Give God His Tithe (1)
Instead of saying, ‘I’m giving God my tithe,’ you should say, ‘I’m giving God His tithe.’ But you say, ‘I earned it, so I own it.’ No.
The Bible says, ‘The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it; the world, and all who live in it’ (Psalms 24:1 NIV). God owns every square foot of land on earth and every person who walks on it—including you. You’re not an owner, you’re a steward! And while a good steward deserves to be well rewarded by his master, his first priority is to please him and carry out his will.
The Bible says, ‘A tithe of everything…belongs to the Lord…’ Get your thinking straight on this issue! In God’s eyes 10 per cent of your income is ‘dedicated funds’ to be used for one thing only—His purposes on the earth. And tithing isn’t how the church raises its budget; it’s how God raises His children.
We distort God’s Word when we teach tithing as a means of getting money to pay off church debt, or as a substitute for other worn-out methods of fundraising, or as a cure-all for the church’s financial shortfalls. The Bible says, ‘…son (daughter)… give me your heart…’ (Proverbs 23:26 NIV).
When God has your heart’s deepest affection you’ll give gladly, not grudgingly. The first man in Scripture to tithe was Abraham.
Why did he do it?
Because he was grateful God had delivered him from the hand of an enemy who was out to destroy him.
Has God delivered you?
Has He blessed you?
Then show your gratitude by giving Him His portion!
‘A tithe of everything…belongs to the Lord…’ Leviticus 27:30 NIV
ENCOURAGEMENT 4 TODAY
Acts 20:24; 26:17-18; 2 Timothy 4:7-8, 18
I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course & the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God. I am sending you to open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light & from the power of Satan to God that they may receive forgiveness of sins & a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have kept the faith! Henceforth there
is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that day, & not only to me but also to all who have loved His appearing! The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed & bring me safely into His heavenly kingdom!
God is so amazing! He has rescued us & given each of us a ministry of rescue! Run well today! Never delay!