Separate The First-fruits
Unto The Lord
Thou shalt not delay to offer the first of thy ripe fruits, and of thy liquors: the firstborn of thy sons shalt thou give unto me (Exodus 22:29).
Someone once asked if it was necessary to give the first-fruit offering only at the beginning of the year; can’t one give it any other time of the year?
First, you have to understand that God is not a man; He is a Spirit being (John 4:24), and the Bible refers to Him as “…the Father of spirits...” (Hebrews 12:9). So you don’t deal with Him as you would a man. When such spiritual instruction comes to you in your local assembly, to give your first-fruit at the beginning of the year, put it into action immediately. Delay or procrastination in giving your first-fruits or other offerings to God is actually a delay in receiving from Him.
This is important at the beginning of the year, but as the Lord blesses you in the process of time, perhaps you received a raise in your salary, or a blessing of any kind, you should separate the first-fruit unto the Lord, and pay it as well.
In Romans 11:16, the Bible says “For if the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches” (Romans 11:16). If you give God your first-fruit at the appropriate time, the Lord will watch over the entire lump—your entire resources. He’ll sanctify, separate and consecrate everything you receive afterwards. He’ll see to it that you don’t encounter austere moments or dryness in your finances.
Always be prompt to pay your first-fruits, tithes, and seed-offerings. Remember, the Word says “God loves (He takes pleasure in, prizes above other things, and is unwilling to abandon or to do without) a cheerful (joyous, "prompt to do it") giver [whose heart is in his giving]” (2 Corinthians 9:7 AMP). When you give, there is a promise for a harvest. Proverbs 3:9-10 says “Honour the Lord with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase: So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.” This is one of the surefire recipes for financial abundance. So be excited to give your firth-fruit offering, for its holy unto the Lord.
Dear Father, I thank you for showing me the essence of responding swiftly to spiritual instructions. I’m resolved today to act on your Word by giving my first-fruit, tithes and offerings. And as I do, I’m divinely protected and all my resources are sanctified. The devourer is rebuked for my sake, in Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Psalm 116:12-14;Proverbs 3:9-10