Tithing When You Can’t Pay Your Bills

Many Christians tithe because the word of God says to do so but what are you supposed to do if you are unemployed or running low on money?

Having first hand experienced what it feels like to be broke and borderline homeless a few years ago, I can attest that giving tithes to God when your bank account is almost at zero is not an easy thing to do.

But as the bible says in James 2:14-26 Faith Without Works Is Dead and the same can be said about tithing when you can’t pay your bills. Giving when you’re absolute lowest is what having faith is all about―trusting He will provide a way, a solution, a miracle.

Tithing when you can’t pay your bills
Tithing when you’re absolutely broke isn’t always about money. Believe it or not, you can tithe your time, talents and more. Helping a church out such as volunteering for yard work, administrative tasks are both great ways to give without actually having money to exchange. 

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What is tithing?

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Bible verses about tithing

Genesis 14:20 – In this bible verse, Melchizedek comes out to meet Abraham, as Abraham gives him a tithe of the spoils of his victory.

Genesis 28:20-22 – After the vision of God’s renewed covenant, Jacob initiates a covenant with God vowing to give him a tithe of what he receives from the promised land.

Leviticus 27:30-32 – The specifications of tithing is introduced into the law of Moses.

Numbers 18:20-32 – The tithe is dedicated to the Levites for the work in the tabernacle.

Deuteronomy 12:5-11 – God gives instructions for what to do with the tithe once Israel crosses the Jordan.

Deuteronomy 14:22-29 – God gives instructions on how to disperse and exchange the tithe.

Deuteronomy 26:12-15 – God gives instructions on how Israel should sanctify the tithe before they can ask for a blessing.

2 Chronicles 31:5-12 – The children of Israel do what’s right under the reign of Hezekiah, and bring the tithes to the designated places.

Nehemiah 10:37-38 – Israel obeys God and brings the tithes to the storehouse.

Nehemiah 12:44 – Officers were appointed to watch over the tithes in the storehouse.

Nehemiah 13:5-12 – Nehemiah cleanses the storehouse and kicks Tobiah out of the room that was designated to store the tithe. He then restores order.

Amos 4:4 – God commands Israel to bring back the tithe and reiterates the curse that is upon them if they don’t.

Malachi 3:8-10 – God reprimands Israel for not delivering the tithe, and reiterates the blessings and curse that would be in result of whatever decision they chose.

Matthew 23:23 – Jesus rebukes the Pharisees for not obeying the weightier matters of the law along with tithing.

Luke 11:42 – A parallel bible verse of Matthew 23:23 as Jesus rebukes the Pharisees for not obeying the weightier matters of the law along with tithing.

Luke 18:12 – A Pharisee brags about his obedience to the law and tithing.

Hebrews 7:5-9 – Abraham’s tithe is used to illustrate a change concerning the priesthood.

Throughout Scripture, Christians are encouraged to offer the first part of their resources to God.

You give God a part of your income and ensure that all your needs will be met. Remember, what you are giving back always belonged to the Lord.

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