31, August, 2018Posted by :faithlife

Q:  Is Tithes for today?

A:  Some believers think tithing started with the old covenant Law of Moses. Certainly, the Law gave instruction on how to bring the tithe to the Lord. But a tithe was brought to the Lord hundreds of years earlier before the Law existed. Abram (Abraham) gave a tithe in Genesis 14:17-24. There we read about him giving a tithe out of gratitude for God’s prosperity on his work and in a battle against his enemies.

Abram’s tithe was a heart action, not a legal action. Jesus did not come to do away with this testimony and expression of gratitude for God as our Source. The old covenant no more instituted the tithe than the new covenant made the tithe pass away. Giving has always been a matter of the heart, not a matter of law. Today, we offer our tithe to Jesus in an attitude of worship (Hebrews 6:20 and 7:1). 

We believe it is proper to tithe on the gross of all income that comes into their hands (Proverbs 3:9-10, Malachi 3:8-11). They know the Lord will always bless them above what they can ask or think (Ephesians 3:20).

Tithing is just the beginning of God’s system of living, because we can give of ourselves every day! Whether it’s being kind to another person or sharing the good news of the gospel with someone in need, God desires we be a giving people. We encourage you to commit to the Lord to give of yourself as He directs. Whether it’s your time, talents, finances or abilities, God will use and reward your seed sown (Hebrews 11:6)!

Q:  Do you need to Tithe to be blessed?

A:  We have already been made joint heirs with Jesus (Romans 8:17). So, “Why, then, do we need to tithe to be blessed?”

Let’s make sure we’re clear on this: It’s because of what Jesus has done for us that we have a right to the blessings of God. It’s because of what He’s done that we don’t need to earn God’s approval. And we don’t tithe in order to do so.

We tithe as an act of worship to God, showing our gratitude for His provision in every area of life. That is what Abram was doing in the first example we find of tithing in the Bible (Genesis 14:20). Abram didn’t tithe to earn God’s approval (Galatians 3:6), but rather to thank and worship Him for His provision.

That is exactly what we do today. We tithe because we love God and are grateful for His provision. And according to the Word, the more we honor God, the more He empowers us to prosper (2 Corinthians 9:6-8).

In the end, we don’t give in order to gain God’s approval. Rather, we give because God has and continues to meet all of our needs. The exciting thing is that you can’t outgive God, and He will continue to bless the seeds we sow (2 Corinthians 9:6-11)!

Q:  Can I use my Tithes to buy Christian literature and media?

A:  Purchasing ministry materials and tithing are two different things, even if a portion of your purchase goes to support your local church or fundraising campaign.

Here is the difference: The person who tithes places himself in covenant relationship with God and trusts Him to supply all of his needs (even the needs for teaching material). So, the tithe is not used to pay bills or buy merchandise. Instead, it is used in worship and praise to the Lord. We don’t believe it would be right to buy anything else with the tithe. The exception is if the Lord has specifically directed the purchase of material as a gift for another person or organization.

God sees the desire of your heart. And He knows the ministry material would be very helpful in your spiritual growth. But He said He would supply the desires of your heart as you are obedient and look to Him first (Psalm 37:4-5; Matthew 6:33). So we encourage you to trust God to supply the extra money you need to buy ministry materials. We join our faith with yours believing God will meet your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19).

Q:  Can I split my Tithes among different churches or ministries?

A:  No. To understand why let’s look at some background concerning tithing.

Under the old covenant, the Israelites were to take their tithe (one tenth of their increase), place it in a basket, present it to the high priest and say, “…With this gift I acknowledge to the Lord your God that I have entered the land he swore to our ancestors he would give us” (Deuteronomy 26:2-3). This was the Promised Land flowing with milk and honey.

Under the new covenant, we have also come into a new land, so to speak. Colossians 1:13 says that we have been rescued from the kingdom of darkness and transferred into the kingdom of God’s Son. As believers we are living in the kingdom of God and have entered into our inheritance in Jesus Christ with all its rights and privileges.

Jesus is our High Priest under the new covenant. When we tithe, we should present our tithes to Jesus and confess we have been rescued from the dominion of Satan and transferred into the kingdom of God. We should also rejoice in all the good He has given to us and our households, and expect His supernatural increase.

Jesus doesn’t take our tithes to heaven to store in a vault. He turns right around and blesses us. He spends them so we are fed spiritually through ministry, as well as multiplying it back for our financial needs! Since the tithe belongs to God, we trust Him to show us where to place it. The important thing for you to do is be obedient to place the tithe where He directs.

Malachi 3:10 says to bring the tithes so there are resources in his house. When we become a member of a particular church our tithes are to be used so that there are resources for that house. If you are not a member of a church the Lord may direct you to place your entire tithe in one place or sow in several places. Also, it is perfectly acceptable to give an offering to ministries or churches as God leads you, remember, God loves a cheerful giver! Tithing is just the beginning of God’s system of giving because we can give of ourselves every day! Whether it’s being kind to another person or sharing the good news of the gospel with someone in need, God desires that we be a giving people.

Commit to the Lord that you will give of yourself as He directs. Whether it’s your time, talents, finances or abilities, God will use whatever you offer Him, and He rewards those who diligently seek Him (Hebrews 11:6)!

Q:  What is the proper way to Tithe?

A:  When it comes to offering your tithe to Jesus, your mouth is just as important as your hand. Under the old covenant, the people were to take their tithe—the first fruits of their increase—to the priest declaring, “Go to the priest in charge at that time and say to him, ‘With this gift I acknowledge to the Lord your God that I have entered the land he swore to our ancestors he would give us’” (Deuteronomy 26:3). Then the priest would place the tithe in a basket and present it on the altar before God as the people declared aloud their redemption before the Lord (verses 5-10, 13-15).

Today Jesus receives our tithes as we present them rejoicing in our deliverance from the kingdom of darkness and our entrance into His kingdom (Colossians 1:13). He receives our tithes, presents them to the Father and blesses us (read Hebrews 7). Remember, the money is the tithe, but tithing is done with the mouth.

The place to which we bring the tithe is, according to Malachi 3:10, the storehouse, or the place where we are receiving our spiritual food—where a pastor, evangelist, apostle or other ministry is in operation.

The following is a suggested confession adapted from Deuteronomy 26 and Malachi 3 to be spoken over your tithe:

I confess this day to You, Lord God, that I have come into the inheritance which You swore to give me. I was a sinner held in bondage and in darkness by Satan. But I called upon the Name of Jesus and You heard my cry and delivered me from the power and authority of darkness. You lifted me out of my affliction and oppression. You took me in and forgave me and translated me into the kingdom of Your dear Son.  You made me Yours through the shed blood of Jesus and gave me authority over the evil one.

Jesus, as my Lord and High Priest, I bring the first fruits of my land (income) which You have given me. I expect You to set it before the Father and worship Him with it. I rejoice in all the good which You have given to me and my household. I have listened to the voice of the Lord my God and have done according to all that You have commanded me.

Now look down from heaven, Your holy habitation, and bless me, Your son and servant, according to Your riches in glory. Bless my land (job) as You have promised in Your Word.

I declare the blessing is pouring out and there’s not enough room to receive it! God, You have rebuked the devourer for my sake. The work of my hands will not be destroyed and come to nothing. Today, I am experiencing God’s supernatural increase, and I walk in it by faith. I worship You, Lord, and I call it done, in Jesus’ Name.

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