One to One: Day 23
by Tracey Armstrong
Malachi 3:10 Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and try Me now in this,” says the LORD of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it. (NKJV)
What was the purpose of the tithe other than bringing the tithe into the storehouse so that there may be food in God’s house? There is much more to it than feeding God’s workers and supplying the house of God. Some argue that the tithe is not relevant to the New Testament; I am not interested in debating that or even going in that direction with this devotion. What I want to talk to you about is positioning. The paying of your tithe is positioning yourself. It positions you to share in the blessing of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. The tithe is a part of the covenant of Abraham and when we pay the tithe we position ourselves in the covenant of Abraham.
The tithe should not be legalistic in the sense that you pay tithe because you believe that you are tied to the law. The tithe is a freedom and a liberty that we have the privilege of partaking in and thus positioning ourselves in the generational blessing of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
The word of God says, “try Me now in this, if I will not open for you the windows of heaven.” Let’s look at a couple of words in this part of the scripture. First, “open”; this word means “to open wide” or “ to loosen.” God is not trying to position us under a little pinhole in heaven; God wants heaven wide open over you. The second word that I want to look at is “windows”; it means, “a window, dove port (because of the pigeon-holes).” I love the meaning of windows, because I want you to notice that it doesn’t say window as singular, it says windows as plural. I believe that God has more than one window to open and that the windows of heaven represent the different types of blessings that God desires to bless us with, but we have to position ourselves for these blessings.
In the Old Testament the windows of heaven symbolized rain that would water the ground and that would produce a great harvest in its time. The second aspect of the windows of heaven is the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Yes, it is the dove port, the port of heaven that the Holy Spirit comes through to bless us, and save our families and friends. Whenever you see revival in the Bible you will always see these two things. First, you see a change in the financial arena and then an outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Joel talks about this and we can see it throughout the Word of God.
If we are expecting God to release a Holy Spirit revival we must also understand that the dove port opens simultaneously with the windows of abundance. Unlike today, when the Jews realized that God was opening the windows of heaven, they expected great abundance, not sporadic, minor breakthroughs. We must expect great abundance and not these minor breakthroughs.
Father, Jesus is my right of passage to a Godly heritage. Teach me how to position myself and my family to receive the fullness of Your blessing.
Pray for the ministry of the Holy Spirit to minister to a family member who needs to receive Christ. Pray that God would send His Holy Spirit to open their heart to receive salvation.