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How Tithing Works

Apostle Don Meares

“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 

Can you pass down God’s blessing to you as a tither? 

The passage in Malachi shows us that God makes promises to the tither. The first is that He will open the windows of Heaven. But tithers must understand that they must tithe by faith. 

The second and third promises God makes to the tither is that He will pour out a blessing and that we won’t have enough room to receive. Many people might think this doesn’t make sense in the natural. But as His followers, we need to take God at His Word. He says that He’s going to give us a blessing, but we’re not going to receive that blessing. Even so, it will prosper us. So what is God really trying to tell us in this text? 

Imparting Spiritual Blessing 

Most of us are so conscious of ourselves that we often forget that like curses, blessings can also be generational. A curse can be imparted to the third and fourth generation (Deuteronomy 5:9), but blessings can also be passed down the same. A great example in the New Testament is Timothy. Apostle Paul and Timothy agree that he is in Christ because of his mother and grandmother. They imparted spiritual inheritance to him (2 Timothy 1:5). 

Think about this: How many will be blessed when they see you and your children are blessed by God? It will be a blessing to see your kids receive a blessing from God. When you are a tither, you can claim God’s promise that He will bless you with a promise you won’t receive but something you will pass on to your children. You will not receive this blessing, but it will be for your children and your children’s children. 

If you’re a parent, how do we ensure that our children have a spiritual inheritance policy from God that we pay with what we do in this life? Let’s take a look at Hebrews 7:7-10 in the King James version: 

And without all contradiction the less is blessed of the better.

And here men that die receive tithes; but there he receiveth them, of whom it is witnessed that he liveth.

And as I may so say, Levi also, who receiveth tithes, payed tithes in Abraham.

10 For he was yet in the loins of his father, when Melchisedec met him.”

What does this mean? If we’re going to understand and claim the second blessing stated in Malachi 3:10, God is making a promise to the tither that Levi will be the high priest of Israel. Out of all the 12 tribes, God has chosen the tribe of Levi to become His Priesthood. Because of this, Levi’s sons have been insured through the inheritance that they will also be in the levitical priesthood. When you go through Levi’s genealogy, Levi’s great great grandfather was Abraham, who was the father of Isaac. Isaac was the father of Jacob, and Jacob had 12 sons, including Levi. 

Why would God choose Levi to be such a well-to-do person and to ensure his and his family’s prosperity as the high priest of Israel? Why didn’t God choose the other brothers? Today, in the new covenant, our Lord Jesus Christ the High Priest came from the tribe of Judah. He is after the order of Melchizedek. 

Another question that needs to be asked is this: How do you pay a tithe to God when you haven’t been born yet? In Hebrews 7, the Scripture tells us that Levi paid tithes to Melchizedek before he was ever born, and he paid them through Abraham four generations before he was born. God said, “I’m going to bless you, Levi. You’re special because you pay tithe to Melchizedek, and that’s why I’m going to bless you to be the high priest of all Israel , and your sons to make up my priesthood for the old covenant. So I’m going to ensure your future and your son’s futures. I’m going to ensure your purpose. You’re going to know your destiny. I will ensure what I have called you to do with your life.” So when Abraham paid tithes to Melchizedek, that was the same as Levi paying the tithes to Melchizedek. Abraham passed down a blessing he never received. And Jacob also passed down the same blessing. In the mind of God, He doesn’t think as we think. He doesn’t act as we act. His thoughts are higher than ours. 

If we think of Levi’s life, he was tithing before he was born. Are your children tithing even before they were born? If you’re planning to have children, they can be tithers before they are born. If you already have children, you can start passing down blessings to them. 

Many of us have heard many teachings about generational curses. But it is sad to know that not a lot have heard teachings on generational blessings. God has promised tithers that if they tithe by faith, He will open the windows of Heaven, pour out closures in your life, show you your purpose and destiny, give you vision and dream, give you a word of revelation, and a blessing that you can give your children. We want all of these manifested in the lives of our children. Aside from their spiritual inheritance, we must also teach the next generation to be tithers. As long as they are under our roofs, they should learn how to tithe on any increase that they receive in their lives. This is part of training them up in the way of the Lord that, hopefully, they will pass down to their own children. 

The covenant of God is from generation to generation. It is renewed generationally according to obedience. So if you have parents who are tithers, the blessing you are experiencing is also because of God’s promise to them. You are a recipient of that blessing. 

On the other hand, if you are not a tither, you are also imparting curses to your children and grandchildren. We cannot afford not to tithe. We are securing the next generations with God’s promises. Let’s read Hebrews 6:12

that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.” 

When God says in Malachi 3:10 that you won’t have room for a blessing, it means He wants to bless you so much that you won’t have room enough for all the harvest that He’s going to give you. He will give you so many opportunities that you’ll have to choose which ones to take. Even in choosing blessings, we need to ask for His guidance. We must decide what we want to pass on to our children and grandchildren. 

We don’t have to worry about anything else when we tithe because our steps are ordered. Our ways are determined. God will bless us. He will bless us anywhere we go. He has us covered whatever might be happening in the world around us. This is our year to be blessed!

We need to step out in divine favor and purpose. Let’s not allow the enemy to trick us. No one can curse whom God has blessed. 

The third promise: God Himself will rebuke the devourer for your sake. 

Have you ever seen anyone “devour” their food? The food is gone after a few bites. It happens so fast. But in this passage, the devourer is an evil spirit, a principality, or power that wants to destroy and eat up all your stuff. When God says, He will personally rebuke the devourer on your behalf, it means that He’ll stop the enemy so he can’t destroy your stuff. 

Here’s what makes this promise phenomenal: God Himself, not His angels, will stop devourer on your behalf. God will personally be on the lookout. He will cover and watch over you and your property. Only God can get between you and the devourer. The enemy won’t be able to take another step. God can and will protect your stuff personally if you are a tither. 

If you always experience a lack or destruction in your belongings, it’s time to reflect. If you haven’t been faithful in tithing, it’s time to repent and get back on track. When God says He will personally protect you, remember how He preserved the Israelites and provided for all their needs during their 40 years in the wilderness (Joshua 5). 

If you want to claim God’s promises for you, don’t just tithe out of tradition or blind obedience. Give your tithes out of faith. Only then can you claim the five promises from the Book of Malachi. Jesus did a finished work. Every promise except His return has been made to you. But we are awaiting His return with faith and expectation. 

By faith, you have to appropriate God’s blessings upon you. There is also a need to exercise patience while you wait for the fulfillment of promises. Faith pleases God. Remember that everything you have is from God. You need to have the mindset that He wants you to receive the best. If you’re faithful, this isn’t a hard task for Him. Our God is good and generous. We can always claim the promises He made to us through His Word. Today, approach Him, thank Him, and ask Him for whatever you need. He will gladly do it for you. 

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