About 2 Years ago I lost my job, and for 4 months I could not pay my rent. I struggled and by the end of the 4th month I could not even reach half of what was due every month. The enemy stole from me. I tried during that time of unemployment to create ways of generating an income but I never got past R350 a month for more that 5 months. After being asked to leave the premises I managed to get a temporary place to stay, and it was during that time I remember sitting outside on the wall and my girlfriends place, feeling bruised, feeling like a complete failure, ego trampled on, ‘coz here I am, the man in the relationship, and I cannot even offer the love of my life a chocolate… and I remember sitting there with my head in my hands, expressing my pain, my heart and my anger at God saying: “what now God, I have nothing to show, I have nothing. My house was taken from me, I have people looking at me as if I am a failure, all my confidence went down the drain!!!!! why, why, why did this happen, and why have you allowed this”.
Obviously I knew God did not have a hand in this, for I know the enemy is the thief, and the enemy is out to destroy (what better way to steal your money)(John 10:10), but I know that God does not mind us blowing off some steam from time to time, it’s called a relationship. We got to be real with God.
I remember clearly saying this: “God, even though I am upset and angry now, (I really was) I know without a doubt that this will eventually pass and I will still be praising you a year from now. Even now in the midst of this I will praise you, because I love you. I will love you even if I have nothing”. After my conversation with God, suddenly a peace came over me and I went inside. But after that, something amazing started happening in my life. God started sharing the principle of Tithing with me, and I made a decision to start tithing, even though I just-just saw R350 a month at the time. I would come into my church every month and give 10% of all my income. And what I found was that with every tithe, I would sense a breakthrough, and even though I did not see it right away I knew a delivery truck was on it’s way, as if you went and bought a piece of furniture on credit and gone home, it does not mean that when you get home and not see it there you did not buy it, because you know it is still on it’s way via delivery. But even though you do not yet see it in your lounge, you know without a doubt that you already have it, you have rights to it and you sowed a financial seed in getting that furniture. Keeping that in mind I also learned that even though we sow, we can create our own delays in the delivery process (doubt). I mean you have to believe the truck is on its way or else you will not be waiting at home ready to receive it when it gets there.
Anyway, this went on for about 6 months. When one day I was lead to a newspaper add for a job vacancy. I applied for the position, and within 20mins they called me back for an interview. 2 weeks later I started my new job.
6 Months later I was blessed with salary surpassing all my previous salaries, the new apartment God blessed me with was 3 times what my previous apartment cost me, my tithe was now more than half of my previous apartment’s rent, and I was blessed by God to sow into ministries, and missions during That year giving seeds more that what my rent had cost me previously. And after 5 months God even blessed me with an increase.
You see, what God showed me is this… God does not need our money; I mean He created the heavens and the earth (Psa. 24:1). The Word tells us that in heaven, there is so much gold, they even use gold to pave the roads and walkways. What brought my breakthrough is this, I realized that there is a reason that God wants us to give 10% of our income to Him, and it is not because He needs more money, but it is because He knew in His infinite wisdom, that we will need as much help as we can get down here in regards to finances. And what He did was, he created a system called Tithing. It is heavens investment policy/ bank, governed by God, who gives a X10 fold increase for every deposit you make of 10%.
I believe that we as Christians can all live in financial prosperity, but we need to understand, that keeping our tithes from God, is stealing from God (Malachi 3:8–10), and that simply opens up the door for the devourer to come in and eat your blessings, and suddenly it is as if the holes in your pockets start growing and you do not know where it all goes, but if you allow God to expand your tithe:
One of the unexpected benefits of tithing is that it gives you divine protection, shielding you (and your finances) from many of the negative aspects of life, and the attacks from the enemy. It gives you greater financial wisdom.
You may expect to receive ten to a hundredfold increase in your supply. This is the Word of God!! One of the reasons may be, by tithing, you establish a divine financial partnership with the Source in which God is your senior Partner, and His resources are infinite. This activity seems to have a multiplying effect.
We cannot out-give God! And you couldn’t ask for a better “financial connection.” God never fails. He never has and never will. If you are not already doing so, the most advantageous thing you can do is to tithe.
Lastly I would like to end with this… God was not kidding when it came to tithing, He was very serious – how do I know this? :
Malachi 3:10 :Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the LORD of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need.
This is the only area in which God directly tells us to challenge Him; invest in Christ’s people by sowing your seed–your tithe–into strong Christian ministries and be a cheerful giver!
There is a super-natural power that accompanies your tithe – when you give with a cheerful heart in obedience to God’s Word – you release and allow the acceleration and Blessing of heaven to fall on your finances.
God loves a cheerful giver and will always give seed to the sower.
God is ready to change your financial situation, but are you ready to trust Him with your fanances?
God id faithfull to His Word, and would not have created, or putt enphasis on tithing if it did not work, or if the truth about tithing had no power to it!
Be blessed and I hope you are encouraged