God is no man's debtor.
Is the money yours or is it His?
He absolutely promised to take care of you.
Money seems to be such an obstacle for so many. He has set it up this way to allow us to walk by faith, while we are at the same time being obedient to His Word with regard to money.
Let's get this one out of the way now: tithe. This is not hard. I would never consider holding back tithe, and I have many months when tin income cannot possibly meet the outgo.
I am a lawyer and a symphony musician, but I do staggering hours of pro bono. There is never enough to meet the bills. I was a professor for 41 years and all of what would have been retirement has gone to missions. Every cent.
Every bill is met every month.
The One who multiplied the flour and oil in the story of Elijah and the widow, is still able to do that for you.
This is not a health and wealth spiel. It is a simple matter of obedience. The New Testament also teaches us about the use of money. Remember the widow's mite?
You hear things on television about giving lots of money and getting lots back. I am not so sure about that. I don't tithe because I want money back. I tithe out of obedience.
The New Testament only mentions tithe once, and the other references are about giving.
Soldier, the issue is whose money is it? Why is it a problem for you?
It is pretty clear in the New Testament. First you give to your local assembly. Then after that, you give to other things as you are led.
Today, the believer is bombarded with emotional reasons to give to all sorts of seemingly noble and Christian efforts. First you must support the local church even if there are thing you want to change. Then you will be led of the Lord if there are other thing you need to support.
Soldier, it is about obedience. Everything is about obedience, and then the rest is up The One Who Holds The Stars in Place.
So, Soldier of The Cross, take your financial concerns to Him, and talk to Him aloud. If you are withholding tithe, you'd better take thta up with Him.
I promise He will answer you. Tell Him today.