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How to help me understand the concept of the tithe and Biblical giving as a new Christian

Why Should I Tithe?
by Jason Espalin

To many, the concept of tithing or giving may be new and difficult to understand, especially for the new believer. The thought of giving a minimum of 10% of our increase may at first seem excessive or even impossible. To come to terms with this new concept, there may be a few questions that need to be answered for the non-tither. The first being “Why should I tithe?” In Malachi 3:8-12 (KJ) we see that if we do not tithe we are robbing God and are cursed. God commands, “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.” These verses demonstrate that there are consequences for not tithing (being cursed) and rewards for tithing and giving (abundant blessing).

With a good understanding of why we should give and tithe, the next question that may be asked is “How can I afford to give?” For the average person, just paying the bills and putting food on the table may be a challenge. The answer to this question may differ for each person but there are some simple keys to help. First, make it the #1 priority when you get paid. Before paying any other bills, set the 10% tithe and other giving immediately aside. Remember, this is the Lord’s money and you have committed to honoring Him with it. Second, take assurance from Philippians 4:19 (KJ), “And my God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” Trust in the Lord that he will keep his promises and you will soon see abundance and blessing in your life. Finally, examine your spending habits. When making buying decisions, ask yourself if this is the best use of the resources God has given you. Pray and ask for wisdom before making major purchases.

By following the keys to tithing given in this article, you will find it easier and more natural to pay the tithe. The other 90% will go a long way and you may soon see many types of breakthroughs. Breakthroughs, both spiritually and financially, that are a result of the Lord’s blessing. Remember, the decision to tithe and give is a heart issue. By trusting the Lord with your finances, you will enjoy a better relationship with Him and sow into the Kingdom at the same time.

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