In this study we’ll look deep into Malachi and see the life, liberty and the gifts that the Lord is craving to give us. Many people find that after having stood for something for quite some time that it would appear as if that which they are believing for simply is just not working, or that they are simply not receiving it.
“I have stood, and done all there is, and it is still not working, why?”
Many consider themselves to have done all there is yet within their question alone they show that there is some area that they have not addressed.
The book of Malachi gives us much insight into the various areas that will cause our answered to be withheld from us. There can be no doubt that the answer we seek is ours, for they are promised by God to us, therefore we must examine ourselves in an effort to gain the required insight.
Malachi is a New Testament message, although written in Old Testament times it is sent to the modern church, therefore we must give it special attention:
1 Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts. (KJV)
This is a clear reference to the second coming of Jesus Christ, and therefore it is the modern church that this book is addressing not the old testament people. We must then examine ourselves very closely.
Malachi points out 32 areas that we must examine in our lives to see if it is possible that the Enemy is using one of these as a barrier, preventing the answer coming to us. If will truly see our answer come then we will ask ourselves the following questions in self examination which will cause us to become settled forever in faith.
We see that Jesus is coming suddenly and we’ll look closer at this but first who is coming to? The verse says his temple but this no longer refers to the stone and mortar building but rather to you and I for we are the temple of God now. Look at 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? We can compare ourselves with the temple. Look at the design, both are marvelously created, God laid out exacting detail to build the temple of Solomon as He created man in His very own image, we are designed after perfection as the temple of God we therefore can experience and walk within that perfection.
Remember too that both were very costly, look at the cost of the temple: 1 Chronicles 29:1 Furthermore David the king said unto all the congregation, Solomon my son, whom alone God hath chosen, is yet young and tender, and the work is great: for the palace is not for man, but for the LORD God. 2 Now I have prepared with all my might for the house of my God the gold for things to be made of gold, and the silver for things of silver, and the brass for things of brass, the iron for things of iron, and wood for things of wood; onyx stones, and stones to be set, glistering stones, and of divers colors, and all manner of precious stones, and marble stones in abundance. 3 Moreover, because I have set my affection to the house of my God, I have of mine own proper good, of gold and silver, which I have given to the house of my God, over and above all that I have prepared for the holy house, 4 Even three thousand talents of gold, of the gold of Ophir, and seven thousand talents of refined silver, to overlay the walls of the houses withal: 5 The gold for things of gold, and the silver for things of silver, and for all manner of work to be made by the hands of artificers. And who then is willing to consecrate his service this day unto the LORD? The cost to build this temple was laid up by King David before the first stone was laid, David had desired to be the one to build the temple but was held back from doing so by the Lord but David did lay up the treasure to build the temple. In todays dollars an estimate of 174 billion would have been set aside to complete the temple.
But what of us, as the temple of God we have been purchased with a price that would far exceed that of Solomons temple. 1 Corinthians 6:20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s. That price was the very life of Jesus upon the cross. Ephesians 16 And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: 17And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh. 18For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.19Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; 20And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;21In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto a holy temple in the Lord: 22In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.
Now go back to verse 1 of Malachi 3 notice the verse states” whom you delight in” why? Because He comes suddenly to you, what does that mean, well when you face a need of some kind He comes quickly to His temple to meet the need. Suddenly you have that which have petitioned of Him. Suddenly healing is yours, suddenly needs are met, suddenly lives are renewed, suddenly broken hearts are put together again. Isaiah 53:5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. So as His suddenly appearances are made manifest in our need we as His temple offer up praise and worship to Him, as found in the temple. The purpose of the temple is to do exactly that bring the high praises to God. Psalms 28:7 The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him. Psalms 42:4 When I remember these things, I pour out my soul in me: for I had gone with the multitude, I went with them to the house of God, with the voice of joy and praise, with a multitude that kept holyday. Psalms 86:12 I will praise thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify thy name for evermore. Psalms 107:8 Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! Psalms 111:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever. Psalms 150:1 Praise ye the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power. 2 Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness. 3 Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp. 4 Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs. 5 Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals. 6 Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.
Malachi 3 Verse 2 & 3 But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he [is] like a refiner’s fire, and like fullers’ soap: And he shall sit [as] a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness
Some would read these passages and believe that it shows that God when he appears will put us through great trials, possibly bring some sickness or disease upon us, take from us our ability to provide for our family or cause disaster to come our way. In doing so He purifies and refines us. But again this would be the exact opposite of who the Lord is. God does use the works of Satan or Satan himself to refine us. Light cannot mingle with darkness. We need only to look at what these two words actually mean, first look at purify : 1-to make pure; free from anything that debases, pollutes, adulterates, or contaminates: to purify metals. 2- to free from foreign, extraneous, or objectionable elements: to purify a language. 3-to free from guilt or evil. 4-to clear or purge (usually followed by of or from ). So we see then that purifying is an act of making one free. Free from anything that makes us less than what Jesus sees us as. Free from illness, free from poverty, free from any of the works of Satan.
Romans 8 gives insight into this purifying process. Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: 4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. 6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. 8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. 9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. 10 And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. So it is the walking in the Spirit that brings to us the purifying process. The closer we walk in the Spirit the more refined we become until we can say Romans 8:37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
We become pure through the refining process so what does that mean? Refine: 1- to bring to a fine or a pure state; free from impurities 2- to purify from what is coarse, vulgar, or debasing; make elegant or cultured. 3-to bring to a finer state or form by purifying. 4- to become more fine, elegant, or polished. 5 to make fine distinctions in thought or language. So the refining process is that of the application of the Word of God into our Spirit. Psalm 19 (7): The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; (8): the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes; (9): the fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever; the ordinances of the Lord are true, and righteous altogether. (Revised Standard Version) The refining process is simply the removal of that which draws us away from God instead of closer to Him. This process begins at the moment we are born again from that moment forth as we read and draw upon the Word of God this impurity flee and fade from our lives.
We look at the use of the refiner’s furnace to draw these impurities out, fire is a source of destruction but it is also a source of purification. 1 Peter 1:7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: It is our faith that is tried and our faith which is considered more than gold in God’s sight.
We find that there is a purpose for this refining, just as the Temple is to be a place for worship of the Lord the Temple is also a place where the needs of the people should be met. Our purpose as Christians is to spread the good news and good news to those in need is there is an answer to your need. Malachi 3:5 And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not me, saith the LORD of hosts. 6 For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed. We are to take a stand against that which God considers evil and then to run to the defense of those who are in need. God changes not so we should be the same as He. The needs of the needy must be met by the church of God. Even more reason , we should look to suddenlies of God entering into our lives. The needs are great but God is greater, He lives in us as His temple therefore we should be perfroming the greater in the lives of those in need. John 14:12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
Malachi 1:6: A son honoureth [his] father, and a servant his master: if then I [be] a father, where [is ] mine honor and if I [be] a master, where [is] my fear? saith the LORD of hosts unto you, O priests, that despise my name. And ye say, Wherein have we despised thy name?
Here we see some comparison by the Lord which causes one to ask, “Are we taking God for granted?”
Honor is what we at all times must be sought and offering God, any moment of doubt about His ability to deliver us from our circumstance must be construed as dishonoring to Him. Why, because His word has given us very specific promises regarding all areas of life. To dismiss His word with doubt is dishonoring?
Honor here is the Hebrew word, Kabowd (Kaw-bode), which means to honor: in abundance, in riches, in splendor, in glory, in dignity, in reputation, and in reverence.
In other words to offer God the honor for the deliverance from all the works of the enemy, in all areas of life.
Next the verse says that the people despise the name of God. Some may say that they would never do such a thing. But many do simply through not recognizing the power that is within the name of Jesus. Scripture tells that there is no greater name, none more powerful. Yet we continually fail to use it while under attack of the enemy.
To doubt the power of the name of Jesus is the same as despising it, to despise something is to hold it in contempt or scorn.
Look at the next verse, Malachi 1:7 Ye offer polluted bread upon mine altar; and ye say, Wherein have we polluted thee? In that ye say, The table of the LORD [is] contemptible.
Jesus became our offering and our place where we bring our offering to. But many have said secretly within their hearts that it is no good to continue to bring the offering unto the Lord and have stopped. Or, they continue to do so but place very little value in the offering that is brought to God. With cavalier attitudes they present before their tithes, fully persuaded that the reasons for giving are vain and that any return simply will not come.
Malachi 1:8-10 provides us with the insight to this.
