This is God Himself speaking and He is saying, "Prove Me in this." This is the only time in the Word where God instructs us to prove Him, and it is the one area where most people have withdrawn from proving God.
Many people think that tithing originated under the Law and since we're under grace, it no longer applies. These people are seriously mistaken. Although tithing was part of the Old Covenant (and men like Abraham, Isaac, David and Solomon became rich because of it), it didn't originate with the Law. We have record of Cain and Abel tithing in Genesis 4. Then in Genesis 14:18-20, we find that Abaraham also tithed, and that was 400 years before the Law was given to Moses. So, obviously, tithing was established as an ordinance long before the Law was given. The Law simply served to give it form and procedure.
The word "tithe" means tenth or 10 percent. Proverbs 3:9 says, "Honour the Lord with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase." Tithes are to be given from the first fruits, from the top, the gross, not the net. A person who does not tithe is robbing God and is operating under a curse (Malachi 3:8-9). The first fruits of our income are God's; they are not ours to use to pay bills.
Tithing is different from seed-faith gifts and offerings. The tithe is your 10 percent that God commands us to give - gifts and offerings are above and beyond it. Some people want to give "as the Lord leads them" instead of tithing - but the Spirit would never lead you against His Word. The Word says to tithe.
The New Testament book of Hebrews reveals that tithing also remained after the Law was fulfilled. In fact, it shows clearly that tithing is more New Testament than Old Testament. Old Testamernt tithing was just a shadow of what was to come. We can enjoy even greater blessings through our tithing today, because we bring our tithe to Jesus, Who is the faithful High Priest. (Study Hebrews 4:14-8:5.)
In the Old Covenant, God's people would place their tithe - the first fruits of their increase - in a basket, present it to the high priest, and say to him, "I profess this day unto the Lord thy God, that I am come unto the country which the Lord sware unto our fathers for to give us" (Deuteronomy 26:2-3). They spoke their redemption. The tithe was what they brought, but tithing was done with the mouth.
According to Colossians 1:13, we have been delivered from the power of darkness and translated into the kingdom of His dear Son. As believers, we are living in the kingdom of God. We have entered into our inheritance in Jesus Christ and possess it in His Name. Jesus is the High Priest of the New Covenant. When we take our tithes to our High Priest and speak our redemption, He receives them and then presents them to the Father (Hebrews 3:1, 7:8).
When we stand on our covenant with God and exercise our rights as tithers, we lay a foundation for success and abundance. Satan has no chance against us. Tithing the tithe rebukes the devourer! When we resist Satan in the Name of Jesus, God's rebuke is in action. God told the Israelites their words were stout against Him. They were confessing lack and want. It is important to speak our redemption in order for the tithe to produce.
Where you place your tithe depends on where you are receiving your spiritual food. God says to bring the tithes into the storehouse. That is where the food is - where a pastor, an evangelist, an apostle or some other ministry is in operation. When you give, you are not giving to an individual but for the furtherance of the gospel. Since your tithe is God's money and since Jesus is the One Who handles and receives it, you should always pray and let Him tell you where it should be put to work.
Tithing consists of two parts. The first part is to give Him the tenth in gratitude and worship - and the second part is to receive from Him the blessing that belongs to a tither. Here's a prayer to help you get started.
A Tither's Confession
I confess this day to You, Lord God, that I have come into the inheritance which You swore to give me. I am in the land which You have provided for me in Jesus Christ, the kingdom of Almighty God. I was a sinner serving Satan - he was my god. But I called upon the Name of Jesus and You heard my cry and delivered me from the power and authority of darkness and translated me into the kingdom of Your dear Son.
Jesus, as my Lord and High Priest, I bring the first fruits of my income to You and worship God with it. I rejoice in all the good which You have given to me and my household. I have hearkened to the voice of the Lord my God and have done according to all that You have commanded me. Now I believe You will look down from Your holy habitation in heaven and bless me as You said in Your Word. And I receive Your blessing because I come as a tither. I expect these things to take place.
Thank You that heaven's unlimited resources are mine, in Jesus' Name. I confess that the windows of heaven are being opened. Blessings are being poured out - there's not enough room to receive it! Surely I will shout, "It is enough! It is enough!" God, Himself, has rebuked the devourer for my sake. The fruit of my ground will not be destroyed. My vine won't cast fruit before the time. Nations will call me blessed. I will be a delightsome land. Today I am experiencing God's supernatural increase. I have a covenant of increase and I walk in it by faith. I call it done in Jesus' Name. And, Lord, I worship You.
Confession References: Deuteronomy 26; Colossians 1:13; Hebrews 2:17, 6:20, 8:1-6; Malachi 3:10-12