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Lord, I give you my wallet ….

 

2 Corinthians 9:7 “So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity, for God loves a cheerful giver.”

I always tell people who come to me that when a person meets Jesus, everything about him should change, which includes the way he talks, the way he walks, the way he dresses, the way he lives and most important the way he spends! Anybody listening?  Our wallet needs a holy touch too!  When God has promised abundance, many church going Christians are living lives of debt and tension. Why? Why? Because they have not honored God with their tithes and also a sacrificial offering!

God has given us two hands, one to receive with and the other to give with - Billy Graham

You need to hear this today! Our financial commitment is important to Jesus! He is concerned about your offering made to Him.  When in Jerusalem , Mark 8:41 says, ‘Jesus sat opposite the treasury and saw how the people put money into the treasury.’  Remember the tithe that you give me is not your gift to him but it is your debt to Him.  The Bible says in Malachi 3:8 “Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed Me!  But you say, ‘In what way have we robbed You?’ In tithes and offerings.”  Very strong rebuke from the Lord indeed!  But how many of us truly tremble before the Word of God? Non-Christians do not know this scripture, but how many church-going Christians truly listen to the voice of God and honor God with their tithes and offerings?  Christian or Non-Christian, those of you who are reading this message today, listen to me, something supernatural happens when you obey God and give your tithes to the Work of God. We get healing, deliverance and restoration in our life when we start releasing funds to build His Kingdom.  Let this message bring deliverance into the life of God’s people in the name of Jesus Christ.  Let the enemy’s hold be released in the name of Jesus Christ.  Let there be revival in the area of finances in the name of Jesus Christ.

Now listen, Jesus also taught that tithing must be maintained and accompanied by righteousness of life.  Let us read Mathew 23:23 “Woe to you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!  For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law, justice and mercy and faith.  These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone.”

When we fail to obey God with our tithes, then we become open to curses in our life.  Remember always, God promises to bless you when you unconditionally obey all his commandments.  We need to say ‘no’ to unnecessary and unwanted expenditure and be able to spend more for the building of God’s kingdom. Charles Cowman, the founder of OMS International, nine months after he was converted dropped his entire salary packet into the offering box while he and his wife were attending a missionary convention at Moody Bible Institute.  He did not stop there, month after month he would give all of his income to God except that which he needed for personal expenses.  No wonder God looked at his heart and gave him an international world wide ministry.  Many grudgingly calculate their income and give it to God but God wants a cheerful giver.

The next time you go window shopping, see to it that you check-out with God before you dig into your purse.  Buy that which is essential rather than that which is attractive.  Little by little, such petty expenses would draw you away from the presence of God.  You would start loving your toys rather than the joy of being in His presence!

Dear friends, there are approximately 92000 villages in India that has to hear the Word of God, which means we need a church in every village.  While I visit villages, it is heart breaking to watch them travel for many miles to come to church.  If we as children of God sow our money in building His kingdom, then many would be able to come to church, hear the Word of God and be able to go to heaven.

Today I am not talking about giving only your tithing, but I encourage men and women to pour your money, I repeat just pour your money profusely and plentifully to build churches, to buy musical instruments and many more things for the Lord’s mission work and for the churches. 

Give me five minutes with a person's checkbook, and I will tell you where their heart is- Billy Graham

If you have extra blessings share it with others, do not store it, for it would get rusted, but when you sow, your blessings would be multiplied.  Think about the extra mixer Grinder, the extra fridge, the things that are not used in your home, give them away friends.  Are you planning to buy the latest car and get away with the old one, do not sell it, give it away to someone who does not have a car, likewise, your laptop, mobiles, music systems etc.

Mathew 5:42”Give to him who asks you, and from him who wants to borrow from you do not turn away. “

Luke 3:11"He who has two tunics, let him give to him who has none; and he who has food, let him do likewise."

Total world population: 6,814,826,683

Population of India:  1,156,897,766

Almost 2 people die each second in the world.

What are we waiting for? What are we going to do with the money stored in our homes, cupboards, lockers, banks; instead of sowing it into the ‘Storehouse’ of the Lord? THINK ABOUT IT!

Therefore said He unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that He would send forth labourers into His harvest.  -Luke 10:2

Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.  -John 4:35

Now then we are ambassadors for Christ. - 2 Corinthians 5:20a

Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. - Mark 16:15b

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.- John 3:16

And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. -  1 John 4:14

Tithe:

Do not grudgingly read this message but read it with a sincere heart to know more about it and be delivered from the sin of disobedience. I have given Biblical scriptures to prove every point that I state here, read them diligently. Do not look at the Servants of God who teach you on this subject with a critical spirit; they have no need to come to you with a ‘begging bowl’, we preach because we are commanded by God to do so:

Mathew 28:20 ‘…teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you..”

Tithing is a command from God.  Charity is NOT tithing.  Tithing is when you give to the work of building His Kingdom. 

How much do I pay as Tithe?

 

Nehemiah 10:38 “…..bring up a tenth of the tithes to the house of our God, to the rooms of the storehouse.”

 

Ten percent of your gross salary (not take-home salary) should be paid as tithing.  If you are earning fifty thousand per month, five thousand should be separated and given to the Lord EVERY MONTH; even ministries and churches are supposed to give their tithes to the Lord: 

 

Number 18:26 "Speak thus to the Levites, and say to them: 'When you take from the children of Israel the tithes which I have given you from them as your inheritance, then you shall offer up a heave offering of it to the LORD, a tenth of the tithe.”

 

And more also!

 

On every increase in the form of bonus and other benefits also, pay the tithing to God. Read the following scriptures…………

 

Genesis 14:20  And blessed be God Most High, Who has delivered your enemies into your hand." And he gave him a tithe of all.

 

Deuteronomy 14:22 "You shall truly tithe all the increase of your grain that the field produces year by year.

Blessings from Paying Tithing:


When we obey the Law of Tithing we are blessed:

Malachi 3:10 “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 hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.” 

May be you are in severe debts and you wonder, ‘how do I give away ten percent of my earnings?’ Take a huge step of faith and do it sacrificially and watch miracles unfold in your life.

 

Where do I give my tithe?

 

The ‘storehouse’ mentioned by God are ‘all God ordained ministries.’  ‘Storehouse’ is a place from where SPIRITUAL MANNA is distributed.  The five-fold ministry mentioned in the Bible of Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor and Teacher are to be blessed and supported through our tithing.

 

Rev. Billy Graham: “The Bible warns that money cannot buy happiness.  Money cannot buy true pleasure.  Money cannot buy peace of heart.  And money cannot buy entrance into the Kingdom of God.  If God has given you more than your neighbors around about you, dedicate your possessions to Christ, and realize that you are only a steward of what God has given you- and some day you will have to give an account of every penny you have spent.  The Internal Revenue Service wants to know how you spend your money, but that is nothing compared to the books God is keeping!”(Taken from “Decision” magazine of June 2010 issue, page # 4)

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