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September 30, 2019
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  • talking about money and finances,
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  • but that's exactly what we're gonna do today.
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  • So many of us struggle to reach our financial goals,
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  • but what if you could pay off all of your debt,
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  • save for the future, and turn your money into a tool
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  • that helps you bring joy, freedom, and blessings
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  • to other people that are around you?
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  • I'm Pastor Robert Morris, and over the last 30 years,
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  • I've seen that God has a perfect plan
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  • to overcome all financial stress.
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  • I believe that generosity is the
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  • key to living a blessed life,
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  • but before we can be generous,
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  • we have to learn to be wise and faithful stewards
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  • of the resources that God entrusts to us.
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  • And the Bible is full of practical lessons
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  • that show us how to do just that.
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  • I wanna equip you to bless others
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  • and to experience the fullness of
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  • God's blessings in your own life.
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  • Wherever you are today,
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  • you can start living Beyond Blessed.
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  • (upbeat music)
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  • (audience applauds)
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  • Thank you, thank you, thanks so much.
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  • Thanks for being here and thanks for joining us.
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  • You're watching Beyond Blessed,
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  • and this is where I'm talking about
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  • how God blesses us in such a beyond way
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  • than what we could ever imagine
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  • so that we can be a blessing.
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  • So I wanna clarify just right at the top of the show here
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  • that I'm not talking about materialism.
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  • I'm not talking about Beyond Blessed
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  • so that we can be materialistically oriented in our mind.
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  • I'm talking about God beyond blessing us
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  • so that we can beyond bless other people.
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  • So that's what we're talking about.
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  • And so today, I wanna talk to you about something specific,
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  • and I'm going to give you the title of what I'll talk about.
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  • I always have to have a title
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  • 'cause it keeps me centered and it keeps us all thinking,
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  • okay, what's he saying to us?
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  • I've got some friends here that I'm sharing with today.
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  • Actually, they're sinners that need to get saved,
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  • so you need to pray for them, and so--
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  • (audience laughing)
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  • I'm joking.
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  • Many of these are members of our church
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  • or members of other really good churches
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  • here in the area.
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  • All right, so, here's how I came up
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  • with the title for today's message.
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  • It's something that I used to
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  • say a lot when I was in school.
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  • The title is, "What Test?"
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  • (audience laughing)
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  • (laughs) I don't know if this ever happened to you.
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  • I need to have a little show of hands here.
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  • But did you ever walk into class,
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  • everybody had their books out,
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  • and they were feverishly studying,
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  • and they said to you, "Are you ready,
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  • are you ready, are you ready for the test?"
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  • And you said--
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  • - [Audience] What test?
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  • - Yeah.
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  • I didn't do well in school.
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  • But I'm proud of myself because
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  • I graduated in the top 10% of the lower one-third
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  • of our graduating class. (audience laughing)
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  • So, did you know that there's a test in the Bible
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  • that you take every time you get paid?
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  • That's what we're gonna talk about.
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  • Because if we're gonna live a life Beyond Blessed,
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  • we're gonna have to understand
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  • that there are financial tests
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  • that God set up in the Bible,
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  • and that's what we're gonna talk about.
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  • So every time you get paid, I wanna say that again,
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  • so here, we'll take a little poll.
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  • Right, just right here.
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  • How many of you get paid once a month?
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  • Can I see your hand?
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  • Not very many people anymore, but some do.
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  • How many of you get paid, this is normal, twice a month?
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  • So, all right, yeah, that's the majority.
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  • How many once a week?
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  • Okay, we have a few of those.
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  • How many of you never get paid?
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  • (audience laughs)
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  • I'm sorry, I'm sorry.
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  • That's the same with my wife.
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  • Nobody ever pays her.
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  • But every time you get paid,
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  • and many Christians don't know this,
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  • you take a test.
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  • And the test is whom are you going
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  • to thank for your pay check?
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  • And the way you pass that test is where the first 10% goes.
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  • Where's it go?
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  • Now, I understand they take things out of our check,
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  • but that's not under our control.
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  • It's when it comes into our account,
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  • what do we do with the first 10%?
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  • So, let me read you some scripture.
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  • Malachi Chapter 3, I'm gonna start in Verse 6.
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  • It says, "For I am the Lord, I do not change."
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  • This is called the immutability of God, doctrinely.
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  • But I want you to think about this
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  • because He's about to talk about tithing,
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  • but He begins with this statement
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  • about Himself, about His character.
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  • "I am the Lord, I do not change."
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  • It's because here's what gets me.
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  • So many times we say, well, this is in the Old Testament.
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  • But we have God, right now, saying I don't change, though.
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  • This is the principle with me.
