In Deuteronomy 16:16, God warned His people never to appear before Him empty.
“…No man should appear before the LORD empty-handed:”
This warning was actually repeated severally in the bible. In other words, never offer the Lord worship that cost you nothing.
God wants you to be successful, prosperous, and wealthy. But you must understand that to experience this blessings, you must go beyond yourself. It’s not just about what you can do for yourself, or what other people can do for you. It’s also about your ability to provoke the direct intervention of God in your affairs.
In order to experience the beautiful realities that God has willed for you, He has to become actively, forcefully, and aggressively involved in your affairs. This is because there are mysterious, invisible, and spiritual resistances to progress. As the Apostle Paul wrote, we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, powers, and spiritual wickedness in high places. These evil forces are constantly striving to stop you in any conceivable arena of life.
None of these powers, however, can stand God. This is why you need to learn to provoke God in your affairs through worship.
This is how it works: Worship distinguishes you from other believers. It sets you apart, because through worship you are making a powerful statement to God. Whenever you worship God with your substance, you are letting Him know that He is precious to you.
God then sees you as special too!
Then everything concerning you becomes His top priority. Consequently, your level of victory, breakthrough, favour, and success begin to rise. You begin to experience victory in all areas of your life. God starts to silence the foe and the avenger, and moves against anybody that dares to rise up against you.
Thus, when God said “…No man should appear before the LORD empty-handed,” He is actually telling you to show Him why He should be involved in your life.