Prayer For Giving of Tithes or Offerings
Tithing and Giving: Your 5 Questions Answered
As the old saying goes: We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.
Three big principles of any solid financial plan are to save, spend and give. Most people forget about the giving part, though, because they think mostly about saving and spending.
But giving—specifically tithing—is just as important. It softens the heart of the giver and frees their soul from dependence on money. You’ll never walk away from giving feeling bad! Giving comes in many forms, with your tithe being the most important, because it’s a biblical mandate.
What is a tithe?
Let’s start with the basics. Simply put, the tithe is the first 10% of your income that should be given to your local church. It’s strictly measured in money, so you can’t replace it with giving your time or your talents.
What does the Bible say about tithing?
According to Leviticus 27:30 (TLB), «A tenth of the produce of the land, whether grain or fruit, is the Lord’s, and is holy.» And 2 Corinthians 9:7 (NIV) says, «Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.»
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What’s the difference between tithing and offerings?
A tithe is an amount (a percentage of your income) and an offering is anything given beyond that, but not in place of the tithe.
After you’ve tithed, you can give in other ways: Giving a cash offering to your church above and beyond the tithe, giving money to a charity you support, giving to a friend or neighbor in need, or giving of your time or talents. Not only does giving of your money or other resources generate good in the lives of others, it also generates contentment in your heart.
Why should I tithe?
The tithe was not put into place for God’s benefit—He already has everything He needs. He doesn’t need our money! (And «our» money is already His anyway.)
Tithing is an act of obedience and should be given freely with pure motives. In other words, we give without expecting anything back in return. And it teaches us to be good stewards of what God has given us.
Tithing was created for our benefit. It teaches us how to keep God first in our lives and how to live unselfishly. Unselfish people make better spouses, friends, relatives, employees and employers. And they usually have better finances. God is trying to teach us how to prosper over time.
Remember, no one has ever become poor by giving. But what about those times when you’re wondering if your situation is the exception?
- Is it okay to pause my tithing during tough financial times?
- Is it okay to claim a tax deduction for your tithe?
- I’m not affiliated with a church—should I still give?
- Is it 10% of my income before or after taxes?
- Do you increase giving when you start making more money?
1. Is it okay to pause my tithing during tough financial times?
The Bible doesn’t mention anything about «pausing» tithing. And it doesn’t say we’ll go to hell if we don’t tithe.
But get this: Many people have observed that after they stopped tithing, their finances seemed to get worse. In Malachi 3:8–11, God says that if you tithe instead of keeping it for yourself, He will pour out blessing and rebuke your devourers. In other words, He’ll keep you safe from those who might harm you. So keep tithing.If you can’t live off 90% of your income, then you’re probably struggling to live off 100% anyway, and that means you have bigger financial problems you need to address. It shouldn’t require a miracle for you to get through the month with 10% less in your wallet.
If you sit down and look at your budget, you’ll see you can make it while giving away at least 10%. That might mean cutting some fun money or increasing your income, but it can be done. Read the Bible and take from it what you will, but remember this: If you tithe, do it love for God, not guilt.
2. Is it right to count my church tithe on my tax returns?
You were biblically obedient by giving your tithe to your church. The Bible tells us to be good managers of our money, but it doesn’t shrink the value of your gift if you take the tax deduction. It is a way to manage the other 90% of your money. Take the deduction.
Later, when you get your income tax refund, remember it’s money you’ve already tithed—although you’re certainly welcome to devote some or all of it back to the Lord as additional thanks for His blessings.
3. If I’m not affiliated with a church, should I still donate 10% of my income?
If you don’t belong to a church, you can still give a percentage of your income to charities and philanthropies that are important to you. Think of what causes matter most to you, and align your support there. There are plenty of ministries and organizations that are doing great work and could benefit from a percentage of your income.
4. Do I donate 10% of my income before or after taxes? And do I factor in income from side hustles?
Honestly, whether you tithe from your gross pay or your take-home pay is entirely up to you. The point here is you’re giving that 10% of your income. Dave gives off the top of his taxable income, but he’ll be the first to tell you, «Just give and be a giver. It’s about changing your spirit anyway.»
