We used to be burdened by all things money, but now we know the secret to making our money be a blessing to us and to others
This is my tithing story
This is not a post trying to convince you to tithe.
This is simply my story about when I began to tithe and why I will NEVER STOP!
If you’ve read any of this blog, you probably know that I didn’t grow up in church. I never even heard the word tithe until nearly a year after I was saved. And even then, I had no idea what it actually meant.
I can remember going to the tiny little Southern Baptist Church where I got saved and occasionally dropping $10-$20 in the offering plate. Considering the fact that the only “offering plate” experience I had ever had before that was the rare occasion that we would go to church with my grandma, and my daddy would hand us $2 to put in the plate as it passed down our row… dropping $10 (or $20 on a good week) made me feel pretty good! It’s funny too, because occasionally, I would notice some of the older members putting a check in the plate, and I honestly thought it was weird that they had to write a check for $10.
Lol, I know how silly that sounds now.
But sometimes you just don’t know what you don’t know!
Fast forward about 9 months…
It was our first weekend in a new church, in a new town, in a new state. I don’t remember what the message was about, but I do remember the offering at the end. It was different from anything I had ever heard before because they kept talking about the tithe.
The tithe? I wondered what that was…
I felt kind of weird sitting there; like I didn’t belong, because I didn’t have any idea what a tithe was, and I was SURE I was the only one who didn’t know.
Luckily, I only had to wait one week to find out because the next Sunday we heard an entire message on tithing.
On that spring day in that Michigan church, I felt God move for the first time ever
As I sat listening to the sermon my heart was overcome with conviction. I knew we were about to have to make some big changes.
At that point in our lives, I was the one handling the bills. So, I had a pretty good idea about how much money we usually had “left over”. I sat there for a while just thinking this tithing business was just going to have to wait because we didn’t have anywhere near that much money left over every month.
But then our Pastor said something that I totally didn’t expect. He said it’s not our leftovers that we give to God, its our FIRST 10% we give back to Him. He really emphasized that “give back to Him” part, explaining that its not my money anyway, that it belongs to God and I’m just giving Him back what is His and then trusting Him to take care of the rest.
The whole idea was completely foreign to me! It was the first time I ever stopped to consider that everything I have actually comes from God. It’s not mine, He’s just made me a steward over it.
Right then I knew what I had to do.
But, knowing the right thing to do and actually doing it are two completely different things!
My heart and my head were in complete agreement that there was NO WAY we were going to be able to afford to tithe. But in my Spirit I knew that we had too, and I knew that we would be okay.
I left with an overwhelming sense of fear about what was about to happen; but at the same time, I felt encouraged and empowered to move ahead and step into this calling.
Make or break time…
As fate would have it, payday was that same week. When I looked at our bills, there wasn’t 10% left over, in fact there was none left. To say I was overcome with fear would be an understatement.
I hadn’t even mentioned my plans to tithe to my husband yet because at that time, I was pretty sure he wouldn’t have been on board. (And I was also afraid that he probably would have thought I had lost my mind, considering the fact that we had no money.)
Nonetheless, the first thing I did that day was make out a check to our church for the full amount of the tithe, sign it, put it in an envelope, seal it, close my eyes tight, say a little prayer, and drop it into the mailbox.
There was no turning back, it was done.
And guess what? Somehow, someway all those other bills got paid! I honestly couldn’t make sense of it because it DIDN’T WORK on paper. I calculated and recalculated (because I’m a reasonable person, plus I’m kind of a math nerd), but every way I worked it, it just didn’t make sense. There was NO WAY that our bills should have been paid, but they were. And not only that, there was even a little extra left over!
God is so much bigger than my math skills and my bank account!
Our pastors used to say all the time that “God can bless your 90% more than you can bless your own 100%.” [bctt tweet=”God can bless your 90% better than you can bless your own 100%. #Tithe #Blessings”]
He certainly proved to me that month that He was faithful to His promises. He certainly did make our 90% go farther, do more, and last longer than we had ever done with our 100%.
And the same has been true for every single payday since then.
Because we made a choice to honor God’s Word above our own comfort level, we have been blessed more times than we can count. We were able to go from just tithing to giving offerings above and beyond that. And every season, our offerings have grown, not because of anything we do, but because He continues to fulfill His promises to us. We started tiny, but now we are able to support global missionaries, and we trust that He has something so much bigger in mind for us as we continue to honor Him with our tithe.
God is so good. He has completely changed our financial situation for the best. He has caused favor and blessings to abound in our lives so that His glory can be revealed.
Even though He promised blessings, He DID NOT promise that you would never have financial problems…
We have had countless situations come against us financially, situations that could have (and probably should have) ruined us. But EVERY SINGLE TIME favor has been on our side.
That’s no coincidence my friend.
That’s a promise from His blessing.
Malachi 3:11 says “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.”
That’s such a huge promise from God. When we are faithful to tithe, He REBUKES THE DEVOURER FOR US! Do you get just how gigantic and amazing that promise is???
God just promised us that we will NOT be financially ruined. As it applied to the people of that time, He was promising them a good growing season and also that He would keep away the pests and the natural elements that could ruin their harvest.
As it applies to us today, He is promising to bless and establish the work of our hands and hearts. And on top of that He is promising to keep the enemy’s hands off of it! Every single time we have had a financial situation arise against us, we remind God that we are faithful tithers and because of that He has promised to rebuke the devourer for us. Then we remind the devil that his hands are tied because God is on our side!
And like I said before, every single time we have been shown favor.
God’s promises are REAL my friends.
I know that God is on my side, fighting for my prosperity and welfare. And that is why I am so thankful for God giving me the gift of the tithe and the opportunity to serve Him with the resources He has given me.
So there you have it, my blessings are all the proof that I need. I will FOREVER and ALWAYS be a faithful tither!
I hope that you know this incredible blessing in your life and how to make your money be a blessing to you and to others.
And if you don’t, there’s no better time to start than right now!
“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.”
Blessings and love,