The Miracle of Tithing

March 13, 2011
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Many Christians struggling with debt also struggle with the concept of tithing. Many find it difficult to even consider giving 10 percent of their increase (or income) to God when they don’t know how they are going to pay the mortgage and buy food for their families. I know. I’ve been there. Yet, tithing is the foundation of Christian living and the cornerstone of Christian finance.

God had strong words for the children of Israel when they didn’t tithe. In Malachi 3:8-9 he plainly calls them thieves, saying they have robbed him. When they ask how they had robbed God, his response was “in tithes and offerings”. He further stated that failure to tithe had brought a curse on the whole nation.

Then God gave them a challenge, a challenge that still holds true today. God asked them to prove him, to test him, to try him, he said:

“Bring all the tithes into the storehouse,
That there may be food in My house,
And try Me now in this,”
Says the LORD of hosts,

“If I will not open for you the windows of heaven
And pour out for you such blessing
That there will not be room enough to receive it.”

Most people stop right there, but the next verse is even more amazing. God says that if we are faithful in tithing:

“… I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes,
So that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground,
Nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field,”
Says the LORD of hosts;

And all nations will call you blessed,
For you will be a delightful land,”
Says the LORD of hosts.

I don’t know about you, but I want God on my side, rebuking the devourer (the enemy, satan) for me so that he won’t destroy my hard work and steal the fruit of my labor. I want others to say that I’m blessed by God when they look at my life.

So, how do you tithe? Well, you don’t pay all of your bills, buy your groceries, pay your creditors and then see if you have enough left over to tithe. That’s having your budget upside down. What you have to do is tithe first. The tithe comes right off the top. Before you pay anyone else, before you buy food for your family, before you pay the mortgage, you tithe. After you tithe, you pay yourself. After you pay yourself, you take care of the necessities (mortgage, utilities, food) and with what’s left over, you pay bills and creditors.

This means you may not be able to even pay the minimum amount due on all of your credit cards. So, you either pay a little bit to each, or you pay the minimum due to as many as you can and send a letter to the others explaining that you couldn’t pay them this month. It also means that you are going to have to learn to do without some of the extras you think are so important in your life.

But, before long, a financial miracle will occur in your life. I can’t explain how it works. I can only tell you that it does. When I was struggling in debt, I wasn’t tithing faithfully. My budget was upside down and I was trying to pay my tithe with what was left over. When I decided that I was going to tithe — no matter what; if I didn’t eat, I was going to tithe; if I didn’t have electricity, I was going to tithe — amazingly enough, I never had to worry. I always ate, I paid my bills, I even paid off my debt.

When emergencies happened, they were covered — by a gift, by an extra job. I never lacked for anything I needed. Oh, I did without some of the fluff, and non-essentials I would have liked to have had. But, I had everything I needed and usually more.

If you aren’t tithing now, I can’t stress enough the importance of tithing. Don’t do it out of obligation. Do it out of love and thankfulness for all of the blessings you have received, and give God back his portion. He wants to pour out his blessing on you.

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15 Responses to The Miracle of Tithing

  1. Michel Bell on March 20, 2011 at 10:36 am

    I think one of the major problems Christians have with money results from embracung the tithing mindset. It’s not today’s biblical standard. God owns 100%, not 10%. Please see Bible verses supporting today’s standard here: http://www.managinggodsmoney.com/mgm/tithing.php. For years I have offered $1000 to anyone who can show me where tithing was taught or practiced in the early church. The offer stands. Thanks for your time. Michel

  2. admin on March 20, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    Michel,

    Thanks for dropping by my website and posting your thoughts. Can I point you to a scripture that says “And Jesus tithed?” No. But, there are scriptures in the New Testament that would indicate that Jesus and his followers did, in fact, tithe.

    The bible would seem to make it clear that God expected the priests to be taken care of by the people so that they could minister to the people rather than having to provide for their own food, shelter, etc. I don’t find it a far stretch at all to believe that would also apply to today’s ministers.

    In fact in 1 Corinthians 9:13-14, Paul states that those who work in the temple are supposed to get their food from the temple, and those who preach the gospel should receive their living from the gospel.

    This indicates to me that Paul did, in fact, believe in and teach tithing.

    While I can’t find a specific scripture in the New Testament that says we must continue to tithe, I can find support both from Jesus and his disciples on the issue of tithing.

    In Matthew 23:23 and Luke 11:42, Jesus doesn’t tell the Pharisees that they don’t need to tithe, but instead says that in addition to tithing (which they ought to do) they shouldn’t neglect the weightier matters (judgment, mercy and faith).

    To me, the implication here is that Jesus tithed. Jesus was Jewish. He was a rabbi, a teacher, in the Jewish faith. I find it difficult to believe that he didn’t tithe—especially since he tells the Pharisees that they should—and can find no scriptural evidence to support that Jesus was not a tither. If Jesus’ disciples did as he did, if they truly followed him, then they would also have been tithers.

