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well today I have a special treat for

you all the way from Dallas Texas the

man who has written this book has

changed my life change the trajectory of

our church pastor Robert Morris is gonna

bring the word today and listen to me I

want you to lean in I want you to know

that if you open your heart and and not

have a heart attack you open your heart

and allow God to speak to you in these

truths everything in your life can

change I want you to get ready as we go

into the next installment of ducks in a

row what tests by Pastor Robert

well I want to welcome all the churches

that are joining us by simulcast and

we’re doing something a little

differently this week we developed a

ticker to just run at the bottom of the

screen right here at the first to be

able to show the churches that are

joining us so if you’re one of the

churches now let me just say if CNN and

Fox News can do a ticker Gateway Church

can do a ticker just want you to know

but if you’re one of the churches that’s

joining us they’re in alphabetical order

and so you can look and see the name of

your church and you can give a shout out

when you see the name of your church I

do want to just give a shout out to all

the churches but also I want to give a

shout out to a Gateway Church Scottsdale

with pastor Preston they’re joining us

and let’s welcome all the churches that

are joining us by simulcast let’s just

say welcome for them


so we do do we do welcome you that’ll

run just a little bit longer until we

get to the end of the churches so you

guys can keep looking at that if you’re

at another church and want to see the

name of your church but let me go ahead

and start and tell you the title again

we’re in a series called the blessed

life and the title of today’s message I

got this title from something that I

used to say a lot when I was in school

the title of this message is what test

any of you relate to this did you ever

have that experience you walk into class

and everyone’s got their books out

they’re studying and they say are you

ready for the test and you say what test

yeah I didn’t I didn’t do well in school

but I am proud of myself because I

graduated in the top 10% of the lower

one-third of my graduating class so if

I’m proud of myself for doing that but

the reason I named it what test is

because many believers don’t know that

there’s a test in the Bible and you

actually take this test every time you

get paid so let’s let’s take a little

survey here all the campuses and all the

churches that are joining us how many of

you get paid once a month

can I have to see you’re in but you know

how many of you get paid either every

other week or twice a month can I see

your hand so that’s most DOS how many of

you paid every week I see you how many

of you never get paid

did you I’m sorry I’m sorry okay but if

you ever get paid you’ll take a test the

test is whom are you going to thank for

your income and you take that test by

what you do with the first 10% of your

income whom are you going to thank whom

are you going to worship for your income

you know some people think visa its

first one they pay the only problem is

that visa does not have the power to

bless your finances but God does so uh

turn to two passages please Malachi

chapter three last book of the Old

Testament Malachi chapter three and then

second chronicles 31 we’ll go over there

in a moment and we’re going to go

through a lot of Scripture in this

message and I want to show you that

tithing is scriptural and this is in

God’s Word so Malachi chapter 3 verse 6

this is where we’ll start Malachi 3:6

for I am the Lord

I do not

change that’s very important I don’t

change I do not change therefore you are

not consumed o sons of Jacob and I think

that’s humorous he says I don’t change

that’s why I haven’t killed you yet

personally so what I think he’s saying

there I was nice and I’m still nice

alright verse seven yet from the days of

your father’s you have gone away from my

ordinances now we’re going to come back

that word ordinance what does it mean

and I’m not kept them return to me and I

will return to you says the Lord of

Hosts but you said in what way shall we

return now before we read verse eight W

just remind you this is God talking this

is God the God who does not change this

is the God who does not change talking

he said you you you go away from my

ordinances I just did probably tell you

the word ordinance means a principle of

ordinary behavior you’ve gone away from

my principles of ordinary behavior for

God’s children and they say well in what

