FIRST THINGS FIRST
FIRST THINGS FIRST
Way back in the Garden, in the Beginning God set a Principle in order that He intended to be followed for all generations…and if this Principle is followed there will be a BLESSING attached to it every time. The Principle is simply…
GOD DESIRES OUR FIRST & OUR BEST!!!
3And in the process of time it came to pass that Cain brought an offering of the fruit of the ground to the LORD. 4Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat. And the LORD respected Abel and his offering, 5but He did not respect Cain and his offering. And Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell.
6So the LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? 7If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.”
This lets us know that we can’t just bring anything to God and expect Him to accept it just because we are giving…We Must Give Him What He Desires and the Way He Desires It!
God is STILL REJECTING & SHOWING NO RESPECT to many of our offerings that we bring to Him today because we are not bringing our 1st and our Best!!!!!
Pls note that after God destroyed every living thing in the Flood….
The 1st thing Noah did when the waters receded…
20 Then Noah built an altar to the LORD, and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird, and offered burnt offerings on the altar.
Noah built an altar and gave God the 1st and the Best.
When God started over….pls note…the Principle was still the same!!!
HE WANTS THE 1st & THE BEST!!!!
And remember in order for God to redeem mankind He was subject to His Principle as well…He gave us His FIRST and His BEST…
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
And for all of my “but now we are living under grace” ppl…Jesus Himself taught….
But seek ye FIRST the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
Then Paul agreed with Jesus’ teaching when he said that we should give the First & Best of our bodies to God as a living sacrifice…
Romans 12:1-2 NKJV
1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
So as it pertains to our “Giving”….
What kind of gift is good, acceptable, and perfect unto God???
THE FIRST & THE BEST!!!!!
• Our Time
• Our Strength & Energy
• Our Resources
• Our Gifts & Talents
• Our Money
What are you giving God today????
God Bless You…Iron Sharpening Iron
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