Lack vs. Blessing
There are 2 Keys to living a consistently blessed life as a Christian.
1) Living a life that is set apart as obedient to the Word of God.
Ask the Lord to give you an obedient heart to His Word and His Voice!
Deuteronomy 28 New King James Version (NKJV)
Blessings on Obedience
28 “Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the Lord your God will set you high above all nations of the earth. 2 And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God: (See the entire chapter)
Curses on Disobedience
15 “But it shall come to pass, if you do not obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments and His statutes which I command you today, that all these curses will come upon you and overtake you: (See the entire chapter)
It’s not hard. It’s a simple choice. Ask the Lord to help you choose Life and Blessing!
14 But the word is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart, that you may do it.
15 “See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil, 16 in that I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in His ways, and to keep His commandments, His statutes, and His judgments, that you may live and multiply; and the Lord your God will bless you in the land which you go to possess. 17 But if your heart turns away so that you do not hear, and are drawn away, and worship other gods and serve them [Do your own thing: serve the devil/flesh], 18 I announce to you today that you shall surely perish; you shall not prolong your days in the land which you cross over the Jordan to go in and possess. 19 I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; 20 that you may love the Lord your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days; and that you may dwell in the land which the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them.”
Ask the Lord to give you a hunger and thirst for His Wisdom!
Proverbs 3:13-18 New King James Version (NKJV)
13 Happy is the man who finds wisdom, And the man who gains understanding; 14 For her proceeds are better than the profits of silver, And her gain than fine gold. 15 She is more precious than rubies, And all the things you may desire cannot compare with her. 16 Length of days is in her right hand, In her left hand riches and honor. 17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness, And all her paths are peace. 18 She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her, And happy are all who retain her.
2) When giving becomes a part of your nature, and it shows in everything you do, then you will be able to claim this scripture as your own as you boldly say:
2 Corinthians 9:6-11 Amplified Bible (AMP)
6 [Remember] this: he who sows sparingly and grudgingly will also reap sparingly and grudgingly, but WHEN I SOW GENEROUSLY [that blessings may come to someone] I WILL REAP GENEROUSLY AND WITH BLESSINGS.
7 I WILL [GIVE] as I have made up my own mind and purposed in my heart, NOT reluctantly or sorrowfully or under compulsion, FOR GOD LOVES (He takes pleasure in, prizes above other things, and is unwilling to abandon or to do without) A CHEERFUL (JOYOUS, “PROMPT TO DO IT”) GIVER [WHOSE HEART IS IN HIS GIVING].
8 And GOD IS ABLE To Make ALL GRACE (EVERY FAVOR AND EARTHLY BLESSING) COME TO ME In Abundance, So That I May Always And Under All Circumstances And Whatever The Need Be Self-Sufficient [Possessing Enough To Require No Aid Or Support And Furnished IN ABUNDANCE FOR EVERY GOOD WORK AND CHARITABLE DONATION].
9 As it is written, I [the benevolent person] scatter abroad; I give to the poor; my deeds of justice and goodness and kindness and benevolence will go on and endure forever!
10 AND [GOD] WHO PROVIDES SEED FOR THE SOWER AND BREAD FOR EATING WILL ALSO PROVIDE AND MULTIPLY MY [RESOURCES FOR] SOWING and increase the fruits of my righteousness [which manifests itself in active goodness, kindness, and charity].
11 Thus I WILL BE ENRICHED IN ALL THINGS AND IN EVERY WAY, SO THAT I CAN BE GENEROUS, and [my generosity as it is] administered by my church will bring forth thanksgiving to God.
People love to quote Philippians 4:19 “And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” But they don’t realize that Paul was saying that to people as a result of the offering they had given to support his ministry!
Philippians 4:15-20 New King James Version (NKJV)
15 Now you Philippians know also that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church shared with me concerning giving and receiving but you only. 16 For even in Thessalonica you sent aid once and again for my necessities. 17 Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that abounds to your account. 18 Indeed I have all and abound. I am full, having received from Epaphroditus the things sent from you, a sweet-smelling aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well pleasing to God. 19 And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. 20 Now to our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.
Are you being disobedient in either of these 2 keys? Do you wonder why you are constantly in lack and it seems like everything you get involved in is cursed? Let me explain to you why that is the case and what the solution is all in one scripture!
Malachi 3:6-12 New King James Version (NKJV)
6 “For I am the Lord, I do not change; therefore you are not consumed, O sons of Jacob. 7 Yet from the days of your fathers you have gone away from My ordinances and have not kept them. Return to Me, and I will return to you,” Says the Lord of hosts. “But you said, ‘In what way shall we return?’
Do Not Rob God
8 “Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed Me! But you say, ‘In what way have we robbed You?’ In tithes and offerings. 9 You are cursed with a curse, For you have robbed Me, Even this whole nation. 10 Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, That there may be food in My house, And try Me now in this,” Says the Lord of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven And pour out for you such blessing That there will not be room enough to receive it.
11 “And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, So that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground, Nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field,” Says the Lord of hosts; 12 “And all nations will call you blessed, For you will be a delightful land,” Says the Lord of hosts.
If you are NOT tithing to a ministry that you are covenanted with and covered by, you have opened the door wide open to lack!
Haggai 1:3-11 3 Then the word of the LORD came by Haggai the prophet, saying, 4 “Is it time for you yourselves to dwell in your paneled houses, and this temple to lie in ruins?” 5 Now therefore, thus says the LORD of hosts: “Consider your ways! 6 “ You have sown much, and bring in little; You eat, but do not have enough; You drink, but you are not filled with drink; You clothe yourselves, but no one is warm; And he who earns wages, Earns wages to put into a bag with holes.” 7 Thus says the LORD of hosts: “Consider your ways! 8 Go up to the mountains and bring wood and build the temple, that I may take pleasure in it and be glorified,” says the LORD. 9 “You looked for much, but indeed it came to little; and when you brought it home, I blew it away. Why?” says the LORD of hosts. “Because of My house that is in ruins, while every one of you runs to his own house. 10 Therefore the heavens above you withhold the dew, and the earth withholds its fruit. 11 For I called for a drought on the land and the mountains, on the grain and the new wine and the oil, on whatever the ground brings forth, on men and livestock, and on all the labor of your hands.”
