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. And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the Lord of hosts. [Malachi 3:10-11].
Tithing brings you into partnership with the Lord and this means giving Him a tenth of all your income and every blessing He brings your way continually. When you do this, He fulfils His own part of the bargain by releasing into your life an unprecedented financial grace.
If you want God to bless your finances, put Him first in your finances. This is called the spiritual discipline of tithing. It is the habit of a believer by which God is very much particular. It is obvious that God doesn’t need your money, so then, the question is why does He ask for it? It is because of what it represents: your life. God uses this to test your faith, your priorities, and your gratitude. When you give your tithe to God, it’s gratitude for the past (“God, I wouldn’t have anything if it weren’t for you”), it’s prioritization in the present (“God, I want you first in my life”), and it’s a statement of faith in the future (“God, I believe that you’re going to keep your promises”). Tithing is also a test of your trust. God tests us because he wants us to become like him. He is the greatest giver, and when we show that we are trustworthy with our finances, we become more like the Great Giver.
Tithing is God’s principal term of the covenant of abundance. It is the law of the Spirit that launches us into realms of financial fortune, which is part of the provisions of redemption (2 Corinthians 8:9). Thus, tithing is ordained to make rich and grant us access to our wealthy place in Christ. Tithe is also God’s portion that makes the remainder meaningful. It is tithe that gives value to other avenues of giving.
When financial slumps come, that is not a time to quit tithing and giving, in fact, it is a time to put more seed in the ground. If you don’t give the first 10% of your income to the Lord, the Bible says that you are robbing God and yourself, because if you have no seed, you have no harvest. But when you sow your tithe to the Lord, you can expect a harvest in your finances. Resolve to be committed to tithing today. Shalom.
Thank you precious Father, for blessing me in all things, and making me a blessing to my world. I declare that I’m mightily blessed today as I give my tithe to You, I receive increase and open doors of opportunities, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
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