THE COVENANT BLESSING IN TITHING AND GIVING

*πŸ‘€MINISTER: _PASTOR MOSES D. AMETEPEH_*

πŸ‘‰MEMORY VERSE: Refer to Genesis 14:18-20

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Every covenant revolves around a mystery. Blessings are in the covenant God has with all Christians through His Word. These physical and spiritual blessings were manifested in the life of Abraham, our father of faith. His life was the manifestation of the Christian faith over which God has made him the father.

Abraham’s character cannot be learnt without his total obedience to God’s Word. In all his life, he didn’t argue with God but he did all that the LORD commanded him to do. The Bible tells us in Genesis 15:6, about how his belief in God was counted to him as righteousness. Know that this is the standard he set for us to follow as believers of Jesus Christ who are called to live by faith.

Also, he was faithful in his payment of tithes as Genesis 14:18-20 tells us in one of his encounters with Melchizedek, High Priest. Abraham took bread and wine from the High Priest, after helping out Lot to retrieve his goods from the criminals. He paid his tithe to Him. Bread and wine in this context represents the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. Melchizedek was our Lord Jesus Christ to whom Abraham gave back what belongs to Him (Hebrews 7:1-10).

If a Christian knows Jesus Christ as his or her Savior without the full payment of their tithes, then we have rebelled against Him, unlike Abraham did. Tithe payment is not a law but an inward commitment which springs out from the heart of a righteous Christian. In the Old Testament, tithes were paid in goods and farm products to the priestly class called the Levites. 

Jesus Christ has brought all Christians into a royal and priestly class but it there are those who occupy the office of leaders in His ministry. Let us bear in mind that there will never be a blessing without the office of God’s servants popularly known as Pastors or Teachers of God’s Word. If we are to refer to the Word of God in Leviticus 27:30-34, we will know that tithes are holy unto the Lord. He who refuses to pay tithes doesn’t recognize the holiness of God. These Levites, who are represented by our Pastors today, are also to pay tenth part of the tithe they receive (Numbers 12:25-27).

It is supposed to be paid in the House of God either in cash or in goods (Deuteronomy 14:22-25). This is a covenant blessing which comes upon our lives only when we pay our tithes faithfully without withholding it from the Lord. Non payers of tithe are poor and cursed because they don’t do what brings down the blessings of God (Malachi 3:6-11). God’s protection, favor, financial blessings and total prosperity will fall upon those who faithfully serve the Lord and pay their tithes. For those who also pay their tithes to some false prophets and pastors, have no blessings to receive from the Lord.

Non payers of tithes have no coffers in Heaven from which their blessings will be drawn. They are cursed with the curses of thieves. They repay the goodness of God with evil. Will such a person enter into Heaven? (Hosea 8:7, Deuteronomy 27:26). If the Lord blesses us, we are to be a blessing to His Church institution and all who lack.

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*PRAYER: Heavenly Father, forgive us for the times we have robbed you before in Jesus name. AMEN*

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BEHOLDING THE LORD’S BEAUTY

“One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple”.
Psalm 27:4KJV

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The greatest quest of David wasn’t earthly but heavenly. He hungered for a dwelling high above the heavensβ€”a place where saints resides with angelic host; a place of eternal joy and peace. He knew that there was no perfect peace here; he was fully aware of joy and sorrow, peace and pain, happiness and sadness that had so much blended in the lives of humans on earth. He tasted it and therefore desired to always remain in the presence of the Lord, which is full of joyβ€”his strength.

Beauty is something that everyone is looking for. Beauty beheld afar, is half seen: until a person comes closer to the thing he’s beholding, he will never know its perfect beauty. David was a man after God’s own heart; he had a love and an intimate relationship with the Lord. He was always in the presence of the Lord, wherefore, he saw how handsome his maker was. He knew the beauty of God by beholding him daily in his relationship with Him. So he prayed to always behold God in His dwelling placeβ€” the Edenic world.

John tried describing the Lord’s beauty “His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters. (Rev. 1:14-15) We will never vividly comprehend this beauty until we have experience it ourselves, until we become united with him here and in His kingdom where we’ll be granted the eye to behold Him clearly. Is not He who created faces handsome? Is not He who created beauty gorgeous? Do you desire to behold the Lord’s beauty?

