Listening to someone’s testimony is powerful. However, telling our own testimony is far better! Telling a Bible story about God’s miraculous power is inspiring, but telling a story about how God delivered us yesterday is even more so! I truly believe many well-meaning Christians have settled for living off the testimonies of others when God desires to bless them and give them their own testimony. It’s when we are describing our own relationship with Him and our own experiences with Him that the light really shines in our eyes and joy is fully expressed in our voices.
Our new book Test Me! The Malachi Mystery was recently released. The reception has been beyond expectations! I am blown away by how people have read the book and have begun to implement its principles. God has been so good to me and to those around me. This book is simply a compilation of experiences from my twenty-seven years of ministry when God has shown Himself faithful to His word. The purpose of this book is to pass on to you the same principles of tithing that changed my life thirty years ago. Today, thirty years later, I am living a life full of the blessings that he promised me when I chose to test Him!
Deuteronomy 28 says, “1Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the Lord your God will set you high above all nations of the earth. 2And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God: 3 Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the country. 6 Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out. 7 The Lord will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before your face. 8 The Lord will command the blessing on you in your storehouses and in all to which you set your hand” (emphasis added).
Malachi 3:10-11 adds, “Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and try Me now in this,” says the Lord of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it. And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes” (emphasis added).
Literally, the blessings of the Lord overtake me daily! Put Deuteronomy a Malachi together and you have a powerful combination of promises.
This week alone, one week after the book’s release, I have witnessed God move in so many ways. For one, I have seen huge increases in my own personal investment portfolio. Thirty years ago, I was advised by my pastor to tithe the first ten percent of my income to the Lord, allow ten percent for investments, live off the remaining eighty percent, and give offerings as the Lord blessed our dedication to tithe. I am still in awe of how God has protected us in this process for all these years. Listening to the counsel of leaders is a wise decision.
Additionally, my mother has been in heaven for four years now. One week after she passed away, Joyce Peters, our church financial minster, told me she received a letter from mom. In the letter was a one hundred dollar check for her tithe and offering. Mom was living on a limited budget, but she always faithfully tithed to Powerhouse Church! Well, about two months ago I receive a call informing me that mom had a small piece of land in west Texas and someone was interested in the oil and gas rights. Needless to say, I received a very nice check from that sale. Mom is still blessing me from heaven!
In the same week, one of our Genesis Team pastors sold his building for cash. He was able to become completely debt-free and has been able to move his church to an area suited perfectly for their ministry. The church was able to buy land and make plans to build using only cash. This all happened one week after launching Test Me!
I could go on and on with praise reports. Really, I could. The Lord is good, and he never goes back on His Word. Will you test Him today? He is no respecter of persons. The blessings will overtake you. You cannot out run them! If you aren’t in the blessing zone, it’s not His fault. Come on, get off the bench and get in the game! He wants to give you your own testimony!
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