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Help! I Struggle With Tithing & Offerings

"...for God loves a cheerful giver..." (2 Corinthians 9: 7 AMP)

Following God's Word can be a challenge, but we know that it is worth it. When struggling with tithing and offering, consider some of these important ideas.
1. None of what you have is yours. All of your "stuff" is the Lord's. He gave it, and He can take it away. That includes your home, vehicle, job, health, and money. God expects us to be good stewards of the resources that He has allowed us to hold, so we should do everything that we can to show Him our gratitude for His blessings.  
2. Tithing is a form of worship. When we tithe, we are worshipping God for the blessings that He has given. We are also clearly sending the message that we trust God to provide us with our every need. 
3. God has been faithful to you. God's grace and mercy have been extended to you long before you existed. What's more, you don't know all of the ways that God has protected you. He has been faithful in "seen" and "unseen" ways. It's important that you honor God's faithfulness by obeying him. 
4. Your blessings will flow. The Bible says that the windows of heaven will open and blessings will pour out on to you when you fill His storehouse in Malachi. Keep in mind that your blessings may not always be in the form of money. In other words, if you give $100, it doesn't mean that $100 will necessarily come back to you. God works in different ways.
However, it is possible that your gift will allow you to receive other blessings that are directly or indirectly related to money. If you save money on an item that surprisingly went on sale, that's a blessing. If a friend loans you a coat so that you don't have to buy you, that's a blessing. Your car having a minor problem instead of a major problem is a blessing. Finding out that another church member has donated a ticket for an event that you wanted to attend is a blessing. While you didn't get your $100 back directly, your blessings may have amounted to even more than what you gave if you really count them.
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