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Some Wrong & Right Mentalities of Giving in the House of God

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I have a question for you. Might you be one of those people who wonder why you keep giving yet you don’t receive the blessings that are said to be associated with giving? I will attempt to help you answer that question by addressing 2 major wrong mentalities of giving in the House of God.
1. Meeting needs
We all chip in to meet a need or pay bills in the church house. This is blasphemy! God is the El Shaddai. He owns all. He is all sufficient.
2. Duty
Giving as a sense of duty. When we give we shouldn’t be just going through the motions. We are encouraged to give generously and willingly; not reluctantly or under compulsion.

And now, brothers and sisters, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches. 2 In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. 3 For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, 4 they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the Lord’s people. 5 And they exceeded our expectations: They gave themselves first of all to the Lord, and then by the will of God also to us. 6 So we urged Titus, just as he had earlier made a beginning, to bring also to completion this act of grace on your part. 7 But since you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in the love we have kindled in you—see that you also excel in this grace of giving. – 2 Corinthians 8:1-7

7 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. – 2 Corinthians 9:7

According to Psalm 24:1 The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it. Shouldn’t we be glad then that we have been given this privilege of handling everything and then giving back just a portion of all?
Remember Achan? Achan was an Israelite who fought the battle of Jericho with Joshua. In Joshua chapter 6, God had commanded the Israelites, upon conquering Jericho, to destroy the entire city because of its great sin. Only Rahab the prostitute and her household were spared because she had hidden the Israelite spies.
17 The city and all that is in it are to be devoted to the LORD. Only Rahab the prostitute and all who are with her in her house shall be spared, because she hid the spies we sent. – Joshua 6:17

Any time the Israelites fought and conquered the first city they were instructed to burn everything to the ground. This is the principle of tithing which is shown throughout scripture. The other cities were theirs to take. Therefore the Israelites had specific instructions not to take any spoils from Jericho; everything in the city of Jericho was “accursed” or “devoted to destruction.” God warned that anyone taking spoils from Jericho would “make the camp of Israel liable to destruction and bring trouble on it”

18 But keep away from the devoted things, so that you will not bring about your own destruction by taking any of them. Otherwise you will make the camp of Israel liable to destruction and bring trouble on it. 19 All the silver and gold and the articles of bronze and iron are sacred to the LORD and must go into his treasury.” – Joshua 6:18-19

Achan did not heed to the Lord’s instruction. He stole a beautiful robe and some gold and silver ( that was for the Lord’s treasury) and hid these things in his tent. Achan did not only disobey God but he did steal from Him as well! The precious metals were to be added to the treasury of the Lord, and, in stealing them, Achan robbed God directly. This was a sin against the Lord defiling Achan as well as other members of the community. Achan’s sin caused God’s blessing upon Israel to be withheld in their subsequent battle against the city of Ai and about thirty-six innocent men died because of Achan’s sin. (Ref. Joshua 7:4-5). We fool ourselves if we think that our sin affects only us. Disobedience brings ruin even upon the innocent. Sin’s effects go beyond the initial sinner. You can read the ramifications and how this was dealt with in Joshua chapter 7.

Right Reasons To Tithe
1. The Word of God teaches us to tithe therefore we tithe in obedience to it.
Leviticus 27:30
Matthew 23:23
Malachi 3:10
2. God owns everything therefore we give back a portion of it as proof of His ownership
3. It is an expression of thanks and the devourer/ waster is rebuked
4. We tithe so that we can leave a blessed legacy for our children
5. We tithe so as to honor God and keep the blessings of God flowing into our lives
6. We tithe so that there is a continuous availability of resources to minister to souls and bring them into the kingdom. This way God can trace is back to our giving.

God bless you as you obey His Word.

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Thanksgiving as Thanks Living

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I trust that you’re having a blessed week so far. Thanksgiving week is here already and I just want to share a brief message. I will draw your attention to the scriptures where Jesus heals ten men with leprosy.

11 Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. 12 As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance 13 and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”

14 When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed.

15 One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. 16 He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan.

17 Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? 18 Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19 Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”

Luke 17:11-19 NIV

In the midst of affliction, men turn to God. When people are in need of a miracle they turn to God and often times people group themselves together with others who have the same problems or those that are the same predicament. In the scripture, we see a group of ten men who need the same miracle of healing.