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  • I don't change.
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  • I am the Lord, I do not change.
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  • It's very important to always start at Verse 6
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  • when you're talking about this, not just Verse 8.
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  • Verse 8 is where we talk about tithing.
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  • "I am the lord, I do not change."
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  • Then I like this statement, it's a little humorous to me,
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  • since He says, since I don't change, He says,
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  • "therefore you are not consumed."
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  • In other words, I'm good,
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  • that's why I haven't killed you yet.
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  • (audience laughing) 'Cause I don't change.
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  • Then He says, "Yet from the days of your fathers,
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  • "you've gone away from My ordinances."
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  • And let me tell you what an ordinance is.
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  • That exact definition.
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  • An ordinance is a principle of ordinary behavior.
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  • That's what an ordinance is.
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  • In other words, we see city ordinances,
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  • what they're saying is,
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  • it would be ordinary for you to park here,
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  • it would not be ordinary for you to park here.
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  • It's an ordinance of that city.
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  • So, when He says you've gone away
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  • from My ordinary principles,
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  • tithing is not an extraordinary, extra ordinary, principle.
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  • tithing is not an extraordinary, extra ordinary, principle.
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  • It's an ordinary principle.
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  • Sometimes I get overwhelmed
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  • with the burden of thinking of this.
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  • This is God talking.
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  • - [Audience Member] Amen.
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  • - And this is a God who can't change.
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  • I can't even believe that people argue about this.
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  • This is a God who can't change saying,
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  • "I am the Lord, I don't change."
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  • And yet you're not doing what's ordinary
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  • for My people to do.
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  • It's ordinary for My people
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  • to return the first 10% to Me.
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  • That's just ordinary.
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  • That's not extraordinary if you tithe.
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  • This is ordinary, okay?
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  • So, He says, "'Return to me, and I will return to you,'
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  • "Says the Lord of hosts.
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  • "'But you say, "In what way shall we return?'"
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  • So the people asking, how do we return to You?
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  • Watch what God says, Verse 8.
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  • "Will a man rob God?
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  • "Yet you have robbed Me!"
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  • Now, this wasn't written by a preacher.
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  • This is God talking.
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  • He's talking about the tithe and He uses the word rob.
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  • By the way, you ought to look at, sometimes,
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  • what the difference is between
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  • burglary, and theft, and robbing someone.
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  • Robbing someone means you actually use a weapon.
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  • And God uses this word, you're robbing Me.
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  • You're being violent about
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  • taking what doesn't belong to you.
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  • "Yet you have robbed Me!"
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  • "Yet you say, 'In what way have we robbed You?'"
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  • Now watch God's offering, I mean His answer.
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  • "In tithes and offerings."
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  • Then He says, "You are cursed with a curse."
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  • Now He's not saying I am cursing you with a curse.
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  • He's saying you're under a curse.
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  • I just want you to know,
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  • when you don't obey My ordinary principles,
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  • you're putting yourself under a curse.
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  • I don't want you to be under a curse.
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  • But you are.
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  • "You're cursed with a curse, for you have robbed Me,
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  • "even this whole nation.
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  • "Bring all the tithes into the storehouse."
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  • We're gonna see in a moment,
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  • the storehouse represents the church,
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  • and watch this, "That there may be food in My house."
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  • Remember when Jesus goes to the temple,
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  • He says, "My house shall be called a house of prayer."
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  • So he called the church, the temple,
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  • where they went to worship, God called that My house,
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  • and He says, bring the tithe into My house.
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  • Bring it into My house that there may be food in My house.
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  • And then he says this, "And try",
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  • and this word means to prove or test,
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  • "'Test me now in this,' Says the Lord,
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  • "'And see if will not open for you the windows of heaven
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  • "'and pour out such blessing, there will not
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  • "'be room enough to receive it.
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  • "'And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes,
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  • "'so that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground,
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  • "'nor shall the vine fail
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  • "'to bear fruit for you in the field,'
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  • "Says the Lord of hosts.
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  • "'And all nations will call you blessed.'"
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  • And we're talking about Beyond Blessed.
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  • It all starts right here.
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  • "For you will be a delightful land."
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  • Now, I have to tell you that, as a pastor,
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  • my desire is to help people.
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  • And so I had a little argument
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  • with the Lord about this passage.
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  • Because I said to the Lord, "Lord, this is in Malachi 3,
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  • "then there's Malachi 4, which is only six verses,
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  • "and then there's Matthew 1.
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  • "Couldn't you have just waited just a little bit
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  • "to put this scripture in Matthew?"
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  • Because the number one complaint I hear
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  • is people say, "Well, that's in the Old Testament."
