Today we welcome Jan Monski to Breath on Paper and Guest Writer Week.
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.” (Phil. 4:8)
As a new Christian, all I wanted was to be OBEDIENT to do or not do whatever the Bible said! My life was still in turmoil following a divorce and I needed peace…
Well, the very next verse says,
“Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me – put into practice. And the God of PEACE will be with you.” Philippians 4:9
Well, there it was, PEACE! And not just peace, but the God of peace. And, He would be with me! That means what I think about determines my peace or lack thereof.
So, I (sort of) memorized the verse and said it over and over whenever the stresses of life started to overwhelm me. And you know what? Peace replaced turmoil! It worked! God’s Word when applied to my life did exactly what it said it would do! Imagine that!! I was hungry to put more of His Word into practice.
At that time my problems centered on the lack of money due to non-payment of child support. I was ticked and stressed. When I told a friend she said, “Well, Jan, he is not your provider, God is”.
Then she went on to tell me what Malachi says about robbing God. She said God promised to be our Provider if we tithed. Well, I didn’t tithe. (I’d only been saved 2 months!) When I got home that night I looked up Malachi and read that I was robbing God because I didn’t tithe. It said I was under a curse and should bring the whole tithe into His storehouse. There it was in black and white.
I made $900 a month and a tithe would be $90. I did NOT have an extra $90 in my budget but I was determined to be obedient! So, I told God He had a problem! Further in Malachi God said if I tithed, He would open the windows of heaven and pour out blessings I couldn’t contain. That sounded like a good deal to me. So, I committed beginning in the New Year I would tithe. $90 to God was at the top of my new 1981 budget!
That was 35 years ago and I still strive to be obedient. I’ve learned I cannot out give God. He has/is pouring out blessings I cannot contain. It wasn’t hard to promise to give God my 10% when I knew I didn’t have it. The responsibility to provide was on God not me! I make a lot more money now. More than I need. And, I’ve learned and I know 100% of everything I have really belongs to Him. He just allows me to be His steward and funnel it as He sees fit. It is truly a joy to be able to give, not only a tithe but offerings as well.
There are so many Bible verses that are applicable to our everyday living. My advice is, read the bible over and over. It will meet you at your point of need and give you directions that, if you are obedient and follow, will guide your life and give you a peace that passes understanding no matter what you may be going through.
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Having aborted her fourth baby, Jan Monski was divorced, responsible for her youngest child and desperately searching for God. She found Him in a Christian singles group and since then her single goal has been to be obedient to His Word, the Bible. As the Director for Positive Choices, Jan has committed the last 25 years to saving other women from similar pain she went through.