Prosperity in Perspective 23
Supernatural Power of Percentages, Part One
by Pastor John Hamel
“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.” (Malachi 3:8,9)
I am not a negative Preacher because God is
not a negative God and I represent Him. However, sometimes things
just need to be stated as they are. God knows what He is talking
about when He says that withholding tithes and offerings makes one a God
Almighty God has clearly stated in His Word that there is a
curse upon God robbers. God does not curse the God robber. The
God robber curses himself or herself by cooperating with Satan. It is through the laws of sowing and reaping,
which have been set in motion by the Almighty that the God robber comes
under a curse. (Jeremiah 2:19)
Withholding tithes and offerings is not
only stealing from God, it is stealing from the people of the world.
This is why the Lord told Israel, “…ye have robbed
Me, even this whole nation.” (Verse 9)
When an individual refuses to
pay tithes and offerings, they are refusing to participate in the
evangelization of the world. To withhold tithes and offerings is to
rob the unsaved people of the world of Salvation and Eternal Life in Heaven.
Plain and simple fact. God said that He gives us the power to obtain
finances so that we can establish His Covenant in the Earth. (Deuteronomy
When we refuse to pay tithes and offerings on the finances He
enables us to obtain, we obstruct the establishment of His Salvation-based
Covenant in the Earth. People die and go to Hell daily because the overwhelming majority of the Body
of Christ has operated in fear concerning the paying of tithes
However, as I stated in a recent lesson,
things are changing. God’s people are waking up to the reality of
God’s Salvation-based Covenant. God’s people are waking up to the
importance of financing God’s Salvation-based Covenant through tithes and
God’s people are receiving tremendous revelation
concerning His desire to prosper them financially. They’re waking up
to the fact that wealth comes to seek and save the lost, to destroy the
works of Satan and to live a life of abundance. Abundance that is a
testimony to the goodness of our great Father God. Abundance that
draws people into the Kingdom of God.
God’s people have been receiving tremendous
revelation is the area of offerings in recent decades. Our Father has
made it clear that we want to be very watchful not to rob Him of either the
tithe or the offering.
Is an Offering?
We know that the tithe means “one-tenth” in
both Greek and Hebrew.
But what is an offering?
The Hebrew word for “offering” is “trumah.” It means “a present, as offered up.”
It is pretty clear from this simple
definition that an offering is a present to God or a gift. It is a
sacrificial gift that is over and above the tithe. God has made Himself clear that a tithe is a tenth. But nowhere
in Scripture does He tell us how much the “trumah”
or the “offering gift” will be. He leaves that up to the generosity
of our own hearts to determine.
Some of God’s children are of the
misconception that they can simply pay tithes and God will prosper
them. Others wrongly believe that they can just give offerings and no
tithes and that God will prosper them. Both ways of thinking are
erroneous, unscriptural and dangerous.
Because the offering is over and above the
tithe, it is impossible to give God an offering until you have paid the
tithe. Because the offering is over and above the tithe, attempting
to give offerings without tithing is actually just making payments on your
tithes. The individual who gives offerings and does not tithe is still
a God robber, unfortunately. The offering is to be given over and
above the tithe, not in place of the tithe.
I am going to take it one step further and
say that giving offerings in place of paying tithes actually puts a curse
upon your offering. I would not say this if it could not be proven
from Scripture. (See Malachi 2:1-10.)
Someone once aptly described the difference
between the tithe and the offering as follows. “The tithe determines
your obedience to God. Over and above
that, the offering determines your rate of return.” How true this
Therefore, I would like to focus in this lesson on how
God rewards us financially based on offerings over and above the tithe, not
on the tithe.
Reward System Is Based upon the Size of the Offering
Tithing is actually
not giving TO God. Tithing is actually giving BACK to God that which
rightfully belongs to Him.
For example, I borrowed a vehicle from a
friend one time. When I was through with the vehicle, I had an
obligation to return that vehicle to my friend. I did so.
doing so, I was doing absolutely nothing that warranted a reward. I
was doing what was expected of me. I was being honest and
honorable. Not for a reward, but simply because it was right to do
so. The vehicle did not belong to me. It belonged to my
friend. I was doing what was expected of me when I returned the
vehicle. I was giving the vehicle BACK to my friend. I was not
giving the vehicle TO my friend.
The same is true with paying tithes.
We are not giving tithes TO God. We are giving tithes BACK to
God. We are showing Him that we can be trusted with that which
belongs to Him. This is why there is no real return promised on the
It is our giving TO God, not our giving BACK to God that
determines our rate of return.
I want to illustrate the point even more
clearly at the risk of being redundant. Barbara and I have a friend
who is a farmer. I could go to him and ask, “Brother, I’d like to
borrow a fifty pound bag of seed. I’ll return it to you as soon as
I’m able.” I am confident that this Brother would loan me the
When I finally do return the borrowed seed, will I get a
harvest on what I returned to my trusting Brother? Of course
not. There is no harvest on returning borrowed seed. There is
only a harvest promised for planted seed. It is only possible to
receive a harvest on seed that is planted, not seed that is returned.
