“You have sown much, and bring in little; You eat, but do not have enough; You drink, but you are not filled with drink; You clothe yourselves, but no one is warm; And he who earns wages, Earns wages to put into a bag with holes” (Haggai 1:6).

Ever feel like your financial situation is just like a bag with holes in it? You work, you cash your check, but as soon as you get it, it’s going out—the car breaks down, the air-conditioning goes out or you’re hit with unexpected medical expenses. It’s as if the holes are stealing the harvest that God wants you to have.

I like to call this the bag level of blessings and obedience. The bag level is the level of not enough. People with a bag mentality tend to believe that they must hold onto what they have. They work so hard shoving more into the bag that they wear holes in the bottom!

But God says you don’t have to stay at this level. “Thus says the LORD of hosts: ‘Consider your ways!’” (Haggai 1:7). You can move on to a higher level of blessing.

The next couple of days I’m going to talk to you about 3 more levels of blessing: the barrel level, the basket level, and the barn level. But what you need to know now is what God says in Deuteronomy 28. In the second verse it says, “All these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God.”