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Thursday, November 17, 2016

The Test

God said to test Him and see if He is still in charge in Malachi, and heaven will be opened up to pour out blessings. He will defend us against our enemies and protect our possessions. The nation that follows Him will experience what it's like to be a country of grace.

Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it. 11 I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not drop their fruit before it is ripe,” says the Lord Almighty. 12 “Then all the nations will call you blessed, for yours will be a delightful land,” says the Lord Almighty.13 “You have spoken arrogantly against me,” says the Lord. “Yet you ask, ‘What have we said against you?’ 14 “You have said, ‘It is futile to serve God. What do we gain by carrying out his requirements and going about like mourners before the Lord Almighty? 15 But now we call the arrogant blessed. Certainly evildoers prosper, and even when they put God to the test, they get away with it.’” Malachi 3:10-15

We are promised these same things today, but will not experience them as long as we stay unfaithful and disobedient. God talks about lives not serving Him in verses 13-15. Where we speak hard, rude words, and curse God. They live for self, break all the rules, and push God to the limit.

We are called “be the church” to people like these. That will start when we repent and “take the plank out of our own eye”. Amen?