Law thinking drives us deeper into ourselves, relying on fleshly resources rather than the kind and infinite resources of our Heavenly Father.
For example, it is commonly taught in the church that God requires a tithe — meaning a tenth of all. Then people get into all sorts of debates about what God requires: do we tithe off gross pay or net? What if I’m unemployed? What it I can’t pay my bills?
Meanwhile, statisticians tell us that less than 10% of church-going people actually do tithe. Some recent reports put it at well below 5%*
Malachi 3:8-9 says:
 “Will a man rob God?
Yet you have robbed Me!
But you say,
‘In what way have we robbed You?’
In tithes and offerings.
 You are cursed with a curse,For you have robbed Me,
Even this whole nation. (NKJV)
According to Malachi 3:8-9, 90% of the church is robbing God and are under a curse. That certainly is law thinking: “Do and be blessed, don’t do and be cursed!” (Deuteronomy 28 & 29)
So how do people react toward God when they think they are under a curse? Do they approach God or avoid Him? Scripture is abundantly clear that man under law is cursed, self-centered, in bondage to sin! When Adam and Eve fell, they ran from God, were ashamed and resorted to their own devices (fig leaves) to deal with it.
- I am under God’s curse.
- God won’t bless my finances.
- Therefore, I can’t expect God’s help and resources for my finances.
- Therefore, I can’t rely on God’s help and resources for my finances.
- Therefore, when it comes to money, I am on my own.
- Therefore, somehow, someway I have to make ends meet. Whatever it takes.
For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse; for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all things which are written in the book of the law, to do them.” (NKJV)
For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all. (NKJV)
The “I am cursed” mindset is the inexorable result of operating, even in the slightest measure, under the law. It breeds avoidance of God, an orphan mentality and reliance upon fleshly resources to meet our needs. This leads to failure and sin.
 Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (NKJV)
The definite result of Jesus’ doing all perfectly for us is that we come boldly:
- To the throne of grace. Grace is God loving us, accepting us and blessing us, not because we are so good and earned it, but simply because of God is that good and gives it. What a contrast is this throne of grace to the throne of judgment (Rev 20:11-15)! The throne of grace causes us to boldly and confidently approach God. The throne of judgment causes even earth and sky to flee away (Rev 20:11)
- That we may obtain mercy. Only the guilty need mercy. The word presupposes that we have committed wrong against God. Yet here at the wonderful throne of grace we obtain mercy. God deals with us, not according to our sin and failure, but with mercy.
- And find grace to help in time of need. At this great throne of grace we find the greatest source of help in our time of need: the riches of God’s grace. The endless storehouse of His generous provision!
And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. (NIV)
- To make all grace abound to us. Not just a little grace, but all grace. As if that isn’t enough, God makes all grace abound to us. Full and overflowing!
- SO THAT. Here’s the inevitable effect of God’s ability and abounding totality of grace in our lives…
- In all things. No matter the circumstance, situation or demand.
- At all times. It never lets up. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Any time. All the time.
- Having all that you need. Not “will have”, but having. It is already ours, in our possession, right now.
- Now the incredible consequence of all this: you will abound in every good work. This is the outcome of God’s amazing ability, grace and riches, given freely through Christ in our lives: we have more than enough for ourselves, so that we can bless others. This is ultimate generosity, creating joyful givers who don’t give under compulsion (2 Cor 9:7).
“I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly”.