“And if ye offer the blind for sacrifice, [is it] not evil? and if ye offer the lame and sick, [is it] not evil? offer it now unto thy governor; will he be pleased with thee, or accept thy person? saith the LORD of hosts. 9 And now, I pray you, beseech God that he will be gracious unto us: this hath been by your means: will he regard your persons? saith the LORD of hosts. 10 Who [is there] even among you that would shut the doors [for nought]? neither do ye kindle [fire] on mine altar for nought. I have no pleasure in you, saith the LORD of hosts, neither will I accept an offering at your hand. (KJV)”
Many continue to bring offerings but God is not receiving them, we must change and view the name of God in the highest light, that is in respecting the offerings as He does.
Vs. 11″ For from the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the same my name [shall be] great among the Gentiles; and in every place incense [shall be] offered unto my name, and a pure offering: for my name [shall be] great among the heathen, saith the LORD of hosts. (KJV)”
OFFER PROPER RESPECT
But ye have profaned it, in that ye say, The table of the LORD [is] polluted; and the fruit thereof, [even] his meat, [is] contemptible. 13 Ye said also, Behold, what a weariness [is it]! and ye have snuffed at it, saith the LORD of hosts; and ye brought [that which was] torn, and the lame, and the sick; thus ye brought an offering: should I accept this of your hand? saith the LORD. Do not allow your service and worship to become menial, if what you are offering or doing for God means very little so too will it mean the same to God.
14 But cursed [be] the deceiver, which hath in his flock a male, and voweth, and sacrificeth unto the Lord a corrupt thing: for I [am] a great King, saith the LORD of hosts, and my name [is] dreadful among the heathen.
This deceiver is not Satan but the man who believes that he can offer to God that which means little or nothing to him. Even the heathen will offer to God their very best when they come to a full understanding as to who He is.
There should never be found within us a grain of insincerity or deception in anything but certainly when it comes to the things of God. Anything precious to God should be viewed as most Holy to us.
Chapter two of Malachi causes us to ask ourselves many personal questions that most do not want to accept or face in their lives.
A) Am I refusing to glorify God in all things? 2:2
B) Am I a stumbling block for others by action, even by , my lack of faith? 2:8
C) Am I a wavering person, fluctuating between faith and doubt, therefore contemptible? 2:9
D) Do I live in a profane manner, taking my covenant with God lightly would to do so? 2:10
E) Do I treat God, His law or any of His children in a treacherous manner? 2:10-14Treacherous: means to deal deceitfully with, to pillage, to be unfaithful, to be dangerous, unstable.
F) Have I been unfaithful to the things of God during this trial. 2:14-16
G) Has my confession been one as such will weary the Lord? 2:17 Weary: to drain, exhaust and fatigue.
If we use the word GOALS as an acronym we would readily see;
The lifestyle you chose to live can only be accomplished as a direct result in the way you give. This then is what we need to examine in the next few pages.
In this chapter we will see that our vows; are our savings account against the day of trouble. Our alms giving; brings to the works of our hands prosperity. The tithing; covers our day to day needs and finally the offerings; are what brings the abundant supply.
We are talking about developing within you the life of the giver, not the life of a user. Many people do not understand what an offering and a tithe are, nor do they understand alms giving or keeping vows.
“I thought there was only two. There is only offering and tithing. Now you’re going to tell me something I already know. I don’t want to hear it.”
If that is your attitude, you can close this book and miss God’s blessings. Your giving determines the success you have in life. It will set you free in your finances. Your life should be a life of giving. If you are not a giver, then you are a user. You can only be one of two. You need to decide, which one you are going to be. These areas will work in your life if you apply them properly.
A vow is a solemn promise to God to perform some act or to follow out some line of conduct. It is also a pledge of faithfulness. It makes a binding agreement between you and God. Did you catch that? It becomes your word to God. It is a swearing of an oath and it becomes your responsibility to perform your oath.
You see the different ministries today on various media, where they apply stress or pressure. “You vow this before God and God will do this for you.” Listen, let me tell you something. God has already done everything He is going to do for you. It is done. You cannot buy God. When you make a vow before God, it’s between you and God only, no man has the right nor the power to put you under any stress to make an oath, pledge or promise giving to their ministry. What you do is between you and God.
When thou shalt vow a vow unto the Lord thy God, thou shalt not slack to pay it: for the Lord thy God will surely require it of thee; and it would be sin in thee. But if thou shalt forbear to vow, it should be no sin in thee.Deut 23: 21,22
When you make a commitment you put your word on the line. It’s your word! What is your word worth? If it’s worth anything, you will keep your word. If you don’t put your word on it, then you don’t have to keep it.
If someone said to me, “I’ll be here at such and such a time.” I expect that person to be there. If they are not, it takes away a bit of their integrity. That is what these scriptures are saying. Keep your word. When you make a vow or put your word on something, keep it, or don’t vow. People will often do that. They put their word on something and they’ve done so out of pressure.
Have you ever made a bargain with God? Be honest! I know I did. “Oh God, if you’ll get me out of this situation, I’ll do this and this and this.” You are lying. I know it and you know it. When He gets you out of it, you don’t live up to your word. Your word is worthless.
I remember having a dozen guys chase me for blocks and blocks. In those days I was doing some long distance running and was out running them. One guy jumped in a car and began chasing me. I crawled into the back of another car and I lay down on the floor of the back seat. These guys were all standing around the car and they didn’t see me. I remember praying, “God, if you get me out of this. I will give my life to you.” I didn’t, not right then anyway. I did so later in my life.
We have all said this kind of stuff at one point or another in our lives. Making bargains with God and then go back on our word. What did we just read in Deut 23:21,22? When you make a vow, keep your word because if you don’t, it is sin to you. It’s your word not someone else’s Vow, and pay unto the Lord your God: let all that be round about him bring presents unto him that ought to be feared. Psalms 76:11
It is good to make a vow, but again it is something personal. The Catholic Priests and Nuns make certain vows that they are going to live a certain lifestyle before God. It’s a personal word committed to God. We are no different. Your word is your word. Your integrity and honor is on the line and for that reason no one can pressure you.
Some Churches fund raise and say, “Listen guys, we need this and this.” If they would trust God for their need they would receive it, instead of placing their eyes on the people and asking them to vow. “I’ll give so much money every month beyond my tithe to do this and this.” That is wrong! It is wrong to put pressure on people to give. It’s not scriptural. Many preachers won’t like that statement, but too bad! From Psalms 76:11, they mount big, fundraising campaigns. The scripture is not saying that. It says, if you vow, you pay, but it is your vow to God not to man. Again, I must bring up the point that it’s your decision, not someone putting any pressure on you to give.
In 2 Corinthians 9:7 “Every man give as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loves a cheerful giver”.
It instructs us to give as we have purposed in our heart. Therefore we should realize that if someone places pressure on you then it is not the original intent or purpose that you had in your giving. To give as you’ve purpose is to be obedient to the Word. This will provide God pleasure in your giving, giving through pressure does not. No man ever has been the “cheerful giver” when they’ve been placed under pressure to give.
When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed. Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay. Ecc 5:4,5
Now, you can make a vow, and I say it again; it’s between you and God. You decide. What you are going to do? If you decide you want to vow, what does that become. We are speaking financially. If you decide you are going to give so much above your tithe, then that becomes an offering. A special offering to God I like to call it the offering of commitment. You are committing your word, money and lifestyle over to God. It is doing something beyond what God ask’s and you show yourself committed to the things of God in this form of giving. What do you suppose God is going to do with your commitment? We see in Ephesians that He can do things beyond our highest desires.
Ephesians 3:20 “Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us”.
Never forget that when we commit one hundred percent to God, he’s committed the same to us.
A vow is a faith promise commitment before God, and it is for this reason that God commands that when you vow you should pay. For it should be with a clear mind and honest heart that your vow is given.
Should the Christian vow unto the Lord today? Yes, every Christian should be seeking God as to what they can do on a consistent basis.
He through the Holy Spirit will reveal to us as to what we are to give. Then be obedient and follow through with it. God has great love for those who are obedient unto His Word. He will move heaven and earth to see that they live a blessed life.
Isaiah 1:19; “If you willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land”.
If you are willing to hear what the Spirit of God is saying to you in this matter then be obedient to it, God will see to it that you live in the good of the land.
There is a place that the offering of commitment (vow) brings you to that no other seemingly does. It is a place of moving the hand of God in times of trouble.
Psalms 50:14,15; Offer unto God Thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the Most high: And call upon Me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify Me.
The reason for this is that it is usually in a time of hardship when someone vows something to God. God is saying “it is through your praise of me that I will move on on your behalf, and it is through your own fulfillment of your promise to me that you bring glory to me”.
It is not unreasonable for you to expect God to move on your behalf when you commit your way to Him, for it is through the power of the Word that you will be established and it is through your vows that God releases the answer to prayer. This is one area that many Christians have left behind simply because of the abuse they have taken from unscrupulous leaders and pastors.
By your acquainting yourself with the Word and having a full understanding of the things of the Word you will be able to make and pay vows, receiving the answer in your day of trouble.
