Great grace to you friends..
It has always been and still is a privilege to share the scriptures with you. I pray for more strength and anointing to boldly declare the word of God to you. Pray for me also.
Last two weeks, I wrote to you about Tithe and Tax and I was to follow up with this post The Spirit of Tithe. However, I encouraged you last week to visit an old post; Christian Giving; The Motivation . Today, let me tell you about the spirit of tithing.
Two things I know about “tithers“, at least most, is that their tithe is to them an excuse for not abounding in good works. What am I saying? Notice that once you pay tithe you feel free to use the other 90% any how you want which doesn’t usually involve more giving. The second thing is that it’s mostly given for a selfish purpose. Either as payment for protection from the devourer or for the blessing of a full storehouse.
Anyway, that’s not the focus.
But like I said in my previous post, tithe is not a spiritual word. This doesn’t make it less important but we must know what God was telling us about tithe and the spirit of it, hence, this post.
Please read the previous post to really understand tithing.
Please pay attention to this. For every commandment the Lord gave, He didn’t give without a spirit.
“What do you mean by that?” I’m glad you asked. When the Lord gave the commandments, He gave with the knowledge of the unregenerate nature of man, hence, He focused on the actions (which “we” still could not perform). However, the regenerate man is given the Spirit in our hearts not only controlling our actions but renewing our motives, approaches, dispositions and character by pouring into us the mind/will of God concerning every matter and not just telling us to do this and do that like robots.
I’m so tempted to take a side trip but I overcome. LoL.
So the Jews can wish a man dead because there’s no law against that but can’t kill him because that’s against the law. For the christian, it’s different. Jesus says you can’t even hate him let alone wish him dead. You see that? Why? Because God wants us to love even our enemies. In case you don’t know, that has to be worked by the Spirit.
A man could lust after a woman but couldn’t fornicate. The christian has already fornicated if he lusts after a woman.
So you see that the spirit of God moves us to do what the will of God is by giving us the mind of God through His word.
Now, just like any other law, there was a spirit of the law of tithing for the Jews and for the believer in Christ Jesus, it is that spirit we imbibe which is the spirit of civic duty. That is why neither Paul, Peter, James, John nor Titus not even Jesus directly told anyone to pay “tithe” but said, at least Jesus and Paul said, pay your Tax and owe no man.
Romans 13:6-7 (KJV)
“For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God’s ministers, attending continually upon this very thing (just like the priests were).
Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.”
Emphasis was added by me
There’s such joy paying my tax with this understanding, knowing I’m doing it unto God.
The average christian would pay tithe and refuse tax. If you didn’t know this is disobedience, now you know. As a believer, your tax will not be paid based on the performance of the government, No, it’ll be paid based on the word of the Lord to you and His Spirit who gives you understanding of His will. This is the scriptures!
Listen to me! God doesn’t honor your sacrifices when they are in disobedience.
You can give to those in need,to the church for the propagation of the gospel and helping the needy and whatever you call it, tithe or half is not what makes it special or acceptable it is the motive, cheerfulness and heart disposition towards knowing and following the whole counsel of God that makes it a sweet smelling savor.
I encourage you adelphoi to study your scriptures. This is not to satisfy your desire to keep more of your money. No! The believer in Christ gives out more of their disposable income as the need arises.
As much as I want to talk more about giving, I think you should visit all my posts on giving and you’ll be blessed by the word of God there. I have Christian Giving;The Motivation , Christian Giving;Conditions and Christian Giving;Other Conditions.
Again, I’m not trying to stop you from giving to the church, I’ve not said anything like that. I have only come to explain to you what God is saying to believers in Christ as regarding the tithe instruction He gave to the Jews.
Please take heed to the word of God.
God bless you.. I’ll write to you next week by God’s grace. Amen.
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