The compassions of Christ never fail. Christ hears the prayers or the cry of a sinner as long as faith is involved. When we are in trouble we look for God to meet us with mercy and we engage our faith because we are desperate enough to understand that faith is a requirement for the miracle to take place. Here, the ten men have enough faith to call on Jesus in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!” They must have known that faith was a requirement for the healing of leprosy to occur.

Jesus hears their cry and tells them: “Go show yourselves to the  priests.” (The priest had a responsibility to check that the leper is healed and to confirm that the miracle had indeed occurred). God has no problem giving us a miracle and He has given us plenty but how many of us come back to the House of God to testify? “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine?” (Luke 17:17) God knows exactly how many people He has given miracles.

Gratitude is an act of the genuinely humble heart. Unexpressed gratitude is ingratitude. God has been good to me, I owe Him thanks. Humility makes one realize that:

There is a God and He is above all
We have fallen short of the glory of God
He sent a Savior for us
Pride never appreciates the above. It is the humble heart that gives thanks. I urge you to develop an attitude of living thankfully to God all year long. Let your life be a life of thanks living.

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7 Things You Must Do To Make Irreversible Movement Forward (Part 1)

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In life one can move backward. Even though you fix your gaze on yesterday, you can never live in the past again. Even though you’re captured by the events of the past, that is already gone.

Here are some types of backward movements:
Wandering – this is not going in circles but moving everywhere. You have movement with no sense of direction – not moving forward.
Stagnation – this is mark timing. You still wake up when other people wake up but there’s no progress forward.
Movement in cycles/circles – this is moving around what is familiar. Here, the devil sets you in patterns that you can’t break out from.

Important to note also is that there are people who make movement forward that is reversible. This movement forward is when you use your own effort or smarts without God.

God wants us to progress forward, irreversibly.
What can you do to have this irreversible progress?

#1. Put God first before your own goals. Anything you do without God will fall apart! Man makes plans but it is God’s purpose that stands. (Proverbs 19:21)

Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain. 2 It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep. – Psalm 127:1-2KJV

In all your plans you must talk to God first. You must involve God in your plans for the New Year. You must write down your plans and lay them before God for correction. It is better to see red ink on your paper today than to be humiliated later.

5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. 7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. – Proverbs 3:5-7KJV

#2. You must have a clear mental picture of where you’re going. You must have an aim otherwise you’ll be aimlessly wondering. When you’re taking a road trip, turning on the GPS and entering the relevant details will show you the road to your destination. Your imagination is your God-given ability to focus on a goal and draw out a picture. 18 Where there is no vision, the people perish… – Proverbs 29: 18aKJV. We must live a victorious life here on earth. God told Abraham that he’ll be a father of many nations…like the stars. (Genesis 15:5). That is a mental picture!

You must have a prophetic vision bound in God because your vision is as closest as you can get to your future before you actually get there.

…Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. 3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry. – Habakkuk 2:2-3KJV

Visions are for the future. If you see more then you need to write more, revise it and enlarge it. Write it down!

In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon Daniel had a dream and visions of his head upon his bed: then he wrote the dream, and told the sum of the matters. – Daniel 7:1KJV

#3. Schedule your purpose. Have dates and time frames for which you should accomplish them. Schedule your dream and it will become a goal.

We continue with this message here. Meanwhile remember to put God first in all you do.

You are blessed!
 

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7 Things You Must Do To Make Irreversible Movement Forward (Part 2)

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As promised, here is the other part of the previous message.

If you are to make irreversible progress forward…

#4. Forget what is in the past. Listen to the Word of God and bring it to the speed of life. If you have failed before, you should be able to rise again. If you started a business that failed, you just need to learn more about such a business and see what you missed. If the business did not take off as you thought it would, you need to apply yourself more to make it work. Sharpen your skills.

Instead of memorials of the past have pictures of the future. This what what the Apostle Paul says:

12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 3:12-14 NIV

In Philippians 4:8 is a layout of the only things that qualify for space in your mind. If it is not in verse 8 then it needs to be disqualified. You must move over dramatically into the new year! Remember God takes note of new years and gives instructions for it. (See Numbers 33:3)

#5. Strive towards your goals and go to work. Work is boring – it is not as exciting as planning, but a plan soon becomes work. It’s boring but rewarding.

#6. Have a goal for every area of your life; not just money, work or school. Remember family too. State your role and have goals for each.
We are told about preparation and planning in Proverbs 24:27 while Ecclesiastes chapter 3 reminds us that there is a time for everything. Therefore as you lay your plans you are supposed to ensure balance. You cannot move forward in one area of your life and be losing in another. Balance!

