Friday, 7 May 2010

God's Financial Plan

Some argue that Tithing does not belong to the
New Testament?

“Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give” (2 Corinthians 9:7)

God wants to provide for the Church so that it can do everything it is called to do; something that requires both faith and commitment. Therefore, teaching on tithing and sacrificial giving should be given to each member. I heard a very prominent preacher recently on TV telling his congregation, “the devil can only operate in what you don’t know, and that is why I must keep teaching on money, tithing, offering and giving. You cannot afford to remain ignorant and I must keep you informed so that the devil cannot use your ignorance.” I found his rather blunt statements interesting in reference to John 8:32 which says, “And you will know the Truth, and the Truth will set you free.”

The entrance and unfolding of Your words give light; their unfolding gives understanding (discernment and comprehension)... (Psalm 119:130 AMP).

Obviously the emphasis here is on the word “know” because without “knowledge” of truth; that same truth cannot affect us. Therefore it can only be the truth that we “know” personally (revelation) that can set us free. In fact our personal and individual knowledge of the truth is so crucial that it keeps the enemy working tirelessly to keep us ignorant of the truth or at best, to distort it. And in that context I must agree with my fellow preacher that what I heard that day; we do indeed have a responsibility to keep heralding “truth” - over and over again – in order to keep ignorance at bay. We have a responsibility to preach with the spirit of revelation and not just “information” so that people can really “receive” the truth. Adding to that, any school teacher in training will inform you, that the “art of teaching is in repetition!”

On the other hand, there are other who have argued the point that tithing does Not belong to the New Testament at all – yet I would be interested to see how much these particular individuals actually give to God’s work!

Having said all this, it’s important for every church member to understand that God alone is our provider and that He is both - able and willing - to bless us financially. The bible is very clear on this point and Jesus says plainly in Luke 6:38 “Give and it will be given to you.” In other words, God meets our needs when we give toward other’s needs, as we see in 2 Corinthians 9:6 also: “Whoever sows generously will reap generously.”

No church member should ever feel that they have been exploited. Instead, we should have understanding, faith and revelation that God will bless and help us in every way, including the financial realm. We must understand that it is not just empty words, but a precious revelation that we must nurture and keep alive!

This is God’s will for every one of us. When we as believers understand our ministry in this area, financial blessings are then released over both our personal lives and that of our familys, ministries and churches.

Sometimes we have heard pastors say out of frustration: “What we need are three or four millionaires to pay our bills.” Or alternatively, “Where are all the businessmen?!” But how wrong that is! Three millionaires are not necessary. First what is necessary is “faith” in the pastor’s heart. Second we need correct teaching that builds “faith” in the believers and results in commitment. Furthermore it was never intended that a few members should carry the whole financial burden; everyone should share the weight.

And what is more simple than the fact that God wants everyone to love Him. And as Ulf Ekman says it, “Everyone should praise Him. All should be intercessors. All should go out with the gospel and all should be givers. This gives strength to a believer’s ministry. God does not only want specialists whom we can admire. He seeks an entire group who can rise up, pay the price of commitment and walk with Him. Then great power is released.” He went on to say, “God wants everyone to give to His work: ‘Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give.’ God expects every active believer to be a giver” (The Church of the Living God by Ulf Ekman).

What we need to perceive properly is that tithing was instigated by God not by man. God spoke to His people, He instituted tithing. Even before the Law, Abraham and Jacob gave a tenth of everything (Gen 14:20, 28:22). The principle of tithing is found throughout the Bible. Jesus spoke about it in Matthew 23:23, where he emphasized righteousness and compassion, but tithing was not to be exempt. You should not do one thing and overlook the other. The book of Hebrews also speaks about tithing (Heb 7:2-9). In Malachi 3:6-12, God emphasized that a tenth belongs to Him and that it should be brought into the store house. The storehouse is the Church; for it is there one receives food and nourishment.

Therefore ten percent of our income belongs to God, which simply means that we manage better on 90 percent with God’s blessings than on 100 percent without God’s blessing! Why? Because when we do not give our tithe, we are robbing God of something that belongs to Him; the tenth does not belong to us, it belongs to God.

Giving a tenth to God means that we are surrendering, sanctifying and circumcising our income so that we can safely stand in His covenant where we can count on His blessings; only then is heaven open over us: “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it” (Mal 3:10).

Finally: tithing puts us in a position of protection and blessing. It is God’s perfect Financial Plan! Why would he consider all else and leave the subject of finances to our own discretion. His Kingdom, His Body are in complete order; no chaos, no anarchy. His perfect plan for our well being includes tithing. Once we accept this, the easier we make it for ourselves! Because our heart is always where our treasure is, and surely it belongs with God. Tithing is just our opportunity to prove it; where we demonstrate our faithfulness and commitment to Him in every single area, not minus one!

Father God thank you that today you have given me the opportunity to surrender everything to you including my finances. It is not only with my words that I commit my life to you but with everything I own and have. My relationship with you has not come down to “percentages!” No! You mean so much more than that, rather my tithe indicates an outward show of my personal commitment to You. Thank you for your perfect Financial Plan that has my best interests at heart, I trust you with my life and with my finances. Amen.

Today I declare that I gladly surrender my tithe to God. It is not hard for me to understand that from cover to cover the bible is written along covenant lines, which does include my finances. I am not operating independently from God; He is my Saviour and Lord of all that I have. I gladly relinquish control to Him; of which I do not exclude my finances. Why would I with hold them from Him? Therefore today I declare my allegiance to God’s Financial Plan and commit myself afresh to His ways and not my own.


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