When we give, it acknowledges God as the giver of everything we have, reflects our trust that He will continue to provide for us. As a new Believer, one of the greatest joys you will encounter will be the power of GIVING to the work of ministry to see the Kingdom of God established on the earth. Whether you are giving of your time, your talent, or treasure…the Bible shares many principles of giving with us that when applied rip the door of life’s limitations of our lives!
- The Tithe: The word, “tithe” literally means tenth or 10%. A tithe is the first 10% of your income. Malachi 3:10 says, “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house.Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty,“and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.”
This is the only verse in scripture where God directly challenges us to test Him and see the floodgates of Heaven thrown open with overflowing blessings.The word tithe is derived from Hebrew and literally means “a tenth” or 10%. So, give 10% of your gross income and He will bless you. But as with all things in scripture, blessing comes only after our obedience or step of faith.
- Offerings: An offering is anything you give above and beyond the 10%.
If tithing is new to you or you have recently renewed your walk with God, we’ve put together a resource for you called the 90-Day challenge that will walk you through the practical process of experiencing the blessings of God when you give what the Bible instructs us.