October 7, 2018
Passage: Malachi 3:8-10, Proverbs 3:9-10

Today is Worldwide Communion Sunday, a celebration observed by many Christian denominations. It is a day set aside to promote Christian unity and ecumenical cooperation.

Our focus this morning is tithing. I have decided to focus on the issue of tithing so that we encourage one another and see the essence of paying tithe.
In the Christian world, there is so many misunderstanding when it comes to the payment of tithe. Anytime tithe is mentioned, some believers hold the view that it belongs to the Old Testament tradition.

But the world of God is the Bible and it comprises of the Old and New Testament. There is no need to distinguish when it comes to tithing, that belongs to the old order. Interestingly, when it comes to blessings, we always refer to God as the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Elijah, Jabesh etc but when it comes to tithing, we conveniently refer to it as the old order.

Let us remember that everything said about God is great. Do not give excuses when it comes to tithing because there is nothing in the Bible that refers to it as an old order.

The God we serve is a God of yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8).

What is Tithe?
Tithe is a command from God to his people. Every Christian is mandated to give at least one-tenth of their income to support the work of God.
And it must be done consistently and systematically. Failure to do so amounts to robbing God. Malachi 3: 9 "You are under a curse....", if you are not paying your tithe and offerings. Since we are commanded to honour our tithe, examine yourself and see whether or not you are obeying God. God needs to be obeyed and therefore we must fulfil the instructions.

The Lord will reward each person as they pay their tithe. God will reward you in his own way. You obey and have a giving heart and let God take care of the rest.
For the true Christian, giving is an act of worship. (Malachi 3:10). When the floodgates of heaven are opened, there is JOY, HAPPINESS and PROTECTION.
When the floodgates of heaven are opened over your business, there is FRUITFULNESS and PROSPERITY.
When the windows of heaven are opened over your body and soul, there is GOOD HEALTH and CONTENTMENT.
When the floodgates of heaven are opened over your marriage, there is PEACE, LOVE, and HARMONY
Nobody can buy God's blessings through tithing but tithing opens doors to release God's blessings upon his people mightily.

All tithes must be given with pure motives and an attitude of worship to God and service to the body of Christ. 2 Cor. 9:7 states that "each man should give what He has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly it under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. "

Whether we believe it or not, choosing not to tithe is to choose to step out of God's power of mercy.
Without his protection, we are exposed to the devil's attack. When we pay our tithe, we are protected against the devil. By our tithe, we give God the choice and opportunity to pour out his blessings on us that we cannot contain.

When we obey God in the material realm, it impacts in the spiritual realm. We could miss many of God's blessings if we refuse to take him at his words.

Each time you tithe, carefully observe how God blesses you in every other area of life as well as your finances.

God is faithful worship him by giving the best and he will reward you.

Amen

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