FREE CHRISTIAN REPRINT ARTICLES
Christian Articles for All of your Publishing Needs!
LIKE US
Translate this Page Here









HOME
Free Daily Devotional
and Verse for Your
Website or Blog

FOR WRITERS

Member Login
Submit Articles
Manage Articles
Writer Benefits
Author Terms
Writer Help
More Writer Help
FOR READERS

Recent Articles
Browse Articles
Search Articles
Search Writers
FOR PUBLISHERS

Ezines / Email Alerts
Manage Subscriptions
Terms of Service
MORE ARTICLES
ON OUR MAIN SITE










Word Count: 523 Use Article For Free Send Article To Friend Print Article

We Dare You!
by Cindee Snider Re  
12/11/2009 / Devotionals


After I turned 30, I decided it was time to read the Bible the whole Bible, cover-to-cover, Genesis through Revelation, no matter how long it took. Excited and challenged by what I was learning, I eagerly shared my new knowledge with my husband, who wasn't nearly as interested in listening as I was in speaking, but who patiently endured until I broached the subject of tithing.

"Is that 10% of gross or net?" he asked, slightly annoyed.

"Gross," I replied. "I'm pretty sure God comes before taxes."

"Do you have any idea how much money that is?"

Well, no, actually I didn't. The conversation quickly ended with, "You can give as much to church each week as we spend on entertainment. That's it." It wasn't a tithe, but it was a start.

Months later, my husband walked through the front door with a large cardboard box in his arms. "I lost my job today," he said. "It's time we started tithing."

"What? Your job? You want to tithe now?" I could barely speak.

"Yes, now, off my severance check." I think I stopped breathing. I definitely couldn't believe what I was hearing. We had no income, no insurance, two young sons, and a baby daughter on the way. What a time to test God! Yet that's exactly what my husband was doing. Like Gideon in the Old Testament, my husband needed assurance tangible, unmistakable proof that God is as good as His Word, and for him there was no better time to begin. So my husband threw out his fleece ten percent of his severance check and waited.

God's response was immediate and abundant, if somewhat overwhelming. Unexpected refund and rebate checks began arriving in our mailbox, so many of them that we wondered what God would possibly do next. We continued to tithe off every dollar that came in, and it didn't take us long to discover that we simply couldn't out-give God. The more we gave, the more He poured into our laps, "a good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over" (Luke 6:38). We were hooked. God is absolutely as good as His Word.

Over the years, we've learned that tithing wasn't the ultimate object of that lesson, Biblical giving was. Second Corinthians 8:14 says, "At the present time your plenty will supply what they need, so that in turn their plenty will supply what you need. Then there will be equality." That's why we give! God gives to us so that we can give to others. We are blessed to be a blessing. We are simply conduits of God's grace, mercy and abundant love to others. Giving isn't about a set percent, and it's not about what we can do, but about what God can and will do through us when we're willing.

"'Test me in this,' says the Lord Almighty, 'and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.'" (Malachi 3:10)

So go ahead, test the Lord and see what He will do. We dare you!

Cindee Snider Re lives in Sussex, WI with her husband, their five children, two cats, and two Shichon puppies. She enjoys quiet evenings, long walks, good books, homeschooling her kids, and lots of good, strong, hot, black tea.

August, 2011
http://www.BreatheDeeply.org


Article Source: http://www.faithwriters.com-CHRISTIAN WRITERS
If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! Click here and TRUST JESUS NOW

Read more articles by Cindee Snider Re  

Like reading Christian Articles? Check out some more options. Read articles in Main Site Articles, Most Read Articles or our highly acclaimed Challenge Articles. Read Great New Release Christian Books for FREE in our Free Reads for Reviews Program. Or enter a keyword for a topic in the search box to search our articles.






HTML Guestbook is loading comments...



JOIN US at FaithWriters for Free. Grow as a Writer and Spread the Gospel.


The opinions expressed by authors do not necessarily reflect the opinion of FaithWriters.com.

Hire a Christian Writer, Christian Writer Wanted, Christian Writer Needed, Christian Content Needed
Find a Christian Editor, Hire a Christian Editor, Christian Editor, Find a Christian Writer



Main FaithWriters Site | Acceptable Use Policy

By using this site you agree to our Acceptable Use Policy .

© FaithWriters.com. All rights reserved.


FaithWriters.com Free Reprint Articles - Your place for Christian articles, Christian poems, Christian stories and much more.