I posted before about being a full tithe payer. There was no way anyone could tell me that I shouldn't be paying my tithing. I had experienced first hand the wonderous bounties of the Lord when it didn't seem that I would be able to afford certain items. I was so thankful and in awe how it happened. It seemed like such a mystery. But I knew it was all in the Lord's hands.
The past few months I have been really struggling with paying my tithing. I haven't paid. I just decided that the Lord would have to understand. It is funny how when you pray expecting an answer, secretly you might not really want the answer. Yesterday I prayed deep and hard questioning whether tithing was the answer to many of my struggles and what He wanted me to be doing. It is funny how answers come, mostly from unexpected sources.
This morning as I turned on the tv, there was a Joyce Meyer Ministries infomercial on. I secretly like her preaching. Why? She is so straightforward and tells you how it is. I just love it. Her talk was on Wisdom this morning. I was really feeling it. I wish I couldn't feel that confident to talk in large crowds like she does. Joyce has this "oomph" about her and is contageous. It gets your blood pumping in the morning and excited about what she talks about.
Sure enough what subject was brought up in the middle of a this discussion on Wisdom? TITHING. She stated how the Lord has commanded we pay tithing and how now days people simply don't pay. They use excuses about us not having to honor that anymore because it was in the Old Testament. "You silly thing you. You're just trying to get out of giving!!" She said, "I don't believe in tithing either. I believe in going beyond that!!... We should be prepared to give unto EVERY good work... Bring all the tithe in the storehouse and see if I will not open the windows of Heaven and pour you out a blessing so great that you cannot contain it."
If that isn't an answer, what else is? hahaha I know I need to really buckle down and make sure I am paying my tithing more faithfully. I know that through the obedience of paying tithing, we will be blessed. I won't lie and say it is easy to willingly and happily pay. However, I know that all things are possible through Him.