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The Principle of First

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September 19, 2019
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Pastor Robert Morris Ministries

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The Principle of First

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  • And we're going to see that this principle
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  • refers to tithing.
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  • But I want to say something to you that maybe you've
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  • never thought of.
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  • Jesus is God's tithe.
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  • Welcome to the blessed life.
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  • Is God really first in your life?
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  • What would your checkbook say?
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  • Stay tuned.
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  • ROBERT: I want you to turn your Bibles to one
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  • passage of scripture.
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  • We'll go through some others.
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  • But, we'll just look at one.
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  • Exodus 13.
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  • We'll just go to one.
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  • Exodus 13, and as you're getting to Exodus 13,
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  • let me just say this.
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  • This is in my opinion the most important message
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  • in the series.
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  • We're in this series called "The Blessed Life,"
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  • and this is probably the most important message in the series.
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  • The title of this message is "The Principal of First."
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  • "The Principal of First."
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  • I want to make this statement.
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  • If God is first in your life, then everything
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  • will come into order.
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  • I'm not saying you won't have difficulties
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  • or problems or go through struggles.
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  • Jesus said in this world, you'll have tribulation.
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  • But would you rather go through tribulation
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  • with everything in order, or everything out of order?
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  • And hear me, if Jesus is first, if God's first,
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  • everything will come into order in your life.
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  • If He is not first, then nothing will come into order
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  • in your life.
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  • God has to be first for there to be order in your life.
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  • So I want to show you this principal,
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  • because this principal is a principal that runs all through
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  • scripture, from Genesis to Revelation.
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  • Here, so let's start, Exodus 13:1.
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  • It says, "Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying,
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  • 'Consecrate to me all the firstborn.
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  • Whatever opens the womb among the children of Israel,
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  • both of man and of beast, it is mine.'" It is mine.
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  • It belongs to me.
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  • I wish that I could adequately explain to you
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  • how emphatic the language is in the Hebrew here,
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  • this phrase it is mine.
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  • It is my property, it belongs to me, I'm the owner.
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  • It's extremely emphatic.
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  • It's very important to understand that,
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  • when you talk about the Principal of Firsts.
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  • The firstborn, he says, belongs to me.
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  • Okay now, look at verse 12.
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  • "That you shall set apart to the Lord all that opens the womb."
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  • That is every firstborn that comes from an animal,
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  • which you have, "males shall be the Lord's."
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  • Very similar language in the Hebrew shall belong to God.
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  • They'll be the Lord's.
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  • "But every firstborn" now, we'll talk about this,
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  • "of a donkey you shall redeem with a lamb," very important.
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  • A donkey will be redeemed with a lamb.
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  • Now watch this phrase.
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  • And "if you will not redeem it then you shall break its neck."
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  • It's very important to understand that if you don't
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  • redeem it, you're going to lose it anyway.
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  • I want you to apply that as we talk about the first
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  • of our finances, the first ten percent.
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  • He says, you're, if you don't bring it to me,
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  • you're going to lose it.
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  • You're still going to lose it.
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  • It's going out of your account.
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  • Watch this.
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  • "And all the firstborn of man among your sons
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  • you shall redeem."
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  • All right, so I have three points.
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  • If you're taking notes, I want you to write these down,
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  • the firstborn must be sacrificed or redeemed.
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  • That's the principal here in the Old Testament
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  • that is referring to a principal that goes all through the Bible.
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  • The firstborn must be sacrificed or redeemed.
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  • Okay, but how do you know which to do?
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  • How do you know whether you sacrifice it or redeem it?
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  • Well, he gives two animals which are exemplary
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  • of categories of animals.
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  • He gives us the donkey and the lamb, okay?
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  • The donkey represents unclean animals,
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  • and the lamb represents clean animals.
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  • So how do you know which to do?
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  • Well, if it's a clean animal, it has to be sacrificed,
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  • the firstborn.
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  • If it's an unclean animal, it has to be redeemed
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  • with the sacrifice of a clean.
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  • All right, let me say that one more time.
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  • If it's clean, firstborn.
