Topic: Tithing Is Trusting — Sunday 3, December 2017.
5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
Bible in One Year: Psalm 93-101, Nahum 3:5-19, Hymn: Sing Hymn 14 – Take My Life
To experience exploits in your life, you must have a personal
relationship with God. You must believe that He lives and love Him with
all your heart. You must also learn to trust in Him. The command to pay
tithes on your earnings simply places a demand on you to trust God. Your
response to this command shows the level of trust you have in Him. If
you can pay your tithes correctly, it shows that you trust God for your
livelihood, but if you find it difficult to be faithful in doing this,
it simply shows that you trust more in your earning than in God to
sustain you. After I became newly born again and we were taught to pay
tithes, I laughed and said in my mind, “These people do not know that I
am a mathematician. If 100% is not enough for me, how can 90% be enough
after I have paid 10% as tithe? Thank you very much! Even though these
people are not educated, they still want to use their smartness to take
10% of my income from me. Let them try and take it”. However, down the
line, God convinced me by Himself and I observed remarkable changes in
In those days, I was a lecturer in the university. I had a car but was
afraid to drive in Lagos, so I got a driver. At the end of the month, I
would pay my driver his salary, but by the middle of the next month, I
would have to borrow money from him to buy petrol (gasoline). This
happened month after month. I continued to struggle with my finances and
even had to spend all my earnings. However, when I started paying my
tithes, I suddenly realized I did not need a driver anymore, because
boldness came from nowhere and I could now drive myself. Also, I did not
have to visit hospitals again because I now had the Great Physician as
my doctor. My children did not fall sick again, and that leakage in my
finances was blocked off. All of a sudden, doors of opportunities began
to open to me because I trusted the Lord. Are you still struggling with
tithing? If you are, it only shows that you do not trust God to take
care of you. The truth is, whatever you are paid may never be sufficient
to meet all your needs because you are limited to that source, whereas
you are open to various devourers. In contrast, when you tithe, you will
have access to resources beyond your income because God’s storehouse
will be opened to you, and he will also block every source of losses in
your life. It is a matter of choice. Why don’t you start trusting God
from today by paying your tithes faithfully?
Key Point: It is shocking to know that quite a number of God’s children cannot trust God with their finances.
Hymn 14: Take My Life
1. Take my life and let it be
Consecrated, Lord, to Thee.
Take my moments and my days,
Let them flow in endless praise.
2. Take my hands and let them move
At the impulse of Thy love.
Take my feet and let them be
Swift and beautiful for Thee.
3. Take my voice and let me sing,
Always, only for my King.
Take my lips and let them be
Filled with messages from Thee.
4. Take my silver and my gold,
Not a mite would I withhold.
Take my intellect and use
Every pow’r as Thou shalt choose.
5. Take my will and make it Thine,
It shall be no longer mine.
Take my heart, it is Thine own,
It shall be Thy royal throne.
6. Take my love, my Lord, I pour
At Thy feet its treasure store.
Take myself and I will be
Ever, only, all for Thee.
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President of Christ the Redeemer’s Ministries.
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