deacon Roland Hill
Sunday, March 19, 2017
I have two mentors from the Old Testament that I would like to build my tithing testimony around. One is Abraham because of his obedience, and the other is Job because of his trust.
One of our members who gave a tithing testimony recently said tithing was a personal thing. I feel the same way. We all have a story we can tell about how God has blessed us. I am no different. God has brought me from a very long way. From a troubled youth – what they called it back then was a juvenile delinquent.
Back in 2011, I was diagnosed with having cancer. God delivered me from that. Just to name a few. I thank God for my two prayer warriors I had in my life – my mother, who never gave up on me, and my grandmother. They kept me prayed up. Back then I did not have enough sense to pray for myself. Well, I’m still not what I ought to be. You know the saying, but I am not what I use to be.
Some years ago our theme for the debt reduction was not equal giving, but equal sacrifice. I have always liked that theme. We can all give according to what God has blessed us with. Some more, some less. It has been said, to whom much is given, much is required. Whatever we give to God, God will bless us beyond what we give.
Luke 6:38 says “Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.”
Second Corinthians 9:7 says “Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”
Shiloh, I want you to know God is not “broke.” He does not need our money. I heard the preacher say that the cattle on a thousand hills belong to God. Jesus said my father is rich in houses and land. Church, we cannot beat God giving, no matter how we try. Obedience to His word, that is what God wants. Obedience is better than sacrifice; and putting your trust in God.
The Old Testament speaks more on tithing. The New Testament speaks more on giving. They go hand in hand. Different times, different ways of doing things. From the Old Testament to the New Testament, the needs are not that different. The same God spoke in the Old Testament speaks in the New Testament. He is still asking us to give. Shiloh, God has not changed.
Obedience is better than sacrifice. You know the story about Abraham, how God promised him a son. God kept His promise. God blessed him with his son Isaac, the son that he loved. After a time, God called on Abraham regarding Isaac and Abraham was obedient to God’s call.
Genesis 22:1-2 says “Some time later God tested Abraham; he called to him ‘Abraham!’ And Abraham answered, ‘Yes, here I am!’ ‘Take your son,’ God said, ‘your only son, Isaac. Whom you love so much, and go to the land of Moriah. There on a mountain that I will show you, offer him as a sacrifice to me.’”
Abraham took Isaac to Mount Moriah as the lord had told him. Scripture says because of his obedience, God blessed Abraham.
Genesis 22:15-18 says “The angel of the Lord called to Abraham from heaven a second time, I make a vow by my own name –the Lord is speaking—that I will richly bless you. Because you did this and did not keep back your only son from me, I promise that I will give you as many descendants as there are stars in the sky or grains of sand along the seashore. Your descendants will conquer their enemies. All the nations will ask me to bless them as I have blessed your descendants—all because you obeyed my command.
Church, obedience is better than sacrifice.
Trust. I will trust in the Lord. If you trust and never doubt, He will slowly bring you out.
You know the story about Job. God gave Satan permission to have his way with Job, to do as he wanted, except take his life. Job was stricken by Satan with sores and boils all over his body. From the crown of his head, to the soles of his feet. Attackers came and stole his cattle, sheep and goats; killed his servant. A great storm came and his children were killed in the storm. Things got so bad his wife said to Job “Why don’t you curse God and die?” Job’s response was (Job13:15) “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him.”
Because of that trust, scripture says God blessed (Job’s) latter years more than (his) beginning years. Job 42:12-17 says of Job’s life, “The Lord blessed the last part of Job’s life even more than he had blessed the first. Job owned fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, two thousand head of cattle… He was the father of seven sons and three daughters. There were no other women in the whole world as beautiful as Job’s daughters. Their father gave them a share of the inheritance along with their brothers. Job lived to a hundred and forty years after this, long enough to see grandchildren and great-grandchildren.”
Those of you who are not tithers, if you put your trust in God and be obedient to His word and become tithers –just like God blessed Abraham and Job, he will surely bless you. So pray on it.
Malachi 3:10 says “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that [there shall] not [be room] enough [to receive it].”
Malachi 3:6 says “I’ am the Lord and I do not change.”
God will provide (for) all your needs according to his riches in Glory, if we are obedient to His word and trust in Him.
Trust and obey for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey. Because I have put my trust in God and been obedient to His word and became a tither, God has blessed me beyond my giving. Become a tither and see what will happen. What you give will come back to you.
It’s not our money God wants. It’s trusting God and being obedient to His word.
If you have not already filled out a Prove the Tithe Pledge Card, there should be some in the pews. Fill it out and give it to any member of the Deacons’ Leadership Team.
O Lord, we thank you for your steadfast love and mercy on us. Father, we believe that every word in the Bible was breathed out by you (2 Tim. 3:16), and we believe your promise that you will bless us when we are obedient to your word, and (we) put our trust in you as Abraham and Job did in Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.