Reestablish The Covenant
As the Holy Spirit refreshes His Church and prepares us for the return of the Lord Jesus Christ, one of the areas on which the Father is strongly focusing is the financial condition of His Church.
We, the end-time Church of Jesus Christ must come into order with our finances by honouring God with His tithe and our offerings. “A son honours his father and a servant his master. If I am Father, where is my honour?” (Malachi 1:6 NIV).
The kingdom of God is not in recession and yet there are churches, ministries, and individual Christians who are struggling to find the necessary finances to fulfill the commission God has given them.
It’s time for the children of God to pursue and recover the finances that the devil has stolen from them. He has been the most successful thief of all time and now is the time for us to put a stop to his thieving. We can only achieve this by being obedient to God’s directions regarding money.
“A change in your financial situation can only come about if you carefully follow God’s instructions.”
The dominion of the world, including the wealth in it, was under Satan’s authority from the time of Adam until Jesus conquered Satan through His death and resurrection. Just like with anything else, we are to redeem from Satan’s clutches the wealth of the world bringing it back into God’s kingdom.
How do we know this is so biblically? The devil tried to use the world and all its wealth to tempt Jesus: “Then the devil, taking Him up on a high mountain, showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said to Him, ‘All this authority I will give you, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish. Therefore, if you will worship before me, all will be yours.’ And Jesus answered and said to him, ‘Get behind me, Satan! For it is written, you shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve” (Luke 4:5-8 ESV).
The devil could tempt Jesus with the wealth of the world because he had legal authority to do so. This authority, the title rights to the world’s wealth, was handed to him by Adam when he sinned. We clearly see that Jesus (Luke 4:8) never rebuked Satan regarding his offer of the kingdoms and their authority. We do see the Lord severely rebuking Satan in his request for the Lord to worship him. A key point to note is the fact that if Satan tempted Jesus with these things, it means he must have had ownership of them at that time. The devil attempts to do the same thing to us as he did to Jesus. He tempts or bargains with things that are actually already ours by inheritance.
Laws of Inheritance versus Laws of Possession
A change in your financial situation can only come about if you carefully follow God’s instructions. Change won’t come if you attempt to modify or adapt guidelines God has laid down in His Word. Remember, the devil is a legalist. If you give him no authority at all with your finances, he can take no authority. Abraham is our pattern, and if we follow exactly what God told Abraham to do, we will then, by inheritance, receive Abraham’s blessings. The pattern is laid out in this order:
• First, giving the tithe.
• Second, walking blameless before God.
• Third, giving an offering. I believe that if we, as God’s children.
Following this pattern we will indeed receive our rightful inheritance. God’s Word promises that “if you are Christ’s then you are Abraham’s seed and heir according to the promise” (Galations 3:29 NKJV).
Returning The Tithe
“Tithe” and “offering” are not simply different words for giving to God. The tithe, ten percent of our income and increase, is clearly God’s. An offering is a voluntary gift, and giving it is an act of worship:
“Imagine this: God is opening a window in heaven to pour down blessings on us”
Imagine this: God is opening a window in heaven to pour down blessings on us, yet He opens it only 20 percent because of our disobedience.
“Then Melchizedek, king of Salem, brought out bread and wine; he was the priest of God most high. And he blessed Him and said: ‘Blessed be Abram of God most high, possessor of heaven and earth; and blessed be God most high who has delivered your enemies into your hand.’ And he (Abraham) gave Him a tithe of all” (Gen 14:18-20 ESV).
Malachi keys in on the importance of giving when he asks, “Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed me! But you say, ‘In what way have we robbed you?’ In tithes and offerings” (Mal 3:8).
When God’s people “rob” Him, they are not operating under the corporate anointing that God has intended for His end-time Church. If we rob God, we are also robbing His Son, and thereby grieving the Holy Spirit.
God blesses the obedience of His people in returning His tithe. I was told two years ago that approximately only 20 percent of the Church world-wide tithed accurately and regularly. This presumably leaves 80 percent of believers who do not tithe, or tithe only when they feel they can afford to. However, I believe that by now, because of renewal teaching, more people than ever have had a revelation on the tithe and are now regular tithers.
