Praise the God with Wealth

Giving tithe is for praising the God. It is God’s commandment that we should adore and praise the God. In the whole old testament can hear the sorrow filled sound of the God that “You are not adoring me, you are not praising me”. We should not only praise God with our heart, but also with the wealth he has given us.

Honor the Lord with your substance
and with the first fruits of all your produce; (Proverbs 3:9)

17 Do not say to yourself, “My power and the might of my own hand have gotten me this wealth.” 18 But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth, so that he may confirm his covenant that he swore to your ancestors, as he is doing today. (Deuteronomy 8:17-18)

When we give tithe to God, we are proclaiming that this wealth is given by God. Jacob reveal this in below bible verses.

20 Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat and clothing to wear, 21 so that I come again to my father’s house in peace, then the Lord shall be my God, 22 and this stone, which I have set up for a pillar, shall be God’s house; and of all that you give me I will surely give one-tenth to you.” (Genesis 28:20-22)

Inspiration and Courtesy – Malayalam Book written by Fr. Xavier Khan Vattayil, Sehion Retreat Centre, Attappady, Kerala State, India.

Do not treat Tithes as simple, it is God’s commandment

The Lord said to Moses: 2 Tell the Israelites to take for me an offering; from all whose hearts prompt them to give you shall receive the offering for me. (Exodus 25:1-2)

Tithe is God’s commandment. Many people do not know this. They insult the servant of Christ, insult the Church. They themselves eat the share of Tithe, insult the advice about tithe.

Then it was not enough for them to err about the knowledge of God,
but though living in great strife due to ignorance,
they call such great evils peace.  (Wisdom 14:22)

Dear Brother, are you a person who lead a life with above thinking? If yes, then you are leading a life with violating Word of God. Not only that you are boasting about it.

Therefore, whoever breaks[a] one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, will be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:19)

You shall not delay to make offerings from the fullness of your harvest and from the outflow of your presses. (Exodus 22:29)

The firstborn of a donkey you shall redeem with a lamb, or if you will not redeem it you shall break its neck. All the firstborn of your sons you shall redeem. (Exodus 34:20)

30 All tithes from the land, whether the seed from the ground or the fruit from the tree, are the Lord’s; they are holy to the Lord. 31 If persons wish to redeem any of their tithes, they must add one-fifth to them.(Leviticus 27:30-31)

In the Holy Bible, from the book of Genesis itself God’s spirit blessed human being to offer tithes and offerings. We can see Cain and Abel offering to God from their hard work.

2 Next she bore his brother Abel. Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, and Cain a tiller of the ground. 3 In the course of time Cain brought to the Lord an offering of the fruit of the ground, 4 and Abel for his part brought of the firstlings of his flock, their fat portions. And the Lord had regard for Abel and his offering, (Genesis 4:2-4)

We read in the Holy Bible that after getting blessings from Melchizedek, Abraham offering tithes from everything to God.

Abram Blessed by Melchizedek

17 After his return from the defeat of Chedorlaomer and the kings who were with him, the king of Sodom went out to meet him at the Valley of Shaveh (that is, the King’s Valley). 18 And King Melchizedek of Salem brought out bread and wine; he was priest of God Most High.19 He blessed him and said,

“Blessed be Abram by God Most High,
maker of heaven and earth;
20 and blessed be God Most High,
who has delivered your enemies into your hand!” (Genesis 14:17-20)

1 When you have come into the land that the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance to possess, and you possess it, and settle in it, 2 you shall take some of the first of all the fruit of the ground, which you harvest from the land that the Lord your God is giving you, and you shall put it in a basket and go to the place that the Lord your God will choose as a dwelling for his name.  (Deuteronomy 26:1-2)

In the book of Malachi, the last book of the old testament, God reveals that not giving tithes is a strong sin.

Do Not Rob God

8 Will anyone rob God? Yet you are robbing me! But you say, “How are we robbing you?” In your tithes and offerings! 9 You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing me—the whole nation of you!(Malachi 3:8-9)

Inspiration and Courtesy – Malayalam Book written by Fr. Xavier Khan Vattayil, Sehion Retreat Centre, Attappady, Kerala State, India.

What is Tithe? Why Tithe?

What is Tithe?

The tenth part of agricultural produce or personal income set apart as an offering to God or for works of mercy, or the same amount regarded as an obligation or tax for the support of the church, priesthood, or the like.

In our life we see many families  struggling with financial problems, agricultural loss, business loss etc.  In the Bible we do not see a God who wish to see struggling and sorrowful people. We can see this in below Bible verses:-

12 The righteous flourish like the palm tree,
and grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
13 They are planted in the house of the Lord;
they flourish in the courts of our God. (Psalms 92:12-13)

Here we meet a God who wish to see “the righteous flourish like the palm tree, and grow like a cedar in Lebanon.”

Again  in Psalms 35:27

Let those who desire my vindication
shout for joy and be glad,
and say evermore,
“Great is the Lord,
who delights in the welfare of his servant.”

God is the Lord who delights in the welfare of his people.

Below is the Bible verses which prove God’s mind about a child of God.

The Lord will make you the head, and not the tail; you shall be only at the top, and not at the bottom—if you obey the commandments of the Lord your God, which I am commanding you today, by diligently observing them, (Deuteronomy 28:13)

What we have to understand from this? God wish that his children should have always upgrade and never decadence.

I am the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be their slaves no more; I have broken the bars of your yoke and made you walk erect. (Leviticus 26:13)

God rejoice in the goodness and freedom.

