Stories, thoughts and reflections on the Bible from the WSFC Staff.
“When you have entered the land the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance and have taken possession of it and settled in it, take some of the first fruits of all that you produce from the soil of the land the Lord your God is giving you and put them in a basket…” Deuteronomy 26:1,2
Tithing. Giving. Most Christians aren’t very excited about it. But they should be and they would be if they understood how to do it properly and why to do it in the first place. Scriptural giving stirs up faith. It activates the power of God in our lives when we do it in gratitude and joy, expecting our needs to be met abundantly.
In Deuteronomy 26:8,9, God told the Israelites exactly what to do when they brought their tithes. He instructed them to acknowledge the fact that He had brought them out of the bondage of Egypt with a mighty hand.
What does that have to do with you and me? God has done the same thing for us!
He has brought us out of a life of bondage and poverty into a life that flows with the abundance of God. So when you bring your tithes and offerings to the Lord, follow the example set by the Israelites. Make it a time of rejoicing. Make it a time of realizing anew the wonderful things Jesus Christ has done for you. Thank him for delivering you from a land of darkness and bringing you into His promised land of plenty. Thank Him that it is a land of mercy, a land of joy, a land of peace and prosperity.
Give in faith, expecting the blessings of God to be poured by into you. You may soon find that generous giving is one of the most exciting things you can do!
A very important part of Great Commission disciple-making is the obedient step of Water Baptism. At West Salem Foursquare we celebrate Water Baptism on a quarterly basis. Pick up a Baptism brochure and registration card for dates. Baptism classes are offered for adults and children the weekend prior. For more information contact our Discipleship Pastor Dan Durbin (firstname.lastname@example.org).