//Timeless Teachings of Kenneth E. Hagin
“Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse . . . 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
Malachi 3:10 is the only scripture in which God said, “Prove Me.” In fact, the only areas in which God ever said to prove Him are tithes, offerings, and giving. He invites us to prove this verse out by bringing our tithes into the storehouse and finding out whether He will do what He says.
Now remember, there is a God-ward side and a man-ward side to receiving the blessings of God. It takes our working together with God to get the windows of His blessing open. When we give our tithes and offerings, God is faithful to open the windows of Heaven.
Giving to the Poor
Think About: Is your life in tune with Heaven and your fellow man? Are there things you need to change to better receive from God?
The Bible says that what God opens no man can shut (Rev. 3:7–8). The devil can’t shut the windows of blessings on us. We are the only ones who can shut ourselves off from the windows of Heaven, and we do that when we don’t give of our finances and walk in obedience to the Word.
Many people are trying to receive God’s financial and material blessings with the windows of Heaven closed. They haven’t done their part through their giving to get the windows of Heaven open and keep them open.
Some people are not living right, so God can’t honor their giving. Folks want God to bless them financially. God wants to bless them, but if they aren’t living right, He can’t honor their giving.
Faith and Obedience
Sometimes people mistakenly think that faith can do everything. I’m not putting down faith. But if we only teach faith, we can leave the impression that faith is all that is necessary to succeed as a Christian. And that is not the case.
Faith and obedience are what open God’s doors of blessing. Faith certainly is involved, but faith confessions alone won’t open the windows of Heaven.
In other words, the windows of Heaven won’t open just by saying, “Windows of Heaven, be open!” We must put corresponding action to our faith by being doers of the Word and obeying what God says about giving.
The Scriptures say to bring our tithes into the storehouse. This is our part in getting the windows open. Our corresponding action is to render our tithes and then give offerings.
Faith in God’s Word works. But some folks emphasize faith to the point that some believers think that is all that is necessary to succeed in God. They don’t live right, but they expect their faith to work for them. God honors all of His Word—not just a few select scriptures on faith.
Staying in Tune With Heaven
Although Jesus has opened many doors of blessing, provision, and opportunity for us, it takes faith and obedience to the Word to walk through those doors. Our faith won’t work when we are out of tune with Heaven or with our fellow man. It will be feeble. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light and we walk in fellowship with others, our faith will be effective (1 John 1:7).
God tells us that He will open the windows of Heaven if we meet certain conditions. We must walk in obedience to His Word by bringing the tithe into the storehouse. That’s our responsibility. Then we must continue to walk in line with His Word to keep those windows open.
It’s through our obedience to the Word that the windows of Heaven are opened in our lives. As we do our part, God is always faithful to fulfill His part.
(Editor’s Note: This article was adapted from Kenneth E. Hagin’s book Jesus—The Open Door.)