27 August 2017 - The Truth About Tithing in the New Testament - Pastor Joseph Prince Sermon Notes Online - New Creation Church Sermon Notes Online
You don't have to wait for the word of knowledge or gifts of healings to flow in order to be healed. That's not the norm.
The norm is to be healed as you read/listen to the word of God on your own.
Create that spirit of expectancy in your heart when you're receiving prayer for divine healing.
The anointing oil is also a way to be healed.
Positive thinking is good but it will not bring you the miracle of God.
You need a point of contact with Jesus, like all the ways mentioned above.
The priests in the Old Testament were busy, busy, busy and their work was never done.
However, Jesus, with one sacrifice, sat down at the right hand of the Father forever.
Our Father does not desire burnt offerings like in the Old Covenant - that's just a shadow of the substance.
Jesus' finished work at the cross is the substance.
All our sins have been forgiven by that one work on the cross.
God is not confined in time and space. God looks at our entire life and sees that our sins have been removed.
Foundations of Christianity:
- All your sins have been put away, in the eyes of our holy God.
- What the Law could not do, God did by sending His Son. God condemned sin in the flesh in the body of His Son Jesus Christ.
- Everyone secretly fears death. Jesus has nullified Satan who had the power of death. Jesus walked right into death, demolished it, and rose from the dead, leaving death in pieces.
When believers die, they feel even more alive and will be perpetually happy. The encumbrance of the flesh is gone.
When Jesus died, I died with Him. When Jesus rose from the dead, I rose with Him. When Jesus sat down at the right hand of the Father, I sat down with Him. That's true Christianity.
We can live a life with a clear conscience, purged from sin-consciousness.
Even though we experience sicknesses once in a while, our faith sees it as no more.
Even if you feel the pain in your body, just thank the Lord and say "Thank you Lord, by the finished work at the cross, I am forgiven and I am healed."
According to a reputable Cardiologist, 30% of heart disease cases are related to depression. If you have depression, it's time to have a merry heart!
Hum worship songs under your breath throughout the day - it does wonders for you!
III John 1:2 - Pray that you will prosper in all things and be in health.
The Apostle John saw that his beloved friend Gaius' soul was prospering but his outward affairs were not -
The soul prosperity wasn't translating into his outward circumstances.
He was physically afflicted and struggling with finances.
The solution is to pray to prosper in all things and be in health.
“Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.” (III John 1:2 NKJV)
The pulpit is not for condemning people. The pulpit is for feeding and rebuking wrong believing.
Don't be intimidated by the world. Many don't understand why we lay hands on people when praying.
The word of God says that believers will lay hands on the sick and they will recover.
Everyone who has prospered in the kingdom of God understands the importance of tithing.
The Teaching of Tithing in the New Testament is solid food!
Genesis 14:18-23 - Abraham tithed before the Law was even given.
The word tithe is "maaser" in Hebrew. If you remove the first letter, you get "aaser" which means "rich" in Hebrew. The rich is in the tithe.
Here is the first time in the Bible that the word "rich" appears.
Abraham was not loaded (that includes being stressed out), he was truly rich!
"God Most High" is "El Elyon". God owns both heaven and earth and He can move things such that you will be blessed.
“Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; he was the priest of God Most High. And he blessed him and said: “Blessed be Abram of God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth; And blessed be God Most High, Who has delivered your enemies into your hand.” And he gave him a tithe of all. Now the king of Sodom said to Abram, “Give me the persons, and take the goods for yourself.” But Abram said to the king of Sodom, “I have raised my hand to the LORD, God Most High, the Possessor of heaven and earth, that I will take nothing, from a thread to a sandal strap, and that I will not take anything that is yours, lest you should say, ‘I have made Abram rich’—” (Genesis 14:18-23 NKJV)
Hebrews 5:10-12 - Teaching of Melchizedek is solid food.
You cannot insist on baby Christians tithing because tithing is tied up with the Melchizedek Priesthood. We must tithe by revelation.
“called by God as High Priest “according to the order of Melchizedek,” of whom we have much to say, and hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food.” (Hebrews 5:10-12 NKJV)
Hebrews 7:1-2 - The Apostle Paul doesn't even talk about the fact that Melchizedek brought the communion. Only tithing is mentioned.
"Most High God" is also "El Elyon". Consistent with Genesis 14.
“For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him, to whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all, first being translated “king of righteousness,” and then also king of Salem, meaning “king of peace,”” (Hebrews 7:1-2 NKJV)
William Colgate, the founder of "Colgate", met a Christian man who told him to make soap that has great value - put the best ingredients inside, and to honor and respect God. William was a tither.
Genesis 28:22 - William Colgate was at a Bible study and they were studying this story of Jacob.
Jacob vowed to give a tithe of all the benefits that God gave to him.
Jacob set up the pillar at Bethel which means "House of God". The tithe is for the local church -
Example: You don't eat at McDonald's and pay at KFC.
Near the end of his life, William was tithing almost a hundred percent of his income.
“And this stone which I have set as a pillar shall be God’s house, and of all that You give me I will surely give a tenth to You.”” (Genesis 28:22 NKJV)
When you're bitter, you're drinking somebody else's poison that you prepared yourself.
James Kraft, the founder of "Kraft", was a tither too. Near the end of his life, he was tithing almost a hundred percent of his income too.
John Henry Heinz, the founder of "Heinz", was a tither too. Near the end of his life, William was tithing almost a hundred percent of his income as well.