One final scripture on this topic before we move on to alms giving.
Job 22:21‑28; Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace: thereby good shall come unto thee. Receive, I pray thee the law from His mouth, and lay up His words in thine heart. If thou return to the Almighty, thou shall be built up, thou shall put away iniquity far from thy tabernacles. Then shall thou lay up gold as dust and the gold of Ophir as the stones of the brooks. Yea, the Almighty shall be thy defense, and thou shalt have plenty of silver. For then shalt thou have delight in the Almighty, and shalt lift up thy face unto God. Thou shalt make thy prayer unto Him and he shall hear thee, and thou shall pay thy vows. Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways.
Living a life committed to all of what the Word declares including our vows will always produce for us the highest quality of living. Being acquitted, God brings peace, surety, riches (gold & silver in these verses), delight, the audience with the Most High, and then He establishes you in all your ways.
Some people are a little confused what alms giving is. The Greek word for alms is eleemosune (elehaymosoonay), which means compassion, to show compassion upon the poor. When you give alms, you are showing compassion upon the poor.
Take heed that ye do not your alms before men,to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth:That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly. Matt 6:1‑4
It does not say here that you do not give alms. That is an important part of our giving, above the tithe. It is not part of the tithe. It is above it. The first 10% of your increase belongs to the Lord. So if you are going to give alms, which is assisting or helping the needs of the poor, it’s above the tithe.
“Why should I give alms?”
Well, if you’re a smart person, you would have seen in the scripture twice, you have a reward. The Father which sees in secret shall reward you openly. Obviously, that means it’s well worthwhile to be helping the poor. There is something else in there more than just giving to the poor.
“Well, if I gave the poor $600.00, that is seed faith giving. I can believe that it will grow up and become something more than that $600.00, can’t it.” No, that is not actually true.
Proverbs 19:17 says, He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the Lord; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.
If you gave that $600.00 to the poor, you gave it to God. God is not going to be in debt to you or anybody for anything. He is going to give it back to you. That is all that scripture is saying there.
All of us were the poor, one way or another. Until you got saved, you were the poor. You might have been a millionaire. Until you got saved, you were the poor. Christ had pity on you. Christ had pity on the poor. His whole ministry, spiritually, physically and financially was to the poor.
The scriptures are talking specifically about the financially poor in certain areas of their lives. When you give to the poor there is a reward in it for you.
Let’s look in a couple of places where it talks about that reward. Note that Jesus is speaking this.
And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind. For all these thing do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things.But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you. Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Luke 12:29‑34
When you give alms, you are setting yourself up for a treasure in heaven. What’s your treasure? I have no idea. I have not been there. I have come to believe that if Jesus Himself said there is a treasure there. Then there is a treasure. Think of some treasures that are either buried in the land or the oceans of this world. They don’t compare with the treasure that Jesus has in store for you, when you give to the poor. It is part of the ministry of Christ. To meet the needs of the poor.
DO NOT HARDEN YOUR HEART
“Oh, Brother Ron, I know that I can give … I need something now. I can’t wait to get to heaven. I want to give to the poor, but …”
If there be any among you a poor man of one of thy brethren within any of thy gates in thy land which the Lord thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not harden thine heart, nor shut thine hand from thy poor brother:
This command of God is not under the curse of the law. This is how to live your life. It’s fulfilling what Jesus said. You will not harden your heart to that poor man.
But thou shalt open thine hand wide unto him,and shalt surely lend him sufficient for his need, in that which he wanteth.
You are to give to him. Remember what it said in Proverbs. When you give to him you are giving to God. God will repay you.
Beware that there be not a thought in thy wicked heart, saying, “The seventh year, the year of release,is at hand; and thine eye be evil toward thy brother,and thou givest him nought; and he cry unto the Lord against thee, and it be sin to thee.Thou shalt surely give him, and thine heart shall not be grieved when thous givest unto him.
Be a cheerful giver. Freely and not begrudgingly.
The Lord thy God shall bless thee in all thy works, and in all that thou puttest thine hand unto. Deut 15:7‑10
If you have lack of blessing, check yourself. Are you giving to the poor? Are you ministering to the poor? Are you meeting the needs of the poor? We need to wake up and realize that the ministry to the poor, is the main reason for the ministry.
When we minister to the poor, the Word of God says that God will bless you in all that you set your hand to do, everything. Again, your ministry of alms giving is to the poor. It is above your tithe.
At the end of three years thou shall bring forth all the tithe of thine increase the same year, and shalt lay it up within thy gates: And the Levite, (because he hath no part nor inheritance with thee,) and the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, which are within thy gates, shall come, and shall eat and be satisfied; that the Lord thy God may bless thee in all the work of thine hand which thou doest. Deut 14:28,29
The Lord your God may bless you in all that you set your hand to do. Underline those words in all. Giving to the poor and to those who require it, brings upon you the blessing of God, in all that you set your hand to do. We must understand the reason of giving to the poor.
It must be clearly understood that had the church continued in this area of ministry (some have, most do not) then there would be no need for the welfare systems. The governments of the world would not have a need for as much tax as they demand. Yet the church did not do so the government extracts more than what is needful from you and I. We end up paying a tithe to them beginning at 30% instead of the 10% that God required.
There really is a place that giving to the poor is needful, we should never turn away a poor person. Does that mean that we allow the poor just to take anything they demand. No, if they are in true need they will be willing to what is required to help meet their own need. The lazy person, rich or poor, need not look to the church nor the government for support, scripture says “if a man will not work, neither let him eat”. I have no sympathy for the lazy poor person. Work and you may eat.
However the truly needy, poor or destitute will find a place always in the heart of God. If God looks after them then He must do it through you and I.
In our church after we tithe (yes even as a church) then we set aside another 10% for assisting in meeting the needs of the poor. It is a good practice, and one pleasing unto God. It also makes the people of the congregation feel good knowing that they help feed some person this week.
The way to describe an offering is that it is an act of the free will: for today. In the Old Testament there were all kinds of offerings but we are beyond that. We do not live in the Old Testament any longer. An offering today is an act of free will to bring pleasure to the Most High God. It is given above the tithe and is usually something of cost.
SOMETHING OF COST
And he looked up, and saw the rich men casting their gifts into the treasury. Imagine in your mind that picture of Jesus. Your finances are of interest to Jesus. Here, He is sitting right beside the offering. He’s watching people put their money in the treasury. His interest is in your finances. He is sitting in the synagogue watching. Picture that scene in your mind … And he looked up and saw the rich men casting their gifts into the treasury.
And he saw also a certain poor widow casting in thither two mites. And he said, of a truth I say unto you, that this poor widow hath cast in more than they all:
He is talking to His disciples and those people sitting around him.
For all these have of their abundance cast in unto the offerings of God: but she of her penury hath cast in all the living that she had. Luke 21:1‑4
This woman gave everything. It cost her. Do you think God is not going to bless her, with Him sitting right there, watching it? An offering is usually something that costs you something. If it means little to you, it must also mean little to God. Jesus Christ was the highest offering for God gave His very best as offering to you.
And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour. Eph 5:2
Himself! The highest offering ever possible, He gave Himself to God as a sweet smelling savor. That meant it was the highest offering that would please God.
His offering wasn’t to God. His offering was to you, to you from God. You have the choice to receive it or reject it.
How do you accept His offering? What kind of offerings do we give God? Is your offering costing you something? Is it done freely and willing? The scripture says that He walked in love. Is your offering done through love, or is it done because someone put pressure on you? Don’t ever give under pressure! Anytime someone applies pressure to the seed, it kills it. The seed, cannot endure pressure. Your offering is seed giving, which means it is going to grow for you and produce a return.
By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool.
What was He expecting? Expecting His enemies made His footstool. No! Jesus had already wiped them out. He was expecting you! He gave His life for you. He expects every one of us to accept Him. Then walk on His enemies by taking and using His authority. That is what He was expecting.
For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. Heb 10:10‑14
The one offering made you perfect. We really need to examine the offering within ourselves and understanding its power. God fulfilled the covenant He has with us. When you bring an offering unto God, you are worshipping the Most High God.
THE FIRST OFFERING
And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the Lord. And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the Lord. And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the Lord had respect unto Abel and to his offering: But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth (Angry), and his countenance fell (he sulked).
And the Lord said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? And why is thy countenance fallen?
If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? And if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him. Gen 4:1‑7
God was warning Cain about sin. In verse three, it says, and in the process of time … That meant when Cain and Abel became old enough to believe God, they were to bring God an offering.
Why did God look at Abel’s offering with favor and Cain’s offering with disfavor? Cain brought the first fruits of his ground. Was there a problem with that? The ground was cursed.
