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Discipline of Giving Free Ebook


The older I get the more convinced I am that I should give away a lot of what God has entrusted to me.

In that spirit for the month of November I am making available as free download one of my books which demonstrates the power of giving. I pray that this book will be a blessing to you and yours.

In this book I present a concise and definitive view of biblical giving from both practical and theological perspectives. This book deals with controversies about giving in an irenic way rather than in a polemical way. It presents an apologetic for biblical tithing as well.

You will need an E Pub book reader for you to be able to read this book.

 

Download the book from this link:

http://www.lulu.com/shop/dr-t-a-makoni/the-discipline-of-giving-ebook/ebook/product-23378087.html

 

God bless.

 

 

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Why I tithe?


Why tithe?

 

Apart from the fact that the tithe belongs to God, there are material benefits to tithing and disadvantages to not tithing. God promises a number of things to those who tithe:

  • The      Lord thy God may bless thee in all the work of thine hand which thou doest      (Deuteronomy 14:29)
  • When people obey and give tithes, the Levites and priests are well provided for and God blesses His people (2 Chronicles  31:5-10)
  • God says …prove me now herewith, 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: 10).
  • He will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field (Malachi 3: 11).
  • The tithe is not mine to withhold; it BELONGS to the LORD. “The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof.” Leviticus
    27:30, 32
    A tithe of everything from the land … BELONGS TO THE LORD; it is holy to the lord…. The entire tithe of the herd
    and flock … will be holy to the Lord.
  • Tithing is an indicator of our FAITHFULNESS. It’s an opportunity to demonstrate to God your faithfulness and commitment to His work on earth. 2 Chronicles 31:12 Then they FAITHFULLY brought in the contributions, tithes and dedicated gifts.
  • Tithing allows God-called ministers to devote themselves fully to the Lord’s work. Numbers 18:21 I give to the LEVITES all the tithes in Israel as their inheritance IN RETURN FOR THE WORK THEY DO while serving at the Tent of Meeting.
  • I wouldn’t want to take a chance on God considering me a ROBBER! Malachi 3:8-10 “Will a man ROB GOD? Yet you rob me.” But you ask, ‘How do we rob you?’ “In TITHES AND OFFERINGS. You are under a curse — the whole nation of you — because you are robbing me.  Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you
    will not have room enough for it. There are two robberies mentioned here!
  •  Because God says He wants His “house” to be ABUNDANTLY supplied. Malachi 3: 10. Not meat in your house
    but in my house. To finance the activities of the local church.

The Tithe Is The ord’s


The tithe is the Lord’s

In Leviticus 27:30-31 there is no doubt as to who owns the tithe. All the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land or of the fruit of the tree, is the Lord’s and is holy to the Lord. If a man redeems any of his tithes, he must add a fifth of the value to it. In case anyone should think that this only applies to plants, he deals with the tithe of the herd or flock in Leviticus 27:32, whatever passes under the rod, the tenth one shall be holy to the Lord.

Not only is the tithe God’s but the Scripture emphasises that it is holy and is separated for God’s use.

A tithe was a king’s share and by offering a tithe one was acknowledging the Kingship of the person to whom it was given. Our tithes are an acknowledgement of the Kingship and Lordship of our God. The tithe is the Kingdom taxation system. It is not an option but an obligation of every Kingdom person.

 

The tithe establishes the issue of ownership and God who owns it all through the principle of dominion gave man the stewardship over
His resources on earth. The tithe is therefore a Kingdom tax an obligation which reminds us that it is all His after all. There is even an interest charge if you delay the payment of the tithe in the Old Testament.

Someone once suggested, “Well, if the tenth already belongs to God, why doesn’t He just automatically withhold the tithe and then give us the rest, like ZIMRA withholds taxes from our wages? That way God won’t have to depend on us to pay our tithes.”

God has chosen for us to personally return the tithe so that we can demonstrate our stewardship of his property. Stewardship is the faithful
and responsible management of something that belongs to someone else
. Obviously, if God observes that we are irresponsible to return the small percentage that belongs to Him as He has directed, He knows that we can neither be trusted with any greater responsibilities or blessings in the Kingdom of God (Luke 16:10-11).

“He who is faithful in a very little [thing] is faithful also in much, and he who is dishonest and unjust in a very little [thing] is dishonest and unjust also in much. Therefore if you have not been faithful in the [case of] unrighteous mammon (deceitful riches, money, possessions), who will entrust to you the true riches?”AMP

Tithing is a test of our stewardship over the property of God, a test of our honesty to return to God what is rightfully His, a test of our obedience to do what He told us to do, and a test of our love and desire to please Him with our lives.
Tithing is a demonstration that we believe in God, and that we acknowledge that He is the provider of all material blessings. Tithing is a test of our trust in God. Do I trust God for my sustenance or will I hold tightly to my every income?

If you don’t have faith to believe that the tithe belongs to the Lord, neither can you have faith in Him to meet your financial needs. After
all, if you don’t believe that the tenth is His, you cannot believe that the whole earth is His either. Without that confidence in His supremacy, there could be no confidence in His ability to provide our needs.

Will you pass the test?