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Stewards of Tithe (4 of 4)
The area of stewardship that we are going to talk about today can and will change your life. It did mine. Today I am going to challenge you in two areas...1) To Listen to God, 2) to become a Tither if you are not already. Jesus said, ''For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.'' (Matt. 6:21)
(god does not need your money. But he knows that it is in this area of stewardship, that most people fail. Tithing deals with our Finances, but it is not a Financial issue, but it is a SPIRITUAL one.)
Here's the question, ''Is God in control of every area of my Life? Is he my true LORD.?''
So lets examine the Tithe this morning...(Many new Christians asking Questions, What is the tithe?
I want us to look at 4 things this morning about the tithe. But first lets look at malachi .
Background....God calls the Children of Israel To REPENT (turn back) in several areas....dealing with some religious/ heart issues.
Notice.....the questions...God calls them on the carpet and they respond with a childish response...WHAT? (1:2) 1:6), 1:7), 2:17), 3:7), 3:8), 3:13) (Repent - Doubt, Honor, Reverence, Holiness, Obedience, Faithfulness, Service. Sounds like the modern day church? LOOK AT MALICHI 3:6
1) THE PRIORITY OF GIVING The tithe must be a priority because...
a) The Principle of OWNERSHIP
V.7) You have gone away from my ordinances'' God has set up tithing...It was His Idea. He can do that because everything we have is His anyway. (Lost, you don't understand that) If you are saved, you should know it. (every breath you take, given to you by God.)
Leviticus 27:30 - All the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land or of the fruit of the tree, is the Lord's. It is holy to the Lord.
WHEN WE DEAL WITH THE TITHE, WE DEAL WITH SOMETHING HOLY.
Matthew 23:23 -Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and ...
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