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This is the printed information in the Booklet:
The Mechanics of Tithing
Through the Body of Christ !" (minus the page numbers)
.symbols in this booklet
1. "Why do the good ones go and the bad ones live?"
- my introduction to the mechanics of God's Righteousness through the body of Christ.
2. The Disciples knew how to deliver the Lord's treasury.
3. What does God say His treasury is to be spent on?
4. What changed at the cross when it comes to the Lord's tithe?
5. What is happening when I don't give my tithe, or in faith, give it
to a church that is unknowingly spending it for harlotrous purposes?
6. My Experience with the Pardon of Debt! or
. . .The curse causeless shall not come. Proverbs 26:1,2
7. The Lord Wants to Legally Protect His Bride!
8. God reveals His Protection is More Than I Thought it Was!
9. God Very Simply Demonstrates Proverbs 26: 1,2 -
His Protection from Troubles (curse).
10. Extra, Extra, Lady Finds Spiritual Reason for Mishap on Turnpike.
11. God asked me, "Are you healthier than you were a year ago?"
12. Malachi 3 is prophetic to our time, or The Hard Part!
13. Jesus Dealt with the Devil with, "It is Written!"
Plus simple advise and help in getting started delivering the Lord's treasury.
I Corinthians 2:12,13
Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual .
The . symbol in this booklet identifies a "thing of the Spirit," given by God to bring us understanding.
Years ago when I was about twenty, I had a very good friend who was a Christian and a hard community worker. For one thing, he was my 4-H leader when I was growing up. He died of cancer at a fairly young age. I also knew an old man who lived to be over a hundred, who was a tyrant. He was what I would say the opposite of my Christian friend , at least as far as I was concerned, and he lived almost twice as long. Anyway, when my Christian friend died, I asked the Lord very seriously, "Why do the good ones go and the bad ones live?" I got no answer and gave over to not expecting one, as I figured that was one of the mysteries of God we just weren't supposed to understand. That's what I'd been taught to believe.
Well, now I know! It's a good thirty years later, but now I know a big portion of why and a picture of "why" is in the following articles. In them you will find demonstrations of what God has taught, along with various pitfalls, of what we do as a corporate church body. As you read, you will begin to see the difference between the acts of a Harlot church and the acts of a spotless church (the Bride), when it comes to tithes and offerings. Harlotry, brideship, tithing, curses, and/or protection, etc., may be mentioned in any article. This is simply because all of this is intertwined.
You are going to find me talking about protection! You will see a different presentation of the book of Job and why it's in the Bible. God spoke to me about the book of Job! Jesus walked in protection! He had a hedge, and it wasn't because He was God in the flesh. It's a position God wants His Bride to come into.
We as individuals, and the church, must understand that we serve a King. Not only a King but the "King of Kings." God put the picture of the King, and the Kingdom of the King in scripture, not only because that is the way it is, but because we as Christians need to see the picture it presents to us.
The disciples believed Jesus was their King, their prophesied King of Kings. Can you imagine being with and serving the King of Kings? There is something about being around a king, a reverence, a respect for the office that just seems to exist no matter who it is, but this is true only to those who know this person as a king. I can tell you, that when things are in right order, you do nothing to distract from a King, and neither does His wife (the church, the Bride).
If you were a servant, a liaison to a King, how would you act and handle His business? If you were told by the King to deliver a car, or money to someone for him, what would you say when you delivered it? You would say, "The King sent this to you" or, "The King said to give this to you." If you just gave it, you would get the credit and not the King. Jesus gave to the poor all the time and when a disciple delivered this wealth to a widow, the poor, or the oppressed, they would say, "The Lord said to give this to you." They gave the Lord's wealth in His name because they believed He was a King. If you, or a church, uses the King's treasury in your/its own name, who gets the credit? You, or the church, not the King you're supposed to be serving.
Years ago when the Lord started dealing with me about this, He kept repeatedly showing me checks in the night.. These checks were all signed by Him and in the upper left-hand corner where the account owner is designated was the name "Jesus Christ." In the lower left corner where you have a memo of what the check is for, it also said "Jesus ." I did not understand all of this and it took quite sometime for me to realize what the Lord was really saying. These checks were all made out to various people for various amounts; but all the information, the signature, the account that it was from, and its purpose, was for "Jesus." At first I was wondering why none of these checks were made out to me, since I was a believer. I was disappointed. Obviously I had the wrong mind-set. But as I began to see the picture, I became extremely excited in my spirit!
Do you want to change lives? Does your church want to change lives? Well you can't, and neither can the church! Jesus is the true life changer and you (the church) can only open the door for Jesus to really change lives, by letting Him become one-on-one with that person. Taking His wealth to them, in His name, allows this to happen! It's like introducing them to Jesus, face to face, and it doesn't matter where they are, what they are doing, or what their relationship is with the Lord at the time. Scripture says Jesus is the author and finisher of people's faith, not the church, not you or me. Delivering the Lord's treasury in His name lets the Lord work on that person's faith.
Jesus dealt with an atheist, a doubter, by letting him feel or touch something tangible of Himself. This particular doubter (unbeliever) had heard the greatest sermons ever preached. He had seen the dead raised, and other various miracles, yet he didn't believe. His name was Thomas.
Then saith he (Jesus) to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.
Jesus just let Thomas feel something tangible of Himself to help Thomas' unbelief. Thomas became a believer! To give an example of the ability of the Lord to change and impact lives by the correct deliverance of His treasury, I share an experience of a fellow pastor. When the Lord was teaching me about being His deacon, I had been sharing my experiences of taking a living Jesus to people. I knew the Lord wanted to teach others what I was experiencing. Finally the Holy Spirit told a fellow pastor to take a certain amount of the Lord's treasury to a particular person. The pastor was excited and was looking forward to being able to impact this person's life for the Lord. When he entered the house of this person and handed her the amount of money the Holy Spirit had instructed, saying something like, "The Lord said to give this to you," she started cursing and swearing all manner of things. It was the exact amount she had prayed for. At this point the pastor's experience didn't appear to be uplifting at all. You see, she was living a lesbian lifestyle and had told the Lord she would change and start going to church if He would provide the funds she was asking for. The important thing was that the Lord was able to impact that woman's life. She was not ignorant of the gospel and must have believed there is a God, or she wouldn't have prayed to Him. (She now has a little girl!)
What really happens when the Holy Spirit instructs you to take, let's say $850.00 from the Lord's bag of money to an atheist, a doubter, or a back slider. You say, "The Lord said to give this to you," and it turns out to be the exact amount needed by that person? This person had previously heard the gospel preached and rejected it. Now what happens? The Lord showed me that the least that happens is that you crack the hard shell of unbelief because you have taken a living, loving Jesus to this person, instead of words or testimonies this person has already rejected. Jesus wants to become real to people, no matter what their belief, or situation.
In regard to an atheist, one would accomplish nothing by reading him the scriptures from the Bible, or testifying of their personal experience. The atheist has already rejected the gospel and those witnesses around Him. The woman who broke out swearing already knew she was living wrong, or she wouldn't have promised God that she would change. So, presenting scriptures, telling her she was living wrong would do nothing because she already knew that. She needed a living Jesus to love her, to touch her, in her situation. He personally was able to meet her in her need, only because someone listened to the Holy Spirit and delivered the Lord in His love, the tool being His tithe. That someone was a go-between, a liaison for the Lord, not the church.
When God was teaching us how to be deacons (His hands) delivering Him (His love) through His wealth this way, we experienced many wonderful situations. Knocking on the door of a widow and handing her the Lord's money, saying, "The Lord said to give this to you," brings a connection between her and the Lord that can not be obtained any other way. Finding out that the widow had been praying fervently to God to provide the funds to pay that month's bills is a very uplifting thing, even for the liaison of the Lord. The widow, finding out that the Lord told someone to deliver His money to her, thus answering her prayer, has her faith increased. The Lord is pleased, as He was able to fulfill His word to widows. Lots of great reasons here!
Delivering the Lord's treasury the right way opens doors that no other way can. It lets the Lord deal with a backslider one-on-one. It always cracks a door open for the Lord. It, almost 100% of the time, opens the door of opportunity for the securing of a person's salvation, provided the deacon understands the mechanics of salvation. What a position to be in!
Under the direction of the Holy Spirit, delivering the Lord's tithe the right way helps eliminate the problem of being conned by the people who go through the country conning the church, while pretending to have a problem. Let me put it this way. When the Lord was teaching me to be a deacon and He was dealing with me concerning this problem, He asked ., "Can I be conned?" I knew He couldn't be! You see, if you say, "The Lord said to give this to you," and it has actually come from His tithe, He has a legal right to deal with them anytime and anyway He wants to.
Giving a street person, who has an alcohol problem, of the Lord's treasury saying, "The Lord said to give this to you," is a better way than controlling and trying to help them by buying them a meal. The latter is good, but it doesn't let the Lord work. It brings attention to the person or organization who bought the meal rather than the Lord, Himself. Of course, we need to be tuned into the Holy Spirit in all situations, for instruction, as every situation is different. The Lord did tell me this though., "What makes you think I can't deal with them if they drink My money up. Don't you think that drink will burn in their stomach if I want it to?"
When you deliver the Lord's money, it's not up to you, it's up to Him. The only thing you are to make sure of is that you are delivering it in His name, the rest is up to Him. You are not to tell anyone where you go to church unless they ask. You are not to try to influence the person with scripture. If you do, you have distracted that person from the one-on-one relationship that has just been established with the Lord. You are to take the Lord and His love, and that's all. Trying to influence someone to come to your church is a harlotrous act in this situation, because you are bringing attention to the church, rather than the Lord, Himself! That's what a harlotrous wife does. She tries to attract men to her rather than her husband, the Lord. He is the True Life Changer, not her!
To understand some more about the church "attracting men" to herself, rather than the Lord, let me paint a picture of something that happened that really seems "good" to the church and the world. I was watching a newscast doing a story on the cathedral that sits between the rich part of New York City and the poor part of New York City. It was started years ago and was about to close when another man was sent there to lead the people. He is a very able person, as the place is packed out, and now they are starting to finish this huge building, spending millions. The media revealed how they were building housing for the poor, etc. In the interviews of the people, they were talking about their church and all the good this man has done. I could not help seeing that the church and the head man were getting all the credit, all the praise, not Jesus. By the testimonies of the people, you could tell they were spending Jesus' treasury and He wasn't getting the credit. This is a harlotrous act for a wife, a church, of Jesus Christ.
I was reminded of what the Lord told our group when He brought us together. We were doing the normal church things and expected to do more. The Lord said ., "What you are doing is good, but it is not of Me!"
What I was watching about this cathedral brings what I've been telling you to light in a big way. Who was getting the credit on the newscast? The man who had come and built the congregation up, and the church. No mention of Jesus, Himself. Wouldn't it have been better to have had the people being interviewed say, "The Lord did this for me," rather than the church. What a witness! Witnessing for the church, as these people did, makes it very plain who was getting the credit and it wasn't the Lord.
If all those millions and millions of dollars had been delivered to those specified, in the Lord's name, it would have built personal relationships with the Lord in thousands of people. It would have built the Lord's kingdom, not the church's kingdom. If you will step back and really get honest here, you can see the kingdom of this cathedral. Going further with this picture, you can also see all the kingdoms of every denomination and religion in the earth. Look at all they do, in their name! Every Kingdom does what it does in its name, so if the church is to build the Lord's kingdom, it must do it in the Lord's name, not their own.
Besides salvation, a personal touch from Jesus, on a one-to-one basis, is the most important thing there is in this life, on this planet! Think of the lives that could have had a one-on-one touch from the Lord had that money been delivered in His name, rather than the cathedral's. Most people say, after being blessed by a church, that "Those people over at that church sure are nice people," and go on with their lives. That doesn't happen when you deliver the Lord's treasury in His Name, the right way! The Lord gets to deal with them personally. Glory!
You may be saying that it looks like too much of a job, it can't be done. The early church did it and changed the then known world over to Christianity. Let me ask you, "Do you really care about the unbelievers who have rejected the gospel, who need something tangible like Thomas did?" Jesus did, and He cares enough to do it now with His tithe. He just needs our hands!
Remember the testimony of the Holy Spirit giving that pastor the figure, of the right amount of the Lord's treasury, to take to the woman living a wrong lifestyle? This proves that Jesus cared about her, and all those like her. Do we? Do we really care about people meeting the Lord on a personal one-on-one basis? Do we care about the oppressed, or the orphans, enough to let them know that Jesus loves them enough to give to them out of His treasury in His name, rather than a church, loving them in its name? We have ignorantly done things in our name instead of His. Who do we really love here?
You may not have a heart for what I'm saying. You may not care enough to change, but let me say this with all the love I can muster through these words. As a man who has already stood before the Lord in heaven, I can tell you that when you stand before Him, "You will care!"
When it comes to delivering the treasury of God the right way, we should get excited to see how the church can serve the Lord in a much more fruitful way. Fruitful for Him and consequently the church, in that order. There is a thought pattern in the world today that is the reverse of what I just said. That being, make the church fruitful, consequently the Lord. Just the opposite, isn't it?