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  • And it only missed by 15 or 16 verses.
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  • So I'm like, couldn't You have waited
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  • just a little, you know?
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  • (audience laughing)
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  • Here's what I feel like the Lord impressed on me.
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  • He said, "I put it right where I wanted it."
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  • I put it right where I wanted it.
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  • He said, "Because tithing is a test."
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  • God is testing your heart.
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  • Think about this, the very fact,
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  • this is so strong, and I'm not trying to be mean,
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  • but listen, the very fact that you would argue with God,
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  • who gave His Son for you, about giving him 10%.
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  • He gave his Son and you wanna argue about 10%.
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  • That ought to tell you where that motivation's coming from.
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  • So, let me tell you a few things about tithing, all right?
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  • Number one, tithing is a test.
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  • The word actually means a tenth.
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  • And the number 10 in the Bible represents testing.
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  • So, I'm gonna give you some illustrations,
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  • I'm gonna ask you to answer out loud,
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  • and you're gonna catch on 'cause there's gonna be a pattern,
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  • it'll be easy to answer these questions, okay?
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  • So here we go.
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  • Number one, how many plagues were there in Egypt?
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  • - [Audience] 10.
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  • - 10.
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  • Now I could've said, how many times
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  • did God test Pharaoh's heart?
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  • See what I'm saying?
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  • And it would have been 10.
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  • But we're familiar with the ten plagues.
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  • So I phrase that way.
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  • But how many times did God test Pharaoh's heart?
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  • 10, right, okay.
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  • So answer this one out loud.
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  • How many commandments are there?
  • 00:11:38.190 --> 00:11:40.270
  • - [Audience] 10. - 10.
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  • God's testing our hearts.
  • 00:11:41.250 --> 00:11:43.090
  • Okay, now this one you might not know,
  • 00:11:43.090 --> 00:11:45.090
  • but there's a pattern.
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  • (audience laughs)
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  • Okay, all right, all right.
  • 00:11:48.130 --> 00:11:49.240
  • So, and this is in Numbers, you can read this,
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  • God says, "I did this to you."
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  • How many times did God test Israel
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  • while they were in the wilderness?
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  • - [Audience] 10.
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  • - 10, that's right.
  • 00:12:00.130 --> 00:12:01.200
  • How many times were Jacob's wages changed?
  • 00:12:01.200 --> 00:12:04.210
  • - [Audience] 10.
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  • - How many days was Daniel tested?
  • 00:12:05.280 --> 00:12:08.050
  • - [Audience] 10.
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  • - How many virgins in Matthew 25,
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  • now I'm gonna give you a hint,
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  • there were five foolish,
  • 00:12:12.240 --> 00:12:14.150
  • (audience laughs)
  • 00:12:14.150 --> 00:12:16.040
  • and five wise,
  • 00:12:16.040 --> 00:12:17.170
  • (audience laughs)
  • 00:12:17.170 --> 00:12:18.240
  • so how many virgins were tested in Matthew 25?
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  • - [Audience] 10.
  • 00:12:21.270 --> 00:12:23.030
  • - All right, how many days of testing
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  • are mentioned in Revelation Chapter 2, Verse 10?
  • 00:12:24.160 --> 00:12:27.070
  • - [Audience] 10. - 10.
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  • How many disciples were there?
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  • - [Audience Member] 10. No, there were 12.
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  • I was just testing.
  • 00:12:30.260 --> 00:12:31.210
  • (audience laughs)
  • 00:12:31.210 --> 00:12:32.290
  • I was just testing, just testing, okay.
  • 00:12:32.290 --> 00:12:35.050
  • But that's the point, that's what tithing is.
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  • Tithing is a test, and I really do believe,
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  • yes, it's in the Old Testament, I understand that.
  • 00:12:43.040 --> 00:12:46.000
  • But it's in the New Testament too.
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  • But it is shocking to me that we use that argument
  • 00:12:47.150 --> 00:12:51.290
  • that, well, that's Old Testament,
  • 00:12:51.290 --> 00:12:53.240
  • because there are a lot of things
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  • in the Old Testament that we still believe.
  • 00:12:55.010 --> 00:12:56.290
  • I mean, the Old Testament said don't commit adultery.
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  • Are you telling me now because you're a Christian,
  • 00:13:01.280 --> 00:13:04.010
  • you can commit adultery?
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  • It's just crazy.
  • 00:13:05.170 --> 00:13:07.150
  • The Old Testament said, okay, I'll give you an example,
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  • I was just thinking about this.
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  • Thomas, Thomas is a good friend, works with me.
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  • Give me your wallet.
  • 00:13:14.290 --> 00:13:16.060
  • Just, yeah, give me your wallet, okay.
