This Christian Journey:
Dr. Walter D. Huyck Jr. D.Min. D.R.S.
Unit Two, Unit Three,
of the most neglected Christian responsibilities is the tithe. The goal of this
study will be to discover what the
Bible declares concerning the tithe.
The tithe has been required
of God's people since long before there was a people set apart by God, and it is
still a requirement of God's people today.
Before we dig into the Scriptures pertaining to tithing, we
must understand the benefits of obedience to those things required by our
1. Read John 13.17. What
is the result of obedience to God's Word?
If a Christian wants to be happy in Christ, then he or she
must be obedient to Him. Jesus, Himself said "If ye love me, then keep my
commandments" (John 14.15). It is simple, if you love Jesus Christ, then you
should want to obey Him and please Him. How do you please Him? By doing those
things that you know He wants you to do. If you are obedient, then God's Word
clearly declares that you will be a happy Christian. Who doesn't want to be a
happy Christian? I believe that most Christians truly want to be happy, and
Spirit-filled, they just don't fully understand what it takes to be “Happy in
While there are a number of responsibilities revealed in God's
Word, we are going to focus in on tithing alone in this study. To find out about
some of the other things God expects from you, study the text on The Church in
this study series.
THE BEGINNING OF THE TITHE
The first occurrence of a tithe is found in the book of
Genesis when Abraham returned from the battle of the
of Shaveh, and he met ".
. .the priest of the most high God." (Genesis 14.18). However, this appeared
to be a willing tithe and does not present a clear command to tithe.
It does demonstrate that even before there was a written law the
principle of tithing was understood and practiced.
The second occurrence is found also in Genesis when Jacob had
his dream, commonly referred to as “Jacob's Ladder.” After having this
overwhelming vision, Jacob promised to give a portion of all his increase back
2. How much did Jacob promise to give back to God?
This too appeared to be a voluntary tithe given to God. We
have yet to see a clear command given by God to tithe at this point. However,
this should not come as a surprise, for the law had not been given yet. The
first command to tithe is given in the law laid upon mankind by God after the
exodus from Egypt.
THE COMMAND TO TITHE
3. To whom does the tithe belong?
4. When does the tithe become God's: before it is surrendered
or after it is surrendered?
5. What was to be considered as a part of the tithe?
In the early days of
Israel, the property of any individual was not
judged by the amount of money they had in their bank account. As a matter of
fact, currency probably did not even exist at this Biblical point in history. A
man was judged by the size of his herd.
One’s herd was their means of trade with one another and was a sign of
their personal prosperity.
6. If a person wanted to redeem an animal that was considered
as a part of his tithe, what must he do (Leviticus 27.31)?
7. Who was the tithe to be given to?
8. Why was the tithe given to the Levites? (Numbers 18.24)
The tithe was given to the Levites to support their work in
the Tabernacle. The Levites had no
inheritance of their own but were given the tithes of the people of Israel as their inheritance.
In our contemporary culture, the tithe is likewise intended to support
those who do the work of ministry in God’s kingdom.
Without the tithe, these ministers will be left destitute and unable to
provide for their families. The
tithe is their only means of provision and support.
It is important to note that the tithe was never given to
build, rebuild, or remodel the Tabernacle or the
a brief examination of these endeavors in the Bible reveals that these worship
centers were build through free-will offerings given over and above the tithe.
When these structures are seen being rebuilt in Scripture they are
financed through special offerings.
The point is simple, the ministers of God need to be supported regardless of
what is needed by any physical building, and the tithe is their provision.
This becomes a major problem for most congregations in our
day. Our contemporary Christian
culture has placed temples, Church buildings and worship centers as the priority
over the ministry staff of their Churches for many decades.
As a matter of fact, ministry staff is viewed as temporary and expendable
in many Church settings in our day.
The biblical neglect of the ministers of God is a sure sign of apostasy in the
Church of our Lord Jesus Christ.
This is a clear departure from the Word of God.
The tithe is meant to support those who serve in the ministry of our
Lord’s kingdom, not the physical structure they meet in.
