May, 2019 – First Fruit Offering: Secret of overwhelming Blessing

May, 2019 – First Fruit Offering: Secret of overwhelming Blessing

FIRST FRUIT OFFERING: SECRET OF OVERWHELMING BLESSING.

TEXT: Proverbs 3:9-10; Romans 11:16, Leviticus 23:10.
Proverbs 3:9 says Honor the Lord with thy substance, and with the FIRSTFRUITS of all thine increase: Verse 10 says: So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.

Rom.11:16 says for if the FIRSTFRUITS be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches.

Leviticus 23:10 says “When you come into the land which I give you and reap its harvest, then you shall bring a sheaf of the first fruits of your harvest to the priest,”Leviticus 23:10. It is to be set apart as holy unto God.

INTRODUCTION
The Bible is replete with virtually inexhaustible provisions for Man’s comfort here on earth and in eternity. The oldest singular limitation is Man’s refusal to simply obey the WORD of GOD. 3 John 2 for instance reaffirmed God’s persistent intention and plan for man: Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prosper. However, God not wanting to appear to man as a Dictator, grants man the freewill to enjoy virtually endless benefits ONLY on the condition of total obedience, to the giver of these benefits -The Almighty GOD.

THE SIGNIFICANCE OF FIRSTFRUIT OFFERING
God instructed Moses to expose the secret of overwhelming blessings to His chosen Nation of Israel. Moses obeyed God by stating the conditions precedent to man enjoying God’s overwhelming blessings. In the Books of Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy, Moses stated the significance of FIRSTFRUIT OFFERING, in not less than thirteen (13) occasions.

Exodus 23:19 stipulates strict obedience to giving of FIRSTFRUIT OFFERING. He repeated this again in Exodus 34:26. To remove any ambiguity on the significance of FIRSTFRUIT, God expressly instructed Moses again in Leviticus 23:10 that the euphoria of victory and celebration of wonderful accomplishment must not be allowed to obliterate compliance with His instruction on FIRSTFRUIT OFFERING

For brevity, let us itemize important points to note on FIRSTFRUIT OFFERING:

FIRSTFRUIT OFFERING must be taken to God’s house (Exodus 23:19; 34:26); The FIRSTFRUIT OFFERING must be delivered to the Priest of the Nation (Lev.23:10; Numbers 18:42) otherwise known as the High Priest as at then in Israel (Numbers 3:32);The FIRSTFRUIT OFFERING shall apply to all a man engages in for livelihood (Deuteronomy 18:4);The giving of FIRSTFRUIT OFFERING must be accompanied with worship (Deuteronomy 26:10); It must be offered once and during each cycle of harvest, which was yearly in biblical time (Nehemiah 10:35). It must however be noted that in situations of multiple planting seasons within one year, FIRSTFRUIT OFFERING becomes due after each harvest exercise; The FIRSTFRUIT is the exclusive preserve of the one considered the Nation’s Man of God (II Kings 4:42); and The FIRSTFRUIT in Hebrew is “bikkurim”and literally means “ promise to come.” And there is ONE who never breaks His promise God! That is why the truth behind this “promise to come”in God’s Word is so powerful. Though long overlooked by many, this divine establishment of God’s order of things is actually the root that governs the rest. When you KEEP FIRST THINGS FIRST through faith and obedience, you turn God’s promise into provision⋯ ABUNDANT PROVISION! The giving of FIRSTFRUIT must be done promptly along with payment of tithe (II Chronicles 31:5).

OVERWHELMING BLESSINGS OF GOD
Givers of FIRSTFRUIT OFFERING enjoy God’s comprehensive insurance. Jeremiah 2:3 says God issues automatic judgment on whoever or whatsoever attempts to devour givers of FIRSTFRUIT

Isaiah 61:7, “ Instead of your shame you will receive a double portion, and instead of disgrace you will rejoice in your inheritance. And so you will inherit a double portion in your land, and everlasting joy will be yours.”God can be called upon to specially favor the giver of FIRSTFRUIT (Nehemiah 13:31); The Old Testament text: Proverbs 3:9-10, state clearly that in addition to God honoring the giver of FIRSTFRUIT OFFERING, the giver also enjoys overflowing blessings from the Almighty God; The Old Testament text further implies that the honor rendered unto God by the giver of FIRSTFRUITS automatically attracts greater dimension of honor from GOD (I Sam 2:30b).FIRSTFRUITS are giving the first portion to GOD. Romans 11:16 says, “ If the part of a dough offered as FIRSTFRUITS is HOLY, then the whole batch is HOLY; if the root is HOLY, so are the branches”. Giving the first portion of your finances to God will cause all of your finances for the rest of the year to be HOLY. FIRSTFRUITS causes God to treat your finances as HOLY giving you favor with GOD because your finances are connected to the FIRST FRUIT OFFERING. Ezekiel 44:30 “ The first of all FIRSTFRUITS of every kind and every contribution of every kind, from all your contributions, shall be for the priests, you shall also give to the priest the first of your dough to cause a blessing to rest on your house.” FIRSTFRUITS impart a blessing on your home. Many times a financial blessing is not our main need or concern. Having a blessing on your home positions you to have healing in your physical, spiritual and emotional needs for you and your family. When you give FIRSTFRUITS not only do you benefit but your saved and unsaved loved ones do also.

CONCLUSION
God’s intention is that Man lives a life of true dominion, comfort and overwhelming blessings. However, realizing this divine desire depends on Man’s prompt, total and consistent obedience to God’s instructions, one of which is giving of FIRSTFRUIT OFFERING.
God bless you All!!!

Behold I Will Do A New Thing

The just concluded year has been very challenging for many and for some it has been from one testimony to another. Brethren, irrespective of what you passed through in year 2017 , the Lord is assuring you by His word that “Behold I Will Do A New Thing “in 2018 that all men will celebrate the God you serve with you . In this write up , we will be focusing on four main words from the bible text and each word will be used to explain few things as we go on together.

1. REMEMBER NOT/ FORGET* In preparation for a New Thing , you will need to “Remember not” the past struggles, silent frustrations and failures you experienced in the previous year . * Remember not could also mean to Disregard or loose memory of all the unpleasant situations and ridicule you encountered in year 2017. God is able to do a new thing in your life throughout year 2018 but you need to forget the past . Isa 43:18, 2 Corinth. 5:17, Luke 9:62 and Phil 3:13-14

 

Overcoming Life Temptation

I want to share with you some of the issues God had made me to overcome in life as a believer and I do hope that your life will never remain the same again. I was born again at a very tender age and I have enjoyed God in such an extraordinary way. However, I have been tempted in so many ways. The bible made us realize that there is no temptation that has come upon us except that which is common to man. Somebody else has undergone same temptation we are facing presently. Please note too well that God does not temp any man. He can only test your faith but devil is the author and master minder of temptation and God permitted it to be so.

Any Limit to Marriage Age?

At what age can a person be too old to be married? Is there any particular age that a person should get married or should not be married? Please share your thoughts on this topic with others on this medium.

Forgiveness of others?

For how long or how many times can somebody keep offending me before I can say enough is enough? How many times can I give forgiving anybody that offends me?

Will the end come very soon?

We have been witnessing serious impact on this our planet lately and this is giving us a very big concern. Can we assume or believe that the end has come? The scriptures talks about the end time signs. Are these what the bible says and what Jesus said will happen towards the end of the age? What are your thoughts on this?