GIVE BY FAITH
Then after Abram’s return from the defeat (slaughter) of Chedorlaomer and the kings who were with him, the king of Sodom went out to meet him at the Valley of Shaveh (that is, the King’s Valley). Melchizedek king of Salem (ancient Jerusalem) brought out bread and wine [for them]; he was the priest of God Most High. And Melchizedek blessed Abram and said,
“Blessed (joyful, favored) be Abram by God Most High,
Creator and Possessor of heaven and earth;
And blessed, praised, and glorified be God Most High,
Who has given your enemies into your hand.”
And Abram gave him a tenth of all [the treasure he had taken in battle].
Genesis 14:17-20 AMP
There are many doctrines of giving out there until sometimes you can feel it's too much. Some preachers encourage people to give and sometimes you can feel like they are forcing people to give to their ministries. One thing I have learnt that it's biblical for us to give to God. Since we can't see God then we give our money, time and talents to the institution that Jesus left for us that His Church.
When you give your tithes and offerings to a Church or ministry; know you are giving it into God. Don't concentrate to look at a person who is receiving your offerings but give it by faith knowing that God is receiving it. If you want to prosper in financially, you need to learn to give to God knowing that God will bless you back for you generous giving.
Abraham gave tenth of all the treasure he had taken in battle after defeated five kings. He gave it to Melchizedek king of Salem (ancient Jerusalem) who brought out bread and wine for them at the Valley of Shaveh. Melchizedek is compared to Jesus because He is, first of all, by the translation of his name, king of righteousness, and then he is also king of Salem, which means king of peace. Without [any record of] father or mother, nor ancestral line, without [any record of] beginning of days (birth) nor ending of life (death), but having been made like the Son of God, he remains a priest without interruption and without successor.(Hebrews 7:2-3)
This morning, I want to encourage you to give by faith. Make sure you give your tithes and offering unto the Lord. Give for the Gospel, give to His minister that they may get enough resources they need to spread the Gospel to the lost. If you give with all of your heart, the Lord will bless you abundantly and give you peace in everything you do.
He will give your enemies in your hands and protect your family from every attack of the evil one. Learn to give by faith and Abraham did. Learn to give with all of your heart, and your financial situation will improve and you will see the increase in all areas of your life.
Pray this prayer with me by faith and God is going to answer your prayer....
Dear Heavenly Father, help me to give to you according to your command in Christ Jesus my Lord. In Jesus' Name, Amen.