9. Where was the tithe to be taken? (Deuteronomy 12.5-6)
The people of Israel
were commanded to bring their tithes to the place that God chose which would
have been the Tabernacle or, later on, the
other place would be acceptable.
This was required of everyone who was a citizen of
Israel, even if a long journey were required.
This tithe was to be brought to God at least once a year.
Today, for Christians, the principle is still the same.
The tithe should be brought to one’s local Church and given to its
ministers to support them as they do God’s kingdom work.
This is the only proper Scriptural application of a tithe.
A tithe should not be given to para-Church organizations like Focus On
The Family or your local Christian radio station.
While gifts given to such organizations are not wrong, they properly fall
into the category of an offering and will never be recognized as a tithe by God.
10. Who was responsible to bring the tithe to the proper
place? (Deuteronomy 12.6)
11. What portion of that which God has given us should we
return to Him? (Deuteronomy 26.10)
12. What portion of one’s increase is to be tithed?
The first of one’s increase is to be the Lord’s tithe.
A tithe might consist of the
Treasure God has given you, or the
Talents God has given you, or even the
Time God has given you.
The first ten percent (10%) of everything God has given you ought to be
given back to God.
13. What will be the end result of faithfully tithing?
When God’s people faithfully obey God in their tithes and
offerings, God’s Word indicates that God will bountifully bless His people for
their obedience. Therefore, a
Spiritual Christian should realize that their greatest joy and happiness will be
found when they faithfully obey their Heavenly Father, including in the way they
handle their personal finances. A
child of God should understand that the tithe consists of the first ten percent
of their increase, the tithe belongs to God, the tithe is to be given to their
local Church, and the tithe is intended to be given to the support of the
ministers who work in the ministry of their Church.
THE FAILURE TO TITHE
14. What does God call those who refuse to pay their tithes?
15. Would this make one’s failure to tithe a sin? ___________
16. What is the result of robbing God's tithes? (Malachi 3.9)
Many Christians fail to recognize what they have done to
themselves because they have failed to recognize and give their tithes and
offerings to God. God declares that
they are cursed with a curse. Why
are they cursed? They are cursed because
they have failed to obey God in giving their tithes and offerings.
17. What will God do for those who faithfully tithe according
to Malachi 3.10?
18. What are some other results given to the faithful tither
according to Malachi 3.11-12?
This list of deliverances might also help us to understand
what the curses of Malachi 3.9 might consist of.
Sickness, plagues, destruction, weakness, and the lack of courage and
stature are all characteristics of those who fail to tithe in keeping with God’s
clear commands. On the other hand,
bountiful blessings will be given to all who obey God’s command to tithe.
Their enemies will not be able to stand before them.
They will be healed of their sicknesses.
They will be blessed in all of their
labors. Hence, happy is he that
hears and heeds their Heavenly Father.
TITHING AND THE NEW
Through studying the Old Testament, it is certainly clear that
God has commanded His people to tithe and to tithe ten percent of their first
fruits. However, there are some who claim that these Old Testament commands no
longer pertain to New Testament Christians. They say that we are simply to give
out of our abundance as the Holy Spirit inspires us to give. Well then, let's
look at the New Testament and see if it has anything to say about tithing.
19. What did Jesus tell the Scribes and Pharisees about
tithing in Matthew 23.23?
While this Scripture is a clear rebuke, it still states
clearly that our Lord Jesus Christ told the Scribes and Pharisees that they
ought to have given their tithes.
Jesus rebuked these religious leaders for assuming that their tithes were the
completion of their obligation toward God.
All of God’s people should give their tithes faithfully, but they should
also serve their Heavenly Father diligently in every facet of their personal and
corporate service to our Lord. The
tithe is but one of our spiritual obligations toward our Heavenly Father.
20. Read 1 Corinthians 9.9-14 and 1 Timothy 6.18 carefully.
What are they that preach the gospel
supposed to live of?
21. Where must this sustenance come from?
These passages clearly reveal that the support of God’s
ministers is undeniably linked to those principles revealed in the Old
Testament. The passage in 1
Corinthians 9.9-14 is a direct quote and explanation of Deuteronomy 25.4 connecting
this discourse of Paul to the Old Testament Law written by Moses.
