“5 Now therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts; Consider your ways.
6 Ye have sown much, and bring in little; ye eat, but ye have not enough; ye drink, but ye are not filled with drink; ye clothe you, but there is none warm; and he that earneth wages earneth wages to put it into a bag with holes.
7 Thus saith the Lord of hosts; Consider your ways.
8 Go up to the mountain, and bring wood, and build the house; and I will take pleasure in it, and I will be glorified, saith the Lord.
9 Ye looked for much, and, lo, it came to little; and when ye brought it home, I did blow upon it. Why? saith the Lord of hosts. Because of mine house that is waste, and ye run every man unto his own house.
10 Therefore the heaven over you is stayed from dew, and the earth is stayed from her fruit.
11 And I called for a drought upon the land, and upon the mountains, and upon the corn, and upon the new wine, and upon the oil, and upon that which the ground bringeth forth, and upon men, and upon cattle, and upon all the labour of the hands.”
I. Some people say, I don’t tithe because I’m under grace not law. But grace is always a higher standard than law.
“21 Ye have heard that it was said of them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment:
22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment:
and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.”;
“27 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery:
28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.”
(Matthew 5:21-22, 27-28)
II. Abraham tithed 430 years before the Mosaic law. —
“ For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him;
2 To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace;” (Hebrews 7:1-2)
III. Levi “paid” tithes through Abraham to Melchizedek. This is still in existence for the Abraham’s children.
“9 And as I may so say, Levi also, who receiveth tithes, payed tithes in Abraham.
10 For he was yet in the loins of his father, when Melchisedec met him.” (Hebrews 7:9-10)
IV. Today we tithe straight to Jesus Christ our high priest.
“8 And here men that die receive tithes; but there he receiveth them, of whom it is witnessed that he liveth.”
V. As I tithe it releases the blessings of God in my life.
“7 And without all contradiction the less is blessed of the better.” (Hebrews 7:7)
VI. Jesus taught tithing.
“23 “Woe to you, [self-righteous] scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you give a tenth (tithe) of your mint and dill and cumin [focusing on minor matters] and have neglected the weightier [more important moral and spiritual] provisions of the Law:
justice and mercy and faithfulness; but these are the [primary] things you ought to have done without neglecting the others.” (Matthew 23:23 amp)
VII. Three lying spirits who work in possessions, things, and finances:
The spirit of mammon,
the spirit of poverty and
the spirit of pride.
A. The spirit of mammon:
1. Is on money that is not submitted to God.
2. That’s why no man can serve money and God – two masters.
“24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one and love the other; or else he will hold to the one and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” (Matthew 6:24)
3. Mammon money is used to control and manipulate people.
4. It says to you, “If I just had this much, I would be happy, fulfilled, delivered.”
5. Mammon money will bring a fear upon you that some kind of way you’re gonna lose your stuff.
6. The spirit of mammon wants your service and worship, it wants to take the place of God in your life. It’s promises you security, importance, power, identity, freedom and no more problems.
7. The spirit of mammon is not money but is on money when the Spirit of God is not. By submitting money and possessions to God with a generous heart, greed and selfishness are broken and the spirit of mammon no longer has the ability to operate.
Today while I’m teaching, mammon will say, “Don’t give, what if you won’t have enough?” Shut that lying spirit down. Money is not your answer, God is.
Don’t say if you had more money you would do more for people when you know in your heart you aren’t doing anything for anybody with what you currently have. No, God is my God, not more of something.
8. Treasure in heaven is money that is blessed by God and multiplies. Because of your obedience, God is able to use what He gave you for His purpose – souls. By the way, these people will be waiting to greet you at the end of the tunnel of light going into Heavens Gates.
“19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”
9. The devil hates when we are financially able to meet a need that God presents.
Who is the spirit of poverty?
How does he work in believers and unbelievers?
1. Many times, I have felt ashamed when people would ask me about my house, my boat and other blessings that God has given me. I wanted to make excuses like “That boat came from an old boat and I had to build it with my own hands.”
2. The spirit of poverty manifest itself in shame and guilt. Also, in comparison of what others have that you don’t, jealousy and envy.
3. Remember the spirit’s mission is always to get you to focus on stuff and them rather than God.
4. We have got to stop apologizing for God’s favor, blessings and His multiplying in our lives. We are blessed because the devil cannot stop what God has blessed. Everything we touch multiplies and has good success.
5. The poverty mentality will cause you to feel like you’re a victim, have bad luck, been dealt a bad hand, that you will never have anything. You may feel like everyone owes you something.
6. God not only uses what we have to test us, He also uses what others have as well.
7. Never feel ashamed about what you have or don’t have. How good and nice it is or not. The only one to please with or without is God. So, stop worrying about yourself and what others think. This is a lying spirit of poverty to cause you to serve him rather than God.
8. Pride says my house is bigger and better than yours. Poverty says he must be a crook to live in that house. Gratitude compares to God and says thank you Lord for your grace.
“18 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.”
Who is the spirit of pride? What does he say?
1. All of this wealth I got by working for it.
2. You won’t believe what I had to do to get all of this fortune.
3. The spirit of pride causes us to feel superior to others where the spirit of poverty causes us to compare what we have to what others have. Thou shall not covet your neighbor’s belongings – do not set your heart on things that are not yours.
4. The spirits of poverty and pride operate by focusing on ourselves or others rather than seeking God as our source.
5. Think to yourself, do I blame others or circumstances for where I’m at? Do I get angry, resentful and bitter towards people?
When, with a grateful heart, we are able to contentedly say, “Thank you Lord,” then we will know we are free from the spirit of mammon and all of his facets. A spirit of gratitude is only concerned with how God sees things.
The challenge for today is: Be grateful and generous.