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. – Malachi 3:10
I’m sure at one point or another every believer has had a struggle with tithes whether it be you missed one Sunday a few Sundays or just don’t pay them. For some reason when I was younger it was like I was just programmed to pay tithes it was like going to school Monday – Friday or knowing I was going to be in bible study Monday in prayer on Tuesday Evangelist service on Friday and rehearsal on Saturday lol you get the point. So when got my first job working at VBS I was excited to be up on the tithes line not for form or fashion or so the older saints would congratulate me but because I finally had tithes to offer to God I was hyped. Somewhere along the line that excitement about having to give to God was lost until I became homeless about two years ago and jobless with only unemployment and it seemed like I just didn’t have enough. Yet for some reason I didn’t understand why even more recently since I have a decent job and only have me and my daughter to look after. Even after reading scriptures and hearing my Pastor speak and teach on tithes I just couldn’t seem to bring myself to pay them. I even got a checkbook and got tithes envelopes from my church so that I wouldn’t spend the money. Funny thing is it’s not like I didn’t t have the money because after calculations of paying my babysitter bills offerings, food shopping etc I still have tithes left and even spend double what my tithes may have been just on fast food and cabs alone. Yet I would always end up living paycheck to paycheck. It seems as if recently I truly had an AHA! moment tithes is about way more than just the money it’s really about faith. It’s easy to drop offering in the plate there is no set amount usually or it’s easy to hear a preacher give you an amount after a good word and your all high off of christ so you drop it but what about when you have to choose between those shoes you’ve been eyeing selling out and paying tithes? The moment you pick those shoes or whatever item person thing etc you choose instead o f paying tithes you technically just put your faith in that not only that but you have robbed God! Crazy right? To go into even further detail in robbing God you have robbed your church your family church mates and the church workers (numbers 18:21) (Malachi 3:8-10) . After I seen it like this I realized I don’t want to be a thief that is real life stuff right there further more I am a firm believer that tithes are a form of Worship too I don’t want t be a half stepping worshiper. (lol) So from here on out come what may I vow to pay my tithes come hell high water or a really good shoes sale *sighs* I want the blessings of God and not the curses that come with not paying tithes.
Struggling to pay your tithes or with handling your finances? I came across this blog The Diva Campaign and they did a fast full of scriptures and prayers for a week. Want something to happen I always encourage time with God. I personally am going to start this one today feel free to join me! The Diva Campaign Finance Fast