    Frankly, there is a lot that isn’t spelled out exactly in the Bible that we believe to be true based on what other scriptures say. My belief is that tithing is still valid today. I can find nothing in the Bible that tells me otherwise. In fact, I believe the Bible indicates that tithing is actually the minimum standard for God’s people and that generosity over and above the tithe brings blessings.

    I believe that when you accept Jesus as the Lord of your life, you are saved. You can stop there. You have your fire insurance. But, I believe that God wants more for his children than that. I believe that when you make God your financial partner through tithing, it gives him the open door to work miracles in your life—and it provides the financial means for the gospel to be spread “into all the world”.

    Yes, everything is from God and everything belongs to God — 100%. And, we should be willing to give 100%. Just as the rich young ruler who Jesus advised to sell all that he had, give to the poor and follow him, it was his attitude that was the problem. His heart was heavy at that saying because of all that he had.

    With tithing, as in all spiritual matters, attitude is key. You can’t tithe out of obligation, nor can you sow just because you want to reap. We give to God out of love… because he first loved us so much that he gave his only son.

    Tithing has never caused a money problem for me, but I can tell you that I did have money problems when I didn’t tithe. I am not financially wealthy, but I am a tither, and God meets my needs. Tithing to me is about honor, it isn’t about embracing a mindset. I love God, therefore I give to God as an acknowledgement that everything I have is his and comes from him.

  3. astolia m.maglisa on August 2, 2011 at 7:49 am

    Hope God will accept my confuse thinking,
    that sometimes i only give tithing when i go to hear mass,and do my way of sharing to give small amount of money with my love ones and relatives can call tithing?in what amount should i always to give since i am troubled budgeting our money.can help me not to feel worry for the future cause i have nothing to save.Thanks
    Hope you can help me.
    Love Astolia

  4. Cheree on August 2, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    Astolia, I believe that God looks at our hearts. If you are doing the best that you can, God knows that. But, giving to loved ones and relatives is not tithing. Tithing literally means 10%. That’s what we are directed to give to God right off the top of whatever we earn. It is His portion. Giving to your loved ones and relatives could be considered seed money, but not tithe.

    If you don’t have anything saved, you need to start saving whatever you can. Tithe 10% to God first, then put money in savings. With what’s left over, you pay your living expenses. If you don’t have enough left over, you have two choices: Cut back on your expenses or make more money.

    I hope this helps! Thanks for stopping by my website. I hope you’ll come back again soon.

  5. Detra Tymus on August 16, 2012 at 10:26 am

    Thank you for your post. I’m a single parent and my funds are strectched to the max. I’m determined to pay my tithes no matter what, I really needed to read something supportive and this was.

  6. Adrienne Fordham on September 5, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    So what if you don’t have a job to tithe. I prayed and asked God if he blessed me with a job I promised to tithe me 10%. Well he blessed me with two, but I was able to only accept one due to the fact that I have four kids and I am a single mom. I got evicted before I had a chance to start working, because even though I got the job, I didn’t get it soon enough to pay my rent. So now me and my four kids are making other arraingments for a place to live. I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I do know that God is in control of this situation, and I am trusting in him with all my might and heart. I still plan to tithe when I get my first paycheck.

  7. daniel fleming on September 23, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    I”m almost three thousand dollars behind on my mortgage and am unable to pay all my bills but sense I tithed for the first time today I fully trust that god will open up a blessing in my life and he will keep my house from going into foreclosure.

  8. admin on November 1, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    From one single parent to another, I know how you feel, Detra. God is always faithful.

  9. admin on November 1, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    Adrienne, tithe is a tenth of your increase. If you don’t have an increase, you don’t have anything to tithe on. But, I see by your post that you were blessed with an abundance of work! Two jobs, when many people are struggling to find work at all. I too am a single mom, so I can identify with your situation. Your trust and faith in God will see you through the difficult times. Hang in there!

  10. admin on November 1, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    Daniel, when trying to catch up, remember to pay the necessities first: food, clothing, shelter. It’s really important to communicate with anyone you owe money too. So often we want to hide our heads in the sand; we don’t have enough to pay, so we don’t even want to talk about it. This is one of the biggest mistakes we can make when we are behind. Make sure you stay in contact with everyone you owe money too. Let them know how much you can send and when. Eliminate any unnecessary expenses. (Television was one of the first things to go at my house, and I never bothered to get it back!) Credit cards come last when figuring out who gets paid. If you have money left over after paying your necessities, then you can send some to them. You’re on the right track, Daniel. Don’t lose hope!

  11. Kay on November 30, 2012 at 12:03 am

    Great site. Great information. I am in debt but I have been tithing faithfully for about 3 months and I seen blessings and favor in my life that I cannot explain and I feel great knowing I’m helping other and contributing to the spread of the word of God. I’m not going to quit tithing!!!

