There are seasons in our church when the Lord speaks to me about teaching and preaching on giving and finances. We will go in that direction sometime next month. I’m convinced that people’s lives dramatically change when they gain a different outlook on Biblical finances and stewardship.
I know that many of us have heard many different angles on giving and finances, but the truth is that there is always a good percentage of people who have not. And besides, I revisit just about every topic I can think of, in my personal studies, for refreshing and inspiration – God’s Word is so dynamic!
The reason why we have to revisit this every year is because every one of us needs a continual paradigm shift. So many people still perceive the tithe as an obligation. It’s an opportunity! Yes, Malachi 3 says you are “under a curse” if you are not giving a tenth. But what a promise! God wants to open the windows of heaven and pour out a blessing on you that you cannot contain.
Here are a few principles concerning tithing that brought inspiration to me from one of Pastor Mark Battterson’s messages. Meditate on them:
- God can do more with 90% than I can do with 100%.
- You cannot out give God.
- To be blessed beyond your ability you need to give beyond your ability,
- When you start tithing, your financial problems become God’s problem.
- The tithe keeps money from becoming your master.
- Tithing positions you for blessing.
- Tithing = Trusting
In my personal experience, tithing makes finances entertaining. It infuses me with economic hopefulness because I’m walking in obedience. I live in holy anticipation to see the way God is going to provide!
Blog entry #20 – In expectation of God’s provision!