Tuesday, September 26, 2017

In your patience possess ye your souls.

[Luk 21:19 KJV] In your patience possess ye your souls.

Patience is a hard thing to obtain because you have to have it to get more of it. Who wants to wait. Patience is steadfastness, constancy, endurance; all have the same thing about them, you have to practice them to gain them.

As I think about the old saints in the bible, God didn’t write about their greatness without writing about their failures. Or should I say seemingly failures. Patience is tried and tempered. Adam and Eve didn’t wait out the espousal period and hence lost their patience and sin entered into the world. Cain being that byproduct produce murder, jealousy and lies. Patience has a payday either way, the lack of or the fulfilled amount.

Abraham our father of faith earn his patience through his mistakes. Ishmael was conceived because of impatience. Before you judge, wait for a moment. have you lost your temper because the “fast food” line didn’t move fast enough. Maybe the person driving in front of you isn’t going the speed limit. You’ve been serving God faithful and have prayed for say 6 months on this subject, when is it going to happen? Abraham was 75 years old when God told him he would be the father of many nations. Given the history of humans and marriage, I’m guessing somewhere about 25 years old is when Abraham and Sarah were married. Do the estimated math and you have about 50 years of a barren womb. Now God gives him a promise and then doesn’t do it that next year. In fact 11 years later is when Hagar gave birth to Ishmael. Abraham and Sarah believed God, they just thought they would help Him in their impatience. Putting the waiting to be somewhere between 60 and 65 years when they “gave in” to impatience. Did they have ups and downs in this time frame, yes. Just like us today they had outside opinions telling them about their barren womb. No they didn’t have social media to help them see all the kids that their neighbors were having, but anytime they went into the city or were visited, the question of children came in loud and clear. The same questions of why not, how come and many of the things you are wondering today in your own  mind as to why “it” hasn’t happened. Then think about this, all those years and Ishmael is born. Oh the rejoicing that went on, a son is born unto Abraham. Sarah now knew her womb was closed, it was her not him for sure. This isn’t just a story in a book. This is  real people and their lives. Sarah lived 13 years with this in front of her face when God visited Abraham and told him that next year you’ll have your son, the promise, from Sarah. She laughed and God questioned her, why? Why, I’m 89 years old and have been desiring a child since I was a child myself. My...do you hear me, MY womb is empty and all these years have beat upon me.  Does it seem like she has no patience to you? Wrong she served God and her husband despite the emptiness of her womb. What choice did she have? She could’ve given up on life and died. We know the story, she gave birth to Isaac when it wasn’t possible for her to even conceive a child.

Joseph spent all about 14 years as a slave and in prison combined. We can read over it quickly, but I assure you he didn’t live it as fast. Joseph had forgotten about the dream of his family bowing to him. Why because during the long years and “unjust” life he was living, with no promise of coming out of it, he had forgotten the dream until his brothers were actually fulfilling it. Patience...
In your patience posses ye your souls. In the accounts I mentioned did you notice that their lives affect our lives today? Adam and Eve lost patience and now we are all born in sin. Abraham had Ishmael and likewise there has been strife ever since. But also, he is the father of faith. He still believed God when God told him to obey His word. The timing has to do with others, not just yourself.

Isaac couldn’t have been born earlier. Joseph couldn’t have come out of the prison sooner. Moses couldn’t have lead Israel out of Egypt sooner. The timing of the Lord isn’t just about you. It’s about all nations, people and times. Yes we think and want things now. While we go through our time of patience, impatience makes us forget that we don’t live unto ourselves. Flesh is selfish. God is thinking WAY bigger than our life alone. He wants to use you for the lives you don’t even know about. Abraham has no clue that his walk is impacting my walk with God TODAY. I’m not saying don’t exam yourself, but sometimes the only thing that is keeping you from the desire in your heart is timing. You don’t have that marriage yet, timing. You don’t have that job, baby, house.... timing. In your patience possess ye your souls. Possess your soul unto God. Keep it clean, holy and humble waiting on Him, don’t sell out. He has great plans.

