Why do we tithe? A proven way to fix your poor bank balance quickly
Human beings—people—are the greatest currency in heaven, according to Dr. Kevin Zadai from Warrior Notes. This is because God sees people as his children and values us above money and riches.
In Malachi 3:10, under the old testament law, the Jews were asked to tithe 10 percent so that there would be food in the house of God:
“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house,” says the LORD Almighty. Malachi 3:10
In other words, God wanted his temple, the church, to be sustained and his priests’ needs—their clothes, food, and accommodation—met.
But this isn’t all God said in Malachi 3:10…
God invited the Jews to “test” Him, to see what He would do in exchange for the tithe:
“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 there will not be room enough to store it.” Malachi 3:10
Such bold claims from God, the maker of heaven and earth, should have all your attention.
The most important job in the world
Priests—ministers and pastors today—work for God.
So who should care for their needs?
Since a human being is the greatest currency in heaven, how much is a soul worth to God?
Well, how much is your mother worth to you? How about your child?
God is willing to give you back triple, or things money can’t buy, if you give to ministries that help bring the most valuable treasure into heaven—people.
THE VALUE OF A SOUL IN HEAVEN = PRICELESS
Under the new testament, as children of God, we give to churches and ministries that preach the message of Jesus so that the preachers of the Word can have provision while they are spreading the gospel.
Money isn’t given to a ministry to make the minister rich, as some people believe… It costs money to run a TV ministry—and financial gifts help bring souls into the kingdom.
I recall someone saying years ago, “If you want to prosper, find a minister who preaches Jesus and give to him.”
According to Pastor Joseph Prince from New Creation Church, the Bible uses the word “maaser” (מַעֲשֵׂר) when it speaks about the tithe. When we take away the first letter (מ), we’re left with עֲשֵׂר, “aser”, which means “rich.”
Ultimately, when you tithe, you’ll become rich. Whoa!
Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Luke 6:38
If you tithe to your church or to a ministry overseas, your 10 percent may pay the salary of a ministry employee or go toward world evangelism.
This is a win-win for God.
You’re keeping people from going to hell.
And you’re thinking further than yourself.
If you give to a ministry, when they spread the gospel, you spread the gospel too. When they testify about Jesus, you testify about Jesus too.
The truth is that you are directly saving souls from hell.
The tithe is the best way to solve poverty in your life
When you give, you’re not getting back what you gave but what your money gained for the kingdom—souls.
When I give to a church or someone who is in need, the financial return to me is sometimes instant, even within a few hours of my giving. But this isn’t always the case.
It’s important to remember that we live in a fallen world and that the spiritual world is governed by a different set of laws; things move a lot slower in our realm than in the spiritual realm.
The tithe will help you to overcome the money-grubbing curse in the world and receive breakthrough by giving into God’s kingdom.
According to Dr. Bill Winston, the world today is governed by two laws:
The law of the spirit of life, first, and the law of the spirits of sin and death, second.
You can only follow the laws of this world if you don’t know Jesus.
But if you come to know Jesus, you have the option to follow a different set of laws.
How much you bless or help others will directly affect how much you are blessed. And giving into God’s kingdom, for instance, can help you safeguard your financial future and weather the recession.
How often should you tithe?
You should tithe on your gross income. So if you earn $3,000 per month, you should tithe 10 percent, $300, to your church or to a ministry that helps spread the name of Jesus. Under the new covenant, you may wish to give more than 10 percent.
Why do we tithe and give offerings?
Tithes and offerings support churches that work to bring souls into the kingdom of God. How will the unsaved hear without a preacher? And if a preacher has no place to stay or food, how will he focus on spreading the gospel?
Why do we tithe 10 percent?
A tithe of 10 percent was mentioned in the old testament, but under the new covenant, you are welcome to give more.
The bottom line
The stories in the Bible sound astounding, even unbelievable at times, and yet neither you nor I can make a blade of grass, get our dog to stop barking, or explain the thrill of an orgasm.
But God can.
The question is…
How do we bridge what the Bible teaches versus what we experience? This is, in essence, the colossal discrepancy on the earth and the reason many people doubt God: their prayers aren’t unanswered.
The truth is, you need to understand what’s really going on in the world and how you can change your bleak bank balance.
God puts us on an upward trajectory when we listen to Him, but you can’t be closed off from what He asks you to do.
So… How does God course correct your life and enlarge your territory?
Two words: supernatural finances.
You’ll receive supernatural provision when you give and sow into God’s kingdom.
Before you say anything, I want to ask you a few questions.
Can you make a bird’s eyelid?
Explain the universe?
Write a thesis on linear programming?
And His wisdom in managing money in this fallen world will make you rich.
God’s ways are life-changing and his secrets to wealth creation, fail-proof.
Imagine having more than enough money… How would your life look?
Your own home? A second investment property? Surprise gifts for your parents and kids? Glorious holidays?
But this can only happen when you engage God at His level.
. . .
A homeless 83-year-old, who never encountered God in his life, died and stood before God’s throne.
“I — I thought the Bible was hocus pocus,” he said to God.
Jesus responded: “Which part did you think was false?”
The man lowered his head. “All of it…” he whispered.
. . .
Don’t make the same mistake as the homeless man who never had one miracle in his life. If you’re sick and tired of struggling, engage God at His level; find a ministry that blesses you and preaches Jesus, and give to them.
When you encounter God, you’ll get provision and money for your vision.
Your calling and purpose are unique—what has God asked you to do?