Text: Genesis 27:27-29; Galatians 3:9
Prosperity is fast becoming a controversial topic, even in the body of Christ. Today, we are exploring some of the principles that activate supernatural wealth.
There are two sources of activating the blessing:
- Leverage the power of the covenant: (Deuteronomy 8:18). A man once wanted to become rich by means of “yahoo-plus“. His almost-successful visit to a witch doctor resulted in the witch doctor’s death. Surprisingly, wealth may actually be acquired through satanic means (Matthew 4:8-10). Isn’t it a puzzle that in Nigeria, Johannesburg and Capetown, we have sophisticated whites, but poor and backward blacks? Daniel 10:13 refers to an evil entity ruling over the territory of Persia that Daniel had to confront. Apostle Paul says in Ephesians 6:12: We wrestle not against flesh and blood.
Why do people tread bushes and mountains to seek the supernatural? Why do people do money-rituals? Is it real? Yes! Then, is wealth spiritual? Yes! Everyone seeks blessings but very few know how to get it.
Covenants are spiritual agreements between individuals, sometimes between a higher and a lesser power. It often involves “blood”. The higher the kind of animal blood, the higher the power and quality of the covenant
- Adam and Eve’s sins were atoned for by the blood of an animal (Genesis 3:21)
- Cain and Abel made sacrifices, Abraham entered covenant with God in Genesis 15 and 17
- The ancestors entered into covenants with Satan through other gods. God gave a pattern for making atonement for sins in Exodus 24:5-11. Jesus said “This cup is the new covenant in my blood” (Luke 22:20)
- So the communion is the release of the power of the covenant. That covenant was dependent on his death. When we share the communion, we partake of the blessings and privileges of the covenant
There’s the place of the supernatural in all human affairs (intangible). Let’s have the consciousness that there is a natural and supernatural dimension to becoming wealthy and prosperous as individuals, corporation, nation and kingdom. Deuteronomy 8:18 says wealth and prosperity flow in the direction of power. It’s the reason the smart ones seek “power” first. So it’s better to go for the power. It’s called the “power of the blessing”.
Proverbs 10:22 says, The blessing of the Lord makes rich, it adds no sorrow to it. What’s the “blessing”? It’s coined from the Hebrew word “barak/barakah”. It means what God intends something to be. It’s a prophetic declaration of how a thing or person is intended in the mind of God. It’s calling things which be not as if they are (Romans 4:17). It’s the living power of the spoken word. Word creates pictures and pictures create a reality/destiny. It’s a powerful spiritual force or presence. God’s blessing makes you look good, favoured, smell good; it magnifies, protects, shields and gives you peace. It makes people feel indebted to you.
We’ve tried in the previous messages in this series to lay the foundation for wealth and prosperity in God’s kingdom. The church has latent power, a potential that it may never realize because the church chose to walk in ignorance. (Ephesians 1:3) Someone may ask, If we are blessed, why do we need blessings again? It’s like you have a smartphone which you only use to receive calls, SMS and take pictures and video but never connected to the internet. To be prosperous, you must understand the ‘Principle of Giving’. (Proverbs 11:25) Every time you give, you’re operating either of these 2 laws, and they work differently. Why did Isaac ask for venison? Why did God show to Solomon after giving?
The 2 laws are;
- The law of sowing and reaping. Don’t be a container, be a channel (Luke 6:38).
- The law of exchange, or the law of cause and effect. Nothing happens by chance, every action has a reaction. Jesus told the young rich guy to give everything away (Luke 18:18-23) to overcome his greed.
Who and what to give can also be hard to discern. You should;
- Give to your parents (Exodus 20:12). They’re the first representation of God in your life. When they speak into our lives, positive or negative, it happens, especially if they’re spiritual (Genesis 27).
- Give to your Pastors. There is a prophet in each believers life. The Pastor under whose spiritual care you are is God’s prophet in your life (Matthew 10:41). Note that God has always spoken to ONE person, not a group of people. God anoints individuals for the prosperity of his people. They’re called Men/Women of God. It’s the power of God at work in their lives, so focus on the office, not the person. (1 Kings 17:1-16) Elijah was sent to be a blessing to a widow but bible confirmed: “I have commanded a widow” (Vs 9) but she didn’t know. Your pastors should not stress themselves running all over instead of labouring in the Word. Learn to appreciate your pastors (2 Chronicles 20:20). If you don’t believe their call, then don’t stay in the church. It’s not profitable for you.
No matter how anointed a man/woman of God is, if there is no faith in the heart of the people, they don’t get blessed (Mark 6:1-5). Familiarity can cost you so much (1 Timothy 5:17-18, Galatians 6:6, 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13, Ephesians 4:8). Pastors are gifts to men. Our prosperity is tied to their ministry in your life. In Luke 8:1-3, some women were recorded as supporting Jesus’ ministry. A man prepared a place for the last supper with his disciples. Saul connected destiny through the Prophet Samuel. Never appear before grace empty-handed.
