Pursuit of His Presence
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"I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes" (Mal. 3:11).

Do you realize what a wonderful privilege it is to have a financial covenant with Almighty God by tithing? Do you understand what it means to be connected to His heavenly economy?

It means we don't have to worry about depression or recession—there is no recession or depression in heaven. It means we can sleep peacefully at night when the rest of the world is tormented by fear of financial failure.

It means when the devil comes to steal our increase, we can stand firmly on that covenant and say, "Get out of here, Satan! You're rebuked! We're tithers and the Word of God says you cannot devour our money. You can't devour our health. We've given God the first fruits of all our increase so we are blessed. And what God has blessed, you can't curse!"

Oddly enough, there are some Christians who shrink back at such bold words. "Well, I just don't know if I could say that," they protest. "I'm a tither, but I'm still not as prosperous as the sinner down the street. So I'm not sure tithing does that much good."

The people in Malachi's day said exactly the same thing. They said, "It is useless to serve God; and what profit is it if we keep His ordinances? ...And now we consider the proud and arrogant happy and favored; evildoers are exalted and prosper..." (Mal. 3:14-15 AMP).

God didn't like those words. He said they were hard and stout against Him. Why? Because they were words of unbelief instead of words of faith.

You see, God not only wants us to tithe in honor and love, He also wants us to tithe in faith! It takes faith to please Him (Heb. 11:6).

If you don't have faith that God will prosper you, then get your Bible and study the promises He has made to you as a tither. Meditate on the Word, so you can tithe believing that God will keep His end of the covenant and bless you abundantly.

God loves it when you tithe with that kind of confidence. He enjoys it when you give with an attitude of reverence and gratitude, trusting Him to take care of you. In fact, Malachi 3:16-17 says He considers you a special treasure! "They shall be Mine, says the Lord of hosts, in that day when I publicly recognize and openly declare them to be My jewels—My special possession, My peculiar treasure. And I will spare them, as a man spares his own son who serves him" (v. 17 AMP).

Don't you want to be counted as one of God's special treasures? I certainly do! First of all, because I love God and I want to be pleasing to Him. Second, because I know how I treat special treasures. I take good care of them, and if I'm God's special treasure, that's exactly how He'll treat me!

So, the next time you drop your tithe in the bucket, release your faith. Stand on God's promises for the tither...and receive the blessings that belong to God's special treasures—His tithers.

Speak the Word: I am a tither. Therefore the Lord rebukes the devourer for my sake (Mal. 3:10-11).

For Further Study: Heb. 7:1-9

Daily Scripture Reading: Dan. 7-8; Ps. 119:50-72

Excerpt permission granted by
Eagle Mountain International Church, Inc.
aka:  Kenneth Copeland Ministries

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