by Connie Allen
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Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me herewith, saith the Lord of host, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that thee shall not be room enough to receive it. 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." This is God Himself speaking and he is saying "PROVE ME IN THIS." This is the only time in the Word where God instructs us to prove Him, and it is the one area where most people have withdrawn from proving God. (Malachi 3:10-11)
Tithing was instated under the Old Covenant as a way for God to communicate His blessing to His people. The word tithe in itself means tenth. The firstfruits of our income is God's; it's not ours to pay bills with (Proverbs 3:9-10). A man that does not tithe is robbing God and is operating under a curse.
In the Old Covenant, God's people would take their tithe, the firstfruits of their increase and place it in a basket, present it to the high priest, and say to him, "I profess this day unto the Lord thy God, that I am come unto the country which the Lord sware unto our fathers for to give us." (Duet. 26:2-3)
Tithing is not only an Old Covenant command; it is a New Testament blessing and privilege. Hebrews 7:8 says, "Here men that die receive tithes, but there he receiveth them, of whom it is witnessed that he liveth."
According to Colossians 1:13, we have been delivered from the power of darkness and have been translated into the Kingdom of His dear Son. As believers, we are living in the Kingdom of God. We have entered into our inheritance in Jesus Christ and possess it in His name. Jesus is the High Priest of the New Covenant. When we take our tithes to our High Priest, and speak our redemption, He receives them and then presents them to the Father (Heb 3:1, 7:8) When we speak forth God's Word by faith, we become the voice of God's Word in this earth.
When we stand on our covenant with God and exercise our rights as tithers, we lay a foundation for success and abundance. Satan has no chance against us. Tithing the tithe REBUKES THE DEVOURER! When we resist satan, in the name of Jesus, God's rebuke is in action. God told the Israelites that their words were stout against Him. They were confessing lack and want. It is important to speak our redemption in order for the tithe to produce.
Where you place your tithe depends upon where you are receiving your spiritual food. God says to bring the tithes into the storehouse so there will be meat in His house. A storehouse is where the food is....where a pastor, an evangelist, an apostle, or some other ministry is in operation. All the different ministries qualify to receive from Jesus more than enough to fulfill their particular calling when they feed God's people. When you give, you are not giving for and individual but for the furtherance of the Gospel. Since your tithe is God's money and since Jesus is the One who handles and receives it, you should always pray and let Him tell you where it should be put to work.
A TITHER'S CONFESSION
We profess this day unto the Lord God that we have come into the inheritance which the Lord swore to give us. We are in the land which you have provided for us in Jesus Christ, the Kingdom of Almighty God. We were sinners serving satan; he was our god, but we called upon the name of Jesus and You heard our cry and delivered us from the power and authority of darkness and translated us into the Kingdom of Your dear Son.
Jesus, as our Lord and High Priest, we bring the firstfruits of our income to You and worship the Lord our God with it. We rejoice in all the good which you have given to us and our household. We have hearkened to the voice of the Lord our God and have done according to all that He has commanded us. Now look down from your holy habitation from heaven and bless us as You said in Your Word. (Duet 26)
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You are telling it like it is. So many today feel that tithing has passed away under the new covenant. Not so. Keep on writing.