Your Tithe & Offering Should Be Given in Worship and Cheerfulness

by Karin Peavy on July 20, 2016

in Prosperity, Responsibility, Sowing

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Your Tithe & Offering Should be Given in Worship and Cheerfully

If you’re someone who whips out your checkbook to tithe to your church or give to the ministries you support as if you are paying a bill, gives out of obligation and duty, gives resentfully (you don’t really want to give but you know you should), you need to keep reading.

God has given us commands to follow for our benefit. Obedience opens the door to His involvement in our lives. When God gets involved, you’re going to receive the best results. However, HOW we follow God’s commands is just as important as the acts themselves. In other words, the right attitude makes all the difference.

Sowing financial seeds into God’s Kingdom is an act of obedience and precious to the Lord. It opens the door for the windows of Heaven to open over your life (Malachi 3:10). It will protect your assets:

Your crops will be large, for I will guard them from insects and plagues. Your grapes won’t shrivel away before they ripen,” says the Lord Almighty (Malachi 3:11).

You are placing your hard-earned money into the very hands of Jesus who receives your tithe and offerings. Therefore, your sowing deserves more attention than just quickly writing a check and sticking it in an envelope without any earlier thought. It deserves more than duty and obligation and certainly should not involve resentment.

Let’s look at the attitudes I described above.

2 Corinthians 9:7 says that God loves a cheerful giver. I love the way the Amplified Bible reads;

Let each one [give] as he has made up his own mind and purposed in his heart, not reluctantly or sorrowfully or under compulsion, for God loves (He takes pleasure in, prizes above other things, and is unwilling to abandon or to do without) a cheerful (joyous, “prompt to do it”) giver [whose heart is in his giving].

Many people I know prepare their tithe and offering ahead of time — before they attend a service. They pray over that offering before church. You can do the same. Establish appointments with God when you sow in the kingdom. Give thoughtfully and in an attitude of worship.

Giving cheerfully also means not giving out of obligation. Pay attention to these words: Let each one [give[ as he has made up his own mind and purposed in his heart.

Sometimes we are resentful because we feel pressured to give. Don’t give in this way! Be led by the Spirit. Sit down with the Holy Spirit and ask for direction. There are times when He might lead you to sow more than you can seemingly afford. Other times, He will tell you to be practical and sow as generously as you can afford. Determine how much you want to give and then sow in faith trusting God for the return.

Here’s a prayer you can speak over your giving:

Father, I bring my tithe and offering to you in obedience to Your Word. I bring it to You and worship You with it. I place this gift into the hands of Jesus. Malachi 3:10 says that You will open the windows of Heaven and pour out a blessing that I won’t have room enough to receive. You are protecting my assets. I curse identity theft, things breaking down all at once, car accidents and any other circumstance that causes my money to be eaten up. My life thrives because I give. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over are on their way to me. Men pour into my life (Luke 6:38). You and I are in covenant relationship. When I act on Your promises, You will fulfill them. Thank You for Your faithfulness. In the name of Jesus. Amen.



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