Thursday, November 7
10 Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need. 11 I will rebuke the devourer for you, so that it will not destroy the fruits of your soil, and your vine in the field shall not fail to bear, says the Lord of hosts.
The subject of tithing has become somewhat controversial in the church today. Many will tell you that it’s no longer necessary because the church is now under the New Covenant and tithing was under the Law. The truth of the matter is that tithing, whether you believe it’s required or not, is connected to a promise. The Lord says that He’ll take deal with the enemy on your behalf if you’ll make tithing a part of your life. Tithing simply means that you give the first 10% of any income you earn or are blessed with to the Lord. According to the Biblical standard, the tithe is the Lord’s before you ever receive it. You’re not giving it to God, your returning to Him what rightfully belonged to Him in the first place. Tithing is simply a way making sure that your priorities stay in line with the Kingdom. God promises that if you’ll put Him first, He’ll deal with the plans and scheme’s that the enemy may try to come against you with. Therefore, you should view tithing more as a spiritual act than a physical one. When God promises that ‘the devourer will not destroy the fruits of your soil and your vine…shall not fail to bear’, He’s saying that He will look after the fruit you produce, primarily meaning your offspring, not just your material possessions. When you tithe, you are putting a covering over your spouse, children and and anyone else under your care. When you submit to the Lord, He takes it personally and He promises to protect you and those you love. The most spiritual thing you can do for your family is tithe, not because God wants or needs your money, but because you need to keep yourself in a place of remembering who provides for and sustains you in the first place. – Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff