Now because money is so important in this world, it is very difficult to develop the right mindset about it. This is when the practice of tithing a specific percent, even though it is no longer required, can be a very helpful way to develop the right attitude about money. By making ourselves give away some specific percent, we remind ourselves that all our money is God’s in the first place. A good rule of thumb is to always give just a little more than you’re comfortable with. If you make a habit of this, you will find money becoming less important to you over time, and you will find it easier to trust God with your finances. Remember, percentage tithing is no longer required by God. But tithing can be a useful habit that many Christians benefit from when they do it in accordance with the Holy Spirit’s leading.
Tithing doesn’t have to mean giving to a specific church, you can give to a charity or a family in need or any other cause that God puts on your heart. The goal is to mature to the place where you firmly understand that all your money belongs to God–where He could ask you at any point to empty out your savings account and you would do it without hesitation.
Do not tithe out of guilt or because someone pressured you into it. Remember that God doesn’t need your money. He is far more interested in your heart and He wants to protect you from the dangers of greed and hoarding. It’s natural to start out with a raccoon grip on our money, and we need the Holy Spirit’s help to gently pry our fingers open. The danger of remaining tightfisted about money is that you become mentally dependent on it instead of on God and this opens the door to a whole mess of other problems. If you know that you’ve got a problem with greed today, there’s no need to feel bad. Everyone on this planet struggles with some form of greed. If you don’t know where to start to develop the right attitude about money, ask God to show you and He will. Learning dependency on God alone is a critical part of spiritual growth, but it is also a mindset that takes time to develop.
It is quite possible that God will encourage you to begin tithing as a way to help you get free from the grip of greed. Don’t feel bad if you find tithing a struggle at first. What matters most to God is your willingness to obey Him. He is not going to frown on you for not being cheerful when He asks you to do something difficult and unpleasant. With practice, your attitude about giving will improve.
Church leaders who try to tell you that you should be giving to your home church first and foremost are abusing their roles, mangling God’s teaching, and straight up lying. Realize that there are many good reasons why God may not want you to give to your local church. He might not want to keep blessing people who aren’t listening to Him behind the scenes. He might feel that they have enough for the moment and want you to give elsewhere. It is the Holy Spirit’s job to tell you where He wants you to send your money. He might have you keep changing who you give to. This is a subject that is between you and God, and it’s really no one else’s business.
Be wary of judging other souls by how much they give or don’t give. Remember that percentage tithing is no longer required by God. Many mature Christians stop tithing all together while they stockpile extra and wait for God’s instructions on where to give next. He leads us all differently. Some of us will give small weekly amounts, some of us will store up for a long time and then be in a position to really boost someone out of a financial hole. Some of us will never give money. For those who are very much in tune with the Source of their blessings, God may direct them to give other forms of wealth instead: their time, attention, love, etc.. Everything we have is God’s property and if we are listening to Him, He will show each of us what to do with the things He’s given us.
“Should people rob God? Yet you have robbed Me!
“But you ask, ‘What do You mean? When did we ever rob You God?’
“You have robbed Me of the tithes and offerings due to Me. You are under a curse, for your whole nation has been cheating Me. Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in My Temple. If you do,” says Yahweh Almighty, “I will open the windows of heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing so great you won’t have enough room to take it in! Try it! Put Me to the test! Your crops will be abundant, for I will guard them from insects and disease. Your grapes will not fall from the vine before they are ripe,” says Yahweh Almighty. “Then all nations will call you blessed, for your land will be such a delight,” says Yahweh Almighty.
“You have said terrible things about Me,” says Yahweh.
“But you say, ‘What do You mean? What have we said against You?’
“You have said, ‘What’s the use of serving God? What have we gained by obeying His commands or by trying to show Yahweh Almighty that we are sorry for our sins? From now on we will call the arrogant blessed. For those who do evil get rich, and those who dare God to punish them suffer no harm.’” (Mal. 3:8-15)
Those who hold back from the poor, their relationship with God COULD BE in question!
Is giving to and for the poor still expected from God? You Bet!
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