Tithing Is an Act of Faith
But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully; knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man… (1 Timothy 1:8–9)
Tithing is for the believer today. However, it is not to be done by the works of the law, but by faith. Scripture tells us, “Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man…” (1 Timothy 1:8). One of the reasons God chose Abram (Abraham) was because he would teach his children (Genesis 18:19). Abraham taught his family the things God taught him, which we can clearly see in the life of Jacob who said to God, “And of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth (tithe) unto thee” (Genesis 28:22). There is some dispute among theologians whether this is referring to the tithe or an additional offering. The point is Jacob knew about the tithe.
We see the evidence of tithing even in the time Jesus walked the earth. “But woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass over judgment and the love of God: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone” (Luke 11:42). Notice, Jesus told them not to leave the other undone. Jesus was saying don’t stop tithing.
The tithe acknowledges God as the Sovereign God, the “I Am,” God as person, eternal, self-sufficient, and self-contained. It says that we are stewards over this earth and we are under His Lordship. A steward exercises all the privileges of ownership, but is not the owner.
It is ironic that one of the main reasons some church folks don’t tithe is because of the fear of not having enough. However, if they will tithe (by faith), and connect up to God’s Word (the Covenant), they will always have enough. He will see to it. One of His names is El Shaddai, which means the Breasty One who nourishes and supplies, the God who is all-bountiful and all-sufficient.
My friend, are you ready to trust your all-sufficient God to meet all of your needs today?
Dear God, I praise You as the all-sufficient God who will meet every need I have. I am a tither and I receive all of the benefits of tithing in my life and my household. I do not fear not having enough because I know that Your Word is true, and by faith, I will obey it in my giving of tithes and offerings. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
This devotional is excerpted from Bill Winston’s book, The Power of the Tithe. To order this must-read book, click here. Discover how you can live an abundant and protected life!
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