Today's Devotion (Thursday)

MOUNTAIN TOP LIFE DEVOTIONAL



WISDOM FOR GIVING (III)


FIRE SCRIPTURE: 2 Corinthians 9:1-7


MEMORY VERSE:

Luke 6:38 "Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again."


PRAISE WORSHIP: Take a worship song as led by the Holy Spirit


THE MESSAGE:

God pays attention to details. How you pay your first fruits matters to Him. The failure to take this into cognisance has made many believers to forfeit parts of the blessings of first fruits that ought to have accrued to them.


For instance, many believers do not plan and prepare for the payment of their first fruits. Being a yearly affair, you ought to make adequate planning and preparation for next year's payment the moment you pay the current year. Proper planning and adequate preparation for giving your offering and paying your tithe as well as first fruits will help to ensure that you give God the first place and offer Him the best. It will also help to ensure that you clear other bills (rent, school fees, mortgage, etc) out of the way and that nothing competes or takes what you have earmarked for God. Planning and preparation will enable you to truly worship God with your substance. What steps do you need to take in planning and preparing for the payment of your first fruit in line with God's word? Here are some of them:


First, giving is a form of worship. The payment of your first fruit should be treated as a significant spiritual exercise and as a way of worshiping God. There are injunctions from God about what you should give, to whom, when and how. Therefore, you should pray to God to enable you obey Him and fulfil His instructions. In your prayers, you can also ask God questions and listen to Him for further directions. When you get the payment of your first fruits right, you can expect overflowing blessings from the All-Sufficient God. Second, estimate and correctly reckon what you will be giving to God. Ensure that you do not underpay or short-change God. Being diligent in this area also shows that you are a committed and Spirit-led believer. If you do not pay attention to the quantity and quality of what you pay as well as the timing, you may miss out on the benefits. The next thing is that you must prioritise God. In paying your first fruits as well as tithes, ensure that you obey Exodus 22:29 by paying your first fruits to God before any other payment or use.


In addition to this, you must not delay or postpone the payment of your first fruits. Once it is available, pay it with alacrity. Exodus 22:29a says, "Thou shalt not delay to offer the first of thy ripe fruits..." Similarly, in 2 Chronicles 31:5, the Bible says that the giving of first fruit must be done promptly along with the payment of tithe: "And as soon as the commandment came abroad, the children of Israel brought in abundance the first fruits of corn, wine, and oil, and honey, and of all the increase of the field; and the tithe of all things brought they in abundantly." Therefore, when you plan and prepare properly for paying your first fruit and tithe, you are not likely to skip, delay or postpone paying them. By proper planning and preparation, you would beat the enemy, who never wants you to pay, to his antics!


MOTIVATIONAL QUOTE:

The fragrance always stays in the hand that gives the rose.


PROPHETIC WORD FOR TODAY:

GOD WILL SUPPLY ALL YOUR NEEDS ACCORDING TO HIS RICHES IN GLORY BY CHRIST JESUS, IN THE NAME OF JESUS.


PRAYER POINTS:


MORNING

1. I receive divine wisdom for giving and partnering with God, in the name of Jesus.

2. Father, help me to always plan and prepare to give my best service and offering to You, in the name of Jesus.

3. Powers that causes delay, postponement, diversion of tithe, offering and first fruit, I am not your candidate, die, in the name of Jesus.


EVENING

4. I connect myself to divine overflowing blessings, in the name of Jesus.

5. I recover all my hijacked and diverted blessings, in the name of Jesus.

6. Covenants and curses of poverty working against my life, break now, in the name of Jesus.

7. I claim and appropriate all the good promises of God for faithful tithes and first fruit payers, in the name of Jesus.


Bible In One Year: Exodus 16-18


Source: MOUNTAIN TOP LIFE is a daily devotional by Dr. D.K Olukoya (General Overseer, Mountain of Fire and Miracle Ministries Worldwide)

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