The Love Nurture Magazine comes out 3 times a year and I’ve done something entirely different with it, instead of adding other articles and features I just enclosed one success story after another; and give you extracts of other articles in a blog post like this one. Today’s topic is extract number 1…
I woke up on the 1st of May 2016 with the words ‘First Fruits’ in my spirit. It came from nowhere, as the night before I hadn’t seen or heard anything about first fruits. I had heard about first fruits around about the birth of my first born son Chude, 22 years ago; and was reminded about it once or twice in the years that followed.
Let me first start with my experience, I had read just before I delivered him that:
“As it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that openeth the womb shall be called holy to the Lord…” Luke 2:23. Crossed referenced with Exodus 13:2: “Sanctify unto me all the firstborn, whatsoever openeth the womb among the children of Israel, both of man and of beast: it is mine” and Exodus 34:19 “All that openeth the matrix is mine; and every firstling among thy cattle, whether ox or sheep, that is male” (KJV).
So, when Chude came out I gave him to God, I just said what the bible said and said, “Lord he’s yours keep him safe and use him for your glory.”
So, this is my first clear remembrance of this principle and the consequences of applying it. What I learnt from this, having researched scriptures and listening to messages on this topic since, is ignorance is not an excuse. This principle will work for you or against you whether you are aware of it or not. It’s like the law of gravity, being ignorant of it, will not stop it from working against you if you were to step off a ledge! Do I want to argue that it said Israel when God has said there is neither Jew nor Greek in his word(Galatians 3:28)? Will I take that gamble, absolutely not!
Chude is God’s I couldn’t take back the act of obedience even if I tried. I heard the teaching on first fruits and obeyed to the best of my understanding now it’s evident God’s hand is on him and we all know what happens when you try to take anything that belongs to God – “…you are cursed with a curse” Malachi 3: 9.
My son is one example as Malachi 3 shows taking what belongs to God is robbing him and when you do that, no amount of prayer, fasting or deliverance services will get you out from under the curse.
Proverbs 3: 9-10 – clearly states that when you honour the Lord with your wealth and the firstfruits of all your crops; and attached to that act of obedience is then you will overflow in blessings. Want to overflow in blessings? Only the firstfruit offering will ensure that. Obedience to this shows a level of reverence to God and this is what God honours.
Matthew 6: 33 – “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well”( NIV).
There are so many other scriptures that show by putting God first is the only way you or I can be prosperous and blessed, do research them for yourself. Put God first.
This May’s edition of the Love Nurture Magazine is called ‘Success Stories’, it showcases the successes of a few couples and singles people who changed their financial destiny and are now positioned to leave an inheritance to their children’s children. Click the link here to – Get your copy.