Oh, that there were even one among you [whose duty it is to minister to Me] who would shut the gates, so that you would not kindle fire on My altar uselessly [with an empty, worthless pretence]! I am not pleased with you,” says the LORD of hosts, “nor will I accept an offering from your hand…. Scripture reading, Malachi 1: 10-14 Amplified

The area of offering is severely opposed by the devil, especially in Christian churches. After the devil sees that he has lost the battle of the soul and people are committed to serving the Lord. He tries a different strategy and manipulates them not to serve the Lord with their offering. Knowing fully well that the Lord commands His children to bring tithes and offerings to His house to test Him and see if He would not open the windows of heaven for them. Since the devil does not want the people of God to move in blessings and abundance, he teaches them to rob God when it comes to giving their offerings.

The opposition towards giving offering started a long time ago when Cain killed his brother Abel because he was jealous that Abel gave his best offering to the Lord. Even to this day, the devil opposes people from bringing what is best to the Lord because He knows that their offering shows the love they have for the Lord. The devil also plants seeds of doubt, complaints and negative attitudes in people’s minds towards offering because he knows that the Lord loves a cheerful giver (2 Corinthians 9:7). Through offering, blessings overflow upon people. Offering is a vehicle for blessings, when you sow seeds of offering, you receive a bountiful harvest.

The enemy wants to defeat Christians in the battle of offering because he does not want them to experience the abundance of the Lord. Thus, after heeding to the enemy’s manipulations people end up presenting offerings that are not pleasing to the Altar of God. They give God what is crippled, lame and despised hence the Lord is not pleased with those people. Most people give a few thousands from their multi millions and they feel like they gave God too much when their offering did not even make a dent from their deep pockets! Such people are fooling themselves because God works in percentages, He knows what they can afford yet they disrespect Him with their lame offerings. Child of God, you need to be a soldier and win this battle of offering. The Lord wants you to experience an open heaven and not to worry about your suppliers. He wants to take care of your produce so that it does not get devoured by the devourer. Offering is not an option, but it is a command from the Almighty God.

When you refuse to offer you are directly rebelling against the Lord and rebellion is equated to the sin of witchcraft (1 Samuel 15:23). If you tithe an offering that is less than your 10% earnings, you are cursing yourself! It is better for you not to give at all than to bring such dishonour to the Lord.

Brethren, do not fall into this trap of the devil. Who amongst us enjoys hearing that the Lord is not pleased with them? Would you like it if the Lord were to shut His Altar and reject your offering? What will become of you should the Lord curse you? If you know that you have not been doing right in terms of tithes and offerings it is time for you to repent and do right. The Lord shall reward you when you do that. When you sow bountifully, you shall reap bountifully (2 Corinthians 9:6). The Lord shall command His blessing to dwell upon your storehouse. You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the field. The Lord will cause His face to shine upon you and you shall be blessed with the blessings of Abraham. Blessings will follow you wherever you go! May the Lord bless you as you sow your seed of offering in the name of Jesus!