The Glorious Power of the Tithe 01 Do Not Sow Wind!

Reaping the Whirlwind - Caroline Fife M.D.

I am doing a new series today called The Glorious Power of the Tithe. These messages are going to inspire Christians to do one of the most fundamental things in the Christian life, tithe and give offerings. These could also be used as short offering messages in church services.

In Hosea 8.7 we are told if you sow the wind, you reap the whirlwind.

Imagine knowing that, still when the offering bucket passes them by, some Christians actually put nothing more than wind in the bucket. They put wind in the offering, wind in the church bank account, it’s all wind. There is no money, no seed, no honour. I know people who have been in our church years and never given a single penny. They have sown the wind, and they will reap a whirlwind. A wild wind. They sowed nothing, and literally nothing itself will come and find its way to them. It’s not God judging them, it’s just the wind they sowed finding its way back to them.

Really all Christian abundance and success in life, in family, in church, in business, in ministry comes from sowing a seed and then having a harvest for that seed. The most basic level of sowing is financial. Jesus in fact said if you are not faithful in money, you will never be trusted with spiritual things. I know people who want to be elders, want a pulpit, want to preach and see miracles but they do not tithe. It’s like they have never read the words of Jesus Himself! They want a glorious harvest by sowing wind.

Can you imagine a farmer actually sowing wind in his fields? The next harvest season it would be the same results as if a whirlwind devastated his fields – no harvest at all. That’s the results a non-tither will get. And pastors – never appoint a non-tither as an elder. They are unfaithful people, and they will be unfaithful to you and to their service.

Listen if you are not tithing – you harm your finances because you are harming your coming harvest. You are sowing destruction into your future. Do not do that!

Principles of Success 35 CATCH FIRE!

John Wesley once said that if you catch fire people will come to watch you burn. The most powerful thing on earth is a burning soul. A human ablaze with dreams, with love, with passion, with purpose.

When you look at fire, it is always moving, growing, feeding, That is what we need to be. We need to be ablaze. You need a fire in your soul that drives you, that causes you to feed on the Word, feed on good teaching, worship, dance, engage with people, love people, serve people. You need a fire in your soul to lift your life above the flesh level, to lift your heart, your dreams and everything you are to a higher level.

A lot of people never catch fire, they never think about how they think, they just take their temperature from their environment. We must not be that, we must warm people who come close to us. We must be the influencers, not the influenced.

If you are offended at someone, it’s because you are not on fire. They offended you because they influence the way you think. You should be loving them and influence the way they think.

When you catch fire, a lot of people will now no longer understand you. A lot of people do not understand me, they do not know how I have done what I have done, or do what I do – so rather than try and understand, they just criticize and accuse. The same will be true of you if you burn. Just keep your eyes off your critics, keep your nose in the Word, and burn ablaze for Jesus. Keep getting better results, keep thinking better thoughts.

When you pray a prayer in faith, the results are not according to the faith you have when you are praying, but the faith that you express afterwards when you act like you believe you receive. Act on fire, burn for Jesus.

Principles of Success 34 WANT MORE!

British people are conditioned from birth not to want more. You don’t need this and that, be happy, be satisfied with what you have, rich people are all terrible people, the bosses are just corrupt, you have enough, you have God and that is enough.

All of this is ignorance of the highest level of our true spiritual nature. We are designed for increase, we want increase. We want to continually be more fruitful, more successful and influence, lead and help more people.

When we start to realize that this is our spiritual nature, we then learn how to help others increase and walk in their best life and their success. You need to expect increase, believe in increase, hope of being fruitful.

It’s not easy to hold your mind and heart in a continual place of wanting more, of advancing, of increase. It is far easier to just stay at the same level year after year after year, and just start at the same level, the same wisdom, the same power, the same size, the same income, the same everything. That is not God’s will – we need to dream bigger and want to break every limit and every limitation. Doing that will stress you at first, you will encounter brand new problems, and you will have to expend energy like never before. It’s hard work to advance beyond the normal, so the only thing that will keep you going is a WANT. Why do you think when Jesus teaches the most important teachings on faith, on prayer, on the power of Words ever, He starts with the words “what things you desire”. Desire has to be the drive to advancing. Desire change. Desire more. Desire increase. Desire betterment. Desire abundance. Desire. And let that desire change the way you think, you feel and act.

Your top priority every day of your life is to keep growing. Learn a new idea, read a new Scripture, think a bigger thought. Your second priority is to share something new with others and help them on their journey. You are God’s highest creation, created to create. To create means to bring increase. When people are around you, they should be inspired to dream, inspired to desire more.

Let these thoughts grow and expand and stop feeling insecure, angry, frustrated. Resist thoughts of lack or limitation – not just for yourself, but because that kind of negativity is contagious. Love people enough to dream big and become a pioneer and advance.