Tithes And Offerings

Tithes and offerings are the scriptural means by which God is able to finance the Christian church and missions for the sake of spreading the Gospel. However, as we commit to paying our tithes and offerings consistently, we will receive financial and material blessings. This lesson will teach you how to give money to God with the right attitude.


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It is Biblically correct to pay tithes (one-tenth of your income) to the church where you attend that is Bible based and is a spiritual blessing to you.

According to Malachi 3:10-11, you will receive a window of heaven blessing when you pay your tithes, but you have to know how to put faith over your giving to make it prosper you financially and other areas of your life.  It is the responsibility of the church you attend to help you do this.  This is why many Christians are drowning financially.  They are not taught about how to practice Kingdom living.  

The leaders of your church should be held accountable for what they do with the tithes and offerings they receive. They should be willing to post a graph showing where and how they spend the money they receive.  They should always make that information available to anyone who asks within the congregation.  The church I attended as a child always posted their graph within the sactuary where everyone could see.

They should also provide Bible studies and counseling to help their members take part in God's Wealth Plan to promote and teach Kingdom living described in
Matthew 6:25-34.  If all they do is take their congregation's money without teaching how to increase it, they are not doing their job.

Wisdom dictates that if church members are taught how to increase their tithes, they will be able to give more into the church.  





 Giving Tithes and Offerings Into The Kingdom

While the giving of tithes and offerings prospers the church and we are blessed as a result, this doesn't mean that we should give in order to receive. Having this attitude does not fit with 2 Corinthians 9:7.  We don't give to get money in return.  We give with a cheerful heart in order to fulfill God's plans for the Body of Christ.  It is also to share the salvation message and perpetuate the Church of Jesus Christ for the sake of all Christians to worship, socialize with other Christians and to learn the scriptures.  

2 Corinthians 9:7
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.

We should love to give our money to God and as we do we will receive increase not because we give but because the Word says we will receive financial increase by centering upon God first or giving His Word first place in our lives according to Matthew 6:25-34 (Kingdom Living).  We need to live God's Word as we learn it.  Then we will prosper in all areas of our lives, not just financial. However, we can expect financial blessings in abundance.   

Obedience In Giving Tithes and Offerings:

We're told in Malachi 3:10-11 to pay our tithes to God and in Luke 6:38 we're told that whatever we give, we'll receive again. We're to give financially through tithes and offerings and God will meet our needs and desires. We must trust God by faith that He'll keep His Word to us. That means that we must give first and trust that He will bless us. We should also give our talents to the Lord in the area of His will for our lives and He will not only increase our talents and abilities, but He will bless us with financial opportunities as we do.

Even if you have little money, you can still be obedient to God by giving tithes and offerings.  In fact it will help you to build your money and get out of debt.  Give out of the little that you do have. A few pennies, nickels, or dimes; give what you can and put your faith over that money to be blessed.  Then when you receive increase, raise the amount that you give to God.  In time you will see increase not from your giving, but from your attitude of obedience and respect for what God has given you.

If you don't have enough money or faith to give to God, then give Him your time and use your faith that God will bless you financially as you conserve your money with an attitude of good stewardship. Training yourself to give out of obedience to God will develop the "spirit of giving" in your heart and open the door for financial and material blessings.  Your money will grow out of the consistency of your giving, so don't give up if you don't receive immediately.


 Where and How To Give Tithes and Offerings

Give to the church or ministry that you attend or is helping you spiritually based upon the Word of God. The church you choose should be helping you to rightly divide the Word of God.

When you do give, ask God in prayer to bless your money, thank Him, and then be at peace about money and believe that God has already blessed you.  

Also give quietly (Matthew 23:5).  If you want to be blessed, don't be showy about your giving, do it in silence.  God likes us to give quietly and in private, so don't brag about what you give, keep that information between you and God whenever possible.  Sometimes our giving must become common knowledge, but when you have a choice, choose to give God's way, with honor, respect, and dignity. 

And don't forget to give with a cheerful heart with thanksgiving according to 2 Corinthians 9-6-8 and Philippians 4:6.  
 

Philippians 4:19 
But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.  

Look to God as your provider rather than the world's system to provide for you.  Doing this will put God at the center of your money so that you keep your eyes on Him rather than the money itself. You will always have more than what you need when you do this.

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