Money Matters: Part 1 - Mark Cerfonteyn

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We need to put God first in all areas of our live, including our finances because putting God first changes our entire lives. It says in Matthew 6:21, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” If we make the choice to put God first in our finances it demonstrates where our priorities are - living in line with God principles. In the next few weeks we will be doing a series on, Money Matters. So in order to ensure that we don’t worship money we need to know Gods principles on finances and His principle of First.

Malachi 3:10 challenges us to bring our tithe into Gods storehouse (the local church). So what is tithing?

1. Tithing is a test.

2. Tithing is biblical.

3. Tithing is a benefit.

Tithing isn’t just something made up and given to the Church. Tithing is mentioned multiple times in the Bible, old and New Testament. What was right under the law in the Old Testament is still right under grace in the New Testament. A tithe is given through the local church to God. In fact we “BRING” our tithe, because it is not ours, it’s Gods (Leviticus 27:30 / Deuteronomy 26:2 / Matthew 23:23).

Here are three principles to live the blessed life God calls us all to.

1. The first born must be sacrificed or redeemed - the first portion given redeems the rest, it is the redemptive portion. Our tithe redeems the other 90% (Romans 11:16).

2. The first fruit must be offered, we don’t give them, we bring them back. It’s not ours (Exodus 23:19 / 2 Chronicles 31:5). God’s portion is consecrated to him, and the rest is then redeemed to us (blessed)!

3. The tithe must be first.

(Leviticus 27:30) When we put God first we are saying yes to God being Lord of our lives. We are putting God above worldly philosophies. Trust in God even when it’s difficult and he will see you through(Proverbs 3:5-6).The first portion redeems the rest when we return it to God, and then our blessings are not only for ourselves, but to make a difference in the lives of others.

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