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Spiritual Habits: Tithing

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Today I am reading day 213 of Rick Warren’s Daily Devotional:

Spiritual Habits: Tithing

We develop spiritual fitness when we honor God by giving him a tithe every week. Tithing is the spiritual habit of giving back to God the first 10 percent of all I make. If I make $100, I give $10 back to God; if I make $1000, I give $100 back to God. I get to keep 90 percent, but I give 10 percent to Him.

Why would anybody have to do that? Because God says so and that’s reason enough. If you don’t do it, you’re disobeying God. But there are more reasons. Jesus says, “Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.” (Matthew 6:21 NLT)

The reason I tithe is to draw me closer to God. The Bible says wherever you put your money is where your heart is. If I put my money in a boat, that’s where my affection goes. If I put God first when it comes to my money, it says, “God, you’re first in my life.”

If you show me how you spend your time and how you spend your money, I’ll show you what’s important in your life. No matter what you say is important — show me your schedule and your checkbook stubs and I’ll tell you what’s really important to you.

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Giving Back to God

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Today I am reading day 26 of Rick Warren’s Daily Devotional:

Giving Back to God

Proverbs 3:9-10 Honor the Lord by making him an offering from the best of all that your land produces. If you do, your barns will be filled with grain, and you will have too much wine to store it all.

Malachi 3:10 Bring the full amount of your tithes to the Temple, so that there will be plenty of food there. Put me to the test and you will see that I will open the windows of heaven and pour out on you in abundance all kinds of good things.

The purpose of tithing is to teach us to always put God first in our lives. God doesn’t need our money. He wants what it represents: our gratitude, our priorities and our faith.

Now look at these verses in Proverbs 3. Do you see where it says, “Honor the Lord by giving him the leftovers of all your income’. Now, you can see, that’s NOT what it says at all.

It says, “Honor the Lord with your possessions and with the first produce of your entire harvest “. We give to God first, before anyone else, right off the top of our income.

And here is the promise, “Then your barns will be completely filled, and your vats will overflow with new wine”. You and I are called to give back to God in gratitude, but also as a demonstration of our priorities. And, it is a demonstration of our faith in his promises.

In Malachi 3:10, God says, “Bring all the tithes into the storehouse “. That means the place where you worship. Then God says, “Put me to the test!” In a sense, “Test me and see how I will bless you for your obedience’.
God says he will provide all that you need. He doesn’t say he’ll provide all that we greed, but all that we need.

God Blesses You When You Tithe

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Today I am reading day 22 of Rick Warren’s Daily Devotional:

God Blesses You When You Tithe

Malachi 3:10 Bring the full amount of your tithes to the Temple, so that there will be plenty of food there. Put me to the test and you will see that I will open the windows of heaven and pour out on you in abundance all kinds of good things.

Tithing is giving the first part of your income (traditionally 10 percent) back to God to honor him. So if you make ten dollars, you’d give one dollar back to God.

Does God need your money? Of course not. He owns it all anyway. But he wants what it represents – your heart.

Let’s take a closer look at today’s verse. “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse that there may be food in my house.” What’s a storehouse? It’s wherever you worship. Your act of giving is an act of worship in the house of worship.

Did you know that in the Bible, this is the only place that says you can prove there is a God? God says, “Try tithing and see if I don’t exist. We’ll play a little game. You give to me and I’ll give to you and we’ll see who wins.”

I’ve been playing this game with God for 35 years and every year I lose. When Kay and I got married, we decided we would tithe the first 10 percent of everything we made. We even decided that if we were in debt, God would still get paid before anyone else. And I will tell you, sometimes it was scary. Sometimes I was out of work and I didn’t know where the money was going to come from, but God provided.

Trust God and see if he doesn’t “pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.”

Investing God’s Way

From Brother Damien On Behalf Of CFM Committee

Dear Friends,

During this Chinese New Year period, you will hear greetings of wealth, health, peace, happiness and other blessings being exchanged among relatives and friends.

I am glad to announce that our God has not only provided all these blessings and more for us but He also wishes that we are aware of His blessings and how to attain it.

In respect of wealth, there are ample scriptures to testify that God is not against it but He is against covetousness. It is often said that money is not evil but the love of money is the root of all evil.

This is actually from the Bible and found in 1 Tim 6.10. The important truths about money are that firstly God does not need our money, secondly, the purpose of money is for the furtherance of God’s work and thirdly,  to bless those in need.

Once we know these truths and start to invest our money in God’s way, we are actually sowing seeds of wealth which will surely germinate into actual crops of great wealth which will not only meet our earthly needs but will overflow to meet the desires of our heart.

Below is a wonderful article by Pastor Kenneth E Hagin on the principle of sowing and reaping in the natural and spiritual realms.

Investing God’s Way
by Rev. Kenneth E. Hagin 

Philippians 4:19 My God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

There is a law of sowing and reaping in both the natural and the spiritual realms. And it’s a law that works! Yet from my experience, more people fail when it comes to faith for finances than for anything else. The reason is that they’re trying to exercise faith for finances, but they haven’t planted any seed! They want God to bless their finances even though they haven’t sown anything.

The Bible plainly states, “GIVE, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete [measure] withal it shall be measured to you again” (Luke 6:38).

The Bible also plainly says, “He which SOWETH sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully” (2 Corinthians 9:6).

If you want a bountiful crop, you’ve got to sow bountifully. You can’t reap a crop without sowing seed. You can’t go out into your backyard and say, “I’m going to pick some tomatoes,” if the ground hasn’t been prepared and the seed sown. The first step, then, toward getting your financial needs met is to obey the Bible.

MALACHI 3:10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.

God said we are to bring our tithes-10 percent of our income-into the storehouse, and in return He will open up the windows of Heaven. “Prove me now herewith,” he said.

So just go ahead and obey the Bible in the area of finances. Pay your tithes and give offerings. Act on God’s Word in faith, and God will bless you because He’s faithful and true to His Word.

Then beyond cooperating with God’s laws concerning tithing and giving offerings, be open to receive further light from His Word concerning giving to others.

Also, be sensitive to the Holy Spirit, Who will very often direct you specifically to give. Now don’t do something just because somebody else did. Don’t operate on someone else’s experience. Operate on what you know the Bible says, and operate on what the Holy Spirit is saying to you.

You don’t have to have any “leading” to pay tithes and give offerings. You don’t need to be led to give and sow. The Bible tells you to do those things, so just do them. But when you get out beyond that, it’s when you obey the Spirit of God that things happen.

Start where you are. Be faithful to obey the Word by paying your tithes and giving offerings. And be obedient to the leading of the Holy Spirit when He directs you specifically to give. You can’t out-give God. If you sow seeds bountifully in faith and obedience, you will reap an abundant harvest of blessings!

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