Robbery without a Weapon
Well inside your bulletin you'll find an outline of today's message. Gee I wish Dickie hadn't told me that somebody was talking about be preaching on giving too much because I'm fixing to do it again. But you know, once a year I have a series of messages on giving. Then a couple of times during the year I preach on giving again, usually in the summer times and in the fall. But, that's about all we preach on giving. Today I want to speak on ''Robbery Without A Weapon''. If you'll notice on your outline Malachi 3:8-12. ''Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed me. But you say, in what way have we robbed you? In tithes and offerings. You are cursed with a curse: for you have robbed me, even this whole nation. 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 blessings that there will not be room enough to receive. it. And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, so that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground; nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field for you says the Lord of hosts. All the nations shall call you blessed: for you will be a delightful land, says the Lord of hosts.''
Now I want you to imagine this statement and how God reacts to the discovery that he has made as he has surveyed His people, and the spiritual problems that they are having. This is a time during the life of Israel when they are absolutely at their lowest spiritual ebb. As he examines their worship God finds that they are going through the motions, they're going through the forms of worship at the temple. They're going through all the meetings just as they always have, but they have a heart problem. The heart problem is manifested in the way in which God has been relegated to other than first place in their lives. And one of the ways that God knows He is not i ...
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