If you've decided to travel down the path of–and work toward–a financial rebirth, the first thing to do is to break the curses off your finances.
I'm very burdened about three specific curses that can sit on people's finances, so we're going to talk about the first one today–and about the sixfold blessing that you get when you break this curse. There's even a free, printable bookmark down farther in the post, so you can pray for all six blessings every day! 🙂
First, you need to know:
How is a curse broken? When you get rid of its cause.
Proverbs 26:2 says:
Like a flitting sparrow, like a flying swallow, so a curse without cause shall not alight.”
Every curse has a cause. And as soon as we get rid of the cause, slamming the door in the enemy's face, BOOM! We are free to step into blessing.
The cool thing about today's subject is that the WAY you get rid of the curse actually carries its own, sixfold blessing with it.
So when you do the thing necessary to break the curse, God automatically promises that He'll bless you. Neat, huh?
And what is the curse? Sin. It's the same curse on all this world's systems, including money; and you break that curse by tithing.
When Adam and Eve fell into sin in Genesis, they took the whole world into with them. What had been a perfect cradle for two perfect people who communed with a perfect God became …
It became world where the default state of things changed from perfection to sinful. The creation had been holy, but everything about the world became cursed as soon as sin entered it.
BOO! HISS! I know. It's so very sad. 🙁
But it's true.
When our first human parents fell, the world ceased to be a place where humans frolicked about naked, walked with God in the cool of the day, enjoyed the company of squirrels and giraffes, and loved each other.
Instead, it became a place where sin reigns. A place where people hurt each other. A place where nothing is perfect except God Himself.
When the world fell, everything in it fell under the curse of sin. Including money.
In the Scripture passage below from Malachi 3:8-12, God personally tells us that we are suffering from a curse in regards to money. However, He also gives the prescription for breaking that curse and establishing His sixfold financial blessing: by tithing.
So today we're going to talk about tithing so you can break the curse off your finances and be blessed instead.
I want to answer as many questions below as I can. However, this article is not meant to be a full treatise on tithing; so, if you have additional questions, I encourage you to study and research the tithe on your own.
There are tons of Scriptures about tithing in the Bible, in both the Old and New Testaments. But I'm going to talk about the most important aspects of the tithe today–the things you need to know as part of your financial rebirth.
First, what is “the tithe” and “tithing”?
- The phrase “the tithe” refers to the first 10% of your increase.
- The phrases “giving tithe,” “tithing,” and “paying tithe” mean giving the first 10% of your increase to God.
Why is tithe necessary? Because it breaks the curse off your finances.
Giving the first 10% to God redeems money from the curse of this world's systems. Giving God the first of anything brings His blessings onto the remainder of that thing.
If you think about it, money isn't unique in this. God always asks for the first and best that we have. Then He tells us that, if we will give Him what He asks for, He will redeem and bless the rest.
For example, in the Mosaic Law, God said that the first of everything that opens the womb belongs to Him. Exodus 34:19-20 says:
All that open the womb are Mine, and every male firstborn among your livestock, whether ox or sheep.
But the firstborn of a donkey you shall redeem with a lamb. And if you will not redeem him, then you shall break his neck. All the firstborn of your sons you shall redeem. And none shall appear before Me empty-handed” (Exodus 34:19-20).
- The first lamb that an ewe sheep had belonged to God. It had to be sacrificed to Him.
- The first calf that a cow bore belonged to God. It had to be sacrificed to Him.
- The first donkey colt that a donkey bore belonged to God, but God didn't want donkeys. So He said they had to “buy it back” from Him–redeem it–by giving a lamb instead.
- Even the firstborn son of a woman had to be redeemed. (That's one of the reasons why Hannah said she'd give Samuel to God if He'd give her a baby. The firstborn son always belonged to God.)
This principle works the same way whether we apply it to time, priorities, money, lambs, or anything else. God always wants the first.
That's why Jesus said, in Matthew 6:33:
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”
In this passage, we see that Jesus wants the first of our time and efforts. He wants the first of our labor. He wants to be sought FIRST in every way.
