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Why share your money with the Lord through giving to Kingdom expressions?
1. God asks for us to give financially to acknowledge we are in covenant with him.
Money has value because you have exchanged a portion of your life for it. In a covenant relationship, there is a complete exchange unto the death. So, in reality, all that you possess belongs to God and is available to Him for any need that He has in the earth.
Luke 14:33 – “So therefore, no one of you can be My disciple who does not give up all his own possessions.”
In a like manner, all that God has is yours and is available to you for any need that you have.
Roman 8:32 – He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?
Matthew 6:33 – Seek first the Kingdom and His righteousness and all these things shall be added to you.
Phil. 4:15-19 – And you yourselves also know, Philippians, that at the first preaching of the gospel, after I departed from Macedonia, no church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving but you alone; for even in Thessalonica you sent a gift more than once for my needs. Not that I seek the gift itself, but I seek for the profit which increases to your account. But I have received everything in full, and have an abundance; I am amply supplied, having received from Epaphroditus what you have sent, a fragrant aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well-pleasing to God. And my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
Matthew 6:21 – For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
2. God asks for us to give financially to acknowledge that all victories come through and by Him.
The first example of this acknowledgment of covenant was with Abraham (originally called Abram.) Abram acknowledged God as the source of victory, sharing the spoils with Him and therein supporting the work of the priesthood of Jesus. Tithing started with Abram, the Father of all who walk by faith and who are justified by faith.
Abram has just returned from the defeat of 5 Kings and he has returned with the spoils/plunder of battle. Melchizedek meets him upon returning and brings communion (covenant union.)
(Isn’t it amazing how that God shows up after great plunder and spoil, giving you an opportunity to give and acknowledge the victory came from God.)
In Genesis 14, Abram gives a tithe of all the spoils to Melchizedek. Melchizedek was a fore-type of Christ, or really Christ Himself, so therefore in this way, Abram tithed to Christ. Levi was in the loins of Abram when Abram tithed to Melchizedek, so Levi also tithed to Jesus. (See Hebrews 7.) Jesus is who gives you victory, and that victory is dispensed through His ministers.
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