Gideon had three hundred men to take into battle against an army so big that it looked as if the valley floor was covered in locusts. If fact, the Bible says that just the camels alone could not be counted because they were so many. Yet God spoke directly to Gideon and told him that the victory would be his. Are you seeing this picture, three hundred men facing an army so big that they could not be counted?
God spoke to Gideon and gave him all the knowledge he needed to defeat the enemy. Gideon went to the three hundred and told them, “Get up! The Lord has given the enemy into your hands.” Gideon divided the men into three groups of one hundred each and gave them very specific instructions on what to do. They would surround the enemies camp, blow a trumpet, shout “for the Lord and for Gideon,” and break a jar which had a torch in it. The men followed the instructions of Gideon and the enemy turned on themselves in the confusion and killed each other. Gideon and his men won the battle with the help of God!
When it comes to giving, God calls us all to be cheerful givers. God will never call you to do something that He will not also empower you to complete. Pastor, does this mean if we tithe we will never have to sacrifice financially? No, in fact it may cause us to sacrifice greatly to fulfill what He is asking us to do. However, it is good for us to deny self every once in a while in order for the Kingdom to be built. Remember, what God designs He also empowers.
When I say that God empowers us, it doesn’t mean that money will begin to grow on trees in our front yards the moment we begin to tithe. Listen carefully my friends, we don’t give to get! According to Malachi, 10% is our reasonable service not our show of gratitude for what God has done for us. God’s empowerment is Him providing, strengthening, equipping, disciplining, and training us to be spiritually successful in this life!
There was a knock on the door of the hut occupied by a missionary in Africa. Answering, the missionary found one of the native boys holding a large fish in his hands. The boy said, “Reverend, you taught us what tithing is, so here-I’ve brought you my tithe.” As the missionary gratefully took the fish, he questioned the young lad. “If this is your tithe, where are the other nine fish?” At this, the boy beamed and said, “Oh, they’re still back in the river. I’m going back to catch them now.”
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“What God Designs He also Empowers”