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“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).
I once read about a pastor who was asked how many members he had, and he answered, One hundred and fifty. He was asked again, How many of them are tithers? One hundred and fifty of them! he answered.The man asking him was surprised, You mean you have one hundred and fifty members and all of them are tithers? he queried. Yes,replied the pastor, but some bring their tithes and God collects it from the others! he added quickly.
In other words, those who wouldn’t bring their tithe willingly, God collects it from them, because the tithe belongs to Him, and they’re all supposed to be tithers anyway. The point is this: Whether or not you know it, since you’re in the Kingdom of God, you’re a tither. If God doesn’t get it from you willingly, He’ll surely get it one way or the other, and then with interests! The tithe is not a contribution you make. It’s not something that belongs to you that you decide to give God and He says thank you for. It’s not a freewill offering you give at any time and in the quantity you choose.
The tithe is a compulsory offering. God said it belongs to Him and you’re obliged to pay it. Every time there’s an increase in your life or you receive your income, ten per cent (10%) of it belongs to God. Don’t use it for yourself, because if you do, trouble is inevitable. But when you tithe, God rebukes the devourer for your sake. Instead of losses, there’s a blessing upon you and you find yourself riding higher and higher. Glory to God!
F U RT H E R S T U DY : M ALACHI 3:10-11
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