God’s plan for the support of those who work and labor in His kingdom
continues in the New Testament as it did in the Old Testament.
22. What did Jesus do with the law? (Matthew 5.17-18)
Since Jesus Christ did not destroy the law, then the law still
exists. It is clear that Jesus instructed the Pharisees and Scribes to tithe as
well as perform the other aspects of the law. As the tithe was given to the
Levites for their support, according to the Old Testament.
So, under the New Testament the tithe
ought to be given to God's ministers for their support.
Nowhere in the New Testament is there any indication that
Christians are not to continue to tithe. However, there are instances that
clearly indicate that the tithe is still required and expected. While it seems
comfortable to excuse one’s self from paying a tithe, it is not acceptable in
the sight of God. Those that refuse to tithe are still robbers in the sight of
God and bring a curse upon themselves, while those who are faithful in their
tithes bring God’s bountiful blessings into their lives.
The tithe is the requirement God places upon every individual.
The first ten percent belongs to God and
must be returned to Him. When we speak of an offering, we are talking about
everything that is given above the tithe.
Now, a person does not have to give an offering; it is
optional. However, Scripture is clear; there are absolute benefits for those who
freely give of that which they have been given. In this study, we will focus
upon the offering and the call to give.
1. Read Luke 6.38 carefully. What is the Scriptural incentive
2. In what measure can one expect to receive anything?
Notice that the middle of this verse states ". . . good measure,
pressed down, and shaken together, and running over,
shall men give
into your bosom." (Luke 6.38). When you give God’s way, you will receive in
an abundance. Picture a bushel
basket and it being filled to the brim.
Just when you are about to pick it up, the man filling it lifts it and
shakes everything down into the basket and refills the basket to the brim again.
He then picks it up again, shakes it, and refills it until it can hold no more.
This passage reveals that, even if you have little to give, when you give in
obedience to God, you will receive an abundance in return.
3. According to the Bible, who will be blessed? (Proverbs
Many do not really know what it means to be blessed. The word
blessed simply means "to make happy".
An old saying states, “It is better to give than to receive.”
When people give with the right heart, there is contentment and joy that
4. Who did this bountiful individual give too? (Proverbs 22.9)
5. If one desires to have a bountiful supply, then what must
he or she do? (2 Corinthians 9.6)
If God’s people will hope to receive anything in God’s
creation, then they must learn to sow.
Without the sowing of seed, there can be no harvest.
In the Bible, our giving is referred to as sowing.
You can sow with your treasure, your time, and your talents.
The resources that God has given you are the seeds you have to sow with.
The sowing and reaping
principle teaches us that:
Our harvest will be in proportion to
the seed sown. Sow with a stingy
heart and you will reap a small harvest.
Remember, due to the need for cross pollination an exceptionally
small planting might yield no harvest at all.
Our harvest will be the product to
the seed sown. Sow to the flesh;
you will receive from the flesh. Sow
to the spirit; you will receive from the spirit.
Sow wickedness; you will reap wickedness.
Sow righteousness; you will reap God’s glory.
Our harvest will be produced from
the field where the seed is sown.
If you want God’s blessings, then you must sow your seed in the field
of God’s kingdom (the Church). Seeds
sown to the world are not sown in God’s field.
6. Is a lack of supply a valid excuse for not giving?
Why or why not? (2 Corinthians 9.8)
7. According to the following Scriptures, who should we give
Proverbs 22.9 ______________________________________
Matthew 5.42 ______________________________________
Mark 10.21 _______________________________________
Luke 6.30 _________________________________________
Proverbs 25.21 _____________________________________
There are many worthy ministries, missionaries, and needs to
which you might one day feel called or compelled to help.
There is nothing wrong and possibly everything right with helping people
and para-Church organizations in their times of need.
In many cases, you will feel driven by the Holy Spirit to give out of
your abundance and sometimes, in keeping with many biblical examples, to give
out of your own need. These are all
offerings recognized and blessed by our Heavenly Father, but they should never
be confused with one’s tithe.
