Our Lord is a faithful God. He is sovereign and because His spirit lives within us He wants us to display the same spirit of faithfulness. One of His commands on being faithful and being a follower of Him is to tithe.
The purpose of tithing is to teach you always to put God first in your lives. Deuteronomy 14:23, The Living Bible.
Many people feel as though they can’t afford tithing. They are living paycheck to paycheck and aren’t able to give. But, that is where faith comes in. Tithing shows the Lord that you trust that He always
provides. The Lord wants to know that you consider Him your top priority and that you love and honor Him above all else. When we tithe it shows our faithfulness and loyalty to the Lord, and He blesses us for our faith in Him. It also shows Him that you recognize that all gifts are from above. By giving a portion of what is already His, you are still able to keep a lot of what has been given to you (which is His too).
Always remember that it is the Lord your God who gives you the ability to produce wealth. Deuteronomy 8:18
God has been so faithful in the area of tithing and I always love how sweet and creative He is with giving back. The exciting thing about giving is it’s an investment — not only in Him, but in furthering His
How we spend our money and our time shows what we place our value in.
So, take a look at how you spend your money. What if instead of spending it on yourself, you gave the first portion you received to the Lord? He isn’t concerned with how or where you give, but it’s the heart behind the giving that is most important. He is faithful! Trust Him in this act of giving. Expectations of receiving back should not be our motivation for giving, so if your heart is not in the right place to give, pray and ask that He change it.
Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.” And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others (2 Corinthians 9:6-8).
9/21/13: Zechariah 8-14.
9/22/13: Esther 1-5.
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