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The Importance of
TITHING

May 31, 2011

Dear Linda:

Thank You for your letter. First, let me bring to Your attention a movie on our website titled The Importance of Worship. I made this movie recently while visiting my wife’s relatives in the Philippines. In this message I spend some time talking about this subject the importance of Tithing.

The thing to understand about tithing is why God commands us to tithe. God is self-sufficient and needs nothing from us, but He is our Creator, he created this universe as we know it and this earth. He created us with our individual abilities and talents that provide us our jobs and income. Therefore the purpose of Tithing is simply our way of showing God that He is our source and our creator and that we have what we have because of the talents and abilities He gave us. Tithing is an act of Faith: you are showing faith in God and His goodness by giving Him your tithe, 10% of Your gross income. In response when we give God our tithe He promises to bless us and give us more. The primary passage for tithing is:

 
Malachi 3:10-11 “‘Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this,’ says Yehovah-of-hosts, ‘if I will not open for you the windows of heaven, and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows. Then I will rebuke the devourer for you, so that it may not destroy the fruits of the ground; nor will your vine in the field cast its grapes,” says Yehovah of hosts.’”
 
Note God tells us many things about the Tithe: we are to give it to the church of our choice, where we are fed spiritually. It is to go to His house. The tithe goes to His servants, His Ministers and there work. Apart from that if we want to support other outside ministries the Bible calls this offerings. Offerings are beyond the tithe. God promises us that when we give Him the tithe that 1) He will rebuke the devourer, Satan, and stop him from destroying our fruits and what we have. God promises us we will in our work have fruit and a good return. Not only does he promise this but specifically challenges us to test Him in this. 2) He promises to open the windows of Heaven and pour out a blessing upon us until all our needs are meant, until there is no more need.
 
Remember, that we do not tithe because God needs our money, we tithe to declare to God that He is our Creator and source and that if not for Him we would have no tithe to give. I personally always give God minimally 11% of my income. You cannot out give God. I have tested this many times in my life when I had a desperate need and after giving the tithe I then plant a seed of an offering for my need. Besides Pastoring I am a Bible translator. Many years ago when the Lord first called me to this work my 640 computer was not powerful enough for the work I was doing but I had no money to buy what I needed. All I had at the time was $40 for a weeks groceries. I chose to give one weeks grocery money as a seed, an offering, to the need of a ministry that I was aware of. In return from a completely unexpected source Jesus provided me $6000 for the computer equipment I needed and that was in 1995. He has continued to provide year after year since state of the art computer equipment to continue this work without hindrance. You cannot out give God. He has a reputation to uphold. He promises when we obey Him and, first, give the tithe to His church, the church of your choice, and then offerings that He will open the windows of Heaven and pour out a blessing upon you way beyond your request as I shared by the example above.
 
What portion of our income do we tithe from? The gross or the net? It is always on the gross, not the net. If you can it is always better to tithe without revealing yourself to the recipient, but we live in an online world and we tithe our ministry funds and donations to a ministry and we send it online for convenience, but Jesus said do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing.
 
Matthew 6:3-4 "But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing that your alms may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will repay you."
 
If you want to test the Lord in giving, and it is His challenge to you in Malachi 3:10-11, make a donation to your church anonymously. Then sit back and watch the Lord bring to you your need. Tithes are the Lord’s period, but if you plant a seed always be specific with the Lord: “Lord, I am giving this offering for this need _________.” Then watch the Lord answer Your need. You cannot out give God, it will always be more back than you gave.
 
You always relate to God on his terms not what the world is doing. He is not bound by what the world is doing and He will meet your needs regardless of what is going on in Washington. We are not non-tax status. To be non-tax status we become bound by what we can say or not say and commit idolatry. Jesus is our Lord and source, not the USA government. We work for him, not the government and He provides us what we need. We speak for Him and represent Him. If you give, if you can, give anonymously, but that is between you and the Lord.
 
Luke 6:38 “Give, and it will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, they will pour into your lap.  For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.”

Sincerely in Jesus,

Dale P. Kruse
Pastor Evangelist

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