As you walk in the door your wife asks, “I got a new hairstyle today – what do you think?” Your thoughts range from “no big deal” to “I really don’t like it”. However, for once in your life you think before you speak. Your answer, well let’s just say “liar liar pants on fire”. The pastor sees you as you are leaving church and says, “Wasn’t that one of my best messages ever?”. Once again you think before you speak and your answer is, well let’s just say “liar liar pants on fire”.
Many of us have told a lie from time to time, and I’m counting the white lies as well. The fact is our culture has grown accustomed to people not being honest in words and in actions. I read this the other day, “For every good reason there is to lie, there is a better reason to tell the truth. …”. We do remember that Jesus said truth brings freedom, right?
What’s even sadder is that many of us who believe in God also act in such a way that we think He’s a liar. We live as if the promises of God are not real. We lack faith that God said He’d give us strength for every challenge. We doubt that God has forgiven us, even when guilt comes calling again. We hear the Word that God will direct our steps and yet we run ahead or behind in our walk with Him, trusting our own judgment and never praying for His wisdom.
You might be thinking, “No way that I believe God lies”. Well let me dig really deep this morning and hit a touchy subject. God said “Prove Me, and see if what I promise is true”. What was He talking about? The tithe – ouch that subject. God said, “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test 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 a blessing until it overflows (Malachi 3:10). So the question is this – Is God lying?
I want to challenge you to invest your tithe into the Kingdom of God. To give knowing that you are touching the world with the Gospel. Your giving makes a difference now and into eternity. We’re all looking for the best place to invest our resources, a place that will yield the greatest returns. What better return than to see lives changed with the Gospel. Hyland Heights is focused on making disciples who will make disciples. Your weekly giving is making that focus a reality.
Start proving God – start allowing Him to open the windows of heaven and blessing you until it overflows!
Don’t forget to pray for our mission teams. Pray that we’ll have volunteers, pray for their safety in travel, pray for those we share with to be receptive and pray that we will see God populate heaven through our teams.