A Father’s Blessing- Part 3
The blessing of our spiritual father can set the course of our life, define our purpose and identify who we will become in Christ. There is no definitive voice coming from this world (a society without God, without Christ and under the sway of the devil) that can give hope of a future that is filled with hope and joy.
Our spiritual father speaks for the Lord and releases the expectations and intent of God into our life. Seemingly a majority of people are looking for anyone who will speak a blessing on their behalf not realizing that the father is one who has authority to do so. When we seek blessing from people who have not been authorized by the Lord to do so, the result many times is failure and disappointment. (Remember as stated in an earlier blog, you can’t give what you have not received yourself.)
Two very important actions that position us to receive the blessing should be implemented daily in our lives. They are obedience (discussed in an earlier blog) and the tithe.
I find at every command of the Lord there is blessing if we, by faith, will grasp hold and not let go of the promise. I read the promise connected to the tithe regularly to keep my mind refreshed of the promise of the Lord concerning the tithe.
Malachi 3:10-12 “ 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. And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, so that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground, nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field, says the Lord of hosts; and all nations will call you blessed, for you will be a delightful land, says the Lord of hosts.”
Our willingness to be obedient to the Lord with the tithe is a revelation of where our heart is focused. The issue of the tithe is not as much about money as it is about the relationship between God and man.
A consistent life style of tithing, sowing financial seed on good ground combined with good money management practices will overcome any debt or lack we may experience.
The principle of the tithe is to prophetically position the believer to receive the outpouring of God’s intent and His expectations for us.
The Lord gave us His permission to try Him in this to see if He will not open the windows of heaven and pour out a blessing that there is not enough room to receive it. Why not do so?
In response to the tithe God will pour you out a blessing that there is not enough room to receive it. God is not wasteful, so if there is not enough room to receive all that God pours out, then where does it go. I submit to you that the blessing of the Lord reaches, at the very least, the fourth generation after us. Lets read Hebrews 5:9-10 “ Even Levi, who receives tithes, paid tithes through Abraham, so to speak, for he was still in the loins of his father when Melchizedek met him.”
(Levi is the fourth generation after Abraham.)
In Deut. 14:23 we learn where to bring our tithes. The bible tells us to bring our tithes to the place that God chooses to place His Name. I believe that place is the local church (the physical location), the place where His divine nature is displayed, where Jesus is preached and His authority is adhered to, and very importantly the place where God chose to place you.
The bible teaches us that men receive tithes here on earth and in heaven He receives the tithe (Hebrews 5:8). Organizations do not receive tithes, men do.
In every example of tithing in scripture, the tithe is given to one who was greater. (Example- Hebrews 5:4 “Now consider how great this man was, to whom even the patriarch Abraham gave a tenth of the spoils.”) The blessing I believe is most powerful and abundant when our spiritual father receives our tithes and releases the blessing.