way now won’t you notice this because

this next verse a preacher didn’t make

this up okay this is God speaking verse

8 will a man Rob God or steal from God

yet you have robbed me you’ve stolen

from me but you say in what way have we

robbed you now watch again this is God

talking in tithes and offerings you are

cursed with a curse for you have robbed

me even this whole nation bring all the

tithes into the storehouse that would be

the church that there may be food in my

house again that’s the church and try

the the old King James use of the word

prove the English standard version uses

the word test test me now in this says

says the Lord of Hosts I just want you

to know how many times he put says the

Lord of Hosts so we remember who’s

talking here the one who can’t change is

talking test me says the Lord of Hosts

if I will not open for you the windows

of heaven and pour out for you such


there will not be room enough to receive

it and I will rebuke the Devourer for

your sakes for your sakes so that he

will not destroy the fruit of your

ground nor shall divine failed to bear

fruit for you in the field says the Lord

of Hosts and all nations will call you

blessed for you will be a delightful

land says the Lord of hosts this is God

talking and this is the God who can’t

change you have to remember that and he

says you’ve gone away from my ordinances

you’ve gone away from my ordinary

principles of behavior tithing is an

ordinary principle of behavior for God’s

children to thank God for their income

for their harvest for their increase

that’s an ordinary principle and he said

because you’ve gone away from my

ordinary principles you’re under a curse

now now you need to understand so many

times we say well Christians can’t be

under curse because Christ bore the

curse of the law on the cross he did

that is in regards to our salvation but

are you saying then that you can live

any way you want and it doesn’t affect

you is that what you’re saying because

that’s it’s just crazy to think that way

say see then if we if we steal there are

consequences a curse is a consequence if

you steal there’s a consequence what

have you steal from God and so many

people say well yeah but the the the

Lord owns it all yes but he actually

gives us stewardship over it but he

reserves 10% for himself that’s why says

you’ve stolen because he says I have set

apart the tithe for the house of God so

if you keep it you’re stealing it and

this word is also used in Joshua 6 and 7

when they took the tithe they were

supposed to bring he said Israel has

stolen stolen and again please please

hear me I didn’t make these words up

these are strong words God says you’ve

stolen from me you’ve robbed me and

because of that you’re under curse and I

don’t want you under curse I don’t want

you living under curse but you’re

voluntarily placing yourself under a

curse because you’re going away from my

ordinary principles of behavior

now I had a conversation with the Lord

one time about this passage because this

is probably the most famous passage on

tithing although there are many passages

on tithing and I’ll show you some of

them today

but this is probably the most famous one

and so I had a conversation with the

Lord one time and I said Lord the number

one reason that I hear that people don’t

tithe is they say well that’s in the Old

Testament that’s in the Old Testament

and so I said to the Lord you know Lord

you put this in Malachi 3 and then

there’s Malachi 4 and then Matthew 1

couldn’t you have just waited I mean

just a little while

I mean that you know these verses only

miss the New Testament by like 15 verses

I mean couldn’t you just waited just a

little while and put it you know what

the Lord said Jim I just felt in my

spirit he said I put it right where I

want it and the reason is here’s point

number one because tithing is a test

tithing is a test see God is testing our

hearts even when a person argues about

tithing I think to myself what is the

spirit behind this why would this person

argue when God gave his son for you and

you won’t even give him 10% why would

you argue about this it’s amazingly I’m

telling you it’s a test of your heart

it’s a test now I here’s why I believe

he chose 10% by the way the word tithe

is a Hebrew word my Ostroff is the

Hebrew word and it means tenth part are

10% tenth part yeah okay

so that’s where we get this from that we

know it’s 10% here’s why I think he

chose 10% first of all I think he chose

a percentage because it’s fair to

everyone it doesn’t matter if you make

thirty thousand or three hundred

thousand it’s a penny oh never done it’s

