Tithing Drives Back The Power Of The Curse Of Mammon Part 2

It is important to sort out in your mind what is tithing and what isn’t. Technically, tithing isn’t giving; the tithe, ten percent, is the Lord’s share in the covenant. We get ninety percent. The Lord says He’ll not only make up that ten percent, He’ll see to it that we prosper.

What about giving to the needy? Helping a needy person is a joyous thing to do, but it doesn’t come out of your tithe. Jesus said, The poor you will always have with you; whenever you can, help them (Matthew 26:11). He left it up to our sense of mercy to care for people. Proverbs 19:17 says that he who gives to the poor, lends to the Lord. That tells us it isn’t part of the tithe, or God wouldn’t have called it a loan. And when a loan is repaid, it is with interest. God pays very high interest.

Where do you bring the tithe? The Bible says into the storehouse. You bring it to the church you go to, where you get your spiritual food, where your home base is in Christ.

Investigation into the subject of sin must be both exegetical (induction from Scripture) and speculative (applied to life experience). Such inquiry contemplates more than the loss and injury sustained by the one who sins (Chafer
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How would Satan enter this picture? His entry involves the rights of the Creator’s ownership, the influence of the sin on others and the habitual practice of sin. What the Apostle Paul wants us to see is the old nature is only a private in the war against the new nature. Satan comes in the battle as an ally of the flesh and weaves his work of deception.  It might be said that our sin is the engine, and Satan, the engineer (Gurnall).

This describes how Satan attempts gain advantage over the believer: 2 Cor. 2:11 “so that no advantage would be taken of us by Satan, for we are not ignorant of his schemes.”  By advantage we mean:

Advantage (pleonetkeo) first aorist passive subjunctive – from old verb pleonetkes (a covetous man) to gain, to over-reach with noema (evil plan & devices);  (Hughes) “to grant Satan an entry where he has no right”; (Chrysostom), “to take by sin is his proper work” (Hodge).

Therefore, we Satan the luxury of over-reach and grant him entry to frustrate our finances when we ignore or refuse God’s claim on any aspect of our life. Craig Hill states it succinctly: “The spirit of Mammon causes to use relationships to make money. Unrighteousness is agreeing with Mammon against people. In contrast, God desires to use money to build relationships.”

Pastor Bill

 

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