Tithe: God First In Our Finances

Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Putting God first is a principle that will usher us into the greater things of God.  Unfortunately many people will struggle for many years because they refuse to acknowledge God and put Him first with the tithe.  It takes obedience and discipline to accomplish this.  We must put God first in everything including money.  If we fail in the money department, all else will fail also. It is not just money, it is our seed to be sown!
Proverbs 3: 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.

Receiving the first fruits (tithe) of your increase is important to God, it is His and it is holy.  Therefore, the first fruit (tithe) of your increase is an act of worship, an act of honor, an act of trust and an act of love for the Lord.  God blesses the first fruit of our increase and cause our barn to be filled!  Giving the Lord your first fruit (tithe) also proves that you worship Him and not your money.  
Hebrews 7:1 For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him; 2 To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace;
Abraham gave a tenth of all he had!  Abraham trusted God with a tenth of all he possessed.  He became the father of faith and his linage raised up a nation!
Leviticus 27:30  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

The tithe is holy!  It belongs to God!  As we give it to Him, He multiplies it on our behalf!
For anyone to keep what belong to the Lord becomes a curse to the one who keeps it.  Giving tithe opens the windows of heaven and activates the blessings of God!  GIVE!
Malachi 3:8  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.

Giving produces abundant harvest/receiving!

Luke 6:38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.

God takes pleasure in our giving!

2 Corinthians 9:7  Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.
A farmer understands that his most important resource is his seed.   A farmer can have one thousand acres of land, but if he does not sow seed his land will be barren. The farmer understands the principle of sowing and reaping!  Don’t keep your seed, sow it!
Genesis 8:22 While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.

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