Do you think that something cursed could bring freedom from the curse? Of course not. Cain brought the first fruits of the ground. He wasn’t bringing the offering. He was bringing the tithe. There is a difference. It was already God’s. It didn’t cost Cain anything. He brought the tithe and brought it out of a cursed ground. Are you getting the point?
We must understand the difference between offering and tithing. When you bring your tithe, you make certain declarations before God. It is already God’s. When you bring an offering that is above the tithe, you bring it to worship God. There is a difference in that. Cain brought the tithe, that had already belonged to God.
And all the tithe of the land, whether the seed of the land, or of the fruit of the tree, is the Lord’s: it is holy to the Lord. Lev 27:30
Who said it was the Lord’s? He did! Who are we to argue?
Abel did something different. Abel knew inside there had to be the shedding of blood to make atonement for sin. He brought the lamb to God. There is also an interesting phrase in there as well. He brought the lamb and the fat thereof. Abel brought the finest to God and he didn’t hold anything back. He gave it all. That animal was sure to be the finest one he had. It cost him something, the animal. Abel knew within him because he learned from Adam and Eve the Word of God.
“One day we are going to stand free of the curse that we had brought upon ourselves.” Eve thought for sure that it would be one of her sons. Her joy when Cain was born. “I got a man child from the Lord.” She thought. “Oh boy, this is the guy.” She put faith into action. “I’ve gotten a man who is going to crush the head of Satan who deceived me.” She was operating in faith, living under the curse they had brought upon themselves. Teaching the children God’s Word, that in all you do, you live by faith. “I’ve gotten a man.” There is hope in that. So when they grew, and in the process of time, to bring God an offering that would be acceptable.
Cain brought upon himself dishonor by making an offering that was not acceptable to God. He knew different. He knew what belonged to God and what didn’t. He also knew that the fruit came from a cursed ground.
Abel brought a live animal, that shed blood to cover the sin, the curse. The offering cost him something.
What is the attitude in bringing an offering? “I’ll just bring my tithe to cover myself.” That is okay. You don’t have to bring an offering unto God. You don’t have to say vows before God. You don’t have to take care of the poor in alms giving. You don’t have to do any of this giving. However, if you don’t, God doesn’t have to bless you either. You can believe for that tithe to grow and it will. Still you are missing out on a whole lot more in your life by not taking part in the others.
WHERE DO I GIVE?
Then there shall be a place which the Lord your God shall choose to cause his name to dwell there; thither shall ye bring all that
I command you; your burnt offerings, and your sacrifices, your tithes, and the heave offering of your hand, and all your choice vows which ye vow unto the Lord: Deut. 12:11
“God, where do I give?” That is always the big question in peoples minds. “Where do I give?” The scripture says that you are to bring it to the place the Lord your God shall choose to cause his name to dwell. If the presence of the Lord is not there, don’t bring your tithe, vow, alms and offerings.
Ever listen to some people, “Oh this is the church God has for me. Nothing ever goes on. We don’t get fed. We don’t get taught. The Spirit of God never moves, but he has me there.” You are so blind and so foolish and so dull witted. If God had left there, then He doesn’t have you there either. You belong where the Spirit of God is moving. If the Spirit of God has left, so should you. What are you doing there?
“Well, we are giving to other ministries.”
The tithe belongs where you are fed, the church.
“Yes, but I get fed off the television.”
That is not the church.
“So what do we give to television?”
You give the offerings.
“You mean I can’t divide my tithe?”
Have you ever seen a broken seed grow? I haven’t. Dividing your tithe breaks the seed.
And this have ye done again, covering the alter of the Lord with tears, with weeping, and with crying out, insomuch that he regardeth not the offering any more, or receiveth it with good will at your hand. Malachi 2:13
“Oh God, (sob) you just got to help me in this situation. I’m going to bring an offering (sob) and I’m going to give it to you.” (Sob)
Does that sound like some of those guys on television? “Yes, give your offerings down here.”
Don’t do it. They cover the alter with tears and crying, and it says here that God will not receive that.
“Do you mean that you are not going to receive my offering!” An idiot trying to buy God. God has laid out certain rules that when you bring your tithe and offerings you do it His way.
Yet ye say, Wherefore? Because the Lord hath been witness between thee and the wife of thy youth, against whom thou hast dealt treacherously: yet is she thy companion, and the wife of thy covenant. Malachi 2:14
When you deal treacherously with your partner, that is not honoring them God will not receive your offering from you. But also when you deal treacherously against your church God will not receive your offering (oh, the church will, but God does not and it is He that causes it to grow). Watch that you deal circumspectly with all those around you including your church.
WHO SHALL STAND
Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, when ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the Lord of hosts. Malachi 3:1
Behold I will send my messenger. He is talking about Jesus and to the Church of God, the Christians. This is a prophecy, a foretelling. I am going to send my messenger and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple. Where is His temple? You are the temple of God. Even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in … Understand where you stand in the covenant of God. It is the most forceful agreement. If you don’t understand what blood covenants are about you don’t understand the Word of God.
Verse one is a clear reference of the coming of the Lord. Now we have become His temple. It is our delight to remain within it. This chapter of Malachi is also for the entire body of Christ. We have the completion of the covenant of God within ourselves. Christ Jesus is that completion. The Lord becomes our happiness, our delight, our joy and pleasure. He, raptures and gratifies us … That whom we have delighted in.
In verses 2‑4 it shows the power of Christ when He returns at His second coming. Who shall stand at His return? Those who are His. Those who have already gone through the purifying and those who have received His Word into their heart. They become pure as gold, because of the power of the Holy Spirit working within them.
But who may abide the day of his coming? And who shall stand when he appeareth? for his is like a refiner’s fire, and like fullers’ soap: And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the son of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness. And I will come near to you to judgement; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not me, saith the Lord of hosts. Malachi 3:2‑5
You bring oppression upon people by not meeting their needs. The judgement is against His enemies.
For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed. Malachi 3:6
That is protection. The Lord changes not. He keeps His covenant that he made with Isaac, Jacob, Abraham. Christ said that He is not the God of the dead, but the God of the living. He had a covenant with them. We have that same covenant. The covenant He made with Abraham was before the Jewish nation ever existed. We have the inheritance of Abraham. Part of that covenant though, is our giving and our tithing.
Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept them. Return unto me, and I will return to you, saith the Lord of hosts. But ye said, Wherein shall we return? Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. Malachi 3:7,8
This is the real cause of the problem in the church. “I don’t want to do the giving stuff. It is under the Old Testament and under the law.” Well, we have already mentioned how much Christ did. One third of Christs’ ministry dealt with finances. It is not under the curse.
Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the Lord of hosts. And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the Lord of hosts. Malachi 3:10‑12
We are cursed with a curse if we withdraw from our giving.
Who cursed you? Did God curse you? Is God going around cursing His children? No. You brought it upon yourself. Satan has laws of withholding, as there are laws of seed time and harvest. He has laws of withholding. Satan is there to rob, steal, kill and destroy what you have. Don’t let him. Become a giver, learn to give. Don’t live under the curse, live in the blessing. I, myself, would have the blessings we have just read.
... that I will open the windows and pour out a blessing, there shall not be room enough to receive it.
These are same windows that He opened for Noah’s flood. Enough water poured out upon the earth that Noah sailed around the world for a year. God said, I am going to open the same windows and pour you out a blessing. There shall not be room enough to receive it. It is the same windows with water and I’ll take the same windows with blessings. “Here I am Lord! Start the down pour. I am ready to receive it. I’ve been giving my tithes and offerings. I’ve been giving my alms and vows.”
He qualifies it a bit here. … bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse. Now the offerings are history. Bring them to the place where I have placed my name so there will be meat in my house. What does that mean? So it could fulfil the job that of the ministry that He has set for them to do. We are all called to do the work of the ministry, to meet the needs of the people. Take time to study through tithes and offerings, alms and vows. Every one of them bless. Not only upon the one who receives, but also the one giving.
A GIVER OR A TAKER
Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again. Luke 6:38
Learn the life of a giver. Become a giver. There is no question about it, it shall be given unto you. Many people quote that scripture and stop at shall men give into your bosom. They don’t want to take the rest of the verse, the key part of the verse. For with the same measure that yea mete withal it shall be measured to you again. Everything you do in your life should be to give. There are certain people who have developed a life of giving. There are certain people who have developed a life of taking. If you are one of those takers, I suggest you change your pattern and learn to become a giver. You don’t have money, so what! This is not just talking about money. It is speaking of your entire lifestyle. Prosperity is not just finances.
I have seen people bend over backwards for others. Being in a pastoral position, there is much you give that people know nothing about. You do everything. You change your schedules. You go across town to meet with them and they may or may not be there. Even take someone across town who does not even bother to thank you. There is a life of a giver and there is a life of a user. Don’t become the user. Become the giver. Don’t give because of what the result would be. Give because you want to be a giver. The result will come.
