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.
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;”
God makes promises in Malachi 3:10-11 those who give Him the first tenth—the tithe. The Bible tells us that we tithe on our increase, which is the gross and not the net of our earnings. The Bible also tells us that our tithe must be a first fruit, which must be paid first.
When the New Testament says that Jesus is our first fruit. Today, in our sphere of influence, we give tithes to men, but spiritually, Jesus Himself receives them. If you are a priest unto God and a tither, expect a blessing from God. Some people ask for prayers, but if they are not a tither, even a pastor or an apostle’s prayers for them would not work because they rob God. All the prayers in the world will not help someone who is not obedient to the principles of God’s Word. If you are not a faithful tither, God’s solution is to repent and bring all the tithes into the storehouse so that there’s food or meat for people.
When we talk about the tithe, we must realize that it is distinctly different from offerings. Because whatever you give in an offering, the Scripture says it will be measured back to you. When you give God an offering, you are giving God something that belongs to you. Simply put, the tithe is the tenth that belongs to God, and the offering is the gift you give to God.
The tithe is holy, and it belongs to the Lord. Many have falsely believed that God will multiply back the tithe. The tenth belongs to Him. However, He blesses the tither. There are promises that God makes to the tither. It’s not an issue of money. It goes far deeper and greater than money.
The first blessing: He will open for you the windows of Heaven.
The first promise and blessing God will give the tithers is that He will open the windows of Heaven. We may not know how many windows there are in Heaven, but we can conclude that there is more than one. Therefore, the tither can count on the fact that God will pour out a blessing beyond this realm.
In the context of Malachi, the prophet is talking to an agricultural society where their total income is based on rain for their crops. They are farmers and herders. Without rain, their livelihood will suffer. In 2 Chronicles 7:13, it is said that God controls the rain. In the Scripture, the lack of rain was a curse from God upon nations. Anytime a nation experiences drought, that is not just a coincidence.
In Malachi, the prophet is saying that those who have robbed God have cursed themselves. You might be in the same church with another person, but even after listening to the same message and receive the same anointing, you don’t experience the “rain” of blessings. That might be because of your unfaithfulness in giving God the tenth.
When was the last time you challenged God to do what He said He would do? When it comes to His promises, and if you are tither who obeys His commands, you can always challenge His Word. You can be sure that you are in His will when you have done all this. You are entitled to His blessing.
The word “blessing” in Hebrew means an end, conclusion, closure, or finish. When we apply this to the word in Malachi, God will open the windows of Heaven and bring a conclusion, a closure, and a finish. When you are in covenant with God, you will realize that He is your Alpha and Omega—your beginning and end. We can never start and end something on our own. But, when we get on His path of purpose, He will get involved in our lives. He will bring our pursuits to a fruitful finish.
There are many things in our lives that we need closure on. But one of the great promises of God to a tither is that He will bring closure for whatever you need. If you are a tither, you will always be able to finish something, and you need to have a revelation in your spirit. When you tithe, one of His blessings will be closure and conclusion.
The conclusion of poverty is prosperity.
The conclusion of sickness is health.
The conclusion of lack is abundance.
Have you ever been in a situation that you just desperately wanted to come to an end? When you’re a tither, God promises an end to the problems and situations that might bring you down. If you haven’t seen the end to what you’re praying for, it could be an issue of faith. Do you have faith to believe that God will do what He says?
John 15:10 tells us:
“If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His.”
If you’re not walking under the Lordship and authority of Jesus, this promise won’t work for you if you don’t love Him. God’s promises require faith and patience to manifest. Many Christians never come to any conclusions in their life because they’re not a tither or a consistent tither. They forget the promises God made to them. We must remember that God has the power to bring closure. Faith is now. We must believe that God will follow through with His word in the present.
The second blessing: God is going to pour out provision for you.
When it comes to an offering, what we give will be measured back to us. God is saying that somebody will give to you out of what they have. The word in Malachi uses windows. We must understand the purpose of windows. When God says that He will open the windows of Heaven, He is saying He will give us the vision. He will provide us with perspective of another dimension. The view of your house is different inside and outside. The view from your window shows a different scene. And when you tithe, God will give you spiritual vision.
Let’s look at Genesis 14:18-20:
Abram and Melchizedek
18 Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; he was the priest of God Most High. 19 And he blessed him and said:
“Blessed be Abram of God Most High,
Possessor of heaven and earth;
20 And blessed be God Most High,
Who has delivered your enemies into your hand.”
And he gave him a tithe of all.
In this passage, Abraham gave Melchizedek a tithe of all—not just a tithe on the spoils—but a tithe for him and all of his men. It was a corporate tithe and not an individual one. He declared with this act that he recognizes his purpose and that his prosperity will depend on God alone. Abraham acknowledges that God can give someone the power to get wealth. In this case, Abraham knew he wouldn’t prosper through the ways of the world because they are fleeting. Instead, he trusted in God’s provision. In Abraham’s story, we saw how God was faithful to him throughout his life. God fulfilled all of His promises to His servant. God prospered Abraham to the point that those under him were also blessed. These people witnessed that God was on Abraham’s side.
Be filled with hope and expectation! If you’re a tither, follow God’s commands, and love Him, you can have hope. Hope is confident expectation. You can expect a miracle. Remember the promises He made to you.
If you’re a faithful tither, you can expect a miracle from God!
Expect God to reveal specific dimensions of purpose and destiny in your life. Don’t be concerned about God trying to pour out money. He doesn’t pour out money from Heaven because all the money you will ever need is already here on Earth. You don’t need to get it somewhere from Heaven, you need to find out who has your money. But you can expect God to open the windows of Heaven and give you a revelation by word, dream, or vision to show you how to obtain it. You have to seek the Kingdom of God first. If you do this, you will have all you need.
However, God will never give you true riches until He first tests you. He wants to see how you will deal with unrighteous riches. Therefore, you have to remain faithful to what you have right now so that God can entrust you with something greater. The true riches of God have to do with spiritual power, anointing, wisdom, and understanding.
In 2023, God will test many of us; if we commit to being faithful, He will provide for and protect us. Even if the world may experience challenges, we can be sure that God will be with us. Let us be faithful in our tithes that there may be sustenance. As we tithe and offer to God, we can test Him so that He can show His power in our lives.
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