John saw His beauty and knew Him, for he loved Him and confessed, “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; *for we shall see him as he is*. (1John 3:2) If you don’t know the Lord, how will you ever see Him as He is? Start beholding the Lord’s beauty now, oh dear believer!
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PRAYER: You’re so marvelous and handsome, dear Lord Jesus. Your beauty is beyond comprehension. Help me to behold your face oh Lord.
AMEN

DWELLING IN THE LORD’S HOUSE

“One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple.”
Psalm 27:4KJV

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In this very Psalm, David dauntlessly confessed who the LORD was to Him. He knew and had tasted the goodness of his maker. When he was in absolute darkness, the Lord remained his light and saved him from all the schemes of his enemies. Therefore, the LORD was his savior. This was one of the heartily confessions of David. He had intrepid confident in his Lordβ€” the strength of His life. Wherefore, his heart didn’t fear when an host encamped against him and war rained down on him.

Irrespective of all these, his heart wasn’t desiring any thing more or less than dwelling in the house of the Lord all the days of his life. David wasn’t desiring an earthly dwelling place of the Lord. Christ Jesus said, _” In my *Father’s house are many mansions* if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you”._ (John 14:2)
This was the house that David was desiring to live. This was the only thing that He was thirsting after in all his days on earth. He really sought it and found it.

Beloved, what one thing are you desiring of the Lord? What are you seeking after in your life? The Lord said, _”And if I go and prepare a place for you, *I will come again,* and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also”_ (V. 3). Are you seeking after the heavenly mansions or the earthly houses? Do you even desire to be in Heaven?
*CHRIST JESUS IS COMING, YES, HE IS COMING!!*
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PRAYER: Thank you everlasting father for your saving words. Please help me desire and seek after the things of heaven in Christ Jesus’ mighty name.
AMEN

KEEP CALLING HIM.

_”As for me, I will call upon God; and the LORD shall save me.”_(Psalm 55:16)

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Mobile phones and door bells are almost every where in our generation. They will be the best devices to help us in our understanding of persistent or importunate call upon the LORD. When a call is very important to us, we wouldn’t like to miss it.

Believers in different religions have placed all their trusts in their deities and the mist devoted ones wouldn’t like to stop petitioning them until their needs are met. That single act of total dependency on an object of worship is a wake up call to all Christians across the globe. People are trusting in sources that do not yield any profit to their souls but here we are toying and taking this privilege for granted, allowing it to go waste.

Our Lord Jesus Christ has taught us how to pray to God for the most important things we need for our souls and bodies to glorify the LORD. God is a prayer answering God who is teaching us to hook up to His perfect will in a special relationship with him in prayer (Luke 11:8-9). He doesn’t answer any selfish prayer that falls outside His consideration because He loves to see us aligned to His will.

Prayer is an honour which brings out the best in Christ Jesus and not to command God. This is the main reason why we start and end up prayer in His name. So as David said in our memory verse, He knew that faith in God, obedience to His Word, and experiences of answered prayers had proved Him right as a righteous son of God.

Therefore, it is time for us to know that we pray in the character of Christ in order to receive from Christ. God hears the voices of His righteous children, not the voices of those who disobey Him and think of doing what seems right to them. God has the power to save those who will call upon Him for the grace and mercies needed to live and execute His purpose for bringing humankind into His likeness.

He never fails us or makes empty promises to us. Instead, we don’t ask aright to fulfill His Word. He knows all that we are going through, and what it takes for us to be successful in life according to His definition. Do you pray according to His Word for our existence? Then keep calling Him because He will answer you when the time is correct for us to receive what we need from Him.

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*PRAYER*: Lord Jesus Christ, may I be one with you in prayer. *AMEN*

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PERFORM YOUR TASK VERY WELL

*_πŸ‘€MINISTER: _ELDER MOSES ASARE

πŸ‘‰MEMORY VERSE: Refer to Genesis 6:14-16 

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Commandment is different from a duty one performs. In the Book of Genesis, God created man and give him duties to perform as a caretaker of all the things He created. After the fall of man, Noah was commanded by God to manufacture an ark to accommodate his family and a number of animals on earth before the destruction of the earth with flood.

Like Noah, all the children of Israel had God’s commandments to perform His commandments without excuses. Due to the inability of His children to obey His commandments enshrined in the Holy Scriptures, God sent His only begotten Son to bear the punishment for their reluctance to obey the commandments of God and bring gentiles into adoption.

We owe everything about our salvation, to Jesus Christ who has made us worthy to be translated from performing God’s commandments to the performance of duty. This duty is to do His will and work for the righteousness of His kingdom. His reward for us is crowned with eternal life in Heaven only if we complete our duty. This duty has no short cut to help us perform the duty assigned to us. 

