I thought it would be good to share my testimony on tithing, so that anyone out there who may be doubting or even just without the know how, can start trusting God because He honors His word above His name.
“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.” Malachi 3:10
This is my testimony that God does EXACTLY what He promises!
There was a time in my life when I was not tithing regularly. During that time I was not able to save because there was always something coming up in my monthly budget that would consume my savings. That coupled with indiscipline caused me to save very little if any at all for that period.
My sinful nature kept me from wanting to tithe. My feeble excuses seemed like justifiable rationalizations for not tithing. Yet try as I might, I just could not seem to provide for myself with 100% of my money.
Since willingly tithing with a gracious heart, I have found things to be so much easier. Favorable circumstances continue to happen, my heart is full of joy, and I walk with confidence knowing that God guides and provides for me because I obey his words and trust in him. Tithing I have to say has opened the doors for God to bless me. These blessings do not only come in the form of money, but it also comes in the form of good health, good relationship and peace of mind.
God has promised me provision if I tithe. He says I can prove him in this.
To be honest I don’t know how I afford to tithe. I should be low on cash every month, but I am not. Interestingly, now that I am tithing every single month, there are dramatic changes in my life. If you are expecting me to say I am now a millionaire, I am sorry to disappoint. That is not the point of tithing, and it does not mean you will get rich; it means God will provide. And He has been in many unexpected ways. He is blessing my efforts, as Malachi 3:10-11 says, and is providing the opportunity to save.
TITHING DOES WORK…It pays rich dividends to tithe. You cannot afford not to tithe.
The widow in Mark 12:41-44 gave when there was nothing to offer. She gave 100% of what she had. She completely trusted God with not only her finances but her very existence.
Tithing is truly an act of faith. It is putting your trust in God and knowing that He will provide all your needs.
Tithing have nothing to do with money and everything to do with my relationship with God. He just wants us to be a demonstration on his faithfulness to his word. Tithing only enters us into a covenant of blessings that is humanly imposible to understand. WE CANNOT LOSE. But so many christians act as if they are playing the lottery with God. Why wouldn’t we want to let others see how great our God?
Tithing is a sure way of receiving blessings. It comes back in various ways like healing, protection, provision, favour, connections, long life and great achievement. Tithing isn’t me giving 10% to God, it’s God giving me 90% – it’s ALL His.
You have to be obedient in your walk with God also. It is an act of obedience and worship that allows us to become closer to God. Tithe out of your love and obedience to God. Don’t tithe because you are in trouble and or in need. Do not tithe looking for the return.
Rather tithe with an attitude which is responding to the extravagant goodness that God has already demonstrated to you. Tithe because it is what we are suppose to cheerfully do. Give with the right heart and attitude. There is a return from the Lord, blessing from Him when we ‘seek first the kingdom of God’. I am grateful that I have a full understanding of this divine principle and its effects. Tithing is a great way to demonstrate we are seeking God first. Invariably when we do all our needs are met by our Heavenly Father.
Not to say that you won’t mess up…but it all works together in our relationship with God. The greatest blessing tithing teaches me is to trust God. Tithing is meant as a vehicle to re-establish trust between us and God. I am convinced to my grave that giving with the right attitude is what God intended for all his children.
It is my prayer that anyone struggling financially or in any way possible, please consider obeying God in paying your tithes. Malachi 3:9-12 has made it clear of the awesome things God will do just by obeying this simple command. It is very simple because He is asking for a tenth and leaving us with 90% including numerous blessings. Our God is faithful.
Give your tithes cheerfully and liberally and experience the blessings of the Lord. He is challenging you to prove Him today.
Remember this: When we give in this manner, that is, cheerfully, then we can have confidence in knowing that God can make all grace abound to us, so that we will have sufficiency in all things at all times.
So will you trust God today? It is my sincerest hope that you will.