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Our Daily Bread
 
 
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Father, I know you love me and want what's best for me. I recognize that all I have, or will ever have, comes from you. I am more interested in pleasing you than in having more possessions. I want you to have first place in my life and I am willing to begin tithing as you have commanded. Out of gratitude for all you've done for me, and in expectation that you will continue to provide for me, I commit myself to returning at least the first 10% of all I earn back to you. I want to begin investing for eternity. Help me to remain faithful to this commitment. In Jesus' name, AMEN


 
 
 
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Tithing

 
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WHEN SHOULD I TITHE?
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1 Cor. 16:2 (LB) says "On the first day of every week, set aside some of what you have earned and give it as an offering. The amount depends on how much the Lord has helped you to earn."
 
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WHAT'S THE BEST WAY TO REMEMBER TO TITHE ?
 
     
 
Try buying a small ledger or record book. Every time you receive income, write it down. Assign 10% to Account No. 1 - "Tithing". Then when you have given that amount you can record the check number. Keep it in a prominent place on your desk as a weekly reminder. Many people write out four tithe checks when they pay their monthly bills and then give one check each week. In order to teach your children the principles of tithing you should get offering envelopes for each child to use. Even preschoolers can bring their weekly offering to church. If your children are old enough to receive an allowance, they are old enough to learn to give the first 10% back to God.
 
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ISN'T TITHING AN OLD TESTAMENT JEWISH LAW THAT I CAN IGNORE?
 
     
 
No. That's just an old excuse with no biblical basis. First, God established the principle of tithing, 430 years before He gave the Law to Moses. If tithing was only a Jewish law, why did Abraham tithe 430 years before the law was reviled? Tithing was being practiced long before the Jewish nation even existed! Second, although tithing is mentioned in the Old Testament Law, there is no punishment mentioned for not tithing. Can you imagine a law without a punishment? Tithing is a Life Principle that is to be a voluntary act. Third, Jesus commanded tithing in the New Testament.
 
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SHOULD I TITHE ON MY NET INCOME OR GROSS INCOME?
 
     
 
Which do you want God to bless - your net or your gross? Proverbs 3:9 says we are to honor God with the first part of all our income. I believe that means the gross income. Anyway, 2 Corinthians 9:6 says "Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will reap generously."
 
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WHAT IF I CAN'T AFFORD TO TITHE?
 
     
 
If you are in debt, you can't afford not to tithe! You need God's help to get out of debt. There are many financial principles in the Bible but the starting point is to be honest to God by beginning to tithe. Tell God you're going to put Him first in your finances, that you are willing to obey the principles in His Word, and you are trusting Him to help you get out of debt.
 
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THE REAL ISSUE
 
     
 
As a pastor, I've heard every excuse invented for not tithing. But in every case, an unwillingness to do what God says can be boiled down to two motives: First, materialistic values. If you're more interested in "having things" than pleasing God, you won't tithe. You store up treasures on earth, but you won't store up treasures in heaven. Second, unbelief. If you don't really believe God will keep all the promises He has made regarding tithing, you won't do it.
 
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