What happens when I give tithes? (Genesis 14, Hebrews 7:1-10)
Tithe under the book of Malachi is not theologically and spiritually correct. It’s not sinful but not compliant with the new covenant. Malachi is not Abrahamic. The book of Malachi 2:1 was written to the Priests/Levites.
There are 4 kinds of tithes (Numbers 18:21-26):
- Sacred Tithe: giving to Levites
- Tithe of feast or pilgrimage (Jerusalem) (Deuteronomy 14:22-27): given annually. You eat it to revere God. It’s like a summer break
- Social Tithe: given annually to help others (Deuteronomy 14:28)
- Tithe of Tithe (Numbers 18:25-28)
(Malachi 2:2) The blessing of Levi was access to the glory and presence of God. Meanwhile, they collected tithe because they’re chosen and because of access.
Two priesthoods existed during that time:
- The House of Aaron which produces the High Priest
Tithe started with Abraham, so all mentions of it must reference Abraham (Genesis 14). We are seeds of Abraham (Galatians 3:29). Christians cannot tithe under the law. You PAY tithe under the law but we GIVE under grace (Romans 6:14). If you say you pay under the law, you attract a curse (Galatians 3:10). So you’re either blessed under the dispensation of grace or by the effort of the law. Everything “Tithe” under Malachi is under the law, it cannot be used. We are not under the law.
Tithe was collected under the spirit of the law and not of grace but we are under grace, not law (Ephesians 1:3). He said He will open the windows of heaven. Blessing through the window means you’re an outsider because the priesthood of Christ had not yet come (Colossians 1:13). Christ brought us in because he is the door of the kingdom. ‘Window’ appeared in New Testament once and it was when a man fell from it. The book of Hebrews broke down and compared both priesthoods. Tithing as a principle remains part of a Christian experience. Any system that makes money the number one benefit of tithing is flawed. Money is the least asset in God’s economy.
Money was not created by God. It is one little aspect of what makes up prosperity, yet it has caused great damage. Jesus called money the “Unrighteous Mammon” (Luke 16:11). That ‘who’ means … definitely not “God”. So God is saying I will use your faithfulness, stewardship, integrity with what you have created to see if you’re qualified for my own true blessings. You can make a lot of money without tithing just that you cannot enjoy blessings that money cannot buy. Emphasis on money makes us oblivious of the true riches. When we don’t get the money, we are frustrated in the midst of miracles and blessings. Did you notice Abraham was very rich before he gave a tithe (Genesis 12:16)? That means tithing was much more. Even Abraham did not connect tithing to monetary gain.
Tithe for what money cannot buy. The intangible blessing which will eventually bring the money. When we tithe properly, money will always be a by-product e.g. crude oil cracking. In Genesis 14:17-23, we see that Abraham had just made a profit/breakthrough, meanwhile the Kingdom of Sodom represents the kingdom of darkness, a demonic system that corrupts the marketplace champions. He had already claimed Lot and all he had. As soon as Abraham got the victory, he didn’t realize he was on a collision course with the power of Satan but God knew. He knew Abraham may not survive it or he may be completely compromised so God needed to do something.
He intercepted in the form of Melchizedek, not intervene. Melchizedek intercepted in the middle. He was Christ and the referee in this case. You can’t lose when Christ is the referee in the affairs of your life. You tithe for divine interception. That means God gets to us before the Kingdom of Satan tries to get to us. Christ is the referee in all activities at the marketplace. Whether you’re building a business or career, family and children, interception is better than intervention.
Tithe of Abraham secured the future of Levites. Hebrews 7 says Levites gave tithe in Abraham. You may be setting up your children’s priesthood long after you’re gone when you give tithe. You witness to principalities and power the resurrection of Christ and that He is alive. (Hebrews 7:18-26) He says mortal men receive under the law but Christ receives under grace (Hebrews 7:8).
Give tithe because you’re prophetically acknowledging the greatness of Christ, giver of the resources. You’re first blessed, and out of your blessing, you honour Christ and his kingdom. Melchizedek blessed before Abraham tithed, Under grace, you don’t tithe to be blessed, you tithe because you’re blessed. He’s blessed us with all spiritual blessings in the heavenly realm. You’re too blessed not to tithe. Abraham says I have lifted up my hands to God… He literally says tithing is a sign of surrender for God to fight for you. Remember in Exodus 17, when Joshua was fighting Amalekites. It’s a strong position in God’s kingdom. God sees our hands up when we tithe.