TITHING: EXCITING THINGS TO KNOW
"Let the Lord be magnified,
Who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant."
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The Blessings Of Tithing
Did you know that God promises us rewards and blessings if we tithe Malachi 3:10? God is telling us here
that if we tithe, He will actually open up the windows of heaven and pour out so many blessings that there
wonít be room to receive it. God says "Prove me now in this." He wants you to try it and then watch what
happens. Read Malachi 3:11. This is a great promise in that normally God tells us to rebuke the devil
ourselves, but here God says that He Himself will rebuke the devil for those who tithe. God will stop the
devil from destroying our finances and material goods however he may try. For the tither, you can expect
the things you own to be protected and last longer and go farther by God Himself. Read 2 Corinthians 9:8.
This tells us that when we give, we can expect to have enough finances for other gift giving opportunities
in the future. Thatís what it is all about, to give and then to receive more so that you can give more.
The Consequences Of Not Tithing
As we seen you receive blessings when you tithe, but on the other hand there are serious consequences for
not tithing. In the Old Testament if they didnít pay tithes, they were withholding from God and as
Malachi 3:8 calls it "Robbing God". Read verse 9. It says that they were cursed for robbing God and not
paying tithes, meaning poverty, sickness and death could come into their lives. Luke 12:15-21 warns us
about the dangers of greed and keeping your wealth for yourself. His goods were stored away and were not
used and therefore he didnít benefit any blessings from them. Another example of greed is in the story of
Sodom. Here you will see that one of the reasons that God destroyed it was because they never helped the
poor and needy Ezekiel 16:49. If you choose not to give tithes and offerings, God will still love you but
you are limiting in how much He can bless you.
Be a cheerful giver 2 Corinthians 9:7. Learn to tithe to God and remember you are giving back to God what
He has already given you.
Tithe Time Is Worship And Rejoice Time
Read Deuteronomy 26:10. This is saying that when you bring your tithes to God, then worship God. Tithing
and worship go together and both are a form of giving to God. When you tithe to God itís time to worship
God. Deuteronomy 26:11 tells us to rejoice once we have given our tithe to God. Thank God for what He has
done in your life and for what He is going to do.
Expect A Blessing After Tithing
The blessings that result from tithing are many. Read Deuteronomy 26:13-15. In verses 13 and 14 the tither
is saying that he has been obedient to God with his tithes and in verse 15 he is actually looking for his
blessing for tithing. You can remind God that youíve done your part and now itís His turn to bless you.
Remember in Malachi 3:10-11, God asked us to put Him to the test to see if we receive blessings after
tithing. God loves when weíre faithful and if we give and tithe to God, He will be faithful right back
to us and supply all our needs and more. The more you give, the more you get back. You canít out give God.
Malachi also speaks of the floodgates of heaven pouring out blessings without number. It also speaks of
a blessing of protection from damaging your property so much so that all the nations will call you blessed.
Where Should You Give Your Tithes?
The Bible gives us this answer in Malachi 3:10. God tells us to bring our tithes into the storehouse
meaning the place where you find food or in other words, the place where you receive your spiritual food
as your local church. Read Deuteronomy 26:2. Verse 2 tells us to take our tithes to the place where the
Lord chooses to place His name meaning your church. Of course there are other opportunities where you can
give above and beyond your tithe money like to the poor and needy. God wants you to help the poor and
promises to return back to you what you give them Proverbs 19:17. Of course this means that God will give
more back to you so that you can give more away.
What Should You Tithe On?
The Hebrew word for "tithe" means "tenth" and "tithing" involves giving 10% of something. If I give 10% of
my weekly salary to my church then I have given a "tithe" or a 10th. The New Testament tells us to give
generously and a 10% offering would certainly be generous especially if tithing on the gross.
The Old Covenant commanded giving of 10% and the New Covenant commands us to give as we are able and from
the heart. Yet it still doesnít tell us to give less than 10%. The New Covenant requires more thought,
heartfelt love, unselfishness, and faith when giving. It touches what we value and exposes the condition
of our hearts. In the freedom that Christ gives us in the New Testament, we are responsible for setting
our own percentage to show our love and honor for Him by returning some of the blessings He gives us. The
percentage you give comes from your heart and is between you and God. Remember, itís not our money to
start with but the money that God has given us.
When we think of tithing, most of us automatically think to tithe on 10% of the salary that we earn. But
there really is more to it than that. In Genesis 14:20, Abraham gave 1/10th of "all" that God gave to him.
And in Genesis 28:22, Jacob gave 1/10th of "all" that God gave to him. It wasnít just money that they gave,
it was part of "all" that they gave. And because of that, Abraham and Jacob were blessed beyond measure.
People use the 10% today because it was used in the past and is a starting point for your giving. Remember
Abraham and Jacob both gave 10% "before" it was required and 10% was required in the Old Testament so
thereís an importance about that figure. In addition to tithing on your income, whenever you receive
something or are given something like a gift or inheritance, you should figure out what 1/10th of the
value would be and then tithe on that. This also includes for example the profit you make on the sale of
a car, house, stocks or any item that has not been tithed on yet. Also when you tithe on the salary you
earn, you should tithe on the gross amount before taxes are taken out and not the net amount left over.
God comes first and He should get 10% of the whole amount, not 10% of the leftovers. Donít say, "If thereís
anything left over after I pay my bills, Iíll then tithe what I can." Tithe on the gross first and you will
see that God will provide for your needs.