Devotions for May 16, 2016

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Malachi 3:6-12

“I am the Lord, and I do not change. That is why you descendants of Jacob are not already destroyed. 7 Ever since the days of your ancestors, you have scorned my decrees and failed to obey them. Now return to me, and I will return to you,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.

“But you ask, ‘How can we return when we have never gone away?’

8 “Should people cheat God? Yet you have cheated me!

“But you ask, ‘What do you mean? When did we ever cheat you?’

“You have cheated me of the tithes and offerings due to me. 9 You are under a curse, for your whole nation has been cheating me. 10 Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in my Temple. If you do,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, “I will open the windows of heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing so great you won’t have enough room to take it in! Try it! Put me to the test! 11 Your crops will be abundant, for I will guard them from insects and disease.[a] Your grapes will not fall from the vine before they are ripe,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. 12 “Then all nations will call you blessed, for your land will be such a delight,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.

DEVOTIONAL QUESTIONS

Q: Why does God tell His people to put Him to the test when it comes to offerings and provision? What does this reveal about His character?

Q: How do you treat tithes & offering your life to God? Is it a natural reaction to God’s love or an after-thought?

Q: God gave 100%, offering-up His only Son as a sacrifice to reconcile you to Himself. How will your love, sacrifice, and generosity as a Christian reflect God’s nature to those around you?

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