One to One: Day 22
By Tracey Armstrong
Malachi 3:10-11 “Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and try Me now in this,” says the LORD of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it. And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, so that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground, nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field,” says the LORD of hosts; (NKJV)
Christians must become familiar with spiritual warfare, not only with spiritual warfare, but also with the different types of spiritual warfare. Sometimes our warfare needs the weapons of praise, sometimes our warfare needs worship, sometimes our warfare needs declaration, and sometimes our spiritual warfare demands praying in tongues strongly. It all depends on what the plot of the enemy is. No matter what the warfare demands, we can find the answer in the word of God.
For example, yesterday I told you that Nathalie and I experienced a time of financial depression. We worshiped, and God brought the breakthrough. I must add something to that. Not only did we worship, but we also pulled out the checkbook and wrote three checks to different ministries overseas. You see, the enemy wanted us to worry about our financial problems, but instead he only made us more determined. So we showed him that no matter what he was not going to control our behavior, in this instance our giving.
Nathalie and I gained a great revelation in that season. We learned that we cannot rebuke the devil, but we can move God to rebuke the devil. The Bible says that when we give, God rebukes the devourer. The Bible never says that we can rebuke the devourer, but it does say that God will rebuke the devourer. Once he is rebuked, he can no longer steal from us or cause fruitlessness in our lives. Nathalie and I refuse to allow the devil to control us, devour our field, or destroy our fruit; and if for some reason he tries to test us, we simply pull out the checkbook to let him know that he doesn’t control our finances, but God does.
I have found that the most difficult times financially are the best times to sow because the harvest is right around the corner; you shut the devil up faster and release your harvest sooner. Stay faithful with your tithe and offering and God will rebuke the devil.
Father, You are my provider. I will give in the good times and in the bad times, for giving is for all times. I will give when it is uncomfortable. If what is in my hands is not my harvest, it is my seed because You give seed to the sower. I am a sower God; please give me seed to sow.
Look for the opportunity to serve someone with your time. Tithe some of your time to someone. Find some time to serve and work in the house of God.