How To Live Debt-Free. Part 1
For the LORD your God will bless you as he has promised, and you will lend to many nations but will borrow from none. You will rule over many nations but none will rule over you. Deuteronomy 15: 6 (NIV)
Do you know what your rights are as a tither? If you’re suffering any setbacks in finances, you can put a stop to them! God wants you blessed! There’s no question about it—God’s will is for His people to prosper and enjoy a life of debt freedom, “always having all sufficiency in all things” (2 Corinthians 9:8, KJV).
WHY DON'T CHRISTIANS PROSPER? Why don’t Christians always live this way? The answer is often a lack of obedience and a lack of knowledge. However, when you’re in obedience to God’s Word, as a tither, you are a candidate for prosperity which manifests in debt free living! But you’re going to have to protect your rights because you have an enemy who wants to steal, kill and destroy everything that belongs to you. Here is something you need to know: The Enemy has no authority in your life.
There are promises of debt freedom in His Word reserved for those who act on it through tithing. Yet, most tithing Christians have not learned how to claim those rights! Malachi 3:10-11 is clear about what a tither can expect to receive from the Lord:
“Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and try Me now in this,” says the Lord of hosts, “if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it. And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, so that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground, nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field,” says the Lord of hosts.
This verse covers a lot of spiritual ground. There’s a world of revelation waiting to be discovered within these powerful words. And it all starts with the tithe.
WHAT IS TITHING?
Tithe simply means “tenth.” To tithe is to give 10 percent of your gross income to the Lord. It is God’s design to increase and prosper His people through the principles of giving and receiving return on that giving (Luke 6:38).
WHEN DID TITHING BEGIN?
It is amazing how many believers waste their energies arguing whether or not tithing is a New Testament doctrine. Tithing didn’t begin with the Law! According to Genesis 4:2-4, before the Law was ever given to Moses, Abel and Cain brought the firstfruits of their labor to God. Again in Genesis 14, we find that Abraham tithed—before the Law.
But Old Testament tithing was just a shadow of what was to come. Although the Old Covenant saints were blessed through their tithing, we enjoy even greater blessings through our tithing today, because we bring our tithes to a High Priest who is greater than Melchizedek or any other Old Covenant priest (Hebrews 4-8)!
WHAT DOES TITHING DO? But above all else, tithing is giving honor to God. Proverbs 3:9-10 says, “Honor the Lord with your possessions, and with the firstfruits of all your increase; so your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will overflow with new wine” (NKJV). It is such an honor and privilege to respect and honor our Provider with such a small gift as the tithe.
That’s why tithing isn’t just a matter of the pocketbook. It is a matter of the heart. So, if you’ve been tithing as a religious routine, out of compulsion or without faith—it’s time to change. That’s not tithing. One who gives cheerfully is a true tither in the eyes of God (2 Corinthians 9:7). If you’re not a tither, change and get in on the tithing blessing!
DEBT-FREEDOM IS A TITHERS’ RIGHT!
Affirm: "I am ready to start living the abundant, debt-free life through Jesus Christ by first practicing the law of tithing and giving."
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