2. The Lord Jesus expects and requires of us to give. Christian giving
    is not optional; it is an imperative. He expects all His children to
    give (Luke 6:8; Matt. 6:2).
  3. The Lord Jesus wants us to give for the right reasons. We are to
    give for the glory of God and the good of His people, His church
    (Matt. 6:1).
  4. The Lord Jesus wants us to practise benevolent, charitable giving.
    This is to be done towards the needy (Matt 6: 2-3).
  5. The Lord Jesus reminds us that our giving is ultimately to our allseeing heavenly Father. When we give, we are not doing so for
    the church budget; we are making a thanksgiving offering to the
    Father Himself. This we must give As Unto The Lord (AUTL). The
    ultimate goal is to please Him (Matt. 6:3-4).
  6. Christian giving is an act of worship. When we put our money in
    the plate or bag, we are worshipping the Almighty God in
    accordance with His Word. The apostle Paul talks about giving by
    the church to the church for the church.
  7. Christian giving should be done in light of the incarnation (2 Cor.
    8:9). Christ’s self-giving should be the standard for our giving.
    We begin from the base of first fruits, tithes and offerings, etc.,
    emulating His self-giving sacrifice. Ultimately, our giving is to be
    inspired and instructed by Christ’s inexpressible gift of Himself to
    and for us – the best that heaven can give.
  8. The liberality of God’s blessings to us informs the liberality of our
    Christian giving (2 Cor. 9:6). Our reward in giving comes from
    our heavenly Father. Remember, the desire to be generous and
    the means to be generous both come from God.
  9. Christian giving should be done in accordance with our means (2
    Cor. 8:12). Two truths are evident here:
    a. We are supposed to give proportionately. Those who have
    more means, money or substance are expected to give
    b. The Lord has not asked us to give what we do not have, or
    to contribute beyond our means. (See also Luke 12:48).
  10. Christian giving must be willing, free giving (2 Cor. 9:7). True
    Christian giving is both mandatory and voluntary. This means that
    it is required by God, but it is to be done willingly at all times by
    the believer.
    The attitude the Christian should have in his giving should be
    cheerful. Apostle Paul assures us here that the Lord takes special
    delight in those who are joyful, energetic, merry givers.
  12. God is pleased when we give generously (Ezra 2:68-69).
  13. God is pleased with sacrificial giving (2 Cor. 8:2).
  14. It gives honor to God (Prov. 3:9).
  15. Giving is viewed by God as an act of worship (Matt. 2:11).
  16. Giving tithes and offerings assures the blessing of God (Mal. 3:8,
  17. Giving commits God to prevent devourers from destroying our
    seed and harvest.
  18. Generosity comes back to the giver (Luke 6:38). Our heavenly
    Father is not a hard task master. He set the pace for us by being
    the ultimate Giver (John 3:16).
    However, any giving that has its source in illegal business, or is
    polluted, is not acceptable to God. Advance fee fraud (“419”) business,
    prostitution, human trafficking, bribery, pimping, stealing, etc. – these
    are all sources of blood money.
    Stop such illegalities! Engage in genuine businesses and let God bless
    your efforts. Make your offerings acceptable in His sight.
    ▪ The tithe is the tenth portion of all your income.
    ▪ It belongs to the Lord, so it is untouchable.
    ▪ It is mentioned both in the Old and New Testaments.
    ▪ Jesus did not come to destroy the Law, but fulfilled it.
    ▪ Disobedience in tithing leads to a curse.
    ▪ Obedience attracts blessings:
  • Open heavens
  • Outpouring of Creative, Divine ideas
  • Release of divine ideas
  • Victory over the devourer
  • Favour
  • Divine Intervention
  • Wealth Transfer
    ▪ It is to be paid on all monetary or material incomes, and all
    material gifts.
  1. Financial freedom.
  2. It gives God the opportunity to bless us (Mal. 3:10).
  3. It opens the door to a situation of more than enough (Mal.
  4. It helps in spiritual maturity, because it takes discipline to tithe
  5. This maturity will help our transformation into free givers.
  6. It closes the door against the devourer (Mal. 3:11a).
  7. Makes one to escape the curse of failing to do so (Mal. 3:9).
  1. Tithing teaches to put God first
    According to Deut. 14:23, the purpose of tithing is to teach us to
    always put God first in our life. If God has your finances, He also
    has your heart. If you refuse to tithe, you prove that He isn’t
    really the Lord of your life and the Owner of all things, including
  2. Jesus reaffirms our obligation to tithe
    In Matt. 23:23, Jesus even commended the Pharisees for tithing.
    Tithing was the only thing they were doing right.
  3. Tithing is essential to spiritual growth
    Jesus says in Luke 16:11, “Therefore if you have not been
    faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to
    your trust the true riches?” Many Christians want to believe
    and claim the promises of God, but don’t want, fulfill the
    conditions; to obey His commands. To paraphrase Luke 16:11,
    How can you expect God to bless you, if you refuse to bring your
    tithes and offerings to Him?
