ROBBING GOD



You have a different writer on this page of the website. I am C. D. Haddock, husband of Zella for almost 60 years. I go by Cal and have substantial life experiences, some of which I would like to have done without. While we often recognize situations as they occur, with a bit of planning, disaster, or at least the adversity, may be averted.

It is with much seasoning, love and respect that I write this page, attempting to point out life situations and some potential solutions to successfully deal with them. If I offend you, please get mad at me, not my beautiful and loving Zella.

The giving of our money and riches is one of the touchiest subjects that can be discussed. We have been taught from the get-go to:

  • Work;
  • Be thrifty;
  • Save for the rainy day;
  • Save for our retirement.
  • All of those things are in order, but few are taught to give the first fruits of our income (tithes and offerings) that already belongs to God, first, and then manage what is left over for our own use.

    Are We Robbing God?

    Are You Robbing God?

    Malachi 3:7-9 KJV

    7Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept them. Return unto me, and I will return unto you; saith the Lord of hosts. But ye said, Wherein shall we return?
    8Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.
    9Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.

    In the above scripture, God, Himself, stipulates this giving as one of His ordinances - and states, "We have not kept them". He also states, He will return to us and remove us from the curse, if we will but pay our tithes and offerings.

    During our marriage, Zella and I have been in need and we have seen times of plenty. We learned early on that if we were faithful to gladly give God His portion first, He was faithful to see that we had what we needed and our bills paid. I might add, this was in times of some mighty lean pickings. We were just getting started, our sons were young and needed some care; and I was not making much money - as little as $50.00 per week in the early 1950's. Regardless, God stretched what we had left to meet the needs!

    Paul, in 2 Corinthians 9:6-7, NIV, said,

    6Remember this, Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.
    7Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

    Luke 6:38 KJV says,

    38Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.

    I realize when we run short of funds to meet the needs and obligations, it is sometimes hard to trust God, but you know,

  • Each morning I see the sun rise;
  • I see the day progress just as He designed it;
  • I see all the critters, including humans, doing what they are taught to do;
  • I see the rain fall as required;
  • I see the sun set;
  • I feel the cool of the evening:
  • I enjoy the rest God designed for us.
  • If we care to walk with Him and trust Him, He will provide through the Holy Spirit, the care, protection and direction we need. I sure find it much easier to walk with Him, put Him first and in charge of my life than to try to do it under my own steam. If I stay out of the way and obey His ordinances, the outcome is never in doubt! God looks after me and mine! It sure would have been much better if I had learned this much earlier in life.

    John 21:15-17 KJV

    15So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him. Feed my lambs.
    16He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep.
    17He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.

    Now, I would like to further ask you to consider this. Jesus directed Peter to "feed and take care of His sheep". All through the Bible, we, the people of God, His children, are referred to as "sheep". Through the years, Pastors and Evangelists have fed and looked after the church (children of God). They have attempted to teach them God's ways; cautioned them regarding lurking dangers wrought by satan; and offered potential solutions to circumvent those situations.

    I sincerely believe Zella and The Holy Spirit have offered this same food on Gospel Shield of Faith. I suspect that you have that same belief or you would not have read this far, particularly on this page. If you are being fed by the Holy Spirit's food on this site, I would suggest that you ask our Father and Jesus what They would have you do to support this work.

    Obviously, Zella considers this the work of Jesus. At the Home Page, she states,

    Zella is currently reaching 3000+ visitors in 90+ countries with 16,000 to 20,000 pages read monthly. Please ask God what He would have you do - then be obedient!!!!

    If He directs you to support this ministry, you may do so by following the instructions below.

  • Thanks for reading!
  • Thanks for supporting Zella!
  • Thanks for being obedient to God!!!
  • I pray Our Father blesses you richly, both spiritually and physically as you are obedient to Him.

    In service for Christ,

    Cal


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