God convicted me about this a few years ago in regards to time.
I used to wake up, eat breakfast, shower, and only THEN would I sit down to spend time with the Lord. However, one day, the Lord showed me what my heart attitude–and what my routine–felt like to Him.
Basically, He showed me that the way I ordered my time showed Him where He was on my priority scale. He showed me:
- I ate breakfast before I spent time with Him because I was hungry. That meant my stomach was more important to me than He was.
- I took my shower before I spent time with Him because I wanted to be ready to go to work and not be late. This meant that sleeping in was more important than He was, because the only reason I was concerned about being late was because I slept too long.
- I did All The Things in the morning and sat down with Him last because I felt it all depended on me. I fit Him in as an afterthought.
When He showed me this, it broke my heart. I realized that I needed to change and SEEK HIM FIRST. I needed to spend time with Him, seek Him, love on Him, and show Him my total and utter dependence on Him FIRST.
When I started doing that, my whole walk with God changed. He accepted my offering of the FIRST, and He came in and blessed all the rest. Everything I did began to be blessed.
Money is the same way. The natural state of everything in this world is cursed because we live in a sinful world. But giving God the FIRST of the money redeems and blesses the rest of it.
I was taught to tithe at a young age. However, as I drifted away from Christian teaching (because I didn't get saved until I was 21), I stopped tithing. And as soon as I did, times got hard.
However, after I came back to the Lord, I began tithing again. And although I had a lot of financial hurdles to get through–shoveling out the dumptruck of debt I had accumulated–when I began tithing, the Lord began blessing.
So where is the tithe prescribed in the Bible?
In many places–and it pre-dates the Law, as you will see below. (That means that the theology that says, “You don't need to tithe because you are under grace, not under the Law” is totally erroneous. Read on to learn why.)
The verse I want to focus on today is Malachi 3:8-12, which says:
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.
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.
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;
‘And all nations will call you blessed, for you will be a delightful land,' says the Lord of hosts” (Malachi 3:8-12).
Where should your tithe go?
Malachi 3:10 tells us this. In this verse, God Himself personally speaks and says, “Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house …”
So where should your tithe go? To the storehouse–the house of God. And where is that? It's your local church.
The local church is your storehouse. It's where you go to get fed spiritual meat.
Is tithing a requirement of the Mosaic Law that has now been completed by Christ?
No. Tithing pre-dates the giving of the Law. Abraham tithed to Melchizedek, the high priest; and Abraham was called a man of faith.
Genesis 14:18-20 tells us the story of the first tithe in the Bible:
Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; he was the priest of God Most High. And he blessed him and said:
‘Blessed be Abram of God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth; and blessed be God Most High, who has delivered your enemies into your hand.' And he gave him a tithe of all.”
If it helps, think about this:
- Jacob also tithed.
- The Israelites tithed.
- The Levites tithed on the tithe that was paid to them.
- The Pharisees tithed–and Jesus told them they should. 🙂
The principle of tithing goes on and on and on throughout Scripture. Although it was part of the Law, it neither originated in the Law nor ceased when Christ fulfilled the Law.
(If it helps, compare tithing to the commandments about worshipping God. Worshipping God was always a commandment, from the beginning through the end of Scripture. Just because the Law also told people to worship God doesn't mean we no longer have to worship, now that Christ fulfilled the Law.)
Should you tithe on your net or your gross?
Well, do you want to be blessed on the gross or the net?
Seriously, though, I feel that, for your personal income, you should tithe on your gross income. The only reason there's a difference between gross and net is because some of your financial obligations–debts you owe, taxes you owe the federal government, and even health insurance premiums–are paid for you, on your behalf, before you get the remainder of the money.
Therefore, the gross amount is actually your increase. It's just that your nice employer paid some of your bills on your behalf before you get the rest of the money. 🙂 Your taxes were paid, your medical premiums were paid, and you still have X amount left … but your whole gross income is your increase.
How do you tithe on business income? I researched this a lot for my own business, and finally had to get an answer from the Lord because I couldn't find anybody else's resources telling me how to do it.