a say for every person but here’s the

reason I think he chose 10 because for

some reason many times when you see the

number 10 in the Bible it represents

testing you’ll actually see the word

test with it for instance let me let’s

let’s take a little test all right I’m

going to ask ask you a question

and I want you to answer me out loud all

the camp says all the churches just say

your answer out

well alright here’s the first question

how many plagues were there in Egypt

t-yong right now I could have said a

different whacker said how many times

did God test Pharaoh’s heart because

that’s what he did but we’re familiar

with how many plagues are alright here’s

the second question how many

Commandments are there TIA okay now I’m

gonna ask another question and you might

not know this but there’s a pattern here

okay and this is at numbers 14 where God

actually says this you can read it later

right but and then I want you to ant say

your answer just a little louder okay

how many times did God test Israel in

the wilderness that’s correct

all right how many times you again you

might not know this but okay how many

times were jacob’s wages changed 10 God

was testing his heart how many days was

Daniel tested how many virgins were

tested in Matthew 25 how many days of

testing are mentioned in Revelation how

many disciples were there no there were

12 I was just testing you I just just

are just testing you

so tithing is a test and but here’s

something that you might not know it’s a

two way test God not only tests you but

this is the only place in scripture that

I’ve found where God says you can test

me test me this word try that sometimes

translated test or prove it comes from

the way you test a metal the way you

test gold to see if it’s pure you know

what God is saying test me to see if I’m

pure test me I want you to I want you to

see because I want to open the windows

of heaven I want to bless you I want to

rebuke the Devourer for you but it

depends on whether you’re going to thank

me and worship me and walk in faith and

whether you’re gonna believe that 90%

with God’s blessing we’ll go farther

than a hundred percent without and you

open an area of faith when we do this

again I hear people say things like you

know is that Old Testament or someone

will say well you know that’s under the

law tithing was under the law well first

of all show you some scripture that

tithing was way before law hundreds of

years before the law

and after the law and in the New

Testament so I’ll show you those

scriptures alright but I don’t

understand that argument well it was

under the law and I’m under grace now

and I’m not saying we do it because

obviously we’re saved by grace but there

are principles that were under the law

that we should still walk in as

believers thou shalt not commit adultery

was under the law are you saying as a

believer you can you can walk in

adultery and and no consequences thou

shalt not murder was under the law are

you saying that because it was wrong

under the law now it’s right under grace

see it’s crazy all right let me give you

an example pastor Todd give me your

wallet this could just give me your

wallet okay yep there you go Thanks okay

I’m gonna keep this because thou shalt

not steal was under the law and I’m a

believer and so I can steal and it’s

okay okay let me just have some is that

foolish it’s crazy that’s crazy okay so

I’m because I’m not gonna keep your


there’s not even any money in it so all

right so thank you for wallet


what you do

what you dude what did you do why is

everyone why is everyone laughing you

took your money out I tell you before

the service I’m gonna do this

illustration and you take your money out

I’ll get you back alright alright here’s

number two number one tithing is a test

here’s number two tithing is biblical

biblical you need to know that it’s

biblical there are a lot of people that

they don’t tithe and here’s really there

you’re not a bad person if you don’t tie

you’re not a bad person I’m not saying

that at all not at all you’re not a

rebellious person but a lot of people

don’t really believe it’s in the Bible I

don’t really believe it’s for us today

so let me show you some scriptures

alright we’ll get to second chronicles

31 in a moment Genesis 14 verses 18

through 20 then Melchizedek king of

Salem Salem means peace brought out

bread and wine there’s a representation

of communion even in the Old Testament

he was the priest of God Most High and

he blessed him now that’s talking about

Abram Abraham Abram 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 now watch this and he that’s