As for your side hustle—the 10% should be a percentage of your entire amount of income. So if you take a part-time job on the weekends that brings in $300 extra each month, add that amount to your total monthly income.
5. I’m making more money now. I want to know how to increase giving above the tithe
When things are going well and you find yourself with lots more income than you need, it can be easy to accidentally spend all that extra cash on yourself. But it should be a great opportunity to begin thinking about other ways to give above and beyond your tithe. That’s why it’s a good idea to budget what you’ll do with the extra so you can make sure you’re giving some of it too.
Once you’ve calculated your tithe, plus any saving and spending you’re doing, see what your surplus is. Divide that surplus among extra offerings, extra investing, and some fun money.
It might help to specifically budget a certain amount each month for special giving opportunities above the tithe. Then look around you—ask friends if they know of anyone in need, and watch for opportunities to give that money away.
If you’re intentional about seeking out those circumstances, you’re going to find them!
And remember, whether you’re giving a tithe, offering, or some other special contribution, it should come from your heart. It’s an important part of any financial plan, and it’s really the most fun you can have with your money!
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10 Best Prayers for Tithes and Offerings
Many offertory prayers include an invitation to the offering. Whether you are rejoicing in the resurrection of the Lord or giving support to your local church, here is a look at some great prayers for tithes and offerings.
Prayer #1 – Give with Gladness and Sincerity
Father in Heaven, We thank You today for Your blessings that you bestow upon us all. Father, I pray for our congregation today. Lord, may we all give with gladness and sincerity.
Father, no one ever gives a present to someone with reluctance and we should never give You what already belongs to You with reluctance either. Bless these tithes and offerings this day. We love You, Father!
Prayer #2 – Bless these Tithes and Offerings
O Lord, We thank You for Your steadfast love and mercy on us. Father, we believe that every word in the Bible was breathed out by You (2 Tim 3:16), and we believe Your promise that You will bless us when we are obedient to Your Word.
And so, without hesitation, we gladly give to You what is Yours. Bless these tithes and offerings, Father. We love You, Lord!
Prayer #3 – Give Because We Love You
We thank You for bringing us all to Your house safely today and we are so blessed by Your presence here today. Thank You for Your love and mercy on us, Father. Father, we believe in the Book of Proverbs and I pray that everyone here will look into their hearts and act in obedience to Your Word.
May we give not to become richer, though, may we give because we simply love You! Accept these tithes and offerings today. We love You, Lord!
Prayer #4 – We Honor You with Our Wealth
We praise Your Almighty Name! You have blessed our nation with immense wealth and opportunity. Lord, You have commanded us to honor You with our wealth, and I pray that You will be honored greatly this day as we give to You what is already Yours. Bless these cheerful givers and bless the tithes and offerings that they give. We love You!
Prayer #5 – Giving in Obedience
O Lord, There are some of us here today that didn’t want to come here. There are some of us today that will give to the offering with bitter hearts. Father, I pray You will soften the hearts of those who are worried about giving You their money instead of spending it on themselves.
Father, I pray that You will bless all who give today and show them Your love in a mighty way because of their obedience. Bless these tithes and offerings, Father. We love You!
Prayer #6 – The Tithe is Yours
Father, We come to Your throne with humble hearts as we are so thankful for the blessings You give us daily. Lord, We believe in the Book of Leviticus. Father, I pray that as we give
You our offerings and tithes this morning that we all will think about the fact that the tithe is Yours. It belongs to You. May we never withhold what is Yours. Please accept these offerings and tithes with gladness, Lord. We Love You!
Prayer #7 – We Give You What is Already Yours
Dear Lord, We thank You for another chance for us to meet together in Your house to worship You. Father, we believe in the Book of 1 Corinthians and I pray that all offerings given today are love.
We experience Your blessings every day and Your blessings are always given to us freely and with ultimate love. Father, You loved us all of the way to the cross! May we love You enough to give You what is already Yours. Bless these tithes and offerings today. We love you!
Prayer #8 – Take It and Use It for Your Kingdom
Lord, we thank for Your faithfulness. Thank you that we can always trust in You. You are an abundant God and Your great mercy you have given us so much.
We give you this offering today. With it we worship You and give our whole selves to You. Please now take it and use it for Your kingdom and Your glory. Extend and multiple its reach and influence we pray. May it be a great blessing to many.
