Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Malachi-Guaranteed Way To Be Blessed

By Mary Vee
Malachi 3

From Malachi's Journal

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My name is Malachi. I am a prophet sent to be God's messenger to the people.

The problem He wished to talk about was their stealing.

God said His people stole from Him.

When I told the people this, they asked, "How are we stealing?"

God said, "You steal from me when you do not bring the tithes and offerings as instructed in the law."

We do have a very loving God. One who is patient and forgiving if we listen and obey His laws. Even when we do wrong, He will forgive us if we confess and turn from our bad ways.

God said "If the people bring the whole tithe, not just a part, but the whole required offering to the storehouse and fill the chambers with food for my house then they will receive great blessings.

"Want me to prove My word?" God asked.

"Try obeying my law. Bring the full offerings to my house. When you do I will throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour blessings beyond belief. Blessing you will not have room enough to store. 

"I will prevent pests from devouring your crops and the vine weeds in your fields will not grow up and strangle your plants. 

"Then all the nations around you will call you blessed. Your land will be a delightful land.

"For you who honor God's name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings. You will go out and leap like a young calf released from the stall. 

And so I reminded God's people. This is something everyone man, woman, and child who loves God needs to remember. God said, "Remember the law of my servant ones, the decrees and laws I gave him at Mount Horeb for my people, Israel.

"I will send you the prophet Elijah before the day of the Lord comes. He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers. 

"But if they won't turn their hearts, a curse will fall on the land."

sources: New International Version, New King James Version  

1. What did God want the people to do?
2. What blessing would the people receive if they obeyed?
3. What will the people from other nations say?
4. What reminder did God have for the people?
5. Who will God send?
6. What will this person help the people do?
7. What will happen if they don't listen?

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