NowFaith.TV School Year 5 Semester 1 Lesson #10
INCREASE YOUR INCREASE THIS YEAR!
Bumper Crop Harvest? Give a First Fruit Offering
Even before we begin our new cyber school teachings, I want to help you to get your whole year off to a fantastic start. I bet I can show you a commandment that you have not obeyed and you have limited your own prosperity. Please allow me to share a principle that enabled us to increase our increase in every way. Despite the troubled economy, we can believe for exceptional favor if we obey God's principle for favor.
Yes, I believe God wants this year to be a year of blessing so we can go through open doors and open gates to fulfill our destiny. We are believing for the wealth of the wicked to come into the hands of the righteous. We increase our increase as we meet the conditions that go with these promises. You probably know that with every personal promise from God, there will also be a condition to be met. Obedience to the condition is crucial. We know that we will reap in the same measure we have given, generously or sparingly.
God told me that one of the most common reasons that many are not blessed financially and in ministry is because they have disobeyed His commands to give their FIRST FRUITS offering to those who labor to minister to them. God's priests did not have to beg for money because God had commanded His people to give a special offering to them. It is God's heart to give us opportunities to increase our increase.
Today, I email you regarding God's financial principles for increased favor. Are you ready to get more serious about God's financial principles for increased financial favor? Want that bumper crop harvest this year? Give a first fruits offering.
|Many Christians are like Lucy. They blame someone else for not blessing them and don't see their own failure to obey important Biblical financial principles. I thank God that no matter what other people do, no one can limit God's readiness to prosper me - but me. If I am not blessed, I need to ask God if there is anyway I have not obeyed.|
|Someone isn't doing their job!|
In our advanced school of ministry, we want to identify keys in the life and development of a strong minister and ministry. One of the big keys to my early success in ministry, immediately after graduating from ministry training school, was that I made three Biblical financial covenants with Father so I could sow blessing and not cursing into my harvest. In the power of the Holy Spirit I covenant:
To give a "first fruits offering" so my harvest would be blessed.
To tithe as if I was already earning what I wanted to be earning.
To give an offering to every minister that I let minister to me.
Lou and I were blessed to receive good teaching about giving our first fruits offering to "someone who had ministered to us." Since we don't prosper in crops or cattle, we decided to give our first pay check of our newest endeavor. As I look back I can see that our income increased to equal ten times that very amount. Since then, we have believed for other ways to increase our increase - other than financial. We believe that January is our time to give a first fruits offering to those who have ministered to us and to bring a blessing to our harvest for the entire year.
Christians are most delinquent in first fruits offerings.
In the days when the Temple still stood in Jerusalem, pilgrims brought offerings of the first fruits of their harvest (wheat, barley, grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives, and dates) to the altar of the Holy Temple. Each brought baskets from his place of origin, laden with his own fruits, in gratitude to the One who gave the fruit, the Land, and the Temple in the first place. By doing this, they blessed the priests personally and released God to increase the increaser or bless their own harvest.
First things are an important theme of Scripture. God declared that first fruits in general belonged to Him: grain, wine, oil, fleece etc. The first fruits offering honors God and gives you the power and anointing to get wealth according to the Word of God.
references first fruits or first things 32 times.
Here are just a few examples:
Exodus 22:29a -
Thou shalt not delay to offer the first of thy ripe fruits ...
Exodus 23:19a - The first of the first fruits of thy land thou shalt bring ...
Deut. 18:4 - The first fruit also of thy wheat, of thy wine, and of thine oil, and the first of the fleece of thy sheep, shalt thou give him.
Deut. 26:2 - That thou shalt take of the first of all the fruit of the earth, which thou shalt bring of thy land that the Lord thy God giveth thee ...
Numbers 15:20-21 - Ye shall offer up a cake of the first of your dough
Exodus 34:19-20 - All that opens the matrix is mine; and every firstling among thy cattle, whether ox or sheep, that is male.
Numbers 3:13 - Because all the firstborn are mine; ...
The giving of our first fruits, which is the best of our offering or the first fruit of the beginning of a new endeavor, is the means through which God is released to bless His people. Scripture after scripture shows us that it is God's desire for us to prosper and be in health. The Bible also tells us that whatever we give shall be given back to us good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over. (Luke 6:37-39).
"First fruits" is not the same as tithe. Tithe is the first tenth. The firstfruits is the whole of the first... the root... the foundation of blessing.
"For if the first fruit is holy, the lump is also holy; and if the root is holy, so are the branches." Romans 11:16
When you offer God your first fruits and bring Him the fullness of the first, you establish the foundation that the "whole thing" for your entire life will be holy and blessed. If you withhold it, it will be cursed.
We are commanded to give this offering. While it is not a tithe, Malachi 3:10 teaches us that if we give our tithes and offerings, God will open up the windows of heaven and pour out blessings that our storehouses will not be able to contain. (Malachi 3:10) It demonstrates our faith in God's power to supply all our needs. We receive peace of mind knowing we are obeying God's Word, and our first fruits also bless those who minister to us by enabling them carry out a greater ministry to the world. If we don't give our first fruits, we rob God! (Malachi 3:8)
To position yourself for your first fruits blessing this year, give your very best to God's ministers today as your first fruits offering. Give the first of your increase this year - financial, cattle, crops, etc. - and release God to bless your harvest for the whole year.
Right now, ask God to give you the names of ministers who have blessed you and give them your first fruit offering without delay!! It is your opportunity to increase the blessing to your favorite ministers and to release God to bless your harvest for the entire year.
Will you give back to us today?
There are so many series I want to record but I am already working 60 hours a week. I can provide much more for you if I have funds to hire an assistant. Would you consider giving back to us this year? Please ask God if you could give your first fruits offering to us.
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