Proverbs 3:9, Honor the LORD with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; 10then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.
Malachi 3:10, 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 there will not be room enough to store it.
1 Corinthians 16:2, On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with your income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made.
At Cottonwood Creek, I’ve been teaching a series entitled, “Bold: Living With An Audacious Faith!” If we are going to learn to live with an audacious faith, we are going to have to put God first in our finances. Jesus said in Matthew 6:21, “Where your treasure is—there will your heart be also!” There are four P’s in the Bible that will help you put God first in your finances.
First-The Promise: (Proverbs 3:9-10). God promises that if you honor Him with the first part of your income (a tithe), He will bless you financially.
Second-The Purpose: God doesn’t need our money, but He wants what it represents, our heart. The purpose of giving to God is to show Him where our heart is.
Third-The Place: (Malachi 3:10) The place we are to give to God is called the storehouse, that is a synonym for the place where you worship, your church. Tithing is an act of worship and demonstrates that we are putting God first in our finances.
Finally-The Pattern: (1 Corinthians 16:2) Consistently, the Bible says give to God consistently, not just when you feel like it or when you have a little left over. But give in a patterned and consistent way
Think about that and have a blessed day!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D
What did God say to you as you read today’s Scripture and devotion?
What do you Think?
How does it apply to your life?
What will you do?
Don’t just be a hearer of the Word. Be a doer of the Word. (James 1:22)
Now talk to God
This is where you turn your thoughts into prayer. It could be a prayer of gratitude of praise. It could be a prayer of confession or a request for God’s help. It’s up to you. Take a minute to write a prayer or response to what God said to you.