What Is Tithing
The Bible indicates that God’s people followed the law of tithing anciently; through modern prophets, God restored this law once again to bless His children. To fulfill this commandment, Church members give one-
Many Christians struggle with the issue of tithing. In some churches giving is over-
"Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own? "No servant can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money."
"if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property who will give you property of your own"
Those things that are entrusted to us by God are not really ours they are the Lords, and he has seen fit to place us in Charge of them. I Corinthians. 4:2 "It is required in stewards that a man be found faithful...
Notice it is a requirement...not a request
There are many verses in the bible that are requirements We call them imperatives. They are Gods expectations for us We as people of God, we are stewards... that is a fact we cannot ignore.
• Some people only want to give partial service to God
• They only want to give partial stewardship to the Lord.
Is it not safe to say that if you give halfhearted service to the Lord you are
robbing him of something.
It is robbery to withhold from God things that belong to him.
1. It is robbery to withhold from God our Love.
2. It is robbery to withhold the time that he wants us to devote to him.
3. It is robbery to withhold from God Money or anything else of which we
are a steward.
I want to share three Biblical Principles about tithing
I. Tithing is an Aspect of old Testament law that we are still required to obey. The aspects of the Law that we are required to observe include:
1. Holiness -
In the NT (Romans 12) says: present your bodies as a living sacrifice holy and expectable unto the Lord, which is your reasonable service.
We are not freed up from the OT admonition to be holy.
2. Nor are we freed from The Law of Obedience, both the Old and the New Testament teach that "TO KNOW GODS WILL IS TO BE ACCOUNTABLE TO IT"
Jesus says "If you love me you will obey what I command"
3. Tithing also is an OT command that has not passed away. And
A. The Old testament has significant things to say concerning the law of finances
1. Tithing did not originate under the law.
Some people say "The Lord doesn’t really care if I tithe or not, because that was under the law, and the Old covenant has passed away"
2. It is true that tithing is under the law, but it is not only under the law Nor is it where tithing began…
Tithing of resources to the work of God started, before Moses was even born.
The patriarchs were tithers before the Law was ever given Genesis 14:20
3. Deuteronomy 14:22 "A tenth of everything belongs to God"
From old to new testament we discover that everything really belongs to God, and that we are stewards of the things that he has entrusted to us.
Everything we have belongs to God, and we have been made stewards of it.
B. Now The devil is a sly old fox, and he comes up with all kinds of ideas why we
don’t really have to pay any attention to that. He gives us all kinds of reasons why we don’t have to tithe.
1. There are times in our life when we believed his lies and stop tithing for a short time.
I assume that everyone reading this teachings desires to obey God and everyone has good intentions to tithe.
Christmas bills are due -
Fuel bills, the car needs maintenance "I can’t tithe then"
Taxes are coming up "can’t tithe"
You have to have Clothing for Easter
There may be too much rain on the crops, and you have to be careful about giving,
Not enough rain "Can’t Tithe"
Vacation expenses have to be paid, because you used a credit card
Can’t tithe because the kid’s need new school clothing
You need some winter clothing, you probably are going to have some doctor bill
That trip to grandma’s house for thanksgiving costs -
You have Christmas shopping starting all over again.
The enemy will give you an excuse all the time for not giving to the Lord what belongs to the Lord.
You have to ignore the Devil and his arguments and his lies, but how do we do that.... Colossians 3:2 says "Set your affections on thing above not on things on the earth." The Devil will not have an opportunity to lie to you. Don’t worry about the future so much.
Let me take you to a second Biblical principle.
II. Tithers avoid the curse of God
A. The word of God warns us of failing to Give to God what is due to him Haggai 1: 4-
Very simply the message is: You need to be careful to take care of the things of God to avoid the curse of God upon your life. Malachi 3:9 "You are under a curse, the whole nation of you, because you are robbing me"
The warning to us there is that we are guilty of robbing God the tenth of our increase.
B. Tithers have promises of God’s blessing Malachi 3:10
• Pastors are required to Give their ministry tithe to the denomination and members give to the Local church.
