Monday, April 2, 2012

WHY PAY TITHES? Tuesday 3 April


Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
Memorise: And as l may so say, Levi also, who receiveth tithes, payed tithes in Abraham. Hebrews 7:9
Read: Hebrews 7:4-9
Have you ever wondered why the Owner of the earth and its fullness (all the silver, gold and natural resources) demands for tithe from you? Is He asking because He cannot do without it? No! He does not need you to feed anyone He wants to feed. He that fed the Israelites for 40 years in the wilderness without their working for one day, and feeds all the animals in the bush on a daily basis surely has not run out of store. His store is inexhaustible. So why then does He ask for your tithe? The most probable reason would be: so that He can be covenanted to blessing you. This is necessary because the devil is always making a case against you night and day, telling Him why you should not be blessed. Paying your tithe is therefore in your best interest and for your good.
Your tithe is the seed to sow in order to continue to earn an income. In every provision, there is a seed that must be sown. Although you have different seeds, tithe is one seed to remind God of your need to earn another income. Your tithe is also an insurance against the devourer. Whether you believe it or not, Satan regularly plans against your income. He releases sickness, accidents, destruction of electrical gadgets by sudden power surge and other forms of losses to waste your income. One step towards accomplishing his purpose is to convince you not to pay your tithe or to defer it to some other time. If you fall into his trap, you will pay dearly for it. Things will be tight, very tight. Unnecessary expenses which could have been avoided will suddenly show up as urgent expenses. It is wisdom to pay your tithe! Paying tithe is also a thing of faith as it is done in obedience to God. This means if you cannot pay tithe, you are in unbelief and disobedience! Do not let any theologian deceive you! If you cannot pay tithe, you are in disobedience and in that state, you cannot enter Heaven. Paying tithes makes you a financial member of God’s kingdom. Paying tithe is the basis for loss recovery promised by God. Without it, you may never recover your losses. Ponder on the benefits of tithing and be faithful to God in tithing.
KEY POINT:
Paying of tithe is not for everyone. If you are among the saved souls that should pay tithe, you are most privileged.
Bible in one year: Isaiah 31-33