  12. Nate Beck on December 1, 2012 at 10:27 am

    Greetings in the name of Christ,

    I am a Bible believing Christian, and a thiry year old single man, and I would like to say that your article on tithing has been a real blessing to me!

    I will say first, that it is relatively easy to tithe when you are a single Christian and don’t have a wife or children to support. It is amazing what we CAN do without when we need to.

    Second, I USED to be a faithful tither for years, then I started dating a woman who hated God and wasn’t saved in 2005. Suddenly I found excuses to stop tithing and have fun instead.

    Do you know what happened? All hell broke loose, that’s what.

    When I was tithing and giving even more than that, as someone rightly said, 100% of everything you have is God’s, really, I worried about NOTHING and didn’t have to. My bills were always paid, I had everything I needed and I was happy in the Lord.

    Even after I broke off the ungodly relationship I was in and had to repent, I still did not give God what was His, but only gave what I was comfortable giving. And guess what? I have had nothing but money problems ever since and would not care to say how much debt I am in right now as it is so embarrassing and not a good Christian tesimony.

    Recently, me and God had a long argument and reasoning among ourselves. He said “give me what’s mine.” I said, “I don’t think I can.” I’ll lose my apartment if I do.” He then said, “You have my promises from my words-Proverbs 3:9-11, Malachi 3:10, 2 Cor. 9 etc.”

    I said, “Fine, you win.” You know what else I did?

    I decided that I would do right though the stars fall. I have decided to give God what’s His. If I have to starve, fine. If I lose my apartment, fine. If I lose everything, Fine.

    There’s a poitn where God’s children have to rely on Him and Him alone and do what we’re told, even though we may think the worst. This I know, however: GOD IS GOOD.

    I know that some object that tithing is Jewish law, and it is. But Abraham and Jacob tithed BEFORE the law. And since we are under grace and not under law, how can we justify tithing?

    Well, consider this: I am a man who is about to lose EVERYTHING I have, except my salvation, my Christian friends and my Lord. But with even all that, I trust God. And if a Jew under the law can give God ten percent, how much should we give God who are under a more glorious covenant than the Mosaic Law?

    Then, I would say, let me ask you this? If God promised blessings on Old Testament Jews for tithing, how can we not think that God will bless us the same who give the tithe, and even more, today? Last time I checked, Proverbs 3:9-10 (and other verses) looked like a divine rule that has NOTHING to do with Old Testament law! We are just as much God’s children as those Old Testament saints, and if He cannot bless us the same way when we give, then His Name is in jeapordy of cursing and deridement in the spirirt world. Remember when Moses told God that if He wiped the Israelites out in the wilderness, that this would give the Egyptians and the surrounding nations ammunition to blaspheme and make fun of God!? So, considering all that, I am testing God out once more with this.

    Either He will bless and take care of me according to His word, or He won’t. And if He doesn’t, then His Namesake is in danger! So, here we go, come hell or high water!

    Some of you would be A-OKAY if you tithed and wouldn’t even miss the money. I am tithing again and may lose everything!

    Those who exorcise faith in God when they’re out on a limb, sometimes, I believe, will get more blessings than those who are in their comfort zones and can “afford” to give. However, I can’t afford not to!

    I hope this has been a blessing to you and I might return with a praise report soon. Pray for me?

  13. admin on December 1, 2012 at 10:48 am

    Thanks for stopping by, Kay. Yes, it is amazing what happens when we trust God. Anytime in my life I have tripped up on this and allowed fear to enter in and have chosen to hold onto that tithe, my fears have come to pass and I have found myself falling deeper into debt. But, when I am determined to give God what is His, off the top, without thinking about what else I could (should?) spend that money on, it seems that miraculously the money I need for the necessities in life is there.

  14. admin on December 1, 2012 at 10:52 am

    Well written, and beautiful testimony, Nate. Thank you for posting. I will lift you up in prayer. God is not like a man that he should lie. In him there is no shadow of turning. His word is forever settled in heaven. I declare you blessed in your home, blessed in your work, everything you set your hand to is blessed. Looking forward to that praise report!

  15. Nate Beck on December 28, 2012 at 5:15 am

    Greeting brethren and sisters in Christ!

    I am pleased to bring you this testimony. God has truly been good to me.

    Ever since I starting tithing again, the Lord has done wonders for me.

    Although I was not able to keep my apartment, the Lord graciously set up an arrangement so that I could stay with a good Christian friend of mine until I got completely out of debt and on my feet again. He’s not charging me any rent except 100 bucks a month to compensate for the utilities.

    I am also still getting 40 hours a week with an upcoming raise in April.

    Praise the Lord.

    Christian people, let me tell you, never give up serving the Lord. He NEVER lets you down. Thank you for all your prayers and God bless you too!

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