Tithing is your acknowledgment of God as owner and you as His steward.A steward is a guardian of the interests of another. He owns nothing, but is careful to guard, protect and increase the property of the one he serves. We are stewards of time, strength, ability as well as our money.
To honor means to respect the person and to give him or her appropriate attention and obedience. In the agricultural community to which this teaching was directed, the barns represented their bank, their livelihood, savings, and investments. God desires to bless us so that we might be a blessing to others.
For God the focus of the tithe is relationship. He is our Father and Master we are sons and stewards and in the context of both relationships we are accountable to Him.The Father was looking for his honor and reverence not just the money.
Not a meal you would present to someone you wanted to honor.When we give God our leftovers we dishonor Him.What would you think if this was served at a meal to honor you?
Honor is about love, presentation, and attitude, respect. There is a desire to please and express gratitude.
Honor the Lord with our substance.Money is a means of exchangeIt represents value
The tithe or first fruits acknowledges God as the owner and giver of all increase into our life.
As stewards our commitment must be to God as our owner and source. Abram refused to submit to Sodom as his source, he relied on the covenant.
The greatest wealth we will ever possess is our relationship with our heavenly Father.
4 things tithing will doGod blessings are designed to increase our worth to be a blessing not just our net worth. – The blessing of the Lord maketh rich and adds no sorrow.He increases our capacity to receive and still gives us more than we can receive. – baggies.
The signs of being devoured.Fear: Occurs as we become aware of all the possible ways in which we could lose our most cherished possessions.Anxiety: The physical and emotional tension which results when we think about financial problems.Insecurity: The by-product of building our lives around people, positions, or possessions which we know can be taken from us.Loss of sleep: Worry and pressure from financial cares become greater at night and remove the possibility of peaceful sleep.Ungratefulness: Financial cares and concerns decrease our ability to appreciate or enjoy the many benefits that God provides for us.Reverse ownership: We love the things God gave us to enjoy more than God. Thus, the things that we own soon own us.Envy: Desiring to have what someone else has. It robs us of our ability to enjoy what God has given to us.
1 Peter 5:8 “Your adversary [the] devil as a roaring lion walks about seeking whom he may devour.”
Consider your ways – this is what you bring on yourself when you don’t put God first.Giving God the 1st tenth is not a minus but God multiplies the remaining 90% so that it can do more than 100%.
“Return unto ME”
Honoring God With The Tithe
Tithing: The Cornerstone of ReachingYour Financial Destiny
Bringing the Tithe Honors God $ Proverbs 3:9-10 (NIV) $ 9 Honor the LORD with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your crops; $ 10then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over
The Meaning of the Word Honor $ In the New Testament, the main Greek word translated "honor" means "to praise or to revere." It has its origin in a Greek word meaning "valuable." In fact the Greek word for "without honor" literally means "no value." $ English dictionary Definition: To dignify; to raise to distinction or notice; to bestow honor upon; to elevate in rank or station; to ennoble; to exalt; to glorify; hence, to do something to honor; to treat in a complimentary manner or with civility.
The Father Loves Us But Still Expects His Honor and Respect $ Malachi 1:2,6 (New International Version) $ 2. "I have loved you," says the LORD. "But you ask, How have you loved us? $ 6. "A son honors his father, and a servant his master. If I am a father, where is the honor due me? If I am a master, where is the respect due me?" says the LORD Almighty.
Money Represents Our Life $ Your productive time you’re paid for $ Your influence to produce wealth $ Your talents and gifts used to earn income $ Possessions entrusted to you $ Ideas, wisdom, favor, creativity used to produce business, inventions, markets. All given to us by God.
The Significance of the TitheBringing the tithe is an acknowledgement ofwho God is in your life. You honor Him as: $ Father $ Owner $ Source of Blessings $ Provider $ Giver of all good things $ Giver of your Ability $ Creator
Abram – Gen 14:18-20 $ 18And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God. $ 19And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth: $ 20And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all.
Abram – Gen 14:21- 23 $ 21And the king of Sodom said unto Abram, Give me the persons, and take the goods to thyself. $ 22And Abram said to the king of Sodom, I have lift up mine hand unto the LORD, the most high God, the possessor of heaven and earth, $ 23That I will not take from a thread even to a shoelatchet, and that I will not take any thing that is thine, lest thou shouldest say, I have made Abram rich:
Abram – Gen 15:1 After these things theword of the LORD cameunto Abram in a vision,saying, Fear not, Abram: Iam thy shield, and thyexceeding great reward.
Honoring God brings God’s Honor 1 Samuel 2:30b But now the LORD saith, Be it far from me; for them that honour me I will honour, and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed. Honoring God is not just an act but also an attitude
The Pattern for Tithing the Tithe Deuteronomy 26 $ Acknowledge God as the giver of what you own. (V1-4) $ Remember where you came from.(V5-7) $ Acknowledge the power, grace and provision of God. (V8-9) $ Given with an attitude of Worship (v10)
The Pattern for Tithing the Tithe Deuteronomy 26 $ Rejoice in every good thing (v11) $ Given as an act of obedience (v13-14) $ Petitions God for His blessings based on the covenant (v15) $ Renewed commitment (17-19)
Benefits of Tithing • Malachi 3:10-11 • 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. • 11 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.
Benefits of Tithing $ Tithing opens the windows of heaven for God to pour out a personalized, custom-made blessing. $ Tithing increases your capacity to receive the blessings of God.
Benefits of Tithing$ Tithing aligns you with the authority of God to rebuke the devourer. Hebrew word meaning for “devourer” $ To exploit or prey on the weak or wounded. $ To slowly eat and consume that which is good. $ To devourer by constant oppression and constant attack.
A Failure To Tithe Invites The Devourer Some Signs of being devoured. $ Fear $ Anxiety $ Insecurity $ Loss of sleep $ Ungratefulness $ Reverse ownership $ Envy
Benefits of TithingThe covenant position of the tither.$ Causes the devourer to be rebuked $ To destroy the morale of the enemy. $ To roll him back by a given authority. $ To overthrow the stronghold of the enemy.
Benefits of Tithing$ Tithing is putting my trust in God’s ability to take care of me and to remove the curse from my finances. $ Signs of a curse attached to your blessing. (Haggai 1:6,9-11) $ 6 “You have planted much, but harvested little. You eat, but never have enough. You drink, but never have your fill. You put on clothes, but are not warm. You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it.”
Haggai 1:9-11 $ 9 You expected much, but see, it turned out to be little. What you brought home, I blew away. Why?” declares the LORD Almighty. “Because of my house, which remains a ruin, while each of you is busy with your own house. $ 10 Therefore, because of you the heavens have withheld their dew and the earth its crops. $ 11 I called for a drought on the fields and the mountains, on the grain, the new wine, the olive oil and everything else the ground produces, on people and livestock, and on all the labor of your hands.”
Benefits of Tithing$ Tithing removes the curse by returning to covenant obedience. $ Return to trusting in God’s principles of giving as a foundation for living. $ Return to honoring God by bringing your tithe consistently with a joyful spirit of faith and expectation. $ Return to the proper view of stewardship; my money is a trust from God and must be earned and managed according to God’s word.