I learned the three essential threads that keep your marriage healthy from a very wise Raymon Davis about fourteen years ago. Communication, money, and sex were the topics we discussed during our pre-marital counseling. Little did I know that all of these topics would play a big role in my wife, Mandy, and me, staying together through some very hard times.
Money was the most challenging of all of the three for the first eight years of our marriage. Until I was faced with an ultimatum from the Lord during the reading of the Word and prayer time in 2011, it was a major struggle. Before 2011 I gave to the church periodically. I would give a little here and a little there. You have to understand that I was not brought up with a spiritual leader in my home, so I had no idea even what genuine tithing really was. Then the Lord nudged me one day and told me to give the whole tithe or do not give at all. From this day late fall of 2011 to this day I have been giving faithfully.
What is giving faithfully to me you might ask? 10% of my gross income! Not knowing what to give, I asked a few people (that I really respected) to give me their thoughts on tithing and I got a few different answers. But this one person asked me a question that has stuck with me until this day. What do you want to be blessed? Everything was my answer. So tithe on everything he said.
My brother-in-law asked me (some time ago) if I had any trouble paying my bills when I first started to tithe. The funny thing is that before I started to tithe, I did not have enough money left over after I paid my bills to tithe, but I never once (since the day I started) missed a single payment. Since then both my wife’s salaries and mine have doubled and Malachi 3:10 is being fulfilled in our life on a daily basis. Soon we will be debt free. I have tested the Lord in this and he has opened the floodgates of heaven.
I said all of that to say this...if you believe that Jesus died on the cross and is who he says he is, then tithing is a sign of this belief. Start proclaiming Malachi 3:10 over your finances and let the Lord show you who he really is! He will not let you down, my friend.