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  • I'm hoping you kind of get ahead of me on this,
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  • and understand what this represents.
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  • If it's a clean, and it's firstborn,
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  • it has to be sacrificed.
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  • If it's unclean, it has to be redeemed
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  • with the sacrifice of a clean.
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  • Okay.
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  • How in the world does this relate to us today?
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  • Well let me ask you two questions, alright?
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  • First of all, were you and I spiritually born
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  • clean or unclean?
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  • In other words, when we were born in the natural,
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  • our spiritual state before God, were we born into this world,
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  • were we clean or unclean?
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  • Unclean.
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  • We are all born in sin, right?
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  • I can prove it by simply asking the experts here,
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  • the parents, did you have to teach your children to be bad?
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  • Or did that come naturally for them?
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  • See, we have to teach them to be good is that right?
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  • Because we're all born with a sin nature.
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  • That's what the Bible says, alright.
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  • So we were all born unclean.
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  • Was Jesus born unclean or clean?
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  • Clean, okay.
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  • Listen to me, listen very carefully.
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  • The clean, Jesus, the clean had to be sacrificed,
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  • so that the unclean could be redeemed.
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  • That's what we just read.
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  • That's how important this principal is.
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  • And we're going to see that this principal refers to tithing,
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  • but I want to say something to you that maybe
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  • you've never thought of.
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  • Jesus is God's tithe.
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  • Because you see, you give tithe first.
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  • You don't pay your bills and see if you have enough
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  • left over to tithe.
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  • You give the tithe first.
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  • It's the first ten percent.
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  • It's not just ten percent, it's the first ten percent.
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  • Because, it takes faith to give the first see, God said,
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  • "When your sheep has a lamb, give me the first one.
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  • It takes faith to give the first one before
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  • you have anymore.
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  • You don't know if the sheep's going to produce anymore.
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  • That takes faith.
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  • God didn't say, "Wait until your sheep has ten and then give
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  • me one of them and you can give me the one that keeps
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  • getting in your garden that you don't like."
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  • No, He said, "You give me the first one
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  • before you have any others."
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  • See, so many people think it's not the ten percent
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  • that enacts the blessing.
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  • It's the faith that enacts the blessing.
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  • It's giving the first ten percent.
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  • And the reason I say that, Jesus is God's tithe
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  • is because God gave Jesus first.
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  • He didn't wait to see if we would clean up or straighten up
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  • to give His son.
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  • God gave Jesus when we were mocking him and spitting
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  • on him and nailing him to a cross.
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  • Romans says it this way, "While we were yet sinners,
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  • Christ died for us."
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  • And Romans also said it this way,
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  • that God gave Jesus in hope.
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  • In hope.
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  • And that word, the root of that word is faith.
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  • In faith, we give our tithe in faith.
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  • So, it's the first ten percent.
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  • Think about this.
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  • When the children of Israel went into the promised land,
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  • God said bring all of the silver and gold from Jericho
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  • into the house of God.
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  • It's always into the house of God.
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  • That's always where the tithe goes.
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  • But, why didn't he say ten percent of Jericho?
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  • It's very simple.
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  • Because Jericho was the first city.
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  • It's simple.
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  • He said, "Bring the first into the house of the Lord,
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  • and the rest are redeemed."
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  • They're out from under the curse.
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  • They're blessed.
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  • See, the first portion has the redemptive,
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  • is the redemptive portion.
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  • So, the firstborn must be sacrificed or redeemed.
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  • Here's the second point.
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  • The first fruits must be offered.
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  • You can stay there in Exodus 13, look at Proverbs 3:9-10,
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  • "Honor the Lord with your possessions,
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  • and with the first fruits of all your increase."
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  • Bonuses, everything, "So your barns will be filled
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  • with plenty,and your vats will overflow with wine."
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  • Okay.
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  • That says to honor the Lord with the first of our increase.
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  • I just want to just make a note here.
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  • This is in Proverbs.
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  • This is not the law.
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  • This is not under the law.
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  • This is hundreds of years after the law.
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  • This is a principal that runs all through scripture.