We ask all this in the powerful name of Jesus.
Prayer #9 – Sanctify Every Beat of My Heart
O my God ! I offer Thee all my actions of this day for the intentions and for the glory of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. I desire to sanctify every beat of my heart, my every thought, my simplest works, by uniting them to Its infinite merits ; and I wish to make reparation for my sins by casting them into the furnace of Its Merciful Love.
O my God! I ask thee for myself and for those whom I hold dear, the grace to fulfill perfectly Thy Holy Will, to accept for love of Thee the joys and sorrows of this passing life, so that we may one day be united together in Heaven for all Eternity.
Prayer #10 – Thank You for Meeting My Financial Needs
Heavenly Father, thank you for your many blessings and I thank you that as I give tithes and offerings, I am believing the Lord for:
Jobs and better jobs, raises and bonuses, benefits, sales and commissions, favorable settlements, estates and inheritances, interest and income, rebates and returns, discounts and dividends, checks in the mail, gifts and surprises, finding money, bills decreased and bills paid off, blessings and increase.
Thank you Lord for meeting my financial needs that I may have more than enough to give into the kingdom of God and promote the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Raise your hand and say, “It’s true, it’s for me, and I’m a giver. God has given to me and I am not limited by the world’s economy. Heaven’s economy is mine.”Thank you Lord for your many blessings. They come in from every direction and I bless the name of the Lord Jesus who made it possible for me to return to what God intended me to be; full of authority through His name and very blessed.
Thank you Lord, in Jesus’ name.
Bible Verses to Open your Prayer on Tithes and Offerings
And he blessed him and said, “Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth; and blessed be God Most High, who has delivered your enemies into your hand!”
And Abram gave him a tenth of everything.
Every tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land or of the fruit of the trees, is the Lord’s; it is holy to the Lord. If a man wishes to redeem some of his tithe, he shall add a fifth to it.
And every tithe of herds and flocks, every tenth animal of all that pass under the herdsman’s staff, shall be holy to the Lord.
One shall not differentiate between good or bad, neither shall he make a substitute for it; and if he does substitute for it, then both it and the substitute shall be holy; it shall not be redeemed.”
But you shall seek the place that the Lord your God will choose all your tribes to put his name and make his habitation there. There you shall go, and there you shall bring your burnt offerings and your sacrifices, your tithes and the contribution that you present, your vow offerings, your freewill offerings, and the firstborn of your herd and of your flock.
2 CHRON. 31:4–5
And he commanded the people who lived in Jerusalem to give the portion due to the priests and the Levites, that they might give themselves to the Law of the Lord.
As soon as the command was spread abroad, the people of Israel gave in abundance the firstfruits of grain, wine, oil, honey, and of all the produce of the field.
And they brought in abundantly the tithe of everything.
And he sat down opposite the treasury and watched the people putting money into the offering box. Many rich people put in large sums. And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which make a penny.
And he called his disciples to him and said to them, “Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box.
For they all contributed their abundance, but she her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”
Here is a look at the truth about tithing according to the scripture Malachi 3:10. Presented by Grace Bible Church.
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Tithing in the Bible and Tithing Scriptures
What is a tithe?
Basically it is 10% of your income.
Who should receive the tithe?
Your Pastor or local church. In the bible the Levites were the priests and they lived off of the tithe given by the people. wise your pastor and the staff at your church is employed by the church and needs your tithes in order to live and pay the bills for the church and to reach more people for Christ
Numbers 18:21 (NLT) “As for the tribe of Levi, your relatives, I will compensate them for their service in the Tabernacle. Instead of an allotment of land, I will give them the tithes from the entire land of Israel.”
Many times Christians say, “Tithing is from the Old Testament, we don’t need to tithe anymore”. Well, whether you want to call it tithing, giving, a donation or an offering we still need to support the church through our finances. How else will the gospel be preached throughout the earth?
Here’s a funny story (well maybe not so funny), there was one TV preacher (we won’t use his name) that is a major voice of the “you don’t need to tithe” movement. He would constantly hammer this point home and I am sure many of his viewers loved to hear this because it feeds their love of money and not giving.