He can only spend it on righteous purposes! Psalms 145:17 says: "The Lord is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works." We see from this scripture that everything the Lord does is done in righteousness. Righteousness is an act.
I John 3:7
Little children, let no man deceive you; he that doeth (practices) righteousness is righteous even as he is righteous.
Jesus spent all of His treasury on righteous acts, on righteous purposes, acts that God calls righteous. Let's look at who Jesus called righteous and look at each act that was performed because it paints a picture that is very close to God's picture of where to spend His tithe.
Matthew 25:34 -37
Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was ahungered, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him . . ..
Jesus called these people righteous because of their acts, whether they had sinned in another area of their life, or not. These acts of righteousness revealed by Jesus expose a very important point. It's one of the things that allow you to see one of the differences between the Bride and the Harlot concerning the deliverance of God's tithe. Please understand this, there are no exceptions! Every act of righteousness is done directly to a person! We see (in the following scripture) that everywhere God says to deliver His tithe, it is given directly into the hands of a person.
When thou hast made an end of tithing all the tithes of thine increase the third year, which is the year of tithing, and hast given it unto the Levite, the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, that they may eat within thy gates, and be filled; Then . . .
We need to understand this fact: God doesn't consider tithing done until it is delivered to those He specified! Look through the Bible for yourself. It's always, "after you have delivered, then . . . whatever!" It's that way in the above scripture.
You may say, "You mean God wants the people of my church to deliver 100% of God's tithe directly into the hands of those specified by God in His name? That would be quite a task!" Yes, that's the way you serve Him in handling His treasury!
As far as the task, this was the biggest problem the early church had. But it was one of the main tools they had to convert the then known world to Christianity. The church in the world today should have the same problem. It doesn't, and therefore it hasn't impacted the world like the early church. The early church appointed several deacons to do this task, full time, so others could keep attending to studying God's word. They understood that they were responsible to God to deliver His wealth to those specified in His word. In the Bible where they chose seven men to take care of this matter, you read . . . It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables. They were having to leave studying God's word to get the job done. It was that important! This clearly shows that delivery of the tithe, the correct way, was a priority right along with prayer and study of God's word. They couldn't just let anyone do it either, it had to be done right. Let's look at the character of the men to be chosen, so we can look at the difference in a deacon's job in the church of today compared to their job in the early church. This will reinforce the fact that the church is not presently delivering God's treasury where and how it's supposed to.
Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables. Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business. But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.
They said to select men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom. We need to get honest here. How much wisdom does it take to pass an offering plate, hold a flashlight to direct cars, and look after buildings, which are among the things deacons do today? Would you need to be full of the Holy Ghost to perform these duties? Do you need to have an honest report for these duties? "Honest report" is more than you think. "Honest report" means they have already proved themselves honest by their past life. Does "Honest report" really make sense when it comes to directing traffic on the streets, in the parking lot, and in the aisles between the pews?
Let's look at "of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom," in the light of delivering the treasury of God to people. Honest report makes more sense because the church is trusting the deacons with the actual treasury of God and its deliverance to individual persons in the world, God's way. That is a lot of money for deacons to handle correctly!People won't have to be concerned about it being done right if the person is trained correctly and already has an Honest report.
Wisdom makes more sense now because it takes a lot of wisdom to deliver money to widows, orphans, the oppressed, and the stranger to the Lord, to help them in their oppressions the way God wants to!
Full of the Holy Ghost makes a lot more sense because of that pipeline the Holy Spirit creates between the deacon and God. The Holy Spirit provides wisdom and knowledge (insight) a person doesn't have on his own in certain situations.
You can see that delivering God's tithe correctly necessitates the character of a deacon that the Bible talks about. Where the church is spending God's treasury now doesn't necessitate these qualities in their deacons, and actually doesn't have anything to do with them.
So who is the church to deliver God's treasury to? Basically, the oppressed and those actually working for Him, and that can get to be quite a picture. I have included the following information that applies to this day and age from the Lord having taught me.
When thou hast made an end of tithing all the tithes of thine increase the third year, which is the year of tithing, and hast given it unto the Levite, the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, that they may eat within thy gates, and be filled;
Levite (Apostle, Prophet, Teacher, Evangelist, Pastor) the stranger (anyone who doesn't know Jesus), the fatherless (orphans, includes children whose fathers have deserted them), and the widow (whose families aren't [can't] taking care of them).
A little more information on widows.
1 Timothy 5:16
If any man or woman that believeth have widows, let them relieve them, and let not the church be charged; that it may relieve them that are widows indeed.
And I perceived that the portions of the Levites had not been given them: for the Levites and the singers, that did the work, were fled every one to his field . . ..
Singers - God's minstrels. People with an anointing from God and are ministering to Him and others, not just a talent. For one thing, they get new songs from the Lord. This does not include choirs and the such. (Singers helped take care of the temple.) Listen to the Holy Spirit. God reveals if they are His ministrals.
And all Israel in the days of Zerubbabel, and in the days of Nehemiah, gave the portions of the singers and the porters (gatekeepers), every day his portion: and they sanctified holy things unto the Levites; and the Levites sanctified them unto the children of Aaron . . .
Porter - is not one who carries burdens like in our day and age but a gatekeeper - a janitor, porter, gatekeeper. This was a person who took care of the doors of the temple. They "watched the doors. It's much more than a janitor." The porters were appointed Levites to keep the doors.
The Apostle, Prophet, Teacher, Evangelist, Pastor, Singer, Porter are all basically full-time for the Lord. As the Lord was teaching me how to be a deacon, I realized that the full-time deacon lives out of God's treasury, also. When you look at God's tithe and take out for these people, (these functions) you still have a humongous amount of wealth to distribute to individual people for Him!
Having said all this, you should know that the early Christian Jews bought seats in the synagogue to pay for the building and its upkeep. They never used God's tithe for an unrighteous purpose. They served God by delivering His tithe for Him to righteous purposes. They were His hands and feet, so to speak. You should also know that God built the temple with the wealth of Egypt, not His tithe. Jesus said,
Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
God doesn't do things He tells us not to do. He doesn't put His treasures in something that disappears through time. He puts His treasures in men where His kingdom can be built, which is in men, not buildings and things of comfort, meetings and paper, or things that rust away, etc. It is our responsibility to pay for printed material to spread the gospel. It is not God's responsibility, nor does He pay for it! Think about it !
I challenge you to get with God and find out if what I have said about "where God's treasury is to be spent," is true. The church can impact this world like the early church if they will learn how to deliver the Lord's treasury in the Lord's name, and do it!
When I wrote this article, I had written up to this place thinking I was basically done except for grammar and those type things. I quit that evening thinking, "I'll finish in the morning," but in the night, the Lord gave me a dream .. In the dream I was watching a Baptist lady, who loves the Lord. She was asked to repeat the ten commandments. She did, and was so proud of the fact that she could do it, she did it twice. She did it so fast both times that no one in the room could understand her. I sat amazed that she could do it so fast. Then, in the dream, I came to realize that she didn't understand what she had said either. I awoke from the dream and the Lord said to me, "You are to use the first and greatest commandment when you talk about My tithe. My people don't know what it means!"
Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment.
Delivering God's tithe to those He specified, the way He wants to, is serving Him. Serving Him personally is loving Him personally. If your earthly parents (at their passing) left you 800 million dollars and had asked you to do certain things with it, saying you could live out of it while you do it, what would you do? Would you say, "Well, they're not here, or they're dead, it doesn't matter," and spend it the way you want to? If you did you wouldn't be loving your parents, would you? Jesus Christ did this very thing with His family, the church. The church has His ongoing bag of money. He left you in charge but He also revealed what to do with it.
Mr. or Mrs. Christian, do you love the Lord enough (...with all your heart, with all your soul, and mind.) to deliver His tithe to those He wants to touch? The Bride of Christ will. A true Bride has her eyes set on her husband and with all her heart, with all her soul, and with all her might she wants to please, honor, and obey Him.
When thou hast made an end of tithing all the tithes of thine increase the third year, which is the year of tithing, and hast given it unto the Levite, the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, that they may eat within thy gates, and be filled; Then . . . .
I have included the scripture above to remind us of the people God ordained to have His tithe delivered to. He's a people God! We need to realize that when the people received wealth from the temple (no matter what form it was in) they knew whose wealth it was. The God of Israel's! Everyone knew the temple had to do with the God of Israel, even strangers to the land. When the tithe was delivered out, everyone knew it was the God of Israel giving it to them. He got the credit.
At the cross God raised His Son up, establishing, first below the earth, then in the earth, and then in Heaven, once and forever that His Son is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, over all His creation. God loves His Son and the Bible says that He is exalted above everything in heaven. God proved it to me by showing me in a vision that Jesus stands taller than the throne of God. No jealousy on God's part here! A righteous father is also that way here on earth. He would give his son all his wealth here on the earth. It's his inheritance!
In the temple, God Himself got the credit in the dispersal of the tithe. Since the cross, Jesus is to get the credit in the dispersal of the tithe. God is out to exalt His Son in the earth. God even ordained that for a person to get saved, they must confess their belief in Jesus to another person on the earth. Why, because God is exalting His Son in the earth! That's what changed at the cross concerning the tithe! What a righteous God we serve!
I heard Morris Cerullo say something like this, "There is going to be a time when God says to Satan (the accuser), "You can't touch my people anymore!" Ladies and Gentlemen, God can not do this until it is legal for Him to do this! It will not be legal for God to do this until the church gets itself right (legally spotless) with God. The first step is to quit robbing Him.
Jesus was very careful not to spend God's funds on something He wasn't supposed to. He made it very clear in Matthew 17:24-27 And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute money came to Peter, and said, Doth not your master pay tribute? He saith, Yes. Then Peter heads for the house to get the money from the bag containing God's treasury. And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him, he prevented him from getting into God's treasury, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? Of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? Of their own children, or of strangers? Peter saith unto him, of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, Then are the children free.
Here Jesus sends Peter away from the bag of God's money to get money that's of the world to pay the tribute for Him and His disciples. Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them, go thou to the sea, and cast an hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up; and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money: that take, and give unto them for me and thee. Jesus didn't spend one penny of God's wealth for any purpose other than God's purpose. He used the wealth of the wicked to pay the tribute!
Again Jesus speaks of money in Matthew 22:17-21. The religious people of the time were trying to trick Him. Tell us therefore, What thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not? But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, Why tempt ye me, ye hypocrites? Show me the tribute money. And they brought unto him a penny. And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription? They say unto him, Caesar's. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's.
The people of the world pay tribute to people and other things by putting images on money. Jesus tells us to render what we should to governments and heads of state (remember Jesus said we shouldn't offend those in government [previous paragraph] ). But He also said, ". . . and unto God the things that are God's." One thing that is God's is His tithe. So if we- give it to a church that is unknowingly spending it for harlotrous purposes - we have robbed God and man, even this whole nation!
Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.
We are not playing games here! If we rob God, we rob the whole Nation because of God's purpose for His wealth. We have robbed our fellow man as it kept God from being able to reveal Himself on a personal basis to them, the way He wants to. You and the nation are under a curse.
You might say, "But we did it out of ignorance and God is a for giver!" I agree, but let's go on here to see some results, even though He has forgiven you. First, we must see one character of God that is in the picture and that is, "God is a God of absolute truth." He works with truth and only truth. He knows all truth, there is nothing hid. Mount Zion is where God keeps His legal records and we know God does all things legally. It must all hold up in court. Jesus' death at the cross had to legally hold up in the courts of heaven.
Now, what I am going to share from here on about the tithe is not easily digestible in our minds and most certainly not liked by our flesh. So I ask you to prayerfully read all and ask God if what I'm saying is true. A scenario of a pitfall:
Let's say we made a thousand dollars. We know that $100 of that increase belongs to God for His purposes, it is a spiritual law. Now for the purpose of making a point, let's say one dollar of the 100 dollars does not make it to God's specific purpose, because of the lack of knowledge/understanding. What happens at Mount Zion (the place where God keeps His legal records)? What is recorded there, knowing God is a God of absolute truth?
Check list for the 100 dollars: (This applies for both individuals and the church!)
1. The $100 is recorded as tithe received of God. Yes No
Since God is absolute truth, it must be recorded at Mt Zion that the tithe was not received. To bring this into a clearer perspective, let's say one bank sent the 100 dollars (tithe) to another bank but the other one only received 99 dollars. In all truth, the tithe was not received because the tithe was the 100 dollars. The 99 was not the tithe, the 100 was.
2. It is recorded that this was done out of the lack of knowledge/understanding. Yes No
Of course it is, all things are recorded and God is a God of truth. It is a truth that it was done out of ignorance!
3. It was given in faith. Yes No
That's the truth. Now, we could go on here but let's cut to the core of the matter.
4. It is recorded that a robbery took place, we robbed God! Yes No
Because the one dollar out of the 100 was stolen, it is recorded that we robbed God. One might say, "But the 99 dollars was used correctly and wasn't stolen from God! One dollar will do that?" Yes, if you went to rob a bank and took 50 dollars out of the 500 thousand that was in the bank, they would still be able to legally prosecute you for stealing the 50 dollars. The fact is you robbed the bank. Even if it was only one dollar, it would be recorded that way, legally.