[Isa 55:8-9 KJV For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.]

[Jer 29:11 KJV For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.]

Submitted by: Tina Marie

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Tithing today in the New Testament Church.

Recent posts on social media were made and then deleted. The intent was to cause the reader to question the teaching of tithing in churches today. The post lead a reader to believe that NT churches have no business or commandment to teach that tithing is to be practice today. Social media has a way of spreading things fast and furious without much support. If one doesn’t take the time to really read and evaluate what is being said, you could easily accept a lie.
The word of God is true. It’s a foundation that can be stood upon. It built the worlds and it created all things known and unknown to man. If you have a question, going to the word is the best way to find an answer. The KJV bible is the best English bible to learn from. (Please study that out and you’ll see why)

When you start talking about money, in a “give it” sense, you tend to lose the attention of people and not just in churches. Someone is always vying for your money, utilities, billboards, business, Hollywood, magazines, charities, homeless, family and friends… the list goes on. Then you come into the church and there’s tithes and offerings.  Does the NT church have a right to preach that tithes should be paid and instruct that it should be 10% gross?  Or should it be just a free will offering of what a person feels they can give. Most arguments start with the tithes being paid to the Levitical priesthood under the OT law and the law has been done away with.  Also stated that it’s neither written nor commanded in the New Testament scriptures.

The OT Law isn’t being done away with; it’s being fulfilled. No you will not go to hell because you touch or eat a pig (an unclean animal). However if you have the “animal like” pig spirit, uncleanness in your heart, hence the reason for the list of unclean and clean in the OT, you need an altar.  Jesus came to show us the “Perfect Law of Liberty.”  In Mathew chapter 5 Jesus takes you to the Perfect Law, the heart. In living the Perfect Law you fulfill the OT Law. [Mat 5:17-18 KJV 17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. 18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.] Heaven and earth has not passed yet, you are either bound by the law or set at liberty in faith.
[Mat 5:27-28 KJV 27 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: 28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.] The OT Law is works of the flesh. The NT Law is works in faith.
[Mat 5:20 KJV 20 For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.] How does your righteousness exceed the workers of the law? When your actions are no longer your righteousness but Gods righteousness in you by faith. [Gal 3:22-25 KJV 22 But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe. 23 But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. 24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. 25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.] If you have faith in Jesus, you’re going to work on your heart. Conviction will be there and you’ll find yourself not doing the works that the OT Law forbids. You’re not committing adultery because in your heart, you’ve killed the thought; thus by walking in the Perfect Law you are fulfilling the OT Law.  Jesus being your High Priest, you confess /repent of your faults to Him and His blood covers you. There are so many things to go over here, which I can’t go over each one.

