You see we can’t give out of pressure or compulsion at offering time; it is suppose to be a time of worship. Our Father is looking for cheerful givers. You are not cheerful if you feel threatened to give. We do not give in the New Testament Church because of Malachi. We have to go further back than that to our father Abraham. We find out that Abraham gave God tithe because he loved God. So if he gave because he loved God, then we need to learn from him and give because we love God and we love people.
You should give 10% of your gross income to your local church for the work of that ministry. Then you should pay your bills and then if you have any extra, you can give an offering. You should never give an offering after you have tithed, if your bills at home are not paid. (Unless God tells you to, and if He tells you to, you will not lack.) There are all kinds of preachers out there that will tell you to sow this or sow that and God will do this for you. You better have a Word from the Lord yourself before you give your bill money to a ministry. So having said that, if you are going to be obedient to the Father, you have to trust Him enough to be a faithful giver and in trusting Him, He will be able to bless you beyond your wildest expectations. Just think, at offering time, how cheerful you will be if you get the revelation that you are being obedient to your Father and putting Him in the position to be able to bless you with all He has.
One final thought is that when you take your tithe money and do with it what you want; you take the control out of God’s hand over your finances and put it in your hands. This means that you think you know more than He does about how to take care of you. Repent if you have not been tithing, give the Father control of all you have, and watch Him do what only He can do.
MAKE HIM LORD OF YOUR FINANCES ONCE AND FOR ALL!