  • 00:13:16.060 --> 00:13:18.290
  • I'm just gonna keep Thomas's wallet.
  • 00:13:18.290 --> 00:13:20.230
  • And the reason I'm gonna keep Thomas's wallet
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  • is because thou shalt not steal
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  • is part of the law, part of the Old Covenant,
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  • part of it all, right?
  • 00:13:29.080 --> 00:13:30.150
  • And I'm a Christian, I'm not under the law,
  • 00:13:30.150 --> 00:13:32.080
  • that means I can steal, right?
  • 00:13:32.080 --> 00:13:34.100
  • - [Audience Member] No.
  • 00:13:35.070 --> 00:13:36.020
  • - It's crazy, isn't it?
  • 00:13:36.020 --> 00:13:37.180
  • Okay, so I'm not gonna keep your wallet.
  • 00:13:37.180 --> 00:13:39.220
  • (audience laughs)
  • 00:13:39.220 --> 00:13:42.120
  • There's not even any money in it, geeze. (laughs)
  • 00:13:42.120 --> 00:13:46.060
  • I was gonna keep his wallet.
  • 00:13:46.060 --> 00:13:48.250
  • (audience laughs)
  • 00:13:48.250 --> 00:13:50.130
  • You took your money out?
  • 00:13:50.130 --> 00:13:52.150
  • (audience laughs)
  • 00:13:52.150 --> 00:13:54.110
  • Now that tells you something.
  • 00:13:54.110 --> 00:13:56.060
  • I've been working with the guy 20 years,
  • 00:13:56.060 --> 00:13:57.230
  • I say I wanna do an illustration so give me your wallet,
  • 00:13:57.230 --> 00:14:01.030
  • and he takes his money out.
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  • Okay, all right.
  • 00:14:02.220 --> 00:14:03.170
  • But you can't say because it was under the law,
  • 00:14:05.050 --> 00:14:09.140
  • and it was bad under the law, that it's good now.
  • 00:14:09.140 --> 00:14:13.200
  • If it was wrong under the law, it's still wrong.
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  • Everyone agree?
  • 00:14:18.020 --> 00:14:19.070
  • Stealing is still wrong. - [Audience] Yes.
  • 00:14:19.070 --> 00:14:21.070
  • - So if it was right under the law, it's still right.
  • 00:14:21.070 --> 00:14:24.210
  • We don't get saved by the law, but it's a principle.
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  • It's an ordinary principle of God.
  • 00:14:29.200 --> 00:14:32.110
  • So that's number one.
  • 00:14:32.110 --> 00:14:33.260
  • Number two, tithing is biblical.
  • 00:14:33.260 --> 00:14:36.270
  • So many people don't know it's really biblical.
  • 00:14:36.270 --> 00:14:39.140
  • They actually know just maybe that scripture,
  • 00:14:39.140 --> 00:14:42.090
  • Malachi, will a man rob God?
  • 00:14:42.090 --> 00:14:44.190
  • But let me read you some scripture.
  • 00:14:46.070 --> 00:14:48.050
  • We're gonna have to go through a few,
  • 00:14:48.050 --> 00:14:49.080
  • so you can see it's biblical.
  • 00:14:49.080 --> 00:14:50.230
  • Genesis 14 Verse 18.
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  • "Then Melchizedek," which is either
  • 00:14:52.270 --> 00:14:55.140
  • a type of Jesus or Jesus Himself.
  • 00:14:55.140 --> 00:14:57.200
  • Most theologians believe it's Jesus Himself,
  • 00:14:57.200 --> 00:15:00.110
  • because Hebrews tells us he has no mother or father,
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  • he's without beginning and the end,
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  • not beginning of life, not end of life,
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  • and he's called the King of Satan the Peace
  • 00:15:08.020 --> 00:15:10.130
  • and the King of Righteousness.
  • 00:15:10.130 --> 00:15:12.180
  • So we know who that is, okay?
  • 00:15:12.180 --> 00:15:14.260
  • But watch this.
  • 00:15:14.260 --> 00:15:16.030
  • "Then Melchizedek, the king of Salem,"
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  • Salem means Peace, Jerusalem means City of Peace, okay?
  • 00:15:18.150 --> 00:15:22.160
  • "Then the king of Salem brought out bread and wine."
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  • Think about the last supper, even.
  • 00:15:25.170 --> 00:15:28.010
  • "He was the priest of God Most High.
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  • "And he blessed him," that's Abraham, "and said,
  • 00:15:30.100 --> 00:15:33.180
  • "'Blessed be Abram of God Most High,
  • 00:15:33.180 --> 00:15:35.240
  • "'possessor of heaven and earth;
  • 00:15:35.240 --> 00:15:37.110
  • "'and blessed be God Most High,
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  • "'Who has delivered your enemies into your hand.
