Taking Ownership

Taking OwnershipWe all experience hard seasons of testing and trials. We all have to confront things that God breaks off of our life by our time in the Word and our application of the Word to our lives. But sometimes, there are enduring patterns of negative events or actions in the life of a believer that are triggered not by trials, but from generational curses in operation in your life. Let’s focus on what the Word of God states above. Moses encouraged the people to choose life, and reminded them, “This choice not only affects your life, but also the descendants that follow you.”
At “new birth”, you receive the authority to become a child of God. Authority is effective only if it is exercised. The potential of the “new birth” at salvation is unlimited! However, the actual results you see in your life depend on the exercise of authority that goes with it. In other words, what you will become or see released in your life is determined by the extent to which you exercise your God-given …

Putting First Fruits Into Action | Part 4

It Is Not About You We must recognize that it is not our limited abilities that release the promises of God.  It is not solely our getting up and driving to work every day that provides the paycheck at the end of the week. No, it is God who blesses and favors us. It is God who gives us the ability, the power, the anointing to get wealth, prosper and succeed. It is His goodness and kindness to us!

Once again I want to remind you that wealth is not limited to your income. Wealth has to do with your whole being, it means nothing missing, nothing broken, nothing out of order (first things first). It means having the blessings that God lists in Deuteronomy 28:2-13 made manifest in your life: peace on all sides, protection, provision, healing, restoration, redemption, guidance, wisdom and everything that you need in life and for your unique destiny. As the psalmist wrote in Psalm 66:12, “We went through fire and water, but you brought us to a place of abundance.” It does not mean that you …

Putting First Fruits Into Action | Part 3

The Right Kind of Sacrifice Giving God your first includes your time, your talent, your heart and the fruits of your labor.  Consider that all firsts belong to the Lord: the first part of the day, the first day of the week (Sabbath), the first month of the year, and the first of our harvest—be it the wages for the first hour, the first day, the first week or month.

God tells us to “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy” (Exodus 20:8, NASB). We also find the term zakar used here for “remember” the Sabbath. The Sabbath is the first of your week. It is what sets the tone for how the rest of your week will go. We are to “first fruit” the Sabbath, to mark it as devoted to the Lord, for Him, not for our own use. We all lead busy lives, but the Sabbath is to be set apart as holy. Its primary purpose is not a day for shopping or working, nor is it a day for doing your own thing. It is a day for acknowledging and celebrating the Lord, meditating on His Word, and rest.
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Putting First Fruits Into Action | Part 2

FIRST FRUITS VS. Tithe Many have thought that the tithe, our giving of a tenth of our increase, is the same as first fruits. But the Bible references first fruits, firstlings, or devoted things 32 times, and mentions the tithe 32 times. However, Genesis chapter 4, is the first time that God talks about first fruits, or firstlings, with Cain and Abel. The first time we see the tithe mentioned is in Genesis 14:18-20, when Abraham tithed to Melchizedek. They are distinctly different, although the tithe is the first tenth of your income, not just any tenth!

In Deuteronomy 14:22-23, the people receive this instruction: “Thou shalt truly tithe all the increase of thy seed, that the field bringeth forth year by year. And thou shalt eat before the LORD thy God, in the place which he shall choose to place his name there, the tithe of thy corn, of thy wine, and of thine oil, and the firstlings of thy herds and of thy flocks; that thou mayest learn to fear the LORD thy God always.” 

Nehemiah 10…

Putting First Fruits Into Action | Part 1

Positioned For Possession Now that you understand the importance of keeping first things first according to God’s perfect order, how do you apply the principle of first fruits practically in your own life? As I began to study and dedicate more and more time to seeking God’s heart on this principle, I asked, “Lord, why don’t we see it? We’re speaking but the mountains are not always moving.” Have you ever felt that way? It is all right to be honest and authentic with God and ask questions.

What I felt was revealed to me was that people are speaking, but speaking alone is not the precedent God has set. It is not the pattern of God. You can’t put a roof on a house before having the foundation firmly in place. So let’s go back to the beginning. In Genesis chapter 1, we see where God created the heavens and the earth. But notice verse 2, “And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.”
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The First Fruits Principle | Part 3

Pt 3: First ThingsGod has established certain firsts all throughout His Word: 

First Commandment“And Jesus answered him, ‘The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment’ ” (Mark 12:29-30). 

First Time of the Year“And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, This month shall be unto you the beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year to you. Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house” (Exodus 12:1-3). 

First Born“And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Sanctify unto me all the firstborn, whatsoever openeth the womb among the children of Israel, both of man and of beast: it is mine” (Exodus 13:1-2). 

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The First Fruits Principle | Part 2

Pt 2: Why The Priests?
God’s Word is full of patterns, and the manner in which the first fruits were to be presented to the Lord was no different.
In the Old Testament, the offerings were given to the priests and Levites so that they could be devoted to the work of the Lord and carry out His instructions for the people. But what was significant in the Old Testament about bringing the first fruits offering to the priests in such a manner? How did that benefit the one who brought the offering? The key is found in the words of God to Ezekiel, “And the first of all the firstfruits of all things, and every oblation of all, of every sort of your oblations, shall be the priest’s: ye shall also give unto the priest the first of your dough, that he may cause the blessing to rest in thine house” (Ezekiel 44:30, KJV). Under the Old Covenant, the priest received the first fruits offering and waved it before the Lord as a means of presenting it to God. He then prayed to release the blessings of…