God takes tithing very seriously. (Flickr/Pictures of Money)

There is a principle I embrace in my life and in my daily counseling sessions, and I call it "blessed money or cursed money." God takes tithing very seriously. In fact, we get to choose whether or not our money is blessed or cursed—and I hope after reading this article, you take the steps you need to have your finances blessed by God.

Malachi 3:6-12 is a good passage to study to determine if someone is blessed or cursed financially. Keep in mind, this was written to the people of God.

For I am the Lord, I do not change; therefore you, O sons of Jacob, are not consumed.  From the days of your fathers you have gone away from My ordinances and have not kept them. Return to Me, and I will return to you, says the Lord of Hosts.

But you say, "How shall we return?"

 Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed Me.

But you say, "How have we robbed You?"

In tithes and offerings. You are cursed with a curse, your whole nation, for you are robbing Me.  Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this, says the Lord of Hosts, if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing, that there will not be room enough to receive it. I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, so that it will not destroy the fruit of your ground, and the vines in your field will not fail to bear fruit, says the Lord of Hosts. Then all the nations will call you blessed, for you will be a delightful land, says the Lord of Hosts.

I believe in tithing and believe everyone would be wise to tithe. My point is not about tithing, however, but about being under the authority of the word of God. In this passage, God is determining whether a person or nation of people are blessed or cursed depending on their obedience. Their obedience to God's commands to tithe eventually bless the individual and the nation with money beyond what they could imagine. Disobedience to God's command to tithe caused God to curse the money of those who didn't tithe. As a side note - I meet with people who are in pain or in crisis with in their lives or marriages. Over 20 years, I have asked Christian couples about the structure of their marriage, such as dating, spirituality, sexuality, sharing feelings, social life and money. When it comes to significant financial trouble, every Christian couple who had had financials problems did not tithe. On the other hand, I also have seen the fruition of many of my multi-millionaire friends who tithe abundantly and regularly.

If you are under authority and tithing, your money is blessed. If you are not under authority by not tithing, your money is cursed. My thought is, if you're going to have money, it might as well be blessed money. You get to choose whether your money is blessed or cursed. You are under the authority of the Most High God. Why would you not want your money blessed by him? I love that we get to decide to be blessed.

Doug Weiss, Ph.D., is a nationally known author, speaker and licensed psychologist. He is the executive director of Heart to Heart Counseling Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and the author of several books including Clean. You may contact Dr. Weiss via his website, drdougweiss.com or on his Facebook, by phone at 719-278-3708 or through email at heart2heart@xc.org.

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