Power To Get Wealth- Part 3

The Tithe

 “And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.

Deuteronomy 8:18 NKJV

Consider the wording in Deuteronomy 8:18. Notice that God says that He gives us “power to get wealth”. He does not say, “I give you wealth”. This indicates that we have a responsibility to tap into the power He gives us.  The power to get wealth is in His Word. If we are going to walk in wealth, we have to appropriate the principles in His Word that govern prosperity.

What is the Tithe?
Bring all the tithes into the storehouse,
That there may be food in My house,
And try Me now in this,”
Says the Lord of hosts,
“If I will not open for you the windows of heaven
And pour out for you such blessing
That there will not be room enough to receive it.
Malachi 3:10 NKJV
The tithe is the first ten percent of all your increase.
And he (Abram or Abraham) gave him a tithe of all.
Genesis 14:20 NKJV

Now consider how great this man was, to whom even the patriarch Abraham gave a tenth of the spoils.
Hebrews 7:4 NKJV
Genesis tells us that Abraham gave a tithe and the writer of Hebrews recounting that event tells us that he gave a tenth part.

The Tithe is the Lord’s.
And all the tithe of the land…is the Lord’s. It is holy to the Lord.
Leviticus 27:30 NKJV
God says that when you withhold the tithe you are robbing Him and actually bring yourself under a curse!
8 “Will a man rob God?
Yet you have robbed Me!
But you say,
‘In what way have we robbed You?’
In tithes and offerings.
You are cursed with a curse,
For you have robbed Me,
Even this whole nation.
Malachi 3:8-9 NKJV
If you are robbing God, when you withhold the tithe then the tithe must be His. The tithe is not the payment of a debt but rather the acknowledgement of a debt. We actually owe God everything we have. When we honor Him with the tithe, we are acknowledging Him as Lord and creator. We must understand that it is not God cursing us when we do not tithe. To transgress the tithe binds us to this cursed earth that became cursed through Adam’s disobedience. The tithe actually lifts us up from the curse that came upon the earth. The tree of knowledge of good and evil was even a type of the tithe.
16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat;

17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”
Genesis 2:16-17 NKJV
There was nothing spooky or mystical about the tree of knowledge of good and evil. The tree of knowledge simply gave man a legal right to choose the Lordship of his creator. Satan chose to reject God when he had no legal right to do so; therefore, there is no hope for redemption for him. Because Adam was given a legal right to choose, we now have the legal right to choose Jesus as our Lord and sacrifice. God was in essence saying, “This tree of knowledge represents My vested interest in the affairs of man. As long as you honor Me with it, you will have life and peace. If you consume it for yourself you are in essence making yourself the lord of your life and you are cursed because of your separation from Me.” Many who curse Adam for the fall of man are essentially doing the same thing when they rob God of the tithe. They are not acknowledging Him as Lord and creator and are setting themselves up as lord of their lives. They essentially are trading “dead presidents” for the Living God.

Another Old Testament type of the tithe is the city of Jericho. It was the first the first city that Israel took in the conquest of Canaan.
18 And you, by all means abstain from the accursed things, lest you become accursed when you take of the accursed things, and make the camp of Israel a curse, and trouble it.

19 But all the silver and gold, and vessels of bronze and iron, are consecrated to the Lord; they shall come into the treasury of the Lord.”
24 But they burned the city and all that was in it with fire. Only the silver and gold, and the vessels of bronze and iron, they put into the treasury of the house of the Lord.
Joshua 6:18-19,24 NKJV
Notice the similarity between the terminology in this passage and in Malachi 3. God said that they would come under a curse if they partook of the spoils of Jericho.
8 “Will a man rob God?
Yet you have robbed Me!
But you say,
‘In what way have we robbed You?’
In tithes and offerings.
You are cursed with a curse,
For you have robbed Me,
Even this whole nation.
Malachi 3:8-9 NKJV
“Accursed” could be translated “devoted”. God told them that the spoils of Jericho were to go into the treasury of the house of the Lord. The tithe was to go into the house of the Lord.
Bring all the tithes into the storehouse,
That there may be food in My house…
Malachi 3:10 NKJV
Jericho was essentially the tithe. Much like many people today, not everyone obeyed God’s mandate to not touch what was His.
1 But the children of Israel committed a trespass regarding the accursed things, for Achan the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, took of the accursed things; so the anger of the Lord burned against the children of Israel.
Joshua 7:1 NKJV
The account goes on to say that Israel’s army were defeated by the little city of Ai. Therefore, when Joshua sought the Lord this was His response.
11 Israel has sinned, and they have also transgressed My covenant which I commanded them. For they have even taken some of the accursed things, and have both stolen and deceived; and they have also put it among their own stuff.