When you plant a seed into the ground, you don’t have to worry about it. You just know that it is going to grow and produce for you. Don’t dig it up. Give it time and it will grow. Just keep planting. Keep planting. Keep planting. God will see to the harvest.
We are continuing in our study of the suddenlies of God and how they are tied together by our faith in God and by our giving and tithing. Be sure to read part 1 before this part of the study, As we pick up on the fact that our thihe is a seed and what we need to do to be a good farmer looking after our crop.
Let’s turn over Mark 4 and look at what more our seed can do.
The sower soweth the word. And these are they by the wayside, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts. And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness;
And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word’s sake, immediately they are offended. And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word, And the cares of this world, and the deceirfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.
And these are they which are sown upon good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred.
We want what all farmers desire the optimum return on what we have sown. We want to get the hundredfold return, that is the optimum return. We have sown our plant and watered it with the Word of God. Look at Deuteronomy 26:1-19, And it shall be, when thou art come in unto the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee for an inheritance, and possessest it, and dwellest therein; 2 That thou shalt take of the first of all the fruit of the earth, which thou shalt bring of thy land that the Lord thy God giveth thee, and shalt put it in a basket, and shalt go unto the place which the Lord thy God shall choose to place his name there.3 And thou shalt go unto the priest that shall be in those days, and say unto him, I profess this day unto the Lord thy God, that I am come unto the country which the Lord sware unto our fathers for to give us. 4 And the priest shall take the basket out of thine hand, and set it down before the altar of the Lord thy God. 5 And thou shalt speak and say before the Lord thy God, A Syrian ready to perish was my father, and he went down into Egypt, and sojourned there with a few, and became there a nation, great, mighty, and populous: 6 And the Egyptians evil entreated us, and afflicted us, and laid upon us hard bondage: 7 And when we cried unto the Lord God of our fathers, the Lord heard our voice, and looked on our affliction, and our labour, and our oppression: 8 And the Lord brought us forth out of Egypt with a mighty hand, and with an outstretched arm, and with great terribleness, and with signs, and with wonders: 9 And he hath brought us into this place, and hath given us this land, even a land that floweth with milk and honey. 10 And now, behold, I have brought the firstfruits of the land, which thou, O Lord, hast given me. And thou shalt set it before the Lord thy God, and worship before the Lord thy God: 11 And thou shalt rejoice in every good thing which the Lord thy God hath given unto thee, and unto thine house, thou, and the Levite, and the stranger that is among you. 12 When thou hast made an end of tithing all the tithes of thine increase the third year, which is the year of tithing, and hast given it unto the Levite, the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, that they may eat within thy gates, and be filled; 13 Then thou shalt say before the Lord thy God, I have brought away the hallowed things out of mine house, and also have given them unto the Levite, and unto the stranger, to the fatherless, and to the widow, according to all thy commandments which thou hast commanded me: I have not transgressed thy commandments, neither have I forgotten them. 14 I have not eaten thereof in my mourning, neither have I taken away ought thereof for any unclean use, nor given ought thereof for the dead: but I have hearkened to the voice of the Lord my God, and have done according to all that thou hast commanded me. 15 Look down from thy holy habitation, from heaven, and bless thy people Israel, and the land which thou hast given us, as thou swarest unto our fathers, a land that floweth with milk and honey. 16 This day the Lord thy God hath commanded thee to do these statutes and judgments: thou shalt therefore keep and do them with all thine heart, and with all thy soul. 17 Thou hast avouched the Lord this day to be thy God, and to walk in his ways, and to keep his statutes, and his commandments, and his judgments, and to hearken unto his voice: 18 And the Lord hath avouched thee this day to be his peculiar people, as he hath promised thee, and that thou shouldest keep all his commandments; 19 And to make thee high above all nations which he hath made, in praise, and in name, and in honour; and that thou mayest be an holy people unto the Lord thy God, as he hath spoken.
We must have a confession on the goodness of God over our tithe, we must not just show up at church and place the tithe in the offering, we have a very serious confession that must be spoken over it in order for it to produce the hundred fold return. Notice to in verse two it states that you must bring to a place where God placed His name, NOT EVERY CHURCH BEARS THE NAME OF CHRIST. Many who claim to be are places where nothing happens, no-one is saved, none receive the their needs met, there is no flow of the the Spirit of God. He has taken his name off that place so giving and tithing there is the destruction of your crop. Be sure you plant your seed in good ground and not in dead ground.
Once we know the ground is good then our confession must begin. It may go something like this: And it shall be, when I havet come in unto the land which the Lord my God has given me as my inheritance, and I have possessest it, and live therein; 2 That I shall take of the first of all that that I have earned or have recieved, which I shall bring from my land that the Lord my God has given me, and I shall place it in an offering , and I shall go unto the place which the Lord my God has choosen to place his name there.3 And I shall go into the priest (pastor) that shall be there, and I will say unto him, I profess this day unto the Lord my God, that I have come unto the country which the Lord swore unto our fathers to give us. 4 And the priest (pastor) will take the basket out of thine hand, and set it down before the altar of the Lord your God. 5Therefore I shalt declare before the Lord my God, A sinner ready to perish was my father, and he went down into Egypt, and sojourned there with a few, and became there a nation, great, mighty, and populous: 6 But Satan evilly treated us, and afflicted us, and laid upon us hard bondage: 7 And when I cried unto the Lord God of our fathers, the Lord heard my voice, and looked on my affliction, and my labour, and my oppression: 8 And the Lord brought me out of Egypt with a mighty hand, and with an outstretched arm, and with great terribleness, and with signs, and with wonders: 9 And he has brought me into this place, and has given me this land, even a land that overflows with milk and honey (goodness). 10 And now, behold, I have brought the firstfruits of the land, which thou, O Lord, have given me. Therefore I shall set it before the Lord my God, and worship before the Lord my God: 11 And I shall rejoice in every good thing which the Lord my God has given unto me, and to my house, along the with minister, and the stranger that is with me. 12 Lord I have made an end of tithing all the tithes of my increase this year, which is the year of tithing, and have given it unto the minister, the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, that they may eat within the gates, and be filled; 13 Now I declare before the Lord my God, I have given the consecrated things of mine house, and also have given them unto the minister, and unto the stranger, to the fatherless, and to the widow, according to all your commandments which you have commanded me: I have not transgressed your commandments, neither have I forgotten them. 14 I have not eaten thereof in my hardships, neither have I taken any thereof for any unclean use, nor given ought thereof for the dead: but I have listened to the voice of the Lord my God, and have done according to all that you have commanded me. 15 Therefore look down from your holy habitation, from heaven, and bless me and my household, and the land which you have given us, as you promised our fathers, a land that floweth with milk and honey. When you have made this confession then look at the results.
16 This day the Lord thy God hath commanded thee to do these statutes and judgments: thou shalt therefore keep and do them with all thine heart, and with all thy soul. 17 You have vowed to the Lord this day to be my God, and to walk in his ways, and to keep his statutes, and his commandments, and his judgments, and to listen to his voice: 18 And the Lord has vowed to you this day to be his favoured people, as he hath promised you, and that you shall keep all his commandments; 19 And to make thee high above all nations which he has made, in praise, and in name, and in honour; and that you may be an holy people unto the Lord your God, as he has spoken.
This is how we must plant the seed that the Lord has provided to us. Remember that it is His to begin with so we are but returning to Him what He has already given us. Sown in the ground where He has placed His name our seed is now planted and is germinating.
That means that the plant is in the ground and it’s starting to sprout. So we are now at stage two or actually still stage one and part of stage two. Stage 2 is the plant has come through the ground, shot through the soil and is subject now to the attack of whatever; insects, grasshoppers, bugs, birds, whatever. It is subject to attack and we must prepare the seed to fight off any attack that may come its way. .
The farmer he’ll go out and he’ll spray the crop, right? At this stage to prevent weeds and other enemies from coming in. To prevent the attack coming upon the plant. Once this has been done it is not the end. Once we’ve sowed our crop that’s not the end of looking after it. And too many people think in the church, once they have sowed their tithe that’s it. They think they don’t have to watch over it anymore. “I don’t have a responsibility to that any longer.”They say that’s the church’s responsibility. But they forget the ground you are sowing into is your heart. Look back at Mark 4 that’s the ground. So if the ground is your heart then you still have the responsibility to watch over your heart. Correct? You have to, if you take the farmer’s analogy, you have to spray that crop, you have to make sure that that crop will sprout and grow and grow into a good crop within your heart. And of course we understand too that as soon as that crop begins to show itself danger will show to destroy it. Look at verse 15, these that are by the wayside where the word is sown and when they have heard it satan comes immediately to take away the word that was sown in their hearts.
