Summary: TITHE IS A WEAPON TO USE AGAINST FINANCIAL DEVOURERS
TOPIC: BIBLICAL PRINCIPLES OF PROSPERITY
LESSON : TITHE AND OFFERING 2 COR 8:7
Every son in a family is accorded some level of privileges, rights and provisions yet not without requirements to fulfill some obligations. He is not a true son who neglects any of his responsibilities to the family, for such can as well cause him to loose certain privileges he should enjoy as a son.
The fulfillment of financial or material obligations is a testimony to our faith and ensures continued enjoyment of God’s prosperity in our lives (Heb 11:4; Gen 22: 12-18). Covenant responsibilities qualifies us for covenant blessings. Such financial obligations are;
1. TITHING Gen 14:18-20; Matt 23:23, Mal 3:10
The Tithe is the tenth of your income, it belongs to God. Giving the tithe is not a sign of your generosity but a sign of your obedience and faithfulness.
Tithing was before the law (Gen 14:18-20). During the law (Num18: 24-26). Tithing still existed after the law (Heb 7: 5-9). It a command from God and attracts a blessing for those who obey and a curse for those who disobey (Mal 3:8 -11) Jesus taught that men should tithe (Matt 23:23). Satan gains advantage over everyone that places themselves outside the will of God by not tithing.
2. FREEWILL OFFERING: Exo. 25:1-5, Luke 3:30-38, 2 Cor. 9:5-14
God demands our tithe and deserves our offering (2Cor. 8:8) Free will offering is that which you give out of choice and not commandment. The offering shows our generosity towards God, it should be given cheerfully and in proportion to the blessing God has bestowed on us. (2 Cor 8:12). Both tithe and offering is for the rich and the poor alike (Prov. 11:24-26). Our offering may be as a result of a response to the prompting of the spirit or a felt need.
Give example of people in the scripture who gave willingly to God.