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  • Let me show you another scripture.
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  • Exodus 23:19, "The first of the first fruits."
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  • I kind of like that phrase, because it's like God is saying,
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  • "Listen closely if you don't know what first means."
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  • "The first of the first fruits of your land,"
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  • now watch these words, "you shall bring,"
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  • that's the important word, "bring into the house
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  • of the Lord your God."
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  • Now we saw last weekend about Malachi, he said,
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  • "Bring the tithes into the storehouse."
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  • The tithe always comes to the church.
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  • You don't, you can't divide your tithe.
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  • You can't designate your tithe, you can't give
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  • it to somewhere else.
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  • But I want you to notice the word bring.
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  • The reason God uses the word "bring" instead of the word
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  • "give" when he talks about tithing, is because you can't
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  • give what doesn't belong to you.
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  • You have two choices according to scripture.
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  • And I know this is strong, but I've studied this for over
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  • 30 years now.
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  • You have two choices when it comes to the tithe according
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  • to scripture.
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  • You can bring it, or you can steal it.
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  • Those are the only two choices.
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  • There's no other choice according to scripture.
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  • They either brought it, or they stole it.
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  • Remember when God said, bring all the silver and gold
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  • from Jericho that Achan kept some?
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  • And of course, the next city, then they lost the battle
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  • until they brought it to the house of God.
  • 00:10:39.270 --> 00:10:41.180
  • But here was the point.
  • 00:10:41.210 --> 00:10:42.270
  • In Joshua 6, God calls the tithe "consecrated" or set apart,
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  • same thing he called the first born.
  • 00:10:48.130 --> 00:10:50.020
  • But in Joshua 7, once Achan took it, he said,
  • 00:10:50.050 --> 00:10:52.230
  • "Israel has stolen from me, and they're cursed."
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  • They're cursed.
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  • It's consecrated when you bring it to the house of God.
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  • It's cursed if you leave it in your bank account.
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  • Here's a real simple, straightforward question,
  • 00:11:05.170 --> 00:11:07.180
  • why would you want something cursed in your bank account?
  • 00:11:07.210 --> 00:11:10.200
  • I mean, it has enough problems.
  • 00:11:10.230 --> 00:11:14.280
  • Why wouldn't you want your bank account blessed?
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  • See, it takes faith to give the first.
  • 00:11:17.100 --> 00:11:19.130
  • It takes faith to believe that 90% redeemed and blessed
  • 00:11:19.160 --> 00:11:25.170
  • will go farther than 100% cursed.
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  • Watch.
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  • Genesis 4:3-5, "And in process of time," now those words
  • 00:11:30.020 --> 00:11:34.280
  • are very important, "in the process of time it came
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  • to pass, that Cain brought an offering of the fruit
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  • of the ground unto the Lord."
  • 00:11:46.160 --> 00:11:47.260
  • Notice it specifically does not say that he brought
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  • first fruits.
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  • He just brought an offering in the process of time.
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  • Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock
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  • and of their fat.
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  • And the Lord respected," or this word could be received,
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  • "Abel and his offering."
  • 00:12:03.240 --> 00:12:05.160
  • Notice the person's received too, not just the offering.
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  • "But he did not respect" or receive,
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  • "Cain and his offering."
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  • It's simple, isn't it?
  • 00:12:13.090 --> 00:12:14.270
  • Cain was a farmer.
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  • He didn't bring first fruits.
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  • Abel was a rancher, he brought first born.
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  • God says, "I'll accept that, I will not accept that."
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  • Didn't accept it.
  • 00:12:24.210 --> 00:12:26.030
  • Now I'm going to take it a little farther in this,
  • 00:12:26.060 --> 00:12:28.130
  • and that is, it's not just that God wouldn't accept it,
  • 00:12:28.160 --> 00:12:33.050
  • it's that God couldn't accept it.
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  • God can't be second.
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  • He can't be second.
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  • This is called the preeminence of God.
  • 00:12:42.230 --> 00:12:44.210
  • You know, you've heard of eminence.