12 Therefore the children of Israel could not stand before their enemies, but turned their backs before their enemies, because they have become doomed to destruction. Neither will I be with you anymore, unless you destroy the accursed from among you. 13 Get up, sanctify the people, and say, ‘Sanctify yourselves for tomorrow, because thus says the Lord God of Israel: “There is an accursed thing in your midst, O Israel; you cannot stand before your enemies until you take away the accursed thing from among you.”
Joshua 7:11-13 NKJV
They then discover that Achan had transgressed and the following was the result!
20 And Achan answered Joshua and said, “Indeed I have sinned against the Lord God of Israel, and this is what I have done: 21 When I saw among the spoils a beautiful Babylonian garment, two hundred shekels of silver, and a wedge of gold weighing fifty shekels, I coveted them and took them. And there they are, hidden in the earth in the midst of my tent, with the silver under it.”
22 So Joshua sent messengers, and they ran to the tent; and there it was, hidden in his tent, with the silver under it.

23 And they took them from the midst of the tent, brought them to Joshua and to all the children of Israel, and laid them out before the Lord.

24 Then Joshua, and all Israel with him, took Achan the son of Zerah, the silver, the garment, the wedge of gold, his sons, his daughters, his oxen, his donkeys, his sheep, his tent, and all that he had, and they brought them to the Valley of Achor.

25 And Joshua said, “Why have you troubled us? The Lord will trouble you this day.” So all Israel stoned him with stones; and they burned them with fire after they had stoned them with stones.
Joshua 7:22-25 NKJV
This account illustrates the part of the promises to the tither found in Malachi 3.
10 Bring all the tithes into the storehouse,
That there may be food in My house,
And try Me now in this,”
Says the Lord of hosts,
“If I will not open for you the windows of heaven
And pour out for you such blessing
That there will not be room enough to receive it.
11 “And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes,
So that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground,
Nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field,”
Says the Lord of hosts;
Malachi 3:10-11 NKJV
Notice when Israel transgressed the tithe they fled before their enemies. Yet, when they restored the tithe their enemy could no longer steal from them. The main reason people steal the tithe is because of the love of money.
10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
I Timothy 6:10 NKJV
This is a startling revelation. A wrong attitude toward money can be an in road to all kinds of evil.  When you honor God with the tithe, you push back all manner of evil because it will be instrumental in breaking your dependence in money.
The purpose of tithing is to teach you always to put God first in your life.
Deuteronomy 14:23 Living Bible
When we honor God with the tithe, we are meeting Jesus’s qualification for receiving all other things.
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these (material) things shall be added to you.
Matthew 6:33 NKJV
Set your heart on the kingdom and his goodness, and all these things will come to you as a matter of course.
Matthew 6:33 J.B. Phillips
Tithing rebukes the devourer and closes the door on every evil work because where you put your money refocuses your heart attitudes.
20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.

21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Matthew 6:20-21 NKJV
This principle is mirrored by the fact that God actually equated returning the tithe to returning to Him!
Yet from the days of your fathers
You have gone away from My ordinances
And have not kept them.
Return to Me, and I will return to you,”
Says the Lord of hosts.
“But you said,
‘In what way shall we return?’
“Will a man rob God?
Yet you have robbed Me!
But you say,
‘In what way have we robbed You?’
In tithes and offerings.
Malachi 3:7-8 NKJV
When we honor God with the tithe here, Jesus receives it in heaven as an act of faith. Therefore, when we honor God with the tithe we are laying up treasure in heaven.
Here mortal men receive tithes, but there he receives them, of whom it is witnessed that he lives.
Hebrews 7:8 NKJV
Where does the tithe go?

The tithe always goes to your local church.
Bring all the tithes into the storehouse,
That there may be food in My house,..
Malachi 3:10 NKJV
According to the Apostle Paul, the New Testament expression of the House of God is the local church.
but if I am delayed, I write so that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.
1 Timothy 3:15 NKJV
Therefore, you do not need to pray about where your tithe goes. We need not pray and seek God’s direction about something that is clearly spelled out in His Word. We should not send our tithes to the television minister. We should support the television minister but not with the tithe. The only exception to this would be if you were physically unable to go to church, such as someone in a nursing home. Otherwise you are to “bring your tithes” into the local church.  You should not use the tithe to pay Aunt Nellie’s light bill. You should help Aunt Nellie, but you should use your money and not God’s! Using your tithe to help someone would be the equivalent of stealing someone’s car and selling it to help someone else. God has no spiritual “Robin Hoods”.  We should not steal from anyone, especially God!
“But you shall seek the place where the Lord your God chooses, out of all your tribes, to put His name for His dwelling place; and there you shall go.

