Giving to Receive

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Proverbs 11:24 (ESV) – “One gives freely, yet grows all the richer;
                                    Another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want.”
“Tithes. Why should I give any of my hard earned money to a church whose financial statement is probably in better shape than my own? What can they do for me, except offer up a few prayers, before turning around and asking me to donate more money for some new cause? No thank you. I’ll keep my money to myself. If God wants me to tithe, he’ll bless me with more money so that I can afford to tithe.”
That was my logic, so I horded my money. In the end, I not only struggled financially, I lost my peace because I was consumed with an insatiable desire to covet more money. There was simply never enough. But God…in His patience, walked me through the temper tantrums and led me down the path of peace concerning tithing.

It’s a sacrifice. Sometimes, the money just isn’t there to give. It is during those times that my faith is truly tested, because today, I will not forgo my tithing, despite the holiday season fast approaching. I want the favor of the Lord on my family. I need God to protect the Smith’s from Satan’s constant attacks. I will obey God’s word, and I tithe. In doing so, He blesses my family in miraculous ways. There is a peace I never knew before submitting to him. My sacrifice is my gain. I may never become financially rich, but I remain rich in the Lord’s blessings of peace.   
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2 thoughts on “Giving to Receive

  1. Good points Enn! Knowing that things that were commanded to Israel were shadows and types of things to come, our proper response to God's grace is to dedicate our first fruits and best efforts (fattened calfs) back to Him… Before Israel was ever commanded to tithe, the example was put forth with Abraham and Melchizedek. We are not commanded now to give, but through faith we respond “yes” and “amen”! to the spiritual path God shows us. Love to see you growing bro and your writing is showing it!”There is a peace I never knew before submitting to him. My sacrifice is my gain.” That sir, is your testimony… and that is what this world needs to hear!

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  2. The Biblical tithe was never money, and never came from anyone's income.

    NO ONE, absolutely NO ONE pays the Biblical tithe today.

    THE FIRST TITHE
    Leviticus 27:30-33 defines this tithe as a tenth of crops and animals in herds and flocks.
    Numbers 18 gives the ordinances, or instructions, for this tithe, and commands this tithe be taken to the Levites.
    Purpose of this tithe: to support the Levitical Priesthood.

    SECOND TITHE
    Deuteronomy 14:22-27: aka The Festival Tithe – a tenth of crops, plus add to that the firstborn animals, and take to the yearly feasts.
    Purpose of this tithe: “that thou mayest learn to fear the LORD thy God always”

    THIRD TITHE
    Deuteronomy 14:28-29: aka The Three-Year Tithe aka The Poor Tithe – a tenth of crops, kept at home, and invite the Levites, widows, orphans, stranger to eat.
    Purpose of this tithe: to feed the poor.

    Now, tell me. Which of the above three tithes commanded by God does anyone follow today?

    The ONLY people in the Old Testament that were commanded to tithe were those who INHERITED THE PROMISED LAND WITH EVERYTHING ON IT. They got the land, house, animals, crops, etc. ALL FREE AND CLEAR. No mortgage payment or rent to pay. And THEY were commanded to tithe on the crops and animals and take it to the Levites who INHERITED the tithe INSTEAD OF the promised land with everything on it. No one else tithed. Wage earners did not tithe. Jesus did not tithe as a carpenter. Paul did not tithe as a tent maker. Peter did not tithe as a fisherman.

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