Satan comes at once as soon as it shoots its little head up right? How many know that, how many know that as soon as that plant shoots it’s little head up… bang! The bugs want to get at it, something wants to get at it. Same thing in the spiritual, as soon as that plant shoots it’s little head up satan wants to get at it.
He wants to destroy it before it has a chance to fulfil its purpose. That’s the way it works in the word as well. As soon as it is sown within your heart the enemy comes immediately to take it away. What kind of insecticides can we use to keep the enemy away? What kind of treatment can we give that plant? What is our fertilizer that is going to protect that plant and cause it to grow? Perhaps we need Miracle Grow. They put that fertilizer Miracle Grow all around their plants and they get these great big huge tomatoes. Or they get cucumbers 6 feet long or something I don’t know. But that is what we want to do we want to get the same Miracle Grow power into our heart. And where does that come from? Obviously the Miracle Grow power comes from the Miracle Maker Jesus Christ and that comes through his word. So let’s take a look at some of the types of fertilizer we are going to use on our plant. Some of the word we are going to spray our plant with.
Turn to Deuteronomy. 28:1-14, And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the Lord thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth: 2 And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God. 3 Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field. 4 Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep. 5 Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store. 6 Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out. 7 The Lord shall cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten before thy face: they shall come out against thee one way, and flee before thee seven ways. 8 The Lord shall command the blessing upon thee in thy storehouses, and in all that thou settest thine hand unto; and he shall bless thee in the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee. 9 The Lord shall establish thee an holy people unto himself, as he hath sworn unto thee, if thou shalt keep the commandments of the Lord thy God, and walk in his ways.10 And all people of the earth shall see that thou art called by the name of the Lord; and they shall be afraid of thee. 11 And the Lord shall make thee plenteous in goods, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy ground, in the land which the Lord sware unto thy fathers to give thee. 12 The Lord shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow. 13 And the Lord shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; if that thou hearken unto the commandments of the Lord thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them: 14 And thou shalt not go aside from any of the words which I command thee this day, to the right hand, or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them. This is how to protect our plant and keep it growing, making sure the enemy stays off of it. Fertilizing our plant with the the true Miricle Grow. How do we spray our plant? With the words we speak.
The enemy is satan and when you start putting Gods word forth, then you start to spray him with that fertilizer he is going to run. He’s has to get out of there. Have you ever taken Raid and sprayed at bug with it? Did you ever see what they do? If they could split their bodies and go seven ways they would, true? Here is the RAID to use against Satan and his cohorts, the Word of God spoken with authority and through faith. When satan comes up against your seedling use the word of God against him. He can’t handle that. You spray him with the Word of God and he will run seven ways leaving your seedling to grow bigger..
Deuteronomy 28 Verse 8:
The Lord shall command this is a command, the Lord shall command the blessing upon thee in thy storehouses, now those are your bank accounts and in all that thou settest thine hand unto; and he shall bless thee in the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.
Verse 9 ‑ 11
The Lord shall establish thee an holy people unto himself, as he hath sworn unto thee, if thou shalt keep the commandments of the Lord thy God, and walk in his ways.
And all the people of the earth shall see that thou art called by the name of the Lord; and they shall be afraid of thee.
And the Lord shall make thee plenteous in goods, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy ground, in the land which the Lord sware unto thy fathers to give thee.
Now that is a repeat. Whenever there is a repeat statement in the word of God you not only trust it you can bank on it. God wants you to realize that this in your heart becomes a reality. I haven’t only said this once, I’ll say it again so that you get a hold of it and get a grip on it.
The Lord shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow.
And the Lord shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only …Underline, asterisk, the bracket that word “only” when life’s circumstances come against you, you should be above only. You belong on top of the circumstances then you are in control. God is looking down and he sees you from a position that you don’t. He sees you where he is, on top of the circumstance, in control of the situation because he stands by His Word and that word has been placed within your heart, therefore you shall be above only and you shall not be beneath… If thou hearken unto the commandments of the Lord thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them:
And thou shalt not go aside from any of the words which I command thee this day, to the right hand, or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them.
Now that’s just one example of the power of the spray that we are using. That Miricle Grow fertilizer, that Word of God that we are putting up on our plants. Once that plant has been sown into the ground it becomes our responsibility to watch over it and to begin to believe God to expect a return. When we plant a seed in the ground we expect a seed to come up.
Look at the bamboo tree when they plant bamboo trees they still expect them to come up. But they are slow in coming they need patience a lot of patience. Year one goes by, no bamboo tree. The farmer gives it another year. He comes back the next year and nothing. Better give it another year and he comes back the third year and still nothing. He comes back the fourth year and still nothing. Now most Christians would be digging that plant up by now and saying this word stuff don’t work. It is worthless, look at that I planted it 4 years ago and I still haven’t seen anything. Come back the fifth year and still nothing, they think “see I told you it doesn’t work, still nothing.” But you know in the sixth year it will grow 40 feet high. Forty feet. Then year after year after year that plant will just shoot up. Why? Because for five years it shot down and built itself up a strong root system. By planting the word of God into your ground which is your heart you are constantly causing your plant to shoot down and build the strong root system.
And if you will allow patience to let her do her work you will receive what the word says? You’ll be entire, wanting nothing, lacking nothing. But you have to allow that plant to grow. So we have to continue to nurture it.
Let’s take a look at some of this other mixture in our spray. Joshua 1:6‑8
Be strong and of good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them. Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest. This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.
Who causes this to go forth from your mouth? You do! You plant it within you and you speak it forth. It is your responsibility to take care of your ground.
Psalms 1 The Word of God is the most powerful source on the face of the Earth to take care of the plant. And that plant of course is what you seeded within your heart. And remember we are talking over your tithes too. We haven’t taken away from the tithe. This is still what you are doing over your tithing. We started last week on tithing and this relates to the tithing and how to watch over your tithe.
Once you’ve planted it you must speak the word forth to get a return on it.
Psalms 1: 1‑3 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favor my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, Let the Lord be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant…Let them say continually, does it say let them say and forget it? Let them say it today and forget it tomorrow? Let them say it today and let them say tomorrow that it doesn’t work? No, it says let them say continually Let the Lord be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant. God gets pleasure from seeing you prosper.
So I guess if you’re not saying it you are not his servant? People have a hard time when we talk about Deuteronomy 26 to say unto the Lord: Look down from your holy habitation in heaven and bless us your children. People have a hard time saying things like that to God. And yet he says let them say continually let the Lord be magnified who has pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.
How do you get God to have pleasure in you? By being prosperous. You mean it’s not by being poor! No! Poverty does not bring pleasure to God. Riches do not bring pleasure to God. Prosperity brings pleasure to God. There is a difference in the three. There are many rich people today, many billionaires who are not prosperous people. They have a lot of money but that’s all they have. They are miserable, sickly, and pathetic. Money does not make you happy. Prosperity, total 100% prosperity, will cause happiness inside you.
Proverbs 3:1‑10 My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee. Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart: So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man. Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.
Honour the Lord with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase: So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.
God is interested in you being prosperous. He is interested in you looking after that plant that’s beginning to shoot its head up out of the ground saying ‘help me, help me, spray me, protect me, keep the enemy off me, help me that’s what you are doing. You are protecting that plant, causing the enemy to keep away.
Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth..
If your soul is not prospering, all other prosperity will not come. How do you prosper your soul, where is your soul, what is your soul? The heart of man is your soul. Where did you plant your plant? Within the heart of man. How do you prosper your soul?
By watching over what you place within your heart. How do you get saved? Believe in your heart and confess with your mouth and so shall you be saved. But it all happens in the heart. To take care of it, you speak it out your mouth. It is the same way with the seeds you planted. You plant it within your heart, you speak the word of God over it and you watch over it.
If then this is our insecticide, if this mixture of the Word of God becomes our insecticide that we spray over our plants, constantly, continually speak the word over it. All the time. Circumstances show their ugly face you speak the word continually, over those circumstances. Nothing less. “Oh I don’t know how I’m ever going to get out of this one, this mess” we say Speak the word. Speak the word, believe the word.
Don’t settle for anything else, never compromise the Word of God for the circumstance. You’ll cheat yourself and you will rob others. Turn to Hebrew 11: 1-6 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good report. Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
The things that are seen were not made by things which do appear. By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh. By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
(1) Must believe. He that cometh to God must believe. And that he is a rewarder, that’s (2) a rewarder of him who diligently seek him. Diligently. Dedicating your whole life over to him.
When we talk about hope relating to this topic we must talk about the rewarder part. But what is this? Faith. Faith is many different things. Faith is the machinery that pulls the sprayer. Faith is what activates the Word that you speak. If the word doesn’t come alive in your heart it won’t do you any good whatsoever. If it’s not real what good is it? If it doesn’t happen within, you can confess till you are blue in the face or green in the face. It is not going to make one bit of difference.