The OT Law is also known as Moses Law. This isn’t just the Ten Commandments; it’s all the commandments, statues, precepts, judgments and instructions of God to Israel. However I would like to point out that there were laws or commandments given prior to the OT Law.  In the Garden of Eden we have a commandment by God to Adam. [Gen 2:17 KJV 17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.] Adam is the first preacher and Eve is the first one in the pew. Adam relays it to Eve as “Do not eat from the tree or even touch it, lest you die.” One commandment right and they failed at that. Do you really think there was only one commandment? God walked with them daily. Adam named all the creatures. God knew he was looking for his mate during this timeframe. There was relationship there. Genesis 4 tells us that an offering had to be made at a time and that it could be accepted or rejected. When did God teach these requirements? Even if you say after the fall, God had to tell them what animals were clean and unclean. As you continue to read the word, you’ll see that altars were made, offerings were done and Men called upon the name of the Lord. God separated people by this. You were either a son of God or a son of man. The scripture doesn’t give every little event, but makes you search and by revelation you can “see” and understand.
All history reveals that from the days of Cain and Abel to Noah and his sons, you had teachings that most just call the OT Law, animal offerings, tithes, putting things in order, obeying God and walking by faith, etc. Noah had three sons that he likewise taught. Those three replenished the earth and just like today when a story is told without telling it from the original story, you get variations. The Jews kept the books as sacred and read from them, plus God created the universe, keeping His word isn’t impossible. The bible is a very well written and kept history book. This is another reason why we use the KJV over all other versions.
When you dive into other religions, you can see they have some of the old teachings but in different variations.  Those posts claimed that tithe paying was a pagan tradition during the days of Abraham. Again the entire human race came from Noah and what he taught, plus what those who were before the flood, taught his sons. Pagan really?? God separated the people by obedience, not pagan worship and practices.
Abraham offered tithes; Abraham had altars and offered clean animals on them. He knew how to put the wood in order. [Gen 14:20 KJV 20 And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all.]  [Heb 7:2 KJV 2 To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace;] Abraham was visited by, talked with and recognized God. Paying your tithes unto God is part of walking by faith.  Abraham walked by faith and it was counted unto him for righteousness. Abraham taught his children to tithe. Jacob made a vow until the Lord at Bethel.
[Gen 28:20-22 KJV 20 And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and raiment to put on, 21 So that I come again to my father's house in peace; then shall the LORD be my God: 22 And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God's house: and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee.]

Before Moses was born, his forefathers were paying tithes. They were paying a tenth to God. When the OT Law was written out the Levites had to pay tithes on tithes to God. V26
[Num 18:24, 26, 28 KJV 24 But the tithes of the children of Israel, which they offer as an heave offering unto the LORD, I have given to the Levites to inherit: therefore I have said unto them, Among the children of Israel they shall have no inheritance. ... 26 Thus speak unto the Levites, and say unto them, When ye take of the children of Israel the tithes which I have given you from them for your inheritance, then ye shall offer up an heave offering of it for the LORD, even a tenth part of the tithe. ... 28 Thus ye also shall offer an heave offering unto the LORD of all your tithes, which ye receive of the children of Israel; and ye shall give thereof the LORD'S heave offering to Aaron the priest.]

God wasn’t creating a new law here. He has given what is rightfully His to the Levites to make provision for them. He still required that they give tithes back to Him. Tithing is 10% of all your increase.  Jericho was the tithe of the land. You are not supposed to touch the tithe it belongs to God. He ordained it to be given to the priesthood, the ones who minister in the house of God, Bethel.  Here is another thing; God also requires that if you use a portion of your tithes when you should be giving it, you have to pay an additional 20%. [Lev 27:31 KJV And if a man will at all redeem ought of his tithes, he shall add thereto the fifth part thereof.]

How serious is this matter. [[Mal 3:8-10 KJV 8 Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. 9 Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation. 10 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.]

God is the same yesterday, today and forever. Why do people think He changes? If you could rob Him back then, you can still rob Him now. God has called for obedience since the beginning. We don’t offer a physical animal anymore, but the “animal” like spirits that are in us; those have to be placed on an altar. Tithing and offering were done before the OT Law and are still being done today. There is a difference between the offering and the tithes. Offering is for the bills needs of the building and growth of the church, tithes is for the Pastor/Ministry. Offerings is another study, there are many types. But there is only one tithe.
[Rom 12:1-2 KJV 1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.]

God made decrees and ordnances for tithes and offerings… [Deu 26:12 KJV 12 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;] As mentioned before, the Levites had to pay tithes too… unto whom did they pay it? [Num 18:26 KJV 26 Thus speak unto the Levites, and say unto them, When ye take of the children of Israel the tithes which I have given you from them for your inheritance, then ye shall offer up an heave offering of it for the LORD, even a tenth part of the tithe.] Unto the LORD. The tithes belong to God.
[Luk 11:42 KJV 42 But woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass over judgment and the love of God: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.]

