I am a faithful tither and giver.  I agreed with the petition in October of 2003 and held it up regularly in prayer.  About fourteen months later, the Lord placed almost half a million dollars into my hands.  He also gave me a list of individuals and ministries that I was to bless, and He told me the specific amounts with which I was to bless them.  Not only did I complete the tasks He gave me to do, but He allowed me to pay all of my bills and purchase many things that I had desired for many years.  For the very first time, I have experienced Malachi 3:10.

10 Bring all the tithes (the whole tenth of your income) into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and prove Me now by it, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. (AMP)

But the best part of what I have experienced is the unmatchable joy of large-scale giving.  I can still see the tears and hear the cries of joy and laughter as God’s people received.  They gave God the glory.  It blesses me every time I think about it.  The Lord let me know that I was one of His ‘deliverers’. 

Psalm 126 says,

1 WHEN THE Lord brought back the captives [who returned] to Zion, we were like those who dream [it seemed so unreal]. 2 Then were our mouths filled with laughter, and our tongues with singing. Then they said among the nations, The Lord has done great things for them. 3 The Lord has done great things for us! We are glad! 4 Turn to freedom our captivity and restore our fortunes, O Lord, as the streams in the South (the Negeb) [are restored by the torrents]. 5 They who sow in tears shall reap in joy and singing. 6 He who goes forth bearing seed and weeping [at needing his precious supply of grain for sowing] shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him. (AMP)

For many years I had sown in tears, living from paycheck to paycheck.  But as I was sowing in tears, I was learning and growing until I stepped into one of the many mighty harvests that the Lord has for His people.