Proverbs 3:9-10 Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.
There is a difference between believing in God and trusting Him with all your heart. & I believe God blesses with material wealth so we’ll have more to give.
Many agree that we have been experiencing a values-vacuum in the world when it comes to Giving????
“Give and it shall be given to you, pressed down, shaken together and overflowing”.
There is a difference between believing in God and trusting Him with all your heart. When you trust Him whole-heartedly, you can submit all your ways to Him, and trust Him for the outcome. The world says “fight back”, the LORD says “turn the other cheek”. The world says “Be proud of yourself” the LORD says “he who exalts himself will be humbled and he who humbles himself will be exalted”. The world says “pursue your passion” the Lord says “Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done”. In all our ways, all our habits, we have to seek to NOT follow the ways people behave on or even the way we see our family behave. We have to look to Him.
It does no good to say you trust in God if you are not willing to align your habits of thought and behavior to His standard of love, kindness, grace, truth and wisdom.
The Bible outlines three areas that Christians are required to give:
FIRST FRUITS – Giving the first income off of your labor
OFFERING – Giving the best from the fruit of your labor
TITHE – Giving a return of your labor that represents the whole
Giving: Acknowledges God’s AUTHORITY
It means – you are NOT giving God your leftovers
It means – you should plan what you’re going to give to God.
It means – your gift to God is NOT an afterthought
It means – your gift is something you’ve planned
Giving: Honors God’s ATTRIBUTES
It means – you know all good gifts come from God
It means – you are NOT negligent in expressing gratitude
It means – you realize your inability to be self-sufficient
It means – you are NOT driven or motivated by your EGO
Giving: Trusts God’s ABILITIES
It means – you are NOT doubting God’s love or abilities
It means – you are walking by faith
It means – you are NOT living by your own wits
It means – you should freely give without hesitation
God is blessed by what you give and you are blessed when you give regardless of your circumstances.