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(Proverbs 3:6-10 NKJV) In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and depart from evil. It will be health to your flesh, And strength to your bones. Honor the LORD with your possessions, And with the first fruits of all your increase; So your barns will be filled with plenty, And your vats will overflow with new wine. I am convinced that we waste we when fail to be continually live a life that abounds in the giving of ourselves to OTHERS.
√ The TITHE is a test.
(Deuteronomy 8:3 NLT) … humbling you and testing you to prove your character, and to find out whether or not you would obey his commands.
(Luke 12:48 NLT) …. When someone has been given much, much will be required in return; and when someone has been entrusted with much, even more will be required.
√ The tithe is a DOOR to a blessed life.
(Malachi 3:8-11 NKJV) …. ‘In what way have we robbed You?’ In tithes and offerings.You are cursed with a curse, For you have robbed Me, Even this whole nation. Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, That there may be food in My house, And try 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 such blessing That there will not be room enough to receive it…….
√ Being blessed opens OPPORTUNITIES. SERVED PEOPLE SERVE PEOPLE, BLESSED PEOPLE BLESS PEOPLE
(Malachi 3:12 NKJV) “And all nations will call you blessed, For you will be a delightful land,” Says the LORD of hosts.
√ Your giving is more about SOMEONE ELSE than YOURSELF.
(2 Corinthians 9:6-10 NKJV)…He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. …… Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness,
(MATTHEW 6:4) give in private God rewards openly
√ Giving brings God GLORY & HONOR.
(2 Corinthians 9:10-13 NLT)……… In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you. Yes, you will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous. And when we take your gifts to those who need them, they will thank God. So two good things will result from this ministry of giving–the needs of the believers in Jerusalem will be met, and they will joyfully express their thanks to God. As a result of your ministry, they will give glory to God. For your generosity to them and to all believers will prove that you are obedient to the Good News of Christ.
(John 17:1-4 NLT) After saying all these things, Jesus looked up to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son so he can give glory back to you. For you have given him authority over everyone. He gives eternal life to each one you have given him. And this is the way to have eternal life–to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, the one you sent to earth. I brought glory to you here on earth by completing the work you gave me to do.