There you shall take your …your tithes…
Deuteronomy 12:5-6 NKJV
There are several significant principles in this passages related to tithing. First, you cannot choose your church and be in the will of God.
But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased.
1 Corinthians 12:18 NKJV
Secondly, we have to go where the Spirit of God is allowed to manifest as He pleases.  Many churches that have the Name of Jesus on the front door are not benefitting the Kingdom of God.  They have Jesus only as a figurehead monarchy. He can show up, shake hands, and kiss the babies, yet He has no say in the policies of that church. God will not lead you to funnel your resources into a dead church. Only when the anointing is allowed to manifest will there be deliverance.
And the yoke will be destroyed because of the anointing oil.
Isaiah 10:27b NKJV
A place where God has truly “Put His Name” will have His manifested presence. Increase comes where God’s manifest presence (glory) is. Increase came to the house of Obed-Edom because the Ark of the Covenant, which represents God’s manifested presence was at his house.
11 The ark of the Lord remained in the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite three months. And the Lord blessed Obed-Edom and all his household.
12 Now it was told King David, saying, “The Lord has blessed the house of Obed-Edom and all that belongs to him, because of the ark of God.” So David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obed-Edom to the City of David with gladness.
2 Samuel 6:11-12 NKJV
You also should not stay in a church that teaches that poverty is the will of God for you and rejects biblical prosperity.
Go from the presence of a foolish man,
When you do not perceive in him the lips of knowledge.
Proverbs 14:7 NJKV
Is tithing still valid under the New Covenant?

Tithing is part of our worship to the Father. Malachi 3 in the same context of tithing declares the He does not change. Jesus, our High Priest who receives our tithe also does not change.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
Hebrews 13:8 NKJV
Tithing predates the law. We read earlier where Abram or Abraham paid tithes before the law. Tithing was included under the law.
And all the tithe…is the Lord’s. It is holy to the Lord.Leviticus 27:30 NKJV
Jesus taught that we should tithe.
Matthew 23:23 
23 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone.
Matthew 23:23 NKJV
Tithing is foundational yet there is more to tithing than the physical act itself.  Jesus was saying that the Pharisees were hypocrites, play-actors who were going through the motions with no heart revelation. Jesus was essentially saying that they omitted justice (God is just), mercy (God is merciful) and faith (you have to tithe in faith). When you tithe, you have to believe that God is merciful and just to do what He said He would do and open the windows of heaven over your life and rebuke the devourer.

The New Testament recognizes that tithing is still valid today.
Here mortal men receive tithes, but there he receives them, of whom it is witnessed that he lives.
Hebrews 7:8 NKJV

What should I do if I still do not understand tithing?

No matter how much we learn about any subject in the Word, our knowledge is still limited. Paul, who wrote two thirds of the New Testament, said that we still know in part (1 Corinthians 13:9). We should not understand tithing fully until we obey God.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.
Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV
According to this passage when we acknowledge Him, we open ourselves to further insight.  Applying the Word to your life brings mind renewal.
But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
Hebrews 5:14 NKJV
Since you have purified your souls (mind, will and emotions) in obeying the truth through the Spirit…
1 Peter 1:22 NKJV
Even Jesus “learned obedience by the things which He suffered” (Hebrews 5:8). That is not limited to His suffering on the cross. That suffering includes the suffering in His soul from doing the will of God when His flesh wanted to do contrary to it. If we obey God with the tithe even though our flesh baulks at it, we will become sensitive to His voice in areas of personal guidance. Faith obedience is key developing in understanding.
By faith we understand…
Hebrews 11:3 NKJV
James says to be a hearer of the Word and not a doer opens the door to deception.
But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
James 1:22 NKJV
I knew a man who had gone from church to church offended because they taught on tithing. He would sing the blues to me about how he could not afford to tithe because of all of his debt. I wanted to tell him that it sounded to me like he could not afford not tithing! The curse was in full force. Yet, in the middle of one of his rants about one the churches he had been to, he was talking about being at a different restaurant every night of the week. Some of them were rather expensive for a man in his sad condition. Can you see his deception? He thinks he cannot afford to tithe yet he is eating out at a different restaurant every night. He would be better served to obey God and tithe while staying home eating beans and potatoes to get the curse off his life. After a time of being diligent, he could be lifted up to where he could eat out without being a God robber.

Just as a final note, I want to point out that I am not presently, at the time of this writing, pastoring a church. The only reason I mention it is to let you know that I have no hidden agenda in teaching this. Do not get me wrong; pastors have a heavenly mandate to teach on tithing.  I can be especially bold about the subject having nothing to gain from it other than wanting to see God’s best manifest in your life.

 -- Rev. Travis Johnson was born again and Spirit filled in May of 1994. He accepted God's call to ministry in 1996. He graduated from Faith Bible Institute in 1997. He is recognized as an anointed Bible Teacher. His desire is to, along with other ministers of the Body of Christ, empower believers to interpret the Bible for themselves and make the Word of God applicable to be successful in day to day life. Travis currently lives in Arkansas with his wife and daughter.

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