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  • "'And he,'" that's Abraham,
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  • "'Gave him,'" that's Melchizedek, who's Jesus,
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  • "'A tithe of all.'"
  • 00:15:47.190 --> 00:15:50.230
  • But here's what you need to know,
  • 00:15:50.230 --> 00:15:51.220
  • a lot of people don't know.
  • 00:15:51.220 --> 00:15:53.070
  • This is 500 years before the law.
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  • And Abraham is our spiritual father.
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  • That's what Galatians tells us.
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  • When we become children of faith,
  • 00:16:05.020 --> 00:16:06.230
  • we're also children of Abraham.
  • 00:16:06.230 --> 00:16:08.250
  • We're grafted into the nation of Israel.
  • 00:16:08.250 --> 00:16:11.140
  • So our spiritual, earthly father, patriarch in the faith,
  • 00:16:11.140 --> 00:16:16.130
  • So our spiritual, earthly father, patriarch in the faith,
  • 00:16:16.130 --> 00:16:17.290
  • tithed 500 years before it was ever written in the law.
  • 00:16:17.290 --> 00:16:22.160
  • Okay, then you go to Jacob, who's his grandson,
  • 00:16:23.270 --> 00:16:27.070
  • in Genesis 28, and he's having an encounter with God,
  • 00:16:27.070 --> 00:16:30.200
  • and he says in Verse 22,
  • 00:16:30.200 --> 00:16:32.050
  • "And this stone which I've set as a pillar
  • 00:16:32.050 --> 00:16:34.230
  • "shall be God's house."
  • 00:16:34.230 --> 00:16:38.080
  • Remember when we talked about
  • 00:16:38.080 --> 00:16:39.060
  • the tithe going to God's house?
  • 00:16:39.060 --> 00:16:41.000
  • And listen to what he says.
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  • "And of all that You give me,
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  • "I will surely give a tenth to You."
  • 00:16:44.160 --> 00:16:47.290
  • Same word for tithe, by the way, a tenth.
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  • This is 400 years before the law.
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  • He's already tithing as well.
  • 00:16:53.240 --> 00:16:55.140
  • Before the law's ever written.
  • 00:16:55.140 --> 00:16:56.280
  • Why?
  • 00:16:56.280 --> 00:16:57.260
  • It's an ordinary principle.
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  • It's just a principle.
  • 00:16:59.180 --> 00:17:01.180
  • Leviticus 27:30.
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  • "And all the tithe of the land,
  • 00:17:03.020 --> 00:17:05.280
  • "whether of the seed of the land
  • 00:17:05.280 --> 00:17:07.140
  • "or of the fruit of the tree, is the Lord's."
  • 00:17:07.140 --> 00:17:11.270
  • It belongs to God.
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  • It's set aside to the Lord.
  • 00:17:12.250 --> 00:17:14.010
  • This next phrase says, "It is holy,"
  • 00:17:14.010 --> 00:17:16.050
  • which means set aside to the Lord.
  • 00:17:16.050 --> 00:17:18.290
  • All through scripture.
  • 00:17:18.290 --> 00:17:19.270
  • Okay, so let me ask you this.
  • 00:17:19.270 --> 00:17:21.230
  • If Jesus Himself,
  • 00:17:21.230 --> 00:17:24.190
  • 'cause some of these we read some scripture, Old Testament,
  • 00:17:26.140 --> 00:17:28.220
  • we're about to go New Testament.
  • 00:17:28.220 --> 00:17:30.160
  • If Jesus Himself said you ought to tithe, would you tithe?
  • 00:17:30.160 --> 00:17:34.170
  • If Jesus Himself said you ought to tithe, would you tithe?
  • 00:17:34.170 --> 00:17:37.190
  • (laughs)
  • 00:17:37.190 --> 00:17:39.030
  • Think about that.
  • 00:17:39.030 --> 00:17:40.180
  • If the one who saved you, and I was saved in a motel room,
  • 00:17:40.180 --> 00:17:45.020
  • out of a pretty bad lifestyle.
  • 00:17:45.020 --> 00:17:46.170
  • If Jesus Himself said, you ought to tithe,
  • 00:17:47.230 --> 00:17:52.130
  • and he said it in the New Testament,
  • 00:17:52.130 --> 00:17:54.070
  • then would you tithe?
  • 00:17:55.140 --> 00:17:56.130
  • Now here's the sad thing.
  • 00:17:56.130 --> 00:17:58.140
  • Many of us have to think about that.