We must also understand that ignorance is no excuse and not reason for not being charged with robbery. Let's say a foreigner came to the states and was driving a car and didn't know what the lights were at the intersections. He goes through them because of ignorance. When caught, he would face being charged with running a red light in spite of being ignorant of what they mean. The truth is recorded!
What has all this to do with robbing God? For one thing, it has to do with the book of Job. Job worked righteousness and feared God. Contrary to some teachings, Job did nothing wrong to have the hedge lifted from around him. God lifted the hedge around Job for a purpose. It was so we could see a picture of the mechanics of the legal system in Heaven.
Satan is the accuser of the brethren. He accuses you before God, the Judge. Jesus is your advocate, or defender. You'll probably say, "Great! Jesus is my lawyer, how could I lose?" The problem with thinking this way is this: God, the Holy Spirit and Jesus work only with truth. They will not lie, connive, use any sleight of hand at your trial on your behalf. Understand, truth is what is known in heaven and truth is what it functions on.
Having said these things, let's look into the book of Job to see some facts about Satan.
Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them. And the Lord said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.
Please notice the next thing that happens, God mentions Job to Satan. Satan did not come to the meeting to accuse Job before God! He had been going to and fro in the earth and he couldn't attack Job because of God's hedge and He knew it! One thing we must understand is that Satan is not dumb and would not mention Job to God. He knew he wouldn't win the case; he wouldn't waste his time.
And the Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?
Because God had now opened the door to Satan, in the next verses we see Satan seize upon the opportunity to accuse Job of something not proven - All in the plan of God, all done for His purposes.
Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought? Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land. But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face.
We know that Satan was released to attack Job and we can see his works of killing, stealing, and destroying. The point is that Satan was going to and fro in the earth and we know he knew Job was God's man because of his reply to God in verses 9-11, but the point is, he hadn't been able to touch Him.
What did Job have that Christians don't have today? What did Jesus have that Christians don't have today? I have heard Christians testify of victories over the enemy, calling him toothless and dumb, only to be stabbed or attacked from the back soon after. Your shield of faith must be held up between you and the fiery darts that are coming at you. While you are doing this, your back side is exposed. You need someone to cover your backside.
My first introduction to the idea of God covering my backside was when He started teaching me about tithing. The first place the Lord took me in the Bible was to Isaiah. 58:6 - 8 where God is talking about fasting. This has not been considered a tithing scripture, but this is where the Lord started me. Why? It is because God is fasting, doing without something that is His, His Tithe, for a purpose which is to let the oppressed go free! He does what He tells us to do!
Isaiah 58:6 - 8
Is not this the fast that I (God ) have chosen? (God chose to do without His wealth - tithe) to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke? Is it not to deal thy (we are His hands, as a church and individuals) bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh? Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the Lord shall be thy rearward (protection, rear guard).
When the Lord dealt with me about these scriptures, He revealed that we (the church) are God's hands and feet handling His wealth; and we carry out, do what these scriptures say, as a church! I repeat, God is fasting, doing without something that is His which is the only thing He retained for Himself, His Tithe, for a purpose to let the oppressed go free! We are His vessels to implement this on earth. This understanding of these scriptures is the only picture that allows them to line up with the rest of the Bible. It's the only understanding that "Is not this the fast that I (God) have chosen?", fits. The result of doing these things results in the glory of the Lord being our rear guard, our hedge.
Going back to Job, we see that he was fulfilling the picture given in Isaiah and the result had been a hedge around him and his goods. Job knew what working righteousness was! In Chapter 29 Job is speaking of what he had done in the past.
Because I delivered the poor that cried, and the fatherless, and him that had none to help him. The blessing of him that was ready to perish came upon me: and I caused the widow's heart to sing for joy. I put on righteousness, and it clothed me: my judgment was as a robe and a diadem. I was eyes to the blind, and feet was I to the lame. I was a father to the poor: and the cause which I knew not I searched out. And I brake the jaws of the wicked, and plucked the spoil out of his teeth.
Doing all of this had produced a hedge around Job. We should have a hedge also! God told me to be a witness of what I've seen and heard. In obedience, I share with you my first experience where God revealed Satan was taking something from me. I will give only the details necessary to paint a picture the Lord wants us to see.
I was farming and loving it when God called me into the ministry. A few years later I found myself in a divorce situation; my first wife was divorcing me. The divorce occurred and God, by His hand, brought me and my present wife together. He revealed that it was for the work of the ministry. The next thing that started happening was the loss of my farm and house. My present wife was praying about the situation. God gave her a dream.. In the dream Satan's helpers were gathering up my cattle and everything I had. She was told Satan had a right to take my things. We just kind of shelved the dream because we didn't understand and it didn't seem to fit what we had been taught.
Then one night the Lord showed me. that the church is standing under a sign. He showed me they didn't know they were under the sign; and in fact, they were too far under it to be able to read it. In the scene I was up at the top of the sign very close to it but from my angle I couldn't read it either. So I asked the Lord about the scene and He took me to Deuteronomy 28:15-46 where God talks about blessings and curses. He is talking about curses being a result of disobedience, and that these curses will happen to you if you disobey His commandments and statutes. I was reading down through the scripture till I came to this:
Deuteronomy 28: 30
Thou shalt betroth a wife, and another man shall lie with her: thou shalt build a house, and thou shalt not dwell therein: thou shalt plant a vineyard, and shalt not gather grapes thereof.
I thought, "Am I under a curse? That's not what I've been taught!" Thou shalt betroth a wife, and another man shall lie with her: This happened to me! She was unfaithful. . . .thou shalt build a house, and thou shalt not dwell therein:. . . . I had built a big new house and had lost it. . . .thou shalt plant a vineyard, and shalt not gather grapes thereof. I had lost my farm. I read on into verse thirty one, seeing that it predicted the loss of animals. I had lost my livestock, etc. Then I saw this:
Thy sons and thy daughters shall be given unto another people, and thine eyes shall look, and fail with longing for them all the day long: and there shall be no might in thine hand.
My older daughters had left home and the one remaining had gone with her mother and was actually in another state, thy daughters shall be given unto another people. . . . and there shall be no might in thine hand. I remembered the dream the Lord had given my wife; how she had been told that Satan had a right to take my wealth. I kept reading on about the devouring of what one had, but now with a real interest because IT HAD BECOME PERSONAL. Then I came to where He summarizes:
Deuteronomy 28: 45,46
Moreover all these curses shall come upon thee, and shall pursue thee, and overtake thee, till thou be destroyed; because thou hearkenedst not unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to keep his commandments and his statutes which he commanded thee: And they shall be upon thee for a sign and for a wonder, and upon thy seed for ever.
Then I saw why He had given me the scene in the night of the church being under a sign! And they shall be upon thee for a sign . . . God listed all these things so people could see and understand that if these things are happening in their lives, they are under a curse.
In the Old Testament when a person realized they were under a curse, they would go to the priest, and then the priest would make the appropriate sacrifice to get rid of the curse. That's why He goes on to say . . . and for a wonder. According to the King James Version, another word for wonder is miracle. You see, it was a miracle that God made a way, even in the Old Testament, for a person to become "uncursed," so to speak. That's why Jesus had to become or take on a curse at the cross, so it would be legal for His name to have the power to replace the sacrifices required to rid a person of a curse. In the Old Testament the person who had been to the priest and had sacrifices made was then admonished not to break God's commandments again, so as to stay free from any curses. Jesus did the same thing when He told the woman who had been committing adultery, "Go and sin no more."
And they shall be upon thee for a sign and for a wonder, and upon thy seed forever. I have reinserted what God said to show just how long these curses are to be a sign. It says, "on thy seed forever."
We, the church, are a part of "on thy seed forever." Look around you and read the signs given that tell us we are under a curse. Divorce, sexual perverseness, and all sorts of these signs mentioned in Deuteronomy are very apparent in the churches.
One time I was ministering in a church, talking about the curses and God showing me I was under one as a Christian. I sensed these people weren't paying much attention to what I was saying, or the teaching of the Old Testament. After all, they weren't under a curse because of Jesus. What follows was completely out of my character. The Holy Spirit rose up in me, I raised my arm towards them and said something about them not paying much attention to the Old Testament. Then I said something (learned earlier) directly to one of the ladies, " All three of your children died (at different times) within the same mile of road that runs in front of your house. If that's not being under a curse, I don't know what is!" The Holy Spirit moved and this woman came up front, crying, talking to me about how to break the curse over their lives. I didn't know then what I know now. The point is that the Holy Spirit had broken her inability to see she was under a curse. A perfect picture of the church being so far under the sign of being under a curse that they can't read/see it.
Satan is on the move in the churches. Why? Because no one is watching our backside. You see, if the church will start to be a wife to the Lord He will gladly be a husband and protect His wife, but as long as we steal from God, Satan has a right to go to God and accuse us. What can God do, being a just God? It is a legal matter, folks.
The Bible clearly admonishes us to become like Jesus. Jesus was never attacked by the devil because He was under God's protection. Jesus never stole from God, He never broke the law, so Satan could not accuse Him. Jesus was tempted by Satan but Satan could only attack Jesus through temptation and through men. He got nowhere through men until it was allowed by God. Jesus was walking in covenant with God and was reaping the benefits of a hedge around Him. He wasn't spending His time rebuking the devil on His own behalf. The devil knew who He was and most certainly would have attacked Jesus everywhere and every way he could, but He couldn't because of the hedge of protection.
We live under a covenant of better promises which must include the promises of the old covenants. Under the old promises God said He would rebuke the devourer. Some Christians think it is better that they have the power to rebuke the devourer, rather than having God do it. I can tell you it will take up much of your time. It is better to have God do it; He will cover our hind side by putting a hedge around us, something we can't do. He did it for Job and Job was not sinless. That's not the point. Job feared God and worked righteousness. He simply wasn't robbing God because he was giving much over his tithe (to those ordained causes God said to give it to).
The New Testament counterpart to Job was Cornelious. He was also fulfilling Isaiah 58:6 - 8. He also feared God and gave alms to the poor way over God's tithe. It produced a memorial before God. Did it cause God to cover His back side? Did God take care of what Cornelious didn't see and know that was in his back yard? A resounding YES must be given to the covering of Cornelious' back side. God got Him saved unto eternal life! Cornelious didn't know what he needed but God did! If that isn't covering his back side I don't know what is!
In the book of Malachi, God says that if we will bring the tithe into the store house He will bless us. At that time the people in charge were not handling God's wealth correctly, which made them harlotrous/spotted in that area. They were shipshod in delivering and receiving, that's why Malachi gives them correction from the Lord! But look at the promise given to them if they will get it right!
And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the Lord of hosts.
God says He will rebuke the devourer! Aren't you tired of gaining something, only to have it disappear/taken away from you? It is the devourer destroying the fruit of your ground/work! The thing that the church must understand is the fact that if you rob or disobey God, you are open bait for the devil to attack you and accuse you before God, Himself. Satan is the accuser of the brethren and he does this in his timing, at his will! Satan is no dummy, he is the master deceiver!
We must understand that basically Satan doesn't accuse you of something you didn't do; he accuses you of something you did do. He doesn't waste his time before God trying to deceive God by trying to convict you of something you didn't do because he knows God knows all truth. There is nothing hidden from God. Now let me give witness of two instances where I disobeyed God and He reminded me of the book of Job. Remember, it is disobedience that brings the curse.
Some years ago the Lord told me to get a different vehicle. I had a van that I suppose I was somewhat attached to. It was a gas guzzler and badly in need of repair. Looking back, it made sense to trade it in for something, as it was expensive to run. But I didn't feel I was in the position to spend money on another vehicle, so I just kept driving the van. Time passed and I even forgot that I was supposed to do something. It was one of those, "I'm not sure I heard God," excuses.
About six months later a vehicle rammed me in the rear, totaling the van. I was left with no vehicle. I went to prayer about this happening to me and the Lord said., "Read Job!" I did, and I realized that God had allowed me to be attacked but had told the enemy he couldn't kill me. You see, I could have easily been killed because the van barely missed a high line pole as it was hurled off the road and out into a field. The Lord got it across to me that the enemy had accused me and the fact was that I had disobeyed God concerning the van. I wondered if he only had a right to attack the van problem because that is where I disobeyed God. No answer. I also realized that the enemy didn't do it until things seemed to be getting better. He doesn't do things for fun. He does them to stop what God is doing. He wants to kill, steal and destroy. He wants to keep you down!
The next incident happened about a year ago. Things were looking better for me financially. It looked like I would be able to lower my debts a little. But then the Lord told me to get a better computer. Yipes, I was going to have to borrow more money to get a better computer? I just kept dragging my feet.
Well, I finally bought one, brought it home, and took it right back the next day (never taking it out of the car) just before the new year. It was a sigh of relief not to owe more money (cares of this world). Soon God was again dealing with me about the new computer. The slowness of the old one was getting to be a real pain.
