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Who's On First? (3 of 5)
Series: In God We Trust
God's way of life is the best way to live life here on earth! The corresponding truth is that if God's way is rejected or neglected, then we can expect to forfeit the protection of God, as well as the favor of God, and incur the judgment of God!
If the way of God is accepted; it liberates.
If it is rejected, it brings bondage.
That means then; every one of us in this room is in bondage or freedom depending on our response to God's way and God's word.
God's great, overwhelming desire is: (1) to live in your heart and direct your life, (2) to bless your life with his favor, (3) to put a wall of protection around you and yours, (4) and to take such good care of you that people around you will see God's obvious blessing on you, that they will want it for themselves.
So the question is how do we gain the blessing and favor of God on our lives? And the answer is determined by who or what is first in your life.
I believe most of us in this room would probably like to think that God is first in our lives. However, if we analyze what we do with our time on an average week, we might be startled to know how little priority God has in the use of our time. If I spend 30 minutes a week in prayer and 30 minutes reading the Bible but 10 hours a week watching television…then television has a higher priority in my life than God.
If we analyzed our checkbook and discovered that every month we spend more money paying credit card bills than we save or give to God…then obviously things have a greater priority in our lives than God.
The issue of who is first in our lives is the issue Jesus was addressing when he observed that where a man's treasure is, that's where his heart is also. See - money is actually a test from God because how we handle our finances reveals what our priorities are - what we are most committed to - and what we love the most.
But even more than that; the way we handle money directly dictates the blessings of God that we will receive or not receive in our lives.
Deuteronomy 14:23 (TLB) Bring this tithe to eat before the Lord your God at the place he shall choose as his sanctuary; this applies to your tithes of grain, new wine, olive oil, and the firstborn of your flocks and herds. The purpose of tithing is to teach you always to put God first in your lives.
I want to share with you three principles from God that have radically changed my life and are in the process of changing my life. And what they are doing in me and my house, they will do for you if you are willing to line your life up with them. In fact, if you will align your life with these principles, I can promise you immediate results.
I. The Principle of First-Fruits.
A. Exodus 13:2 (NIV) Consecrate to me every firstborn male. The first offspring of every womb among the Israelites belongs to me, whether man or animal.
1. Here are the people of God, poised to ...
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