Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Not For Me But For You

Sometimes people get confused as to who and why they are giving their tithes and offerings. Tithes and offerings are not given just so the church can pay their bills and themselves. Tithes and offerings are given to help the kingdom of God grow.

It is not just for giving so that others will be blessed. It is giving so that you may receive your blessings. When you give your tithes and offerings to God, He credits your account. He meets all your needs.

Paul tells the Philippians that they were the only ones who sent aid to him when he was away sharing God's gospel.He told them, he did not seek the aid for himself, as he had all he needed, but that he seeked the fruit that abounds to their account. In other words, he taught them right, that when they gave, God blessed them with more than enough, and abundance in their own lives.

When offering time comes around at your church, I pray that your pastor share with you the blessings God wants to bless you with. I hope that you do not just give as if you are paying a monthly bill, or because you feel obligated out of a sense, thinking it is the right thing to do, but that when you give your heart has already purposed what your needs are as well and give expecting to receive, that God will meet your every need. AMEN! Now some of you are thinking, well that is selfish giving, only thinking of yourself. NO, I am not saying to only think of yourself, but I am simply saying, do not leave yourself out. It is time you started thinking of yourself as God thinks of you, as His child, and that you start believing that you are worthy of His riches and glory that He says Himself, He gives to you, when you give with your heart. AMEN!

God does not need your money to get His work done. Trust me, He has all He needs. Why then do you think He requires you to give? So that He may get His blessings to you. God knows your heart, you can not hide anything from God. God knows what you have and with what faith you give. Just like the widow with the two mites. She gave all she had out of her lack, with faith believing that she would receive all that she needed. AMEN!

When you give your tithes and offerings, you should be filled with joy that God gave you a seed to sow. Your tithes and offerings are seeds from God. He supplied you with the seed so that you might sow and receive your blessings.

Phil 4 v 15-19.....Now you Philippians know also that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church shared with me concerning giving and receiving but you only. For even in Thessalonica you sent aid once and again for my necessities. Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that abounds to your account. Indeed I have all and abound. I am full, having received from Epaphroditus the things sent from you, a sweet-smelling aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well pleasing to God. And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus......

Notice he tells them what they sent concerning their giving and receiving. In other words they knew, they were taught right, that they are not just giving but at the same time they are receiving blessings. AMEN! And then notice that he tells them, that their giving was an acceptable sacrifice, not just some little extra something they had left over to give, but a sacrifice, out of their lack, that they made unto God, and it was a pleasing aroma. AMEN!

Church, it is time, you start believing God wants to bless you as well as all others that your tithes and offerings are helping. Pray over your tithes and offeriings, and purpose in your heart what is a sacrifice for you to give unto Him, so that He may bless you as well as others. AMEN!


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