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28 Sept 2020 Word by Honorary Pastor Rev Alicia Teo

Today's Inspiration: In flesh and Spirit the married couple is made one. The Lord is seeking godly offspring. So you must guard yourself in your spirit and don't break faith with the wife of your youth. Malachi 2:15. In verse 13 God's people are wondering why their offerings were not acceptable enough to be eligible for His blessings. This is in view that God is looking for godly offsprings. Godliness is a respectful reverential attitude whereas Holiness indicates living as God does. Our creator Elohim means godly.

Family is a basic building block not only for society but also for His Kingdom. Parents are agents of God to prepare God's children for the Kingdom of God. Hence, we are to be like Him and take on His creative majesty and power and character.

Obedience is what pleases God as our parents. Therefore, we need to have more faith and obedience. Obedience to His commandments starts from Adam generation until eternity. Blessings are dependent on the condition of obedience in Deuteronomy 28:1-14. Until we walk right, blessings do not flow. Like the days of Cain and Abel, Prophet Malachi was rebuking the Jews for not bringing their best offering to the altar but defiled food in Malachi 1:7. In v9-10 He said such offerings are not acceptable. By so doing they have profaned the altar. V12. Everyone who vows to give good offerings and yet give leftovers are considered a cheat and is under a curse. For He is a great King says the Lord Almighty and His name is to be feared among the Nations even beyond Israel in v14. In Malachi 2:2 He spoke about honoring Him as their parents or their blessings will be cursed. This He speaks to the priests and it applies to all of us being priesthood of believers.

God was actually addressing the break-up of covenantal marriages and union of same sex which is not reverence to God. Malachi 2:14-16. As a priest of God we are to preserve knowledge and sought the Lord to bring right message to the people as we are messengers of God. But teachings were compromised and society has been perverted. V7-10.

Hence offerings need to be acceptable to the Lord holy and in reverence of Him and to be of the best from what we have before blessings can flow. Therefore, as we approach the feast of tabernacle let's prepare our best as first fruits this weekend on 4 October that the name of the Lord be revered and praised so that the flood gates of heaven will be opened for the glory of God until there is no room to contain. God be praised for your generous spirit!

Prayer: Heavenly Father let Your name be praised always and let our offerings of Thanksgiving, praises and first fruits be acceptable to you that You can open the floodgate of heaven to be opened and pour out a blessing to us beyond our imagination. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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