Malachi 3:8-10 says 'Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed Me! But you say, In what way have we robbed You? In tithes and offerings. You are cursed with a curse, for you have robbed Me, even this whole nation. Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and prove Me now in this, says the Lord of hosts, If I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it.' Tithing is one teaching that a lot of ministers, as well as congregations avoid. It is thought that when a minister speaks on tithing, that he is only trying to get your money. But if you study the Word, you will find that it is a form of worship unto the Lord. Here is a very simplified, short teaching on tithing. Tithing actually teaches you to put the Lord first in your life. Most people hold onto their money tighter than any thing else they possess. If you can learn to put the Lord first in your money, then everything else will fall into place. There are over 2,180 scriptures on finance in the Word of God. Finance was talked about more than salvation, more than hell, more than any other subject. Why? Because it has to do with giving, and people get very interested when you discuss money; except when you talk to them about giving their money. Tithing sanctifies your money. Tithe means 'tenth', and the Lord only asks that you bring a tenth of what you gross into the storehouse. The storehouse is the church, and its function is not only to feed you spiritually, but also to be a light in the community by meeting various needs, and this cannot be done without finances. It takes money to provide clothes, shelter, food, and basic hygienic needs for people, and this is one of the many ways your tithes are utilized. Your tithing is to God, and He is the one that blesses it and blesses your remaining money. Isn't it amazing that God only asks for a tenth of what is actually His in the first place, but He blesses you for being obedient. That is amazing! He blesses you for giving Him what is His! it is a win win! Besides, you can never go wrong by giving into the Kingdom of God. And, it's the only place in the Word where God has you challenge Him on this. Remember He said to 'prove Him now in this' (Malachi 3:10). You hear people say that they cannot afford to tithe, but I'm here to tell you that you cannot afford not to tithe. Tithe and watch God do mighty things in your finances. Bring all the tithe into the storehouse.