Understanding what you are offering God (not just monetarily) is of the utmost importance while seeking breakthrough.
And in the process of time it came to pass that Cain brought an offering of the fruit of the ground to the Lord. Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat. And the Lord respected Abel and his offering, but He did not respect Cain and his offering. And Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell. (Genesis 4:3-5 NKJV)
Both Cain and Abel gave an offering, but God was only pleased with Abel. Why? Abel brought his first and best to God.
Your best is required in order for you to reach whatever point He has shown you. I’m not sure in which area or areas you are short changing God (it may be in tithes and offerings or it may not); but you must make sure you are giving Him your best and honoring Him first.
There is this belief circulating within some Believers that is purely unscriptural. I have heard people say it in the church, I have read it online…the belief is this:
Giving God “what you can afford” or believing the act of giving in and of itself is enough.
This is untrue, don’t fall victim to this belief.
Again, for you, the giving area may not be in finances. You have to seek God in order for Him to tell you which areas need adjusting or what He is requiring of you.
Cain gave an offering to God; but, God was neither pleased with the offering nor Cain. Through this you see that giving involves more than the action itself. You may have noticed times within the Bible where God makes a promise and the promise involves an exchange: the recipient is expected to give something in return (if you didn’t don’t worry I’m going to explain it to you).
Here are two examples:
Then He said, “Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.” (Genesis 22:2 NKJV)
God promises Abraham that he will be the father of many nations (among other things) and that he will have a son. Sarah, his wife, bears him a son and God instructs him to offer the son up to Him. The act itself is never completed, but Abraham is preparing to do so when the Spirit of the Lord stops him.
The Promise: Father of many nations
Exchange: Abraham’s Son
Then she made a vow and said, “O Lord of hosts, if You will indeed look on the affliction of Your maidservant and remember me, and not forget Your maidservant, but will give Your maidservant a male child, then I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life, and no razor shall come upon his head.” (1 Samuel 1:11 NKJV)
Hannah, one of Elkanah’s 2 wives, was distraught because she had been unable to conceive and bare children. Quite naturally, she desired to have them and she prayed the above prayer. In exchange for a son, she in turn promised God she would give the son to Him.
To make a long story short, Hannah bore the son (Samuel), and he ended up going to the temple after he is weaned. Don’t be alarmed by this. During those days boys were weaned no earlier than 3 and sometimes not until age 7.
Promise: A son
Exchange: The son
In both of these situations, the person receiving the promise gives something in return. Now, God didn’t make Abraham go through with the act, it was a test of His faithfulness as well as a foreshadowing of Jesus’ sacrifice.
For those of you whom are seeking a breakthrough/the physical manifestation of a promise, ask yourself three things: What is the Lord requiring in return? Am I giving it? Am I short changing Him?