  • 00:12:44.240 --> 00:12:46.110
  • But God is preeminent.
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  • That means He's not only first of all, He's before all.
  • 00:12:47.200 --> 00:12:51.030
  • He's higher than all, He's above all, He's first,
  • 00:12:51.060 --> 00:12:53.220
  • He's before all.
  • 00:12:53.250 --> 00:12:54.220
  • So, God is first.
  • 00:12:54.250 --> 00:12:56.080
  • Now we, when our lives, we talk about putting God first.
  • 00:12:56.110 --> 00:12:59.040
  • And that's good, because we do need to put God first
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  • in our lives.
  • 00:13:01.210 --> 00:13:02.170
  • But I just want you to know something.
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  • Even if God's not first in your life, He's still first.
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  • You didn't rearrange His order in the universe.
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  • He's still preeminent.
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  • So, God can never be second.
  • 00:13:13.060 --> 00:13:15.100
  • So, this is why I'm telling you the reason God couldn't
  • 00:13:15.130 --> 00:13:18.010
  • accept Cain's offering, is because God's always first,
  • 00:13:18.040 --> 00:13:21.140
  • and Cain did not bring a first offering.
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  • And God says, "I'm sorry, I can't accept a second place
  • 00:13:26.020 --> 00:13:29.030
  • offering, because I'm always in first place.
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  • I can't accept it."
  • 00:13:32.130 --> 00:13:33.130
  • Now, we need to think about that,
  • 00:13:33.160 --> 00:13:35.110
  • when it comes to the tithe.
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  • You remember I said Jesus is God's tithe.
  • 00:13:37.030 --> 00:13:39.270
  • And I said to you last weekend, because we talked
  • 00:13:40.000 --> 00:13:41.200
  • about giving to the bride of Christ.
  • 00:13:41.230 --> 00:13:44.240
  • And I said that tithing is probably more personal
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  • to Jesus than what we think.
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  • Okay, I want you to think about this.
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  • If Jesus is God's tithe, tithing might be a little
  • 00:13:49.290 --> 00:13:53.030
  • more personal to the Father also than what we think.
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  • See, it represents who's first in your life.
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  • You can, and again, I know these, some of the things
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  • I'm saying are strong, but you can tell me all day God's
  • 00:14:03.150 --> 00:14:05.270
  • first in your life, but let me see your bank account,
  • 00:14:06.000 --> 00:14:10.060
  • and I'll tell you who's first.
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  • It might be Nordstrom's.
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  • Okay, ladies, let me hit the guys.
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  • It might Bass Pro Shops.
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  • Where does the first ten percent go?
  • 00:14:23.070 --> 00:14:26.140
  • That's who's first.
  • 00:14:26.170 --> 00:14:28.010
  • Alright, so, the first born must be sacrificed or redeemed.
  • 00:14:28.040 --> 00:14:32.100
  • The first fruits must be offered.
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  • Here's point three.
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  • The tithe must be first.
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  • The tithe must be first.
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  • Leviticus 27:30, it says, "And all," I want you to notice
  • 00:14:42.270 --> 00:14:46.210
  • the word all, "and all the tithe of the land,"
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  • all of it, " whether of the seed of the land,
  • 00:14:51.190 --> 00:14:54.150
  • or of the fruit of the tree, is the Lord's:"
  • 00:14:54.180 --> 00:14:57.220
  • there's the emphatic phrase again, belongs to God.
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  • God set it apart for himself.
  • 00:15:00.270 --> 00:15:03.070
  • And that's what the next phrase says, " it is holy,"
  • 00:15:03.100 --> 00:15:06.050
  • that word is the word that simply means set apart,
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  • it is set apart unto the Lord."
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  • That's why it's stealing.
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  • Because He set it apart to Himself.
  • 00:15:13.160 --> 00:15:14.270
  • And that's why it has to be first, because God's first
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  • and he owns it.
  • 00:15:18.050 --> 00:15:19.230
  • So in order, in other words, if we're going to return it,
  • 00:15:19.260 --> 00:15:21.240
  • we have to return it first.
