The Requirements of Tithes and Offerings

by Creflo Dollar | 23 Mar 2020

Summary

The old covenant, before the cross, was based on what the people had to do first before receiving a blessing—they had to obey, first, in order to be blessed. After the cross, the order was changed; now the focus is on what Jesus has already done. We are blessed because of our belief in His perfect obedience, not ours. These blessings even extend to our finances. Our obedience is not the same type of requirement as described in the Old Testament, but rather a response to Jesus and the fruits of the spirit. Giving generously, motivated by love and thankfulness, is one way we can respond to what He did. We no longer have to perform for God to bless us with financial stability; we simply receive it by faith.

  1. When we study God’s Word, we learn to trust Him enough to become givers.
    1. Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15).
      1. Diligently and eagerly studying the Word allows us to be effective workers for God.
      2. Religious interpretations of the Bible are fables.
    2. He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much. If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? (Luke 16:10, 11).
      1. Money is the smallest way we can possibly demonstrate our trust in Him.
    3. Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness (2 Corinthians 9:10).
      1. God gives provision to those who give. He takes care of His children.
      2. After the cross, financial blessings are now a result of what Jesus has already done for us, not what we think we are required to do according to the old covenant.
  1. Jesus bled and died for us so that we can lay claim to all the promises of God.
    1. For you are becoming progressively acquainted with and recognizing more strongly and clearly the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ (His kindness, His gracious generosity, His undeserved favor and spiritual blessing), [in] that though He was [so very] rich, yet for your sakes He became [so very] poor, in order that by His poverty you might become enriched (abundantly supplied) (2 Corinthians 8:9, AMPC).
      1. Jesus took our sins upon Himself and exchanged them for His righteousness.
      2. Because of the cross, we have a blood-bought right to be abundantly supplied.
    2. Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls? (Luke 12:24).
      1. God will take care of us; all we need to do is trust in Him enough to tithe and give offerings.
    3. Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation. Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, 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. And I 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, saith the LORD of hosts (Malachi 3:8-11).
      1. Under the law, the people were required to give, first, before they could receive God’s blessing; failure to give brought a curse. This requirement was under the old covenant, which is now invalid.
    4. Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver (2 Corinthians 9:7).
      1. Giving from the heart, because we want to, is the approach to giving under the new covenant.
      2. We now give out of appreciation, love, and thanksgiving.
      3. If we give to avoid being cursed, this indicates a mindset of giving out of necessity.

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Scripture References

2 Timothy 2:15

Luke 16:10, 11

2 Corinthians 9:7, 10

2 Corinthians 8:9, AMPC

Luke 12:24

Malachi 3:8-11