THURSDAY, JUNE 13
Scripture: Deuteronomy 26:1-2
Deuteronomy 26:1-2 reveals, “And it shall be, when you come into the land which the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance, and you possess it and dwell in it, that you shall take some of the first of all the produce of the ground, which you shall bring from your land that the Lord your God is giving you, and put it in a basket and go to the place where the Lord your God chooses to make His name abide.” The tithe guarantees us everything we need to survive, and when we are in a new place survival becomes an essential issue. God’s Presence, His direction, food, clothing, shelter and our destiny are five essentials of life. In Deuteronomy we discover that God expects us to hear His voice over where to give our money. We are to go to the place where the Holy Spirit chooses and give! In the process of the tithe, we first experience acceptance, but we also learn to hear and discern His voice. We learn to communicate with God. We learn to talk to Him and He in turn talks to us. We are to listen and respond to Him and to His verbal overtures. It is no wonder that the fifth Sonship Gift is acceptance. God intended acceptance to first manifest through our obedience in the tithe and doing what He says. In learning to hear His voice, we must consequently develop our relationship with Him. We need to get serious about our giving and get serious about letting God direct it. We need to be serious about submitting ourselves to Him and come into the fullness of this relational covenant. As sons and daughters, we have an inheritance in the New Testament and that is no small issue! We also discover that God has ordered a relational, developmental path for us that starts with our giving. As we begin to walk in this, what begins is a relationship with God of the quality and the nature that Christ had!