4. BRING IN THE TITHES AND OFFERINGS
Quotes from the Book:
Jesus was upset with the Pharisees because they were tithing their spice racks (mint, dill, cummin), but they were forgetting to show people justice, mercy, and faithfulness. They were proud and showy of their works for God, and they were unconcerned about the matter of loving their neighbor as themselves. They were more concerned with how men perceived them than about how God perceives them. But notice that Jesus did not say you need to be more loving to others and forget about the tithe. No, Jesus said you should be tithing even to your spice rack without neglecting to show justice, mercy, and faithfulness.
Perhaps we should live within the means He has provided for us and not the means the world says we should have. What are we showing God that we love the most when we choose to spend our money on selfish things instead of bringing in the 10 percent that He requires? Are we thankful for the prosperity of our country? We should be glad that He requires only 10 percent instead of 90 percent!
Unless we repent, unless we figure out how we are disobeying God, we will continue to go into slavery and our enemies will overtake us. The Bible warns us that when we prosper, we must hold fast to the ways of God and worship God joyfully, gladly, and bring in the tithes and offerings.
BRING IN THE TITHES AND OFFERINGS
I will not rob God. I will bring in the whole tithe and offering. I will do this cheerfully because I love and trust God for all of my blessings. I also realize that our nation is under a curse because of our unfaithfulness in this area. (2 Corinthians 8:19; 9:6–7; Malachi 3:6–18; Matthew 23:23)
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