And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field saith the Lord of Hosts.
This verse is about God promise’s to protect and provide for us if we tithe has he commanded. God would not only give a fruitful season, so that the crops sprang up well, but would guard them from everything that could injure them before they were gathered in. It is in this context that God makes the promise to rebuke the devourer (the locust of the field) on behalf of the people of Israel. If they would repent and return to Him, He would pour out blessings upon them. If they would bring into the storehouse the grain offerings that are rightly His, He would open the heavens and pour out blessings upon them for their obedience. Their crops would produce so abundantly that there would scarcely be room enough to store them (Malachi 3:10).
Some have tried to compare God’s rebuking of the devourer with Christians’ rebuking of the devil. But this is a misinterpretation and takes the verse out of context. The “devourer” is not Satan; it is literally the locust who would eat up the fields. The church is not Israel; we are not under the Old Testament Law; We are under Grace and Jesus released us from the Law by his sacrifice. Of course, we do have a spiritual enemy. Satan prowls around seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8), but even if it were referring to Satan, which it is not, the verse is clear that it is God who does the rebuking ( Zechariah 3:2 and Jude 1:9). The Bible does not give Christians the authority to rebuke the devil or to speak to him at all. We are told to resist him and he will flee from us (James 4:7).
This verse along with verse 10 simply tells us we are to tithe and in doing so God will protect us and provide for us as a father should.
And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
Scripture tells us that without faith, it is impossible to please God. Matthew 17:20 also tells us that even a tiny amount of faith pleases Him. Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.’ ”
A mustard seed is tiny, but once planted, grows into a huge tree. Jesus said a little faith can have incredible results. We don’t need a lot of faith – just as much as a mustard seed to produce great results. Why? Because our God is an awesome God and our faith depends on Him – not us.
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Decision making is one of the hardest things we as a society have to deal with and honestly it should be the easiest. We often tend to lean towards our Worldly desires instead of What God wants us to do. I myself had to recently pray on a life decision for many days this week and I went to God several times before I made a final decision. I had to ask God what to do, because I had always made quick decisions in the past and it really it hasn’t gotten me anywhere. It took 7 years of faithfully going to Church and truly submitting unto God before I realized all my thoughts and prayers are under his subjection. I recently had been so blinded by excitement and anticipation I really was about to embark on a journey I feel would not have been the best for my family. It would have been rooted in God and he certainly would have been involved but I had to step back and analyze the entire relationship and go to God and ask him if it really was the path he wanted me to take.
This is what all of us should do more often. Go to God acknowledge he is in control and let him lead you. Do not make haste decisions based on want, a false sense of need or out of carnal desire. Truly go to God tell him you know he created you for a purpose and that you trust in him and that you need him to show you the way you must go. Give it to God and he will lead you in the correct direction. Acknowledge, Trust, Listen and Obey is all we need to do and everything else will fall into place.
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God
Some have been led to believe and been falsely taught Salvation is by the way of good works or living a good life. The Bible solemnly warns against this. No amount of good works will ever open heavens gates. And a good life, even the very best life will fall short of God’s standard of perfection. The truth is that salvation is just simply not obtained that way.
It doesn’t come by Baptism, Church Attendance, Burning Candles, Prayers to Saints, or contributions to worthy causes. Salvation is by Grace through Faith in Christ Alone.
Christ died for the sins of the entire World past, present and future, every living soul that has lived, died or will ever live. But Understand the He died for you too. When you realize this old things will pass away, your old desires and way of life, your old habits and old ambitions will fade away. All things will become new. You will learn and desire a new life, make new friends, unfortunately new enemies will be made, you will gain new power, and of course gain a Heavenly Father.