How to Open the Doors of Heaven
By Teresa A. LeNeave
No one has ever given me a vehicle; sent me a big unexpected check in the mail; handed me money for no reason; or even paid a bill for me, but the blessings in my life have been as great as if they had. You hear televangelist (and their partners) with those kinds of testimonies all the time. They get all these big checks in the mail; someone gives them a car or something else. I'm sure it happens for some people, but it hasn't happened for me.
But, I'm not complaining, because blessings have popped into my life in too many ways to number. No one ever, literally, gave us a vehicle, but at least three times we purchased a van to deliver newspapers for just $2,500 and they ran perfectly for 300,000 miles. I'd say that's a blessing.
We've never inherited anything. We've had a job and worked for all we have, but there are many things I can't explain. Like being debt free for years. I hardly even know how we got there with no more money than we made. I often refer to our life as the bread and fish miracle in the Bible where Jesus took five loaves of bread and two fish and fed more than 5,000 people ... And they picked up 12 baskets of leftovers! (Luke9:12-17). Now, how did that happen? It's unexplainable to our mind, but its normal for God.
Why am I telling you this?
Because I want you to know what God does for one He will do for all when we follow His principles. They are written as plan as day for anyone to read; obey; and reap His benefits.
Does God bless randomly? Sometimes, He does. The Bible says he daily loads us with benefits. The big question is, does God bless us on purpose? I think he does, and that 'on purpose' blessing is available to all if they follow the Biblical principles of sowing and reaping.
How can that happen for you?
Start following the principle of firstfruits that runs from cover to cover in the Bible. The primary way we acknowledge God 'first' in our lives is to "give the first to God". The first of our money (don't stop reading, yet); the first of our time (that's the first of our day, whatever time you get up, the first belongs to God); the first day of our week (going to church on the first day of the week is also giving Him the first of our time).
Personally, I understand the Bible to say, we must give the firstfruits to the Lord's house. Exodus 23:19 says, "The first of the firstfruits of your land (that was the increase of their crops) you shall bring into the house of The Lord your God."
"Bring all the tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. (Talking about the place of worship, your church). Test me in this," says The Lord Almighty, "and see if I will not throw open the floodgates (doors) of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room for it" (Mal. 3:10, NIV). The KJV says, "room enough to contain it".
God didn't promise all tithers would be rich by the world's standards, but he did promise you'd be blessed with more than enough. Why would He give you more than enough? Simply, so you'd have more to bless others with when opportunities arise.
You want your money to be blessed and go farther? Than, faithfully, begin to practice the principle of firstfruits. Not just when you think you can afford it.
Faith is giving the tithe first and expecting him to redeem, or bless, the rest.
You may never have someone give you a car, or walk up to you and hand a thousand dollar check to you, but remember, God knows how to stretch a dollar just like He stretched those two fish and five loaves of bread. I hear people say they can't afford to tithe. Personally, I can't afford not to tithe. I need His blessing and I want to pass His blessing on to my children. How about you?
One of the greatest blessings you can pass on is the truth that will make them free ... The truth about the principle of firstfruits. That's not just giving fish for a day, but teaching them to fish so they'll never be hungry.