#7. Teach yourself to be grateful in everything.

Philippians 4:6NIV says, 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

When I was in school and we had athletics, the runners that were being groomed for competition would be given glucose to energize them in the races – I wasn’t one of them. So having gratitude is like glucose that energizes a runner; it energizes you for life. Important to note is this: Thanksgiving sometimes is a sacrifice.

In their journey, the Israelites reached Marah where there was bitter water but in Elim just five miles further, they came to 12 fountains of water. This is a refreshing point; like a gas station. When you have been traveling for a while you stop over at a gas station to refuel and refresh then you can proceed with your journey. It is vital to remember that Elim is not your destination. (Read Numbers 33:1-9)

We are entering a new year and every new year is like a starting point. What is true for Breakthrough Community Church as the corporate church should be true for you too! As BCC enjoys God’s favor, may that favor rest on you too!

I will stop there with this: Whatever you commit to will yield results for you. What are you committing to in 2014?

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Gaining And Maintaining Momentum (Part 1)

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What is momentum? Why do I need momentum? How do I get it?
God is good and I’m back with a new message – Gaining and Maintaining Momentum. I will hang it on three pegs:
1. What is momentum?
2. Why do I need momentum?
3. How do I get momentum?

Momentum is the power of the Holy Spirit working within a believer.
It is a measure of the quality a moving object has. It is the quality that makes you fear a heavy moving object.

A train moving at 65mph can go through a 5 foot thick wall because it has momentum.

Momentum is that force in a believer that keeps them going. It keeps them excited about life.

Think about it this way: That excitement you see starting to build when a weak team scores, is momentum.

6 Now the people of Judah approached Joshua at Gilgal, and Caleb son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite said to him, “You know what the LORD said to Moses the man of God at Kadesh Barnea about you and me. 7 I was forty years old when Moses the servant of the LORD sent me from Kadesh Barnea to explore the land. And I brought him back a report according to my convictions, 8 but my fellow Israelites who went up with me made the hearts of the people melt in fear. I, however, followed the LORD my God wholeheartedly. 9 So on that day Moses swore to me, ‘The land on which your feet have walked will be your inheritance and that of your children forever, because you have followed the LORD my God wholeheartedly.’
10 “Now then, just as the LORD promised, he has kept me alive for forty-five years since the time he said this to Moses, while Israel moved about in the wilderness. So here I am today, eighty-five years old! 11 I am still as strong today as the day Moses sent me out; I’m just as vigorous to go out to battle now as I was then. – Joshua 14:6-11 NIV

Caleb possessed spiritual momentum and was able to do what he was doing forty years ago at the age of 85! When you have momentum, you’re not stopped by small things. The problem is not the problem but lack of momentum.

Had the Children of Israel looked at their slavery situation, momentum would have ceased in their life. They came to Egypt only seventy but when they were delivered from bondage, they were over 1.5million!

1 These are the names of the sons of Israel who went to Egypt with Jacob, each with his family: 2 Reuben, Simeon, Levi and Judah; 3 Issachar, Zebulun and Benjamin; 4 Dan and Naphtali; Gad and Asher. 5 The descendants of Jacob numbered seventy in all; Joseph was already in Egypt.
6 Now Joseph and all his brothers and all that generation died, 7 but the Israelites were exceedingly fruitful; they multiplied greatly, increased in numbers and became so numerous that the land was filled with them. – Exodus 1:1-7 NIV

When a believer has momentum – the power of God, the blessing of God so multiplies in their life that the enemy will not be able to keep up!

19 The midwives answered Pharaoh, “Hebrew women are not like Egyptian women; they are vigorous and give birth before the midwives arrive.” – Exodus 1:19 NIV

Acts 4:1-4 shows us the momentum of the early church while Acts 4:16-18 shows us a bid to crash that momentum but when you have momentum, you cannot be deterred. (Acts 4:19-20)

Next time, we shall look at: Momentum – Its importance and how to get it.

Until then, Go Hard After God!

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Gaining And Maintaining Momentum (Part 2)

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We are back again in our discussion of this message. In Part 1, we did an introduction and today is a good day to make some irreversible movement forward.

Why Is Momentum Important?
1. Without momentum you will not be able to finish well.

8 Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit. – Ecclesiastes 7:8 KJV

However the scoreboard looks today, Jesus has already told us we win in the end.

2. To be continuously productive you need momentum.

5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. 8 For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. – 2Peter 1:5-8 NIV

3. To be able to accomplish your mission on the earth. To accomplish your dreams and visions you need momentum.
Demas lost momentum and deserted his ministry.