You can go around confessing I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. If you haven’t made that scripture alive inside of your heart then you can’t do anything. And you won’t. If it is just coming out of your head, it doesn’t mean anything. It has to come out of your heart because that is where the ground is. That is where the seed has been planted and that is where the seeds are. That’s where the plants are growing up from. Right?
So faith is the substance of things hoped for. That is the first thing.
- Hebrew 11:1 Faith is the substance of things hoped for. The energizing force that causes the desire to come into existence. Faith is the energizing force that causes the desire to come into existence.
- Faith is the evidence of things not seen. Well that is real easy to understand. If we go out and we plant a seed in the ground like we were talking about last week we don’t see that seed anymore do we? It’s gone. But we have faith that that seed is going to germinate and grow and a plant will come up and we will get a crop. We automatically assume that. We simply know that. So why can’t we take the same thing in the spiritual realm?
When we take a seed and we plant it in our heart we should be assuming immediately that that will take root and grow. And it will if you plant it that way. If not it won’t.
The energizing force that causes the desire to come into existence. And B, it’s the evidence of things not seen. We don’t have to go out and dig it up to see if it is growing. We just know it is growing. We know in a couple of months there will be a plant there that we can eat from maybe.
C. It’s their creative power of divine works. It’s the creative power of divine works. In Genesis 1:11 we saw that the power in the life of the seed is within itself. That’s a divine work. That seed was created by God divinely. The seed that you plant within your heart if you have watched over it and plant it the way we taught you last week to plant it it will be planted with a divine work. So faith is C, the creative power of a divine work. Trust that law. That’s a law of God, trust it put your hope in it.
D. Hebrews 11:4 faith testifies to the power of the word and the works of God. Faith testifies to the power of the word and the works of God. We know from Romans 10:8 that the power of the word coming out of our mouth will create faith within our heart and the desired things does take place. Lets look quickly, mark your place in Hebrews but go back to Mark 11:22.
Mark 11:22-26 And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.
.For verily I say unto you that whosoever, in the old pentacostal churches I believe that they used to say whosoever meaneth me. Right? That means you. Put your name in those places. Whosoever shall say unto this mountain, what is the mountain? The circumstance, the problem, the situation. What are you supposed to be doing? You are supposed to be saying unto it, you are to be speaking to the mountain. That sounds pretty ridiculous to me. Why? You speak to a lot of other things. Slam your finger in a car door and see if you don’t say a few things to the car. Has it broken down on the highway …You no good piece of junk you. You are always talking to things.
You are always speaking to things and really according to Isaiah 55:11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. When you speak to those things you are speaking into existence power. You are either giving the angels or the enemy legal right to act. I. Shall say unto this mountain be thou removed and be thou cast into the sea and OK be thou removed and cast into the sea this means a circumstance GET LOST! Circumstance get out of here. Do you speak to your circumstances that way? Do you tell them to go?
Well that sounds pretty ridiculous. So what! So is the circumstance you are in pretty ridiculous. Because it is not falling in line with the word of God so speak to it and tell it to leave. And do it with authority. Be thou removed and cast into the sea and shall not doubt in your heart Oh! We are back to the ground. The ground… Shall not doubt in your heart. What is doubt? We will look at that later.
But shall believe that those things which he says (here is that saying again) shall believe that those things which he says shall come to pass, he shall have whatsoever he says. He shall have whatsoever he says. What are you saying? What you’ve got. And if you don’t like what you have then change what you are saying. Get your mouth in line with the word of God and get speaking the word of God and you will get something different. But right now what you have is what you are saying.
Therefore I say unto you whatsoever things you desire when you pray …how do you pray? You have to believe what you are praying. You have to speak it. You speak forth with power and authority.
Be specific in what you pray. Know what you want. Have your desire it says here therefore I say unto you whatsoever things you desire when you pray believe that you receive them and ye shall have them. That is your part of your machinery that is pulling the spraying equipment. Faith is making a way when there is no way. Faith is putting within you an ability where there didn’t seem to be an ability. Faith testifies to the power of the word of God.
Go back to Hebrews verse 5. Faith cancels out what the senses are saying may be happening. Faith cancels what the senses say are going to happen. We can see something about to take place but faith says otherwise. Faith says no! The word of God says …. We see sickness and disease coming, we can either lie down and get sick or we go with the word of God and say by his stripes I was (am) healed.
What do the senses say? What are you going to stand by? You have to stand on the Word of God at all times. Let them say continually continually. Faith cancels out what the circumstances or the senses have to say. Faith refuses to allow the circumstances to take hold. When those insects come out to destroy your plant and your senses say my plants are about to be eaten don’t believe your senses believe the word of God and faith will destroy them
Hebrews 11:6 Faith is the basis to please God. It says here without it it is impossible to please Him. Without it it is impossible to please Him. Do you know what you do when you take your eyes off God and put them on the circumstance? You are saying to God that the circumstances are bigger than God and therefore you don’t need him. If you go with the circumstance you are telling God that He can’t change it. And therefore I don’t need you God. And therefore you are not pleasing to God because you have no faith in him. That is why that it says without faith it is impossible to please God.
Choose to go with faith not with what you see. God gets pleasure by his children doing well. God gets pleasure by his children believing the word. God gets pleasure by his children prospering. We read that earlier let them say continually let the Lord be magnified who take pleasure in the prosperity of his servants. How do you get that prosperity operating? Through faith. Plain and simple.
Hebrew 11:7 Faith places its dependence upon the word of God to see its results happen. Faith is dependent on God’s word. If you say I have faith but you do not put forth the word of God, faith does not have anything to depend on. It’s certainly not going to depend on your feelings because they will mess you up real fast. Faith depends on that word of God. As we said that herbicide coming forth out of your mouth. It is dependent on it. It needs that word to be spoken from your mouth always at all times.
Faith depends on the word of God. Anything less and faith cannot work. Anything less if you try to use anything less on your fileds you will get a dead or germ infested or weed infested crop.
Hebrews 11:8 Faith knows that the future is bright. Circumstances say one thing but faith knows that the future is bright. Faith knows that my God shall supply all my need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. That means my future is bright.
Faith knows when bankruptcy is staring you in the face you can quote that kind of scripture and say it with boldness and walk into the throne room of God and say Lord you promised. And the answer is done, it is settled. It’s in your heart, finished. Faith knows that the future is bright. I’ll prove it to you. Jerimiah 29:11 NIV For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord. God knows what is going to happen
Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future
Do you think if God’s got your future in his hand that it’s not a bright future. That he is not in control? He says he is going to prosper you not harm you. Bad and ugly times, right down the tubes. Ok so the future is bright.
Hebrews 11:11‑12 Faith begins creating those things which be not as though they were. You’ve done the same thing. When you plant that seed in the ground, if you plant an apple seed in the ground you don’t have an apple tree, you have an apple seed. But you count that thing as an apple tree. You don’t plant that thing in the ground and say I’ve got apple seeds. You plant it in the ground and say I’m going to have an apple tree.
I am going to have apples off that. Why? Because you believe that thing to be an apple tree. Right? And that is what faith does. When you sow in faith into an area in your life, count it has done. It sees those things that be not as though they were. It’s finished.
Hebrews 11: 17‑19 Faith is our assurance in God that he fulfills his promises and keeps them. Faith shows Jehovah as the Great I Am. The name Jehovah means, The God of the covenant who keeps his promises. If it’s in here it is a covenant between God and me, He is going to fulfil it. Faith shows that. Faith has complete confidence in it. It is the assurance that God will keep his promises. Romans 8:35‑39.Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. It says there is nothing that can separate us from the love which is in Christ Jesus. Nothing! Faith is our assurance that nothing ever will.
Hebrews 11:20‑31 Faith has complete confidence in the answer coming. To faith it is inconceivable that the answer would not come. To those who walk by faith it is totally inconceivable that it won’t happen. I know that I know that I know. It is settled. It is done. We have said this illustration before and I’ll say it again. How many have seen their names in the Lamb’s book of life? It is settled. It’s a done deal. You know you are going to heaven. How? By faith. So take the same faith and apply it to all the other promises of God and it will work for you. That is what it is designed to do. Ephesians 3:12 In whom we boldness and access with confidence by faith of him. Hebrews 11: 32‑12:2 Faith is a stimulus that causes the plant to grow. What do we call this a herbicide, and insecticide that we are spraying on our plant? Well this is the stimulus that causes the plant to grow. Faith quickens, vitalizes, arouses the plant into activity to grow and to bring forth the fruit desired.
