I trust that we shed some light in the first two articles in this series around the area of money. It’s amazing to see the breakthroughs that begin to come our way when we walk in that light. There are a few other areas that we are going to look at around money from a biblical point of view. We now understand that the 10% of our income belongs to God which means we remain with the 90%. What money does is to reveal the condition of our hearts. It only magnifies what is already in our hearts. In addition to tithe there are other forms of giving. Here we go:
First fruits are basically the first of everything that you receive e.g. first salary, first increase, or first crops. The principle is that if the first is blessed, the rest is blessed as well. This is what the Bible says in Proverbs 3:9-10, Honor the LORD with your possessions, And with the firstfruits of all your increase; so your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will overflow with new wine.” God wants you to give according to your heart, not compulsively, because He loves a cheerful giver. First fruits go either to the house of God or the man of God, and are all a portion (according to your faith) of any increase you receive.
If you are paying your tithe on a month to month basis, then in terms of Leviticus 27:30, you are not yet giving. If the tithe belongs to the Lord, then you are only giving if you give out of the 90% that belongs to you. This is what it says in Luke 6:38, “Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.” It is God who gives us the ability to create wealth (Deuteronomy 8:18), but His prosperity is always based on the seed sowing principle. Giving offerings is an opportunity to share the fruits of our undeserved blessing with a deserving God, who has been gracious and generous. “But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.” (2 Corinthians 9:6)
This is simply giving to the poor and/or disadvantaged, in addition to all your other giving. When you give to the poor you lend to the Lord and He shall reward you for doing that. Proverbs 22:9 says, “He who has a generous eye will be blessed, for he gives of his bread to the poor.” In your church alms normally go to the ministry that provides for the needs of the disadvantaged in the form of food, blankets, clothing, etc.
Sometimes a ‘battle seed‘ needs to be given in order to break a curse of witchcraft in your life or to break sacrifices made to ancestral spirits. This kind of giving is sacrificial and often painful because there are many other needs in your life, but God recognizes the pain, discomfort and tears that often accompany giving. “Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy.“(Psalm 126:5)
Because giving or sowing guarantees our prosperity the church will always afford opportunities to give. There are many opportunities to show our appreciation for God’s blessings in our lives, e.g. sowing into any building fund (or maintenance of the church), compassion ministries, children and youth programmes, etc
I believe we have shared the fundamentals for financial prosperity and we appreciate you reading this far. Standing on this firm foundation will ensure that you are blessed by the Lord and all your needs met. Next week we will get into some practical ways of how to start building wealth which are based on sound principles. Until next time,
Be all you can be!