  4. Tithing proves you love the Lord
    In 2 Cor. 8:8, God says that your giving proves the sincerity of
    your love. So, when you honour God with the tenth of your
    income, not the leftover, you are proving you trust Him, love Him,
    and you are putting Him first in your life. You see, you can say
    you love the Lord, but your actions will always speak louder than
    your words. Put your money where your mouth is!
  5. Tithing is an investment for eternity
    Jesus tells us in Matt. 6:20, But lay up for yourselves
    treasures in heaven… When you give your tithes and offerings
    to the Lord’s work, you are making an eternal investment. You
    are investing your money in souls for the kingdom. What an
    honor to give to God and see people’s lives changed for eternity.
    And eternity is all that matters.
  6. You cannot ‘out-give’ God
    Paul tells us in Gal. 6:7, Do not be deceived, God is not
    mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. In
    other words, God is watching: whatever you give to Him, He will
    give back to you. You see, giving unlocks the windows of heaven for
    you. You cannot out-give God. The measure with which you give to
    Him is the measure He will use to give back to you.
    ▪ It is the first of our income and God takes first place in our lives
    and blessings.
    ▪ It is to worship God, the Giver of all blessings.
    ▪ It is to honour God.
    ▪ God had respect to the offering of Abel because it was the
    firstling (firstborn) of his flock (Gen. 4:4).
    ▪ First fruits must be taken to the Priest (Num. 18:8-13).
    ▪ The Priest confers blessing on the giver (Ezek. 44:30).
  1. It is your first harvest of the year. It is to be dedicated unto the
    Lord yearly to secure your financial breakthrough for each year.
  2. If you start a new job, your first earning is your first fruit.
  3. If you are earning N1,000.00 on a job and now receives
    promotion to N1,200.00, your first fruit is the difference between
    N1,000.00 and N1,200.00, which is N200.00.
  4. It should be sent to the priest for blessing in accordance with the
    Word (Ezek. 44:30).
  5. It may be money, land, agricultural produce, materials, etc.
  1. Your life will be filled with plenty (Prov. 3:9-10).
  2. Your work will bring forth new wine (Prov. 3:10).
  3. Uncommon blessings will rest upon your house (Ezek. 44:30).
  4. No attack will come near you (Jer. 2:3).
  5. Unexplainable breakthrough will manifest.
  6. God will take care of your finances.
  7. Novel, creative, breakthrough ideas and opportunities will be
    your portion.
  8. You will be fruitful in the land.
  9. Anything you set your hands on in righteousness will receive
    God’s blessings (Deut. 28:8).
  10. Makes you to escape the sweat and struggles of disobedience.
    ▪ It is a divine command.
    ▪ God calls any act of default robbery and so must not be taken
    ▪ It must be a sweet savor unto God.
    ▪ It is a token of worship.
    ▪ It must not reproach God (Mal .1:6).
    ▪ Your offering is as important as the attitude of giving it – must be
    of genuine reverence.
  • You must give it cheerfully (2 Cor. 9:7).
  • You must give it willingly (1 Chr. 29:3-9).
    ▪ It must be according to ability, your financial status (1 Cor. 16:1
  • 2).
    ▪ God’s kingdom is His priority.
    ▪ Financial prosperity is to build His kingdom.
    ▪ It is a true test of total freedom from idolatry (self-centeredness).
    ▪ The repercussion for neglecting God’s project is grievous as
    outlined in the foregoing.
    ▪ The gospel of Jesus in a gospel to the poor.
    ▪ He became poor to make people rich.
    ▪ The true test of love is helping the needy.
    ▪ You are blessed to be a blessing (Gen. 12:3).
    ▪ Faith without deeds is dead.
    ▪ God’s servants are His representatives on earth.
    ▪ He who honours them honours God.
    ▪ The Levites had no inheritance in Israel.
    ▪ They must eat from the Temple.
    ▪ The Word of God commands that servants of God must be
    encouraged by people they minister to spiritually.
    ▪ Anointing can be provoked through a gift from the right heart.
    ▪ They will focus on their call when their needs are met.
    ▪ God is a wise investor.
    ▪ He does everything with a profit or harvest consciousness.
    ▪ Joseph saved his generation from famine because of his skills in
    investment, financial discipline and planning.
    ▪ Jesus taught the disciples financial planning and money
    ▪ God is angry against wasting His resources.
    ▪ He delights in us when we invest wisely and multiply whatever He
    commits into our hands.
    ▪ Financial discipline is a true test of inner maturity.
    ▪ Saving is not pleasurable; but when you do it, it gives financial
    pleasure in the future especially at old age.

    ▪ God owns everything and is the Source of financial blessing (Ps.
    24:1; 50:10,12b).
    ▪ We have a covenant heritage of blessing in Him (Gen. 12:1-3).
    ▪ He wants to bless us to be a blessing.
    ▪ Giving is His provision for us to access the superabundance of the
    invisible kingdom of heaven.


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