Debt Cancellation Series – Tithes and Offerings
This past Saturday I attended the Debt Cancellation Seminar at my church ROLCC. Pastor Dan Williams from Florida was the guest speaker. The seminar was broken down into two parts. Part 1: Obligation Organizer and Part 2: Debt Cancellation. I might as well go ahead and admit that yes I am in debt. My debt includes credit cards, medical bills and student loans. So, over the course of however long it takes me to get out of debt, I will be posting updates on how things are going as I move towards debt cancellation.
First things first: The Dime. Pastor Williams stressed the importance of specifically doing things God’s way. Paying your tithes and offerings – your first fruits. Now your tithe is 10% of your gross income, this is what you make before taxes, health insurance, dental insurance, etc are deducted from your check. Your offering, as Pastor Williams explained, can be between 5 to 30% of your net income, this is what you take home after the taxes and deductions. It’s between you and God in the percentage you give for your offering.
Paying our tithe is based on our relationship with God. Over the course of this year, God has been reminding me to trust Him. I have learned that paying my tithes and offerings has a direct correlation to how much I trust God to not only provide me with the things I need, but also the things I want and desire. I must admit that at the beginning of this year, I was not paying my tithes and offerings consistently if I paid at all. What does this mean? I wasn’t trusting God like I should have and I wasn’t putting my faith in Him. A few months before I moved from Richmond, I decided to do things God’s way. Every time I got paid I would print a copy of my pay stub and write down everything I needed to pay for and buy. The first thing on my list was tithes and offerings. Food was the last thing on my list, but when I got to it I only had about $20-$25 left until the next two weeks. At first this discouraged me, but God kept reminding me not to worry about it. The Holy Spirit reminded me that God takes care of the birds, the flowers, even the blades of grass. Surely God will make a way for my children and I to have food.
After weeks of being obedient and determined to do things God’s way, as I reviewed my expenses, I noticed that I could either pay my bills or buy food, not both. One of my co-workers reminded me of the Employee Assistance Program at my job that helps employees with their bills or groceries if they are having financial difficulties. So I filled out a form and requested help with two of my bills. Even though I really wanted help with groceries, I thought that if I could get help with the bills, then I would have the money to buy food. A few days after I submitted my form, I was informed that the committee had approved my request and decided to give me $200 gift cards to Kroger. Instantly I knew it was because of God and my being faithful in paying my tithes and offerings. Hallelujah! Ain’t God good! So that’s my testimony.
God wants to bless you beyond measure, beyond your wildest imaginations. The question is: Are you ready for the blessings of God to take over your life? If you are, remember your tithes and offerings – first things first.