Today we continue to build our faith to walking in God’s covenant of prosperity by looking at tithing and upright living.
Tithing is our entrance into the supernatural provision and protection of God for our lives. Our tithing goes through the local church but is received in heaven. Our tithing opens up the windows of heaven over us and pours into our lives:
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It unlocks the God’s covenant in our lives and the power to obtain and create wealth, that God has given us each in Deuteronomy 8:18. It also puts a hedge of protection around us so that the devourer can’t take our plants, houses, kids, marriages, investments etc. We are supernaturally protected and blessed by the tithe.
We are called to live uprightly, this is what allows God’s blessing to fully operate in our lives. We are called to live honestly, work diligently and have integrity especially when no one is looking.
Can we be trusted in the hidden places? This is a requirement for God’s prosperity in our lives. It is how Joseph was anointed and promoted, and how we are as well….doing the right thing, ESPECIALLY when no one is looking. Speaking right, thinking right and acting right are all important components to living in God’s blessing for our lives.
The hand of the Lord was upon Joseph even when no one from his family knew where he was, or what he was doing. He spent 13 years working unto the Lord with no paycheck. It was in those hidden places that God developed him and those years of Joseph learning to work directly as the Lord as His Boss, that allowed the Lord to promote him. It is the same with us as well. Deeds done in the dark, whether good or bad will be called into account, and we always want to be on the right side of that truth. Psalm 10.
The important truth is that we learn how to develop in the plan of God for our lives, WHEREVER we are at. In the town we are in. In the marriage we are in. In the season of life we are in. There is always a way to put the Lord and His call on our lives FIRST. And He will provide and bless us supernaturally as we do that.
Do not wait for the NEXT season of your life to develop. Especially if you are a student. Develop where you are at! It might not be ‘the best school.’ But you are at a school. Do your best at THAT school. In THOSE classes, with what is in front of you currently, and believe the Lord to open doors and show you how to move into what He shows you or you have a hearts desire for. We always need to be developing, learning, working and growing unto the Lord. Nothing is wasted in the kingdom. God is going to be your promoter, not man. He sees the hours of study you put in, or the hours of prayer, or time at the gym, or every time you make a decision to walk or speak in love or faith and no one notices or pats you on the back. The hidden places of God, are the training grounds of God for our lives. There are no exceptions.
He sees the decisions that you make that may be the difficult ones to make, but are the right ones to make. And He blesses and promotes based on those. So do the right thing, especially when it is difficult to do so.
We are designed to live with salvation flowing through us. Not guilt or condemnation. When you have done the wrong thing, admit it, ask for forgiveness and move on. We are designed to live with our past sin and mistakes under the blood of Jesus. Do not bring them up to yourself or allow others to. And do not bring up other people’s sins or mistakes as well. Keep them covered by the blood and keep moving forward in the call of God on your life. Let God work the details out. Genesis 50:20 None of us get to be right all of the time. Don’t judge yourself, Do not judge others.
We are designed to be blessings to our spouses and houses of God that the Lord has joined us to.
No two marriages are alike, but they all operate with the same dynamic that God is our source and we are to bless and live at peace with our spouse. Our spouses are not our sources. Strong faith in the Lord, and the Word allows all of us to live at peace as much as it depends on us, with whoever is on the other side of the marriage aisle from us.
Men are accountable unto the Lord for how they treat their wives. And their treatment of their wife directly relates to God’s willingness to answer his prayers.
1 Peter 3:7 — New Living Translation (NLT), "In the same way, you husbands must give honor to your wives. Treat your wife with understanding as you live together. She may be weaker than you are, but she is your equal partner in God’s gift of new life. Treat her as you should so your prayers will not be hindered."
Women are called to live at peace in their homes and submit or come under her husband’s preferences and ways of dealing with issues. You do not always have to agree with everything, but we are blessed as we live under them and serve them in our households in the way that blesses them. We are blessed first in our marriages, and then the Lord calls each family unit into a House of God where we are designed to hear the Word and be blessed as well.
We are designed to partner with our partner for managing our homes, raising godly children, our ministries and businesses. But that does not mean that our partners are our source. They are not. We work with them. But God is the lead, our source and director. We each have then a role to play in our marriages and homes. But God is the One is in charge and calls the shots and leads the family unit.
People come TO marriage all sorts of ways. My mom literally pulled my dads name out of hat and they dated and married, never having dated anyone else their entire lives.
Other people come to marriages when they are younger, older, by default, some of the marriages in the body of Christ, the Lord put together, some He did not. But God will HONOR and BLESS ANY marriage!!! This is key! We are not to ditch our spouses and look for other ones. We are to learn to have God bless us in the marriage we are in. Let’s look at variety of marriage units the Bible records and how God blessed any marriage or person within that marriage that lived unto Him. God is the blesser of marriages.
Cornelius: Sowed his family into the move of God by prayer and giving. He was rewarded by having Peter come to his house, receiving the empowerment of the Holy Spirit and then being used to bring revival and the gospel to the gentiles.
Rahab carried a desire to be part of God’s covenant people and so hid the Israelite spies. God rewarded her desire and faith by sparing her and her household, providing an Israelite husband and a son who became Boaz, who then married Ruth and was part of Jesus’ family line.
Abagail was most likely in an arranged marriage. Her husband was surly and mean, she was kind and wise. God developed her as a wise manager of her household where the servants came to her to solve problems, not Nabal. When the Lord sent David into the area, Nabal immediately was defiant, and Abagail was servant hearted. God rewarded Abagail’s wisdom and service to David by providing David as her future spouse. God is the provider and rewarder of our lives, not man. When we honor the Lord especially in challenging circumstances, He rewards us, according to what He can legally do or do in righteousness. God used Abagail to prosper Nabal’s household. She inherited that wealth upon his death, Proverbs 13:22, and then God added to that wealth, the wealth of David.
Samson’s mom carried faith and the Lord sent an angel to her to announce the birth and call on Samson’s life. She believed the angel, her husband did not and told her to ask the Lord to send HIM the angel. The Lord didn’t. The Lord sent the angelic messenger back to Samson’s mom and she had to go get her husband. God will honor any of us, male or female that carries faith toward him, despite perhaps the absence of faith in our spouses.
Elizabeth is another good example of using her faith and Having God reward her despite her husband’s unbelief. When she had faith for a pregnancy, but Zacharias did not, the Lord shut her husbands’ mouth until she had received what she had personally believed God for. God will honor any faith of any wife as well, even if their spouse does not carry that same faith.
Timothy’s mom is the other example of God honoring faith. Timothy’s mom was allowed to raise Timothy who became one of the first pastors of the NT church. He walked in a strong anointing despite only his mom and grandma carrying faith, not his dad. God rewarded his mom’s faith by providing the best spiritual dad of all times, Paul.
God honors and rewards the faith of any female. Married or not married. Married to a believer, or unbeliever. God provides. God rewards supernaturally. Live at peace as much as it depends on you in the marriage you are in, and allow the Lord to bless you supernaturally.
Wise and blessed living means we do our part to keep stress OUT of our houses. Live with a schedule. Some routines. Do not carry the stress of work into the home. Speak in faith, not doubt. Do not entertain negative thinking in your home. Play praise and worship music. Have the Word playing in the house. If you spouse does not live this way, separate yourself unto the Lord and just interact with your spouse in whatever way the Holy Spirit allows you to. Remember, the Lord is your source, not your spouse.
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