|Pastor Paula White|
We Must Honor God's Principle of First Fruits in 2015http://paulawhite.org/firstfruits
To be in alignment with what God has for us, we must start the year off as instructed- by obeying God's Holy Principle! God's Word clearly instructs us…"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!
First Fruits 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!
Because He wants to see you succeed, He has put a system into place based on the principle of "First Fruits." The Bible references first fruits or first things or devoted things no less than 32 times.
"Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your increase" (Proverbs 3:9).
"When you come into the land which I gave you, and reap its harvest, then you shall bring a sheaf of the first fruits of your harvest to the priest" (Leviticus 23:9-10)
God claims the first fruits of anything! It rightfully belongs to Him in His divine order. When we apply the Principle of First Fruits – First Things First – in our lives, we begin to see that all firsts should be given 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 the month.
You can put God first in every area of your life by:
- PRAYING. Give God your first thoughts in the morning. Talk with Him before you do anything else EVERY day. Pray without ceasing for your family, for financial recovery and blessings, for healing... for your needs. God will honor your faithfulness.
- PLANNING. Where do you want to be 365 days from today? Getting from here to there requires a prayerful plan. Seek God's clear directive for your life, then write it down. Keep it in the front of you on a daily basis. Let it get into your spirit. See it! Believe it! Live it!
- MAKING AN OFFERING. When you give your first fruits offering, you are planting a seed for the remainder of the year. Everything you have is a gift from God... you have an option to keep it or to sow it for an even greater harvest. There is a greater portion that awaits you in honor of your first fruits offering!
When you offer God your first fruits and bring Him the fullness of the first, you establish the foundation that the "whole thing" - your entire life – will be holy and blessed!
I challenge you to put FIRST THINGS FIRST and HONOR GOD! Start activating the Word by offering God your FIRST FRUITS as a seed for your harvest in 2015. As you sacrifice your offering to Him, you set a precedent of what will come. You release a great promise of provision as a result of your obedience. Many people give a week's salary, others a day's, but everyone must give their very best offering!