For the past few weeks we have been talking and teaching on the practice of tithing and its implications for the believer.
Mal 3:11 & 12 And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts. And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the LORD of hosts. These are powerful scriptures from a powerful God.
Ladies and gentlemen, man was not designed to go through this earth without spiritual covering. This is what we see in the book of beginnings when God created man in His own image and likeness. We also see in Proverbs 10:22 that the blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.
It is the blessing of the Lord that makes rich and causes you to do well. It is the blessing which empowers to prosper and to succeed and to do well in life and it adds no sorrow with it.
The blessing of God is not primarily anything physical like cars, houses, money, men, women, husband, wife, and children and so on. Those are manifestations of the blessing. The blessing in essence is a spiritual empowerment; it is what we call the root that produces the fruit of all the other blessings. Every manifested blessing you see or enjoy in your life is the fruit of the blessing.
The blessing is the root to the fruit and once you have the root, you will of necessity have the fruit.
So what we ought to be going for in our lives is not chasing after God’s manifested blessings but rather positioning ourselves before God whereby we can be connected to the root to the fruit or simply put, the blessing.
God wants every believer to wear the blessing like a garment. That is what Adam wore so he did not know he was naked. The Bible said in Genesis 2:25 and they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed. They were not ashamed because the glory of God covered them and they were not able to interpret their physical nakedness as such because another glory covered them.
That blessing covered Adam and Eve and they were not naked. So any individual going through life without that spiritual covering or empowerment risks going through this life naked. Anyone that is not a tither is going around in this life naked and Satan can do to him anything he wants at anytime. Because the hedge is broken, the serpent can bite.
Therefore, it is important for us to understand that this principle of tithing, separating the tenth portion of every blessing that God gives and honouring the Lord with it is for our good not for His like it says in the Psalms 50:10-12:
For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills. I know all the fowls of the mountains: and the wild beasts of the field are mine. If I were hungry, I would not tell thee: for the world is mine, and the fullness thereof.
So there is nothing we can give God that He needs. God simply wants you to come into covenant with Him. The covenant of the tithe is the one way that God’s people operate in that spiritual empowerment to succeed and do well. It is called the blessing; God wants you to succeed and do well.
Now, here in Mal. 3:8 the Bible says, Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. So when you do not give the tithe to God He sees you as a robber or thief. When you do not obey God in the tithe and in the offering, He said you are robbing Him.
When you are not giving God His tithes and His offerings, you are not giving Him His due and you are not honouring Him. 1 Sam. 2:30b says …for them that honour me I will honour, and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed.
God said in Mal. 3:9 ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation. Can you imagine a person anointed to fail and not to succeed? That is what the curse does. It is a reversal of the blessing. When you are not walking under the blessing, the curse of a necessity begins to function, but the moment the blessing begins to walk in your life the curse is reversed.
God prescribes the remedy for the curse In Malachi 3:10. He said all that is necessary for you to begin to activate the blessing and walk in it like a literal umbrella is to believe Him and out of a good motive give God your tithes and offerings as He demands.
When you are a giver and a tither, God begins to operate in your physical body, and you can stand on the blessing of the tithe and curse sickness and disease and it will leave your physical body. God begins to operate in your finances etc. We will be going into great depths to bring out how the tithe operates in the area of your finances in subsequent editions.
Even in your relationships, God begins to bless you with quality people around. Be it a husband or wife or business partners or just wholesome friends, God begins to bring them into your life so that they will add to you and not diminish you.
Again, God said in Mal. 3:10 bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house… in other words, let my house function the way it is supposed to function. Do not let my house be dry but let my house be well funded. Let my house not complain for lack; let the operations in the house of God not be hindered for lack of finances but let them freely and fully function.
God is throwing a challenge to you that you should prove Him. In contemporary language, God is simply saying I dear you to be obedient; I dear you to worship me with your tithe and your offerings.
Do you know that the Bible says in Prov. 3:9 & 10 honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase: so shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine. That is both in financial/material blessing as well spiritual blessing.
There is something about honouring God with a right-heart-motive; you cannot buy a blessing from God, we all know that, but there is something about honouring God and just being obedient to Him that unlocks the blessing. Isaiah 1:19&20 says if ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land: but if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.
Job 36:11 says if they obey and serve him, they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures.
So we see that it is important for us to note that the tithing principle is simply an obedience thing. God wants your obedience and He rewards your obedience over and above everything else. If you study the Bible from Genesis to Revelations, you will find out that one of the basis core underlying themes of the Bible is obedience.
Man’s obedience to God commends God’s blessings upon man. Let me say that again; Man’s obedience to God commends God’s blessings upon man.
He said just 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 (Mal. 3:10b). This is why we say that tithing opens the windows of heaven for a blessing to come out.
Oh, my brother, you will have to be an ignoramus not to tithe after reading this. If you have not been a tither before, become a tither today. If you have been a tither but you have not been consistent or you have been playing games with God, go back to being faithful and see what God will begin to do.
Until we see again next week, remember, God loves you and so do I. God bless you.