Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 10.8.14

Dear Breaking Bread friends and family,

When you read today’s message, please take your time and read each line focusing on the meaning and its depth. What does this all mean to you?

Today I have included a ‘meaty’ list of questions, because this topic and our role as stewards is a weighted conversation and one in which we don’t discuss thoroughly. Usually we sit on the receiving end of someone telling us what to do, but how often do we discuss the “why” and the “why I’m conflicted” aspects of this matter.

Hopefully today we can begin that discussion. Enjoy.

~Natasha

Open Windows

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE
“Bring all the tithes (the whole tenth of your income) into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and prove Me now by it, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.”
(Malachi 3:10, AMP)

TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria
God promises to open the windows of heaven and pour out blessings on you today! But, you have to do your part of this verse. Your part is to be a faithful tither and be obedient to the Lord with your finances.

The truth is, we are all just stewards over the resources God has given us. When we are good and faithful stewards, the Lord entrusts us with more. He opens the windows of heaven. Have you ever thought about what kind of blessing would be so great that there would not be room enough to receive it? It may be hard to comprehend, but that’s what God’s Word promises!

Today, make the decision to be a giver. Be a tither. The tithe is the first tenth of your income. As the scripture says, get ready to prove the Lord because He is faithful. Thank Him today because He is going to pour out abundant blessings on every area of your life!

A PRAYER FOR TODAY
Father, You are so good! Thank You for choosing to bless me. Thank You for opening the windows of heaven in my life. I choose to be obedient to Your Word. I choose to be a giver. I choose to be a faithful steward of the resources You have entrusted to me in Jesus’ name. Amen.
— Joel & Victoria Osteen

Natasha’s Reflection
Wow this message hit home with me. Being a good and faithful steward of the resources that God has loaned and entrusted in us is what we’re supposed to be focused on, but how many of us can truly claim to be good and faithful stewards? I can’t.

Which leads me to the following questions….

Questions of the Day
1. Do you tithe?
2. Why do you tithe?
3. Do you tithe on your gross (before expenses paid) or net(after all expenses paid) income?
4. Do you tithe 10% or a different percentage? If different, why?
5. Do you tithe every month?
6. When you don’t tithe, what prevents you from doing so?
7. Do you ever feel conflicted about tithing? If so, what is your conflict?
8. Do you ever contribute a financial offering but choose not to also tithe?
9. What are your beliefs about tithing?
10. What could possibly change your beliefs and view on tithing?
11. Why or why do you not consider yourself a good steward of the resources God has loaned to you?

Feel free to share your answers, prayers, comments, and reflections in the comment section below. You can also send me an email at: breakingbreadwithnatasha@gmail.com

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Love always,
Natasha

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