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Tithing: Proverbs 11:24 – One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want. Jesus said, “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s” (Mark 12:17). In Matthew 23:23, “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cummin, and have neglected the weightier provisions of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness; but these are the things you should have done without neglecting the others.
Why do we tithe? Because God commands His people to give back a tenth of what they produce and because tithing causes us to trust God; it increases our faith. When we take the next step and tithe God promises to open the windows of Heaven and pour down blessings to meet our needs. Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, see if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need. – Malachi 3:10
Fasting: Joel 2:12 – “Yet even now,” declares the Lord, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning, Matthew 6:16 – when you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. Daniel 10:3 – I ate no delicacies, no meat or wine entered my mouth, nor did I anoint myself at all, for the full three weeks. Acts 14:23 – And when they had appointed elders for them in every church, with prayer and fasting they committed them to the Lord in whom they had believed.
Faith: Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1 – And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. Hebrews 11:6 – David’s Faith…
Faith verses Fear Isaiah 41:10 – fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. 2 Corinthians 5:6-8 – So we are always of good courage. We know (are confident) that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight. Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord.
There is no faith when you can see your next step…
Walk by faith and not by sight
Prayer: We Pray because Jesus Did. Mark 1:35 – In the early morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went away to a secluded place, and was praying there. because it is expected of us and God’s Word, The Word of the Kingdom, tells us God hears our prayers Matthew 6:6 But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. We are commanded to: Ephesians 6:18 – Praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints. And because prayer not only can change things it changes me and brings me closer to God.
When Peter was imprisoned, Chap 12 Acts
When the Church gathered and prayed in the 4th chapter of Acts for boldness to speak the Word of God, “And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness.
- Why do we tithe? (2 Reasons)
- Why do we Fast?
- Why do we Pray?
- What is Faith?
- Where do you place your faith?