Something that needs to be mentioned here is the occasion
where someone takes advantage of your kindness and grace, and you give a love
offering to help only to later discover that you were taken by some deception.
Don’t allow such a dastardly deed to turn you away from charitable
giving. God sees these folks for
who they really are. Almighty God
can never be deceived and will hold them accountable for their actions.
Your Heavenly Father sees your heart and intent when you give and will
reward your faithfulness toward Him regardless of the worldly circumstances.
The best thing any Christian can do is pray fervently before
giving a love offering and respond to the Holy Spirit’s guidance.
If you do, then no matter what, you know that you acted out of love and
in obedience toward God, and God will always recognize such submission.
Also, as you pray, if God removes your peace about giving or just says
“no,” through the Holy Spirit in your heart, don’t be afraid to say no and not
give. You should be guided by God
when you give, not the need, those apparently in need, or the sad stories
surrounding their need.
8. According to the following Scriptures, to whom should we
refrain from giving?
2 Thessalonians 3.10-12 ________________________________
Matthew 7.6 _________________________________________
We should be quick to help them that are truly in need, but
must also be careful to discern when someone is just trying to exploit our
hospitality for selfish ends and worldly vices. However, we must be careful that
our fears about the possible misuse of our hospitality do not cause us to fail
to give altogether.
9. According to 2 Corinthians 8.14-15, why did God give you
the abundance that you have?
10. According to Matthew 10.42 and Mark 9.41, what will be the
result of giving?
11. Where should our treasures be and why? (Matthew 6.19-21)
One of the reasons many people fail to give of that which God
has given them is that they have found their treasures here upon this earth and
cannot find it in their hearts to give away their precious treasures. Keep in
mind, if your treasures are here in this life, then one day you will certainly
lose them, for no one can take anything material out of this life with them.
However, if your perspective is right, you realize that God
has given you everything that you have for His glory, and you have determined
that you will lay up your treasures in heaven where they will last for all
eternity, then giving will become easy and even pleasant.
Remember, with what
measure you mete, it will be meted unto you. If you give, you will receive!!
What you have been given truly belongs to God and must be used for His glory
THE ATTITUDE OF GIVING
We now know that every Christian is expected to tithe, and
every Christian should freely give to others in need. However, the heart of
giving rests in one’s attitude when they give. The focus of this study will be
to investigate the Biblical testimony concerning the condition of one’s heart or
one’s motivation when they give. Christians
need to realize that while our Heavenly Father commands us to give, He is more
concerned with the heart of our giving than He is about the fact of our giving.
2 Corinthians 9:7
Every man according as he _________________ in his heart,
so let him _________________;
not ___________________, or of ___________________: for God loveth a
1. According to 2 Corinthians 9.7.
What type of giver does God love?
2. When should we not give?
It is important for us to realize that if we only give because
we feel we have too, and we are not truly willing in giving our tithe or
offering to God, then our gift is
meaningless, because our attitude is very wrong.
Notice the word
“cheerful” in 2 Corinthians 9.7.
This word comes from the Greek word
from which we get our English word “hilarious.”
While the translation of this word does not necessarily mean hilarious,
it does imply a sense of the form of our giving.
There are times when a born-again Christian will be driven by the Holy
Spirit of God to give in ways that just do not make intellectual sense.
A testimony was once given about a growing Christian who was sitting in a Church
service listening to a missionary share his testimony about God’s kingdom work
in a distant land. As the
missionary spoke of the souls being won to our Lord the Holy Spirit moved within
this Christian and said give $40.00 to this missionary when the love offering is
taken. The Christian man wrestled
inside himself because the $40.00 in his pocket was the last of his money until
the next payday, and he had a family to take care.
But the Holy Spirit would not be ignored.
The man gave the money because the Holy Spirit asked it of him.
When the man retuned home he discovered that someone who had owed him
from long ago had left a check in his mail box repaying the owed debt.
God had already taken care of this man’s family.
There are times when God will ask you to give a freewill offering that you may
not think you can afford to give, but when you obey God regardless of the
circumstances, and give resting in God’s ability to provide for you and your
needs then this is what our world would recognize as hilarious giving.
