Tithes and Offerings 1
7 From the days of your fathers ye are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept them.
Return to me, and I will return unto you saith the Lord of hosts. But ye say, Wherein shall we return?
8 Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me, and ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.
9 Ye are cursed with a curse; because you have robbed me, even you, this whole nation.
10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and then test Me, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that I have been furnished to you the greatest abundance.
11 And for your sakes rebuke the devourer, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine in the field cast her fruit before the time, saith the Lord of hosts.
12 And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightful land, saith the Lord of hosts.
13 Your words have been stout against me, saith the Lord. But you say, What have we spoken against thee?
14 Ye have said, lnútil is to serve God. That takes us have kept his ordinance, and that we have walked mournfully before the Lord of hosts?
15 And now we esteem him and the proud happy; also those who work wickedness; yes, they tempt God, and escape.
16 Then they that feared the Lord spake often one to another; and the Lord hearkened, and heard, and a memorial was written before him for them that feared the Lord, and those who thought upon his name.
17 And they shall be mine, saith the Lord of hosts, my own possession in the day that I make; I will spare them, as a man spares his son who serves him.
18 Then shall ye return the difference between the righteous and the wicked; between one serving God and what does not fit.
Malachi 3: 7-18
Whatever the area, the time nor the place, when you arrive at the money many twists the nose and then the picture changes.
When God tells us to return to Him tithes and offerings he is actually referring to the first fruits of our lives. If we go back a few centuries ago we could see that many people do not have money, what they had was only the fruit of their labor: animals, groceries and other products of animal or plant origin which were produced by all components of the family in the small farms.
That's what God is trying to tell us. He's just telling us to return the firstfruits, the first part of our work to it is where some say.:
God does not need money!
Of course not! But God's work here on earth need. If God made the system work that way Glory to God! It is He who knows everything. Our part is to fulfill our duty and return to our God of love the first part of our work to the work of the Lord is preached to those who still live in the shadows of ignorance and slavery to sin.
How do we know the Lord Jesus? Because we heard a sermon in church? That's when we heard a word of God on television? It was that day that you were depressed and defeated and heard a comforting word on the radio? His conversion you must to Dona Maristela that when you were sick, she visited you, spoke of Jesus and then gave you a Bible?
Finally! They are so many stories that show us wonderful testimonies of transformation and restoration of lives because of the true preaching of the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Who and how the Bibles were printed? How were bought? How was paid the program on the radio? Who nurtured the sarcedote? Who put on it? Who wiped your church? Who paid the electric bill? How it was paid to paint that left his church a blessing?
The staff paid with bananas?
Of course not! He was blessed with the money from your tithe. That's what he serves: To facilitate the appropriate means to preach the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ and thus reach all those who are still outside of the blessings and grace of our God and Savior.
In short, the tithe is 10% of what you earn net. It is 10% of what you will put in your pocket after a month of work.
Offers: oferte God for their time, food baskets, and cleaning products, food or other basic necessities. If God touch your heart to give you some money so take.
God does not need money. He's only giving you the privilege to participate in His work. you'll want to stay out?
So: Give your tithe to our beloved God and help your church to do the Lord's work.
See how our God is wonderful. Although it was a right Him and our duty to give back to the Lord the first fruits of our work He blesses us to fulfill with our obligation. He blesses us not only because of the goods returned to him, but because of our faithfulness and obedience to His Word and our Fear and respect to our God and creator.
Our love of God is telling us that as we return our tithes and offerings He is very happy because we are not giving to him important things for us, but why are we delivering to him the first fruits of our hearts. That's what happens in our lives when we put first the preaching of the Word of our beloved God.
Now! Prosperity, wholeness, happiness and abundance of life are natural consequences of our relationship to God.
But I'm not being blessed? Does God have not been pleased of my offers?
It is possible that yes!
And Adam knew Eve his wife; she conceived, and gave birth to Cain and said, I reached the LORD a man.
2 And she again bare a son, his brother Abel. Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.
At 3 days of Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the Lord.
4 Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of the fat. Now the Lord had respect unto Abel and to his offering,
5 But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. From what was angry Cain strongly, and drooped his countenance fell.
6 And the Lord said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance sagging?
7 If you do well, not there to lift your face? and do not do well, sin lieth at the door, and unto thee shall be his desire; but thou shalt rule over him.
8 And Cain talked with Abel his brother. And when they were in the field, Cain rose up against his brother Abel and killed him.
Genesis 4: 1 to 8
God the Father was pleased with Abel's offering because he has offered not willingly, but because he had the Fear the Lord and tried to walk always in the ways of truth, sincerity and faithfulness of heart. You knew the heart of both and God saw that Cain did not have a good, true and sincere heart.
Many think that God just had not liked Cain's offering and that He had given preference to the offering of Abel. Not at all. God told us:
I want mercy and not sacrifice – Matthew 9:13
This is what God Father wants all of us, we have compassion, humility and sincerity of heart in the relationship with him and with our brothers.
God the Father already saw in the boy's heart Cain an evil spirit of greed, jealousy and envy. So I spoke to Cain that he should dominate those bad feelings, otherwise those evil feelings would bring to life his great pain and suffering. No sooner said than done. Cain was dominated by feelings of the devil and ended up killing his brother.
And our heart? How do you have been in the presence of God? We give without grumbling, to our Lord we have to better or we are delivering to him only scraps and crumbs of our lives?
Stay in the Peace of the Lord Jesus Christ.