Slowly he began losing his airtime in various cities. Why? He didn’t have the money to keep paying for all the cities where his program was airing. Isn’t that funny? His same teaching came back to bite him. If only he taught his viewers that they needed to at least make some kind of donation to keep him on the air, maybe he still would have his program.
If you are being fed by any teacher, preacher or minister of the gospel you should support their ministry! It is really that simple. Your tithe (10% of your earnings) belongs to your local church. and you can make donations to other ministries where you are being spiritually fed.Now some people ask is that before taxes or after taxes (gross or net)? To you we would say, what does your conscience say? Only God can judge you and only God knows the truth about what you really earn.
So your pastor drives a Mercedes or has a private jet, he doesn’t need your money, right? Well, What are you doing in that church? Are you growing spiritually? If you have a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ year after year from being at that church then you are growing and you should tithe. IF however, you are not growing but your pastor is getting richer perhaps you need to sit with the Lord and find out where He would you to serve and what church you should be a part of.
When you tithe to the church you are actually doing it in obedience to God. Once your church receives that money it is now their responsibility to use it the way God would instruct them.
It is not your responsibility to watch how the pastor is using the money.
As long as your church isn’t the Dead Sea where money flows in but none of it is being used to serve the community and help others, then you need to trust that your pastor is doing what God has instructed him to do with that money.
How do you know when God is telling you to stop tithing to a church?
Bottom line, your money starts drying up! You will need to get into deep prayer to be sure of it but usually when God is talking to you about where to tithe and spend His money your source starts to dry up.
This usually happens through a progression…If you’ve been faithfully tithing, there is no sin in your life, you start to feel in your spirit that you shouldn’t be tithing to your church anymore and THEN your finances start to dry up.
You may need to have a talk with God about that.
God will not want you to support something that He is not supporting so His only way to get your attention and the attention of your pastor is to dry up the finances! Remember, you need to pray about this to be sure before you stop tithing to that church. And, God is always going to lead you to another church or ministry where you should tithe.
Also, if your pastor is more interested in getting your money and constantly talks about money that is a sure sign something is wrong. The Levites never begged anyone or made the Israelites feel guilty about giving. Tithing is about your relationship with God and obeying His word it’s not about you and your pastor.
The distortion of Sowing and Reaping!Too many times the references that are made about sowing and reaping have to do with money. The truth is that sowing and reaping has to do with EVERYTHING! Not just money.
It has to do with kindness, love, your time, prayer, everything! Whatever you put out there is what comes back to you. If you are forgiving then when it’s your time to receive forgiveness from others that’s what you get.
This is the basis of sowing and reaping, it’s not just about money!
Galatians 6:8 (NIV) “Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.”
Think about this in terms of being healthy and in shape – people who want to be healthy and maintain a good body weight eat healthy and work out. They are sowing to health. If they sow candy bars, potato chips and sitting around instead of working out then obviously they are going to reap FAT.
Your pastor will at some point preach on tithing but if he has to talk about it every week or once per month then something is off balance.
Below are some Tithing Scriptures
Old Testament Scriptures on Giving and Tithing
New Testament Scriptures on Giving and Tithing
2 Corinthians 9:7 (NLT) “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.”
2 Corinthians 9:6 (NLT) “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.”
Luke 6:38 (NLT) “Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.”
Here’s how Jesus instructed the disciples on doing ministryLuke 10:4-7 (NLT) “Don’t take any money with you, nor a traveler’s bag, nor an extra pair of sandals. And don’t stop to greet anyone on the road.“Whenever you enter someone’s home, first say, ‘May God’s peace be on this house.
’If those who live there are peaceful, the blessing will stand; if they are not, the blessing will return to you. Don’t move around from home to home. Stay in one place, eating and drinking what they provide.
Don’t hesitate to accept hospitality, because those who work deserve their pay.”
So we see that the disciples lived off what other people gave them.
Here’s what Jesus said to the Pharisees in the New Testament when they were putting more emphasis on tithing. Please note that He did not tell them to STOP tithing.
Luke 11:42 (NLT) “What sorrow awaits you Pharisees! For you are careful to tithe even the tiniest income from your herb gardens, but you ignore justice and the love of God. You should tithe, yes, but do not neglect the more important things.”