While all this was occurring the Lord suddenly made it clear through some other people, by a "thing of the Spirit," that I was to get on the Internet. With this information I understood why the Lord wanted me to have a new computer, as the old one could not handle the web. So I was soon the owner of a new computer. When I was doing my income tax, I suddenly realized that I was financially worse off because I hadn't gotten the computer when the Lord had told me to. Now, I was going to owe the government more money because I could have depreciated the new computer!
I was then thinking about my disobedience and what God had already taught me. I asked the Lord, "Did Satan accuse me before God and have the right to attack my finances because I disobeyed You when You told me to get the new computer?" A very clear and surprising response came., "Now you've asked the right question!"
God says, "My people are destroyed for the lack of knowledge!"
What is happening when you give your tithe in error, or give it to a church that is unknowingly using it for harlotrous purposes?
1. You are perpetuating harlotry and that makes you part of the harlot.
2. You are preventing God from being able to legally protect you and others!
3. You are robbing God and you leave a wide open door into your back yard for the enemy to pass through at his will!
4. The truth is simply: You are robbing God and under a curse!
Some years ago as the Lord was teaching me about tithing, the Lord started dealing with me about going to a Morris Cerullo meeting in Colorado. He revealed to me in the night .that I would receive something there, and then He was going to give me something that they didn't have, a foundation (where God said to spend His wealth).
Another thing the Lord had shown me before I went, which I didn't understand at the time, was a bunch of checks (those already discussed in this subject.) made out to people I didn't know, all signed by the Lord.
My wife and I arrived at the meeting, with my parents, and settled in for an exciting time. It turned out that John Avanzini was the speaker the Lord wanted me to hear. God had given him revelation concerning the curse of not tithing.
Looking back, it was imperative that I be in this meeting because this was the first meeting in which God allowed John Avanzini to share what the Lord had revealed to him. First fruits, the first time something is shared which the Lord has revealed, is always more correct, has more anointing, and has more of an impact. I had to hear first hand what the Lord had revealed.
As I remember, Mr. Avanzini taught that tithing was New Testament as well as Old Testament. That every man owed a tithe to God, and that the accumulation of debt was impossible to repay. He talked about the curse that comes from robbing God, found in
But ye said, Wherein shall we return? 8. Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. 9. Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.
Mr. Avanzini revealed to us that we were under a curse in our lives, but that the Lord had provided a way out. Mr. Avanzini taught about forgiveness of debt at a bank. This is when a person has a debt he can't pay due to various circumstances. He goes to the bank and says, "Look, I can't pay you the full amount; so if you'll forgive a part of the debt and make a new agreement with me that I can pay, then we'll both gain; otherwise I'm going to take bankruptcy to survive." What happens is this: the bank forgives part of the debt and writes it off as a bad debt. Both parties are better off, and it is done legally. The other thing that is good about this is the fact that there is nothing legally done against the debtor, as in a bankruptcy.
To get on with my story, Mr. Avanzini had everyone pray and ask God what amount He would accept as payment of their back debt. This was hard for me because I'd never felt that God had spoken to me about money that way before, and I didn't trust myself because it was money we were talking about. I finally arrived at a figure which was more persistent among all the other figures permeating my being. I told the Lord that if I didn't have the right figure, I would make it right after He revealed it to me. I was serious about this. Mr. Avanzini then prayed over the money and broke the curse on our lives, in the Lord's name! Something definitely happened in the spirit realm which I was made fully aware of because the Lord made sure I felt it. I left the meeting free from the debt I had acquired because I had unknowingly stolen from God.
One must understand, God demonstrates His word, and that is what He was doing with me. Before we left the meetings I was faced with giving the last of my money, as an act of faith. I gave $50 directly towards the conversion of the Jews. It was my first offering to the Lord after being freed from the curse. I was not giving a tithe but an offering. I left the meeting excited about what the Lord had revealed concerning the curse of not tithing. In this excitement I had forgotten all about what the Lord had shown me before I went to the meetings: the checks made out to people I didn't know, which were signed "Jesus." I had forgotten about the foundation He was going to give me that these people didn't have. These were soon to resurface!
I arrived home, and within a week the Lord instructed a couple to give me five thousand dollars - over a period of time. He had told them each separately. I knew God had confirmed what I had learned! I thought I didn't need to worry about my finances any more since the curse was gone and because I had a "one hundred-fold" return on my fifty dollars. Wrong!
Time passed and again I found myself laboring to make ends meet, which brought me to seek the Lord. That's when He started giving me the understanding of the foundation and the checks signed by "Jesus." He revealed to me that I had started robbing Him again by giving to unholy altars. The unholy altars turned out to be churches that were not handling God's money in righteousness, so I knew I had come under the curse again. I was unknowingly robbing Him due to the fact that He cannot honor an unrighteous offering.
So, again I prayed, asking forgiveness for robbing the Lord and for the amount He would accept as payment of the debt I owed. I knew all the people that were at Mr. Avanzini's meeting had lost what they had gained because they had started to rob God again by tithing to unholy alters. I personally know of an apostle and his wife who the Lord told that they were giving to an unholy alter., and this was years before this particular experience. God has been saying this, it is nothing new, but no one understood!
To go on, we have shared Mr. Avanzini's teaching with people in the past, and the Lord has always given them the amount He would accept as payment of the person's debt. He has given couples the same figure separately, more than once. Is there any better continuing confirmation? But to tell the truth, I quit sharing it because it does no good if they proceed to give to unholy alters (churches who use God's money for unrighteous purposes) which leaves an open door for the enemy. Now I won't share the forgiveness of debt unless I can also share about delivering the tithe correctly.
The foundation the Lord showed me He was going to give me, that they didn't have in the meeting in Colorado, is very simply the fact that God doesn't consider tithing done until it is delivered to those He specified in His Word.
It's time we put it all together, break the curse and then be sure not to rob God again. The enemy is saying this is foolishness, feeding all sorts of things into our minds, like he did to Eve. He's saying that's too hard, too much trouble, but I'm here to tell you it's simple, not hard. It's no harder to hand over God's tithe to a church that is delivering it right, than it is to hand it over to a harlotrous church! Praying and getting rid of the curse is nothing! The enemy will tell you it is, with all sorts of religious and non religious thoughts. It's time for change in the church!
God shall hear, and afflict them, even he that abideth of old. Selah. Because they have no changes, therefore they fear not God.
It's time for you to pray and ask God what He will take to cover your back debt to Him, produced by using His tithe for our own purposes. Satan uses this before God. God will give you an amount. After you have the amount write it down or make the check out, deliver it, or do what He tells you to do. Break the curse in the Lord's name, then when the devil accuses you of having stolen from God in the past, God has legal recourse to say, "NO!" to Satan. God can say, "It is written (recorded); that debt is taken care of." Jesus referred to what was written (recorded) to deal with the devil ( Matthew 4:1-10). This is the same thing.
Be sure not to steal again, by seeing to it that your full tithe is used in the right way. Deliver it yourself if you have to but it's better to get together with others because God wants corporate participation. He wants to teach you! If you can't seem to get started, contact those at "The Church West of Dalton," the same address as this ministry, and they will help you. It's time Christians closed some doors! Remember, it is a process and not a snap of the fingers.
Let's briefly review.
Step one: Pray and ask God for the figure He will accept for forgiveness of debt.
Step two: Thank God for giving you the amount. Break the curse in the name of Jesus! Then deliver the amount. ( Be sure it gets to God's appointed purposes, a person, not a ministry, unless you know that ministry will deliver 100% of it to those appointed by God.)
Step three: Then make sure your tithe is delivered right from then on.
God says to shout from the roof tops what He shows us in the night. So here I will share some of the 'things of the Spirit' that the Lord gave me after I placed these two articles on the web.
What is happening when I don't give my tithe or, in faith, give it to a church that is unknowingly
spending it for harlotrous purposes?
My Experience with the Pardon of Debt! or
. . .The curse causeless shall not come. Proverbs 26:1,2
As I was writing the above articles and placing them on the web I was asking the Lord where the line of protection is for happenings in our day if we'll tithe correctly. In other words, what should and what shouldn't be happening when you have a hedge around you? Here are five scenes, four of which are 'pictures of protection'!
Given - December 16th 1998
The first two scenes have to do with:
Malachi 3: 9-11
Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation. Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the Lord of hosts.
.The first scene was a wall of money on a vine coming at me as a tidal wave. It was very tall and went to my left and right as far as I could see! I was standing on God's side of the altar and the wall of money was coming at me from on the people's side of the altar.
Proverbs 13: 22 . . . and the wealth of the sinner (wicked) is laid up for the just (righteous).
I hope you see the wall of money, presented by the Holy Spirit, in relation to Malachi 3: 9-11 & Proverbs 13:22. I have heard the prosperity message preached from these two scriptures. I've seen churches built on preaching that message because people like to hear it. But it has never come to pass as scripture indicates. There is a reason!
.The second scene is a picture of a type of protection!
I present it in image form in the hope you will be able to understand it even better. The image is of a portion of my dad's farm.
A creek runs through the trees. There are two creeks that affect this field that lays between his house and the first creek. I know where the flood line is and have indicated it for you on the image.
When this vision was opened to me by the Holy Spirit, I was looking down on the field from above my dad's house at about eight hundred feet. I was wondering what the gray object was that almost fully circled the field. From that position it looked to be what I would call frilly. I was wondering how to farm this field inside what appeared to be a frilly wall!
Suddenly I was on the ground standing in the back yard in an opening, indicated by the purple dot.
( I have prepared another image for you to see and I placed people in the picture to give an idea of the size of what I saw. )
.I was standing between what I could then fully discern to be two freshly poured concrete walls. I could only see the sloped inside wall from where I was. I walked to the left wall and soon passed around the end of it to surprisingly see that the wall was straight up and down on the outside. It was then that I knew for sure what it was. It was a flood wall, with no seams, around this whole field! I reached out and touched the wall to realize the concrete was of such quality that I have never seen in real life. I also knew the concrete extended down into the ground as pictured. I then walked back between the walls realizing they came to the flood line and that there was no way this field could flood anymore. End of vision.
It is not hard to realize that both the money scene and the wall of protection from the enemy's flood has to do with Malachi 3: 9-11. But why did I first see the wall as looking frilly? The Lord is dealing with me, and you, because I know there are those out there who feel the same way I do about the winds of doctrines that have gone through the church. I'm tired of them and don't want to be a part of them. That is why I preach and teach very little that hasn't been demonstrated to me by God to be true. God is giving us 'these things of the Spirit' to build our faith, so we can take the necessary steps to come into His divine protection. It takes steps, and steps take time. It's not a snap of the fingers! The wall had looked to be frilly to me from the distance. But upon examination I was surprised to see it was real and most certainly not frilly! The Lord is saying to me and you that this is not a frill, not a wind of doctrine. It is real. It is the way it is, if you will deliver My tithe correctly and not rob Me:
. . . I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the Lord of hosts.
Why was I wondering about how to farm this field? Looking back at the picture, you will notice that the only way into this protected field to farm it is through the back yard. There is NO OTHER WAY INTO IT! The back yard has to do with your back side and God's protection of it! God wants to protect your back side, as I have explained in the previous articles. From the scene the Holy Spirit has given us, that protection starts in your back yard and then encircles the fruit of your ground!
What does this wall protect you from? One place to look in the Bible is at the signs in Deuteronomy 28 of being under a curse, knowing these things should not be happening, but I'll let you review them for yourself.
The enemy comes in like a flood! Look at how he came into Job's life like a flood. Realizing that God's hedge (that line of protection) had been holding back these identifiable types of attacks.
And there was a day when his sons and his daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother's house: And there came a messenger unto Job, and said, The oxen were plowing, and the asses feeding beside them: And the Sabeans fell upon them, and took them away; yea, they have slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee. While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The fire of God is fallen from heaven, and hath burned up the sheep, and the servants, and consumed them; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee. While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The Chaldeans made out three bands, and fell upon the camels, and have carried them away, yea, and slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee. While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, Thy sons and thy daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother's house: And, behold, there came a great wind from the wilderness, and smote the four corners of the house, and it fell upon the young men, and they are dead; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.
Then Satan obtains permission to attack Job's own body!
But put forth thine hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse thee to thy face. And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold, he is in thine hand; but save his life. So went Satan forth from the presence of the Lord, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown. And he took him a potsherd to scrape himself withal; and he sat down among the ashes.
Given - Dec. 22nd Another picture of a type of God's protection.
.It was revealed in the scene that if I would walk in covenant with God and follow after the 'things of the Spirit' (which was shown to be a part of walking in covenant with God), I would be protected supernaturally! At the end of the scene I was walking through a crowd of people who wanted to lay hands on me to destroy me but they could only come into about two feet of me and they could not lay one hand on me. I reached out and actually touched one person with my hand and spoke a kind word to him, but they couldn't touch me!
This reminded me of Jesus' supernatural protection provided because He walked in the covenant already established by His Father in the earth and followed the 'things of the Spirit' (obedience). These scriptures portray the same kind of supernatural protection I experienced in the vision!
And all they in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath, And rose up, and thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong. But he passing through the midst of them went his way
All those in the synagogue were hot after Jesus' life, but Jesus' divine protection kicked in. This was not a small group of people.
Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham? Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am. Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.