Abram Abraham gave him that’s

Melchizedek a tithe of all okay you need

to know if you don’t know this

theologically this is about 500 years

before the law and Galatians says

Abraham’s our spiritual father and milk

hesita Hebrews says is the type of

Christ and many theologians believe it’s

actually Jesus Christ because it says he

has no genealogy

that’s what Hebrews says no mother no

father no no beginning of days no end of

life it’s pretty amazing so he it’s

either Jesus himself or a type of Christ

and our spiritual father tithes gives

10% 500 years before the law because

it’s a principle and I’m gonna take you

next week and show you 2500 years before

the law the same thing

show it to you next week all right look

at Genesis 28 verse 22 this time at

Jacob and this stone which I’ve set up

as a pillar shall be God’s house again

an implication that the tithe goes to

God’s house and of all that you give me

I will surely give a tenth to you this

is about 400 years before the law

Leviticus 27:30 and all the tithe of the

land all of it all the tithes of the

land whether of the seed of the land or

the fruit of the tree is the Lord’s in

other words it belongs to God it is holy

to the Lord remember the word holy means

set apart God has set it apart from

that’s the only reason he could say

you’re stealing from me because I set

that apart for my house and if you keep

it then you’re stealing it

Deuteronomy 26 verses 1 and 2 and it

shall be when you come into the land

which the Lord your God has given you as

an inheritance and you possess it and

dwell in it that you shall take some of

the first I’ll show you next week in

just a moment it later down to this

passage how that refers to the tithe

first of all the produce of the ground

which you shall bring from the land that

the Lord your God is giving you and you

put it in a basket now watch this and go

to the place where the Lord your God

chooses to make his name a by again

referring to church where you go to you

go to church you go to a place where the

Lord chooses to make his name abide then

look at verse 13 then you shall say

before the Lord your God I have removed

the holy ties in other words the set

apart 10% the holy tie from my house and

have given them to the Levite the

stranger the fatherless and the widow

heap D directed where the titleist to go

according to all your commandments which

you have commanded me I’m not transgress

your Commandments nor have I forgotten

them I’m not eating any of it went in

mourning I didn’t use some of the ties

when I went through a difficult time

nor have I removed any of it for any

unclean use think about how sometimes we

use our money actually for sinful

purposes and some of it and we might be

using the tithe it’s just amazing to me

how the Bible says this nor given any of

it for the dead I have obeyed the voice

of the Lord my

God and have done according to all that

you have commanded me look down from

your holy habitation from heaven and

bless your people I’ve removed the holy

set apart tip part from from my house

and I’ve given it brought it to your

house Lord and now he says to you after

you do that you can pray this prayer

look down from heaven and bless your

servant okay let me ask you a question

all right if Jesus himself if Jesus

himself said you ought to tithe

would you tithe okay I’m gonna go ask

these people over here y’all there okay

no I’m just kidding I’m just kidding let

me ask all of you okay campuses all the

churches if Jesus himself said you ought

to tithe would you tithe here’s the sad

part some of us still have to think

about it that the one that bled and died

on the cross if he said you ought to

give 10% we still think about it okay so

let me put another way if Jesus said it

that you ought to tithe in the New

Testament in red would you do it you

won’t see the verse Matthew 23:23 Jesus

is speaking woe to you scribes and

Pharisees hypocrites for you pay tithe

10% a mint anise and cumin those are

spices and have neglected the weightier

matters of the law justice and mercy and

faith watch very carefully these you

ought to have done without leaving the

others undone okay here’s what Jesus

said you guys give tithes not only of

your firstfruits but you even give

tithes of the spices that you’re gonna

put on your food but you’ve neglected

justice mercy and faith then Jesus says

you ought to do that you ought to do

that but don’t leave the other undone

now one time after service a guy coming

to me said pastor ah I think that these

you ought to have done refers to justice

mercy and faith I said I don’t think it

does grammatically and I don’t think it

does even in the original language but I

said let’s just say for a moment that

that your perspective is right uh as I

says these y’all have done refers to

justice mercy and faith I said to him

what does the rest of the verse say

without leaving the other undone

I got you either way and you know I’m