This clearly shows that tithing still existed in the New Testament and Jesus encourages it!
I think God is more concerned about our motives when we give. Are you giving to receive or are you giving because He has given to you? Remember that you are being blessed to be a blessing.
Matthew 6:33 (NLT) “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need.”
Possibly the most popular scripture on tithing is in Malachi Chapter 3. We left the heading so that you can see everything in it’s context
A Call to Repentance
6 “I am the Lord, and I do not change. That is why you descendants of Jacob are not already destroyed. 7 Ever since the days of your ancestors, you have scorned my decrees and failed to obey them. Now return to me, and I will return to you,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.
“But you ask, ‘How can we return when we have never gone away?’
8 “Should people cheat God? Yet you have cheated me!
“But you ask, ‘What do you mean? When did we ever cheat you?’
“You have cheated me of the tithes and offerings due to me. 9 You are under a curse, for your whole nation has been cheating me. 10 Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in my Temple. If you do,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, “I will open the windows of heaven for you.
I will pour out a blessing so great you won’t have enough room to take it in! Try it! Put me to the test! 11 Your crops will be abundant, for I will guard them from insects and disease. Your grapes will not fall from the vine before they are ripe,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.
12 “Then all nations will call you blessed, for your land will be such a delight,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.
Here’s what you need to note from this scripture:1. The title – A call to repentance. This means that if you don’t tithe you need to repent. It is a sin. Old testament or not, it is still a sin.
2. When you fail to tithe you are actually robbing God. You are robbing the work of the Kingdom and hindering the growth of the church.
3. When you fail to tithe you are automatically pronouncing a curse on your life.
4. God says that you should repent, start bringing Him the tithes and He will bless you more than you can imagine. He even went as far as saying “Put me to the test on this!” That is a pretty bold statement and says that He is ready and willing to bless you when you tithe.
5. Verse 11 is very important because it says how the curse will appear in your life when you don’t tithe. Everything that you touch won’t work. It’s 1 step forward and 2 steps backwards.
If everything you try to do in life fails, right before you are ready to reap a big harvest you have a crop failure, you may have a curse on your life from lack of tithing! God says that He will protect what you are doing when you tithe.
6. Everyone will be able to see God’s blessing on your life when you tithe.
Remember this: It is better to have God’s blessing on 90% than to have an unblessed 100%
Here’s a Prayer for tithing:
Father God we thank you for your word! Thank you that you have opened our understanding to your truth and how you see tithing. We repent for not bringing in the full tithe to your house and we repent for hindering the growth of your Kingdom. We come before you and ask that you would give us a giving and diligent heart to tithe.
We know that your word says we are to put you to the test and we will! But more importantly, it is better to give than to receive and so even if that money does not come back to us we willingly and freely give. You have commanded it and we will obey it.Your word says that you give seed to the sower so you will provide whatever it is we need to sow, in money, words or deeds and we thank you for it, in Jesus name, Amen!
Here are some other prayers – For Finances and For Breakthrough
God’s Law of Giving and Receiving | Rick Renner Ministries
But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.
— Mark 1:35
In recent years, many people have been forced into positions of financial hardship as they struggle to keep up with an unpredictable, ever-changing global economy.
People from almost every walk of life have been affected by the rising cost of living.
Families scramble to keep up with house payments, car payments, insurance costs, school costs for the kids, credit-card payments, and a myriad of other monthly expenses.
This economic instability has also adversely affected churches, ministries, and mission organizations. When things get tough in the economy, many believers simply cut back on their giving to God, choosing not to set aside their tithes or give special offerings to ministries or charitable organizations.
This decline in giving has had catastrophic consequences in the Kingdom of God because preaching the Gospel and establishing churches require money.
Regardless of what is happening in the economy, there is a lost world that desperately needs to hear the message of Jesus Christ — and when people cease to give to the work of God, it hinders the outreach to lost souls.
The Bible makes it clear that tithes and offerings are not optional for us as believers. In fact, we have an even greater responsibility to be consistent and faithful in difficult times. God is watching — and His law of giving and receiving always works!
Right now believers all over the world are faced with these questions:
- In light of current financial challenges, will I remain faithful and unmoving in my financial commitment to the work of the ministry?
