Keeping the faith when the money is tight
Is it possible to give generously to God and His works? Sometimes it is scary – especially when you’re going through financial hardship. But the Lord calls us to have faith!
During times of difficulties and financial distress, a true believer will not just talk about faith and trust but begin to live it.
Marlon first heard of tithing when he was in college and that was the time Evangel Family Church CDO welcomed him and shared with him the good news. His allowance at that time wasn’t that big but he had faith that God will sustain him and meet his needs. He has been tithing, giving mission pledges, and first fruit offerings for the last 8 years, and during that time, he has been blessed tremendously. He did not struggle to get a job as a newly licensed Architect. When he needed one thousand pesos for his expenses, God provided the exact amount. When he desired to give a pledge, God gave an increase in his income the same amount as his pledge.
“That was almost 8 years ago and I’ve always had enough and extra. When Jesus said, ‘Seek ye first the kingdom and all things will be added,’ I now understand what He meant. I figured that God knew what my expenses were. He also showed me that He is greater than all my needs.” Marlon added.
Even when he started teaching full-time at the University of Southern Technology of the Philippines this year, he continues to be faithful in giving of his tithes and faithfully supporting church projects and activities.
“I encourage everyone to put their trust in the Lord Jesus Christ and don’t hold back giving your tithes. God does not need our money but requires our hearts. When the heart is right, He will gladly release the abundance that He promised,” stressed Marlon.
Marlon Suazo’s life is a living testament to keeping faith in God amid the financial crisis. He has been a faithful steward of God’s blessings as he never holds back his resources to the Lord out of and learned to trust God to provide for his needs. Due to his obedience and faith in God, no matter how tight his budget may be, it allowed him to experience the overflowing blessings of God upon His life.
Indeed, keeping our faith when money is tight produces faith and confidence in the rich provision of God. Although we are bombarded daily with circumstances that can cause doubt about our financial future, we must never doubt that God is in complete control.
“…And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” Phil 4:1