joking I’m not trying to be arrogant

about this I’m just trying to take a

difficult subject and and put some humor

in that’s Jesus that’s Jesus you tithe

but you don’t do this you ought to do

that but don’t leave this undone or you

ought to do those things but don’t leave

that undone either way

I’m sitting here thinking this is agile

I’m hoping it’s hitting you I mean it’s

Jesus New Testament okay Hebrews talks

about again Melchizedek and Jesus and

how mortal men receive tithes on this

earth but let me show you what Hebrews

says talking about jesus is our

Melchizedek watch this Hebrews 7 verse 8

here mortal men receives receive tithes

but there he receives them of whom it is

witness that he lives listen you put

your tithe than a plate or offering bag

or a basket or however the church does

where you attend that receives that when

you give your offering here we have

boxes most people give online however it

is that you give your tithe mortal men

take care of it manage it things like

that but listen in heaven he receives it

of whom and is witnessed he lives Jesus

Christ receives my touch that makes me

want to die so it is biblical and here’s

number 3 tithing is a blessing tithing

is a blessing okay so let me tell you

about second chronicles 31 now we’re

gonna read there so if you put a marker

there second chronicles 31 Hezekiah one

day is reading the scriptures and he

sees these verses about tithing and

they’re in an economic recession and he

realized his were under curse the whole

nation because we’re not tithing we’re

stealing from God so that’s where we

pick up the story second chronicles 31

verse 4 moreover he commanded the people

who dwelt in Jerusalem to contribute

support for the priests and the Levites

that they might devote themselves to the

law of the Lord and I just want to just

just stop for just a moment remember

Malachi said bring the tithes in the

storehouse that there may be food in my

house and again they were told my

natural food but think about it today

spiritual food let me just ask you

something all right did we

when you come to church do you enjoy the

food the spiritual food that you get do

you enjoy okay someone’s paying for it

now I know I’m being blunt I’m not

trying to be blunt I’m not trying to be

offensive in any way I’m just just a

reality someone’s paying for this

building someone’s paying for utilities

someone’s paying for the staff salaries

someone’s paying not not just for me to

devote myself to the Word of God and to

bring messages but for all the staff for

the youth ministry for children’s

ministry women’s ministry men’s ministry

for the you know teaching classes for

for us we have Kairos and freedom

ministry and all is it someone’s paying

for that hell limit so let me ask you a

question we just put a little talk about

food here let me give you an analogy

would any of you here go to a restaurant

eat a meal and then leave without paying

for it any of you

some Christians do that ever week I go

to church eat a meal and skip out on the

check here’s here’s the sad thing you’re

the one it’s hurtin

I don’t preach on tithing because the

church needs money we’re we’re doing

fine financially we’re doing fine as a

matter of fact speaking just a gateway

church right now

you’re the greatest giving Church I’ve

ever known in my life you’re phenomenal

so I’m not doing this because you know

the elders got together and we you know

the budgets down the budget set up we’re

okay I’m doing this listen to me I’m

telling you from the bottom of our heart

and I say this before God I’m doing this

because of you

I promise you I’m doing this to help you

this will change your life your family

your finances your marriage your

children your grandchildren this will

change you I promise

all right so he puts out he says

everyone needs to bring the tie to the

house of God now look at verse five as

soon as the commandment was circulated

the children of Israel brought in

abundance the first fruits again I’ll

show you next week how that relates to

the tithe of grain and wine oil and

honey and of all the produce of the

field and they brought in abundantly the

tithe of everything there it is right

there showing you it’s the tithe and the

children of Israel and Judah who dwelt

in the cities of Judah brought the tie

of oxen and sheep also the tithe of holy

things which were consecrated to the

Lord their God they laid in heaps in the

third month they begin laying them in

heaps and they finished in the seventh

month now these months relate to the

harvest okay and when Hezekiah and the

leaders came and saw the heaps they

bless the Lord and his people Israel

then Hezekiah questioned the priests and

the Levites concerning the heaps and

Azariah the chief priests from the house

of Zadok answered him and said since the

people began to bring the offerings into

the house of Lord again the tithes

always comes to goes to the house of God

we had had enough to eat and have plenty

