Connecting Giving to Life

God knows that giving is connected to life. Giving is connected to life as a tree is connected to its roots — it tells us where we’re drawing our source, our livelihood. And God has got to get to the root to make sure our hearts are drawing the right source!

“But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is the root of all evil” (1 Tim. 6:9-10).

God knows all too well that, if money is where your heart is centered, it will steal, kill and destroy you. The first thing God does in making sure we’re connected to life is to make sure we’re giving. That’s how He kills off any toxic root of a love for money from poisoning your life. Instead, He positions our hearts for eternal things.

God asks us to give not because He needs, but because, through giving, He is able to give us so much more! We trade earthly finances for eternal treasures. You see, God values giving because it reconnects us to the storehouses of heaven, His throne room!

God teaches us how giving connects to life. He beings to realigning us and transforming our hearts, giving us new insights, changing old attitudes and patterns in our lives so we’re able to walk in the right path, the path of blessing. It’s really about releasing earthly possessions and taking hold of God’s greater treasures.

How Giving is Connected to Life:

  1. It Signals the Glad Release of God’s Provision

When we understand the principle of the tithe, the full measure of God’s blessing (not just finances) will begin to be poured into our lives:

“If you give, you will receive. Your gift will be returned to you in full measure, pressed down, shaken together to make room for more and running over. Whatever measure you use in giving—large or small—it will be used to measure what is given back to you” (Luke 6:38).

Giving is a hallmark of being able to release things that may otherwise possess you. We’ve all heard of the wisdom that teaches us not to be possessed by our possessions. The same concept applies to gladly releasing God’s provision. If you are going to measure out compassion and generosity with a teaspoon, then that’s the same measure that will be delivered to you.

Often, God will ask you to give up something that is important to you, in order that He might entrust to you something that is important to Him. As you begin to tithe, you may not necessarily become rich and wealthy, but you get rich in character. And once your heart is strong, God can add financial prosperity and it won’t kill you. You will know that the greatest value is what is sourced from heaven.

Contentment, humility and the ability to receive are necessary heart lessons that teach us that giving is connected to life. God knows that the tithe is not just about giving; it’s about the roots that go deep into our hearts and affect every part of our lives. He makes us go through these lessons so that He can give us a future and a hope.

  1. It Cancels the Spirit of Debt

Tithing cancels the spirit of debt in our lives!

“‘Then I will rebuke the devourer for you so that it will not destroy the fruits of the ground; nor will your vine in the field cast its grapes,’ says the Lord of hosts” (Mal. 3:11).

God says a two-part blessing. First, He promises to stop the devourer on your behalf. Next, God also talks about stopping your vines from “casting its grapes.” What exactly does that mean for us?

It’s a reference that means before the grapes are ripe, they sometimes fall off the vine and are lost. In other words, you lose your crop before it’s even harvested. God is saying that when you understand the principle of the tithe, He is able to stop your losses so you can have a full and rich harvest of all that you’ve sowed.

  1. It Rebuilds a Grateful Heart!

We can be grateful in the midst of a great need and it is then that our hearts and our circumstances become miraculously transformed.

Putting God First

“The purpose of tithing is to teach you always to put God first in your lives” (Deut. 14:23).

The purpose of the tithe is to put God first.

The principle of the tithe is not just giving; it’s about receiving God’s very best. It releases the floodgates of heaven — God can give us contentment, humility and miracles. That way, when God does add to your life financially, you’ll have the character to sustain His blessing and it won’t destroy you.

If you want God to bless your life, honor Him first — that’s the principle of the tithe. It’s about connecting giving to life, that yours may become life giving!

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