God is challenging me to place my faith in HIS management of my finances instead of my own. He is leading me to plant some financial mustard seeds and I’m struggling. God is teaching me some important lessons about how I need to change. I will struggle LESS to plant the mustard seed of faith when the soil of my heart is pure, because when my heart has been pure, I’ve SEEN God grow fruit in my garden. You see, as we root out the weeds of sin, pour on the Living Water, plant the seeds of faith and allow the Son of Life to warm our soil—we begin to see fruit grow that we KNOW is from GOD! We also KNOW it WILL happen because God’s promises are more sure than the sun and the rain that HE created! Are we ready to put God’s promises to the test—just like He challenged us to do? Yes—God challenges us to TEST Him and the question is: Are we ready to rise to the challenge? In the Book of Malachi, God laid down the gauntlet for us to test Him when He said: “Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need.” (Malachi 3:10) God’s challenge: Give 10% and watch me bless—I DARE you! Well, if giving 10% of our resources opens up a STREAM of blessings, won’t a larger percentage open up a FLOOD? If we belong to God, it ALL belongs to Him anyway—right? Why not take Him up on His challenge with EVERYTHING we’ve got? I mean—why not? Is there any safer bet with everything we own? Is there any more sure investment of our time or resources than in His will? We must stop believing that the security which this world offers is greater than the security of The One Who made the world! We will not believe in Him this way until we purify our heart and draw close to Him. When we purify the soil of our heart, He teaches us to place ALL of our trust in Him and then—we begin to see Him move mountains and pour out a flood of blessings from heaven!