  • 00:17:58.140 --> 00:18:00.100
  • And that's crazy.
  • 00:18:01.260 --> 00:18:02.220
  • Jesus Himself in the New Testament.
  • 00:18:03.270 --> 00:18:06.060
  • So let me read you the verse.
  • 00:18:06.060 --> 00:18:07.260
  • Matthew 23:23.
  • 00:18:07.260 --> 00:18:09.250
  • "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!
  • 00:18:09.250 --> 00:18:13.050
  • "For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cumin."
  • 00:18:13.050 --> 00:18:18.050
  • Which are spices that they put on their food.
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  • You even tithe on your salt and pepper
  • 00:18:22.170 --> 00:18:24.080
  • is what he's saying, okay?
  • 00:18:24.080 --> 00:18:26.200
  • You pay tithe on the spices you put on your food,
  • 00:18:26.200 --> 00:18:29.180
  • and you've "neglected the weightier matters of the law:
  • 00:18:29.180 --> 00:18:33.120
  • "justice and mercy and faith."
  • 00:18:33.120 --> 00:18:35.240
  • Okay, so you tithe on everything,
  • 00:18:36.280 --> 00:18:39.250
  • but you neglect these three things.
  • 00:18:39.250 --> 00:18:42.120
  • But then let's what Jesus says.
  • 00:18:42.120 --> 00:18:44.230
  • "These you ought to have done,
  • 00:18:44.230 --> 00:18:47.060
  • "without leaving the others undone."
  • 00:18:48.280 --> 00:18:51.100
  • (laughs) So Jesus said you tithe,
  • 00:18:52.260 --> 00:18:56.280
  • but you neglect justice, mercy, and faith.
  • 00:18:58.010 --> 00:19:00.200
  • He didn't say, but now you don't need to do that anymore
  • 00:19:00.200 --> 00:19:03.100
  • because it's now the New Testament,
  • 00:19:03.100 --> 00:19:05.210
  • now you need to do this.
  • 00:19:05.210 --> 00:19:07.140
  • He said, you still ought to do this.
  • 00:19:07.140 --> 00:19:10.100
  • Let me say that again 'cause
  • 00:19:13.180 --> 00:19:15.160
  • some of you ought to be crying right now.
  • 00:19:15.160 --> 00:19:17.100
  • No, I'm kidding.
  • 00:19:17.100 --> 00:19:18.080
  • (audience laughs)
  • 00:19:18.080 --> 00:19:19.160
  • Let this impact you.
  • 00:19:19.160 --> 00:19:21.230
  • This is Jesus.
  • 00:19:21.230 --> 00:19:23.080
  • These words are in red, this is in the New Testament.
  • 00:19:23.080 --> 00:19:25.080
  • Jesus said you ought to do that.
  • 00:19:25.080 --> 00:19:27.180
  • You ought to tithe.
  • 00:19:27.180 --> 00:19:28.280
  • But don't leave the other undone.
  • 00:19:30.080 --> 00:19:32.050
  • One time when I shared this,
  • 00:19:32.050 --> 00:19:34.010
  • a lady after the service came up and she was very sweet.
  • 00:19:34.010 --> 00:19:36.240
  • She said, "Pastor Robert, I think when He said,
  • 00:19:36.240 --> 00:19:39.080
  • "'These you ought to have done,'
  • 00:19:39.080 --> 00:19:41.210
  • "He was referring to justice, mercy, and faith."
  • 00:19:41.210 --> 00:19:44.150
  • And I said, that's a great point.
  • 00:19:44.150 --> 00:19:45.280
  • And I actually looked at this,
  • 00:19:45.280 --> 00:19:47.200
  • I said, I don't mean this wrong,
  • 00:19:47.200 --> 00:19:49.200
  • have you ever studied Greek?
  • 00:19:49.200 --> 00:19:51.120
  • Because I had to take Greek, and it was very difficult,
  • 00:19:51.120 --> 00:19:55.120
  • but I've studied the Greek language,
  • 00:19:55.120 --> 00:19:56.240
  • and I've studied tenses,
  • 00:19:56.240 --> 00:19:58.070
  • have you ever studied it any?
  • 00:19:58.070 --> 00:19:59.200
  • She said no.
  • 00:19:59.200 --> 00:20:01.050
  • I said okay, in the Greek, it's not referring to that.
  • 00:20:01.050 --> 00:20:04.100
  • But I said, let's just say that I misinterpreted it,
  • 00:20:04.100 --> 00:20:06.240
  • and I don't understand,
  • 00:20:06.240 --> 00:20:08.140
  • let's say that "These you ought to have done"
  • 00:20:08.140 --> 00:20:10.140
  • is referring to justice, mercy, and faith.
