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(Haggai 1:5-7 NIV) Now this is what the LORD Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways. You have planted much, but have harvested little. You eat, but never have enough. You drink, but never have your fill. You put on clothes, but are not warm. You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it.” This is what the LORD Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways.”
The Worlds Approach
✓ Reacting vs Planning.
(Proverbs 21:5 NLT) Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty.
✓ Neglecting vs Prioritizing.
(Proverbs 13:16 NLT) Wise people think before they act; fools don’t—and even brag about their foolishness.
✓ Withholding vs Trusting.
(Proverbs 3:9-10 ESV) Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine.
✓ Stockpiling vs Intentional Generosity.
(Proverbs 11:24 NIV) One person gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.
(Luke 6:38 NKJV) Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.
(2 Corinthians 4:1-2 ESV) Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of God, we do not lose heart. But we have renounced disgraceful, underhanded ways. We refuse to practice cunning or to tamper with God's word, but by the open statement of the truth we would commend ourselves to everyone's conscience in the sight of God.
1. We tithe to honor God.
(Malachi 3:9-10 NIV) 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.
(Matthew 23:23 ESV) “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others.
(2 Corinthians 9:6 NLT) Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop.
2. We steward well to impact the world.
(1 Corinthians 4:2 ESV) Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found faithful.
(Luke 16:10 NLT) If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones.
(2 Corinthians 9:7 NLT) You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.”
(Proverbs 21:20 NIV84) In the house of the wise are stores of choice food and oil, but a foolish man devours all he has.
3. We believe God will provide more than we need.
(2 Corinthians 9:8-10 NLT) And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. As the Scriptures say, “They share freely and give generously to the poor. Their good deeds will be remembered forever.” For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you.
(Proverbs 11:25 NIV) A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.