Tithing Chases Away the DevourerBy
I recently sent this thought to family and within minutes, my dad asked me to post it on facebook and my sister-in-law Kathy asked me to post it on my blog. I have been amazed at how many people have shared that they are resharing. I would love to hear from you if you have any thoughts.
On day as I dropped Grant off for detassling corn, I was listening to a sermon when the pastor said something I had never heard or caught before. He said that tithing rebukes the devourer from our lives. I thought… What? Really? I had to go and check it out. Look at Malachi 3:11. It is so clear, yet I never caught this before and my husband is a lay-Christian counselor for Crown Ministries. WOW! This verse should make any believer want to tithe. I know that solid believers tithe simply because they love the LORD. But, what about those moments of struggle when we forget the blessings of giving back to God when we think I don’t have it to tithe. I just lost my job or my bills are mounting. Might knowing that the devourer will be prevented from devouring you prevent you from faltering in your tithes and offerings?
See, the devourer will be prevented from destroying our fruit. Our fruit is where our seed comes from for the next harvest. Without the seed, we can’t plant, reap or sow. It helps to know that little foxes would eat the vines for the liquid inside them and that little foxes were symbols of the enemy. If the vine is chewed through then the fruit will not grow. They will die and fall to the ground before full maturity. So, tithing becomes a tool for chasing away the little foxes from eating our nourishment spiritually. In a way, tithing is the fence that keeps the little foxes out of our spiritual garden harvest. What might your spiritual garden look like? Have you let in the little foxes?
Can’t wait to hear how God chases away the little foxes across Kansas and Nebraska as the devourer is stopped in our land because tithes and offerings have increased! I want the blessing for our land. Don’t you?
Malachi 3:11-12 (NASB) “Then I will rebuke the devourer for you, so that it will not destroy the fruits of the ground; nor will your vine in the field cast its grapes,” says the LORD of hosts. “All the nations will call you blessed, for you shall be a delightful land,” says the LORD of hosts.“
- Rebukes the devourer from my life.
- Prepares the way for the fruit to grow.
- Sends delightful blessing to the land. (The land can symbolize physical land or spiritual land).
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Tara Rye is the President and Founder of Cultivating Hearts Ministry. She serves her church—Westside Church and her community through weekly Bible teaching at the Open Door Mission and on the radio at KCRO 660 AM. She and Greg celebrate 17 years of marriage with two delightful teens who keep them on their toes. Her greatest comfort is to have a cup of chai tea with her two dogs lying next to her as she reads her Bible early in the morning before the family wakes up. Tara has a Masters of Religious Education from Southwestern Theological Seminary and is available for speaking engagements. Feel free to contact her at www.tararye.com.