For if the first fruit is holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root is holy, so are the branches.
In part 1 of this series we studied Tithes and why we need to tithe. Tithe is a Covenant Connector.
In this part we will look at First Fruits as our pathway to Prosperity. As believers we are empowered to prosper and break through the barriers of challenging circumstances and press on to fulfil Gods perfect will for our lives. The Word of God equips us to be barrier breakers and our declarations in faith bring transformation.
Psalm 66:12 (AMPC) we went through fire and through water, but You (God) brought us out into a broad, moist place [to abundance and refreshment and the open air].
Ephesians 2:10 (AMPC) for we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live].
In the above versus, God desires us as born again believers; do the good works He has predestined for us. He delivered us from darkness and has brought us to a wealthy (moist) place of abundance. Abundance is not just money but good health, more than enough to reach out to others, no sickness in the family, peace, children walking in the Lord. We therefore see that poverty, lack and insufficiency are not Gods plan for us. The Lord desires us to break (Greek- luo meaning destroy) through the shackles that are holding us down and move into the wealthy place.
The questions that then comes to mind is
- How can we break (destroy) those shackles?
- Is tithing not just sufficient?
- When we tithe consistently why are we still trapped in a land of not enough
Being financially free is totally dependent on our willingness to do things Gods way. In Malachi 3:8-9 we see the consequences of mishandling our finances by failing to tithe consistently. According to Scripture there is something we need to do to take us further than what tithing takes us. While tithing connects us with the Covenant and opens the windows of heaven; First fruit offering and Sacrificial Seed offering are what the Lord established to bring in the harvest.
We will look at 3 scriptures that show First Fruit Offering and Tithes are different.
Proverbs 3:9-10 (AMPC) Honour the Lord with your capital and sufficiency [from righteous labours] and with the first fruits of all your income; 10 So shall your storage places be filled with plenty, and your vats shall be overflowing with new wine.
Nehemiah 12:44 On that day men were appointed over the chambers for the stores, the contributions, the first fruits, and the tithes, to gather into them the portions required by law for the priests and the Levites according to the fields of the towns, for Judah rejoiced over the priests and Levites who served [faithfully].
2Chron 31:5 As soon as the king’s order spread, the Israelites gave in abundance the first fruits of grain, new wine, [olive] oil, honey, and of all the produce of the field; and they brought in the tithe of everything abundantly.
The children of Israel understood the difference between tithes and first fruit. What is the First fruit offering? First fruit is the first of your labour. It is your first and foremost pay you receive when you get a job. It is not centred on percentage. It also has to do with increase. If there is no increase there is no first fruit. When you get an increase in pay; that portion of the increase of your pay you receive that first week is the First fruit.
E.g. 1. You pick up your first job and get your first pay packet. That is your first fruit unto the Lord.
E.g. 2. You receive wages of $500 per week. When you get your next increase to $550 per week; that $50 you receive the first week of the increase of salary is your first fruit. You don’t have to give first fruits of your pay subsequently till you get your next pay increase.
By honouring God with your first fruits the Word declares in Prov 3 above that your bank accounts (barns) are blessed.
Whom do you give First Fruits to?
Ezekiel 44:30 (AMP) The first of all the first fruits of every kind, and every contribution and offering of every kind, from all your contributions and offerings, shall belong to the priests. You shall also give to the priest the first of your coarse meal and bread dough, so that a blessing may rest on your house.
It belongs to the men of God – apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers or to any Ministry and God guarantees you a continued blessing over your house.
The first fruit in itself does not have the power to produce breakthrough but God does as He is your source. First fruit was a new subject to me as I always thought it was tithe, but when I heard the teaching on it 15 years ago I chose to follow and do exactly as it said and I have always been blessed.
(Once you receive your breakthrough, do not forget to email in your praise report to us on the ICLC website)