“9. Honour the Lord with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:
10. So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.” (Proverbs 3:9-10)
I. The Law of First-
A. God is Preeminent
1. God is omnipresent (sees all and is everywhere at one time).
2. God is omniscient (knows all and has all wisdom).
3. God is omnipotent (God is all authority and power forever and ever).
4. God is immutable which means He cannot change.
5. God cannot improve, there is nothing He does not know and there is nothing He has to figure out. Nothing has ever occurred to God.
6. God never wishes, never gets better, God never gets worse. God is perfect and can never be second because God is God, He is first.
B. God must be recognized and honored with your heart for who He IS. He cannot be treated less because He is first.
1. Cain and Abel: Nothing good ever comes when God is not first in your life and does not have your heart.
“3. And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the Lord.
4. And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the Lord had respect unto Abel and to his offering:
5. But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.
6. And the Lord said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen?
7. If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.
8. And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.” (Genesis 4:3-8)
2. Jericho and Ai cities of the Promised Land that God commanded Israel to take for their inheritance.
a. Jericho was the first city which God required as a tithe to come into His treasury.
b. Achan steals some of the tithe which brings a curse on Israel. Ultimately, Achan loses his life and all of his possessions.
(Joshua 6:16-19, 7:1, 10-11, 15)
“16. And it came to pass at the seventh time, when the priests blew with the trumpets, Joshua said unto the people, Shout; for the Lord hath given you the city.
17. And the city shall be accursed, even it, and all that are therein, to the Lord: only Rahab the harlot shall live, she and all that are with her in the house, because she hid the messengers that we sent.
18. And ye, in any wise keep yourselves from the accursed thing, lest ye make yourselves accursed, when ye take of the accursed thing, and make the camp of Israel a curse, and trouble it.
19. But all the silver, and gold, and vessels of brass and iron, are consecrated unto the Lord: they shall come into the treasury of the Lord. ” (Joshua 6:16-19)
“1. But the children of Israel committed a trespass in the accursed thing: for Achan, the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, took of the accursed thing: and the anger of the Lord was kindled against the children of Israel.”
“10. And the Lord said unto Joshua, Get thee up; wherefore liest thou thus upon thy face?
11. Israel hath sinned, and they have also transgressed my covenant which I commanded them: for they have even taken of the accursed thing, and have also stolen, and dissembled also, and they have put it even among their own stuff.
15. And it shall be, that he that is taken with the accursed thing shall be burnt with fire, he and all that he hath: because he hath transgressed the covenant of the Lord, and because he hath wrought folly in Israel.”
(Joshua 7:1, 10-11,15)
II. God’s Heart Test:
A. Tithing is offering to God the first 10th of our increase which is holy unto the Lord. (Leviticus 27:30)
“30. And 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 unto the Lord.” (Leviticus 27:30)
1. God is taking us FROM selfishness TO generous in our hearts.
B. A tenth or 10 is always a test throughout the Bible.
1. Ten virgins are tested for their preparedness.
a. Five virgins pass with plenty of oil.
b. Five virgins fail and then ask the ones with plenty for oil.
c. Did the ones who passed the test give them oil?
2. Jacob, a tither, worked for his father-in-law who changed his wages ten times.
a. Did Jacob pass the test?
b. Was Jacob‘s father-in-law Laman able to cheat him?
c. Did Jacob prosper?
d. Was God’s favor upon him?
3. God tested Pharaohs heart with 10 plagues for signs to him.
a. Pharaoh failed the test.
b. Lost his first son.
c. Lost his kingdom.
d. Lost his life.
4. God gave Ten Commandments to test our conduct.
C. God asked us to test Him in the tenth (tithe) while he test our hearts.
“8. Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.
9. Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.
10. Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.
11. And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the Lord of hosts.
12. And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the Lord of hosts.”
1. God guarantees to open heavens windows and pour out a blessing upon you that there will not be enough room to receive.
2. God guarantees to rebuke any devourer, any hindrance that would stall production and fruit in your life.
3. God guarantees that you will be successful and that people will see His blessing in your life.
III. Who will trust God today and sign up for the six month guarantee?
A. Sign one of God’s Guarantee to hand into the church.
B. Sign the other God’s Guarantee and leave in your Bible to pray over your commitment to God.
C. After six months of faithfully giving if you say that God has not faithfully moved in your life in any area, then Miracle Place Church will refund all the money that you’ve given.
D. Now get ready as you step out in faith you will see the miracle working power of God in your life.
The Tithe Belongs To God
God asks us to return the tithe to Him because He wants great things for us.
Ten percent doesn’t seem like much. Offer me a 10% discount as enticement to eat at your restaurant or shop at your store, and I’ll probably just shrug.
But when it comes to parting with our hard-earned money, many Christians see 10 percent as an insurmountable obstacle.
That’s too bad, because they’re missing out on a lot of blessing. The tithe belongs to God, but giving it will change your heart and bless your life.
The tithe belongs to God, but giving it will change your heart and bless your life.
God has a plan for your money, and it begins with providing for your family. And though we all have ways in which we can improve as workers, planners and budget-makers, the priority of providing comes fairly naturally to us.
It’s instinctual and innate; even animals in the wild know to provide for themselves and their young.
The second step in God’s plan, though, can be much more difficult than the first. God earmarks some of your money as belonging to Him, and He has specific ideas about what you should do with it.
Specifically, He wants you to tithe.
What is the Tithe?
The tithe belongs to God… but what is a tithe, anyway? You won’t hear the word outside of church very often.
But it’s a simple idea. The tithe is 10 percent of our income that is set apart for God.
The principle of the tithe can be found all throughout scripture. We first encounter this idea in the Law of Moses, when God commands the people of Israel to give a tenth of their income to Him. Leviticus 27:30 makes it fairly clear:
A tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the LORD; it is holy to the LORD.
The tithe belongs to God — He considers it as His own. Remember, God owns everything and He gives us everything that we have.
Out of all He gives us, He asks us to return 10 percent to Him. Why? Because the things we do with our money change our hearts. We become attached to the things we spend money on.
God doesn’t need your money, but He wants your heart. So, He asks you to return the tithe to Him because He wants your heart to become attached to His.
God doesn’t need your money, but He wants your heart. Unfortunately, many churchgoers today struggle with the idea of tithing.
Some receive blessing and ministry from the church but give nothing in return. Others give sparingly or infrequently. God intends for tithes to be the primary way that churches are funded.
But sadly, many churches struggle financially because their members don’t tithe.
The Tithe Belongs to God, and It Is Important!
How important is tithing? God speaks about it with important words in the text. It says that the tithe “belongs to the LORD,” and that it is “holy unto the LORD.”
Another way to say this would be that the tithe is consecrated. Though money may seem earthly and mundane to us, God sets a portion of our income aside as having a special, spiritual significance.
Think about the other things that are consecrated. God says that our lives are consecrated, set aside for Him, bought with the blood of His son.
We consecrate other parts of our lives, setting aside daily devotional time to spend with God in the Bible and in prayer, as well as weekly time that we set aside to spend with His people, the Church.
By resisting what God asks from you, you’ll miss out on much of what God has for you.
So why should our money be any different? It shouldn’t be. If our lives should set apart to Christ, that includes our money.
If we hold our finances back from God, we’re rebelling against what He wants in our lives. That’s not just a bad habit or a philosophical difference — it’s a heart problem.
It’s also tragic. Because God doesn’t just use the tithe to fund the work of the church or to draw your heart closer to Him. He uses the tithe to bless your life.
People who don’t tithe are really shortchanging themselves. By resisting what God asks from them, they miss out on much of what God has for them.