- What does this time of financial hardship reveal about me and my commitment to steadfastly sow into the work of the ministry?
- Will the giants move my faith, or will my faith move the giants?
Allow me to share an example from my own life. My parents’ response to these challenging economic times stands out to me as a wonderful example of being consistent regardless of what is happening in the economy.
Perhaps no one understands the challenge of making ends meet on a limited budget more than retirees. My father is now in Heaven, so today I will give you the vibrant example of my mother.
Although she lives on a fixed income and makes many difficult financial decisions, she has never stopped giving to the work of the Lord.My mother has always been careful with money, but now that she lives on a fixed retiree’s income, she thinks twice before she gets in the car to drive to the grocery store or pharmacy.
Instead of casually driving down the street to run a single errand, she combines errands to avoid driving when it isn’t absolutely necessary in order to save on gasoline expenses.
She is extremely careful with her expenditures.
Nevertheless, she has always resolved that regardless of what happens in the economy, she will not cut back in her giving to the ministry.
She knows that if she and others don’t stay on track with their giving, it ultimately affects souls that need to hear the Gospel and be saved.
My mother has never considered her giving into the work of the ministry as something that could be “opted ” in order to cut expenses.
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I want to encourage you to take the same stance of faith as my mother. Be unmoved in your commitment to support the work of God, regardless of what is happening in the economy. Every time you write a check for the furtherance of God’s Kingdom, He is watching.
He sees each time you cut back on something else but refuse to skimp on your tithes and offerings. God sees it all, and He takes note of your love, devotion, and unwavering commitment to support His work. As a result, God will provide for you in ways that your natural resources could never provide.
God will multiply your seed back to you in ways you could never expect or anticipate.In Second Corinthians 9:6, the Holy Spirit said through Paul, “But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.
” Paul wrote in terms of seed when he spoke about giving to the work of God. Since this is the metaphor the Holy Spirit gives us, we need to consider what it means.
What does a farmer — a sower of seed — do to guarantee that he will have a harvest in the fall of the year?
If a farmer puts seed into the ground, he is guaranteed to have a harvest.
But what if he says, “It’s too hard to plant right now, so I’m going to hold on to my seed and not plant it this year”? Or what if he decides, “I’m going to eat my seed because I have so little of it”? These faulty decisions will guarantee that the farmer is going to experience a crisis at harvest time — because if no seed is planted in the ground, there simply will be no harvest.
The future of a farmer is completely dependent on getting his seed into the ground, and any farmer who fails to do this is guaranteeing his own crop failure. Therefore, regardless of how hot the weather or how difficult the task, a farmer must plant seed if he wants to reap a harvest. This is God’s law of sowing and reaping.
The law of sowing and reaping applies to every sphere of life, including finances. It supersedes natural laws and natural economic crises. Even if the world around you suffers financially, sowing seed into the Kingdom of God will bring you protection and blessing. This is God’s promise to you.
One of the best examples of God’s people being blessed in times of crisis is the account of the children of Israel when God delivered them Egypt.
God’s people were blessed and protected while the world around them suffered.
Although plagues ravaged the Egyptians, those plagues never touched the children of Israel because they hearkened to the voice of the Lord and did exactly what He instructed them to do.
The world around the Israelites was falling apart, but their obedience to God’s Word created an invisible wall that protected them from the destruction that crippled and laid waste to Egypt.If Israel had not obeyed God’s commands, that invisible wall would never have been erected and they would have experienced the same plagues the people of Egypt did.
It was their obedience that set them apart and saved them while the godless world around them suffered terribly.
If you and I stay on track financially and give to God’s work, regardless of how difficult it seems to be to do so, we will be divinely protected, supernaturally provided for, and guaranteed a blessing multiplied back to us.
natural seed, it may take awhile for the crop to grow, but God promises in Second Corinthians 9:6 that if we put seed into the ground, we will reap. If we sow sparingly, that is how we will reap. But if we sow bountifully, God promises that we will reap bountifully.
The level we reap will be completely determined by the level we sow.
If you and I are sure of where God wants us to sow and how much we’re supposed to sow, we must stay steadfast in our obedience to give! We must first make sure we’re putting our seed in ground that will produce good fruit. Then we are to determine not to refrain from giving, regardless of the current economic climate or forecast.
