Faith & Finances From Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Welcome to Coffee Hour at Chicklit Power and welcome back to our “Faith & Finances” series. It feels like forever since we’ve had coffee hour because of the Thanksgiving holiday, and I’ve been extremely busy working on the compilation of the blog book coming out in February. Anyway, thanks so much for coming back, and if this is your first time with us in this series, feel free to check the archives so you can catch up with us.

So last time we met for this series, we were talking about the first mention of “tithe” being in the book of Genesis, and we learned that even the heathens tithed from the booty they took! So if heathens could tithe, why can’t/don’t we?

Of course, there are people who say they don’t tithe because they don’t trust how the church is going to spend it. Let me let you in on something: Whenever we tithe to whomever we tithe, the one who receives the tithe is now accountable, so you or I don’t have to worry about it any longer. You tithe it and they’re accountable for how it’s spent.

Now, did you know that there is more than one way to tithe? Yes, the majority of the times we hear this word, we automatically go to the dollar bill mentality, but I’ve known a few people who were jobless who would tithe of their time. You’ve heard the saying, time is money, right? Time is precious and there are so many needs out there for a tithe of your time. So if you don’t have a job right now, and you’re not able to financially support yourself, give of your time to a worthy cause, and you won’t be broke for long! And what about tithing some food for the poor, or the homeless? This type of tithe began back in the day of Moses. Tithing is so much more than money!

Here’s another thought on tithing: It’s between you and Abba. In other words, since He’s the giver of all you have, monetarily and non-monetarily speaking, He knows how much you have. He knows where you lack and where you have more than enough, because He authorizes it. It’s like He is the one who signs your paycheck. I just thought of an Evinda-ism: Life is a paycheck; spend it wisely!

Usually when we have too many bills and not enough money, our tithe is the first to be skipped. But what if I tell you that to tithe in spite of, not because of purifies your faith? To tithe in spite of means that you give despite your shortage, and to tithe because of means you have your tithe and your bill money, but is it given with a pure motive? And which one do you think grows your faith more?

We are all experiencing a fallen economy and some of us are struggling more than others, so whether you have little or plenty, tithing should always be a get-to, not a have-to. Did you know that God says when it comes to tithing, that we could test Him in this area? Seriously! In Malachi 3:10, His word says: Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house, and try me now in this, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it!

Isn’t that beautiful? It’s a promise and I can speak from experience, tithing works wonders!

Blessings

Evinda

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One Response to “Faith & Finances From Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power”

  1. Gail says:

    Love the new Evindaism!