9 Do your best to come to me quickly, 10 for Demas, because he loved this world, has deserted me and has gone to Thessalonica. Crescens has gone to Galatia, and Titus to Dalmatia. – 2 Timothy 4:9 NIV

How do I get momentum?
Exodus 3:1-14 tells us the story of Moses and how he was called by God. God had the ability to start a fire right where Moses was but He chose a little distance farther. So, Moses had to decide to leave what he was doing to go and see the strange sight. God put momentum in Moses.

To get momentum we must look at what causes it and I have 3 major points listed. I will use terms that are more familiar in this age.

1. Facetime
Real fellowship, communion and interaction with God give you momentum. Prayer creates great momentum. It is like the oil that runs the engine.

2. Update
When God turns Moses’ rod into a snake and back, his hand leprous and back – Moses leaves that mountain completely updated. You must update your spiritual life. A stationary object has no momentum until a new force is applied. Update is similar to conversion.

3. Connect
Your connection with great people will create new momentum in your life. Moses on the run ended up in Jethro’s house. Jethro was a priest. Because of Jethro, Moses got a great wife; he was prepared for shepherding God’s people and was encouraged to pursue God’s call for him. Even when Moses was burning out in ministry, Jethro came and advised him. It is important to connect with great people.

33 Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.” – 1 Corinthians 15:33 NIV

Read also Proverbs 12:26, Proverbs 13:20, and Proverbs 27:17

While you are connecting, there are certain kinds of people to avoid and those to embrace.

Avoid these people
• Unreliable people
Proverbs 17:17, Proverbs 18:24 and Proverbs 27:10
• Gossips
Proverbs 16:28 and Proverbs 17:9
• Angry people
Proverbs 22:24,25
• Mockers
Psalm 1:1-3

Embrace these people
• Wise people
Intelligence is not wisdom. I’m not talking about people with great IQs, find people who know answers to practical questions that you have in life.
Proverbs 13:20
• Those who fear the Lord
Proverbs 119:63
• Spiritual encouragers
Hebrews 3:13, 1 Thessalonians 4:18 and 1 Thessalonians 5:11

Finally, I urge you to set up emergency measures in place to drop some friends if they’re not going your way.

Until next time, Go Hard After God!

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Keys To Unlock Financial Freedom

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In this new season, God is taking us on a journey. A lot of people might have questions about their finances. Most people you meet have too much month left at the end of their paycheck. Everyone wants to unlock the door to financial freedom but as with any lock, using the right key is what will work. God has all the answers and as He reveals them to us, we shall respond accordingly. Many times when God gives answers, He gives them in the form of keys with which we can unlock the freedom that we seek.

Knowledge is a key of the kingdom and it is paramount to understanding the blessing of God. The blessing of the LORD makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow with it. (Proverbs 10:22). To access your financial freedom, you first must understand your current financial position and how to move from there to the next level.

The first thing to understand is this: God owns everything. The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to him. (Psalm 24:1). You are just a steward; a manager. If you grasp this then you will be delivered from misery that others have more than you do.

God has commanded and commissioned us to divide or apportion resources accordingly. Of all our increase, 10% is tithe. When we keep our covenant part, God will take care of us. Trust in God’s covenant with you by consistent and regular practicing of tithing. Know this: Whenever you stand in righteousness, God is faithful. He shows up!

I have been young, and now am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or his children begging for bread. (Psalm 37:25).

The first time tithe is mentioned in the Bible is in Genesis chapter 14 after Abram returned from defeating Kedorlaomer and the kings allied with him having rescued his nephew Lot who had been taken captive. Abraham, who was still Abram then, is blessed by Melchizedek king of Salem – the priest of God Most High.

And praise be to God Most High, who delivered your enemies into your hand.” Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything. (Genesis 14:20).

Here, Abraham established a covenant between him and God. Tithing is a way of establishing a covenant between you and God. Through tithing you set yourself apart as you honor God this way.

An important thing to note here is that when you give your tithe, you are not giving it to pastor, you’re not giving it to the elders of the church – you are giving it to Jesus who is our High Priest now. Please read the following passage of scripture from the book of Hebrews:

This Melchizedek was king of Salem and priest of God Most High. He met Abraham returning from the defeat of the kings and blessed him, 2 and Abraham gave him a tenth of everything. First, the name Melchizedek means “king of righteousness”; then also, “king of Salem” means “king of peace.” 3 Without father or mother, without genealogy, without beginning of days or end of life, resembling the Son of God, he remains a priest forever.