Just keep your eyes faithfully fixed on Jesus in this matter of giving. Carefully obey His command to tithe, to give offerings, and to sow seed. As you do, He will cause harvests of blessing to come to you, despite anything that is happening in the world around you. This is God’s promise to you!
I’m very aware that many are worrying about the economy and wondering what’s going to happen in the future. But don’t let that happen to you! A spirit of fear will cause you to back off and retreat from doing what God commands — and that will put you in a negative cycle that brings a curse instead of a blessing.
If you want to stay in a cycle of blessing, you must take authority over fear in the name of Jesus and then trust God as you obey His command to give, for that is His method of bringing you a harvest.Don’t shrink back; keep pressing forward; keep your eyes on Jesus; and believe for a good harvest to come from the seed you have sown into good soil.
If you do what is right and obey God’s command to give, you needn’t worry about the future because the law of sowing and reaping works. This universal law assures a harvest of provision for you, for your family, and for your business, regardless of what happens in the world around you. And that, my friend, is good news!
MY PRAYER FOR TODAY
Heavenly Father, I thank You that the law of sowing and reaping works regardless of what is happening in the current world economy. Your Word commands me to give tithes and offerings, and I obey what Your Word tells me to do.
You said that if I love You, I will keep Your commands. By giving, I am demonstrating my love to You. It is a part of my worship. I thank You for keeping Your promise that if I give, it will be given to me again.
It is part of Your personal promise to me, and I thank You for being faithful to perform Your promise in my life.
I pray this in Jesus’ name!
MY CONFESSION FOR TODAY
I confess that I am consistent and faithful when it comes to giving tithes and offerings to the work of the ministry. People need to hear the Good News of Jesus Christ — and I commit to using my money to preach the Gospel and to mature new believers in their faith.
When it comes to my contributions, I declare that God can count on me. If there is any area that needs to be cut back in my expenses, it will not be in the area of my tithes and offerings. I will be faithful, and God will multiply my seed back to me. My time of harvest will come, and it will never be late.
God is well aware of my situation, and He will keep His promise of sowing and reaping to me!
I declare this by faith in Jesus’ name!
QUESTIONS FOR YOU TO CONSIDER
- During times when the world economic situation is challenging to you, do you remain faithful to give your tithes and offerings, or do you see this as an optional choice to stop or to reduce your giving? Do you see yourself giving to God for His purposes or merely to men?
- Have you considered what happens to churches and ministries — the work of the Kingdom — when people stop giving? The needs of the ministry continue regardless of what is happening in the economy. So if everyone cut back, how would it affect the ability of the ministry to carry out the work of Jesus in these times?
- Can you think of a time when you were tempted to cut back on your giving, but you decided to remain steadfast, and in the end, you saw God multiply your seed back to you in some way that you could have never anticipated?
The Tithing Principle: Tithing The Right Way
It is important that we examine what the bible says concerning tithing rather than follow after every wind of doctrine and lies that are spread throughout the church.
Everyone has a responsibility to search for truth by themselves because on the day of judgement, everyman will give account.
You cannot blame a pastor for making mistakes (knowingly or unknowingly) that caused you to live the rest of your life not knowing the truth.
Acts 17:11 tells us that the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica because they searched the scriptures to see whether what they had been taught was true.
First Things First
The new covenant does not require the believer to pay tithe, however, there are benefits to paying tithe. You can choose to receive it or not to receive it. It is a choice.
Every word in the bible has its purpose so the fact that we do not live in the old covenant does not mean the law does not matter anymore. You can either do it for a return or forget about it and live without noticeable increase. It’s simple.
De facto, the same bible says that Jesus is the law and the end of the law (Romans 10:4, Matthew 5:17)…so when you have questions about the laws of the book, you know who to go to: Jesus.
It is error to think that every time someone preaches about Tithing or giving, they are trying to take your money. There are still some true prophets of God out there. Irrespective of what many false prophets are doing in the church of God, God remains the same yesterday, today and forever.
God can never change. This means if He promised to bless you in the old testament and you take that word He has spoken and run with it, He will do as He has spoken. He will indeed bless you. Not by your own works, but by faith in Him & your actions that reflect your believe in what He has said.
