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How to have peace about your charitable donations and tithes

Updated on June 6, 2014
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God's Responsibility

Many people expend energy speculating about what charitable organizations do with the monetary contributions that are donated and often use the proven violators and abusers of the system as an excuse not to give or to give in part, like with tithing to the church. But I suggest to you that if you keep your eyes fixed on Jesus, the author and finisher of your faith, and do what the Word says in regards to giving, you will receive your just reward and so will the receiver who misappropriates those funds. “Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait till the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of men's hearts. At that time each will receive his praise from God.” (1 Corinthian 4:5)

God sees and knows our hearts, remember the story of Ananias and Sapphira in Acts 5:1-11. They sold a piece of property to give the money to the church; however, they kept part of the money for themselves and lied about the selling price to the apostles. The couple had actually lied to God and fell down dead because of their sin.

In John 21:22 after Peter questioned Jesus about another disciple, who was following them, Jesus answered, "If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me." In other words, you do what God requires of you and don’t concern yourself with anyone else’s business, motives, or behavior.

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Our Responsibility and Reward

But just as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us—see that you also excel in this grace of giving.” (2 Corinthians 8:7)

2 Corinthians 9:6-11 tells us that we ought to cheerfully sow generously what we have decided in our hearts because then, God will supply and increase our seed and will enlarge the harvest of our righteousness; and we will be made rich in every way so that we can be generous on every occasion.

Luke 6:38 says to “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you." Giving in accordance to God's kingdom system will produce an abundant return and is the best trustworthy financial increase strategy this side of heaven.

Many people struggle with the whole 10% tithing principle and also question if they should tithe on the gross or the net amount of their income. One preacher once posed the question, “Do you want God to bless you on your gross or the net?” That settled it for me; I’ll take a gross blessing over a net blessing any day!

Tithing is not an option. In Malachi 3, God considers it robbery to not pay tithes and tells the people to turn back to him and He would return to them when they paid their tithes and offerings.

"I the LORD do not change. So you, O descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed. Ever since the time of your forefathers you have turned away from my decrees and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you," says the LORD Almighty. "But you ask, 'How are we to return?' "Will a man rob God? Yet you rob me. "But you ask, 'How do we rob you?' "In tithes and offerings. You are under a curse—the whole nation of you—because you are robbing me. Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. 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. I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not cast their fruit," says the LORD Almighty.

Pray for wisdom and discernment in your giving and when God leads you to give to any organization, cheerfully give with pure motives what He places on your heart to give, and then release the offering unto God. You have then done your part and whatever transpires from that point on is between God and the recipient or new administrator of those funds.

So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God; and he who gives to the poor will lack nothing, but he who closes his eyes to them receives many curses. (Romans 14:12; Proverbs 28:27).

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The Tithing Principle

When you journey through the Old Testament, you will find it amply shows


offerings for the place of worship and the priests of God produced a mutual overflow.


In the New Testament Church example, all believers were one in heart and mind;


all shared everything they had, all needs were met and all were treated kind.

It's time to set the record straight and break down the facts
God's intentions about tithing is simply that:

He wants to bless your life completely and sustain the church,
He doesn't need it; He owns everything in heaven and earth.
You're just returning one tenth of what's already His;
it profits your account, when you wholeheartedly give.

When you give of your best offerings unto the Lord,
He will increase you till you won't have room to store it all.
Don't worry about how you will make do or survive,
seek God's kingdom first; He knows your needs, He will provide.

The love of money leads to temptations, traps, and will deceive,
and cause your hands to tightly clench, unable to give or receive.
Cautious people grow poorer, while some free spenders grow rich;
but being generous for God helps you become prosperous.

As a measure, give proportionately to what God has given you,
you will then live in continual increase and be blessed in all you do.


Be abundantly blessed,

Jo Anne Meekins
www.joannemeekins.com

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      Jo Anne Meekins 8 years ago from Queens, NY

      Thank you, Car Donations, for reading this hub and for sharng practical information that can assist in making wise charitable choices.

      Be blessed

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      Car Donations 8 years ago

      Check to make sure the organization is certified by the IRS. The charity should be an official IRS 501-C3 organization.

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      Jo Anne Meekins 9 years ago from Queens, NY

      Hi Christa, I don't think we disagree.  I believe in being a good steward over what God has blessed us with.  God tells us to try the spirit by the spirit because there are many people and organizations that will be false. God gives us wisdom, discernment, and direction in the area of giving.  When you feel led to give, I believe you should do so in obedience to the Spirit's leading.  However, if it is a continuous contribution and you begin to detect that something is not right, then you have the right to make a different choice.  I tithe, donate, and give regularly as a way of life and the only financial report I concern myself with is my church at the annual business meeting.  But I don't give or stay anywhere that disturbs my spirit.  I give to organizations that feed my spirit or touch my heart by the work that they do and are reputable. 

      For me, I am at peace when I pray over and release the blessing that I felt led to give in good faith. Knowing that my heart was right in giving it, I rather not commit energy to worry about what if, instead I pray that the money is used or gets to where it was implied. If I kept my eye on people, wondering about this and that, I probably wouldn't do a lot of things God has led me to do and that would make my service conditional.

      And it's ok to agree to disagree; dialogue is good. :-)

      peace and blessings.

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      Christa Dovel 9 years ago from The Rocky Mountains, North America

      Thank you for The Tithing Principle. Giving to God is for the sake of the giver. Giving to God helps keep my heart in the right place. It is not an opportunity for show, just thanksgiving. God, who spoke the universe into being, does not need my tithe, but asks for it anyway, for my sake. Isn't He good?

      I have to disagree with you one one point though. In giving to God, my first priority is to give cheerfully, however, my second is to give responsibly. I had never given this second aspect much thought until I found myself in a church where the pastor preached tithing to the church and the church only, then hinted at a pay raise every other Sunday (he was soon asked to leave). This took me back to the Old Testament, to see what the tithe was to be used for. Since then, I have looked to support the local church, but also organizations that help the poor and spread the gospel abroad. While it is God's responsibility to oversee the funds I give, if I know I am giving them to someone who is just greedy, then I am not listening to the loud, clear voice of God.

      Also, financial reports are legally available upon request from every charitable organizations.

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