Cheerful giving deals with your attitude when you give.
Notice the first part of 2 Corinthians 9.7 when the passage state “. . . as
he purposeth in his heart . . .”
This deals with a Christian’s ability to hear and heed the touch of the Holy
Spirit within him. Christians need
to learn to give in obedience to the movement of God in their lives rather than
just because they feel like giving.
The blessings God has given you need to be administered in good stewardship, and
a good steward will always do what His Lord would want him to do.
Therefore, Christians need to learn to hear God’s written Word and be
touched by God’s living word within them by the Holy Spirit of God. You
will give cheerfully when you can give in obedience to God, trusting what God
has promised in His Word and what He has asked you to do through His Holy
An Important Note:
Christians need to be careful that they do not fail to tithe because they do not
feel like tithing. If a Christian
does not feel like tithing then he needs to realize that he is in the midst of a
spiritual battle. He is struggling
with his own desires, greed, a lack of faith, or with his spiritual adversary
the devil. The fact is that God
revealed that it is His divine will for every Christian to give their tithe.
God wrote it in the Bible and this direction never changes.
It is God’s will for His people to tithe and if you do not have a heart
to tithe, then you need to repent and get your heart right with God.
The Holy Spirit will never go against the Word of God, but will always
support the will of God revealed through His written Word.
3. Who should know what we have given? (Matthew 6.3-4)
There are many who will not give any gift unless there are
others to see them give their gift. The Bible is clear, these people have
already received their reward: the applause of mankind. It is better to silently
give, knowing that God has seen your gift, and then allow God to give you a
bountiful reward; if you don’t receive a reward in this mortal world, then you
will receive an everlasting reward in that eternal world to come.
4. What should be the ultimate goal of our tithes and
offerings? (Proverbs 3.9)
In the end, all things will be weighed in a balance against
God's glory. When you give anything, keep your perspective: give it in honor to
God and God alone. You may have given it to another individual, but you gave it
to them on God's behalf. It often helps to let that individual know that this is
a gift provided ultimately by God, in the name of Jesus Christ. You are only the
agent that delivered the gift God gave.
5. When we do give in what manner should we give? (Romans
There are many who orchestrate complicated ceremonies or plans
when they give their gifts. It is Scriptural and prudent to give as simply as
6. What should we expect when we give? (Luke 6.30,34-36)
There are many who will not give anything unless they will get
something in return. The godly and divinely rewarded method is to give expecting
absolutely nothing in return. If you lend something to someone, then do not
expect its return; consider it gone. One way to keep a godly attitude when you
give is to give everything to God, for anything given to God will be rewarded by
7. What does Proverbs 11.24 say will be the result of hoarding
what God has given you?
8. When Christ returns what should He find? (1 Corinthians
Everything that God has given you is intended to be used for
His glory. He does not expect you to hoard what He gives you. As a matter of
fact, the Bible tells us to avoid any form of hoarding. The sooner one realizes
that God expects you to use and make available for use all that He has given
you, the sooner one will develop a proper attitude about giving. According to
the Bible, hording the gifts of God will ultimately lead to poverty. If not
economic poverty, then it will certainly lead to spiritual poverty. More than
one rich individual has described his life as spiritually empty and stricken.
Remember, give willingly, cheerfully and honoring God, and you
will be blessed and rewarded.
YOUR PERSONAL FINANCES
Everything we have studied in this series so far has come
straight out of the pages of God's Word. If your personal finances were not
clearly addressed in Scripture then it wouldn't be studied here. However, God
and His Word has much to say about your personal finances.
Our contemporary culture has a very different perspective concerning
personal finances than God does.
Christians need to hear and heed God’s revealed will.
Too many in our day have neglected the truths presented in God’s Word.
It's time that God's people took God's Word just as it is.
Keep in mind that God has called us to,
Trust in the LORD with all thine _______________; and lean not unto
thine own __________________. 6 In
all thy ways _________________ him, and he shall ____________ thy paths.
We must simply trust our Heavenly Father, no matter what the
multitudes about us are doing. The Bible reminds us,
Wherewithal shall a young man _______________ his way? by taking
to thy _______________.
