Have you ever known a thief? If you did then there is no doubt that you didn’t take your eyes off of them when they were anywhere near your valuables!
I’ve actually known a lot of thieves in my life. Sadly, I have served as their pastor on more than a few occasions. In fact, one time we had one of our church ushers actually steal the entire church offerings after a service. The man barely escaped jail time, and I can assure you he never served as an usher or handled the holy tithes and offerings in our church ever again. He couldn’t be trusted.
Can you be trusted? Many Christians not only desire but seriously need a financial breakthrough, yet they have proven that they cannot be trusted. Here is what I mean. According to Leviticus 27:20 the tithe (which is the first 10% of your gross income) is holy to the Lord, and it actually belongs to the Lord. That means it does not belong to you, even though it may be in your checking account! The Lord has entrusted it to you so that you can honor Him through your obedience with tithes and offerings.
[highlight type=”dark”]If you need a financial breakthrough then the following passage of scripture must not be ignored.[/highlight] In fact, financial breakthrough actually begins with obedience in this area.
[pullquote cite=”Malachi 3:8, 10 (KJV)” type=”left”]“Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. 10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.”[/pullquote]
When you release what is God’s into His hands and put it where it belongs then it will release energy that will cause breakthrough to take place in our life. But if you hold on to what is God’s it will work against you. Your financial breakthrough begins with tithes and offerings.
The Prophet Malachi was speaking to Israel by the Holy Ghost. God spoke to Israel when they were in a time of need and laboring under a curse. He was explaining to them why they were operating under a curse. The answer to get out from under the curse is bringing all of the tithes into the storehouse.
So then what is the storehouse? The storehouse in your local church. It is where your pastor is. Every church is not your church and every minister is not your minister.
[custom_headline type=”left” level=”h3″ looks_like=”h3″]God wants things to turn around for you.[/custom_headline]
God is not happy when you are not doing well. But you’ve got to get that turn around started by obeying God in the area of tithes and offerings.
Revelation knowledge is the key to your ongoing victory. The reason so many Christians rob God in tithes and offerings is because they have no revelation in this area of God’s Word.
The Bible is not a cafeteria. You can’t go through it and pick and choose what you want and what you don’t want. You have to hear the Word and you have to do it – all of it!
Some people say that they can’t afford to tithe.
[highlight]But they can if they do it first.[/highlight] It’s a matter of priorities. What matters to you the most? Never ever put yourself above God and the work of His Kingdom through your local church.
Financial freedom in your life begins with tithes and offerings. Why? Because everything that God does He does according to His covenant. And tithes and offerings are part and parcel of that covenant.