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The Blessing In Tithing

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									The Blessing In Tithing
Malachi 3.8–12
           Malachi 3.8–12
“Will a man rob God? Yet you rob me.” But you
  ask, ‘How do we rob you?’ “In tithes and
  offerings. You are under a curse-- the whole
  nation of you-- because you are robbing me.
  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 you will not have
  room enough for it. I will prevent pests from
  devouring your crops, and the vines in your
  fields will not cast their fruit,” says the LORD
  Almighty. “Then all the nations will call you
  blessed, for yours will be a delightful land,” says
  the LORD Almighty.
    God Is The Eternal One
 Giving to God is not for His benefit. It
  is for our benefit
 Am I bothered when money and giving
  are mentioned in Church?
 We give to join God in His work and be
  rewarded in heaven
 God’s heart is to bless you and for you
  to bless others
 Giving is a stumbling block for spiritual
  maturity  Hoarding, selfishness
     1. God Is The Owner
8 "Will a man rob God? Yet you rob me.
  "But you ask, 'How do we rob you?' "In
  tithes and offerings.
Ps 24.1-2 The earth is the LORD's, and
  everything in it, the world, and all who live
  in it; for he founded it upon the seas and
  established it upon the waters.
 Tithing recognizes, acknowledges that
  God is God
 Disobedience is stealing from God
      2. Stealing From God Has
            Consequences
9 You are under a curse – the whole nation
   of you – because you are robbing me.
1. Absence of God’s Protection
     Haggai 1.5-6 Now this is what the LORD
      Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your
      ways. You have planted much, but have
      harvested little. You eat, but never have
      enough. You drink, but never have your fill.
      You put on clothes, but are not warm. You
      earn wages, only to put them in a purse with
      holes in it.”
      2. Stealing From God Has
            Consequences
2.   Stability and trust in hard times

3.   Feeling of hypocrisy

4.   Lost blessing

5.   Community affect
      3. God The Blesser
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 you will not have room enough for it.
Matt 4.7 Jesus answered him, "It is also
  written: 'Do not put the Lord your God to
  the test.'"
4. The Rebuke Of The Devourer
11 I will prevent pests from devouring your crops,
  and the vines in your fields will not cast their
  fruit," says the LORD Almighty. (NIV)
11 "Then I will rebuke the devourer for you, so that
  it may not destroy the fruits of the ground; nor
  will your vine in the field cast its grapes," says
  the LORD of hosts. (NASB)
11 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. (KJV)
John 10.10 “The thief comes only to steal and kill
  and destroy”
 5. Tithing Opens Blessings
12 "Then all the nations will call you blessed, for
  yours will be a delightful land," says the LORD
  Almighty.
Ps 23 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in
  want. He makes me lie down in green pastures,
  he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my
  soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for
  his name's sake. Even though I walk through the
  valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil,
  for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they
  comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the
  presence of my enemies. You anoint my head
  with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and
  love will follow me all the days of my life, and I
  will dwell in the house of the LORD forever
5. Tithing Opens Blessings
 There is comfort being “cared for”
 Giving to God in a partnership opens
  blessings
 Blessings ≠ Money


   Faith comes before provision

Heb 11.6 Without faith it is impossible to
 please God

								
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