OPENING HEAVEN'S WINDOWS
“Opening Heaven’s Windows”
1. EVERYTHING BELONGS TO THE LORD
“The earth is the LORD’S, and all it contains, the world, and those who dwell in it.” (Psalm 24:1 NASB); “…Everything we have has come from you, and we give you only what you first gave us!” (1 Chronicles 29:14 NLT)
2. TITHE IS 10% OF GROSS INCOME, AND IT IS THE LORD’S – IT IS HOLY
“One-tenth (tithe, 10%) of the produce of the land, whether grain from the fields or fruit from the trees, belongs to the LORD and must be set apart to him as holy.” (Leviticus 27:30 NLT)
WE RETURN THE TITHE OUT OF OUR OBEDIENCE, NOT OUT OF OUR ABUNDANCE
“You will experience all these blessings if you obey the Lord your God.” (Deuteronomy 28:2 NLT)
WE TITHE OUT OF OUR HEART
“…you are careful to tithe even the tiniest income from your herb gardens, but you ignore the more important aspects of the law – justice, mercy, and faith. You should tithe, yes, but do not neglect the more important things.” (Matthew 23:23 NLT)
“…‘pay to the Emporer what belongs to the Emporer, and pay to God what belongs to God. When they heard this, they were amazed; and they left him and went away.” (Matthew 22:21-22 GNT)
3. GOD…THE LORD OF HOSTS, RESPONDS
“ ‘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.’” (Malachi 3:10 NKJV)
GOD OPENS THE WINDOWS IN HIGH PLACES
HEAVEN’S CURRENCIES CAN BE RELEASED, AND POURED OUT
Life Group Discussion:
What is the “Tithe”, and whose is it?
According to Malachi 3:10, Where do you give the tithe to? Why?
How does tithing cultivate a person’s heart to become more like Jesus?
ACTION STEP: Budget the tithe into your personal finances.
NOTE: “If you don’t receive income (i.e. unemployed), then you don’t tithe.”