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So, Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God” (Mark 11:22-24)
Faith means conviction, confidence, trust, belief, and reliance. A confident expectation.
It is focused on what God can do, not what we can do. It is believing in and worshiping our King, no matter what is happening around you or in the world. True worship is bringing what you have and offering it to the King. Whether we are talking about singing and music or giving our tithes and offerings, our heart is the same posture – giving back a portion of what we have been given. The first mention of the word “worship” is found in Gen 22:5. Abraham brought his most prized possession to offer to his King. He is an example of true faith in action that has shown generations that we must get away from our thoughts and feelings and focus on Him, the author of faith that can move mountains.
Key Passage: Mark 11:22-24, NKJV
23 For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. 24 Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.
Faith in Action
Read Mark 12:41-44. This passage describes a widow who gives two small copper coins to the temple treasury. Jesus witnesses this offering and explains how great her gift is because it represents a more significant proportion of her wealth than other religious leaders’ larger contributions.
The point is that she brought everything that she had, real sacrifice and a gift for her King. The widow’s act of generosity was a work of God in her heart —this is why Jesus valued it as so precious because it was God’s work.
Q: What does it look like to sacrifice for the kingdom? What gift would put you outside your “comfort zone”?
Tithes & Offerings
Our Tithe is God’s portion of what we are holding. The most significant revelation that you can have is that all your money and possessions are God’s and belong to Him. The Tithe — 10%. God says, “this is mine — sacred & special — I’m allowing you to hold it for Me and then return it back to Me.”
An offering is something additional that you are feeling compelled to give. It is an amount that is separate from the Tithe. We get hung up on separating our tithes and offerings when our giving is an Act of Worship to our King.
- Able brought a sacrificial lamb … the best of his flock
- Abraham brought Isaac … His only son
- Solomon brought 1000 animals to be sacrificed as he asked for wisdom
- This widow brought 2 mites — valued at less than a penny in our economy
Q: Have you ever struggled with separating your Tithes and Offerings? What changes do you need to make to truly see your gift as an act of worship?
You are giving God your heart by giving Him your treasure
Read Matthew 6:19-21,24. God is not after your stuff; He’s after your heart. When you humble yourself and give, this shows an act of surrender and submission to God and His ways. You are Worshiping your King by bringing Him something that of great value to you.
The widow brought God everything she had. She most likely knew the story of Haggar (Genesis 16:13). Haggar declared in a time of wilderness and suffering — Jehovah (Great & Comforting & Reassuring) You, God, see ME! Little did she know that God in the Flesh — JESUS was standing right there with His eyes fixed on her. God saw her that day. History will not let us forget about this amazing sacrifice, a faith-filled expression of worship.
Worship your King with your giving. Worship Him with your Tithe and with your Offering
- Not because you must … do it of a free will.
- Not because it’s a bill that’s due that’s supposed to be paid.
- Not because of any status you think you will attain.
This is sincere worship that produces a corresponding action… so that not because of.
So that … Jehovah is the highest priority in my heart.
So that … I am not worshipping money rather than my King.
So that … I am under His covenant of Blessing.
So that … He will protect me and what is mine from the devourer.
Q: In the space below, write in your tithe amount for this month. Then write your own ‘so that’ statements to solidify your faith in action.