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INTRODUCTION: In his book, ''the Power of Habit'' Charles Duhigg writes that scientists are just beginning to discover the immense power of certain KEYSTONE habits. Keystones are habits or actions that lend a disproportionate amount of influence over other decisions in your life.
EXAMPLE: When you work out, you tend to eat better, sleep better, become more emotionally stable, make better overall decisions.
NOW - When in comes to generosity there is a Keystone Habit. There is one habit that if practiced faithfully, it will unleash a spirit of generosity throughout your life. It's all about who or what you give to FIRST.
TEXT: Matthew 6:33 (ESV) 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
C.S. Lewis said it well, ''Put first things first and we get second things thrown in: put second things first and we lose both first and second things''.
I want to teach you a powerful principle that can take your generosity to a level many of you have never dreamed possible.
DISCLAIMER - This is one of those principles I learned as a little boy at Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, but I was reminded of in a sermon by Robert Morris a couple of years ago. So, let me give credit where credit is due - much of what I'm teaching you today is not original I learned this from Goody Voss and Robert Morris.
LISTEN TO WHAT SOLOMON, THE WISEST MAN WHO EVER LIVED SAID IN Proverbs 3:9-10 (ESV)
9 Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce; 10 then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine.
If you honor the Lord FIRST - then your biggest problems will be where to keep the overflow!
2 Chronicles 16:9 (ESV)
9 For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to give strong support to those whose heart is blameless toward him.
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