RELEASE THE BLESSING
l CONTEXT OF HEART AND RELATIONSHIP
“…Elisha said, ‘Please, let a double portion of your spirit be upon me.’” (2 Kings 2:9 NASB)
“Elisha saw it and cried out, ‘My father, my father, the chariots of Israel and its horsemen!’ And he saw Elijah no more...” (2 Kings 2:12 NASB)
BE FAITHFUL TO THE END TO PRIORITIZE GOD FIRST IN YOUR FINANCES
“…seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you…so do not worry about tomorrow…” (Matthew 6:33-34 NASB)
RELEASE AND RETURN GOD’S TITHE
“…‘Return to Me, and I will return to you,’ says the Lord of hosts. ‘But you say, ‘How shall we return?’…In tithes and offerings.” (Malachi 3:7-8 NASB)
“Thus all the tithe of the land, of the seed of the land or of the fruit of the tree, is the LORD’S; it is holy to the LORD.” (Leviticus 27:30 NASB)
“Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.” (Proverbs 3:9-10 NIV)
l TO YOUR HOME CHURCH
“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house...” (Malachi 3:10 NASB)
JESUS AFFIRMS THE RETURN OF THE TITHE
“…then he said to them, ‘Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.’ When they heard this, they were amazed. So they left him and went away.” (Matthew 22:21 NIV)
“What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you are careful to tithe even the tiniest income from your herb gardens, but you ignore the more important aspects of the law – justice, mercy, and faith. You should tithe, yes, but do not neglect the more important things.” (Matthew 23:23 NLT)
Life Group Discussion:
What is the Tithe, and why is it important to Tithe?
How does Tithing reveal our heart towards God?
Why do you think God chose Tithing as a test?
Where should a person Tithe? (See Malachi 3:10)