  • 00:20:10.140 --> 00:20:12.180
  • And I said to her, what does the rest of the verse say?
  • 00:20:12.180 --> 00:20:15.100
  • And she sat there for a moment,
  • 00:20:16.230 --> 00:20:18.130
  • and then she got this smile on her face,
  • 00:20:18.130 --> 00:20:21.080
  • and she said, "It says without leaving the other undone."
  • 00:20:21.080 --> 00:20:24.060
  • In other words, if these you ought to have done
  • 00:20:26.050 --> 00:20:27.280
  • refers to justice, mercy, and faith,
  • 00:20:27.280 --> 00:20:29.230
  • then He says, but don't leave tithing undone either.
  • 00:20:29.230 --> 00:20:32.220
  • So, let me say it kind of funny if you'll let me.
  • 00:20:32.220 --> 00:20:36.120
  • I got you either way.
  • 00:20:36.120 --> 00:20:37.180
  • (audience laughs)
  • 00:20:37.180 --> 00:20:38.290
  • Actually, Jesus has you either way.
  • 00:20:38.290 --> 00:20:41.090
  • Right?
  • 00:20:41.090 --> 00:20:42.250
  • Okay, one other verse about Jesus in the New Testament.
  • 00:20:42.250 --> 00:20:45.010
  • In Hebrews 7 it says, Verse 8,
  • 00:20:45.010 --> 00:20:47.080
  • "Here mortal men receive tithes,
  • 00:20:47.080 --> 00:20:52.010
  • "but there He," and when you look in your Bible,
  • 00:20:53.120 --> 00:20:56.290
  • it's a capital H, it's referring to Jesus.
  • 00:20:56.290 --> 00:20:59.160
  • The whole context, Jesus.
  • 00:20:59.160 --> 00:21:01.020
  • "But there, He receives them,
  • 00:21:01.020 --> 00:21:04.250
  • "of whom it is witnessed that He lives."
  • 00:21:04.250 --> 00:21:08.270
  • That's enough for me, too.
  • 00:21:11.110 --> 00:21:12.200
  • That means yes, when I tithe, mortal men collect it,
  • 00:21:14.050 --> 00:21:17.290
  • they manage it, they steward it.
  • 00:21:17.290 --> 00:21:19.290
  • I wanna go to a church where
  • 00:21:19.290 --> 00:21:21.040
  • they're gonna steward it well, yes,
  • 00:21:21.040 --> 00:21:23.000
  • but Jesus is actually receiving my tithe.
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  • He's receiving it.
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  • Okay, and here's point number three.
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  • Tithing is a blessing.
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  • Now we don't have time to read the scriptures
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  • in 2 Chronicles 31,
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  • but what happens is the king is reading along
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  • and it's Hezekiah, and he reads about tithing in scripture.
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  • And they're in a drought, and they're in a time of famine,
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  • and he realizes, we're putting ourselves under a curse.
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  • So he sends out a decree for everyone to tithe.
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  • And then he goes and checks with the priest,
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  • and there are heaps, heaps of crops
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  • that had been brought in.
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  • There was an abundance.
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  • And he does what any good leader would do.
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  • He gets concerned about the people.
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  • He said, "The people have given this much?"
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  • So he says, "Are the people okay?
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  • "Are they okay?"
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  • And the priest said, "Oh, when they
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  • "started to bring the tithe in, God began to bless."
  • 00:22:26.180 --> 00:22:31.150
  • And here's what the priest said.
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  • "You're just looking at the 10%.
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  • "You ought to see the 90%."
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  • So it's a blessing.
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  • And let me give you
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  • one more illustration then we're finished.
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  • So, you guys stand up, I met you before the show.
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  • Michael, Donnie, Randy, right?
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  • - [Donnie] Right.
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  • - Okay, so I'm gonna give you an illustration.
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  • Let's say that I'm gonna go away for a while,
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  • but I want to send some funds back to my wife.
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  • Now I've taken care of the house and the utilities and all,
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  • I just wanna send her some extra funds,
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  • but I'm actually gonna channel those resources through you.
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  • So, Michael, and Donnie, Randy,
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  • I'm gonna give each of you $10.000 a month. (laughs)
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  • This is only an example.
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  • (audience laughs)
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  • Randy got real excited.
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  • Just like, wow, I just came to this taping and look at it.
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  • Okay, this just example, okay?
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  • All right, so I'm gonna give each of you 10.000 a month.
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  • But you have to give my wife $1.000 of it.
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  • That's all.
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  • You can keep 90% and do anything you want with it.
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  • Now, I want everyone to
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  • get ahead of me on this illustration, okay?
