Friday, January 20, 2012

TITHING Saturday 21 January


Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye

Memorise: Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. Malachi 3:8

Read: Genesis 14:16-20

Tithe is a tenth of your income or profit, which is entirely God’s share of every increase He gives to you. He asked specifically for a tenth and left the balance to us to decide how we want to spend it. The saints and patriarchs of old paid tithes and when Jesus came, He further threw His weight behind it. Tithe is an act of worship. It is a mark of your covenant with God. God does not expect tithe from unbelievers no matter how rich they are, but He requires it at the hands of all believers in Christ no matter how impoverished they are. Some people pay tithe on big incomes but fail to pay tithe on little ones. This is wrong. Pay tithe on all your income – big, medium and small. Even if you earn in kobos, cents or pennies, pay your tithe. Tithe both your main income and other smaller incomes. Pay tithe on the gifts you receive also. Never think that God does not know how to calculate. He knows it better than the greatest mathematician on earth.

Your tithe is a mark of dependence on God and not on your earnings. It is a mistake to depend on your income. Your income is only a little allowance as far as God is concerned. You need so much beyond that salary. Depending on your income displaces God from being your source. If you find it difficult to pay your tithe, then your income has become your only source. Such an individual will be extremely limited. The wise who understands this principle would rather move up to 20%, 30%, 40% or 50%. I once met an American who gave 90% to God of all he earns and takes 10% to himself and a business he started with 500 dollars grew to 50 million dollars in five years. In other words, you can increase your dependence on God by giving more than 10% of your income or profit. If your faith can carry it, you can pay your tithe on your gross salary which the wise fellow would do. But if your faith cannot carry it, then you can pay tithe on your net. The blessings God will return will either be on your gross or net depending on what you gave to Him. How regularly do you pay your tithe?

KEY POINT:
“Tithers” walk by faith while “Non-tithers” walk by sight.
Bible in one year: Deuteronomy 17-19