left for the Lord has blessed his people

and what is left is this great abundance

ok here’s what happens the the king

sends out the this commandment and says

we’re supposed to be tithing to the

house of God so the people begin doing

it they begin in the third month which

is a harvest time but then there’s

another harvest the seventh month and

they continue through that time and and

so when the King comes to visit and he

sees these heaps heaps that the people

brought to the house of God here’s what

in essence he says it says he questioned

them about the eaves here’s what he was

saying are the people okay are they okay

I mean look how much they’ve given or do

they have enough left and the priest

said O king as soon as the people

started to do it God’s Way God so

blessed them what you’re seeing here is

just the 10% if you think they’re heaps

here go look at the 90%

go look at how God blessed his people

when they began obeying his word I’ve

been in ministry now for over thirty

years of her two testimonies for that

time about tithing consistent

testimonies you know scripture says in

the mouth of two or three witnesses okay

here are the two testimonies people have

said to me tithers consistently have

said to me we are so blessed boy it all

changed when we begin tithing we are so

blessed pastor Robert we are so blessed

that’s what toddlers have said here’s

what non-tithers have said I can’t

afford to tithe that’s their testimony I

can’t afford the time and again not me

not rebellious people just I can’t

afford that

listen to me you will never be able to

afford to tithe until you tithe because

tithing is what breaks the curse and

rebukes the Devourer as soon as you

start to get ahead something else will

break because the Devourer

but tithing is what rebukes him okay let

me give you one more illustration Jason

had Steve and Todd we got stand up and

if you guys will move down kind of

toward Todd there and so that they can

everyone can get it you can get a shot

of them for the other campuses and

churches well okay I’m gonna give you an

illustration let’s say that I say to

these three men I’m gonna go away for a

while and and I provided for Debbie but

I want to provide some additional funds

for her but I want to channel or funnel

those funds through you three men so I’m

going to send all each of you ten

thousand dollars a month okay

Jason don’t get that excited this is

just an illustration okay so I’m talking

to Debbie Everett and I say to you but I

want you to give Debbie 10% of it a

thousand dollars month and you can keep

the 90 percent just give my wife ten

percent so I’m talking to Debbie every

day and and let her know you know it’s

an extended trip but I’ll be back in

several months I have to be gone and

after about three months I think about

these other funds and I say hey how are

the funds coming in from the three guys

you know and

she said well Jason sends $1,000 a month

just like you said a matter of fact it

arrives like January first favorite

first I mean he’s like clockwork

thousand dollars so good job okay I said

well what about Steve

she said well Steve is sending two

thousand a month I say two thousand

month I didn’t ask him for two thousand

one Thaddeus asked him for a thousand I

know I said why is he sitting – I don’t

know he just sends two thousand dollars

a month hmm

I say well what about trader I’ve taught

sorry Todd I say what what what about

Todd she said well we need to talk about

Todd I said well why what’s Todd doing

well the first month he sent 700 a

second month 400 and this last month he

didn’t send anything okay now I want you

to think about this think about this how

do you think that makes me feel and I’m

given in the 10,000 it’s coming for me

and I just asked him for 10% for my wife

he can keep the 90% hey what do you

think I’m gonna do I’ll tell you what

I’m gonna do I’m not gonna send him any

more money because he’s proven to me he

can’t be trusted

and I’m gonna take what I’m giving him

and I’m gonna give it to Steve and Jason

because they proven they can be trusted

okay you guys can sit down okay now

think about this Jesus said I’m going

away for a while

is that right I’m going away I’m coming

back well while I’m gone I want you to

take care of my wife ten percent you can

keep the nightie let me just just remind

you is the church the Bride of Christ

okay listen to me very carefully tithing

might be more personal to Jesus than

what you thought because it’s his wife

he has the power and if you say walk

can’t believe you just take it away and

give it to the others if you don’t think

Jesus would do that read the parable of

the talents when he took from the one

that wasn’t faithful and gave it to the

one who was faithful he wants to provide

for you but why would he provide and

less people who will not even be

concerned about his wife it’s a test and

it’s very important we passed this test

I want you to bow your heads and close

your eyes