â€œBring all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in my Temple. If you do”,â€ says the LORD of Heavenâ€™s Armies, â€œI will open the windows of heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing so great you wonâ€™t have enough room to take it in! Try it! Put me to the test!: Mal 3:10
I have the pleasure of testing knit and crochet patterns for a couple of designers online. I get an advanced copy of the pattern which I use to create their product. I help determine if sizing of the item is correct, are the materials proper for the project, is the pattern written clearly.
Once it has been tested by several people, the designer then releases the pattern to the public.
Did you know God has asked us to test Him?
We are to accept Godâ€™s love and salvation on FAITH. We are to follow His Word on FAITH. We are to trust His Will on FAITH. But there is one area He says â€œtest meâ€ â€“ giving.
God promises if we will give back a portion of that which He has provided for us, He will pour out blessing upon us. It is hard, once that paycheck is hand to turn over from the top, a portion back to Him. Now, this is not a â€˜give to me so you can get moreâ€™ type of scenario. 2 Corinthians 9:7 says â€œYou must each decide in your heart how much to give. And donâ€™t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.
I have attended a couple of churches that offered a money back guarantee. For 90 days give from the first fruits as God gave to you. If after 90 days you feel the giving has created a financial hardship and you were not blessed, you would get your money back. In the 15 years one church offered this, no one ever asked for their money back. The same for the short 4 years the 2nd church made the offer. God keeps His promises.
If you are not a regular giver, consider Godâ€™s offer to test Him and see what blessings He has for you.
Below are just a few of the items I have had the privilege of testing over the past few months.