Hello, my lovelies, how u doing? (Wendy voice)..... I hope you guys don't get mad at me on the days i post this late, but i justify it by thinking well, its the last post usually for the week, so there is still loads of time for every one to catch it....if not, i apologize :) hehehheheheheeheheheheh
Good day, i wore yellow like i promised and looked good :)....was actually pretty busy and did some work, had some really intelligent conversations, watched parts of the world cup concert #GoNigeria, worked out for an hour, there is some grilled potatoes in the oven, looks like Boston might take this(Amen in advance), got some good news from my mum, and celebration worthy news in BB's family, love the option of having nice backgrounds from Google and ooooo do you like my new template? i love it - generally a Good day, very grateful to God.
So imma Preach today (yes i said it) ....did i not promise not to do this? Forgive me, its more about me sharing my testimony though.... The topic is giving, especially your tithes. Let me start by saying "Give unto Caesar, what is due Caesar"- Jesus Christ himself said this. So there is never an excuse for not giving your Tithes, full-stop. You shouldn't even ever question this fact, you should just do it. I don't want to be like a church and tell you the whys and why nots? But i will tell you why i say so and how it has helped with financial problems in my life.
When i got this job, my father said i should give God everything( they call this first fruit offering). Now i have been working since i came to America and i always gave my tithes(10% of your income), sometimes gan i will put in 10% of whatever my folks gave me, so i'm like why didn't he tell me that when i was getting paid $8 and $10? My first pay check that will say thousand and you want me to give it all. So i reported,him to my mummy, and she too said yes i must do it, that she thought i knew this. I'm like, you have got to be kidding me. I get to church on Sunday, and what do you know, the Pastor is preaching about giving.
There are four kinds...... First fruit offering (you give everything or if you have an increase, you give that increase....so you got paid $500, and now you get paid $700, you give $200).... Then Tithe and like first fruit this is something commanded by God....Then there is sacrificial giving, to my understanding, this is more of a between you and God thing, a lot of times you give this out of the very little you have as a testament of a covenant you want to enter with God..... Then there is offering, again something you do with free will
So i gave, my entire paycheck and let me just say i have never regretted the decision and i can tell you that i know for sure that God will continue to provide for my needs, as he has been doing. I really believe thats why God has been providing for me men, cos as an international student paying $11k a semester(not a year o) i cannot tell you how rough it was, then my brother moved here as well and i was sure i was going to need to sell my eggs or become a prostitute ( threatened my dad with that) but somehow it has worked out. Who here was reading me when i started this blog? when i was looking for money for graduation and all, and how everything worked out perfectly. I'm a living testament guys, do your part and God will surely do his part, his word can never go void.
I have a friend that argues that well she doesn't have to give tithe to the church, that she can take that same 10% and give it to an orphanage and its still the same thing. Its a lie o, at least to my understanding and again i say "Give unto Caesar, what is due Caesar. All you have done is given donation to the orphanage. My friend in trying to explain told her "if for no reason, see Nife, she always gives even when she has burrowed the money and see how God Blesses her". Like i said i'm a living testament, cos i have enjoyed in this country on little or nothing. My father is not rich, neither is my mum, although the best friend is a trust baby so we are going to hit that up, if i ever need to, lol.
Nways, thatsall, i hope you have learnt a lil something, i am not perfect o, i'm sure i have missed some myself, cos i swear i don't know maths, and i will look at my cheque before i leave for church and i would have forgotten the amount. Some days i over compensate, some days i under estimate. I have promised myself to be more conscious about it. And please all that, what is the pastor using it for, that is not ur "consign" (lol), really tho, that is not your business, this is just you and God. And for more proof i have heard of a lot of non Christians per se, who believe in this principle for whatever reason, who never fail to do it, and what do you know they are successful billionaires, so why not u?
Anyhoo, do with this message what you will, i hope it spoke to somebody. Couldn't find a lot of songs about giving and couldn't remember them as well, the ones we you use at Naija churches are not available on youtube. So hope you enjoy these three
Don Moen - Give Thanks
Joe Pace - Running Over
Vicki Yohe - Increase me
P.S I Love You....have a great weekend
Late Amendment - Boston won the game, whoop whoop!!!