Psalm 24:1 New Living Translation (NLT) says that “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it.” The world and all its people belong to Him.
Being in the finance business for over 15 years I have had LOTS of conversation on tithing and budgets with clients. I love watching people of faith honor God with their tithes and see them prosper in so many venues of life for their obedience.
I was especially blessed by a couple that is going through some challenging times yet they are solid and faithful on their monthly tithe to God. I reminded them that God will bless their obedience and faithfulness and they quickly responded full of joy about how He had already in so many ways.
I have watched others walking in their faith that don’t tithe or say the “can’t afford” to tithe and then struggle in so many ways. Here is my advice – “You can’t afford NOT to tithe” and let me offer some scripture to give you a foundation. There is only ONE time in scriptures that God allows us to test him … it’s in
“Should people cheat God? Yet you have cheated me! “But you ask, ‘What do you mean? When did we ever cheat you?’ “You have cheated me of the tithes and offerings due to me. You are under a curse, for your whole nation has been cheating me. Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in my Temple. If you do,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, “I will open the windows of heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing so great you won’t have enough room to take it in! Try it! Put me to the test!
I think God knew from the creation of time that we would need the grace to test this out… I mean seriously there is so much greed in our hearts… we want more and more not only in tangible finance, but the recognition that WE made it happen all while believing this is going to fill the empty void in the core of who we are that can only be filled by God and His radical love for us…
God instructs us in
Deuteronomy 14:22 New Living Translation (NLT)
22 “You must set aside a tithe of your crops—one-tenth of all the crops you harvest each year. 23 Bring this tithe to the designated place of worship—the place the Lord your God chooses for his name to be honored—and eat it there in his presence. This applies to your tithes of grain, new wine, olive oil, and the firstborn males of your flocks and herds. Doing this will teach you always to fear the Lord your God.
Simply 10% of all He has given you should be returned to Him through those that feed you His word, your place of worship ie: Your church. So why do people have such a hard time with that? I think in-part because we have a false believing that WE are the ones that made it so we can keep it! SCARRY Place to be as again in Psalm 24: it says that “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it.” The world and all its people belong to Him.
You see EVERYTHING is God’s and HE is the one that has allowed you to have the job you have, the education and knowledge because ALL Things come from HIM. We are given the wonderful opportunity to steward HIS assets and in doing so, He tells us in
Luke 16: 10 “If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities.
We make it so hard… See, if God can’t even trust you with 10% of the 100% HE gave you to steward, how in the world can HE trust you with anything more?
The reality is that God is the one who GIVES and He can also take away for our own good. Job experienced a crazy outpouring of trial and yet always stayed faithful to God. That was the whole point of the testing that was allowed, that God KNEW Job was faithful and in return for the trials, Job was blessed even greater than before the season of testing was allowed upon him.
Job says in 1:21 “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return there; the Lord gave, and the Lord taken away: Bless be the name of the Lord”
So where are you today in your finances?
Will you allow the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords use YOU as a wise steward for HIS riches, or will you choose yourself over Him?
I promise you, as I have seen it OVER AND OVER AND OVER again… As you surrender to Him and Honor HIM in what HE has blessed you with by returning just 10% of what HE has blessed you with YOU WILL BE AMAZED as God is faithful!!
I would even challenge you to sow your 10% back to your house of worship (Church) and then ask God what would you like as an offering? The offering is above the 10% which God would love for you to bless those around you, maybe a family in need…
Offering is above the tithe it’s the heart of God… He loves you so much and you can never out give God. Try it, He gave you permission, and watch what miracles will come from your obedience!!!
I would love to hear your stories as you step out in faith and follow this advice.