Then said they unto him, Where is thy Father? Jesus answered, Ye neither know me, nor my Father: if ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also. These words spake Jesus in the treasury, as he taught in the temple: and no man laid hands on him; for his hour was not yet come.
Jesus said no man could take His life unless He laid it down. Why? His Father's covenant protection.
Given - Dec. 25th Another picture concerning protection!
.I was taken into a room that was a place of rest. It was large, like an auditorium with wooden floors and walls. On the northeast wall (this place did not set square with the world) were many doors, not people doors, but rectangular doors and square doors of all sizes that covered the wall up to about the 15-16 foot level. These doors were all shut. The only way to open them was from the inside! In the scene, I was shown that workers in the church don't know this room exists! The most amazing thing about this place was that it doesn't cost anything to stay there.
This room was a place of rest and protection. All the doors that the enemy could come through were shut. A person on the inside would have to open them to the enemy! A picture of a person opening one of these small doors after they were in this place, would be deliberate disobedience to something the Lord told them to do or not to do. The reason why God is saying it doesn't cost anything to stay in this place is this fact. The tithe is the Lord's and when you deliver it you have given nothing ( it has cost you nothing ) because it is God's and never WAS yours! He entrusted you with it, but if you rob Him of it by not delivering it right, you have no way of getting into this place.
Given - Dec 26th Another picture of protection!
.In the scene I was in a confined area in prison when some men, whom I wasn't acquainted with, wanted to kill me for doing something good. I wasn't sure which of the men there wanted to kill me. I was walking through the courtyard, wanting to hide, when a couple of men came right up to me and said, "Get under here." It was under a frame of something. I sat down under it and men squeezed in around me, with a couple sitting beside me so I wouldn't look conspicuous. The men came who wanted to kill me! It was like the Mafia looking for me. They never found me because of the protection of strangers, who knew who the enemy was.
The general picture here is that God sometimes uses men to protect who He wants to protect.
Acts 18: 9-10
Then spake the Lord to Paul in the night by a vision, Be not afraid, but speak, and hold not thy peace: For I am with thee, and no man shall set on thee to hurt thee: for I have much people in this city.
The Lord wants to legally protect His bride-to-be.
As a young man about to be married I was very protective of my bride-to-be and that carried over into my marriage. I can tell you, after being in heaven, the Lord wants to protect His Bride-to-be in a measure that is far beyond our understanding, because of His love. To tell you of His love for us, you should know that Jesus would have done what He did for us - even if He knew there would only be one person accept what He did! He would have done what He did for one person! One person saved! Please get a grasp of this. Know that the Lord wants to protect the church from its enemy! To understand a little of the problem, let me present a picture. This applies to a man who has been married, is just getting married, or is going to get married.
We are looking at a man about to be married to a girl who is committing acts of stealing from her future husband, and she is being intimate with other men (harlotry). This man loves his wife-to-be, without measure, and he forgives her on a continuing basis. One day the police (devil) come and arrest the wife-to-be, taking her into captivity. There is absolutely nothing the loving future husband can do, even though he has forgiven her. She is held captive because it is a legal matter! I hope you can see a parallel to Jesus' position concerning His Church/Bride to be. If you'll really look, it is not hard to see that the church in the world is unknowingly being held captive.
In the original prophecy to this ministry God said,. "I desire to give you the prize!" I didn't understand this and thought, "This is the creator of the universe speaking; if He wants to give it to us why doesn't He?" God personally said this to me when He was dealing with me about this ministry and its purpose, ."I want to build something that can't be torn down! It's all a matter of legalities! God cannot protect His Bride to be if she is robbing Him! It would be illegal! No matter how much He loves her, or she loves Him.
Even though this is for everyone, I would especially hope those who knew my mother would read it. My mother went to be with the Lord prematurely, before her purpose was done on this earth. Close to the end of her life, I walked into her living room and she said these words to me, "Roy, I misinterpreted so many things. Take all my stuff (meaning all her writings and records of the "things of the Spirit") and use them any way you can. Tell them!" You will understand some of why she said this to me later in this article. She wanted me to tell Christians what she had missed. She didn't want them to do the same! A little while after my mother's passing, the Lord asked me, . "Are you going to honor your mother?" This article has only a small portion of all that I know she was talking about.
[The Lord confirmed the message in this article to me this morning (let it be recorded 3/29/99) in a night vision! Please do not take this message lightly. ]
God Reveals That His Protection is More Than I Thought!
The Lord once told an acquaintance of mine,."It is important to tithe." I knew at the time that neither this person nor I really knew the significance of what God was saying. But I knew that the God who created the Heavens and the Earth said this out of His mouth, "It is important to tithe." Can you envision how important it is if God, our creator, said it is important? It must really be important! Of course, the Lord is talking about tithing the correct way! He doesn't consider tithing the wrong way as tithing. He is a God of absolute truth.
Some time ago I shared with you what the Lord was showing me about His protection, and the fact that He really wants to protect His people. On March 13, 1999, the Lord revealed to me, in a scene in the night, that His protection was more than I thought it was. The Lord has instructed me to share what He has shown me. He is enlarging the picture of protection that He has been showing us that comes from tithing correctly.
The scene, Saturday, March 13, 1999
.I was sitting in Dad's living room, with my family. I looked out the big picture window to the south, into the same field that God had used to show me His protection from the enemy's floods. It was a pleasant, peaceful, sunshiny day but suddenly I saw a tornado, a rather large one, touching down in that field and it was coming towards the house. The sun was still shining. I jumped up and told everyone to take cover, to get into the basement, because there was a tornado coming! They didn't move and I kept telling them to go, "Go! Go! Come on!" as I moved through the house towards the basement door. I got to the basement door and was waiting to help them into what safety there was. I looked out the back door to see that the tornado had come and was over the area where the barn had stood. It was as big as the back yard. I hollered to the family that it was at the barn and that it was coming, "Take cover!" Dad finally appeared from the kitchen door and I saw my older brother, in the kitchen. My younger brother was a little further away and the image of him was not clear. I was speaking frantically to everyone to take cover but no one was really interested in doing it. They didn't believe that there was a tornado out there. After all, it was a sunny day! Dad was now standing close enough that I gave him a shove towards the door saying, "Get to the basement!" He took a couple of steps as I pushed him but then he stopped just as he was at the door. Because he wouldn't take that last step at the basement door he stumbled down the steps, falling and stopping a little less than halfway down the stairs. He had somersaulted, landed on his back and was in pain. I couldn't get him to move on down the stairs. He was only halfway into the protection and only that far because I gave him that first shove. I finally went on downstairs, into the protection, to see that the walls and foundation were new concrete and much thicker than normal for basements. I saw that the protection was much better than I had thought. I was still hollering at my family to take cover through all of this. I was then wondering where to go for the best protection along the walls, as I knew the tornado was now entering into the back yard. I saw (in the spirit) that there was an area where there was a concrete ceiling in the basement and I knew that was the best place to be. I knew it was under the bedroom, and under the bed in particular. I was looking for this place when the scene ended.
To give you some background so you can understand the scene and God's message here, I will be revealing some things that have happened in my life and the lives of my mother and father.
First of all, the concrete that was new and thicker than normal for a basement wall was the same high quality concrete that was in the wall of protection around the field. So the protection we are talking about has to do with the first scene of protection spoken of in the article "The Lord Wants to Legally Protect His Bride." There is a reason the Lord gave this scene as the first scene of protection. It is His basic line (bottom line) of foundational protection for us.
I have inserted this sketch, to refresh your memory. The gray line represents the flood wall against the enemy in the first scene of protection.
To understand why the Lord has revealed that my dad is about halfway into the protection, I must share the happenings that occurred around my mother's passing on to be with the Lord. Some time ago the Lord told me to do a flow chart of my mother's life, which would include the "things of the Spirit" she received from the Lord. I will reveal at least one of those "things of the Spirit" in this article. We must also understand what the symbolisms mean, and especially what the back yard represents in both scenes. But first, a little background on my mother so you will have a better picture of her, the situation of the church, and the lack of knowledge and understanding that influenced and ultimately ended her life prematurely.
My mother was loved by many and known by a lot of people as a woman of much faith. As a young woman she was miraculously healed of heart problems when she walked into a church service in Denver, CO. The Lord blessed her omnipotently, with no one else involved, in that sovereign move. Her doctor said she was healed and had the heart of a 16 year old. Mother was a spiritual warfare teacher, a teacher of the gospel, and was known by many to hear from the Lord. I would see people walk up to her and ask, "What is the Lord saying?" She was a praying woman. When I was experiencing God so much back in 1980, I was shown in a vision that I was to thank my mother for praying for me. I promptly did that.
With this background we can now enter into a portion of Mom's flow chart, specifically the last years of her life. Mother became ill and was diagnosed with colon cancer. She underwent some chemotherapy and of course had the prayers of many Christians. She was prepared for an operation to remove the part of her colon that contained the cancer. The next morning after the surgery, my wife and I arrived at her bedside. She told me that she had a dream and the Lord had told her to tell me the dream.
.She said she saw a beautiful strong tree in a park. Around this tree was a moat full of dirty water. Lurking in the grass outside this moat was a snake, poised and headed in the tree's direction, although it was not moving at this time.
Mother told me she knew she was the tree. The Lord had dealt with me that morning about people who had authority in our lives, like doctors and bankers, and I knew from what I had heard that the operating doctor was not going to speak positively concerning her possible and complete recovery from the cancer. We did what most "word" people do and we removed his authority to speak into her life in the spirit realm. At the time, I thought what the Lord had dealt with me about that morning was the unclear water around the tree. I was wrong! The Holy Spirit had given a true picture of my mother's situation and the Lord wanted me to know the dream because He was going to reveal the correct interpretation to me later.
The correct picture is that the snake is Satan. The tree was Mom, planted, but around her foundation men had built a moat that was supposed to protect the tree. (Moats were built around castles to help protect them in the days of kings and castles.) The water that nourished this tree (my mom) had made this tree strong and healthy but it was unclear, dirty and did not provide protection from the enemy. If the water had been clear, my mom or anyone could have seen the snake approaching the tree through the water. (The water from the throne of God is clear and you can see through it.) The tree should have been planted by a river of clear water.
To go on with what happened in my mother's life, of course she continued to have checkups with her doctors. Later her faith and the faith of others brought her to the point that the doctor (surprised as he was) announced to her that her body was clear of any cancer. Our family and the Christians who knew about it were saying, "Glory to God! Thank you, Jesus," and all those things we do in our own way.
The word that Mom had believed and taught had nourished her (this tree) all those past years, and through faith had brought her to be healthy and full of life, just as her dream indicated. But remember, that "word" Mom believed, that "word" that "nourished her to health" afforded no protection from Satan, himself, which was clearly shown in the dream.
To go on with what happened: a few weeks after the doctor had announced that her body was clear of cancer and we had all rejoiced, Mother started feeling ill. I knew nothing of this until Mother had been to the doctor and she told me her body was completely full of cancer, that there was nothing anyone could do except God!
It was during this period of time that the Lord gave me a vision! .I saw my mother standing in her back yard and in a flash I saw a big giant snake consume her instantly. I knew Satan had taken my mother. I also knew where he took her (in the back yard) was important as far as the flow chart was concerned. But I only understood why she had been healthy one minute and completely full of cancer the next.
There was much prayer by different groups at her house, some of which I was a part. Everyone was doing everything they knew to do, but Mother was getting worse, in general. Looking back at these prayer meetings, they always produced a healthier, better feeling Mom in some way, but it was always short-lived. It was during this time that the Lord showed me in a dream . that sheep were trying to eat (swallow) that same snake that had instantly consumed my mother. I was shown it cannot be done. The only way we can deal with the devil is to do it legally, like the Lord did.
My mother became chair-bound. Then one morning . the Lord ordered me to go and minister to her as a prophet, not as a son. He said, "Tell her the truth!" How would you like that dropped in your lap? Anyway, I went to see her and the only way I knew to start was with what God had said to me that morning! I told her I was there to speak to her as a prophet, not as a son. She welcomed it with open arms. I had my dad sit beside her to listen. I told her to seek God on all that I was telling her, and I knew she would. I went over a lot of things, explaining them, like dreams and "things of the Spirit," that I knew she had received through the years that she had misinterpreted. I wound up telling her again about the tithe, the deliverance of it, and what I had learned about corporate body righteousness. I told her about the vision of the snake that had consumed her in her back yard. I went back several times and we had great talks about a lot of things. At one of the meetings she told me she was seeing what I was saying about God's tithe and instructed Dad to give all of their tithe to the church where I attend. (You must understand, she was the main instigator of starting the church where she attended.) I thought, "How is Dad to handle this?" Well, he didn't. He decided to give half of their tithe to the church I go to and the other half to their church. He is still maintaining this division to this day. This is why the Holy Spirit (the Spirit of truth) revealed that Dad was about half way into the protection in the first scene concerning my family with the tornado approaching the house through the back yard.
The back yard has to do with our backsides. You are symbolically represented as a house and the back yard is your backside. Even if you have on all the armor of God you still can not watch your backside. Think about it! You can not personally cover your backside. God is the only one who can! (In the scene of the field with the concrete protection, that wall of protection started in the back yard!)
