As God (and my Pastor) has often said to me, if I feel the severe hardship, my family has to suffer and do without, only then may I possibly consider my Tithing to Jesus barely adequate.
Giving to God, well, He does not need money or property bequeaths upon my death. What he wants is commitment. Blind, unwavering, unquestioning complete commitment. Proof is the tears of suffering. Only then might God consider you as worthy of His imperceptible time.
My heart really goes out to my Pastor, having the dirty job of dealing with the tawdry business of Tithes. God saw your Tithe, as long as you do not try to take it back (jooing Jesus), now the Pastor has to deal with the mess. A thankless job.
And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land, or of the fruit of the tree, is the LORD'S: it is holy unto the LORD.
And if a man will at all redeem ought of his tithes, he shall add thereto the fifth part thereof
The earth is the LORD'S, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.
The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith the LORD of hosts.
(You aren't giving things away, since everything belongs to God already.
Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.
Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.
Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.
And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much.
And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing.
And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury:
For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living.
(Being dirt poor is not an excuse for not tithing.
1st Corinthians 16:2
Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.
What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?
If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,
And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?
Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.
, God is satisfied. But the Pastor is left with the burden of disposal.
Isaiah 45:7 I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.
Amos 3:6 Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? shall there be evil in a city, and the LORD hath not done it?
And the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died.
Matthew 10:34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.
Matthew 10:35 For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.
Matthew 10:36 And a man's foes shall be they of his own household.