Definition of a Steward: –Someone who is responsible for another mans property.
Deuteronomy 16:17 "Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the LORD your God that he has given you.
"God judges what we give by what we keep." - G. Mueller "I have tried to keep things in my hands and lost them all, but what I have given into Gods hands I still possess." – Martin Luther
I never would have been able to tithe the first million dollars I ever made if I had not tithed my first salary, which was $1.50 per week. - J. D. Rockefeller "The trouble is that too many people are spending money they havent yet earned for things they dont need to impress people they dont like. " – Will Smith
"If you give what you do not need, it isnt giving - Mother Teresa
1.God Promises His Blessings v.9 2.Blessings Require Action v.9 3.Actions are designed by God vv 13-15 4.What God Designs He also Empowers v.22
(Malachi 3:7-10 ESV) …Return to me, and I will return to you, says the LORD of hosts. But you say, How shall we return? Will man rob God? Yet you are robbing me. But you say, How have we robbed you? In your tithes and contributions. You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing me, the whole nation of you.
Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the LORD of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need.
Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him! (Matthew 7:9-11 ESV)
For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead. (James 2:26 ESV)
For it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. (Philippians 2:13 ESV)