The revelation I cannot deny that the Lord has just given me is nothing but a major confirmation of what God has taught me about His protection. I asked the Lord, "Would my mother be here now, able to finish her calling, had she not stolen from You by unknowingly giving Your tithe to a church body that used it for harlotrous purposes?" I expected the Lord to give me a confirmation in a dream, or a vision, or a word of some sort, but you know the Lord! He simply took me back to the scriptures He originally showed me, to teach me about how to deliver His tithe. I found myself looking at the end of those first set of scriptures.
. . . the glory of the Lord shall be thy rearward (protection - KJV).
The Lord is the only one who can give us protection from Satan and it is His Glory!
Isaiah 58:6 - 8
Is not this the fast that I (God) have chosen? (God chose to do without His wealth - tithe) to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke? Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, (we are His hands, as a church and individuals) and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh? Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the Lord shall be thy rearward (protection- KJV).
Concerning these scriptures:
Remember, the Lord taught me that God is fasting, doing without something that is His. It is the only thing He retained for Himself, His Tithe, for the purpose of letting the oppressed go free! We (the church body) are His vessels, His hands, to implement this on earth. The result of doing these things correctly results in the glory of the Lord being our rear guard, our protection. Actually when you search this out, you see a picture of God gathering us unto Himself. Therefore He becomes our protector and does anything He needs to do for our situation!
God's precepts never end! This is a promise! After my mother died the Lord showed me . a large two-story house on a hill; it may have been a mansion because it was big enough. He asked, "Wouldn't it have been nice if she had lived long enough to live here?" I knew it was a place she was to have lived in. My mother did not die, nor was she consumed by Satan, because of the lack of faith! She went home before her time because of the lack of knowledge. God says, (Hosea 4:6) "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: . . ."
Now, because God has verified why my mother went home too soon, I was able to see a bigger picture of why God gave this picture from His mouth concerning the harlot. The Harlot is not only missing salvation because of her doctrines but also producing death to our lives in the physical because of her ways!
24 Hearken unto me now therefore, O ye children, and attend to the words of my mouth. 25 Let not thine heart decline to her ways, go not astray in her paths. 26 For she hath cast down many wounded: yea, many strong men (My Mother) have been slain by her. 27 Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death (My Mother). 21 With her much fair speech she caused him (My Mother) to yield, with the flattering of her lips she forced him. 22 He goeth after her straightway, as an ox goeth to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks; 23 Till a dart strike through his liver; as a bird hasteth to the snare, and knoweth not that it is for his life (My Mother).
My mother was a strong Christian and she brought many people to the Lord! But then so have many of you! God is calling all of us (the church) out of Harlotry, because it is for our own good (Life)!
We can personally come into God's protection without warring and praying. God has verified this to me by His Spirit! I share a portion of a scene the Lord gave me on Monday, 3/15/99.
.. . . I was standing in a depression that drained into a creek or a river where some men were fishing. (These men represent Fishers of Men.) I looked down at my feet and saw a very long snake that appeared dead. (The Fishers of Men did not know it was there!) It looked flat, like it had been run over with a roller they use in building highways. It was laid out in a long, straight line down the bank. There was absolutely no movement. It was camouflaged in the same color as the earth. I thought, "That sucker is not dead. It just wants to look that way." I took a rectangular box that had a handle and tried to strike it twice but this box had small wheels on its bottom. It didn't really strike the snake because of the wheels. (It reminds me of a luggage carrier but it wasn't one.) The snake was lying there and not moving, as if it was dead, even after stomping it and moving it around with the box. I finally threw the box aside, raised my foot and stomped the snake directly on the head with my heel. This was when the snake curled up in a coil a little over a foot tall and wanted to strike me. (It was alive like I knew it was; the deception was over.) The snake wanted to strike me in the worst way but it couldn't. I was then stomping it over and over with my heel. When I stomped it with my heel directly on the head, it was like a coil spring. It would bounce to another place, always ready to strike me, but it couldn't. I followed it around, stomping its head each time. I couldn't kill it or get rid of it. It was always there but it couldn't strike me either. . ..
I believe this scene speaks for itself, and most certainly reveals it is possible for us as Christians to come to a place of protection from the enemy. I couldn't get rid of him and I had to deal with him, but he couldn't strike me!
As Christians we cannot do warfare for our backsides!! By faith you can speak that the Lord is protecting your backside all you want and it won't happen. That's the same as a Christian, by faith, believing and speaking that baptism in water saves you. They can do and say this all their lives only to find out in the end that it wasn't true; their faith didn't bring it to be a fact! Faith never changes what God meant when He said it! Faith never changes what God ordained, and God ordained that He is the One who covers our backsides. For you to exercise the right faith to have your backside covered (according to His word), is to exercise (act out) what God said it takes to get that protection. That puts your faith in Him, not your own abilities!
What we are looking at in Isaiah 58:6 - 8 is a covenant promise which always includes - You do this and I'll do that. God says that if we will do this one thing (tithe correctly), He will protect our backsides! We simply haven't done our part correctly because of the lack of understanding. He hasn't been legally able to do His part because we haven't done our part.
My mother received a righteous judgment! God showed me exactly how my mother's tithe was spent in a vision! It looked good, but it was death in the end. Wrong tithing contributes to death by keeping harlotrous acts alive, by participating in them in the church. This was my mother's death! It's that simple. For this reason you should not feed the harlot any money, but if you're going to feed the harlot money, feed her yours, not God's! That way, at least you are not robbing Him!
If you are the head of a family, I must tell you that it's not just your life that God will protect! There is something in the scene of me being with my family and seeing the tornado coming into the back yard that I must reveal! I knew the whole family was there in the house but the ones that I saw materialized were the heads of families. God is saying that if the heads of families will come into the protection, their families are protected. Are you getting the picture? Job's family was protected by his righteous acts! God is dealing with the heads of the families as they are responsible for their families' safety from the devil!
Remember God said to that acquaintance of mine, "It is important to tithe!" God has now revealed to us not only how to do it correctly, but more of WHY it is so important!
Proverbs 26: 1,2
As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honor is not seemly for a fool. As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse causeless shall not come.
To give a little background, when the Lord brought this group in Kansas together some years ago, He revealed that it would become much smaller than when it originally started; and that He would demonstrate everything He was teaching us. He has been faithful to do that. This article reveals a demonstration of the Holy Spirit teaching, comparing Spiritual with Spiritual, about being under a curse and protection we can have from the enemy of mankind. It is a "picture of protection" from matters that are in our everyday lives.
This group did become small, enabling the Lord to deal with us in a better way. The Lord told us in the beginning that our lives would become an open book. I think you can see that my life is pretty much exposed in the articles I write. It is necessary for this to happen so people can see what they don't see. This article continues to expose my life and exposes part of another person's life, who is a part of this ministry. I will call this person, Person B.
Because of the size of this group last year and the disobedience of some people who were to give to this ministry, I found myself in the low income bracket and eligible for Earned Income Credit. This meant that I was entitled by law to receive some compensation from the government. Person B is a single mother and she was also entitled by law to receive Earned Income Credit compensation. I have stressed "entitled by law" because I want to make the point that we are not here to discuss welfare - right or wrong - but to get a picture. The money that Person B and I were entitled to by law must be seen as something that is ours legally, and it belonged to us.
Before we get into the move of God to reveal and demonstrate protection from troubles, let me bring this scripture into the picture. In Malachi, chapter three, God is telling His people that they are robbing Him, and their nation, by not tithing correctly. In verse eleven God reveals some of what He will do for the people when they do what He says.
And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the Lord of hosts.
From this part of the scripture (neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field) I had always known that the enemy had the power to cause timing to be fouled up when it comes to the fruit of our hands, what we produce. God makes a promise here that if we tithe correctly He will keep the enemy from destroying the fruit of our ground and He will see to it that our fruit will be on time.
Towards the end of 1998, the Lord had me preach concerning tithing and the payment of back debt. Person B decided to try God so she did what she was to do, as far as the back debt, and began to tithe correctly. It never fit into her budget but she did it anyway. Things went real good at first and she said God was blessing her in many ways. But soon it got hard and she saw absolutely no way to pay her bills so she quit tithing. She knew she would have money coming from the government and intended to catch up then. The following is a flow chart of the chain of events, with input of the "things of the Spirit" as God gave them.
February 21st 1999 :.
The Lord reveals that some writing of mine was going to be made clear. The writing had a gray background and with a click of the computer mouse the gray was gone. The words were now black and white!
February 23rd :.
I was shown that Person B and her daughter were going to see weight being added to an invisible power. That weight was also protection.
February 25th : .
The Lord shows me a scene of my car that had the original manufacture's red paint (covenant). It had bumpers and was complete. It was facing another man's car that was red but not of the original red paint (man's interpretation of the covenant). The other man's car had no bumper. It was shown in the scene that if my car was hit above the windshield, crushing the metal, that the windshield would not break. God was showing me (by His Spirit) that I had protection that the other man didn't have.
March 1st :
Person B mailed in her federal and state income tax. I had helped her prepare both of these.
March 15th :
I filed my federal and mailed my state two days later, March 17th.
We both received our federal tax moneys on the same day, as I had filed mine electronically and she had mailed hers. Some time before either had arrived, Person B had decided to go ahead and spend her federal money and use the state to catch up on her tithe. I try to render God's tithe first (after all, it is not ours to use), although I don't make this a hard core thing.
April 16th :
I deposited my money from the state of Kansas. Person B had been expecting to get her money from the state and because I had received mine she started to earnestly ask God about her money. She had sent her tax forms in 17 days earlier than I and I already had mine. She was then asking my wife and me to pray to find out what was happening with her money. Person B finally got an answer. She was told, "He's got it." She told this to my wife and she wondered, "Who's got it?" Person B indicated that she thought that the Lord had control of it and was doing something. Person B continued to pray concerning the money.
April 23rd :.
Person B is given a dream. I have condensed it, but you will get the picture. In the dream she was being offered, by someone who is not tithing and not married but living with the opposite sex, their trailer house to live in. In the scene, Person B walked into the trailer house to see that it had no interior wallboard, no insulation, and the floor had no covering in the living room. The kitchen had holes in the floor and the bedroom and the bathroom had been added onto the trailer house. She said the point in the dream that stood out was the fact that she knew, herself, how to fix it up and make it livable.
During all this, my wife had been talking with Person B and one time asked her if she knew of anything she might have done to cause her money to be delayed? Person B revealed that she thought it might be because she hadn't paid her tithe. My wife and I had thought this might be the case but had not told her. (People don't like being told something happened in their life because they didn't pay their tithe, even if it is true. They build up walls. All I can say to that is, look at what happened to people in the Old Testament when they didn't!)
Between April 23rd and April 30th:
Person B comes to my house and is talking about her check from the state. She was seeking the reason why she didn't have it. Somehow she mentioned the dream and told me about it. I explained to her what it could mean. (I'm revealing just a little here of what I told her about the symbolisms in the dream.) I told her I wasn't sure but that it most certainly fit the picture of the situation. I told her the trailer house provided no protection at all, even from hot and cold. I told her that in the dream it was revealed that she knew how to fix all the problems. She already knew she hadn't paid her tithes, which God has shown this ministry to provide protection in certain situations. I made it clear that it sure fit the picture, but that I wasn't wanting to interpret it that way simply because of what we had been taught. I told her we needed conformation from God that what we were thinking was right. At that point I wasn't sure who "He's got it" referred to.
April 30th :.
The Lord give me a scene of two gray pictures coming together. The two pictures came together under a heading to a single picture. The gray picture then became sharp, losing its gray background, and revealing a clear picture under those words of the heading. It was the upper part of the picture of my dad's field which I have used before. The one when God revealed the concrete wall of protection from the enemies' floods. I have inserted the whole picture here with some heading or title letters to represent the heading I saw.
(It is important to note that God was saying what He was bringing into clarity at this point was only a part of the total protection He provides. The headline is for all of the picture of protection. What He is really revealing is that this is important enough to make the headlines.)
Before this experience was all over the Lord dealt with me about "He's got it!" I was informed that the Godhead never speaks of each other that way, when referring to each other. That it was Satan who had it!
I woke up from the scene and knew we had our confirmation. I searched back into the flow chart to see all that I have shared with you to this point. When I saw all this, I knew God had presented and demonstrated a protection which I had, that Person B didn't have. It was a protection from troubles.
May 1st :
Person B received her money from the state. It took less than 30 days for me to get my money and it took Person B 60 days. I wouldn't pretend to know how the enemy detained Person B's funds. Were the papers misplaced or was there a particular thought given to someone to check something out? Actually, that is not important here. The picture of protection is important so we can get ahold of the types of protection in our daily lives that God will provide. But God wasn't done yet!
Sunday, May 2nd :
.In the night I was shown three sentences with fire around the words. These were covenant sentences, words in red. I was given Proverbs 26: 1,2 and putting this all together, I knew I was to share at church what the Lord had revealed to me about protection from troubles. I remember reminding the group that this portion of the following scripture was given to us in the beginning, when God first brought us together. . . the curse causeless shall not come. We have always known from that Word that there is a reason for everything - that a curse just doesn't come on its own, that there is a reason it came!
