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The Bible says He OWNS everything, but what He has always wanted was for us to give Him our hearts.
"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.
"But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your TREASURE is, there your HEART will be also" Matthew 6:19-21.
NO, GOD does NOT “need” our money, so why does God tell us that we must give BACK to Him a tenth, which He calls our tithe? Because He knows that until we INVEST our “treasure” back to Him and what He is doing, our hearts are not with Him. But there’s more... read what He says...
“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this," says the LORD of hosts, "if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows. Then I will rebuke the devourer for you” Malachi 3:10-11
In addition to your heart, our tithe is God’s “assurance” policy for us. Most of us have insurance policies such as a car, your health, or life insurance to name a few. But the only way you can TRUST in these policies is when you are FAITHFUL to pay the very “small” payment (small in comparison to what is promised to be paid to you should you need it). Right? The same is true with God’s assurance policy that is far better than any insurance policy. While insurance companies do their best not to pay, God not only wants to recompense you for anything that's been done to you but He is excited to pay you to double what you lost or was stolen from you.
Whether it was done to you:
“Instead of your shame you will have a DOUBLE portion, and instead of humiliation they will shout for joy over their portion Therefore they will possess a DOUBLE portion in their land, Everlasting joy will be theirs. For I, the LORD, love justice, I hate robbery . . . And I will faithfully give them their recompense And make an everlasting covenant with them.” Isaiah 61:7-8
On something you did that caused the loss:
“Speak kindly . . . And call out to her, that her warfare has ended, that her iniquity has been removed, that she has received of the LORD'S hand DOUBLE for all her sins.” Isaiah 40:2
Though some well-meaning Christians are now arguing that we are not under that law, therefore there is no need to tithe, as the enemy gladly ROBS them blind, it is only because they are ignorant to what Jesus said in Matthew 5:17-18
“Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill. For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until ALL is accomplished.”
There is not much to debate there. Clearly, tithing is important, and that it’s must be given to your “Storehouse” in other words, where you are spiritually fed.
Many women are a part of a church that does not encourage marriage restoration, which puts them in rebellion, a very dangerous spiritual condition.
“For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.” 1 Samuel 15:23
Some believe that not only should they stay, they should tithe to their local church. But unless you are being spiritually fed, and they are for your marriage being restored (something you are trusting the Lord for), not only are you living in rebellion, it is not your “storehouse” and therefore, not where your tithe belong.
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“Gently Corrected Me”
God is so faithful! I have been reading WOTT and going through the FAL and LAL books and RJ again. I have been SG and asking Him to draw me closer and give me wisdom regarding His plans for me. I truly want to please my darling HL.
Yesterday, He led me to read some PRs from Lota. He is so good to show me these lessons and provide answers so quickly. Like Lota, I didn't understand what has been happening with my finances. I have been faithfully tithing 10%, and yet sometimes money falls short to pay bills. As I have been going back through some of my lessons, I saw this about tithing, and He showed me clearly what I need to do. He also showed me all that I had read before, months ago, and never put into action.
Erin shared in this PR something she had shared prior, and I KNEW He had shown me earlier in my RJ. This is what Erin shared, "As far as tithing on both your business and personal income, I’ve struggled with that before, but as I shared in one of the Ministry Commitments, even though it appears to be tithing double, and the enemy tries to convince us that it’s why there appears not to be enough to pay bills, that even when we are mistaken, He sees our hearts. AND we can never out give God."
What Erin said, I knew, is what I needed to understand and let sink in. Ladies, I have a business and personal account. Since I pay myself "wages" from my business account to my personal account, I never have paid a tithe on that since I always tithed 10% and more on the whole commission check (before any deductions) that He provided. The accuser allowed me to forget this truth. So, He led me to immediately look at my paid wages for the current month and had me pay my tithe on that. He also showed me that this is what He wants me to do going forward. It is not "double tithing" as the enemy tried to trick me into thinking. This is ALL Him showing me His perfect way.
I wanted to share this about tithing and how important it is. I pray that I can lead by example as His humble servant and be faithful to my HL and this ministry.
My prayer: Lord I come humbly to You to ask for Your continued wisdom with my finances and tithing. Please forgive me if there is something I am doing wrong in my finances, my tithing, my personal life or anywhere that is hindering You from rebuking the devourer. My Sweet Love, show me Your will and please guide me in everything I purchase, the bills I pay and the offerings I give, so I do nothing apart from You. I pray in Your precious and holy name. Amen.
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.(1 John 1:9)
“Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance, and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us” (Hebrews 12:1)
I am grateful for this opportunity to confess that my incorrect tithing may have hindered my ability to serve Him through this ministry. I ask for forgiveness. I see now the accuser used half-lies to slow me down with burdens. I praise my Beloved that I am forgiven. I am thankful that His grace is enough and I am set free and the burden is lifted as I confess.
He is truly a wonderful HH as He shows me His best plans for me and directs my steps. I am so thankful for Him and this blessed ministry. Praise You my Love. Thank You for showing me the error of my ways in tithing and now correcting me so I can confess before You and Your brides that the devourer may no longer steal from You, this ministry or me because of my mistake. Thank You for your mercy.
“Can a person cheat God? Yet, you are cheating me! “But you ask, ‘How are we cheating you?’“ When you don’t bring a tenth of your income and other contributions. So a curse is on you because the whole nation is cheating me! “Bring one-tenth of your income into the storehouse so that there may be food in my house. Test me in this way,” says the Lord of Armies. “See if I won’t open the windows of heaven for you and flood you with blessings." (Malachi 3:8-10 GW)
“I will rebuke the devourer for you, so that it will not destroy the fruits of your soil; and your vine in the field shall not fail to bear, says the Lord of hosts." (Malachi 3:11 RSV)
God is SO good to show me what I needed to know and gently correct me so That I could confess and move forward with Him showing me His way. I am blessed beyond words to have a Father who cares and a Husband who provides for me.
~ Pamela in Idaho
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