Summary: The secret of blessing lies in our obedience to the laws of God. there were times that we are good to some instructions in the Bible but failed to obey some important commandments especially in finances. God wants to bless us only if we can be obedient.
THE POWER OF TITHES AND OFFERING
Proverbs 3:9-10 New International Version (NIV)
9 HONOR the Lord with your WEALTH,
with the FIRSTFRUITS of all your crops;
10 then your barns will be filled to overflowing,
and your vats will brim over with new wine.
• HONOR GOD WITH OUR TITHES.
Leviticus 27:30 New International Version (NIV)
30 “‘A TITHE of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the Lord; it is HOLY to the Lord.
• OUR TITHE IS HOLY TO THE LORD.
*HOLY means Separated, Sanctified, Set – Apart.
31 Whoever would redeem any of their tithe must add a fifth of the value to it. (20%)
*If you use it, you must return it with additional 20% of its value.
• TITHING IS A DECREE AND A COVENANT FROM GOD
Malachi 3:7-12 New International Version (NIV)
7 Ever since the time of your ancestors you have turned away from my decrees and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you,” says the Lord Almighty. “But you ask, ‘How are we to return?’
8 “Will a mere mortal rob God? Yet you rob me. “But you ask, ‘How are we robbing you?’ “In tithes and offerings.
9 You are under a CURSE—your whole nation—because you are robbing me.
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 ….
THE BENEFITS OF GIVING OUR TITHES
10c 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.
a. OPEN THE FLOODGATES OF HEAVEN.
b. POUR OUT SO MUCH BLESSINGS WITH OVERFLOW.
11 I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not drop their fruit before it is ripe,” says the Lord Almighty.
c. PROTECTION AGAINS PESTS ( Sickness and Diseases, Creditor who don’t pay, closing doors of opportunities.)
12 “Then all the nations will call you blessed, for yours will be a delightful land,” says the Lord Almighty.
d. YOU WILL BE CALLED BLESSED.
The Power of OFFERING
What is OFFERING?
Offering is your SEED for your NEXT HARVEST.
We must not EAT the SEED. We eat the FRUITS not the seed.
Farmers in the Ricefields.
2 Corinthians 9:6-15New International Version (NIV)
6 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.
Principle : What you SOW, You will REAP.
7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.
- Kung kaunti ang itinanim, kakaunti ang aanihin.
- Kung marami ang itinanim, marami ang aanihin.
- Kung Kabutihan ang itinanim, Kabutihan ang aanihin.
- Kung Pagmamahal ang itinanim, Pagmamahal ang aanihin.
- Kung galit ang itinanim, galit din ang aanihin.
- Kung panloloko ang itinanim, panloloko din ang aanihin.
- Kung PERA ang itinanim, PERA din ang aanihin. (Sowing and Reaping Principle)
7 Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
WHEN YOU GIVE…
- Give your BEST.
- Give from your HEART.
8 And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 9 As it is written:
“They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor;
their righteousness endures forever.”[a]
YOU WILL BE BLESS ABUNDANTLY
- Your Barns will OVERFLOW.
- You will be a CHANNEL OF BLESSING. (Acts 20:35, It is better to give than to receive)
10 Now HE (GOD) who (1) supplies seed to the sower (YOU and ME) and (2) bread for food will also supply (OUR NEEDS) and (3) increase your store of seed and will (4) enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.
11 (5) You will be enriched in every way so that (6) you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity (RECIPTIENTS will result in (7) thanksgiving to God.
12 This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. (a)
13 Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God (b) for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else.
14 (8) And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you.
15 Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift! (THE GIFT OF GENEROSITY)