God said to eat the whole lamb. It’s not pick and choose; it’s the whole book. The NT Church had letters of correction and guidance. We don’t have the letters to the Apostles from the churches. Only the letters back to the churches. Why bring out that Abraham paid tithes to Melchisedec, if tithing wasn’t a question. No doubt that the reference in Hebrews chapter seven that Abraham gave tithes to Melchisedec before the law and Jesus is now the High Priest of God forever more after the order of this same Melchisedec; was because the newly converted Jews didn’t see a reason to pay tithes anymore. There’s no Levitical priesthood right??? Paul was letting them know there is still a High Priest. We are the children of Abraham by faith, like Abraham and he paid tithes.

When you come into the church it isn’t “freedom from commandments” God still has laws and even though the OT Law could not make you perfect. It has a purpose. If there isn’t any commandments, what laws are being written in our hearts under this new covenant promise to us?
[Heb 8:8-10 KJV 8 For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah: 9 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord. 10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:]

Paul to the church in Corinth he in correction writes: [1Co 9:1-18 KJV 1 Am I not an apostle? am I not free? have I not seen Jesus Christ our Lord? are not ye my work in the Lord? 2 If I be not an apostle unto others, yet doubtless I am to you: for the seal of mine apostleship are ye in the Lord. 3 Mine answer to them that do examine me is this, 4 Have we not power to eat and to drink? 5 Have we not power to lead about a sister, a wife, as well as other apostles, and as the brethren of the Lord, and Cephas? 6 Or I only and Barnabas, have not we power to forbear working? 7 Who goeth a warfare any time at his own charges? who planteth a vineyard, and eateth not of the fruit thereof? or who feedeth a flock, and eateth not of the milk of the flock? 8 Say I these things as a man? or saith not the law the same also? 9 For it is written in the law of Moses, Thou shalt not muzzle the mouth of the ox that treadeth out the corn. Doth God take care for oxen? 10 Or saith he it altogether for our sakes? For our sakes, no doubt, this is written: that he that ploweth should plow in hope; and that he that thresheth in hope should be partaker of his hope. 11 If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your carnal things? 12 If others be partakers of this power over you, are not we rather? Nevertheless we have not used this power; but suffer all things, lest we should hinder the gospel of Christ. 13 Do ye not know that they which minister about holy things live of the things of the temple? and they which wait at the altar are partakers with the altar? 14 Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel. 15 But I have used none of these things: neither have I written these things, that it should be so done unto me: for it were better for me to die, than that any man should make my glorying void. 16 For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel! 17 For if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward: but if against my will, a dispensation of the gospel is committed unto me. 18 What is my reward then? Verily that, when I preach the gospel, I may make the gospel of Christ without charge, that I abuse not my power in the gospel.]
We are talking about tithing. The Apostles used the things of the law to correct the churches. Thou shalt not muzzle the mouth of the ox that treadeth out the corn. You are not going to bind the preacher that plows your heart with the word of God, by not giving him what is do according to God; the tithes. He has every right to eat of the vineyard. V11 sowing in your heart, reaping your tithes. You’re going to withhold your tithe (muzzle him) and think God is for that. No God will take care of the preacher, but you have robbed God and He will deal with you as a thief.

[Luk 16:10-13 KJV 10 He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much. 11 If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true [riches]? 12 And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another man's, who shall give you that which is your own? 13 No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.]
Mammon (mam┼Źnas) money, riches and treasures (personified and opposed to God)

Does the NT Church have a right to preach and collect tithes and offerings? I believe with all the scriptures and examples above, you have concluded the answer is yes. Mammon is usually behind the posts on social media that questions or causes the reader to question giving up what they do dearly serve. I pay my tithes, not as a bill, but as a privilege; knowing that God blesses the giver and His government is perfect in every way. Really having a preacher that teaches you the truth of the word of God is a great gift from God.

Submitted by: Tina Marie