Engaging the Mystery of Tithing for Financial Fortune! By Bishop David Oyedepo
Topic: Engaging the Mystery of Tithing for Financial Fortune!
Welcome to another exciting week. I hope you were blessed by last week teaching. Today, we shall focus on: Engaging the Mystery of Tithing for Financial Fortune!
From scriptures, we understand that God’s prosperity plan is a covenant, not a promise; that is, we cannot fast or pray our way into it. There is a part we must play before we can commit God to do His part. Therefore, until our part of the covenant is fulfilled, we cannot commit God to bless us. As it is written, But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day (Deuteronomy 8:18). From the above scripture, God has a covenant in place that empowers us into realms of financial fortune. It is not the doctrine of a church but His covenant.
Also, note that God’s covenant of financial prosperity is as binding as His covenant of day and night (Genesis 8:22; Jeremiah 33:20-21). As long as the covenant of the day and night is in place, God’s covenant of abundance remains in force. It is, therefore, an ever reliable and dependable covenant. We must understand that the giving covenant is as much a New Testament phenomenon as it is the Old Testament covenant. As it is written, Now ye Philippians know also, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church communicated with me as concerning giving and receiving, but ye only. But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:15, 19). But giving does not only meet our financial needs, it meets all other needs. While the giving covenant has so many channels such as worship offering, giving to the poor, giving to parents etc, we discover that the anchor channel of this covenant is TITHING.
What Then, Is Tithe?
Tithe is the tenth of our increase or income. It is our covenant acknowledgment of God’s blessings in our lives that entitles us to continuous flow of same (Malachi 3:10). Tithe is also God’s portion that makes the remainder meaningful. It is tithe that gives value to other avenue of giving. When we stop tithing, we stop the flow of God’s blessings. This is why we must understand that tithing is not a church doctrine; it is a law of the Kingdom that launches the believer into realms of financial fortune.
Tithing is God’s principal term of the covenant of abundance (Malachi 3:8-11). It is the law of the Spirit that launches us into realms of financial fortune, which is part of the provisions of redemption (2 Corinthians 8:9). Thus, tithing is ordained to make rich and grant us access to our wealthy place in Christ (Psalm 66:10-12; Proverbs 3:9, 10). We can therefore conclude that tithing is a Kingdom mystery that confers us with mastery over finances. It is a covenant obligation for everyone that desires to step into his/her wealthy place in Christ. It is our only guarantee to step into the realms of financial fortune; there is no short cut.
Other Fringe Benefits That Accompany Tithing
Averts All Curses, Spells and Enchantments: Tithing averts the curse of the Lord. It is written, Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation (Malachi 3:9). Why? Because the curse of the Lord is in the house of a thief (Zechariah 5:4). The tithe belongs to God and refusing to tithe is viewed as robbery in scriptures. Furthermore, every tither is blessed of the Lord and therefore becomes, ‘uncurseable’ (Numbers 23:8).
Protects us Against the Assault of the Devourer: It stops the devourer from attacking our health, families, businesses, career etc (Malachi 3:10-11). Tithers are entitled to health and vitality.
Empowers us to live a Debt-free Life: Borrowing may not be a sin, but it is definitely a weight. Tithing is the cheapest way to lay aside indebtedness. With blessings which we do not have enough room to receive being released to us through tithing, there can be no place for borrowing (Malachi 3:10).
Divine Ideas: From the windows of heaven, what we have pouring out is rain, which is a symbol of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit and its mission among others is to make us of quick understanding (Malachi 3:10-18). This gives us access to divine ideas so that we begin to think at God’s own frequency and command same order of results accordingly. For instance, Abraham the tither pioneered the first cattle ranch business (Genesis 13:1-3). Isaac pioneered the first irrigation farming in scriptures and Jacob the tither pioneered the first animal husbandry business according to Bible history. All tithers have free access to divine ideas that lead the way to their blessings.
Guarantees Long Life: Abraham the tither died at 175 (Genesis 25:7), Isaac at 180 (Genesis 35:28) and Jacob was 147 years old (Genesis 47:28). Also, John D. Rockefeller, who started tithing from his first pay cheque and kept at it, became the 1st American Billionaire in history. He had 41 years added to his years after he was told by the doctors that he would not see his 52nd birthday, but he lived to be 93! Tithing entitles us to long life.
In conclusion, all our covenant fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, were tithers and they gained access to their wealthy places in life (Genesis 14:19-20, 28:22). Furthermore, redemption connects us to the Abrahamic order of blessings and as a seed of Abraham, every believer is ordained to be a blessing to the world (Galatians 3:29; John 8:39). Although a great future awaits us, we must tithe our way into it like our covenant fathers did. All we need is to receive grace for consistency in our tithing. Tithing will always make a clear difference among believers. This means that financial fortune is impossible without tithing however you must be born again. Are you born again? If you are not, this is an opportunity to do so. Simply say the following prayer: Lord Jesus, I come to You today. I am a sinner. Forgive me of my sins. Cleanse me with Your precious Blood. Today, I accept You as my Lord and personal Saviour. Thank You, Jesus, for saving me! Now, I know I am born again!
For further reading, please get my books: Understanding Financial Prosperity, Breaking Financial Hardship, Winning the War against Poverty, Hidden Covenants of Blessing and Covenant Wealth. I invite you to fellowship with us at the Faith Tabernacle, Canaanland, Ota, the covenant home of Winners.
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Bishop David O. Oyedepo is a Nigerian Christian author, architect, preacher, and the founder and presiding bishop of the mega church, Living Faith Church Worldwide, also known as Winners’ Chapel.