Proverbs 26: 1,2
As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honor is not seemly for a fool. As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse causeless shall not come.
What is the curse?
As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest. . . This doesn't say you won't have a harvest or a summer. It says you'll experience hardships in them. . . . As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying . . . Have you ever encountered a barn swallow dive bombing your head? It's an annoyance! . . . so the curse causeless shall not come. God is saying there is a reason for all these annoyances. There is a reason they came!
What happened to Person B and her daughter in all of this? Remember what God revealed to me concerning Person B on
February 23rd ?
.I was shown that Person B and her daughter were going to see weight being added to an invisible power. That weight was also protection.
Well, that's what happened to them. Weight was added to the importance of tithing correctly. That weight was the revealing of a protection of an invisible power!
This writing reveals how God can protect us in the matters of everyday life. He's big enough. It is time we believe (trust) Him! You and I don't know Satan's plans to steal, kill and destroy in our everyday lives. Yes, God gave us authority over the devices of the devil, but if we don't know and can't see his daily activities (represented by our backside) how can we come against what we don't know is going on? Our foundational faith must be in God to protect us; not solely in our abilities to use His name. We must come into covenant, into the right position, on this important issue in order for Him to legally perform His part. He wants to protect us!
As you know I have asked the Lord to show me the fine lines when it comes to His protection, or hedge, around people who are not robbing Him. In short, what is allowed to happen and what is not allowed? It's that fine line of cursed or not cursed, or what are the "signs" pertinent to modern living?
Take His Heart has a business card available on the net that says: Extra, Extra! Believers found missing in Heaven. This card comes from a vision I had on August 15, 1999. The scene,
. I was looking at what looked to be a book cover with newsworthy items all over it. "Extra! Extra! 48% of the believers are found missing in heaven!" & "Extra! Extra! Woman finds spiritual reason for mishap on the turnpike," were the ones that the Lord brought to my attention.
It is obvious that both items are newsworthy and this article is to include you in why He revealed "Extra, Extra, Lady Finds Spiritual Reason for Mishap on Turnpike" should make the news! This turns out to be a continuing story concerning the Lady who had trouble getting her state refund check, in the article God Very Simply Demonstrates Proverbs 26: 1,2 - His Protection from Troubles (curse).
As usual we are looking at "the things of the Spirit" that God gives to educate and show us things we haven't understood. The Lord continues to enlarge our picture of the protection He is revealing that is there for us, if we'll just walk in it. I will refer to this Lady as "Person B" like I did in the other article.
To get us started in this "picture," I share a scene the Lord gave me on July 25, 1999 concerning tithing. (I have changed the names.)
. I was riding in the back of John and Mary Doe's camper. They had blown both tires (Duels) on the right rear, had bought new ones and had arrived to where I had gotten into the camper. John was talking to me about not doing anything. In all of this conversation, he informed me they were traveling by camper to where they were supposed to have flown. They had brought their camper because they thought this would "save money and not cost them as much" but the blown tires (troubles) had made it cost them more. (Of course they couldn't see this before they left home!)
The picture was simple to me, as I had been asking the Lord for more understanding of tithing. It seemed to me that it is hard to see what a person is protected from when they are tithing correctly. You don't usually get to see what you were protected from. It is also hard to see what has come into your life that is there, and real, that wouldn't have been there if you had been protected. We shrug off troubles as a "natural thing" because we have been in them for decades, but God has already revealed troubles can be from a curse:
Proverbs 26: 1,2
As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honor is not seemly for a fool. As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse causeless shall not come.
John, in real life, farmed to get money from the government by doing the least he had to do to get that money. He's the only farmer I've ever known who seemed to operate that way. It was that "get something for nothing," lazy attitude. God used John because He knew that I knew his character. In the scene, the airplane was the right way to go (God's way, which is by faith) but the camper represents the natural way (vacation from God's way), which comes from our point of view in the natural. Faith is unseen. I knew God was showing me that not tithing correctly actually cost more in the long run, in the natural. It does take effort and faith to do it correctly! The enemy will come against you through the cares of the world, no matter how much money you have, or don't have. It's not really about money, it's about robbery! Satan doesn't want you under God's protection.
God's timing is marvelous. I know He was preparing me to be able to recognize what was about to happen with Person B and Extra, Extra, Lady Finds Spiritual Reason for Mishap on Turnpike. You see, Person B had quit tithing again because she couldn't see how she could make it. She most certainly fits into what I've just said about not being able to see what has or hasn't happened, as far as "troubles" in our lives, when it comes to being protected and not protected. Don't get me wrong. I understand. I've been there and am very open to learning those fine lines.
On July 27, two days after the scene about the camper, I was given a scene in the night that was fairly long and involved about person B. I remember wondering what it was all about. I meditated on it and knew some things symbolically, but I sure didn't know why the Lord had given it to me. I share some of the dream for your understanding. . In the dream, Person B was living in a farm house I am very familiar with in the natural. This particular house sits in a low spot on a quarter of land. When it rains the back yard and the front yard, actually the whole yard, has a drainage problem. The place doesn't flood but it is a nuisance if it rains hard. In the scene, a new road, a blacktop highway well marked with new paint, had been laid right up to the front door of the house where Person B was living. It was also revealed that Person B had a water leak in her section of the pipe line, to the east of the house. Person B was living in this house that didn't have a good foundation (loose cinder blocks with no mortar) and it was sitting in a problem area when it rained. In the scene, the new highway had been put on top of the old drive and the asphalt also came in front of the house for parking space. It filled the front yard. All this was about a foot thick, or more, and it was the only thing that wouldn't have a problem with a hard rain. It was sloped and the water would run off. Because this had been laid, it probably would cause the problem in the back yard to be worse as the front yard would not hold water as it used to. I think that is enough to give you the picture.
Well, on Aug. 4th I received information that Person B had a near accident on the Kansas turnpike. She had encountered a hard rain from a small thunderstorm that seemed to just come from nowhere. It was one of those days where it looks like it will rain but doesn't. Well, it did on her. She hydroplaned, spinning in circles, barely glancing the concrete median between the two lane highways several times. (The results? Basically a little paint off the bumper.) She had done all this in front of a large one ton pickup and a semi. They all miraculously came to a stop. The man in the pickup, directly behind her, told her he had thought, "She is dead for sure!"
Hearing this, it hit me that this had to do with the dream, a "thing of the Spirit" I had concerning her! I then went back to look at a scene that concerned her (not one I shared with you) that was given to her and was a prelude to her first experience, explained in the previous article about "troubles" in her life. In this, her original scene, it had been revealed she would not get the message the first time and there would be a second happening. I hadn't caught that fact, but it was very obvious now.
I now understood the scene of her living in a house without a proper foundation. That foundation is tithing correctly, as I have been witness to in all these articles. The new highway (high way), clearly marked, was symbolic of God's showing her the importance of tithing and his protections in everyday life. He had brought the easy way, the "high - way," to travel through life right up to her front door. He had made it plain to her, concerning His every day protections from troubles.
The section of the water line belonging to her, that came from the north, had a leak at her joint in the pipe. This was symbolizing the water coming from God's throne that had been piped directly to her, from Him, through the Spirit, in the "things of the Spirit." She had a leak, symbolizing she didn't retain all that He had really given her.
The house with the back yard, "where a fast rain causes problems," was symbolizing and most definitely connects this scene to the mishap (troubles) she had on the turnpike.
Proverbs 26: 1,2 (troubles)
As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honor is not seemly for a fool. As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse causeless shall not come.
Troubles came to Person B when it rained hard and fast on the turnpike. Troubles come when it rains hard and fast in this particular yard, around this house, used symbolically by God to send us a message! He has most certainly painted a picture that says we should not be having wrecks, or even mishaps in everyday activities.
I will be honest here, telling you that after all this happened and Person B had set her sight on tithing again, I could not see how to present this to you. You may have picked up that there were many more scenes, "things of the Spirit," concerning all this with Person B. This is true with every subject I have presented to you. There were many that were long. I wasn't sure which one's to try to present to you so you could understand. I thought there was no way and was going on with other things. That's when I had the vision on August 15th that contained the following, which certainly reveals that God is saying, "This should make news headlines to the world, and especially Christians!"
Lady Finds Spiritual Reason for Mishap on Turnpike!
We must realize God is capable of protecting the masses. He did it with Israel in battle, not a scratch! We are talking about hand-to-hand combat here! This is part of why the other nations feared Israel. God even prevented Israel's sandals from wearing out in the dessert! We must realize that all of this came about from Israel being obedient at that time. God most certainly can protect us. HE IS GOD!
I retorted with, "NO!" At the time my left ear was plugged up and I had taken some over-the-counter medicine but it hadn't done any good. A lady in this ministry told me it was a spiritual condition. I had no problem with what she said, because God has shown me many times the connection between physical ailments and the spirit realm. The reason I retorted with "NO" was because the Lord had been dealing with me concerning witnessing about my health. It appeared that something was happening, and I didn't want to do what He was saying because MY HEAD WAS PLUGGED UP ON THE LEFT SIDE! Wouldn't I look foolish telling people about what appears to be happening to my health, when I couldn't hear out of my left ear?
Well, over the next three days I found myself repenting before the Lord because I was remembering how my health was a year ago. There is no question that I am much healthier now than I was a year ago! So what was God showing me before He finally asked me that question? He had been taking me back to the scriptures where He began teaching me about tithing correctly and He brought up another point. We have already talked about protections that come from obeying God, referring to these same scriptures. I have realized another benefit of working righteousness for Him. ...and thine health shall spring forth speedily:.... That benefit is what He was dealing with me about!
Isaiah 58:6 - 8
Is not this the fast that I (God ) have chosen? (God chose to do without His wealth - tithe) to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke? Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh? Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the Lord shall be thy rearward (protection, rear guard).
I ask you to consider the following. I don't know all the facts yet but I will simply be a witness to some thoughts I've had over the years and then present an overview of what has happened in my life this past year concerning my health. I have known that Jesus never got sick and this was not because He was God. He fulfilled, or walked in, the covenant that was established by God in the earth at that time. In Deuteronomy 28, God reveals some symptoms, a picture, of being under a curse health-wise.
The Lord shall smite thee with a consumption (lung disease), and with a fever, and with an inflammation, and with an extreme burning, and with the sword, and with blasting, and with mildew; and they shall pursue thee until thou perish.
The Lord will smite thee with the botch (ulcer) of Egypt, and with the emerods (hemorrhoids), and with the scab, and with the itch, whereof thou canst not be healed.
What about our minds?
The Lord shall smite thee with madness, and blindness, and astonishment of heart:
God says to the harlot in scripture, "Let us reason together." So let's reason here. If being under a curse produces these symptoms health-wise, then it is very logical that you won't have these symptoms when you are not under a curse!
Jesus never got a fever! Did He hit His finger, or pinch His hand when He was a carpenter? I don't know. Did He turn His ankle when He was a child? I don't know. Did He get skinned up, or bruised before the time of the cross? I don't know. The Bible says God established a covenant of better promises through Jesus, and of course, that is when eternal life was made possible. Saved people no longer go to the upper parts of Hell, Abraham's bosom. They have obtained eternal life with God, something the old covenant didn't provide.
But, I remember thinking the old covenant provided a better life on this planet than the new one. After all, if they followed God as they should, they wouldn't even get a fever. I have never seen this phenomenon in the people of God who are supposedly walking in this New Covenant. I have seen fevers rebuked, in the name of Jesus, and sometimes it worked and sometimes it didn't. The ensuing explanation was that there was a lack of faith, which ultimately brings condemnation to those Jesus' name didn't work for.
I finally realized that the covenant of better promises also had to include the promises in the Old Covenant, or it wasn't better! Now, is it better for you to rebuke a fever or for God to keep it off of you in the first place? God's promises of the good life must include the idea of not having the bad things happen to us, that He says come on us from being under a curse! Having said these things, let me witness to some things that appear to be happening in my life.
A year ago or so, I couldn't walk a block without my arm aching. I was also having prostate problems. To establish as a record, when I married my present wife she introduced me to the fact that the Bible says the herbs were God's medicine for the healing of the nations. So I have taken them off and on through the years and I was taking them for my prostate several years ago. She also started me on vitamins, after we got married, so none of this has to do with God's question about my health over the past year. We are not talking about being healed but walking in health. I have known Christians who don't believe we should be dying of diseases. My mother was one of them. She was a woman of faith, and she still died of cancer!
God told me to be honest before men and there is one thing that I have changed about my eating habits. Am I detracting from God and His Question to me? I don't think so, but you can judge that. I now focus on getting enough protein in my diet because of earthly knowledge, and what the Bible warns us of in the latter times. (In latter times they will be saying to abstain from meats, Timothy 4:1-3) This is a warning to us.
The priests in the Old Testament ate the meat and the fat off the altar. God was not trying to kill them! God also told Israel to buy only water and meat when they were under stress, traveling towards their promised land. As to the earthly knowledge, protein is the re-builder of our bodies. If you don't get enough to rebuild, your cells struggle! It takes a lot more protein, every day, than we think. Now, did God show me and thine health shall spring forth speedily in (Isaiah) to bring attention to protein? NO! I am just being honest with you about the only eating change in my life.
