DEALING WITH DEVOURERS

Open Heaven of Sunday 29th
September 2013.
DEALING WITH DEVOURERS
Memorise: And I will rebuke the
devourer for your sakes, and he shall
not destroy the fruits of your
ground; neither shall your vine cast
her fruit before the time in the field,
saith the LORD of hosts. Malachi 3:11
Read: Malachi 3:8-11
Will a man rob God? Yet ye have
robbed me. But ye say, Wherein
have we robbed thee? In tithes and
offerings. Malachi 3:8
Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye
have robbed me, even this whole
nation. Malachi 3:9
Bring ye all the tithes into the
storehouse, that there may be meat
in mine house, and prove me now
herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I
will not open you the windows of
heaven, and pour you out a blessing,
that there shall not be room enough
to receive it. Malachi 3:10
And I will rebuke the devourer for
your sakes, and he shall not destroy
the fruits of your ground; neither
shall your vine cast her fruit before
the time in the field, saith the LORD
of hosts. Malachi 3:11
Bible in one year: Ezra 5-7
Message
Another area that restitution may be
required in relation with God’s
instructions can be seen in His
dealings with Joshua and the
children of Israel. Earlier, in Joshua
1:1-9, God promised to go with him
and that no man would be able to
stand before him throughout his life,
etc so when they got to Jericho
widely believed to be impregnable,
just one shout, the walls came
crashing down. Then one day, they
came against a little town, Ai, and
they were defeated. This was
contrary to what God had promised
him, so he fell on his face and
enquired what went wrong. The
Lord told him that some water had
mixed with his petro (gas) and that
until there was a separation, they
were on their own. Until the culprit –
Achan and his family were identified,
isolated and destroyed and the
stolen things were restored, victory
continued to elude them. This tells
us that restitution restores God’s
presence in your life. It also sustains
victory and ends defeat. So if you
restitute, you are doing yourself a
world of good.
Moreover, restitution silences
devourers. In Malachi 3:8-11, God
said all His children who are robbing
Him in tithes and offerings have
violated His covenant, and therefore
are under a divine curse. However,
He says if they will restitute their
ways, He will personally rebuke the
devourer for their sakes and open
the windows of Heaven to them and
give them a blessing they will be
unable to contain. There are two
type of devourers – the ones sent by
the devil (John 10:10) and the ones
sent by God. To deal with the
devourers sent by the devil, simply
resist him and he will flee from you
as long as you are in right standing
before God. But to deal with the
devourers sent by God, it is through
restitution. You will have to cry to
God for forgiveness and thereafter
undo what made Him to send the
devourers in the first place. Do you
owe God in tithes, offerings,
thanksgiving or vows? Ask for
forgiveness and go ahead and pay
what you owe. If it is in tithes, also
add 20% as interest being the
penalty for eating your tithes
(Leviticus 27:31).
ACTION POINT
If you tolerate devourers, God will
do nothing about them.

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