Faith excites the plant and causes a great expectancy in the plant so that it can push forth through the ground, did you ever think about that? You know that the little tiny tender plant has to push its head through the ground and it’s been rained on. It’s probably been walked on, animals have come and done bad things to it. It’s had a hard life and what is more it’s got to push its head through the ground. Faith vitalizes it and causes it to come to life and shoots up through that hard ground. It wants to get to that sunlight to grow and to quickly fulfil itself.
In Hebrews 10:38 Faith is the life blood of the just. To draw back or withdraw from faith is to give God displeasure.
We better look at that Hebrews 10:38. Now the just shall live by faith but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.. Who is the just? I am the just. The just shall live by faith. If you operate faith the way we have been describing it you ought to have fun. Who says it should be a miserable life as a Christian? Christians ought to be having fun. If you lay hands on the sick and see them pop out of their beds, that’s fun. If you lay hands on someone who is broke and have God provide a financial miracle within a couple of days, that’s fun. The just shall live by faith.
But if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. Draw back from what? Draw back from God, draw back from faith. You are drawing back from faith and God says and he has no pleasure in you and therefore it won’t work in you. If you get God’s against you then you can’t expect anything to work from him. Right? If you draw back from faith it says he doesn’t have pleasure with you. We found out that it says that by faith he has pleasure in you that through faith he has great pleasure in you. He takes delight in you. That prosperity comes and it gives him pleasure and you get prosperity through faith. That gives him pleasure. But it you withdraw from the faith he has no pleasure in you. You need to get forgiveness quickly and get back to faith and start walking with it.
Faith is the life blood of the just to draw back or withdraw from faith is to give God displeasure. Just as photosynthesis is what causes a plant to get its energy and to grow. The word of God sown in faith causes the just to grow and the Son provides the just with the energy to grow. The Son Jesus the Son causes energy within you to grow and to those who believe and to receive all that faith can do.
Ephesians 6:16 And above all taking the shield of faith wherein ye are able to quench all the firey darts of the wicked. Here we are talking about the armour or God. But it says the shield of faith. What is the shield of faith? What does the shield of faith do? The shield of faith protects you or your plant we are talking about the plant sown within side you from harm.
You see the farmer go out there just before the last full moon or the first full moon in May. I don’t know what it is supposed to be but if you planted your tomatoes before that happens you are supposed to protect them because there is still a frost coming. You put some kind of shielding around your tomatoes so the frost doesn’t kill them. The shield of faith protects you from the cold bite of the enemy. The arrows of the enemy. The shield of faith makes your life a lot easier. The shield of faith guards the heart just as it guards the seed where it’s sown in the heart. It guards the seed, it guards the heart.
It guards both. Just as many farmers spray their crops, they know they have to do that with a powerful herbicide. It’s a powerful concentrated poison isn’t it? And if you were to take a glass full of that or get it on you it would burn or kill you. But once it is diluted and sprayed across those plants it helps those plants. It keeps them and protects them. Right? Well the same way with faith, you see the farmers wearing these funny little moon walking suits with masks over their face. They don’t want to breath in any of that stuff, they are protecting their plants.
You need to wear a funny little Moonwalking suit and face protecterants. What is that? That means the armour of God. You put on the armour of God taking the shield of faith to protect anything that’s come against your land to protect your plant.So that when the enemy comes against you, you have already looked after it. It’s a done deal.
Isaiah 54:17 says no weapon formed against me shall prosper and every tongue that rises against me in judgement I shall condemn this is the heritage of the servant of the Lord.
The enemy may come but they are going to see that shield and they are going to say no I’m not going there. And Isaiah 55:11 says they have to go back to the sender and fulfil. That’s not my fault. That’s the speaker’s fault. We have read Mark 11:22‑24 that is our guarantee. Faith is our guarantee to answered prayer. People may say there are no guarantees with God. Well I say I’ve go news for you. There are a lot of guarantees with God. And the word gives all kinds of them.
Faith is our guarantee. Remember that a guarantee is said to be only as good as what it is written upon. A guarantee is only as good as the paper it’s written upon or the person who will honor it. The Faith’s guarantee is written in the word of God.
And it has been written in the blood of Jesus it is sealed with the broken body of Jesus and the Holy Spirit. Our faith in God will provide the things hoped for when we apply it this way. Jesus died as a man, but rose again as God, He died by the shedding of His blood, yet He rose again as flesh and bone. Why flesh and bone? Because the blood of Jesus remains on earth so that man make use of its power to free them. The only way the blood of Jesus is found in heaven is because it is taken there by those who have been redeemed by it. Revelation 12:11, “They overcame him by the reason of the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony”.
The word of our testimony is by far more than just a few good words spoken from time to time. The word of our testimony is Jesus Himself. John declares this to be so. Living within our sphere of our testimony is to live within the resurrected Christ.
John 15:5‑8, I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples..
Jesus should become a living communion within you. His words should be at home with you. His words should automatically flow from you and for this reason nothing is held back when you speak the name of Jesus. Is this not the very reason that satan has chosen to use the name of Jesus in profanity? So when I’ve taken part of the body and blood of Christ through my words on a daily bases I live daily within this communion.
The reason for my testimony is, Jesus is alive within me. Alive through His words coming out through my mouth. If I yield to anything other than Jesus as my testimony or if words other than the words of Jesus come out of me I am not overcoming the enemy, I place myself under the power of the enemy. Anything I ask will not happen because I’ve yielded to some other influence, or I am not at home in Christ.
When I take part in assailing another’s life I assail myself as well. When I take part in these activity’s which are contrary to what I do at home then I share in the results of these activity’s. Be at home in the Jesus. So being (living) in a resurrected Jesus, and knowing who you are in Christ is what it means to overcome by the reason of our testimony.
Ephesians 1:3‑14 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.
Here we find that it is Gods will for us to be overcomers. We find that through the blood all things are activated. We find that regardless of what the situation is, the blood of Jesus is the substitution or covering for the situation.
Jesus’ blood substitutes health for sickness, it substitutes wealth for poverty. It substitutes a sound mind for mental distress. The blood will cause a reversal of whatever satan may attempt to place upon us.
However there is a way to even defeat this powerful force, and that is to stop having a living communion with Jesus and to allow words other than those of Jesus’ to come out of our mouths.
Now the power of this comes when we recognize that is the Holy Spirit that seals these things in our lives. This is the reason why the infilling of the Spirit is so important, he seals the work. Once something is sealed it cannot be changed until the seal has been broken. You break the seal by speaking contrary to what the Word says regarding the situation. Now when the Holy Spirit seals the situation He creates within you the hope for the finished work. Wuest puts it “as the down payment of our inheritance, guaranteeing the full and total payment”. The bible says that this kind of hope will not make ashamed. In other words, the hope one places in the shed blood of Jesus sealed by the Holy Spirit of God fulfils every ideal, and dream, it is the answer to every circumstance and situation.
Romans 5:1‑5, Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;And patience, experience; and experience, hope:And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
Hope means to anticipate, usually with pleasure; expectation, and confidence. So when I live in Christ and am at home with Him, having His words flowing from my mouth, and I know that the blood of Jesus is the substitution for anything that Satan brings against me, and I know that the Holy Spirit has sealed in me the hope of the promised thing, I then anticipate with pleasure the finished work. I expect and am confidant that the faith I’ve placed within that hope will bring the desired result.
Romans 8:24‑26, For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it. Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
Hope is filled with the power of the Holy Spirit. When we live in this sphere of hope, the Spirit helps us or gives us a hand in seeing it through to the desired end result. The King James says infirmities, this simply means our weaknesses, where we are feeble the Spirit gives us a boost to keep our hope up until the full payment of our inheritance has been made, that coming through our faith in the Word or Christ, we see this further in Romans 15:13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost..
Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen..
Now, is the key word of this scripture, for the desired hope must be now. The God of hope fills you with every joy. So what Joy, the joy of knowing that those things that I’ve desired from him are done because of the shedding and sealing of the blood and the Holy Spirit. I can super abound in this hope meaning I WIN. My hope becomes the channel or mold that my faith can fill and settle into, so that I receive the answer.
Our hope is Christ, and why not, for in Him is everything we require. Look to Colossians.1:9‑23; For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell; And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight: If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven;
Hope has been concluded in peace by His blood. Everything is within Jesus. He has created everything and by him everything remains. So whatever your desire is, it lies within the creative power of Christ, He is the answer. Now, get this, where does HE live, IN ME. So where is my hope? In me. Colossians 1:27.To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:
So this creator, this originator, the author and finisher of my faith, this one who is within me, My HOPE OF GLORY has finished the work. What glory, the glory of my answered need. Now, glory means a state of extreme well being, or complete prosperity. Christ Jesus is my hope of glory.
My hope that the seed grows and produces the crop I have desired. Year after year the crop comes and year after year I am blessed by it.