Are you ready for a turn-around in your finances? Are you ready to do whatever it takes? When you repent and seek God in this area of your life. He will show you a safe place filled with His manifested presence where you can enter into covenant relationship and be covered and accountable. It is there that you must be obedient in the tithes and offerings (thanking God and giving Him glory for everything He has provided). Even ministries need to tithe into the kingdom of God somewhere other than their own ministry (Numbers 18:25-32).
Deuteronomy 12:5-9 New King James Version (NKJV)
5 “But you shall seek the place where the Lord your God chooses, out of all your tribes, to put His name for His dwelling place; and there you shall go. 6 There you shall take your burnt offerings, your sacrifices, your tithes, the heave offerings of your hand, your vowed offerings, your freewill offerings, and the firstborn of your herds and flocks. 7 And there you shall eat before the Lord your God, and you shall rejoice in all to which you have put your hand, you and your households, in which the Lord your God has blessed you.
The word is clear that the tithe is to be brought into the House of God, and then offerings above and beyond the tithe can go elsewhere. Your tithe is One Tenth of your Gross income. It is holy. It is God’s! You take it off the top, BEFORE you do anything else with the money. If you want the rest of that money to be stretched supernaturally and blessed, you will give God what is His first. The tithe is not what’s left over after I’ve paid my bills. The tithe is not a crumpled up dollar thrown in the offering bucket if someone mentions a need. The tithe is not random offerings given if the Lord speaks to give somewhere.
Leviticus 27:30 New King James Version (NKJV)
30 And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land or of the fruit of the tree, is the Lord’s. It is holy to the Lord.
Nehemiah 10:38-39 New King James Version (NKJV)
38 And the priest, the descendant of Aaron, shall be with the Levites when the Levites receive tithes; and the Levites shall bring up a tenth of the tithes to the house of our God, to the rooms of the storehouse.
39 For the children of Israel and the children of Levi shall bring the offering of the grain, of the new wine and the oil, to the storerooms where the articles of the sanctuary are, where the priests who minister and the gatekeepers and the singers are; and we will not neglect the house of our God.
When there is revival in the land people rejoice for the opportunity to give into the ministry to see the work of the Lord going forth changing their nation. But that is the attitude we are always to have when it comes to the tithe. We bring it in thanksgiving for what God has provided for us materially, but also for the spiritual food we are receiving from the men and women of God we are covenanted with, and we want to be a part as that ministry is impacting our community causing people to trust in God.
Nehemiah 12:27, 43-45 New King James Version (NKJV)
27 Now at the dedication of the wall of Jerusalem they sought out the Levites in all their places, to bring them to Jerusalem to celebrate the dedication with gladness, both with thanksgivings and singing, with cymbals and stringed instruments and harps.
43 Also that day they offered great sacrifices, and rejoiced, for God had made them rejoice with great joy; the women and the children also rejoiced, so that the joy of Jerusalem was heard afar off.
44 And at the same time some were appointed over the rooms of the storehouse for the offerings, the firstfruits, and the tithes, to gather into them from the fields of the cities the portions specified by the Law for the priests and Levites; for Judah rejoiced over the priests and Levites who ministered. 45 Both the singers and the gatekeepers kept the charge of their God and the charge of the purification, according to the command of David and Solomon his son.
What a privilege it is to be a part of making it possible for men of God to do the ministry full-time. Support the preaching of the gospel financially!
1 Corinthians 9:4-14 Do we have no right to eat and drink? 5 Do we have no right to take along a believing wife, as do also the other apostles, the brothers of the Lord, and Cephas? 6 Or is it only Barnabas and I who have no right to refrain from working? 7 Who ever goes to war at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard and does not eat of its fruit? Or who tends a flock and does not drink of the milk of the flock? 8 Do I say these things as a mere man? Or does not the law say the same also? 9 For it is written in the law of Moses, “You shall not muzzle an ox while it treads out the grain.”[a] Is it oxen God is concerned about? 10 Or does He say it altogether for our sakes? For our sakes, no doubt, this is written, that he who plows should plow in hope, and he who threshes in hope should be partaker of his hope. 11 If we have sown spiritual things for you, is it a great thing if we reap your material things? 12 If others are partakers of this right over you, are we not even more?… 13 Do you not know that those who minister the holy things eat of the things of the temple, and those who serve at the altar partake of the offerings of the altar? 14 should live from the Even so the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should live of the gospel.
It is when you tithe to the House of God faithfully AND give offerings (to the church, to the poor, to other ministries that bless you, and wherever God prompts you to give as a life style) that God promises to rebuke the devourer on your behalf and bring abundant blessings! It is very important and good to give to the poor.
Luke 6:38 New King James Version (NKJV)
38 Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”
Proverbs 19:17 New King James Version (NKJV)
17 He who has pity on the poor lends to the Lord, and He will pay back what he has given.
Matthew 25:32-46 King James Version (KJV)
32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:
33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.
34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:
36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?
39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
42 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:
43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.
44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?
45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.
46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.
Isaiah 58:6-12 King James Version (KJV)
6 Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?
7 Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh?
8 Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the Lord shall be thy reward.
9 Then shalt thou call, and the Lord shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am. If thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke, the putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity;
10 And if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noon day:
11 And the Lord shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.
12 And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in.