Supernatural Increase: Tithe
BY PASTOR JUSTIN WERVEN | NEW LIFE BEULAH CAMPUS PASTOR
If you’ve ever thought about going into business, one of the best options is getting into a franchise. In a franchise agreement you’re partnering with a company that has tried and proven ways and methods to produce profits. Currently the top 7 franchises and their buy in costs are:
Anytime Fitness: $78-$371K
7-Eleven: $37k - $1.6 Million
Subway: $116K - $263K
Pizza Hut: $297K - $2.1Million
Auntie Anne’s Hand-Rolled Soft Pretzels: $194K - 367K
KFC: $1.2 - 2.5 Million
McDonalds: $1 - $2.3 Million
Why would anyone ever want to pay $1 - $2.3 million and 8% of the gross income for the life of the business to start a McDonalds? That seems pretty hefty, but yet there are McDonalds all over the place. The reason is because when you franchise with McDonalds you’re accepting all the benefits, operating procedures, and business practices that makes McDonalds a successful company.
Did you know God has a franchise opportunity for us? Malachi 3:8-12 outlines the agreement and opportunity. Malachi 3:8 says, “Will a mere mortal rob God? Yet you rob me. But you ask, ‘How are we robbing you?’ In tithes and offerings.”
God is telling Israel they’ve stolen from Him by not giving their tithes and offerings. The franchise agreement God made with Israel said if they do the natural part of giving tithes and offerings, He would do the supernatural part of providing the rain, soil, sun, wind and supernatural increase of the harvest. God was upset with Israel because they stopped making the franchise payment (tithes/offerings) and instead spent the money on themselves.
In the passage above, He goes encourages His people to come back and partner with Him and see what will happen- how the blessings will be released. He’s so gracious that he says “Test me in this,” (v. 10). God’s promise was if they would try it and trust Him, He would open the blessings of heaven and rebuke the devourer on their behalf. To personalize this: I do the natural part and He does the supernatural part.
I challenge you to test God in this. Tithe and give consistently for 6 months and see how your life will be different. I guarantee the blessings of God will flow and you’ll be in a better place financially, emotionally, and spiritually. The doors of heaven will open on your behalf.