20th week - Tithes and offerings, and all else! Our whole life belongs to the Lord, so we might as well give it to Him in reality
“Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me…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. And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the Lord of hosts. And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the Lord of hosts.” Malachi 3:8-12 (KJV)
There are three main reasons why we should give our tithes and offerings, our time, and our every thing to the Lord!
1. Because God’s Word says so. God’s Word is our Foundation of life. It’s our Rock. If the Word says something, it should be as a law to us. That will show our obedience to the Lord!2. Because the Lord has made a covenant with us. Abraham gave to Melchizedek even before there was a law of the tithe (Genesis 14:17-20). He gave because of the covenant. Melchizedek was a representation of the Lord then. Now, Jesus is our Melchizedek – He is our High Priest. We have a covenant with Him. He has given His life for us. He has given His best. So, it should be the most natural thing on our part to give ourselves to Him completely. That will show our covenant relationship with the Lord!3. Because we are a part of God’s House. Naturally, if we are living in a rented house, we will never want to invest anything to make it look better, because we know it will never be ours. Even, when we go out, we take all our belongings with us. So is in God’s House – when we live in It as if we are living in a rented House, we will not want to invest in it. If we belong to the Body of Christ though, and consider God’s House our home, we will gladly give everything. That will show our commitment not only to the Lord, but also to His Body – His House – The Church!
TITHES AND OFFERINGS, AND ALL ELSE
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