Just a Few Scriptures on Money
There was a time when I went to church, threw in $5, and thought I was great. When preachers talked about money I thought; “Sure, I’ll give you my money so I won’t get stuff! Then the preacher can build himself a fancy house!” Well, I’m here to tell you, I was wrong – REALLY wrong. I thought I was giving to the “church” and not to God. That’s a mighty big difference!
So – Do You Have Money or Does Your Money Have You?
Here is why it is important and beneficial to giving to God with your tithes and offerings (through the church) and alms (to people in need outside of formal giving)!
1) You’ll get back more than you gave. (You can’t out give God!)
2) Since everything comes from God, it’s His anyway
3) If you don’t give anything, God feels you are robbing him
Do you and your family want to get blessed in every way – not just financially? Giving is a KEY. You give to God through the church, so God’s money can be dispersed where it’s needed most. Frankly, if you don’t trust your church with your finances, find a church you can trust!
Here are a few things God teaches us about “giving!”
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. Luke 6:38
Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed Me! But you say, “in what way have we robbed You?” In tithes and offerings. You are cursed with a curse, For you have robbed Me, Even this whole nation. – Malachi 3:8-9
Honor the Lord with your possessions, And with the first fruits of all your increase; so your barns will be filled with plenty And your vats will overflow with new wine. – Proverbs 3:9-10
But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. As it is written: “He has dispersed abroad, He has given to the poor; His righteousness endures forever.” Now may He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness. – II Corinthians 9:6-10
There is one who scatters, yet increases more; And there is one who withholds more than is right, But it leads to poverty. The generous soul will be made rich, And he who waters will also be watered himself. Proverbs 11:24-25
Do not overwork to be rich; Because of your own understanding, cease! Will you set your eyes on that which is not? For riches certainly make themselves wings; They fly away like an eagle toward heaven. Do not eat the bread of a miser, Nor desire his delicacies; For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. “Eat and Drink!” he says to you, But his heart is not with you. The morsel you have eaten, you will vomit up, And waste your pleasant words. – Proverbs 23:4-8
He who has pity on the poor lends to the Lord, And He will pay back what he has given. Proverbs 19:17
And He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasure, and He saw also a certain poor widow putting in two mites. So He said, “Truly I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all; for all these out of their abundance have put in offerings for “God, but she out of her poverty put in all the livelihood that she had. – Luke 21:1-4
No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon (money). Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing: Look at the birds of the air. . yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? – Matt 6:24-26
And do not seek what you should eat or what you should drink, nor have an anxious mind. For all these things the nations of the world seek after, and your Father knows that you need these things. So not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell what you have and give alms; provide yourselves money bags which do not grow old, a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches nor moth destroys. For where your treasure is there your heart will be also. Luke 12:29-33 see also Matt 6:19-21
Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. – Matthew 5:23-24
The rich young ruler – Luke 18:18, 20-25
Now a certain ruler asked him, saying, “Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” . . . You know the commandments: Do not commit adultery, Do not murder, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honor your father and your mother. And he said, “All these things I have kept from my youth.” So when Jesus heard these things, He said to him, “You still lack one thing. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” But when he heard this, he became very sorrowful, for he was very rich. And when Jesus saw that he became very sorrowful, He said, “How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God! For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”
Zacchaeus – Luke 19
Zacchaeus who was a chief tax collector and he was rich. – short stature – ran ahead climbed into a sycamore tree – “Zacchaeus, make haste and come down for I must stay at your house.” Verse 8-10
Then Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord, I give half of my goods to the poor; and if I have taken anything from anyone by false accusation, I restore fourfold.” And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”
Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world. – James 1:27
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. – John 3:16
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich. – II Corinthians 8:9
God has not changed!
For I am the Lord, I do not change; – Malachi 3:6a
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. – Hebrews 13:8
Sometimes we forget all that God daily loads us with benefits! We complain to God, without realizing it’s the devil and his crew stealing from us and trying to kill us.
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. – James 1:17
One Place We Are Allowed To Test God!
Did you know there’s only one place in the Bible where God says we can test him?
Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, That there may be food in My house, And try Me now in this,” Says the Lord of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven And pour out for you such blessing That there will not be room enough to receive it. And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, So that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground, Nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field,” Says the Lord of hosts; Malachi 3:8-10 (After this God didn’t talk to the Jews for 400+ years)
Why not take God up on his offer. Find any church that teaches what the Bible says is true and give your 10% there. They know that they are directly responsible to God for how each dollar is spent! You and your family will get blessed beyond anything you thought possible!