Not long ago the Lord began to speak to me about how his people were “miscarrying his promise” in the spheres of influence he had given them. I felt like the Lord was showing me that we are pregnant with the Kingdom of Heaven and full of the life of God waiting to be poured out into creation, but many had either brought to term a lifeless work, or that work had been birthed too soon and could not be sustained. I felt the sorrow, passion, and longing of the Father for ALL of heaven, planted as a seed in the people of God, to come to life in its fullness.
Then the Lord began to show me some wisdom in Malachi 3 that speaks to this issue. The short version is that if we want to bring the promises of God into existence, for ourselves, our families and our nation, we must learn to cultivate a life of generosity and rest, declaring to the nations that it is the Spirit of God who gives us the ability to create. That is: learn to sabbath and cultivate generosity in tithing.
The video referenced in the teaching is below. And you can download a PDF of the teaching notes HERE
A wise man once said, “Dribbling is to basketball AS Sabbath is to tithing.”
Bring all the tithes into the storehouse,
That there may be food in My house,
And try Me now in this,”
Says the LORD of hosts,
“If I will not open for you the windows of heaven
And pour out for you such blessing
That there will not be room enough to receive it.