 00:19:06.961 --> 00:19:08.329
  • It should be a sacrifice.
  • 00:19:08.429 --> 00:19:09.830
  • "Then one poor widow cameand threw in two mites
  • 00:19:09.931 --> 00:19:12.767
  • which make a quadrant."
  • 00:19:12.867 --> 00:19:14.769
  • Okay, a miteis a Jewish penny.
  • 00:19:14.869 --> 00:19:16.904
  • Two mites make a quadrantwhich is a Roman penny.
  • 00:19:17.004 --> 00:19:20.775
  • So, that explains that'cause we don't use mites
  • 00:19:20.875 --> 00:19:23.811
  • and quadrants today.
  • 00:19:23.911 --> 00:19:25.146
  • So, she gave two Jewish pennieswhich two Jewish pennies
  • 00:19:25.246 --> 00:19:28.115
  • equal one Roman penny.
  • 00:19:28.216 --> 00:19:30.117
  • So, he called his disciplesto himself and said to them,
  • 00:19:30.218 --> 00:19:33.554
  • "Assuredly, I say to youthis poor widow has put in more
  • 00:19:33.654 --> 00:19:36.057
  • than all those whohave given to the treasury.
  • 00:19:36.157 --> 00:19:39.393
  • For they put in out of theirabundance, but she out of
  • 00:19:39.493 --> 00:19:42.029
  • her poverty put in all she had,her whole livelihood."
  • 00:19:42.129 --> 00:19:48.169
  • That's a sacrificial offering.
  • 00:19:48.269 --> 00:19:50.972
  • Now, here's somethingI was thinking about.
  • 00:19:51.072 --> 00:19:54.675
  • I mean, I just go thisrevelation this week
  • 00:19:54.775 --> 00:19:56.344
  • that when we give,it's an opportunity.
  • 00:19:56.444 --> 00:19:59.780
  • It gives God an opportunityto bless us.
  • 00:19:59.880 --> 00:20:03.184
  • Now, I want to tell youthe end of a story.
  • 00:20:03.284 --> 00:20:08.656
  • I think it was year ago.
  • 00:20:08.756 --> 00:20:10.758
  • It might've been two,but I shared the story about
  • 00:20:10.858 --> 00:20:14.228
  • the single mom that gavethe $100 tithe and the man
  • 00:20:14.328 --> 00:20:19.433
  • in our church that giveshundred-dollar bills,
  • 00:20:19.533 --> 00:20:21.802
  • and he went to her in theparking lot and gave her $120.
  • 00:20:21.902 --> 00:20:25.139
  • I've already shared thatwith you, but when I shared
  • 00:20:25.239 --> 00:20:28.109
  • that the last time I shared it,I need to let you
  • 00:20:28.209 --> 00:20:31.212
  • know something.
  • 00:20:31.312 --> 00:20:32.880
  • I said a man in our churchgives hundred dollar bills away
  • 00:20:32.980 --> 00:20:36.384
  • and he's done thisfor about 30 years now.
  • 00:20:36.484 --> 00:20:38.052
  • Okay.
  • 00:20:38.152 --> 00:20:40.421
  • I'm the man.
  • 00:20:40.521 --> 00:20:43.291
  • So, I didn't lie to you'cause I'm a man in our church.
  • 00:20:43.391 --> 00:20:47.295
  • Okay?
  • 00:20:47.395 --> 00:20:49.730
  • But when I shared that,I didn't want to say,
  • 00:20:49.830 --> 00:20:51.832
  • I give hundred-dollar bills,and I've been doing this
  • 00:20:51.932 --> 00:20:55.202
  • for a long time.
  • 00:20:55.303 --> 00:20:56.270
  • I didn't want to say that.
  • 00:20:56.370 --> 00:20:57.171
  • I just shared the story.
  • 00:20:57.271 --> 00:20:59.674
  • So, I'm the one that gavethe single mom
  • 00:20:59.774 --> 00:21:01.575
  • the $100 plus the $20.
  • 00:21:01.676 --> 00:21:04.478
  • So, I shared that with youa year or two ago in a message.
  • 00:21:04.578 --> 00:21:08.683
  • On that Sunday, we werehaving family dinner.
  • 00:21:08.783 --> 00:21:12.620
  • We had everyone over at thehouse and when my daughter
  • 00:21:12.720 --> 00:21:18.125
  • got there, she said, "Can Italk to you for a minute?"
  • 00:21:18.225 --> 00:21:22.530
  • And I said, "Sure."
  • 00:21:22.630 --> 00:21:23.664
  • And so, we went in my office,and she was crying
  • 00:21:23.764 --> 00:21:29.036
  • and she said, "You're the man,aren't you?"
  • 00:21:29.136 --> 00:21:39.814
  • And I said,"What do you mean?"
  • 00:21:39.914 --> 00:21:41.015
  • And she said, "You're theman that you told the story
  • 00:21:41.115 --> 00:21:44.785
  • about today, aren't you?
  • 00:21:44.885 --> 00:21:48.622
  • You're the man that giveshundred-dollar bills away."
  • 00:21:48.723 --> 00:21:53.961
  • And I said, "Whydo you say that?"
  • 00:21:54.061 --> 00:21:56.764
  • She said, "Because when youtold that story today,
  • 00:21:56.864 --> 00:22:00.034
  • I was flooded with memoriesfrom my childhood.
