As a woman of GOD there are many things that I am learning, and I am in the constant growth and always going to be a work in progress. As I am walking into my purpose in life and as I am allowing GOD to guide me to what HE is wanting me to be and things that He is wanting me to progress towards. One thing that the Lord got on me about IMMEDIATELY was my financial status. One of my goals was to get out of debt, and to take control of my life, one way that He wants me to do that is to CLEAN UP MY LIFE! HE WANTS ME TO PRACTICE DISCIPLINE. The Lord has put so many things on my heart and in my path so that I am able to live for him. But one of the ways that He is allowing me to do this is by tithing. HE has put it on my heart to give back to Him. It has been something that has been on my heart since I have turned my life over to HIM, but of course I did not get the full scope of what and why He needed me to do this (and I felt like He knew my financial situation, so why would He be asking me to do this, if He knows that I cannot afford it). But I got tired of working my butt off, and not seeing the fruit of my labor. I got tired of getting paid and instead of being excited about it, dreading it and being anxious. I got tired of letting money rule over my emotions and allowing it to control me.
So one day I finally got the courage and took a stand in order to STOP the insanity. I did some research and started praying and asking GOD for HIS guidance on this. Here is what HE lead me to, and told me: I was reading the story of Joseph and if you do not know the story starts in Genisis 37:1. And in the story Joseph’s life starts off very hard, he is sold into slavery by his brothers, he is put into jail for something that he did not do; but because of his gift of interpreting dreams he is given the opportunity to work for the king. During his time of working for the king (he was put 2nd in charge, and given the reign to make all of the decisions in the land), Joseph has the knowledge that the land is going to have full abundance for 7yrs, but soon after the that they will have 7yrs of famine. So in order for them to be ok, they should prepare by saving while they are in abundance so that when the famine does happen then they will not be affected greatly.
*I took this to believe that GOD was telling me that I need to prepare. We should NOT be living on lack or lack of preparation. Even though things might seem like they are ok now… we will all have hard times at some point in our lives, but if we prepare for these time to come, it will be ALOT more easier on us.
The next verse that he brought me to is the famous Malachi 3:10 “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this “says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it. I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not drop their fruit before it is ripe”.
*This is one of the most obvious and popular verses out there, but when you really take a look at HE is telling us, it says TO TEST HIM. Now we all know we are not supposed to be testing GOD. But I take it as Him encouraging us to trust Him on this! That if we obey His word and give HIM the first fruits of our income that HE will do HIS do diligence to make sure that we are blessed beyond our own abilities.
Along with these scriptures and doing my very own research and having to take the faith and the courage to be able take control of my finances, I believe that WE GET TO THITHE. God has blessed me with a steady employment to be able to give back to HIM. Think about it, yes I may have been worried about how I am going to pay my bills and not so excited on paydays, but I would have been much more anxious and depressed if I didn’t have a job. He has blessed me to be order to be able to take care of my family and my needs.
Listen, there are a lot of people out there that would love to be in the situation that I am in. Yes it could be a lot better, but it could be a lot worse also.
There is also something I would like you to understand, GOD DOES NOT NEED YOUR MONEY. It’s not about that. GOD wants us to Put HIM FIRST. And He is not a magician, meaning that just because you tithe a few times doesn’t mean that you are going to get rich. That is not the purpose. The purpose is for you to keep HIM first and to trust HIM in ALL AREAS OF YOUR LIFE.
These are the things that I have learned from tithing:
I have learned to be more disciplined in my finances and other areas of my life.
It takes a lot to make sure that when you get paid you give 10% of your income to the church and/or charity of your choice. Let me tell you what happens mentally (one of the main things that you think about, is ALL the things that you could be doing with the money that you are “giving away”). You start to think about who you’re giving the money to, you make excuses and start thinking “well I don’t trust them, or I don’t know what they are going to do with the money”(well friends let me tell you something, it’s not your issue to worry about). As long as you know that you gave from your heart, and did your part, then GOD will take care of it after that.
So now I prepare myself. As soon as I get paid, that is the first things that I do. I do it on-line or I take it out of my account immediately so that I do not get tempted or accidently spend my tithing money. That takes discipline.
Another thing that I have learned is not be so uptight about money. I would have been counting every dollar and stressed out over every penny before I started tithing, but now I make it a habit to give away a little bit of money when I get a chance. Even if it’s only $5.00.
Sounds crazy huh? But it’s true, we have to make the conscious decision to do things purposefully, and when you make it your business to be a blessing to others it kinda becomes natural, (practice makes perfect).
Tithing has allowed me to take control of my finances. I finally decided to go on a budget and STICK WITH IT.
I chose a close friend of mine to hold me accountable, she helped me work on my budget, and even though I was in the negative we made plans to get out of the negative. I got to hear someone else’s perspective, give me advise, ideas, and let me see things through the eyes of someone else.
I can confidently say that since I have made the decision to tithe and have committed to it, I have seen nothing but increase in my life, and I am not just talking about financial increase, but increase in other areas of my life!
GOD IS GOOD!!!
Take a second to take an inventory of your financial life. And I encourage you to give tithing a chance. But if you do decide to do it, it has to be totally for the Lord. You cannot go into this selfishly, and you cannot expect anything. Check your heart and your motives first, and PRAY ABOUT IT, and see how GOD is going to allow you to accomplish HIS will for your life. Just do what you gotta do, and let GOD do the rest.
Well I hope and pray that you were blessed my this post. Always remember “Never get too comfortable always keep GOD first”