God has revealed many aspects of His will and wisdom to us
within His Word, and we would be wise to read them and heed them.
So, just what does God's Word teach us today about our
God Desires To Prosper His
Christians need to realize that their Heavenly Father loves
them very much and desires to make them successful in their Christian journey.
Consider that God’s Word says,
3 John 1:2
Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest
__________________ and be in health,
even as thy soul _________________.
1. What do you think this verse is saying?
The Greek word prosper means,
- To lead in a good way, to prosper one’s journey (Sept: Gen. 24:27, 48).
to make prosperous, give
There are different types of prosperity in life.
You might prosper financially, relationally, socially, or even
spiritually. Hence, there are many
different ways that your Heavenly Father wishes to give you great success in
life. The fact is that God wishes
to promote His faithful people.
What many Christians fail to realize is that they have a part
in their prosperity. Each child of
God must accept God’s promotion by submitting to God’s will and direction for
their life. The Bible states,
Blessed is the man
that _____________ not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor ________________ in
the way of sinners, nor ________________ in the seat of the scornful.
2 But his _______________
is in the law of the LORD; and
in his law doth he __________________ day and night.
3 And he shall be like a tree planted by
the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also
shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall
2. What does this
verse reveal is the Christian’s part of God’s promotion?
Too many people in
our day want to live a worldly life by enjoying the sins of the flesh, and then
somehow expect God to honor and prosper them.
God honors those who honor Him.
God gives heaven’s rewards to those who, in an honest heart, seek God’s
glory through His kingdom work in their lives.
If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your
children, how much more shall your ________________ which is in heaven
___________________ good things to them that ask him?
Your Heavenly Father wants to prosper you; He wants you to
succeed in your life here on earth in preparation for an eternity in heaven with
Desire and Our Prosperity
Patience is the
missing virtue in the prosperity of many in our day.
The Bible teaches the Sowing And
Reaping Principle which was considered in an earlier study in this book.
Christians must give, or sow, if they will receive, or reap, a harvest.
A long forgotten aspect of sowing and reaping is patience.
When a seed is sown, there is a period of time where the seed and plant
must be left to grow before it yields the harvest.
So it is with giving and receiving in God’s Kingdom.
A failure to be patient and its accompanying murmuring is like
Round Up (poison) to one’s spiritual harvest.
The Word of God reveals that our Heavenly Father desires to
prosper us, and He prospers us in keeping with our obedience toward Him with a
willing heart. However, God’s timing is just as important as God’s will.
The Bible states,
conversation be without
__________________ with such things
as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
20 A ____________________
man shall abound with
____________________: but he that maketh
__________________ to be
_______________ shall not be
Proverbs 28:22 22 He that
___________________ to be
______________ hath an
evil eye, and considereth not that
_______________ shall come upon him.
To many people in our day want instant prosperity.
They want to have the house, car, job, and stature that their parents
have, upon reaching adulthood. They
fail to realize that it took their parents a lifetime to build up the gain that
they have, through God’s continuous and manifold blessing.
The result of their haste to be rich is debt.
Debt and Our Prosperity
My son, if thou be ________________ for thy friend,
if thou hast stricken thy
_______________ with a stranger, 2
Thou art ________________ with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the
words of thy mouth. 3 Do this now,
my son, and deliver thyself, when thou art come into the hand of thy friend; go,
humble thyself, and ______________ sure thy friend.
4 Give not sleep to thine eyes, nor
slumber to thine eyelids. 5
__________________ thyself as a roe from the hand
of the hunter, and as a bird
from the hand of the fowler.
3. According to Proverbs 6.1-2, what does it mean to strike
hands with anyone?
In days gone by, a man was considered to be only as good as
his word. People placed more weight in a simple hand shake than they did on any
written contract. To strike hands was to make a verbal contract; it was just as good as any
written contract in our day. Incidentally, the word surety in the Bible would be
the equivalent of secured interest in our day. This Scripture is clearly
speaking of personal debt. The question is what about this debt?
