Be Faithful To God – He Will Be Faithful In Return
We need to be faithful to God’s commandments, and He too will be faithful to our needs!
Malachi 3:8-10 (KJV)
8 Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.
9 Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.
10 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.
Tithe: setting aside a tenth; tenth part
Offering: special gift; contribution; gifts; offered
Tithing and offering is a commandment of God that is required. It is not a choice that we have; but we must give it with an obedient heart because we too love him.
As soon as we get our paycheck for the week, we need to pay 10% of our gross income to God. His part needs to be given or set aside for when you attend church, later in the week, before anything else. I was taught that 5% is a good standard for offering. Now, a lot of you may say that 15% is too much of your salary. Do you withhold your income from the government as well? You do not, and yet it requires a lot more than God does. Yes, you’ve no choice, but do you realize that withholding God’s portion is more crucial because we are talking about His commandments. Shouldn’t we aim to please God first, since our salvation is at stake?
I know for a fact that when you do your part, God will do even more! I know of people that lived paycheck to paycheck, despite making more income than I and having less monthly expenses. They could not understand how I had no financial difficulties. I would share with them that if they would put their trust in God first, that things would simply fall into place. It always does.
So, just do it! Trust God with your first fruits!
The following story was taken in its entirety from NEWSPRING CHURCH:
Samantha Hardwick’s Story
I turned the key to my car and heard nothing. The dashboard was lit like a Christmas tree with all of the engine warning lights.
My battery had died on my electric car.
That day, I had just taken my parents to NewSpring for the first time, and the message happened to be about financial miracles. And here I was in the parking lot praying for a financial miracle.
My family has always lived paycheck to paycheck. I never remember a time when my mom had her finances under control. She was always scared of finances, and it kind of made me feel that way, too.
Not an optional extra
Earlier in the summer, I gathered the courage to start giving God the first 10-percent of my income. Up until then, I had only given every now and then, if I could afford it.
But Perry Noble preached that tithing wasn’t an optional bonus. Tithing was a way of saying you trusted Him.
So I prayed! Just a few days later, I found a hybrid battery for about a $1,000 — a fourth of what the Toyota dealer said it would cost.
I was so excited that God had answered my prayer, so I prayed for that $1,000. Not even four hours later, I got an unexpected refund check from Clemson, where I was a full-time student, for exactly the amount I needed for the battery after trading in the old one!
A great blessing
I called my mom and dad, and let them know that God had literally just handed me a new battery.
Even though my dad doesn’t know Jesus, he said he knew right away that I got the battery because I prayed. I also saw my mom understanding for the first time what it meant to trust God with her money. She took the challenge to tithe, and now my mom tells me stories of God blessing her because of her obedience with her finances.
I was able to see God bless my trust in him by providing just what I had needed — and so much more.
Luke 6:38 (KJV)
38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.
God’s Word is Truth! Praise God!
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