• There was a period of time in my life when we felt that I could not afford to pay my tithe because there were just too many bills. I began to get behind on what I owed God and it seemed like the more I used that tithe for myself every week the worse off I were. I realized that I was missing the boat.
• We could not avoid doing Gods will because we were having a hard time financially.
• I decided that I had to start tithing and be faithful in it no matter what it cost me. What I have experienced is that God has blessed me financially in miraculous ways. God rewarded us for our faithfulness.
Many people have been Tithers and have been blessed for it. Tithing (the money that I have given to the Lord) is "the only investments that I have ever made that have paid constantly increasing dividends. Tithers have a promise from God concerning the blessing of the Lord.
Another blessing of tithing is the Joy of being trusted by God. I am a steward of what God has given me and it is good to know that God trusts me. He gives to you and me an entire check... every month or every two weeks, "every good and perfect gift comes from the Lord."
He gives you your entire check and he trusts you to give from that check your tithe and your offerings. God trusts you. There is joy in realizing that God trusts me
And I don’t want to betray his trust. I want to be faithful with small thing and big things.
The bible says that the kingdom of God is like a merchant looking for fine pearls, and when he finds the pearl of real worth he sells everything he has to buy it"
Traditional thinking says that the pearl of great price is man and that Jesus is the merchant who sell everything in order to possess it. He did give everything by pouring out his life to purchase us by his precious blood.
I have come to understand that parable in a different way. Jesus is the pearl of Great Price and I am the Merchant. Why would I look at it that way? Because when we find Jesus and we come to him and we accept him and receive him, it cost us everything.
Jesus has happiness for us
Joy Peace security eternity
and we marvel at such a pearl. Jesus has offered everything to me. Why shouldn’t I want to have it? How much does it cost? Seller says it is too costly. It’s too dear.
YOU SAY -
FINALLY, HE SAYS DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING ELSE AND YOU SAY " NO I DON’T HAVE ANYTHING ELSE. I’m ALL ALONE THERE IS NOTHING MORE. I WANT YOU TOO, EVERYTHING. EVERYTHING BECOMES MINE.... AND YOU TOO. AND THEN GOD DOES THIS WONDERFUL THING FOR US. HE SAYS " ALL OF THIS STUFF "ITS MINE YOU HAVE GIVEN THEM TO ME" DON’T YOU FORGET THAT THEY ARE MINE, AND WHEN I NEED ANY OF THEM, WHEN I NEED ANY OF THE THINGS THAT YOU ARE USING YOU MUST GIVE THEM TO ME BECAUSE I AM RIGHTFULLY THE OWNER, YOU HAVE TURNED THEM OVER TO ME. FOR THE PEARL OF GREAT PRICE.
DO YOU GET WHAT IS BEING SAID IN THAT PARABLE?
DO WE TITHE BECAUSE THE LAW OF MOSES SAYS TO TITHE OR BECAUSE THE PASTOR SAYS SO?
YOU MUST WANT TO BE FAITHFUL IN GIVING TO THE WORK OF God BECAUSE YOU HAVE A VERY CLEAR UNDERSTANDING THAT YOU MADE A DECISION ONE DAY TO PURCHASE THE PEARL OF GREAT PRICE AND JESUS GAVE EVERYTHING BACK TO US AND SAYS "HERE I TRUST YOU WITH IT, JUST BE SURE THAT AS I HAVE NEED OF THEM THAT YOU GIVE THEM."
WHEN WE GIVE TO GOD’S WORK WE FEEL MORE A PART OF IT BECASUE OUR INVESTMENT IS IT. JESUS SAID WHERE YOUR TREASURE IS THERE YOUR HEART WILL BE ALSO.
JOHN 3:16 SAYS THAT GOD SO LOVED THAT HE GAVE… AND THAT IS THE SPIRIT OF EVERTHING GOD DOES. HE LOVES HE GIVES. MOST OF US HAVE DONE WHAT IT TAKES TO PURCHASE THE PEARL OF GREAT PRICE. LET US CHECK UP TODAY, TO MAKE SURE WE ARE DOING WHAT WE AGREED TO WHEN WE BOUGHT THE PEARL.