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Your family finances, tithing and
how God sees your financial expenditures
How God Sees your Family
by Dianne Becker
If you were standing at the pearly gates of Heaven
and God asked you to throw in your checkbook, how would
God see your finances?
Does your checkbook reflect it’s God’s
money with His Kingdom Priorities? Are your priorities
His priorities or do you put other things first, leaving
little or nothing for God? Not only does God know your
every expenditure, He knows the motives behind your
every expenditure, because He knows your heart.
In Matt. 6:33 (NIV)Jesus says that we are to “seek
first His kingdom and his righteousness, and all these
things will be given to you as well.” A person
who puts God first is kingdom minded. In other words,
he gives God first place in his life and that will be
reflected in all his financial decisions. When you put
God first, He will supply all your needs because God
says it in His Word.
The Bible says, in Malachi 3:10 (NIV), “to 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 if I will not throw open the floodgates
of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will
not have room enough for it.” The Bible defines
the tithe as the first 10% of your finances.
If you haven’t been tithing, God loves you anyway
and does not condemn you; neither does he condemn you
if you’re deeply in debt! Even though you might
think your finances are hopeless, God doesn’t
see it that way. He has great plans for your future
and wants to be a part of it. “For I know the
plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans
to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you
a hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV).
God will meet you where you are and take you to the
next step with your finances, but you must trust Him
enough to give Him first place in your life. He is for
you and not against you. God wants you to prosper in
every way and sees your finances in light of His future
plans for you.