Offerings


Take ye from among you an offering unto the Lord : whosoever is of a willing heart, let him bring it, an offering of the Lord ; gold, and silver, and brass, Exodus 35:5 KJV

The Tithe is the Lord’s.  It is holy and it does not belong to you. It is God’s.

Offerings are what you give out of the 90% that God has given you stewardship of. You show honor, thankfulness, and love when you give with a willing heart.

God’s kingdom, Jesus’ Church, flourishes and advances as His people give willingly from their hearts out of love for Him.

Willing, cheerful giving blesses the Lord and opens the windows of heaven.


More Blessed

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God gives the power to increase, “to get wealth” and wants us to accept the responsibility to care for those less fortunate. There is a blessing inherent in giving. “It is more Blessed” even than it is “to receive”.

What many do not know is that you are not giving until after you tithe to your local church. The tithe belongs to the Lord, not you. It is holy and is to be brought to the local assembly and presented to the pastor.

It is only after honoring the Lord by returning what is His that true giving begins.


Missionary Christmas

It’s Christmas and Your Help is needed to provide for these deserving Missionaries. They are serving you by pouring their lives into the peoples of the world. Make their calling sure. Give liberally this Christmas. All Donations will be distributed evenly. Wellspring keeps back nothing. Everything Donated goes to the mission field. Just click the link to Give Your Gift of Love

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Windows

Windows In Heaven . . .

God desires to bless you! He loves you and greatly cares for you. He has planned to lift you up into a care free life:

Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. 1 Peter 5:6-7 (KJV)

In this year of great promise God has reminded us that He wants us to live in a manner that will allow Him to “open the windows of heaven” for us:

Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. Malachi 3:10 (KJV)

We are challenged to “prove” Him by simple obedience in order to receive the blessings that He has laid up in store for us. He reveals His desire to pour us out a blessing that we have not room to contain.

There is a challenge here that will cause us to enter into a whole new understanding of the provision of God. By rising to the challenge in faith we will thrust ourselves into a season of more than enough, exceedingly abundant, above all that we can ask or think living. We shall take the position of the head and not the tail, the lender and not the borrower. This is how the supply of the Kingdom of Heaven will come to the Kingdom of God on earth.


Giving

The Blessing of Giving

Give, and [gifts] will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, will they pour into [the pouch formed by] the bosom [of your robe and used as a bag]. For with the measure you deal out [with the measure you use when you confer benefits on others], it will be measured back to you. Luke 6:38 (AMP)

Our God is a giving God. It is within His nature and character to give good gifts to all; especially His own blood bought children in Christ Jesus.

Our nature, once we are born again, becomes like His nature and we become giving at heart. We desire to share the goodness of God and His benefits to all with whom we come into contact.

The beautiful thing is, that everything we give, whether it be financial, material, comfort, concern, understanding, compassion, advice, or any other good thing, it will be measured back to us by our gracious, loving, giving, Father.


Would a man . . . ?

Would a man . . . ?

Is there something in mankind that would be willing to steal from The Lord God Almighty? Unfortunately, the answer is, “Yes!” The Scripture teaches that the heart of man “is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” [Jer. 17:9] This deceit and wickedness does not just disappear when a person “gets saved.”

Consider how some will say, “I can’t afford to tithe right now.” and justify their statement by pointing out all the bills they are unable to pay and by promising to “make it up later.” If there are unpaid bills it is due to the fact that they have over spent and/or over indebted themselves in direct disobedience to the scriptural admonition to “owe no man anything” and to be good stewards of God’s gracious abundance. [Rom. 13:8; 1Co. 4:2]

Another example would be the person who becomes aware of an individual or family that is in need. They decide that they should help them out financially and do so. This would be a wonderful thing if they did not rob God to do it. Benevolences are gifts [offerings] that are meant to be over and above the tithe that God requires of every believer. Offerings are a matter of proportion, whereas the tithe is a matter of percentage.

No Believer has a right to use God’s resources in any way they choose. “There is a way that seems right to a man but the ways thereof are the ways of death. [Pro. 14:12; 16:25]

What Then . . . ?

The Lord has spoken concerning the whole matter. In the third chapter of Malachi He is recorded as having said, “. . . you have robbed me . . . in tithes and offerings.” The judgement for such an act was, and is, “You are cursed with a curse: for you have robbed Me.”

What then shall we do? If you find that you have been guilty of robbing God, admit it! That is the best place to start. Remember, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” [1 John 1:9]

He, then, promises to “open the windows of Heaven, pour you out a blessing, rebuke the devourer and cause you to live in a delightsome land. What a promise! It can be your promise if you will but obey the living Word of God.

God is not impressed with what you and I do. He is only interested in whether we yield to His will, plan and purpose or not.

Obedience to the Word of God is critical to a fulfilling, fruitful life. “… Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. [1 Sam. 15:22]

Where should the tithe be given? “Bring ye ALL the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in Mine house…, saith the Lord of Host [Malachi 3:10]

How much is the tithe? The tithe is a percentage matter. It is ten percent (10%) of the increase. This is usually ten percent (10%) of the gross pay check. The gross is the amount before taxes. This is a minimum and is required by God as His just due.

How can I pay my bills with ninety percent of my income when I couldn’t pay them with one hundred percent of my income? God has said that He would “open you the windows of Heaven, and pour you out a blessing” if you would trust Him. He cannot lie and He watches over His Word to perform it. [Psa.119:106; Jer. 1:12; Eze. 12:25]


The Household

The Household of Faith

Galatians 6:10 (NKJV) Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.

The original language is always an interesting study. Let’s take a look and see what we can find.

As we have opportunity, kairos, the time, or at the opportune or right time, and for a fixed and limited period of time, let us do, ergazomai, work, commit ourselves to do, good, agathos, that which is beneficial and honorable, to all men, pas, especially, de malista, but most of all and above all, unto, pros, to the advantage of, and with regard to, them who are of the household, oikeios, belonging to the intimate family of faith, pistis, that is, those who are true believers in Jesus as the Messiah, Lord, and Savior through whom we obtain right standing with God.

We are to, within the limits of our ability and resources, do that which is “beneficial and honorable” to everyone that we can. This verse also teaches us that our first priority is to those who are believers in Jesus Christ. In other words, we are to take care of one another first and foremost.

Our call to meet the needs of the ungodly only comes after we meet the needs of the faithful. This thinking runs contrary to what most “Christian” ministries teach and practice. The same concept is found in the admonition that a Christian should take care of his own family before he tries to take care of others.

1 Timothy 5:8 (NKJV) But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

Get over the guilt and condemnation that if you don’t personally feed the whole world that you are, somehow, not a good Christian. Your liberality is dependent upon your capability.

2 Corinthians 8:12 (NKJV) For if there is first a willing mind, it is accepted according to what one has, and not according to what he does not have.

Do the best you can with what you have and don’t neglect the family of God nor your family.
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