Since the Lord Jesus Christ has called us into His service because of the reluctance of the people of Israel, so are we to humbly perform the task in our salvation. Beloved, we didn’t deserve to be called His own but Jesus Christ has pitied and promised us to be blessed here on earth and in Heaven. All the tools we will need in order to perform our God given duty, are found in Galatians 5:32-24.

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*PRAYER: Dear LORD. help us to give out our best in the performance of our duty as Christians, in Jesus name. AMEN*

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JOYFUL CONQUEROR IN ADVANCE

_”Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame,…”_(Hebrews 12:2)

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The Spirit of God is the originator of joy without disappointment which is only found in our Lord Jesus Christ. Joy comes only when a battle over issues in life is won and all the hustles and toils are forgotten by the one who fulfills missions in life, for which the Holy Word is given unto humankind (Psalm 30:5).

*Strength is the representation of joy; because it has what it takes to draw a Christian unto the finishing line, as an adventurer who has finally completed a mission in the midst of the difficulties on the way.* It wields the power to collapse failure, remove obstacles in Christian journey and finally defeats the oppressive and afflictive force of sin.

Jesus Christ never lost sight of the vision He had to fulfill on earth. He was aware of the joy set before Him as the God in the realm of men and the associated reward of joy, only after He had endured the Cross of Calvary. He wasn’t glorified by His Heavenly Father without paying the price of our redemption for the reward in joy which includes His power to judge humankind and own the most powerful name in the whole universe (Philippians 2:8-11).

His death and resurrection has won for us the joy we are hoping to have for eternity. He has conquered the devil and made us vigilant enough to trample on all the steps that could have led us into sin. *We are predestined to win because our victory comes from the Lord Jesus Christ by whom all things were made.* All the afflictions and the difficulties we go through in life for  deciding to follow Jesus Christ in righteousness, are not to separate us from Him.

Our joy is full in Christ, who has already won for us, the joy unspeakable. The weapon of the devil is meant for humankind to forget that we have already been predestined to win. The deceiver and accuser of the brethren is only trying to make us think that we are now living our lives afresh to face his schemes but that us a lie. *Don’t be ashamed that the world is torturing you in so many ways; instead, be happy that the Lord whom we serve for our whole lives, has already finished on the Cross on our behalves.* 

The Power in the Resurrection of Christ Jesus is in us and there is no way the devil’s scheme can overpower the omnipotence of God. Joy belongs to us. What is your sweat! We have nothing to worry about.

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*PRAYER*: Father in Heaven, lead us to endure for you and despise shame as Christ Jesus did. *AMEN*

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LOOK UNTO HIM

_”Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith;…”_(Hebrews 12:2)

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What suffering does a copy goes through, when the original pattern has already completed the stress on its behalf? A close and analytical study of an authentic masterpiece by an apprentice, will make it easier for him to go through a thorough process of studying and providing the results required. *Pattern is always preserved for the promotion of quality production of goods which will exclude mistakes and meet the demands of those who need a perfect work done.*

Every author has a lot of sacrifices to undergo before he can come out with a material for publication. Stress and hard times will not cease to come the way of an author but it won’t frustrate him from achieving the purpose for which the material has to be well put together. *Excellency has deep patterns to follow without any wilful deviation from the right path.*

Jesus Christ has not, and will never change from being the pattern we need in life to succeed. His life is not an ordinary one with weak foundation. We derive our faith from Him who is the Word of God. Our lives are the second ministration of Jesus Christ on earth, who has already paid the price for our faith to be demanded by Him. Sharing in His suffering will have to give us great joy as victorious sons and daughters of His; because he has already paid the price of our sufferings in life.

After living a victorious and redemptive life, He went through a pacesetting suffering, in order for us to be forever indebted to Him. We are to imitate Him until we eventually become like Him *who art in Heaven*. There us no time for us to turn away our eyes of faith from the glorious height of Jesus Christ, unto whom we look for a perfect way of life to lead us into the Kingdom of Heaven.

Looking up to Him will win for us an incorruptible reward of eternal life, with all its promising comforts in Heaven where we shall reign together with Him and the hosts in Heaven for ever and ever. Live in the faith preserved for our services to God.

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*PRAYER*: Lord Jesus Christ, I look unto thee alone throughout the whole of my life. May I live by your pattern for great finishing. *AMEN*

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HOLINESS OF GLORY FOR GOD

_”Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.”_(Psalm 29:2)

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None of us has any best thing worked out by our strength and carnal ability, to be given unto the Lord. The Bible tells us a lot about the reason why all good things and gifts come from above. Our environment is made beautiful by God to provide us with food, shelter, clothing and many other blessings that will keep mankind in a grateful position to glorify his name. 

