The beginning of a worthy financial plan begins with paying God ten percent (10%) of your gross income. As you enter this year set a new standard for your income and increase. The only way to overcome your income is by activating the supernatural power of your first ten percent (10%). Incorporate an old idea for new increase. When you separate the first, the tenth and the gross of your income you are tapping into an ancient biblical strategy for well-being and wealth.
“And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and raiment to put on, So that I come again to my father’s house in peace; then shall the Lord be my God: And this stone which I have set for a pillar, shall be God’s house: and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee” (Genesis 28:20-22).
The morning after Jacob dreamed he vowed. He dreamed about a ladder that was set on earth and reached to the heaven. He saw on it angels ascending and descending. The Lord stood above the ladder and spoke over Jacob the blessing and promise of his grandfather Abraham. God promised Jacob the land he slept upon. He promised Jacob perpetual, trans-generational prosperity. More than any thing, the Lord promised Jacob His presence, “I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places…I will not leave thee…” (28:15).
In response to the dream, the promise and the blessing Jacob initiates a vow to God. A vow is a faith response to a God-given dream, promise and blessing. The people who vow are the people whom have received a dream, a promise or a blessing from God, and know it! Vowing is making a promise to God based on the dream, the promise or the blessing He has promised you. Jacob vowed to God because God vowed to Jacob. When a believer vows it is in response to what God has already graciously done.
Should we vow the tithe? That is exactly what Jacob did. Where did Jacob get the idea of vowing a tithe? This is what his grandfather Abraham did when he received a blessing from God (see Genesis 14:18-24). Abraham was blessed by the high priest Melchizedek and in response to the blessing Abraham gave a tenth of everything he owned. This was a tithe of total assets, not just income! Think about that.
Abraham refuses to take anything from the king of Sodom. He says, ” I have lift up mine hand unto the Lord, the most high God, unto the possessor of heaven and earth,…That I will not take anything that is thine, lest thou shouldest say, I have made Abram rich” (Genesis 14:22-23). The lifting of the hand that Abraham refers to is the moment he vowed his finances to God. Abraham, a covenant man, has vowed the tenth of all to God and confesses his trust in God’s plan of prosperity. Sodom is the world’s way to wealth. Abraham walked by faith in his finances. He vowed and he tithed.
Jacob was blessed to be connected to a tither. Now that Jacob has received the same blessings of Abraham it is time for him to activate the supernatural release of divine favor and unending overflow. He does what he knows works. Jacob vows the tithes. “I will surely give the tenth”. Is that your conviction and commitment? Do you have a revelation of God that motivates your tithing? Are you sure that God can trust you with money?
The tithes that Jacob vows are for “God’s house”. The stone he used for a pillow the night before is going to be the pillar of God’s house. Jacob poured oil all over the rock. Upon a rock overflowing with oil Jacob would build a church. That would make this stone “the chief cornerstone”! Upon the Rock of our Salvation, Jesus, the Anointed One, the Chief Cornerstone, the church is being built.
The tenth of our gross income belongs to God and it is for His house. The tithe is essential in God’s plan for the house of prayer. Vowing the tithe is a foundational financial principle for ministries that are committed to living out the dream, the promise and the blessing of the Lord. The vowing of the tithes is biblical, therefore blessed. People and churches that cut covenant with God and vow the tithe will experience the protection, prosperity and presence of God.