4. What is the initial effect of any contractual agreement?
5. What should a person bound under any kind of a contract do?
When this Scripture states that debt, any kind of debt, is a
trap (snare), it means exactly what it says. Think for just a moment about the
effect that debt has. It is a binding contract that God will hold a man
accountable for. Notice that the text instructs the individual to make sure thy
friend; in other words,
pay your debt.
Now, what happens if God calls you to some mission field or
godly work while you are under the bondage of that debt. Some would quickly
declare, “Well, God will meet that need and pay my debt off for me.” Keep in
mind that God never contradicts Himself and will never go against His Word. God
has declared in his revealed Word that
you must repay your debt;
His will is already revealed within His written Word. If you had heeded His Word
in the first place, you would not have placed yourself into this kind of
Consider the clear dictate given in Proverbs 22.26,
26 Be ___________ thou
one of them that strike hands,
or of them that are sureties for debts.
27 If thou hast ______________ to pay, why should he take away thy
bed from under thee?
6. What does verse 26 clearly declare?
7. What could be the result of any contractual agreement
according to verse 27?
Please, carefully notice that there is absolutely no guarantee
or commitment for divine deliverance. God never has and never will reward
disobedience. Disobedience requires repentance, and repentance results in
forgiveness and grace. However, the clear testimony of every scriptural account
is that the affects of sin may, and often will continue long after forgiveness
is granted. You will indeed reap that which you have sown.
The Scriptural dictate is clear: you made your
debt, you will pay your debt by the sweat of your brow, and if you can't, then
you will lose your valued possession.
Many in our day claim to enter into debt believing by faith that God will
provide the necessary funds for payments.
They often think, if God did not want me to have the loan, then it would
not have been approved. The problem
is that Faith is taking God at His Word, and God's Word has said for thousands of
years, don’t strike hands for surety.
To connect the first
portion of this study with this current study, your Heavenly Father wants to
prosper you, but He will not prosper you in the world’s way.
You need to be content with God’s
provision and God’s promotion in His time and in His way.
8. What type of an individual strikes hands for surety?
9. What does proverbs 22.7 say the borrower is?
10. What type of individual is sure? (Proverbs 11.15)
Some would claim that this is all Old Testament and that there
is no New Testament dictate to support this view.
10. What did Paul declare when he wrote Romans 13.8?
Could God be any clearer than He has been? The response is
almost automatic: how is one supposed to support their family without debt? It
seems that almost every part of our society hinges upon debt of some kind. The
answer to this question is also given in Scripture.
10 For even when we were with you, this
we commanded you, that if any would not _______________, neither should he
_____________. 11 For we hear that
there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are
busybodies. 12 Now them that are
such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they
______________, and eat their own bread.
11. What is the clear dictate of 2 Thessalonians 3.10?
We are to live the same way our grandparents lived, patiently
and debt free. If they could not afford to purchase something, then they lived
without it. It took our grandparents and our parents most of their lives to
accumulate the things that they have. Why
does this generation think that they are supposed to start at the point that
took their grandparents many years of hard and diligent work to acheive?
Consider this: most people go into debt because of their
desires. It is normally unnecessary for anyone to go into debt for the sake of
their most basic needs, except in cases where the satisfaction of one’s desires
has consumed all that was available for the satisfaction of one’s needs. If we
could only learn to control our desires and patiently work towards our dreams,
we would find that we could indeed live without any debt at all.
The ultimate question then is obvious: will Christians live in
debt-free obedience to God, or will they live in the enslaving grip of sinful
debt? There is no time like the present to start. Repent and follow the revealed
Scriptural dictate, do not accumulate any new debt, and work to get out of debt
as soon as possible. It is a question of obedience, and obedience is a matter of
Christian happiness (John 13.17).
From this study book
you have learned:
That the Tithe (first 10%)
belongs to God and is appropriately given to your Church for the support of
That the Offering is anything
over your tithe that God guides you to give toward His kingdom work.
That your Attitude in giving is
as important as your faithfulness in giving.
That your Prosperity is the
desire of your Heavenly Father.
That any Provision from your
Heavenly Father comes through patience and contentment.
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