You take this to the Lord, but what the Lord showed me was to tithe on the increase of my business. That means I tithe on everything I receive, after subtracting overhead expenses.
And what happens when we begin tithing? We receive the sixfold blessing of the tithe.
God blesses. And every week when you give God your tithe, you should pray over it and ask God for every one of these six blessings.
Whenever my husband and I pay our tithe, we always pray over it. We pray out loud for each of the six blessings below. We've been doing this for awhile; and, as soon as we started doing so, the Lord started answering every prayer. It was WILD.
So are you ready to receive the sixfold blessing of the tithe? Let's look at each blessing individually:
And by the way, I made you a free, printable bookmark of the six blessings. Download the bookmark here: The Sixfold Blessing of the Tithe printable bookmarkand keep it with you, so you can pray for the sixfold blessing of the tithe every day!
1. God will open the windows of Heaven and pour you out so much blessing that your provision overflows the need.
The NKJV translation of Malachi 3 says, “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.” However, that's a horrible translation. How can you receive something if you don't have room to receive it? Makes no sense.
So, I did what anybody would do. I got out my trusty Strong's Concordance and looked up the original meaning.
And you know what I found? It actually means:
“if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you so much blessing that your provision overflows the need.” Now, THAT is a meaning I understand!
Can't you see it now? Can't you see lots of waterpots and crates and boxes sitting around, and God opening up a big window in Heaven and dumping out so much provision and blessing that all the boxes are full …
… all the crates are full …
… all the waterpots are full and sloshing over …
… there are blessings sitting around everywhere that we don't even have space in our arms for, so we're going to have to come back and make a second trip to pick up all the goodies?
Yeah. THAT's what God actually said when He said He would open the windows of Heaven and pour out blessings for us. When you tithe, He will give you so much blessing that your provision fills up all the need you have AND THEN SOME. 🙂
Sign me up for that!
2. He will rebuke the devourer for your sake.
Remember that our enemy, Satan, wants to steal, kill, and destroy you and everything you have. Jesus said:
The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).
So how does God handle this? When you tithe, you break the curse off your finances. By your own obedience, you remove yourself from the enemy's grasp, and he can no longer eat up the blessings God sends you.
That means God rebukes anything that would rob from you. He gets rid of it on your behalf. He gets rid of anything that would steal from you. He prevents accidents from happening that would use up your savings.
He keeps your light bulbs burning. He fixes your machinery when it goes bad, or provides for new and better machinery. And on, and on, and on.
My husband and I have seen God rebuke the devourer for us over and over again. A number of times, God has brought to light various situations that the enemy had plotted against us to either cause accidents or other costly mishaps. Every time, though, God has protected us from it–because He was rebuking the devourer for our sakes.
When you tithe, God kicks the devourer out of your life.
3. He will protect the fruit of your ground: the results of your labor.
Malachi 3:11 says, “And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, so that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground ….” What does it mean when God says “so that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground”?
Well, ground is the thing you plant your seed in. Then a plant comes up and, eventually, produces fruit. It's the principle of seedtime and harvest (also known as seed, time, and harvest). 🙂 Whatever you sow, you will also reap.
So how do you apply this to practical life? Well, ask yourself this question: What have you sown recently?
- Have you sown time, and you need results from that investment of time?
- Have you poured energy and love into someone, and you want results from your labor?
- Have you sown a financial seed, and you want it to bear fruit?
Whatever you have sown, fruit will come from it. And WHEN YOU TITHE, God gives you His personal guarantee that He will protect the results of your labor.
That's right. He will protect your fruit. God the Father will guard the fruit of your ground. He'll protect the results of your labor. He'll protect your fruit even while it's growing; even before it's ready to harvest. God will protect it.
And next …
4. He will guarantee you a harvest from your investments.
Malachi 3:11 goes on to say, “… ‘Nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field,' says the Lord of hosts ….” And in this phrase, God Himself guarantees you a harvest from your investments.
What does that mean?
