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We live in New Testament times. Although we’ve been relieved from the strict rules laid out in the Old Testament Law, many of the principles found there still apply to our times. One of the most applicable in these days is the way we deal with our money. Specifically, how we provide for the Lord’s work is at issue. I do not believe a “tithe” (tenth) is a mandatory requirement that moves from the Old Testament Law to New Testament times (actually, it was 33.3% anyway), instead, God allows us to give as much as we can joyfully give. He simply asks us to give Him our hearts, and when He has our hearts, we find ourselves excited about being able to help in any small way with His work. Unfortunately, in times where commercials, advertisements and keeping up with everyone else rule the day, even the Christian who’s decided to joyfully give to the Lord’s work can sometimes feel “buying” or “owning” pressure. “Stuff” can own our hearts in a second, and when it does it can cause us to re-adjust (read, “steal”) from what we were planning on giving as an offering. Such activity not only proves He does not own our hearts, but is also a sin that greatly angers our Lord. Many who write me about their inability to win sinful struggles in their lives could find amazing help from the Lord if they would simply be faithful in their giving. Their hearts would soon follow (since where your treasure is, there you’re heart is also). Dear friend, anything that competes for His love is sin–root it out of your life!

“Israel has sinned; they have violated my covenant, which I commanded them to keep. They have taken some of the devoted things; they have stolen, they have lied, they have put them with their own possessions. That is why the Israelites cannot stand against their enemies; they turn their bans and run because they have been made liable to destruction. I will not be with you any more unless you destroy whatever among you is devoted to destruction.” Joshua 7:11-12

In Christ,

PastorJimKilby @Kilbin8er

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