  • 00:22:00.134 --> 00:22:08.776
  • Times that there'd be theman on the side of the street
  • 00:22:08.876 --> 00:22:11.445
  • with thewill-work-for-food sign,
  • 00:22:11.545 --> 00:22:13.948
  • and you would pull the car overand go over and talk to him,
  • 00:22:14.048 --> 00:22:19.587
  • but today," she said,"I could see that you always
  • 00:22:19.687 --> 00:22:22.423
  • gave them something, and Iremember all the times
  • 00:22:22.523 --> 00:22:25.760
  • that you went back intorestaurants and talked to
  • 00:22:25.860 --> 00:22:29.764
  • the waitress, and we'd sayto mom sitting in the car,
  • 00:22:29.864 --> 00:22:33.667
  • what's dad doing?
  • 00:22:33.768 --> 00:22:37.538
  • And she'd say, he's justsharing the Lord
  • 00:22:37.638 --> 00:22:42.410
  • because I told her don't tellanybody about this.
  • 00:22:42.510 --> 00:22:45.846
  • Just don't tell anyone."
  • 00:22:45.946 --> 00:22:48.149
  • She said, "Dad, I had memoryafter memory growing up of you
  • 00:22:48.249 --> 00:22:52.953
  • giving hundred-dollar billsto people.
  • 00:22:53.053 --> 00:22:56.290
  • You're the man, aren't you?"
  • 00:22:56.390 --> 00:23:00.227
  • And I said, "Yes, sugar,I'm the man."
  • 00:23:00.327 --> 00:23:04.632
  • And my daughter looked at meand said,
  • 00:23:04.732 --> 00:23:09.403
  • "I want to be like you daddy.
  • 00:23:09.503 --> 00:23:19.447
  • I want to be like you."
  • 00:23:19.547 --> 00:23:25.352
  • That's worth it all.
  • 00:23:25.453 --> 00:23:29.623
  • When your kids, all three ofmy kids love God, serve God.
  • 00:23:29.723 --> 00:23:36.897
  • That's worth it.
  • 00:23:36.997 --> 00:23:39.400
  • I'm telling you, God wantsto bless you in more ways
  • 00:23:39.500 --> 00:23:44.338
  • than just money, but you'regoing to need to give Him
  • 00:23:44.438 --> 00:23:48.776
  • 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 thatgiving nature.
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  • I believe we're the mostlike 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 our tithe or our prayers
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  • or our compassion,our concern for someone.
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  • For God so loved the worldthat He gave, and what's
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  • amazing about God is Heblesses 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 momentto say thank you
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  • to those of you who giveto our ministry to allow us
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  • to take the Gospelall 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 weekand start giving
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  • as the Holy Spirit leads youand watch God, watch God
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  • open the windows of heavenand pour out blessing
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  • and it says so much that youcan't receive it
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  • what that simply means is notthat you're going to get rich,
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  • but so that you'll have enoughfor your family
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  • and enough to bless othersas well.
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  • Thank you for being givers.
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  • Thank you for being loversof 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 tocontinue this series.
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  • ANNOUNCER: Thank you for joiningus for today's program
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  • as Pastor Robert shares how youcan "Be a Better You."
  • 00:25:23.837 --> 00:25:27.675
  • Jesus taught us that buildingour lives on His teachings
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  • is like constructing a house ona foundation that is solid,
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  • firm, and secure.
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  • But do you know what is trulyfoundational for us
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  • as a follower of Jesus?
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  • Wouldn't it be amazing to get aglimpse of the priorities
  • 00:25:40.321 --> 00:25:42.590
  • that are on God's heart for yourlife, and to really know
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  • what's most important to Him inour relationship with Him,
  • 00:25:45.159 --> 00:25:47.861
  • and with the people around us?
  • 00:25:47.962 --> 00:25:50.197
  • In this six-part series,
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  • "Be a Better You: Blueprintsfor Christian Living"
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  • Pastor Robert gives us a glimpseinto the priorities
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  • of God's heart.
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  • Each message teaches a newprinciple that you can use
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  • to develop a blueprint forbuilding your life on what
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  • matters most to God.
  • 00:26:03.911 --> 00:26:05.746
  • He shares insight on solidBiblical truths
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  • that will help you to grow andmature in your faith,
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  • and in your love toward others.
  • 00:26:10.818 --> 00:26:12.586
  • Right now we will send you thissix-message series on CD
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  • as our special thank you forsending in your best gift
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  • and helping support thetelevision outreach
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  • of Pastor Robert Morrisministries.
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  • If you're able to share a giftof $55 or more,
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  • we'll send you the entiresix-message
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  • "Be a Better You: Blueprints forChristian Living" series
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  • both on CD and on DVD.
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  • This series is also available indigital download format.
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  • Call or visit us atPastorRobert.com today
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  • to share your best gift,
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  • and request your thank youresources.
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  • As always, we want to thank youfor watching,
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  • and for your continued support
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  • of Pastor Robert Morrisministries.
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  • ♪ ♪
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  • ANNOUNCER: Living your best lifeisn't about having a dream
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  • home, wonderful kids,or the ideal job.
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  • It's about changesin your family, health,
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  • and relationships.
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  • When God changes your heart,you'll discover
  • 00:27:13.614 --> 00:27:15.683
  • that there is so muchmore to life.
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  • With humor, passion,and clarity,
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  • Pastor Robert presents,
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  • "The Secretsof Living Your Best Life."
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  • ♪ ♪
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