4 Just think how great he was: Even the patriarch Abraham gave him a tenth of the plunder! 5 Now the law requires the descendants of Levi who become priests to collect a tenth from the people—that is, from their fellow Israelites—even though they also are descended from Abraham. 6 This man, however, did not trace his descent from Levi, yet he collected a tenth from Abraham and blessed him who had the promises. 7 And without doubt the lesser is blessed by the greater. 8 In the one case, the tenth is collected by people who die; but in the other case, by him who is declared to be living. 9 One might even say that Levi, who collects the tenth, paid the tenth through Abraham, 10 because when Melchizedek met Abraham, Levi was still in the body of his ancestor. (Hebrews 7:1-9)

Pay attention to verse 8. Tithe is collected by Him who is declared to be living. Jesus is the only High Priest that is living.

Jacob also gave so that he could connect with the blessing of God. He was not trying to meet a need or bills. This is what he said:

And this memorial pillar I have set up will become a place for worshiping God, and I will present to God a tenth of everything he gives me. (Genesis 28:22).

When you come to “this rock” – the church building, to give your tithe – a tenth or 10% of everything He gives you, you come to connect with the blessing of God. It is not the sweat of your brow or the work of your hands that blesses you; it is God who blesses and tithing is the way to connect with that blessing. Picking extra shifts may help a little but you need a permanent solution and this solution is obtained from connecting with the blessing of God through tithing. Tithing is the sure key to unlocking your financial freedom!

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How Should I Give To God?

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A lot of people in the house of God are faced with this question: How should I give to God? They are genuine and really do want to give but they just do not know how. Is it how much one gives that makes him/her a good Christian? Is there a standard figure in amount? Is it a once in a while deal? Really, how should I give to God?

There are several scriptures which will help us answer those questions and after reading through them, I believe that we shall be better equipped.

The practice of giving a tithe to God began with Abraham about 500 years before the Law.

And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all. – Genesis 14:20

It was followed by Jacob vowing to give God a tithe. He made a pillar to be God’s hose and said there he shall bring a tithe.

So that I come again to my father’s house in peace; then shall the LORD be my God:

And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God’s house: and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee. – Genesis 28:21-22

Tithing was taught comprehensively in the Law of Moses. There were basically three different tithes. Only one was given for the Lord’s house.

First tithe: This is the tithe we give today

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 unto the LORD. – Leviticus 27:30

Numbers 18:24-32

24 But the tithes of the children of Israel, which they offer as an heave offering unto the LORD, I have given to the Levites to inherit: therefore I have said unto them, Among the children of Israel they shall have no inheritance.

25 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

26 Thus speak unto the Levites, and say unto them, When ye take of the children of Israel the tithes which I have given you from them for your inheritance, then ye shall offer up an heave offering of it for the LORD, even a tenth part of the tithe.

27 And this your heave offering shall be reckoned unto you, as though it were the corn of the threshing floor, and as the fulness of the winepress.

28 Thus ye also shall offer an heave offering unto the LORD of all your tithes, which ye receive of the children of Israel; and ye shall give thereof the LORD’S heave offering to Aaron the priest.

29 Out of all your gifts ye shall offer every heave offering of the LORD, of all the best thereof, even the hallowed part thereof out of it.

30 Therefore thou shalt say unto them, When ye have heaved the best thereof from it, then it shall be counted unto the Levites as the increase of the threshingfloor, and as the increase of the winepress.

31 And ye shall eat it in every place, ye and your households: for it is your reward for your service in the tabernacle of the congregation.

32 And ye shall bear no sin by reason of it, when ye have heaved from it the best of it: neither shall ye pollute the holy things of the children of Israel, lest ye die.

 

Nehemiah 10:35-39

35And to bring the firstfruits of our ground, and the firstfruits of all fruit of all trees, year by year, unto the house of the LORD:

36 Also the firstborn of our sons, and of our cattle, as it is written in the law, and the firstlings of our herds and of our flocks, to bring to the house of our God, unto the priests that minister in the house of our God:

37 And that we should bring the firstfruits of our dough, and our offerings, and the fruit of all manner of trees, of wine and of oil, unto the priests, to the chambers of the house of our God; and the tithes of our ground unto the Levites, that the same Levites might have the tithes in all the cities of our tillage.

