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The Promise, Purpose, Place, and Day For Tithing

“The purpose of tithing is to teach you always to put God first in your lives.” (Deuteronomy 14:23 TLB)

Give God first place in whatever you want Him to bless. If you want God to bless your home, put Him first in your home. If you want God to bless your business, put Him first in your business. If you want God to bless your finances, put Him first in your finances. The word tithe means ten percent. Tithing is giving the first ten percent of your income back to God. Here are four verses that explain the promise, the purpose, the place, and the day for tithing.

The Promise: “Honor the Lord by giving Him the first part of all your income, and He will fill your barns with wheat and barley and overflow your wine vats with the finest wines” (Proverbs 3:9-10 TLB). God promises that if you honor Him with the first part of your income, He will bless you financially.

The Purpose: “The purpose of tithing is to teach you always to put God first in your lives” (Deuteronomy 14:23 TLB). God doesn't need your money, but He wants what it represents—your heart. He wants you to trust Him.

The Place: “‘Bring to the storehouse a full 10th of what you earn... Test me in this,’ says the Lord All-Powerful. ‘I will open the windows of heaven for you and pour out all the blessings you need’” (Malachi 3:10 NCV). The storehouse is the place where you worship God. Giving to a relief organization or to someone in need is charity, but it is not tithing. Tithing is an act of worship, given at the place of worship.

The Day: “On every Lord’s Day each of you should put aside something from what you have earned during the week, and use it for this offering.” (1 Corinthians 16:2 TLB). When are you supposed to tithe? You tithe on the day you worship. By giving God the first part of your income on the first day of the week, you are saying to Him, “You are number one in my life.” Then watch how God blesses and uses you, and honors His promise in your life.

What did you hear?

What did God say to you as you read today’s Scripture and devotion? _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________

What do you think?

How does it apply to your life? _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________

What will you do? Don’t just be a hearer of the Word. Be a doer of the Word. (James 1:22) _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________

Now talk to God This is where you turn your thoughts into prayer. It could be a prayer of gratitude or praise. It could be a prayer of confession or a request for God’s help. It’s up to you. Take a minute to write a prayer of response to what God said to you. _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________

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