Imagine this: God is opening a window in heaven to pour down blessings on us, yet He opens it only 20 percent because of our disobedience. This means that 80 percent of our corporate blessings are being held up. Individual tithers can be blessed 100 percent, but corporately, if we do not tithe, we stem the flow of blessings and anointing across the body.
”I am almighty God, walk before me and be blameless”
Jesus ministered with the windows of heaven fully opened above Him. The Bible says that when He was baptized, the heavens were opened, and the Holy Spirit descended like a dove, alighted upon Him (Mt 3:16 NIV) and empowered Him. We know from God’s Word that everything He did was blessed.
The Lord says in (Malachi 3:7 ESV), “Return to me and I will return to you... But you said, ‘In what way shall we return?’” Here God is speaking about the return of His tithe and our offerings. He is clearly referring to money. When we return to God what is His, He will return to the body of Christ that which is ours but has been held back by the devil — namely, the wealth of the world.
If you don’t tithe, start to on every part of your income: your gross salary (before tax), income support, unemployment benefits, child benefits, family credits, any inheritances or bonuses, financial gifts, and even tax returns. In fact, tithe on any financial increase.
The tithe is not an offering. It is God’s money and must be returned to Him in full, weekly or monthly. If we are not able to return to God His ten percent, how can we expect Him to shower the wealth of the world on us?
Before God asked Abram for an offering, God asked him to walk before Him and be blameless: “When Abram was 99 years old, the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him, ‘I am almighty God; walk before me and be blameless” (Genesis 17:1 NIV). I am focusing here on financial blamelessness because this is the area we are looking at. Therefore for financial breakthrough, all monetary aspects of your life must be righteous. We are in the world but not of it, and Jesus Himself said, “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s” (Matthew 22:21 ESV).
This blamelessness can be achieved, for example, by not offering to do jobs for cash payment, or by not offering to pay cash for jobs done for us, or by us, to possibly avoid payment of governmental taxes. Receiving government benefit is all right. It only becomes a problem when work is done for cash in hand, and then that cash is not declared to government departments. For example, if you own a car, but drive it very little, you still need a driver’s license.
If you have to claim expenses from your company, you must try to be very accurate. Travel cards and car park tickets are not transferable. Remember, Satan is a legalist and any form of robbery, however small, will block our blessings from God. I firmly believe that a small discrepancy can stop a big blessing.
Giving the Offering
Abraham was one person that God asked to give a special “offering.” “Now it came to pass after these things that God tested Abraham and said to him, ‘Abraham!’ and he said, ‘Here I am.’ And He said, ‘Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you” (Gen 22:1-2 ESV).
The word “offering” means “to present for acceptance or consideration.” We must therefore assume that God can, if He so wishes, refuse our offering, as He did with Cain. Man will always accept your offering, but God may not. Brothers and sisters, honestly let us ask ourselves, can God really accept an offering from us that has been gained illegally particularly in light of this scripture: “You shall not sow your vineyard with different kinds of seed lest the yield of the seed which you have sown and the fruit of your vineyard be defiled” (Deut 22:9 ESV).
Securing Your Financial Breakthrough
Your financial breakthrough will come as you apply the following:
• First, repent of not tithing and start to tithe to the church where you worship.
• Second, repent of financial unrighteousness and purpose in your heart to be accurate in your handling of money.
• Third, pray about the amount of offering you should give.
When you follow these three principles, your offerings will be acceptable to the Lord and will in turn activate your increase.
Your breakthrough is guaranteed according to God’s Word. Remember, it isn’t so much a question of what we have to do to release God’s blessings, but rather an understanding of what is preventing God’s blessings from reaching us.
As you reestablish the covenant of blessings in your life, the tithe will protect you financially, your integrity will position you financially, and your offering will pro- vide an increase financially. Therefore, submit to God financially, resist the devil financially, and he will flee from you financially” (James 4:7 ESV)