38 And the priest the son of Aaron shall be with the Levites, when the Levites take tithes: and the Levites shall bring up the tithe of the tithes unto the house of our God, to the chambers, into the treasure house.

39 For the children of Israel and the children of Levi shall bring the offering of the corn, of the new wine, and the oil, unto the chambers, where are the vessels of the sanctuary, and the priests that minister, and the porters, and the singers: and we will not forsake the house of our God.

This is the first and the best of everything.
It belongs to the Lord.
It’s actually a debt that you pay in the house of the Lord.
Second tithe: This is like a personal saving plan to yourself

22 Thou shalt truly tithe all the increase of thy seed, that the field bringeth forth year by year.

23 And thou shalt eat before the LORD thy God, in the place which he shall choose to place his name there, the tithe of thy corn, of thy wine, and of thine oil, and the firstlings of thy herds and of thy flocks; that thou mayest learn to fear the LORD thy God always.

24 And if the way be too long for thee, so that thou art not able to carry it; or if the place be too far from thee, which the LORD thy God shall choose to set his name there, when the LORD thy God hath blessed thee:

25 Then shalt thou turn it into money, and bind up the money in thine hand, and shalt go unto the place which the LORD thy God shall choose:

26 And thou shalt bestow that money for whatsoever thy soul lusteth after, for oxen, or for sheep, or for wine, or for strong drink, or for whatsoever thy soul desireth: and thou shalt eat there before the LORD thy God, and thou shalt rejoice, thou, and thine household,

Deuteronomy 14:22-26

Read also Deuteronomy 26:1-13 & Deuteronomy 12:5-21

They kept 10% for themselves and for their family upkeep during vacations to Jerusalem. The people ate this in religious celebrations.

Third tithe: This was given to the poor

28 At the end of three years thou shalt bring forth all the tithe of thine increase the same year, and shalt lay it up within thy gates:

29 And the Levite, (because he hath no part nor inheritance with thee,) and the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, which are within thy gates, shall come, and shall eat and be satisfied; that the LORD thy God may bless thee in all the work of thine hand which thou doest.

Deuteronomy 14:28-29

Read also Deuteronomy 26:11-15

This was given once every three years. It was to the poor. This means that is about 3.3% of your income.

Those who live in the US pay this anyway. The government gets some money from your paycheck and puts it in the welfare system for the poor.

Tithing in the New Testament

Jesus taught that tithing ought to be done without neglecting the other weightier matters.

23 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone. – Matthew 23:23

Paul teaches that tithe is today received by Jesus whose priesthood is never ending.

5 And verily they that are of the sons of Levi, who receive the office of the priesthood, have a commandment to take tithes of the people according to the law, that is, of their brethren, though they come out of the loins of Abraham:

6 But he whose descent is not counted from them received tithes of Abraham, and blessed him that had the promises.

7 And without all contradiction the less is blessed of the better.

8 And here men that die receive tithes; but there he receiveth them, of whom it is witnessed that he liveth.

9 And as I may so say, Levi also, who receiveth tithes, payed tithes in Abraham.

Hebrews 7:5-9

We are to share our material things with those who teach us the Word. Share every good thing you have with anyone who teaches you what God has said. You cannot fool God, so don’t make a fool of yourself. You will harvest what you plant. Share your material things with your instructors.

6 Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things.

7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

Galatians 6:6-7

What we learn from this:

A. God owns everything.

The earth is the LORD’s, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. – Psalm 24:1

Tithing is my acknowledgement that God is the owner of it all. When humans take up ownership, ownership is addictive and cannot be satisfied.

God gives you power to get wealth.
But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day. – Deuteronomy 8:18

A tithe of everything belongs to the Lord.
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 unto the LORD.

31 And if a man will at all redeem ought of his tithes, he shall add thereto the fifth part thereof.

Leviticus 27:30-31

The tithe is not just any 10% but it’s the first and the best 10%.
When we don’t pay tithes, we cannot give offerings because we owe. We start giving offering AFTER we tithe.

We give tithes away from ourselves.
Is it from the net or the gross income?
We tithe from the gross otherwise when you tithe from the net; it means that when you get your tax refund you need to tithe from it.

What are tithes used for in Numbers 18:1-32?
 Meeting the needs of the priest.
 Meeting the needs of the helpers of the priests, the Levites.
Upkeep of the house of the Lord.
When we are not tithing, we are stealing from God.
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.

Malachi 3:8-10

Faithfulness in tithing is not in the amount. It is in obedience to the Word.
God bless you as you grow in your faithfulness to Him.

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