Proverbs 3:9-11 Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase: So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine. My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction:
People today want to tell you how much they love Jesus, that is until you start talking about the money that God graciously allowed them to obtain. However, in the Old Testament, the children of Israel who wanted to honor God above all, showed their faith and trust in Him by giving Him their firstfruits. What did that mean? It did not mean they went into the field, gathered ten baskets of fruit, and gave God one basket, or a tithe of the field. They had more faith in God than that. What it meant was they went out, and from the first picking of fruit gave all, or the majority of the harvest to God. Trusting God would replenish their crops for the remainder of the year. They gave God the best. Could a famine have come in their land? Sure. Nevertheless, they trusted God with their firstfruits.
I know, I know, some of you are saying; preacher we live in the day of grace, we’re not under the law. You’re right. So if people, who had not seen the Messiah, nor the salvation he delivered on Calvary’s Hill, trusted that He was coming, and gave Him their best, how is it that we who have experienced the life changing blood of Jesus from the cross would want to give Him less? What did God say He would do in return for their faith in Him? He will provide for all their needs. Make sure they have enough. Some people want to read this as a get rich quick verse. God never said he would make you rich. He did say; “So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.” In other words, if you trust God first, He’ll take care of your needs. If not, you may get only what you sew, or less.
THE WORD WALKING IN ME:
You’ll never out give God. If you don’t believe me, try it. If you give with a heart of love to God, you will never be bankrupt for the love God bestows in return. It’s the Fruit of Love.
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Exodus 23-26 / Proverbs 3:9-11
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Exodus 17-19 / Matthew 21:1-22
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