This is as true in the spirit realm even as it is in the natural
realm. This is as true with finances even as it is with grains and
vegetables, etc. Seed will indeed produce after its own kind, but
planted seed only, not returned seed. This is why it is true that the
tithe determines our obedience only and the offering determines our
financial rate of return or our harvest.
So it is very easy to see the importance of
planting generous offerings, by the leading of the Holy Spirit, into the establishment of God’s Salvation-based
Covenant in the Earth, but only once the tithe has been returned to
Him. The more offering seed that is planted, over and above the
tithe, the greater the harvest will be, all according to whatever God's plan
and purpose for your life might be.
This is true with all natural
things and it is even truer still with all spiritual things. After
all, the natural things of this world were birthed out of the world of the
spirit. (Romans 1:20) The lesser is always contained in the
greater. The spirit realm is greater than the natural realm and will
therefore produce more proficiently.
the Rules as Prescribed by Jesus
“Give, and it shall be given unto you; good
measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men
give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it
shall be measured to you again.” (Luke 6:38)
Notice that Jesus is talking about “giving”
here not “giving back.” Lots of Preachers and Teachers, including
myself, have used this verse concerning giving the tithe back to God.
That is fine, as long as it is done with proper explanation. God will
honor our obedience to give the tithe back to Him, but only once we add the
offering to it.
No matter how severe your financial
situation might be today, you simply cannot cry or throw a fit of anger to
get the help that you need. It is vital that you follow the rules as
prescribed by Jesus. It simply is not possible to claim the promises
of wealth or the blessings of prosperity without meeting Jesus’ prescribed
We are talking about spiritual mechanics
here. When something is wrong with your car, crying or anger is not
going to repair it. Things have to be done mechanically, as
prescribed by the manufacturer, or you are going to be crying, throwing a
fit and walking.
When something is wrong with your finances, things
have to be done mechanically, as prescribed by the Manufacturer, or you are
going to be crying, throwing a fit and walking deeper and deeper into
poverty, debt and lack. And when I say "mechanically," I mean it
as an analogy only. All giving must be done by faith.
Jesus said if we would give generously that
He would cause men and women to generously and supernaturally give into our
bosom. This is what He meant when He said, “For with the same measure
that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.”
said, “How does something like that happen?” To which I responded,
“Frankly, it’s none of our business how He does it. All we need to
know is that He’ll do it honestly, Scripturally and honorably. We do
a little thing and plant seeds of generosity. He’ll do a big thing
and send forth a tremendous harvest.”
Even in the natural, science and
agriculture still have no idea in the world how a seed germinates,
multiplies and brings forth abundance. There is a miracle step that
occurs once a dead seed is planted that simply cannot be explained by the
greatest human minds. That same miracle process occurs when financial
seed is planted over and above the tithe. It must be accepted by faith even as the
planting of natural seed requires faith.
Smart Farmer Pre-Determines the Size of His Own Harvest
Any farmer who
possesses brightness of mind realizes that if he or she plants a little bit
of seed in the springtime, the end result is going to be a little harvest
in the fall. If the farmer plants an abundance of seed in the
springtime, the end result is going to be an abundant harvest in the
Almighty God is not
the only one Who determines what kind of a harvest a farmer
is going to have. The smart spiritual farmer pre-determines the size
of his financial harvest months and even years before he reaps it by
generous giving into the propagation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and by
giving to the poor.
This is exactly
what Jesus was saying when He said, “Give and it shall be given unto you;
good measure, pressed down and shaken together, and running over, shall men
give into your bosom…” He was saying that
anyone can pre-determine the size of their own harvest ahead of time by
planting proportionately towards their expected harvest.
In this I am not
saying that individuals can pre-determine whether they are going to be
multi-millionaires or not. God has not called everyone to be
multi-millionaires, but God has called everyone to prosper. If one
wants to prosper meagerly, they will give meager offerings. If they
want to prosper generously, they will give generous offerings.
this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he
which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. Every man according
as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of
necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all
grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all
things, may abound to every good work: as it is written, He hath dispersed
abroad; He hath given to the poor: His righteousness remaineth forever. Now
He that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and
multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;
Being enriched in everything to all bountifulness, which causeth through us
thanksgiving to God." (2 Corinthians 9:6-11)
The Apostle Paul
got a hold of Jesus’ revelation in this area, too. Paul had much to
say about the importance of paying offerings over and above the
Paul knew that he
simply could not faith IN what
he had not first faith-ed OUT,
over and above his tithes! He had
much to say about giving proportionately towards your expected
This will be the
subject of our next lesson.
Be blessed … John and Barbara Hamel
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