Tithing is a biblical instruction for Child of God, just like we have other instruction and commandment from God in various aspect of life, the same thing applies to our finances, Tithe is 10% of your income given to God, so tithing is giving God 10% of every increase you experience, both as salary of Business returns or other forms of promotion and provision that comes your way.
Tithing is God’s instruction and there is a great reward allocated to observing it, if you walk in obedience, you will reap the benefits.
Tithe was mentioned in the Bible, in the book of Malachi 3:10; says – Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of host, if I will not open the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it, verse 11 says, And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the Lord of hosts.
So you can see that Tithe is a command from God and it is meant for your advancement in every ramification, especially in your finances, it causes you to experience increase on every side.
It provokes the heaven upon your life, your endeavors, your business and career as the Bible says, God will pour you down a blessing that there will not be room enough to contain it, this happened in the bible several times, to show us that it is possible for God to bless you beyond what your capacity can accommodate.
Peter was fishing, when Jesus used his boat to preach, afterwards, he was asked to cast his net into the deep for a catch, the bible says, his net began to break and the boat sink, because what he caught was too much, he had to send for other fishermen to come and help him, yet the bible says, the boat of peter and those others were all filled (Luke 5: 1-11), this is just one of the situation where God proved to us that it is possible to harvest beyond your capacity and the principle that makes for this dimension of increase is called, Tithing.
Many people find it difficult to obey God and pay their tithe because they felt it is their money and they have the right to decide which one to spend or which one to give God, some other believe, it is a strategic from church leaders and Pastors to raise money, but this is actually not true at all, it is God’s commandment and you are dealing with God, not the pastor or the church, yes you are dropping the tithe in your church, where you are planted and been fed the word of God, that propel your spiritual growth and development, but they are not the one in charge of your increase and blessing, God is the one that gives increase and blessing, he sees your obedience in the secret and reward you in the open.
The Devil also deceive and manipulate many people not to pay their tithe, so as to keep them on the same spot financially, he will make sure you are reluctant to paying your tithe, just to keep you on the same spot, you are the one that must not allow this to happen, I know people who are born again child of God, they serve the lord, they obey him and do his will in every other thing except tithing, they won’t just release their money to God, and this as kept them behind financially, they may even experience God’s favour in other aspect of life, but their financial door is closed because they have not obeyed God in financial aspect yet.
Tithing is also a way to prove that you have conquer money, that you are in control of money, not that money is the one controlling you, there are many people today, that money is the one controlling them, they are enslave by money, but this is not the will of God for us as Christians, Money is a servant, it is an instrument, we are supposed to use money (Ecclesiastes 7:12 Prov 22:7), we are supposed to send money on errands, money is not supposed to use us, there are many people out there who are not fearing God when it comes to money, they can do just anything to get money, this is very destructive. You can never conquer the lust for money, until you start tithing, because this is when God will begin to channel his blessing your way, and you will realize it is possible to make money without cutting corners, you will discover it is possible to be righteous and wealthy, you can make money without having to engage in sin.
The Kingdom way of Abundance and wealth is quite different from the worldly way, in the kingdom, you trust God with your finances by paying your tithe and God began to fulfill his words by channeling abundance your way.
I remember few years ago, when I just started tithing, it was not that easy, but my faith and confidence in the word of God was building up, I began to discover that, the same way I believe God for divine health, healing and wholeness, protection, answers to prayer, is the same way, I am meant to believe him for financial prosperity and abundance, increase in my Business and finances, God is all powerful, he can do all things, we just need to obey him, remember the bible says, having in readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience shall be fulfilled (2 Corinthians 10:6).
This is exactly how it works, you cannot question God for the situation of things in your finances when you know that you are not walking in obedience with his principles for financial increase, when Jesus did the miracle of fishes with peter, peter was astonished, he could not believe it, that is exactly how increase happens in the kingdom, when God began to reward your obedience, you will be shocked, because God cannot lie, he is not a man that would lie nor a son of man that will repent of his word (Numbers 23:19).
I also want you to know that God does not need your money for anything; you are the one that need God’s help and increase in your endeavors. Every promises of the scripture is tied to a condition, if you want to see the promise become a reality in your life, you must first fulfill the condition that makes for that fulfillment, because faith is a shared responsibility, God is always faithful, humans are always the variable, you must do your part so that God will do his part, you can never be a tither and be a beggar, it is not possible.
How Should I Pay My Tithe?
You are to pay to your church, your local assembly, where God is nurturing you, where you are growing in the knowledge of God, that is the appropriate place for you to pay your tithe, some people get blessed in their church and take the tithe to another church, this is not acceptable, you are meant to tithe in your church, pay it to your church, every church have a way they collect the tithe mostly during the church services, paying to another place is wrong and you may not get any reward for it, your tithe should go to your church, you are giving it to God, so it as to be the place where you meet God often and often.
If your desire is to experience increase, change of level financially, tithing is the doorway to that reality, you must put your faith on the line and believe the word of God so that it can come to fulfiment in your life, don’t mind the devil, don’t listen to him, the word of God has given you the instructions you need in life and destiny.
Why is Tithing Important?
Tithing is a way of teaching us that God must be our first priority. It’s in the Bible, Deuteronomy 14:22-23, TLB. “You must tithe all of your crops every year. Tithe is an agelong principle that God commanded for his people, it is a way of making God first in our finances, Businesses and all our endeavors, and when you put God first, he prioritize you also and reward you.
Another reason why Tithing is very important is that, it is the way of defeating and rebuking the devourer, it destroy the activities of the devourer in and around our life an finances, I remember a testimony of a woman, that we ministered to in an outreach, she said, whenever she make money and keep it in her house, without anyone entering the house, something come into the house and steal the money away, it happens always, she came to our church and took the pamphlet that has been blessed, she decided to be keeping her money inside the pamphlet, by the time she woke up early in the morning, she saw 2 big rat dead by the side of the pamphlet, and a week later, they called her that some of her village folks were dead and they are two people at the same time, this is how terrible the operation of the devourer can be, it makes people to labour for nothing, but when you are a tither, the bible says, God will rebuke the devourer for your sake (Malachi 3:11).
It is not enough to have money or to receive blessing, you need your blessing to be preserved.
Tithing keep you under open heaven always, it makes you to be under the favour, increase and covering of the covenant of God.
Someone may be saying, how does Tithing bring increase and abundance? Since the bible says in Malachi 3:10, that he will open the windows of heavens and pour you out a blessing that there won’t be room enough to contain it, how does it works?
To answer that, let me first state that, we don’t need see blessing falling down from heaven in form of Cars, House or physical money, so don’t expect such to happen, the way it works is that, God gives you divine idea, he teach you to profit, he shows you what to do, the business you should invest in, the step you should take, remember he said in Deut 8:18; thou shall remember the lord thy God for it is he that giveth you the power to prosper. That is how it works, God guide your decision, he leads you to the green pasture, he shows you the step to make, the moves to make that will cause you to excel.
It happened for Jacob when he was in the house of Laban (Genesis 30: 25 – 40), it also happened for Isaac, when God told him not to go down to Egypt, he stayed where God put him and there he sowed and reap an 100 fold and became great until he was very great, and the bible says, the philistine envied him (Genesis 26:12 -14).
So God prospers you when you pay tithe via divine idea, he instruct you and direct you on the way to go, the moves to make, that will cause you to prosper and excel even beyond your own imagination.
I pray that today, the Grace to be a faithful tither will come upon you, and you will experience the hand of God in your endeavors, Business, finances in Jesus name.
God bless you.
Written by Pastor Matthew.