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THE GREAT ADVENTURE - LIVING THE SPIRIT-FILLED LIFE
Dr. Stan Coffey
It's so great to be in God's house. How I praise the Lord for the privilege of being here today, opening God's Word and seeing what God will say to our hearts. What a great verse this is. This ought to be a life verse for every one of us.
(Read Proverbs 3:5-10)
Look at Proverbs 3:9 again; it speaks about trusting God; it speaks about giving to God; it speaks about honoring God; it speaks about worshiping God; it speaks about serving God; it speaks about pleasing God. "Honour the Lord with they substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase." Notice he didn't say the last fruits; he said the firstfruits. Spirit-filled giving is giving of the firstfruits to God. You say, "Pastor, what do you mean by 'firstfruits'?" Let me just share some examples with you from God's Word. God has always reserved something for Himself; God has always had that which He set apart for Himself. And God said that is holy unto the Lord. We have previously talked about the anointing of the Holy Spirit. These things that God set aside for Himself were anointed things. Remember, to be anointed means that you recognize that you're set aside for God's special purpose and God's special plan for your life. In the Old Testament, kings were anointed, priests were anointed, the vessels were anointed, and the gifts of the people were anointed - that is, they were holy unto God.
Leviticus 20 tells us the tithe is holy unto God. Another way of saying that is the tithe is anointed unto God. God anoints that which we give to Him when we give the firstfruits to God. But Genesis 2 - the very first reference to tithing in all the Word of God, but it begins early in the scripture - God put Adam and Eve into a lovely garden. Some people say there were ten species of trees, but there was one tree that God reserved for Himself. God said, "Of every tr ...
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