The scriptures cannot be broken.
The Principles of Tithing
Tithing simply means 10th and throughout the bible we see men and women paying their tithe to God. Even Abraham paid tithe (10th) as a King of righteousness and Peace. This means Abraham did this to fulfill righteousness. He did the right thing in the sight of God. Now if Abraham did it to fulfill righteousness, why do we have a problem doing it?
To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace; -Hebrews 7:2
Clearly God has said that when you “Tithe” He will open the windows of heaven to pour you out a blessing. So whether you live in old testament or new testament, it doesn’t change what God has said He would do if you do good by this simple act.
“Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in my Temple. If you do,” says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies, “I will open the windows of heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing so great you won’t have enough room to take it in. Malachi 3:10
Where is Your Seed?
Beyond what God can and will do for His ministry with Tithes, there is a personal blessing for the giver. This blessing comes from the heart of a compassionate God who wants to give away all that He has to His children. God’s giving is without measure:
- “For God so loved the world that He gave…” (John 3:16 NLT)
- “Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave Him up for us all…” (Rom. 8:32 NLT)
- “Jesus gave his life for our sins, just as God our Father planned…” (Gal. 1:4)
Tithing shouldn’t be a mindless action. It should not be done in order to get God to pay you back but the heart of the giver should be humble, to know they owe their very existence to the One who holds their life in the palm of His hand.
Mal 3:8 “Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed Me! But you say, ’In what way have we robbed You?’ In tithes and offerings. 9 You are cursed with a curse, For you have robbed Me, Even this whole nation.
Pro 3:9 Honor the LORD with your possessions, And with the first fruits of all your increase; 10 So your barns will be filled with plenty, And your vats will overflow with new wine.
Jacob promised a tithe to the Lord Genesis 28:22
Lev 27:30 ’And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land or of the fruit of the tree, is the Lord’s. It is holy to the LORD.
1Co 16:1-2 Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given orders to the churches of Galatia, so you must do also: (2) On the first day of the week let each one of you lay something aside, storing up as he may prosper, that there be no collections when I come.
Mat 6:21 “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
The Tithing Principle in Grace
The above scriptures show that Tithing is A Principle that holds true even in grace. The same way we use scriptures in the bible as a firm foundation when we pray is the same way we use these scriptures to understand how and why God would acknowledge and appreciate your Tithe. Clearly there is a reason why God asks us to Tithe – even to cause us to flow in abundance.
There is No Harvest Without Planting!
Many people are eating what they are supposed to plant. Your seed is your tithe. It is the same way a farmer eats what he would, invests or sells what he would, and then puts away his seed for the next planting season.
A farmer harvests crops for the family/to eat, then he has what he sells in the market, and then he keeps seed for next planting season. The same applies to you, you eat some of your income, invest, save, or give (another way of investing) and then you keep the seed aside (tithe).
If the farmer eats his seed, he would have nothing to plant, and in turn, have no harvest. Eventually, he would go hungry, broke, poor and nothing to look forward to, in fact, he may ‘ve to beg to survive.Many are constantly eating their seed, and then they find themselves in a place where they have to beg, borrow or use credit cards to pay for something, etc; …but before long, things would only get worse.
Why? Well, if a farmer begs for seed to plant, how would he pay back the seed he borrowed? Either he hands over all of the harvest or makes a deal with the lender to keep a portion of the harvest.
He would never be able to repay the same exact seed he borrowed/collected from the lender & there is no guarantee he can pay back unless there is a harvest.
Simply put, if you eat your seed, you ‘re on your way to borrow, lack & want; and if you do not plant a seed, you are not entitled to a harvest. This obviously applies to giving in general, which also includes Tithing.
What Do I Pay? Is it NET or GROSS?
It is according to your heart. If you can give more than 10 percent, great!! …but don’t give because others are giving. Purpose in your heart and understand what the book says. Whether you pay net (before taxes are taken out) or gross (after taxes), it is between you and God and should be your heart with Joy. You do it knowing that God sees your heart.
This is not a matter to debate over, you can choose to accept it or decline it, but the proofs will always show in the life of those who obey God’s word.
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