The Altar that Sanctifies – Part 3

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                                               What happens when you give on a Sanctified Altar?
 
When you give onto a consecrated altar your gift becomes holy. Everything holy belongs to God and can no
longer be personal. Whoever tampers with it has to deal with God himself. There is no need to worry about the preacher getting rich because no one can steal from God and get away with it. He sees and knows everything and repays everyone accordingly.
 
Eli’s sons, Hophni and Phinehas the priests of the LORD were not living holy lives as priests as was expected of them and that affected the entire nation in a negative way. In Samuel 2:32-35 the prophetic word says, “And thou shalt see an enemy in my habitation, in all the wealth which God shall give Israel: and there shall not be an old man in thine house for ever. And the man of thine, whom I shall not cut off from mine altar, shall be to consume thine eyes, and to grieve thine heart: and all the increase of thine house shall die in the flower of their age. And this shall be a sign unto thee, that shall come upon thy two sons, on Hophni and Phinehas; in one day they shall die both of them. And I will raise me up a faithful priest, that shall do according to that which is in mine heart and in my mind: and I will build him a sure house; and he shall walk before mine anointed forever”. This was for Eli’s sons because of the way they behaved as priests. They lived sinful lives and God’s punishment affected the whole family. No one was going to be able to grow old in that family.
 
When you give on a sanctified altar your gift becomes sanctified and that provides a connection between you and your God. The God who sees your giving then blesses you because of the covenant relationship that you have with him through Christ. What belong to you belongs to him and what belong to him belongs to you. His enemies are your enemies and your enemies are his enemies. Remember, God has never lost any battle therefore know for sure that you are already winning the battles you are going through right now.
 
What does Jesus Christ say about the altar? In Matthew 23:18-20 Jesus clears a misunderstanding of the order of things in regard to the altar and says, “And, Whosoever shall swear by the altar, it is nothing; but whosoever sweareth by the gift that is upon it, he is guilty. Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gift, or the altar that sanctifieth the gift? Whoso therefore shall swear by the altar, sweareth by it, and by all things thereon”. The altar is greater than the gift because the altar sanctifies the gift on it.
 
The tithes and offerings that you give are sanctified by the altar. Remember that  giving should not just be a religious tradition, it should be something done with spiritual discernment. When you see a ministry bringing positive change in your life, that then is a sure sign it has a sanctified altar. Giving is not to be done as a tradition therefore use spiritual discernment. Traditions are in most cases a good teaching tool for one generation to another, but what really matters is employing the spiritual principles of giving.   Abram (Abraham ) understood this principle thousands of years ago when he met and gave ten percent to Melchisedec. Giving the ten per cent started long before the Ten Commandments were given to the nation of Israel therefore it is more than just a tradition.
 
In Hebrews 5:5-6 the Bible declares ,”So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten thee. As he saith also in another place, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec”.
The Levitical priesthood is as an order of priests with limited office time because high priests of that order died, but Christ as a high priest is eternal and the blessings are also eternal.
 
Do you have an altar that is really sanctified in your life?

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