Well, an investment is a deposit of anything that is originally intended to bear fruit. For example:
- Grape vines in a vineyard are investments. They cost time, money, and labor to plant and tend; but they are designed and intended to bear fruit for their owner.
- Stocks and bonds are investments. They cost money to purchase, but they are intended to bring a harvest to their owners.
- Time sown into your children is an investment. Parenting is a sacrifice, but you intend everything you do with and for your child to bear fruit.
- Labor sown into building a business is an investment. Your business cost you sweat, tears, and sometimes blood; but you did it for a purpose. You intend to see a return on your investment.
And when you tithe, God Most High personally guarantees that HE will cause every investment to bear fruit.
This is the Word of God, folks. It's God's personal promise about what He will do when we just give Him our first and best. It's pretty awesome stuff. Are you running to write your tithe check yet? I would be if I were you! 🙂
5. All nations will call you blessed.
I know it sounds almost too fantastic, but global influence is actually a promise that goes along with the tithe. “All nations will call you blessed.” That means all nations know who you are and what God has done for you. All nations.
That's a pretty amazing promise. Do you have faith to believe it?
Seriously, you have to have faith that God meant it in order to receive what He promised. Jesus often said, “According to your faith be it unto you!” But if you have faith to receive it, then you have a legal right, based on God's Word, to ask God to give you a global witness for His glory when you tithe.
Again: God has promised that all nations will call you blessed if you will tithe. That means all nations will know who you are, what God has done for you, and will acknowledge His blessings upon you. All nations will therefore see God when they look at you.
Hmmm … that sounds a lot like God's master plan to glorify Jesus, described in Psalm 2:7-8:
I will declare the decree: The Lord has said to Me, ‘You are My Son, today I have begotten You.
Ask of Me, and I will give You the nations for Your inheritance, and the ends of the earth for Your possession” (Psalm 2:7-8).
God the Father commanded Jesus His Son to ask Him for the nations for His inheritance. The Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20) is also a command to disciple nations.
Maybe we've been thinking too small? According to your faith be it unto you.
6. You will be a delightful land.
The sixth blessing of the tithe is so beautiful. The word “delightful” in Malachi 3:12 means “pleasure; desire; a valuable thing; delight; acceptable; desired” (Strong's Concordance, Hebrew word #2656). This means that you and everything about you will be GOOD. It also means you will be acceptable and desired. The word “land” means actual land or nation/country.
As I was researching this word, it occurred to me that this promise could be prayed at the individual level over a lot of things. For example:
Are you single, but you want to get married? You could claim this promise in prayer when you tithe, asking God to bring you the spouse He has for you, and make you delightful and desirable in that spouse's eyes. (I would also pray for protection from every wrong spouse, if I were praying that, in case everybody suddenly thought you were the most desirable thing around–even the wrong people.) 🙂 🙂 🙂
Do you feel like you have no friends? You could pray this promise back to God when you tithe, asking Him to bring you the friends He has for you, and that they would find you delightful.
Do you have low self-esteem, feeling like you're not much use to God or people? You could pray that Father show you how beautiful and valuable you are in His eyes, so that you would know you are delightful; so you will see yourself the same way He does.
The opportunities are endless … but any way you pray this promise, God has promised to make things GOOD for you when you tithe.
The sixfold blessing of the tithe will change your life in every area.
When you tithe, God will open the windows of Heaven for you and pour you out so much blessing that His provision overflows your need. He will rebuke the devourer off your life. He will bring you a harvest, protect the results of your labor, make you delightful and desirable, and give you global influence.
True story … all because He said so.
So are you willing to start tithing today, so you can break the curse off your finances? So God can redeem and bless your finances in every way?
I hope and pray, for your own sake, that if you're not already a tither, you will run not walk to take your tithe check down to your local church this very day … and that you will never stop tithing. Remember to pray over every tithe, and expect to see Father answer. He INVITES you to prove Him on this promise, and He'll always keep His Word.
Is Holy Spirit speaking to you today about the blessing of the tithe? If so, please leave a comment below. I love to hear from you!