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  • So, I'm talking to my wife everyday, how's things going,
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  • and then I start thinking about
  • 00:23:50.060 --> 00:23:51.070
  • the extra income I'm sending her,
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  • so I say, "Hey, how's Michael doing?"
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  • And she says, "Well, Michael sends $1.000 every month.
  • 00:23:56.160 --> 00:23:59.210
  • "Matter of fact, he gets here like
  • 00:23:59.210 --> 00:24:01.160
  • "January 1st, February 1st, March 1st,
  • 00:24:01.160 --> 00:24:04.060
  • "he's as faithful as clockwork.
  • 00:24:04.060 --> 00:24:06.000
  • "He sends $1.000 a month."
  • 00:24:06.000 --> 00:24:07.080
  • I say that's great.
  • 00:24:07.080 --> 00:24:08.130
  • I say, "Well, how's Donnie doing?"
  • 00:24:08.130 --> 00:24:09.280
  • She says, "Well, Donnie's sending $2.000 a month."
  • 00:24:09.280 --> 00:24:12.250
  • I say, "Well, I don't even understand that.
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  • "What do you mean 2.000 a month?
  • 00:24:16.130 --> 00:24:17.240
  • "I told him to send 1.000."
  • 00:24:17.240 --> 00:24:19.060
  • She said, "I know, but he sends 2.000 a month."
  • 00:24:19.060 --> 00:24:21.090
  • I say that's great.
  • 00:24:21.090 --> 00:24:22.110
  • I say, "Well, what about Randy?"
  • 00:24:22.110 --> 00:24:24.020
  • She says, "Well, we need to talk about Randy."
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  • (audience laughs)
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  • I'm sorry.
  • 00:24:28.000 --> 00:24:29.060
  • There's always gotta be a punchline.
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  • One person has to, okay.
  • 00:24:30.250 --> 00:24:32.240
  • I say, "Well, what do you mean?"
  • 00:24:32.240 --> 00:24:34.000
  • "Well, the first month Randy sent 700,
  • 00:24:34.000 --> 00:24:37.000
  • "the second month 400, and last month
  • 00:24:37.000 --> 00:24:39.230
  • "he didn't send anything."
  • 00:24:39.230 --> 00:24:41.020
  • Now okay, you guys can sit down.
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  • Thank you very much for helping me.
  • 00:24:44.120 --> 00:24:45.200
  • But I want you to think about this, okay?
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  • Please think.
  • 00:24:48.280 --> 00:24:50.060
  • Please, please, please just think about this.
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  • This is my wife.
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  • I'm giving them the money.
  • 00:24:58.270 --> 00:25:00.130
  • It's coming from me.
  • 00:25:01.280 --> 00:25:03.020
  • I told them they can keep 90% of it.
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  • I just asked for 10% for my wife.
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  • Is the church the bride of Christ?
  • 00:25:14.050 --> 00:25:18.110
  • - [Audience] Yes.
  • 00:25:18.110 --> 00:25:19.230
  • - Okay.
  • 00:25:21.070 --> 00:25:22.160
  • So I can tell you what I'm gonna do.
  • 00:25:22.160 --> 00:25:25.050
  • I'm gonna take the money that I'm giving Randy,
  • 00:25:25.050 --> 00:25:27.260
  • and I'm not gonna give it to him anymore
  • 00:25:27.260 --> 00:25:29.070
  • 'cause I can't trust him.
  • 00:25:29.070 --> 00:25:30.210
  • And I'm gonna give some of it to Michael
  • 00:25:32.200 --> 00:25:34.060
  • and some of it to Donnie,
  • 00:25:34.060 --> 00:25:35.130
  • I'm probably gonna give more to Donnie
  • 00:25:35.130 --> 00:25:36.280
  • because for some reason, he really cares about my family.
  • 00:25:36.280 --> 00:25:40.290
  • I think tithing is more personal
  • 00:25:45.020 --> 00:25:47.150
  • to Jesus than what we think.
  • 00:25:47.150 --> 00:25:49.130
  • So can I just pray with you?
  • 00:25:52.030 --> 00:25:54.050
  • Lord, I pray that You would give all of us a revelation
  • 00:25:54.050 --> 00:25:58.190
  • that when we tithe, we are tithing to the bride of Christ.
  • 00:25:58.190 --> 00:26:03.210
  • And I pray every person would have a breakthrough today
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  • and pass this test.
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  • In Jesus name, Amen.
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  • I wanna say to every one of you,
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  • thanks so much for watching Beyond Blessed
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  • and I'll see you next time.
  • 00:26:18.000 --> 00:26:19.100
  • (audience applauds)
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