Today I am writing from Deming, New Mexico. I had a great time on the weekend with CitiLife Church. I spoke on God’s plan of partnership for 2016. I believe this is a huge prophetic key for 2016. God is taking us another measure in becoming the testimony of God’s people upon the earth. God really showed up and touched us in a wonderful way. Thank you to CitiLife Church. Your hunger, your worship, your reception, and your willingness to grow are commendable.
In today’s blog I feel I must draw upon some things I have written in the past and merge them with things I am writing know in order to take us further in this topic for the present year.
God has always desired to move into the neighborhoods of humanity with the life-giving, life-transforming grace of the kingdom of heaven. God’s covenant with humanity was seen in the covenant with Abraham. That covenant was not one of law, Aaronic priesthood, or temple order. It was a covenant established with a man by Melchizedek, the King of righteousness and peace. Melchizedek was Christ seen in human form in the Old Testament. He was the King of Salem, meaning King of Peace (Salem). The name Melchizedek means, King of righteousness. God manifested in human form to bring a testimony of true peace and righteousness to Abram. This Melchizedek was the one who would transform Abram (father of a nation) to Abraham (father of many nations). This is the source of the covenant of God’s life-giving, life-transforming grace to all nations!
Genesis14:18-19 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.
Abram’s act of tithe to Melchizedek was a response to the gratuity of bread and wine given to him by Melchizedek. It wasn’t an act to merely get something from God. It was an action taken to demonstrate that he already recognized that God was involved in his life giving him all that he needed to become who God saw him to be. Abram didn’t have his goods in mind when he tithed to the King. He had the gifts of the King in mind. Abram didn’t keep a stitch of the goods that he had in his possession.
Genesis14:21-22 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, 23 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”…
Abram knew that he needed all that God had in heaven for him to bring the testimony of heaven into his life upon the earth. If he was to be God’s house in the earth then the food of God’s house was necessary for him to become all that he was destined to be. His destiny in God was dependent upon his response to the flesh manifestation of Christ before his eyes. This demonstration of tithe from Abram’s heart had nothing to do with any command that God had ever given. It was a revelation given to Abram by the Spirit of God when He encountered a manifestation of Christ upon the earth. It was a loosing on earth to receive the blessing pre-ordained from heaven.
Tithe is a response level relationship whereby we respond to the bread and wine of Melchizedek with a prophetic tenth, declaring that the full inheritance of heaven is to be made known in God’s house through the gate of heaven in the earth. Tithe is not merely money or things. It is a prophetic expression of responding to God in our lives. We have been taught so much about tithe being a mere act of physical obedience to God that we forget that responding to God in our lives is the point of a tithe level relationship, not some ritualistic act of financial giving. What about the giving of our hearts to God in the diverse expressions of our lives? A tithe level relationship is like the submersion in the Holy Spirit in our lives where a holy testimony spills out from our hearts and submerges us in a testimony that declares we are a holy nation before God in the earth! It is a response to God’s presence that speaks with heavenly inspired expressions of the tongues of the earth with a testimony of worship to God concerning His wonderful works and the wonder of who He is (Acts 2:11).
We are dependent upon God as our righteousness and we are an earthly testimony of His peace. Our worship of God, our response to who He is in our word, is the evidence of our oneness with Him in heaven while here upon this earth. I believe that a deep level of the worship of God is a tithe level relationship with Him. We respond to His Word and His Spirit in our lives by expressing a judgment of love (10 = a symbol of completeness, totality, a judgment of love). Our expression to God is an expression representing all that we are to all that He is. We know that our internal and external testimonies are but a portion of all that God has for us in heaven. We recognize that our lives are a gate to heaven and that as we respond to who God is in our lives angels will ascend to and descend from the realms of heaven to bring all of God’s realities to us in our lives. We do not worship God to receive things from Him, but we worship Him knowing that all He intends for us to be in this world comes from Him. We are the gate of heaven in the earth for the purpose of God’s glory in the earth. We worship God for His glory to be revealed! We are a pillar in God’s house submerged in the anointing oil of His presence! This is for all who are of the faith of Abraham. It is neither Jew nor Gentile, but a testimony of Christ as all are made one in Christ for the glory of His name. The Israel of God (prince with God) is a testimony of all who are made one in Christ by the power of the kingdom of God within their hearts! Those who were bound to the kingdoms of desolation and barrenness have been made living by the kingdom of life and peace in Christ!
Ted J. Hanson