"I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes." (Malachi 3:11). Who is God speaking to? God is speaking to His people who have given God the first fruits of all their increase; He is speaking to the tither. It is a wonderful privilege to have a financial covenant with Almighty God. It connects us to His Heavenly economy. It means we don't have to worry about recession or depression. There is no recession nor depression in God's economy. It means we can sleep peacefully at night not worrying about a financial failure. It means when the devil tries to come and steal our increase, we can stand firmly on our covenant. We can say with faith, "Get out of here devil! You're REBUKED! We are tithers: we give of all of our first fruits, and God's Word says you cannot devour our money, you cannot devour our goods, you can't devour our health. We've given God the first fruits of all our increase so we are more than blessed. And what God has blessed, you can't curse. So shut your mouth devil!"
Don't be like the people in Malachi's day and protest. They said, "it is useless to serve God, and what profit is it to keep His ordinances?" Read, study and meditate on what they did. (Malachi 3:14-15). God did not like their words: He said they were "stout against Him." Why? Because they were words of unbelief, not words of faith. God not only wants us to give of our first fruits to show Him honor and love, but He also wants us to tithe in faith. It takes faith to please God (Hebrews 11:6). Get your Bible and read, study and meditate on the promises He has made to the tither. Meditate on His Word, so you can tithe believing that God will keep His end of the covenant and bless you abundantly. God loves it when we tithe with that kind of confidence. He loves it when we give with an attitude of reverence and gratitude, always trusting Him to take care of us.
God considers you a special treasure! "They shall be Mine, says the Lord of hosts, in that day when I publicly recognize and openly declare them to be My jewels -- My special possession. my peculiar treasure . And I will spare them , as a man spares his own son who serves him." (Malachi 3:17 AMP). Do you want to be counted as one of God's special treasures? I do! First of all, because we love God and want to be pleasing to Him, and because we know how we treat our special treasures. We take very good care of them. And if we are God's special treasures, that's how He will take care of us! Make that quality decision today to become a tither, tithe in faith that what God said is true and receive the blessings that belong to God's special treasures, His tithers. Say "I am a tither. Therefore the Lord rebukes the devourer for my sake." (Malachi 3:10-11).