Today's Devotion (Tuesday)

 
MOUNTAIN TOP LIFE DAILY DEVOTIONAL




WISDOM FOR GIVING (I)


FIRE SCRIPTURE: Genesis 4:1-11


MEMORY VERSE:

Hebrews 11:4 "By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh."


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


THE MESSAGE:

Giving is one of the veritable keys God has given believers to access His amazing treasures, inexhaustible resources and to enjoy His security over all He gives to them. Yet, giving is among the most misinterpreted, least understood, most untapped privileges God has given man. The grave consequence of this is that many believers live in poverty when they should live in super abundance. As a believer, you need wisdom for giving. What you give and how you give to God will go a long way in determining the quality of your walk with God and the rewards you get from Him here and in eternity.


The Bible presents an interesting story that buttresses this point in Genesis 4. The two sons of Adam and Eve; Cain and Abel, were the central characters. Genesis 4:3-5 reads, "And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD. And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering: But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell."


God accepted the person as well as the sacrifice of Abel. The same God rejected Cain and his offering. Why? In the New Testament, the Bible further affirms that God respected Abel's person and sacrifice while he rejected Cain's. Hebrew 11:4 says, "By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh." Many have asked why God accepted the person and offering of Abel while He rejected the person and offering of Cain, his brother. God is not partial.


Some theologians said that Abel brought blood sacrifice and they supported their claim with the Scripture that "there is no remission of sin without the shedding of blood". They also further buttressed this standpoint with the claim that Adam covered his nakedness with animal skin. The same category of theologians also said that Cain, on the other hand, brought an offering from the ground that was cursed to God. However, these theologians are not right. God did not respect one because of his profession (shepherd) and reject the other because of his profession (farmer). The issue is not in the offering, but in the quality of it.


What Cain did was to bring left over of the fruit of the ground as offering to God. On the other hand, Abel brought the first born of his flock to God. God's instruction was very clear. Exodus 23:19a and Exodus 34:26a affirm this verbatim: "The first of the firstfruits of thy land, thou shalt bring into the house of the LORD thy God."


The heart attitude was the difference between Cain and Abel. Cain's heart attitude was not right towards God. That is why his offering was deficient and rejected. The same wrong heart attitude that derived from his carnal mind led him to react with anger and murder his brother (Abel) when God rejected his offering and accepted Abel's. So, before you offer your first fruits, tithes and other services to God, make sure your heart attitudes are right. Also, make sure you are Spirit-led and not self-led or carnally minded.


MOTIVATIONAL QUOTE:

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.


PROPHETIC WORD FOR TODAY:

I PROPHESY THAT HENCEFORTH, YOUR GIVING SHALL PROVOKE OPEN-HEAVEN EXPERIENCE FOR YOU, IN THE NAME OF JESUS.


PRAYER POINTS:


MORNING

1. I will not go the way of Cain and will not commit the error of Balaam, in the name of Jesus.

2. Anything in me or around me that can make God reject me and my offering to Him, die, in the name of Jesus.

3. Father, by Your mercy, make my heart attitude towards You to be always right, in the name of Jesus.


EVENING

4. I receive the grace to put God first and give Him my best always, in the name of Jesus.

5. Father,  by Your mercy, after the order of Abel, have respect for me and my offering, in the name of Jesus.

6. My offering and service to God will not go unrewarded, in the name of Jesus.

7. Blood of Jesus, deliver me from self-centeredness and selfishness, in the name of Jesus.


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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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