Having an Abundance Mentality 10; Abundance Towards God
28 OCTOBER · PUBLIC
Speaker: Pastor Sarah OmakwuScriptures: Deuteronomy 6:4-6; Matthew 22:35-38; 2 Cor. 8:1-5; Lev 27:30; Deut. 14:22; Num. 18:26; Mal. 3:6; Gen 4:1-10; Matt. 23:23.
God loves a cheerful giver; of your time, your service, your intellect and your commitment.
Whatever we give to God should be given from a heart of gratitude. God deserves no complaint, murmuring or grudge from us.
Tithing and offering has been challenged but nothing that challenges the word of God stands, only God’s word will stand.
The 3 things God wants you to give Him out of your freewill:
1. You: He wants to own you completely, spirit, soul, intellect, emotions, body and heart. God gave ALL of Him and He wants all of you; your loyalty, devotion, commitment, allegiance, worship.
2. Your obedience: He wants you to yield to the Holy Spirit completely whether it is convenient or not, a non-negotiable kind of obedience.
3. Your Worship: God wants your reverence, your thanksgiving, veneration, adoration, praise and dance.
If your money and heart is not with God, then your body is not with God.
In order for God to work with Abraham, God called him and Abraham obeyed the call completely. If you want Abraham’s blessings, do what Abraham did. 2 Corinthians 8:1-5
Should Christians give Tithe?
There is a natural tendency for man to give. Giving was first mentioned in the Old Testament (Genesis 4:1-10). Abel’s offering was accepted because he gave the best and he gave plenty; it was quality and quantity. He took the best of all he had and sacrificed. No matter the era you are in, what you give and how much you give matters to God. Abraham gave Melchizedek a tithe and offering of all.
God does not change; He does not improve or get better. Whatever He has said is forever settled in heaven and on earth. His values and principles do not change, though the practice may differ.
Tithing and offering will not change, God does not make erratic demands and once He has said it, it is settled forever.
The law ceased when Jesus came but they remain. God’s word does not change, if it is in the Old Testament or New Testament, it is God’s word.
· Under the law you gave out of necessity, under grace you give out of gratitude.
· Under the law you are cursed when you do not tithe, under grace Jesus took all our curses when He died. Mal. 3:9
· Under the law you gave seed as an obligation, under grace you give because there is seedtime and harvest.
· Giving is an expression of gratitude, when you remember where God has brought you from and where you are today, it is only right to give to Him not out of duty but out of gratitude.
Tithing is not a debt I owe but a seed I sow and a love I express.
I will give to God because of His love and blessings, because He blessed and favoured me, because I trust and honour Him.