Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him.
1 Corinthians 16:2, KJV
Sometimes people say, “I don’t believe in tithing because we don’t live under the Law.” As Christians, we live under grace, and hallelujah for that! Does that mean we shouldn’t honor God with the first portion of our income?
In the Old Testament, specific giving was taught; in the New Testament, giving was sacrificial. In the Old Testament, giving was done by Law; in the New Testament, out of love. In the Old Testament, giving was an obligation; in the New Testament, it was an opportunity. In the Old Testament, giving was done by percentage; in the New Testament, by proportion, “as God has prospered” us. In the Old Testament, giving was a responsibility; in the New Testament, it’s a response.
The truth is, some Christians today are stuck at ten percent when they should be giving eleven percent, or fifteen, or twenty percent. But whatever we give, we shouldn’t do less under grace than under law.
Don’t let the law/grace debate erode your stewardship. Give as God has prospered you.
Almighty God has given me a home in heaven forever and ever. Why would I want to be miserly with Him?
1 Praise the Lord, my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
2 Praise the Lord, my soul,
and forget not all his benefits—
3 who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,
4 who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,
5 who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
Psalm 103 1-5
Man was made to praise God with his thoughts, words and actions, in essence with all that you are. The thought might cross your mind, why does GOD need so much praise? Is he so full of himself? Can’t he not live without our praises?
The answer is quiet simple, We praise him, because we get too many benefits from him, literally everything that we have, we receive it from him. So we praise him, because we cannot contain it. (If we can truly recognize the love and the tender mercies that we receive from him.)
Sin and decease go hand in hand. Sin is the cause, while disease is the effect. You might think, what did I do to receive cancer or what did my unborn baby do to receive a congenital disease? Sometimes it happens to bring about God’s glory (Ex. think Nick Vujicic) or maybe it’s the result of our collective sins. You see if every Christian decided to contribute money or resources to eradicate hunger or famine, then no one would have to experience it.
When your life is in the pits, it’s almost always because we allow sin in our lives. Sin causes disease, it also causes us to hate ourselves. It causes us to loose perspective. It causes depression, poverty, life in prison etc. but thank GOD, he will forgive us our sins. Not only that, he will anoint us with the balm of love and compassion. He will teach us to forgive ourselves and receive the grace of GOD. God’s love and compassion will lift our spirit from the pit that we condemn ourselves
All of the ungodly desires which caused us to sin, he will replace it with godly desires and he will fill it until it overflows. We are afraid to grow old and die but with God on our side, no matter how old we are, we will look forward to a new day with great hope, we will not be afraid to die, because it will only bring us closer to GOD. When the desires of our heart is aligned to God, he will meet all of our needs, it will be replenished daily and we will fly like an eagle no matter how old we are
Play characters like Dr. Faust traded his soul to avoid it. And in the novel ” The picture of Dorian Grey”, Dorian Gray tried to cheat it by having his mortality trapped in a painting. We are all afraid of death, the dark stalker, who is after us all. Because of the curse of death hovering over us, it will get us all.
Human mortality is abolututely no problem for our Savious Jesus. The one who created us in the first place can re-create us in the twinkling of an eye. His mission for coming to earth two millenia ago was to reconnect lost people with their aching Father, to undo the death sentence, and to open up a second life after the first death.
A synagogue president named Jarius had a sixt-grade daughter whome he dearly loved. Her untimely death devastated him. Jesus arrived at Jarius’ home and encountered funeral bedlam: “Meanwhile, all the people were wailing and mourning for her. ‘Stop wailing’, Jesus said. ‘SHe is not dead but asleep’. They laughed at him, knowing that she was dead. But he took her by the hand and said, ‘My child, get up!’ Her spirit returned, and at once she stood up” (luke 8:52-55)
Only God could call death a nap. Omly God could do something about Jairus’ daughter. Only God can give you life after death.
Soon, soon you will personally witness the son of God’s unlimited power over death as he forces graves all over the world to yield the bodies in them.
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.
1 John 4:18
At first, very small children are reluctant to admit to their wrongdoings. At the heart of their reluctance is fear. But in a loving environment a transformation gradually takes place. Children become willing to admit their misdeeds because their confidence in their parents’ love for them is unwavering. When love is given and received—when love becomes the unconditional norm—it removes fear from the relationship.
The same is true in our relationship with God. John wrote, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear.” Fear of what? Fear of punishment, of banishment, of the end of the relationship. But such is never the case with God’s unconditional love. His love for us is not based on our good deeds but on His choice. His love is the reflection of His character. Even if we sin, God “is faithful and just to forgive us our sins” (1 John 1:9). God has demonstrated His love for us in Jesus Christ (Romans 5:8). We should never fear being separated from His love by anything (Romans 8:35-39).
Are you secure in God’s love? Let His love remove all fear from your heart and mind.
By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.
Two aspects of the spiritual life have resonated throughout biblical history and to the present day: faith and works. Different groups of Christians have emphasized one aspect more than the other at different times in Church history. But the biblical view is that they are both important. Take the dimension of faith called love. Throughout Scripture, love is validated by works.
For example, Paul’s famous words about love in 1 Corinthians 13 are all about the actions of love: patience, kindness, protection, trust, perseverance, and more. Likewise, the absence of love is revealed by the opposite of loving actions. The Bible’s most well-known verse—John 3:16—connects God’s love to God’s action: He loved us and sent His Son to provide a way to be forgiven and have eternal life. And the apostle John wrote, “In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world” (1 John 4:9). Jesus said that His followers’ loving actions would be the way to point the world to Him (John 13:35).
Love (faith) and actions are a divine connection. We are to be toward others as God in Christ has been toward us (Ephesians 4:32).