Allow me to speak to you for a moment about God’s financial stimulus package. Look at what Isaiah 26:3 (CJB) has to say, “A person whose desire rests on you, you preserve in perfect (shalom) peace (shalom), because he trusts in you.” Peace and prosperity come alive when we trust God! So, indulge me for the next few minutes as I give you some life-saving nuggets and practical truths.
Now, let’s ask the basic question, why a 10th (tithe)? The answer is found in the number itself. Mathematically, the #10 is a perfect numeral. When God says in the book of Malachi ‘test me’ or better translated, ‘trust me’, he meant it! He desires for us to trust him PERFECTLY, with the whole of our finances. The 10th is a faith-act representing the whole. It’s the lesser honoring the greater. The 10% brings honor to the 90%. 1 Corinthians 12:24b “…having given greater honor to that part which lacks it.” When the curse came on creation because of disobedience, God implemented disciplines as the key to unlock the rewards of obedience “…Obedience is better than sacrifice.”
Under the curse, we held the propensity to survive and be self-sustained. Cain’s offering was rejected because it was the work of his hands, Abel was blessed because his sacrifice was the work of God’s hands. God desires for us to live in the realm where we trust his ability to provide. This is not to mean we don’t work, it just means we change the motivation behind the work of our hands. David was forbidden to number his troops for a number of reasons. One, it's too easy to rely on human resources, when you measure your capacity by your resources. Secondly, when you increase, it's really easy to use those blessed numbers for self-promotion and personal security. John the Baptist referred to this as, “may God increase over my decrease.” In other words, living off of God’s all-sufficiency and not in our insufficiency.
The laws of the Spirit are more real than the natural laws. Just as the law of gravity can work for us or against us, God's spiritual laws work in the same way. God's laws primarily are principles to release blessing, not rules to be obeyed to gain right standing with God. The Psalmist talks of one whose prime delight is in the law of the Lord. This person not only discovers how to cheerfully make life-changing deposits into the spirit realm, but, more importantly, how to find new aspects of the nature of God hidden in each act of obedience. The end result of this delighting is a transformed life which prospers in every endeavor. His experience can be our experience, and this confirmation will unlock the blessings hidden in both the natural and spiritual realm.
One last point regarding the power of the tithe is found in the New Testament in Hebrews 7:9, “Levi’s descendants are now the ones who receive a tenth from people. We could even say that when Abraham gave Melchizedek a tenth, Levi also gave him a tenth (while still being in Abraham’s loins).” Yes, the New Testament speaks powerfully about the tithe. It adds truths which cannot go unmentioned. Tithing, till today, has the power to release increase into our unborn lineage. WOW! Levi is Abraham’s great grandson! He’s 4th generation and yet his great grand daddy’s obedience unlocked rewards for him. You may recall me mentioning to you before, that the number 4 always represents warfare. Abraham beat battles for his great grandson by simply practicing the tithe! How is this for a financial stimulus package? Trust God with the whole, my friends. You won’t regret it!
Love, grace and prosperity increase on your behalf as you enter new realms of trust!