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…Test me in this, says the LORD Almighty, and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.
(Mal 3:10)
Have you ever gone to the Lord and let him know of a financial need in your life? I have, continuously since I gave my life to Him 29 years ago.

Do I think that is scriptural? I know it is. Phil 4:6 says,
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
When I have financial needs or any needs in my life, the way I honor the Lord is by doing what He says. Not by getting anxious and slipping into a place of doubt and unbelief. Instead I pray about everything and then turn the care over to Him.

I pray so that I can let go of it and not worry about it anymore. If I feel worry or anxiousness try to creep in, then I just lift it back to the Lord and say, "Heavenly Father, I thank you that you let me turn this care over to you and I just want to thank you again that you love and care for me and are helping me in this situation."

What gives me the confidence that the Lord will help me? The fact that I have honored Him and His Word in two primary ways:
  1. By bringing tithes and offerings
  2. By praying about everything
What About Righteous Actions?
We are all learning to be more righteous in our Christ-like walk. That will always be an evolving process. Our spiritual righteousness - God seeing our sins washed away - has been given as a gift from God through Jesus Christ.

Money is not the root of all evil; the love of money is the root of all evil. Therefore, God wants to destroy improper motivation toward that root. Tithing is His tool to accomplish that.

People covet money and won't give to God what belongs to Him. Some people - because they don't want to tithe - have tried to push the subject out of their life or tried to make it an Old Testament issue.

It isn't an OT issue. Just like wisdom, it's eternal…and it's a heart issue.

Tithing is taking the first 10 percent of everything we get through our labors and giving it to God. It's saying, "God I realize that every good thing in my life comes from you and that I am your steward. According to your Word, and as a steward, I give back your 10 percent and thank you for the privilege of managing the remaining 90 percent."

Some people just casually blow this off. In the following parable, Jesus paints a picture of the kind of person who does just that. He once told the following story:
A man planted a vineyard, rented it to some farmers and went away for a long time. At harvest time he sent a servant to the tenants so they would give him some of the fruit of the vineyard. But the tenants beat him and sent him away empty-handed. He sent another servant, but that one also they beat and treated shamefully and sent away empty-handed. He sent still a third, and they wounded him and threw him out.

Then the owner of the vineyard said, "What shall I do? I will send my son, whom I love; perhaps they will respect him." But when the tenants saw him, they talked the matter over. "This is the heir," they said. "Let's kill him, and the inheritance will be ours." So they threw him out of the vineyard and killed him.

What then will the owner of the vineyard do to them? He will come and kill those tenants and give the vineyard to others. When the people heard this, they said, May this never be!
(Luke 20:9-18)
When you read this parable it is easy to see the evil of those who stole what belonged to their master. It's funny how people can't translate that into stealing the tithe from God.

Malachi 3:8-12 says,
Will a man rob God? Yet you rob me. But you ask, How do we rob you? In tithes and offerings. You are under a curse - the whole nation of you - because you are robbing me. Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this, says the LORD Almighty, and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it. I will rebuke the devourer from your crops, and the vines in your fields will not cast their fruit, says the LORD Almighty. Then all the nations will call you blessed, for yours will be a delightful land, says the LORD Almighty.
God has a financial plan that is supernatural. How do I know? Because that's what it says. God says, "I will rebuke the devourer from your crops." What He is saying is that He will rebuke Satan from your livelihood - from what helps you produce an income.

Now that's supernatural! It doesn't mean Satan can't attack it. It means what the devil meant for evil, God will turn for good!

Rebuking The Devourer
I was talking with a woman from church recently. She is a tither. She understands these principles. She got laid off from one job about eight months ago. It was the best job she ever had. She came to me for agreement in prayer. We prayed and thanked God for rebuking the devourer. She got a better job.

Two months ago she got laid off again. She didn't panic. She came to me and prayed. I talked to her yesterday. She now has the best job of her life and her pay is way above what the last two jobs were at.

Each time she has increased. Why? Because God rebukes the devourer. You have to obey God by tithing. You have to pray it. You have to believe it. And the promise is yours. And it case you don't know it, tithing will turn you into a giver like you never imagined.

So yes, I pray for everything in my life! I tithe with gladness too!

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Author Biography

Tim Burt
Web site: Todays Fresh Manna
 
Pastor Tim became a part of the leadership team at Living Word Christian Center in 1984 and served as Associate Pastor from 1989 to 2017. He and His wife Renee, also a Pastor at Living Word, resigned, feeling impressed by God to pursue the tremendous growth of their ministry "Fresh Manna," as well as teaching conferences and seminars, and increasing their involvement on the mission field through Tim & Renee Burt Ministries.
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