Is it possible that I have been tithing correctly long enough and come into obedience enough to have health start to rise, as promised, in my life? I can't prove it, and this bothered me, not having clinical records as proof. Then I realized a doctor's record doesn't mean anything. My mother was given a clean bill of health and the doctor said there was no sign of any cancer in her body. That's recorded! Within weeks the same doctor was telling her that her body was full of cancer beyond help! Records don't really mean much as proof, do they?
Like I said, I can't prove anything. But I can tell you, I can run a block now. I'm not having prostate problems, to any degree of what I had a year ago. I would tell you I have no prostate problems at all but I do notice some symptoms once in a great while. That tells you how insignificant it is. I'm just being honest here. I am not taking herbs for my prostate and haven't for well over a year. What did God do? He took me to and thine health shall spring forth speedily and was showing me it is a fruit of what He has taught me about tithing correctly! It's a fruit of not robbing him! No wonder God says harlotry is a way to death!
As I was driving down the highway, praying about this article and whether I should mention my change in eating habits, suddenly I saw in the distance, a vision.. A man was being bit by a snake and he just shook it off. He did no rebuking. He did no praying. I knew it had to be Paul. You see at that time he was walking with God and working righteousness, so he had health protection from poisons! God is saying to us that if we will walk in covenant, which is to walk in the Word of the Lord's Kingdom, we can have all these protections He has shown us. The bottom line of walking in the invisible Kingdom of God is to handle the King's money correctly and not rob him. Every government on the earth is established for its citizen's protection. But know this, there is no government on earth that can protect a citizen when they are breaking the laws of that country by committing robbery. Paul said we as Christians establish the laws of God. Which is to say, we establish God's Word in the earth. God wants to protect us in the spirit realm!
Does all this say we are to walk into a den of snakes to prove our protections? No, that would be tempting God. That is what the devil was trying to get Jesus to do when he told Jesus to cast Himself down off the mountain. God is very simply saying, if you are walking in covenant with Him you are protected! We can not be in covenant with God if we are robbing Him. That's what getting married to the Lord is, coming into complete Covenant with the Him in every area of His Word.
God asked me, "Are you healthier than you were a year ago?" He didn't ask if I was completely healthy. He asked if I was healthier! I am healthier and that is undeniable, at this point. He brought attention to this part of my life because He wants me to be a witness of what His Word says about the matter!
In closing this article, I share a vision a lady had years ago. In this vision, . Christians were being taken to the hospital by the people of the world, to see why they weren't getting sick! Boy, will the King get the glory when that comes to pass! Would that ever separate the Bride (Queen) from the rest of the world! What a way for the glory of the Bride to be seen, separating her from the Harlot. What a way for the kingdom of God to get glorified! What a way for the Glory of the Lord to be seen by the world!
Isaiah 58: 8
... and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the Lord shall be thy rearward (Protection).
In Malachi there is a prophetic word to us in this day. We are living in it right now whether any of us believe it or not. Let me share what the Lord revealed to me from Malachi as it applies to our situation in the world. You will see God's prediction of having a people who will render a righteous offering to Him and you will also see He talks about protecting those who really serve Him. Serving Him righteously is what we have been talking about!
Chapter 3 of Malachi. . .
The approach of the day of judgment
1. Behold I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the Lord of hosts.
The messenger was John the Baptist. The Lord was Jesus who came into His bodily temple and revealed the new and final covenant.
2. But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' soap: 3. And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness.
The Lord is seated now as a refiner. We are the sons of Levi. The Levites were priests, and we in the body of Christ are called priests. The Lord is purging us so we the priests . . . may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness. The Lord showed me that people can put the fire out in their own life! Don't let that happen to you concerning . . . offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness.
4. Then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant unto the Lord, as in the days of old, and as in former years. 5. And I will come near to you to judgment;
When the offering to the Lord becomes pleasant to Him from the priest of the church, He will move in the church's circumstances and bring forth His basic promises for the church (his nation). He will move to destroy those things specified in these scriptures out of the church.
and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not me, saith the Lord of hosts. 6. For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed. 7. Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept them.
Then God Says,
Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith the Lord of hosts.
I heard these same words come forth in a prophetic word in a church. Yes, in this day! Others have heard them over and over. It is interesting that no one at the time really ever came to understand why or what the Lord was revealing. This fits the next sentences, doesn't it? (We had no idea that we were robbing God!)
But ye said, Wherein shall we return? 8. Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. 9. Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.
We the church have been robbing God of what's His and understanding where His treasure was to be delivered we can see how that affects our Nation. Allow me to share how the Lord made this clear to me one night.
In a vision .the Lord took me into a church.. The pastor was sweating and preaching very hard. It was revealed that he was overly tired and was thinking about quitting. There were men in the audience sitting with their legs crossed and their right arms around their wives, relaxed as if nothing was wrong. There was fornication taking place on the back pews. The men were unconcerned about this. Then I could see outside through a large glass window. There was a big bird that looked like an eagle, USA. Men were struggling, trying to help the bird stay in the air, but they were having no success in doing anything for it. I watched and it finally crashed into the church building window for all to see.
Can you see? The Church is the only thing that can really help. How? The church needs to quit robbing God, and then God will change this nation. You may be one who says, "But I've been paying my tithes." You haven't if those in charge of your tithes did not deliver it into the hands of those specified by God. If your tithe went for buildings, heating and air conditioning, etc. then God didn't receive it as a tithe. He cannot and never has accepted an unrighteous offering! That's why when He was teaching me about tithing, He said., "The only way you can give to Me is to give to them!" He was talking about people He had specified in scripture!
Going on with Malachi, the right reason (attitude) for tithing is so He has something tangible (meat) to work with. Do we love Him?
10. Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, . . .
Here we are as a church in this scripture. God is saying, "Try Me now, do it right, and see if I won't bless you beyond measure." Have you ever wondered why the wealth of the wicked has not arrived into the hands of the righteous? The answer is, the church must work (practice) righteousness in order to be righteous. Theoretically, there is no righteous church for God to deliver the wealth into . . . yet! God is looking for obedient people!
and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. 11. And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the Lord of hosts. 12. And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the Lord of hosts.
13. Your words have been stout against me, saith the Lord. Yet ye say, What have we spoken so much against thee? 14. Ye have said, It is vain to serve God: and what profit is it that we have kept his ordinance, and that we have walked mournfully before the Lord of hosts?
We are still here in these scriptures. I have heard Christians say, "I've tried tithing and it didn't work." A lot have quit; others are still doing it because they believe it's right. It sounds like what I have underlined above, doesn't it?
15. And now we call the proud happy; yea, they that work wickedness are set up; yea, they that tempt God are even delivered.
These same Christians who have said it is vain to serve the Lord are looking at people in the world and saying, "They are happier than I am and I'm trying to serve the Lord." But then it says that the wicked are set up. However, the grace of the Lord is shown in . . ."they that tempt the Lord are even delivered." Who's tempting the Lord? It is those who say it is vain to serve the Lord. Isn't that great that even those who tempt the Lord are to be delivered?
But look . . .
16. Then they that feared the Lord spake often one to another: and the Lord hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the Lord, and that thought upon his name.
Those who feared the Lord kept going and the Lord saw this and moved to bring something forgotten out of the past, a book of remembrance for those that feared and thought on His name. In other words He was going to re-teach (reveal) something from the past that was forgotten. The Lord told this ministry early on that our commission was to reestablish the foundational principles found in the Bible that have been lost through time. (Interesting!) God is very simply fulfilling His word to us in the last days.
17. And they shall be mine, saith the Lord of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.
When is the day when the Lord makes up His jewels? In Revelation 21: 9 - 27 God talks about the Lamb's bride, the Lamb's wife, which is the Spotless Church. Here God refers to the Bride as a city and refers to that city as a "her." . In Nov. of 1999 God showed me in a vision that He is now making up His jewels!
10. And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, 11. Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal; Revelation 21:10
The precious stones are listed in verses 19 and 20 of this same chapter. The day when the Lord makes up His jewels is the day when God brings forth the Bride Spotless, that great city, the holy Jerusalem. It is NOW!
Returning to the Malachi scriptures. . .
17. And they shall be mine, saith the Lord of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.
I have repeated verse 17 because it talks about whom the Lord spares which is, "Those that serve Him." In other words He is not going to spare those who aren't really serving Him! Remember all of this is really about a righteous offering! If you are robbing Him you most certainly are not serving Him.
18. Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.
Verse 18 reveals the difference between the righteous and the wicked. We are not talking about salvation here. A person who does a wicked act is called wicked whether or not he is saved. A saved person can do a wicked act.
All through the Bible God rejected unrighteous offerings of all types. It's a hard thing to admit we have been wrong in handling God's money. It's a hard thing to change our ways. Purging indicates dividing, separation, and pressure. It takes pressure to purge the things that are actually a part of us, our traditions, habits, and false beliefs! But praise God, He is able to bring forth the spotless church!
3. And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness.
Why the purging and the purifying?
. . . That we (the priests) may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness.
It's not what He has called the church to do with His money that is hard. If you walked into a church that was handling the Lord's money righteously, it wouldn't be hard for you at all! It's admitting and dealing with the problem of changing that is hard. Getting rid of our old ways is what's hard! That's why the word "Purged" is used! God help US!
What is written about your tithes and offerings? At The Church West of Dalton of which Take His Heart ministry is a part, the people in charge of delivering God's tithe are emphatic about designating what portion of their gift is tithe. They don't want to be responsible for opening the door to Satan into a giver's life just because The Church West of Dalton didn't use someone's tithe for the right purpose, in the right way.
Why are they emphatic? God has demonstrated what He has taught us about tithing. The testimonies are really overwhelming since God started dealing with us about His tithe. We want God to place a hedge around you so you can be more effective against the devil's destruction in the world. We want you to get started where you are!
We have realized that Jesus was more effective against Satan because He wasn't having to rebuke Satan on His own behalf. He was then able to destroy the works of the devil in other peoples' lives. He showed us "the way" while He was here. He is "The Way, the Truth, the Life!" God wants to be able to say to the Devil on your behalf, "It is written that ------ has paid their back debt and they have not robbed me since. Satan, get thee hence!"
You must see to it that God's tithe is delivered correctly! Deliver God's tithe yourself if you have to, just to get started, but know that God ultimately wants it done as a corporate body. One person cannot discern all the specific people the Lord wants to touch. Sometimes, different people deliver in different situations. It's time to plead with your mother, the harlot, by not taking part in her robberies! God says:
Hosea 2: 2-9
2 Plead (strive - ILB) with your mother, plead: for she is not my wife, neither am I her husband: let her therefore put away her whoredoms out of her sight, and her adulteries from between her breasts;
Simple advice and help.
Delivering God's tithe and offerings correctly is one of the greatest and most exciting things one can experience as a worker for Christ! If you and/or your church are going to get started delivering God's tithe correctly, I offer you this advice. Learn to give without strings attached (controlling what they spend it on, etc.).
Don't be in too big of a hurry to dispense it after you start to collect God's tithe, unless you already know the amount and to whom. If you already know the person who is to receive it, and some of you will, go ahead. Don't build up a huge amount either, God doesn't consider tithing done until it's delivered! Always be very open to the Holy Spirit directing you as to how much and to whom.
Sometimes timing is very important. Don't neglect the five fold and those oppressed in your own body of believers. Enter into it with the attitude of learning. You will make mistakes. We did and I suppose we still do, but we have learned from those mistakes. The Lord wants to teach us.
Trust in the Lord and don't expect a great experience every time. Let Him work, by delivering it in His Name. I have included a picture of the checks the Church, West of Dalton uses for this account. This should help you get started. Notice the checks bring attention to Jesus, not the church.
Sometimes we put the checks in an envelope to deliver it in person. Be open to the Spirit of God, even in this matter. If we deliver it in an envelope, it just says: "The Lord said to give this to you." (across the front). It's just another way of getting the focus on the Lord and off of us.
I want to encourage you and your church fellowship to step out! Love the Lord by at least trying to learn how to deliver His funds in His name! Here is a rundown of where it is to go and not to go:
Getting straight to the point, 100% of God's tithe and offerings must be delivered into a person's hands or to a ministry that delivers it into a person's hands. God basically spelled out whose hands in the Bible: the oppressed, widow, Levite (true apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers), the stranger (those who don't know Christ), the fatherless, and the singers (not choir members). God told me the only way we can give to Him (tithes & offerings) is to give to them (those He specified). Tithes and offerings cannot be used for building buildings, or their upkeep. It cannot be used for utilities, etc. It can not be used to print materials or postage, etc. It is our responsibility to spread the gospel, not God's! Remember, the New Testament Jewish Christians bought their seats in the Synagogue, to pay for operating expenses, maintenance, etc. At this ministry we have an offering box specifically for operating expenses, etc.
Businessmen, the Lord has shown me by His Spirit that you do not pay any attention to depreciation when you figure your increase! The movie explains this very well.
If we can be of further help, let us know. We enjoy hearing testimony of what happens when the Lord's tithe is delivered properly.
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