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God's Righteousness - Righteous Purpose
Because the tithe is to be used for the Lord's personal purposes (in His Name), tithing correctly excites a Christian who truly loves the Lord.
The disciples delivered the Lord's wealth in His Name! Learn righteous purposes and how to deliver the tithe in the Lord's name by reading below and watching the tithing and protection section of the movie. Watch the teaching movie.
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What does God say His treasury is to be spent on?
He can only spend it on righteous purposes! Psalms 145:17 says: "The Lord is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works." We see from this scripture that everything the Lord does is done in righteousness. Righteousness is an act.
I John 3:7
Little children, let no man deceive you; he that doeth (practices) righteousness is righteous even as he is righteous.
Jesus spent all of His treasury on righteous acts, on righteous purposes, acts that God calls righteous. Let's look at who Jesus called righteous and look at each act that was performed because it paints a picture that is very close to God's picture of where to spend His tithe.
Matthew 25:34 -37
Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was ahungered, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him . . ..
Jesus called these people righteous because of their acts, whether they had sinned in another area of their life, or not. These acts of righteousness revealed by Jesus expose a very important point. It's one of the things that allow you to see one of the differences between the Bride and the Harlot concerning the deliverance of God's tithe. Please understand this, there are no exceptions! Every act of righteousness is done directly to a person! We see (in the following scripture) that everywhere God says to deliver His tithe, it is given directly into the hands of a person.
When thou hast made an end of tithing all the tithes of thine increase the third year, which is the year of tithing, and hast given it unto the Levite, the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, that they may eat within thy gates, and be filled; Then . . .
We need to understand this fact: God doesn't consider tithing done until it is delivered to those He specified! Look through the Bible for yourself. It's always, "after you have delivered, then . . . whatever!" It's that way in the above scripture.
You may say, "You mean God wants the people of my church to deliver 100% of God's tithe directly into the hands of those specified by God in His name? That would be quite a task!" Yes, that's the way you serve Him in handling His treasury!
As far as the task, this was the biggest problem the early church had. But it was one of the main tools they had to convert the then known world to Christianity. The church in the world today should have the same problem. It doesn't, and therefore it hasn't impacted the world like the early church. The early church appointed several deacons to do this task, full time, so others could keep attending to studying God's word. They understood that they were responsible to God to deliver His wealth to those specified in His word. In the Bible where they chose seven men to take care of this matter, you read . . . It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables. They were having to leave studying God's word to get the job done. It was that important! This clearly shows that delivery of the tithe, the correct way, was a priority right along with prayer and study of God's word. They couldn't just let anyone do it either, it had to be done right. Let's look at the character of the men to be chosen, so we can look at the difference in a deacon's job in the church of today compared to their job in the early church. This will reinforce the fact that the church is not presently delivering God's treasury where and how it's supposed to.
Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables. Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business. But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.
They said to select men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom. We need to get honest here. How much wisdom does it take to pass an offering plate, hold a flashlight to direct cars, and look after buildings, which are among the things deacons do today? Would you need to be full of the Holy Ghost to perform these duties? Do you need to have an honest report for these duties? "Honest report" is more than you think. "Honest report" means they have already proved themselves honest by their past life. Does "honest report" really make sense when it comes to directing traffic on the streets, in the parking lot, and in the aisles between the pews?
Let's look at "of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom," in the light of delivering the treasury of God to people. Honest report makes more sense because the church is trusting the deacons with the actual treasury of God and its deliverance to individual persons in the world, God's way. That is a lot of money for deacons to handle correctly! People won't have to be concerned about it being done right if the person is trained correctly and already has an honest report.
Wisdom makes more sense now because it takes a lot of wisdom to deliver money to widows, orphans, the oppressed, and the stranger to the Lord, to help them in their oppressions the way God wants!
Full of the Holy Ghost makes a lot more sense because of that pipeline the Holy Spirit creates between the deacon and God. The Holy Spirit provides wisdom and knowledge (insight) that a person doesn't have on his own in certain situations.
You can see that delivering God's tithe correctly necessitates the character of a deacon that the Bible talks about. Where the church is spending God's treasury now doesn't necessitate these qualities in their deacons, and actually doesn't have anything to do with them.
