God’s favor, protection, and grace. We all want them and as children of God we are given them. You and I are in the most powerful spiritual season of the year. It is the season where we celebrate Passover and the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. God’s beginning of the year which He established; the beginning of the spiritual New Year. A New Beginning. God has special appointed times He wants us to honor Him according to Leviticus chapter 23 and He calls these appointed times! We must get that – HE calls them appointed times!
The great sages of old described Passover as one of the distinctive times on the biblical calendar where God will open special windows of opportunity. This offers you and I an awesome opportunity to experience a supernatural breakthrough! Much of this special revelation is hidden in the book of Malachi. (Remember we are to study the Word of God to show ourselves approved. This is how we find these wonderful hidden truths!) In Malachi 3 God has some of the missing keys to our financial success. God describes the offering as an “offering of old.” This “offering of old” in ancient teaching is a first fruits offering. It is what we are to give to God on His three major biblical holidays – Passover, Pentecost, and Tabernacles. God Himself said as we celebrate these special times we are not to come before Him empty handed; we are to bring unto Him a gift according to Deuteronomy 16:16-17 “Three times in a year shall all thy males appear before the LORD thy God in the place which he shall choose; in the feast of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks, and in the feast of tabernacles: and they shall not appear before the LORD empty: Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the LORD thy God which he hath given thee.” Therefore the miracle promise in Malachi is reserved for those who not only tithe but who also give these specific “offerings of old” unto God during HIS appointed times!
The great promises God has said He would give to us as we “return to Him” during this Passover season with our first fruits offering is grace, favor, and protection. His grace opens the windows of heaven and releases unlimited blessings. His favor opens financial doors of opportunity that only He can do. And His wonderful protection includes rebuking the devourer and moves His mighty hand against our enemies!
Even Jesus knew the importance of this special Passover season; He knew God’s commandment in which Passover was a celebration as “a feast to the LORD,” and it was to be celebrated throughout all generations. There was no time limit, for it was “a permanent ordinance” (Exodus 12:14)-one of “the LORD’s appointed times.” Jesus knew that by His dying on the Cross He was the fulfillment of Passover-“the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). Passover is still important because this still is God’s appointed time and He still promises special blessings for those who keep His Passover.
During this Holy season of Passover and the Resurrection of our Lord, ask God to open your eyes to the importance of Passover. Jesus became our Passover Lamb and because of His sacrificial death, our sins are forgiven. He rose again so we could have eternal life, He took away our sins so let’s honor Him and God as we pray about what special offering we will bring during this Holy time. Let’s look at it like this; God gave His best during this season (His son) so we should give our best! Then take that offering before God and present it to Him, believe He can and will open the windows of heaven for you, and watch your season of breakthrough happen!
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