March 10, 2009
Everyone who is in Christ has been bought by the blood of Christ. You are His. Everything you own has become His. You are only a steward over your money and possessions. Without this, eternity is a curse, and with it, a blessing. He grants you ever increasing love, joy, peace & blessing (this does not mean life is always easy as noted before when discussing testing).
Tithing opens our eyes to God as the One who blesses
Even though everything you own is His, He only gives strict commands on the first ten percent. As you follow Him, He will lead you to give more and more free-will offerings above this. When and how will be readily apparent at that time.
There is a progression that one goes through as a tither. At first we tithe out of duty because it is commanded of us. Next, we live it and begin to realize the supernatural blessing that God gives us as we are faithful. Finally, we love to tithe, and become more attuned to His heart as the One who blesses. We begin to live life step-by-step with God and an eye towards where we can next bless someone over and above our tithe with the surplus He has blessed us with. Let’s look at these. Read the rest of this entry »
March 6, 2009
Our temptation is to look at our own circumstances and decide that they are too difficult and to say that God understands your reasons for not tithing. Please understand that Satan tells everyone this when they’re not in the habit of tithing. By following the wrong master you’re are not allowing God to bless you in the way that He wants to and promises that He will.
Ever feel like you're in a tug of war with your money?
In Malachi 3, God tells us that we are robbing Him when we do not give a tithe. This is hard to understand if we don’t see that God owns everything and that which you have, He has freely handed to you. But He has also instructed you to give back to Him a tithe and offerings. He also says that when we do not, we are under a curse. This is not the framework from which we want to build wealth.
The good news is that He goes on to say that He will bless us immensely when we do bring the tithe to Him. He even says that we can “test Him” on this and watch as He “opens the floodgates” to us. He will protect our assets and cause them to grow. Why wouldn’t we want God actively blessing our labor to create wealth like this? Read the rest of this entry »
March 4, 2009
The tithe is one of the most important things we can do to grow and steward our wealth. Yet most people unaccustomed to this practice or new to faith are horrified by the idea. They feel that they don’t have enough to be giving much away; or that if they did, there would be nothing left to invest. Some just think that their Pastor/Preacher/Priest is just trying to get money out of them.
"But I need it!"
This is just worldly thinking that shows no understanding of the ways of God.
As Paul said, “For God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise…” (1 Cor 1:27-29) It may not seem logical, but tithing and offering is essential if you as a Believer want to amass wealth. We’ll show you how and why in the next few posts, in part, by looking at some history as a guide.
We’ll look at:
- Cain & Abel
- Abraham – Melchizedek
- Mosaic Law
- Malachi’s promise to us
- The tithe that God paid to us Read the rest of this entry »