Lifespan is made by God in such a way that, mankind will daily have to glorify Him as long as we live. In 1Corinthians 10:31, the Lord tells us to glorify Him with every thing that we have but this was basically said to include the food we eat, and the water that we drink. Naturally, every individual has food and water as our basic needs. No matter how we are blessed with wealth, divine health, joy of the Lord, peace of mind, luxuries in life, long life and many other privileges we enjoy, we will always need food and water to sustain us. 

Emphasis here is laid on food and water; basic needs that are needed by both rich and poor people in the society. This is enough to tell us that we are all indebted to give God’s glory to Him. So, God expects us to give the full measure of His glory unto Him; because He doesn’t share His glory with any other person. The more privileged we are, the higher God demands His perfect glory from us. 

It takes those who are born again to render all the glory due unto His name. These people have given their lives to Jesus Christ, know the Word of God, and are aware of the fact that everything they do is to bring glory and honour unto His name. They honour God in daily thanksgiving with righteousness as the greatest gift from His Spirit in them. What a gift that God deserves!

Worship consists of a whole life experience with righteous conducts: not only referring to the time we sing to glorify the LORD with thanksgiving and exaltation as people think of it. Know that worship is a whole life experience and for that reason, worshipping the Lord in the beauty of holiness demands that we serve Him with our existence and all that we inwardly and outwardly live to have.

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*PRAYER*: Dear Lord Jesus Christ, may the glory of yours in my life be given back unto thee without any deduction. *AMEN*

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WHO SHALL ENDURE UNTO THE END, AND BE SAVED?

_Refer to Matthew 24:13_

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There are some people who came into this world with greater determination than the one we have. Some people can start the race of righteousness and holiness at a great pace but lose at the end. Other people do not have a good start but they may have a perfect end. How will we complete our journey in righteousness and holiness? 

The faith we have in Christ will have to make us faithful to the extent that, the whole world will hate you until they see our fall if we condone with sin. That is the time that we will have to endure in righteousness without sinning. It is not an easy task to endure in the divine nature of God unto the end. Sometimes, persecutions will let us ask ourselves, *why me, why now, what are you doing, Oh God, when will these end?* Don’t expect the battles ahead of you to favor you because you will never live without them. On top of that, those questions will bring bitterness into your heart as you keep on blaming God.

The reason why these situations come upon us is that, our Lord Jesus Christ had to go through hard times before and we have to follow suit (1Peter 2:21-22). Reading from Hebrews 12:2-10, every faithful Christian will have to know that we have to encounter sufferings, insults, assaults and tortures. Those are some of the adversities that must come the way of every heavenly candidate. 

A Christian with Heaven in view is an enemy to the world because of the power in the faith, love and truth that identify us as unique people. No wonder occultism, freemasonry, and illuminati, are working together with some Christians against holy people of God. We don’t have to allow the flesh, and the disaster of ignorance to overcome us.

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*PRAYER*: Lord Jesus Christ, may I be graced to endure unto the end. *AMEN*

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WOE UNTO FAITH MOCKERS!

_”For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect?”_(Romans 3:3)

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These questions are faith deepening for every one who decides to follow Jesus Christ unto the end of time. Faith of God is released into our witnessing spirit for us to believe in His Son. Inarguably, nothing can tamper with the faith of God which is based on His sovereignty and omnipotence. This is the more reason why He teaches us to give Him what He has given out to us (Matthew 5:48, 1John 4:19).
 
On so many occasions, people are quick to point fingers at unbelievers who don’t have faith in God. Nobody is condemning that biblical truth but let us not forget that an iota of unbelief is disastrous enough to restrict us from attaining the full measure in Christ Jesus. Most people are Christians with unstable faith of God to offer unto Him. We will see these people occupied with the ways and means to get money from their hardwork to help God’s work, while Church is in progress. Others will not be able to stand in times of temptations and *that alone has relegated their faith to the background of a faithless height.*

God’s faith in which we share, is a gift for us to work within His appointed time and opportunity in a period called life on earth. The effect of God’s faith in us will not be interrupted by any human being because, others will be able to reach the mark of excellence; for what God has put together to help us, must not be put asunder by any act of unbelief. After our hard work in the services of God, we surely have a reward to receive at His right hand side, where faith will be crowned with victory for ever and ever. 

Who shall use unbelief to pull down or wrestle against the faith of God? They will realise that failure is the only outcome left for them to expect. God knows best as our faith comes from knowing and hearing His Word. We are unstoppable.

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*PRAYER*: Heavenly Father, help me to rise through the ladder of your faith in Jesus name.  *AMEN*

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