But why this is not happening in many families. They work hard from morning to evening, sometimes overtime duty also. But  no saving at all. With cleverness and hard work they try to earn as much as they can. But everything goes out from hand. What is the reason for this?

We read in Job 13:28 that people who do  not know God’s ways :-

One wastes away like a rotten thing,
like a garment that is moth-eaten. (Job 13:28)

 

1 Unless the Lord builds the house,
those who build it labor in vain.
Unless the Lord guards the city,
the guard keeps watch in vain.
2 It is in vain that you rise up early
and go late to rest,
eating the bread of anxious toil;
for he gives sleep to his beloved. (Psalms 127:1-2)

For success in life it is very important to become the affectionate of God. Bible introducing us a God who give to his people even while they are asleep. If you like to become an affectionate of God, then you must follow Word of God carefully.

People have their own way for financial upgrade, peace in family, spiritual leading. But many times these ways end in darkness, disappointment and sorrow. But God has his own way to uplift his people. That lead to rejoice, peace and blessings of God.

31 and in the wilderness, where you saw how the Lord your God carried you, just as one carries a child, all the way that you traveled until you reached this place. 32 But in spite of this, you have no trust in the Lord your God, 33 who goes before you on the way to seek out a place for you to camp, in fire by night, and in the cloud by day, to show you the route you should take.” (Deuteronomy 1:31-33)

People do not think about a God of this kind.

Inspiration and Courtesy – Malayalam Book written by Fr. Xavier Khan Vattayil, Sehion Retreat Centre, Attappady, Kerala State, India.

Obeying Word of God bring success – Take the Word of God Sword

Holy Bible

Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. (Joshua 1:8)

When you read learn one or two verses which strike your mind and try to recite it 4/5 times daily. You can do it whenever you are alone. That will protect you from sin, satan and disease.

For always win, these are the directions given by God to Joshua who selected as the leader after Moses.

but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
    and who meditates on his law day and night.
That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
    which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
    whatever they do prospers. (Psalms 1:2-3)

We know that a tree planted by streams of water yields its fruit in season and the leaf doesn’t wither, because the tree always get enough water. It is same like that if we follow the law of the Lord, meditates on his law day and night, our life will be always happy. Even if we face some obstacles, we will have the strength to overcome it.

God has more quoted with Israel in the books of Deuteronomy in old Testament. In Deuteronomy many blessings and promises are written for people who obey the Word of God.

If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations on earth. (Deuteronomy 28:1)

The Lord will make you the head, not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands of the Lord your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom. (Deuteronomy 28:13)

Carefully follow the terms of this covenant, so that you may prosper in everything you do. (Deuteronomy 29:9)

You know the difference and status of head and tail. You want to be head and not tail. If you follow the commands of Lord, your God will make you the head. not the tail. God is saying these words.

If Word of God is not in our heart, then we feel dislike to Church and God.

I know that you are Abraham’s descendants. Yet you are looking for a way to kill me, because you have no room for my word. (John 8:37)

There are those who rebel against the light, who do not know its ways or stay in its paths. (Job 24:13)

This is common these days among some people.  When they have disease, job problem, financial problem, they seek God, attend the church regularly and pray. But after all problems are solved, they have dislike for going to church, dislike with church authorities, no time to read bible, no time to pray. Why it is happening? Because word of God is not in their heart.

Satan destroy the capacity to accept the Word of God.

43 Why is my language not clear to you? Because you are unable to hear what I say. 44 You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. (John 8:43-44)

“Their deeds do not permit them
    to return to their God.
A spirit of prostitution is in their heart;
    they do not acknowledge the Lord. (Hosea 5:4)

And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. (2 Corinthians 4:3)

Satan is very clever. He give temptations to watch television or other entertainment at prayer time. He will make the mind to think that if the prayer is postponed, or even could not pray one day, instead of going to church going for shopping or other work is not a problem. He will make to think that God will forgive everything. Do not listen to words of Satan.

Holy spirit give us the wish to hear and help to remember the Word of God.

It is written in the Prophets: ‘They will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who has heard the Father and learned from him comes to me. (John 6:45)

My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. (John 10:27)

Whoever belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God.” (John 8:47)

Without the blessings of  the Holy Spirit we can’t do anything.  Holy spirit provide the wish to pray, wish to confession and all such things. We must pray to God to send his Holy spirit to open our hearts to understand the sermons and Bible verses.

Word of God give high status before the God.

If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. (John 15:7)

If he called them ‘gods,’ to whom the word of God came—and Scripture cannot be set aside— (John 10:35)

If you have word of God in your heart, your actions and deeds will be good and your status will be high.

Word of God is medicine.

20 My son, pay attention to what I say;
    turn your ear to my words.
21 Do not let them out of your sight,
    keep them within your heart;
22 for they are life to those who find them
    and health to one’s whole body. (Proverbs 4:20-22)

For neither herb nor poultice cured them,
but it was your word, O Lord, that heals all people. (Wisdom 16:12)

he sent out his word and healed them,
    and delivered them from destruction. (Psalms 107:20)

It is the spirit that gives life; the flesh is useless. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. (John 6:63)

Jesus healed many with word of God. Download this Prayer Book for the Sick  which contain many bible verses and prayer for sick healing.

Inspiration and Courtesy – Malayalam Book written by Fr. Xavier Khan Vattayil, Sehion Retreat Centre, Attappady, Kerala State, India.