MESSAGE NOTES: Money Talks #2

02: WHY I TITHE

Introduction:

  • We are continuing our series focused on discipleship in the area of our finances.
  • Discipleship is following Jesus… what does it look like to really follow Jesus in the area of our finances? 
  • In my bag is a term that refers to being “focused, diligently working on something, being in the zone” – I believe that God has some big things in store for us but part of the prep is embracing discipleship when it comes to our finances.
  • We are called to be a blessing to nations.
  • God is looking for people and church families to whom he can give great resources – because He trusts them to be ‘distribution centres’.
  • We have to be faithful with little so we can be rulers over much (Matthew 25:21) – we need to be in our bag where we are at so we can be trusted with more.

Last week we introduced four important keys to ‘being in our bag’:

  1. Check your heart
  2. Commit to tithing
  3. Commit to good stewardship
  4. Commit to radical generosity

This week I want to focus on #2: “Commit to Tithing”

There is a massive spiritual warfare over this truth of Tithing. Why? 

  • Where your treasure is your heart is.
  • You cannot serve both God and money.
  • It’s about helping to fund the work of God.
  • It’s one of the central principles to you walking in all God has for you in your life.

What is Tithing?

Tithing is the spiritual practice where you take the first 10% of all your increase and bring it to the Lord.

Malachi 3:8-12 (ESV) – 8 Will man rob God? Yet you are robbing me. But you say, ‘How have we robbed you?’ In your tithes and contributions. 9 You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing me, the whole nation of you. 10 Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need. 11 I will rebuke the devourer for you, so that it will not destroy the fruits of your soil, and your vine in the field shall not fail to bear, says the Lord of hosts. 12 Then all nations will call you blessed, for you will be a land of delight, says the Lord of hosts. 

Based on this scripture, here is why Pastor Sharon and I are committed to tithing:

1) We love God and have a holy awe and respect for Him

  • Giving is first and foremost, a manifestation of our love for God.

2) We want to stay right in the middle of His blessing, and not come under the curse

  • Blessing = empowerment to prosper, succeed and to excel. 
  • Curse = empowerment to fail.
  • In the New Covenant, we are blessed in Christ but sin and disobedience causes us to ‘default’ out from under the blessing. Repentance brings us back into alignment. 
  • When we tithe in faith it keeps taps into the blessing we have in Him.

3) We want to do our part so there is “food in His house”

  • We love our pastors, we love our church and we want to be part of seeing it flourish.

4) We need Him to rebuke the devourer for us

  • Devour = to eat and devour, to consume by fire, to slay by the sword, to consume and destroy, to be under oppression.
  • Part of the blessing is a ‘hedge of protection’ that comes around all we have. 
  • In the Bible, a hedge was better than a wall or a fence because wild animals could climb over it or bite through it because of the thorns.

5) We are believing to be a blessing to nations

  • If we are not faithful even too tithe… how are we ever going to get to be a blessing to nations?

The Challenge: “Thereby put me to the test”

  • NLT – “Try it! Put me to the test!”
  • If you are someone who has felt like you can’t, or you are skeptical – I want to encourage you to “Test the Tenth” and watch what God does!

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