This week in our Hero Series, we learned about Abraham, who taught us what it really means to walk by faith.
What we often don’t think about is the fact that Abraham was wealthy by the standards of his day. Yet, at seventy-five, God asked him to leave his wealth and his comfort and go to a city that He would show him. Abraham knew that meant living in tents, inconvenience, and hard work. He had to trust God.
But Abraham believed God! God made him wealthier, and more famous than he could have been had he stayed and not obeyed God. Today millions of people still call Abraham the Father of their Faith. Abraham became truly effective by his walk, and as a result, God made him famous. Abraham wasn’t seeking fame, but fame followed him because of his willingness to follow God’s plan.
Do you want to be famous? Or, do you want to be effective?” Greatness is already in you. All you have to do is believe it. God wants to give you influence, power and prosperity like Abraham. When we become a blessing, we can become a blessing to others. You can do it. You just have to start!
Pastor Dino is the Lead Pastor at Life Christian Church Troy Campus and has been in ministry since the mid 1990's. He is married to Jeanne and they have three amazing daughters: Victoria, Alyssa, and Andreya.
I have been encouraging my husband to fill himself with the Word more and not to feel overwhelmed by not having a job, shortage of food, money, etc. – that together we need to fight the good fight of faith against depression and to stay focused on God’s finished results. Little did I know that my mother prayed over her tithe for my husband to have peace and a job. A few days later my husband’s co-worker from his last job called him to see if he would be interested in part time work and my husband started back to work. He received his first paycheck just in time to pay rent!
I am so grateful to be given the opportunity to sow seed to our God by volunteering in the church office. It means so much to be able to ‘serve’ and be part of fulfilling His Great Commission and to be able to learn from our ministry staff while serving.
My position was eliminated at work. Since then I have been what the state calls “under-employed”. Since that time we as a family have trusted God to provide for our family. He has never failed us in the past; I new He wouldn’t stop now. As the head of our house I knew I just needed to be more diligent to keep the door shut to the devil and do my part through obeying the Word.
During this time we have received 3 brand new tires (from Discount Tire) for FREE!!! We have had numerous gifts of money, food, clothes and even sports paid for by unexpected sources. We have learned to live frugally, yet still been able to be a blessing to those around us.
Most recently, our mortgage was 2.5 months behind, our car payments were 2 months behind and had a credit card in collections for a year. The Holy Spirit directed me on a Sunday to go to a very fiscally responsible member of my family and ask for help and totally turn over all control of our finances as extra accountability because I wasn’t always spending the little we had very wisely.
I called my relative that Sunday after my quiet time, gave all my financials to that person on Tuesday. On Wednesday I received a phone call from the credit card collection company and they offered to start up the automatic payments again (just the week before they had refused to continue with the automatic payments that I had been paying for a year, insisting on payment in full or not at all). On Saturday, I received a $500 gift from an unexpected source. Sunday, our family tithed on the paycheck and the extra we received for that week; also we prayed Malachi 3:10 over the envelope before putting it into the basket. On Monday, I received notification that we would be receiving $880 from another unexpected source. Truly God is supplying all of our needs as we obey Him. I can’t wait to see what He does this week.
I want to add, I had to make some personal adjustments in regards to both relationships and my behavior, but I did it quickly and have quickly been rewarded for it. Thank You Father! He isn’t partial. Obey the Word, don’t question or analyze it, “Just Do It”.
With all the negative emphasis on the economy today I feel strongly compelled to share this brief testimony on how God and his Word hold true and how God has empowered us to prosper in any economy and differentiate us from the world.
A little while ago Pastor Dino was encouraging the congregation to consider supporting the Come Home to Life television program. I was moved in my spirit and committed myself to giving an offering from the profit from my business. I wrote out a giving envelope and put it on my desk as a reminder knowing it would be months before all the tax papers would come from the accountant for the year end financials. This year I was able to write the check for a tithe of our profit. The check was only for $900.00 but I sewed it in belief that God would give me a 100 fold return for my commitment. In the following month we had our best month ever and reaped a 100% return generating $90,000.00 in gross sales for the month.
Despite the economy, we had a record year (which is hard to do after 14 years of being in business). And although the economy has fallen to record lows, we will once again have a record year exceeding our sales from last year. I believe that our success in this economy is directly related to my commitment to tithing. Even though I still miss the mark (often) He is faithful to his Word.
Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, And whose hope is in the Lord. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, Which spreads out its roots by the river, And will not fear when heat comes; But its leaf will be green, And will not be anxious in the year of drought, Nor will cease from yielding fruit.
I want to testify that God is true to His Word. I have been coming to Life Christian Church for 3-4 years and I graduated last year from LBI, but my heart was still like stone for a long time.
I even began to wonder if I would ever see positive changes in my life or if I would just stay miserable forever. I prayed for God to change my heart and for me to start living like a Christian. The other pastors have talked repeatedly about tithing as written in God’s Word. Malachi 3:10 in the bible says “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.
I decided that tithing might be the key to the beginning of my transformation, so about a year ago, my husband and I started tithing on a regular basis. Just like God’s Word says, the blessings did start pouring in. Listed below are just some of the multiple blessings we have received. We paid a reduced amount to move our trailer into a new mobile home park and we received a coupon in the mail for $100 off of one month’s rent; my husband paid off an outstanding credit card debt for about ½ of the amount owed; we will be able to get an additional parking spot poured for us in the spring for only $100 when the normal cost is $500-$600. We are blessed and highly favored because we have been obedient in tithing according to God’s Word!! We love God and we love Life Christian Church where we have truly received “new life.”
I am testifying about how faithful God is to doing his word.
Right after Christmas I was watching TV when I had a prompting from God to watch a program that was teaching on First Fruit for three days.
First fruit is a seed that requires you to sow the first of every thing to God and this seed can be sown at anytime. However, when a first fruit seed is sown at the beginning of a new year on top of your tithes and offerings it sets the tone for the favor of God for the rest of the year.
I learned that this is a seed that has to be sown out of Love for God, out of obedience to his word and out of expectation for a harvest. After the program, I sowed my seed silently with no one knowing but God a lone. While my family was visiting I kept looking through my wallet, multiple times and I did not know what I was looking for. I know all I had in my in my wallet was 36 cents cash. Three days after I sowed my seed at Wednesday night woman’s bible study I found the exact amount of my seed in my wallet. After every three days on four different occasions I found a total of 4 times the exact amount of my seed in my wallet or purse. After a week, I found 5 times the exact amount of my seed. In total I found 9 times the exact amount of the one seed that I had sown. Each time I found that my seed I will call my sister and tell her I keep find money and I don’t know how or where but God did it. I am so amazed. We serve a God that is able to do more than what our minds can imagine.