March 4, 2017

March 4, 2017

DEUTERONOMY 14-16

Focus Verse: “You must set aside a tithe of your crops—one-tenth of all the crops you harvest each year. Bring this tithe to the designated place of worship—the place the Lord your God chooses for his name to be honored—and eat it there in his presence. This applies to your tithes of grain, new wine, olive oil, and the firstborn males of your flocks and herds. Doing this will teach you always to fear the Lord your God.”
Deuteronomy 14:22-23

 

I firmly believe this is why we’ve seen a drift in the church in America. I’m also allowed to preach on this without any fear because none of you are paying me a tithe. But how pathetic is that statement? Preachers across the nation have to weigh whether or not a sermon on tithing will be beneficial to their congregation or cause them to shut their pocketbooks and pull their tithe because they don’t like what they’re hearing.

But the Church isn’t a business. You don’t get to keep your money because you don’t like a part of the service. The whole point of the tithe is that the money isn’t yours in the first place. I should also add, preachers shouldn’t be weighing anything that they preach. If God’s told you to preach it, you preach. If God hasn’t told you to preach it, why are you messing around with that? You think God’s people will grow more from a message you came up with? Show me one example of a popular prophet in the Bible. We need to get away from the idea that we get to follow Jesus and be super popular.

But back to the main issue at hand; when we start holding back our tithe from God we lose far more than 10% of our income. First of all, we begin to lose our trust in God. And when we stop trusting God to provide for us, then all of our possessions become things that we’ve earned and pride creeps in. It’s a vicious cycle. When you’ve earned your wealth it becomes so much harder to give away. Your pride won’t let you because it belongs to you, you’ve worked hard for it, why should you give it away to someone who hasn’t worked as hard as you have? And once our possessions become things that we’ve earned, why can’t we work hard and earn everything else…like salvation.

Ultimately, we lose our fear of God when we stop trusting Him. It’s not that there is something magical about our tithe, but it is the ultimate show of trust in God. Do you trust Him with your livelihood? Do you trust Him to provide for you daily? Do you believe He is the God who provided manna in the desert for the Israelites every day? Or do you believe you can do more with that 10% of your income than He can?

Put your money where your faith is.

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