Put God First
(didn't have the Bible connections with it), but did understand this: that there is a power
behind it; and that the only way I can be free of that is if I start to learn how to open my
hand, and to direct giving.
We see from reading the Bible, that if I put the first fruits to God, then I have blessing
come around the rest. Things start to come towards me, instead of going away from me.
I come into a place where there's a river of blessing.
Another time I want to talk about generosity, which was touched on today, the whole
area of having a generous spirit. This is the Christian spirit, it's a generous spirit.
I want to just ask you this, to consider: where am I, in this whole area? Am I in
problems? Am I giving God the honour and the glory?
If you're here today and you don't know Jesus: you know one of the greatest things to
understand, is the generosity of God.
I know we've talked a little bit about finances, but we're talking about coming into a
blessed life; and the first step of coming to a blessed life, has nothing to do with money.
It’s to acknowledge Jesus Christ. God gave His Son to love you, and bless you, and to
bring you out of sin; Jesus died on the cross to redeem from sin. He gave His life as the
offering, so you could become clean and blessed, but what it requires is that you identify
with that, and that Jesus becomes your offering.
Instead of trying hard to be a better person, you come to the cross and say: Jesus, I
accept what You have done on my behalf. This is my offering, on my behalf, and I thank
You my life is sanctified and made whole, and I'm free from sin, because You are my
You are my offering. I take what You have done, and I say: God, accept this offering of
Jesus Christ. What an amazing deal. What a great thing.
The first step of course is: you need to make a decision to receive Jesus. How much
more could He give you? He doesn't want you to suffer. He wants you to be blessed;
and the first step is to receive what Jesus did for you, and invite Him to come into your
In a moment, we'll all stand together, and we're going to rejoice; because God in
heaven rejoices when a sinner comes to Christ. We'll all hold hands together, and
church, let's reach your hands out to them, and let's all pray this simple prayer together.