Daniel 4:29-37 - King Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon had a dream, and got Daniel to interpret it.
Daniel told the king that The Most High God will show that He rules over all the kingdoms of the world, and that he would go mad for 7 years.
Pastor Prince believes that King Nebuchadnezzar got saved.
Just because someone has a lot of money and power doesn't mean that they have reason.
Tithe and your brain will be supercharged!
All the nations are just a water drop in a bucket to God, and yet He sent Jesus to come here to die for us.
“At the end of the twelve months he was walking about the royal palace of Babylon. The king spoke, saying, “Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for a royal dwelling by my mighty power and for the honor of my majesty?” While the word was still in the king’s mouth, a voice fell from heaven: “King Nebuchadnezzar, to you it is spoken: the kingdom has departed from you! And they shall drive you from men, and your dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field. They shall make you eat grass like oxen; and seven times shall pass over you, until you know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomever He chooses.” That very hour the word was fulfilled concerning Nebuchadnezzar; he was driven from men and ate grass like oxen; his body was wet with the dew of heaven till his hair had grown like eagles’ feathers and his nails like birds’ claws. And at the end of the time I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to heaven, and my understanding returned to me; and I blessed the Most High and praised and honored Him who lives forever: For His dominion is an everlasting dominion, And His kingdom is from generation to generation. All the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing; He does according to His will in the army of heaven And among the inhabitants of the earth. No one can restrain His hand Or say to Him, “What have You done?” At the same time my reason returned to me, and for the glory of my kingdom, my honor and splendor returned to me. My counselors and nobles resorted to me, I was restored to my kingdom, and excellent majesty was added to me. Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and extol and honor the King of heaven, all of whose works are truth, and His ways justice. And those who walk in pride He is able to put down.” (Daniel 4:29-37 NKJV)
"In my lifetime of observing many hundreds of families, almost without exception, the family that tithes for more than 10 years becomes both prosperous and happy. This is the one investment suitable for all people."
- Sir John Templeton (Wealthy Founder of a huge mutual fund)
“I Never Would Have Been Able To Tithe The First Million Dollars I Ever Made If I Had Not Tithed My First Salary, Which Was $1.50 Per Week.”
- John D. Rockerfeller (Wealthy Founder of Standard Oil)
Romans 11:16 - Holy means "set apart".
The tenth represents the whole.
Scientists say that we only use one tenth of our brains.
Give that one tenth to God and the remaining nine tenths will come alive.
“For if the firstfruit is holy, the lump is also holy; and if the root is holy, so are the branches.” (Romans 11:16 NKJV)
When we tithe in the New Testament, we declare that Jesus is great and we are blessed!
If you tithe mechanically that's not a relationship with God. Tithe out of revelation - God loves a cheerful giver!
I Corinthians 5:20 - Jesus is the first one who died and rose from the dead so that makes Him the Firstfruits. It's not talking about tithing.
“But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.” (I Corinthians 15:20 NKJV)
Hebrews 7:4-10 - When we tithe we are declaring that Jesus is great!
We are tithing to Jesus, and He receives our tithes.
Communion is to declare Jesus' death. Tithing is to declare that Jesus is alive - it is a witness that He lives!
Levi paid tithes through Abraham. Levi is Abraham's descendant. When we tithe, our future descendants reap the blessings and benefits too.
“Now consider how great this man was, to whom even the patriarch Abraham gave a tenth of the spoils. And indeed those who are of the sons of Levi, who receive the priesthood, have a commandment to receive tithes from the people according to the law, that is, from their brethren, though they have come from the loins of Abraham; but he whose genealogy is not derived from them received tithes from Abraham and blessed him who had the promises. Now beyond all contradiction the lesser is blessed by the better. Here mortal men receive tithes, but there he receives them, of whom it is witnessed that he lives. Even Levi, who receives tithes, paid tithes through Abraham, so to speak, for he was still in the loins of his father when Melchizedek met him.” (Hebrews 7:4-10 NKJV)
Genesis 45:25-28 - When Jacob saw the blessings, he believed.
The moment Jacob believed, the Holy Spirit uses the name that God gave him - "Israel".
“Then they went up out of Egypt, and came to the land of Canaan to Jacob their father. And they told him, saying, “Joseph is still alive, and he is governor over all the land of Egypt.” And Jacob’s heart stood still, because he did not believe them. But when they told him all the words which Joseph had said to them, and when he saw the carts which Joseph had sent to carry him, the spirit of Jacob their father revived. Then Israel said, “ It is enough. Joseph my son is still alive. I will go and see him before I die.”” (Genesis 45:25-28 NKJV)
Ezekiel 44:30 - Jesus is our priest today. When we tithe, a blessing rests upon our house.
“The best of all firstfruits of any kind, and every sacrifice of any kind from all your sacrifices, shall be the priest’s; also you shall give to the priest the first of your ground meal, to cause a blessing to rest on your house." (Ezekiel 44:30 NKJV)
Ezekiel 44:1-2 - In our time, the eastern gate is shut. Back in Jesus' time on earth, the gate wasn't shut.
“Then He brought me back to the outer gate of the sanctuary which faces toward the east, but it was shut. And the LORD said to me, “This gate shall be shut; it shall not be opened, and no man shall enter by it, because the LORD God of Israel has entered by it; therefore it shall be shut.” (Ezekiel 44:1-2 NKJV)
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