So who is the church to deliver God's treasury to? Basically, the oppressed and those actually working for Him, and that can get to be quite a picture. I have included the following information that applies to this day and age from the Lord having taught me.
When thou hast made an end of tithing all the tithes of thine increase the third year, which is the year of tithing, and hast given it unto the Levite, the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, that they may eat within thy gates, and be filled;
Levite (Apostle, Prophet, Teacher, Evangelist, Pastor) the stranger (anyone who doesn't know Jesus), the fatherless (orphans, includes children whose fathers have deserted them), and the widow (whose families aren't [can't] taking care of them).
A little more information on widows.
1 Timothy 5:16
If any man or woman that believeth have widows, let them relieve them, and let not the church be charged; that it may relieve them that are widows indeed.
And I perceived that the portions of the Levites had not been given them: for the Levites and the singers, that did the work, were fled every one to his field . . ..
Singers - God's minstrels. People with an anointing from God who minister to Him and others, not just a talent. They get new songs from the Holy Spirit that are prophetic, directional and full of praise and worship. This does not include choirs. The singers are also known to help take care of the temple. Listen to the Holy Spirit; God will reveal the people who are His mintrels.
And all Israel in the days of Zerubbabel, and in the days of Nehemiah, gave the portions of the singers and the porters (gatekeepers), every day his portion: and they sanctified holy things unto the Levites; and the Levites sanctified them unto the children of Aaron . . .
Porter - is not one who carries burdens like in our day and age but a gatekeeper - a janitor, porter, gatekeeper. This was a person who took care of the doors of the temple. They "watched the doors. It's much more than a janitor." The porters were appointed Levites to keep the doors.
The Apostle, Prophet, Teacher, Evangelist, Pastor, Singer, Porter are all basically full-time for the Lord. As the Lord was teaching me how to be a deacon I realized that the full-time deacon lives out of God's treasury, also. When you look at God's tithe and take out for these people (these functions), you still have a humongous amount of wealth to distribute to individual people for Him!
Having said all this, you should know that the early Christian Jews bought seats in the synagogue to pay for the building and its upkeep. They never used God's tithe for an unrighteous purpose. They served God by delivering His tithe for Him to righteous purposes. They were His hands and feet, so to speak. You should also know that God built the temple with the wealth of Egypt, not His tithe. Jesus said,
Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
God doesn't do things He tells us not to do. He doesn't put His treasures in something that disappears through time. He puts His treasures in men where His kingdom can be built, which is in men, not buildings and things of comfort, meetings and paper, or things that rust away, etc. It is our responsibility to pay for printed material to spread the gospel. It is not God's responsibility, nor does He pay for it! Think about it !
I challenge you to get with God and find out if what I have said about "where God's treasury is to be spent," is true. The church can impact this world like the early church if they will learn how to deliver the Lord's treasury in the Lord's name, and do it!
When I wrote this article, I had written up to this place thinking I was basically done except for grammar and those type things. I quit that evening thinking, "I'll finish in the morning," but in the night the Lord gave me a dream. In the dream I was watching a Baptist lady, who loves the Lord. She was asked to repeat the ten commandments. She did, and was so proud of the fact that she could do it, she did it twice. She did it so fast both times that no one in the room could understand her. I sat amazed that she could do it so fast. Then, in the dream, I came to realize that she didn't understand what she had said either. I awoke from the dream and the Lord said to me, "You are to use the first and greatest commandment when you talk about My tithe. My people don't know what it means!"
Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment.
Delivering God's tithe to those He specified, the way He wants to, is serving Him. Serving Him personally is loving Him personally. If your earthly parents (at their passing) left you 800 million dollars and had asked you to do certain things with it, saying you could live out of it while you do it, what would you do? Would you say, "Well, they're not here, or they're dead, it doesn't matter," and spend it the way you want to? If you did you wouldn't be loving your parents, would you? Jesus Christ did this very thing with His family, the church. The church has His ongoing bag of money. He left you in charge but He also revealed what to do with it.
Mr. or Ms. Christian, do you love the Lord enough (...with all your heart, all your soul; and all your mind.) to deliver His tithe to those He wants to touch? The Bride of Christ will. A true Bride has her eyes set on her husband and with all her heart, with all her soul, and with all her might she wants to please, honor, and obey Him.
4.What changed at the cross when it comes to the Lord's tithe?