Aug 10, 2017

Aug 10, 2017 Karla’s Blog
I haven’t heard a message on tithes in a very long time. It is sad that we need to be reminded of our duty. As Christians we should want to do our part to support God’s house and His work that He set in motion. Why do we resent giving to God what is His? Did we forget that He gave us the job and the ability to do it each day. Humans have naturally been so selfish in helping others that the government has to force people to pay taxes, in order to give basic food and necessities to those in need. I understand that many lie, cheat and so forth to get money, but they have to answer for there misdeeds. It is your place to do what is right and when you don’t you suffer for it. You may not be given that raise as soon as you expected it, or something might break at your home that will cost you extra money. It is guaranteed one thing for sure, those who pay their tithes to the church are blessed. God rewards them and you will not have a time when you are not able to meet your financial obligations. We are to be diligent with our money, use it for the things we need, not just everything that we want. We will suffer if we make our selves slaves to our stuff. We should not have our charge cards maxed out on the new toys, or on trips that we feel like we deserve. That is not acting like Christ. We are to live our lives as He instructs. Those are His words.
So therefore I will follow. I hope you will enjoy this devotional from His Victorious Indwelling:

Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him. 1 CORINTHIANS 6:2, KJV Here [a Christian’s giving is said to be] providing a store, out of which can be given as the occasions arise. It is like the tithes first devoted to the Lord, but in view of being given to the Levites. Our devoted money is thus laid aside in store, and from this we can draw to give to the poor, or for the spread of the truth in books and tracts, or to give to a servant of the Lord to help on the work. If the saints generally acted on this principle in faithfulness to God, I am sure the matter of giving would be greatly simplified, and there would be abundance in the treasuries for the various needs. A dear brother (now with the Lord) once told me he had a bag which he called “the Lord’s bag,” in which he placed what he habitually laid aside, and he said it was never empty. There was always something in it from which to draw in time of need. If the saints would faithfully lay aside on the first day of the week, as the Lord prospers them, how many precious stores of money there would he to meet the many calls to give! How many poor and needy and tired ones would be made to rejoice through the bounties of God’s people! How many servants of the Lord, ready to faint under pressure, would take fresh courage, and go on with thankful hearts! And would not the Lord be honored? Would not fresh blessing be the result—the windows of heaven be opened? Who can doubt it? It is to be feared that very many feel but little or no responsibility in this matter. Why should this be so? Mark the word is, “Let every one of you lay by.” It is not law but it is responsibility under grace. It is the privilege also of those who receive—even the poor—to lay by of what is ministered to them, just as in the case of the Levites. With one it may be little, with another more, according to the ability; but are any altogether exempted? If I am poor, and devote a little to the Lord out of my “deep poverty” (2 Corinthians 8:2), shall I be the poorer for it? Will He allow me to suffer want because of my devotedness and faithfulness to Him? Such is not His way. He loves the cheerful giver, and honors those who honor Him. The wise man has also said, “Honor the Lord with thy substance, and with the first fruits of all thine increase: so shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine” (Prov. 3:9, 10). Let every one have a box, or bag at home, and habitually lay by a portion out of all that comes in, and do it cheerfully, and with a liberal heart, as unto the Lord, assured that it is well pleasing to the Lord, and remembering how He has said “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35). Let us not suppose, either, that because a tenth is not exacted, it does not matter whether we give that much or not. A tenth was Jacob’s measure, and a tenth was the portion for the Levites, but an Israelite under the law had to give much more than that to meet its requirements. And why should not a Christian give as liberally? Grace does not exact it, but if the heart is living in the sunshine of Christ’s love, will it not yield up its stores more bountifully that under law? Where the Israelite was faithful in giving, the Lord blessed him in his basket and in this store. And while the Christian’s blessing is of another order, the Lord will honor such as are faithful in this responsibility. A. H. RULE

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