Stretch Your Income With This Tip

Stretch Your Income With This Tip

Posted by : Blyton Pinto | Catholic Life

The cost of living is on a relentless upward move but your salary or income is not. It is either reducing, stagnant or rising but not matching rising costs. You cannot afford to sit quietly, on the contrary, you must start by taking this first step, to stretch your income

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Money cannot buy happiness but it can certainly buy a comfortable bed, mattress, and pillow for you to sleep comfortably. But again, money cannot buy sleep. Nowadays many of us, sometimes don’t get a restful or peaceful sleep, because we are worried about so many things. One common worry is finances.

Our incomes and expenses are in a neck to neck race. Sometimes our expenses take over our income or our expenses are so close behind the income, that we do not have much to spare for emergencies.

There is a lot of advice on the Internet or you may know financial advisors whom you can consult with, to learn how to manage your expenses (including this one from a Catholic perspective).

But here I give the first Tip from a totally different perspective. The secular world may laugh at it or not understand.

Faithfully give your tithe in order to increase your chances of receiving God’s assurance of abundance

If we have a huge bank balance or many valuable properties, we are generally financially secure. More the finances you have, better your ability to withstand financial and materialistic hardships. But anything can rock your boat so badly, that your finances may not be able to secure you forever.

On the other hand, you may not have much remaining in your bank or pocket after your expenses, but you can actually be much more secure than the first category above. Not because I am telling you, but because it is a promise of God.

Malachi 3: 10
“Bring the tithes in full to the treasury, so that there is food in my house; put me to the test now, says Yahweh Sabaoth, and see if I do not open the floodgates of heaven for you and pour out an abundant blessing for you”

Not convinced? Read this

Luke 6:38
“Give, and there will be gifts for you; a full measure, pressed down, shaken together, and overflowing, will be poured into your lap”

I’m very sure, there are some readers who are not yet convinced of God’s assurance. This is my last attempt

Proverbs 3: 9
“Honour Yahweh with what goods you have and with the first-fruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with corn, your vats overflowing with new wine”
Proverbs 11: 24
“One gives freely, yet grows richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want”

If you are still not convinced, then let me tell you, the above is not a convenient manipulation of the Bible, but a true testimony of my life, examples of which I can share at a more personal level, if you would like to know. But I can give you a clue here.

Malachi 3: 11
“For your sakes, I shall forbid the locust to destroy the produce of your soil or prevent the vine from bearing fruit in your field, says Yahweh Sabaoth”

And remember, Tithing is not about money alone. It’s also your time, talent, possessions etc. "Abundance" does not alone mean lots of wealth, possessions etc. but includes love, joy, peace, good health, satisfactory relationships etc.

I don’t want to give you the wrong understanding that tithing will guarantee you God’s assurance. No. Our God is a perfect all-rounder and He expects us to fulfill other important conditions too.

Mathew 23: 23
“Alas for you, you hypocrites! You pay your tithe but have neglected the weightier matters of the Law – justice, mercy and good faith! These you should have practiced without neglecting the others”

Conclusion

You cannot buy your salvation. You can only build your heavenly abode with bricks, one by one, by your actions here on earth. Giving to God out of gratitude, from the fruits of your labor, which you are able to produce because of the gifts He has given you, is surely one of the ways of adding a brick to your house in heaven.

Do you feel confident about God’s assurance of abundance in your life? How do you tithe?

If you liked this article or know of someone else who may like it, I’d appreciate a share.

Blyton.

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