  • 00:15:21.270 --> 00:15:23.240
  • Okay, so I'm going to give you an illustration,
  • 00:15:23.270 --> 00:15:26.220
  • and it's a math illustration, okay?
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  • I'm warning you, so half of you can take a nap, alright?
  • 00:15:29.180 --> 00:15:33.050
  • Let's say that you're a landscaper and you come to our
  • 00:15:33.080 --> 00:15:35.290
  • home and pastor Robert, I'm, you know, I call you
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  • and I say, "Listen, I'd like to add some plants,
  • 00:15:41.100 --> 00:15:44.020
  • and some trees, and some flowers, and things, you know."
  • 00:15:44.050 --> 00:15:46.220
  • And so, you give me an estimate.
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  • And you say, "Now, this is how much my materials will be.
  • 00:15:48.040 --> 00:15:50.170
  • This is how my labor will be, and my profit will be $1.000.
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  • You need to know, the tithe is on profit.
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  • It's not on all of this, it's on the increase.
  • 00:15:57.240 --> 00:16:00.040
  • Your personal increase, personal income,
  • 00:16:00.070 --> 00:16:02.260
  • that's what we tithe on, okay.
  • 00:16:02.290 --> 00:16:04.110
  • So, you say, "Are you agreeable to this whole price?"
  • 00:16:04.140 --> 00:16:07.250
  • I say, "Yes I am."
  • 00:16:07.280 --> 00:16:09.010
  • So after you do the job, I pay for all of your materials,
  • 00:16:09.040 --> 00:16:11.100
  • all of your labors, and then for your profit,
  • 00:16:11.130 --> 00:16:13.140
  • let's say that I give you ten $100 bills.
  • 00:16:13.170 --> 00:16:16.110
  • So, you have $1.000 in your hand, okay.
  • 00:16:16.140 --> 00:16:19.090
  • This is the math part, alright.
  • 00:16:19.120 --> 00:16:20.250
  • So you have $1.000.
  • 00:16:20.280 --> 00:16:22.100
  • Let me ask you two questions, alright.
  • 00:16:22.130 --> 00:16:23.210
  • A thousand dollars, remember the word tithe means ten percent.
  • 00:16:23.240 --> 00:16:26.120
  • So, how much is the tithe?
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  • $100, alright.
  • 00:16:30.000 --> 00:16:30.270
  • I know some of you still carry the -- okay.
  • 00:16:31.000 --> 00:16:33.240
  • That's alright, that's okay.
  • 00:16:33.270 --> 00:16:34.280
  • Alright so, it's $100 that's right.
  • 00:16:35.010 --> 00:16:36.250
  • But you have ten hundred dollar bills in your hand,
  • 00:16:36.280 --> 00:16:38.280
  • so which one is the tithe?
  • 00:16:39.010 --> 00:16:41.040
  • The first one, yeah, okay.
  • 00:16:41.070 --> 00:16:42.180
  • The one on top is what we said, alright.
  • 00:16:42.210 --> 00:16:43.270
  • Let me say it to you a different way, alright.
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  • It's the first one that leaves your hand.
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  • That's the tithe.
  • 00:16:49.090 --> 00:16:50.090
  • In other words, if you go home, and you say,
  • 00:16:50.120 --> 00:16:52.080
  • "Let me set aside some for the mortgage, some for the car,
  • 00:16:52.110 --> 00:16:54.270
  • some for utilities, some for clothes, and here's God's part."
  • 00:16:55.000 --> 00:16:58.150
  • No, that's not God's part.
  • 00:16:58.180 --> 00:16:59.250
  • You gave God's part to the mortgage company.
  • 00:16:59.280 --> 00:17:03.180
  • Because, here's what a lot of people do.
  • 00:17:03.210 --> 00:17:05.100
  • Okay, let me set aside some for this and this and this,
  • 00:17:05.130 --> 00:17:07.220
  • and oh, there's not enough leftover for God.
  • 00:17:07.250 --> 00:17:12.240
  • Can I say something nicely to you, but firmly?
  • 00:17:12.270 --> 00:17:16.000
  • He wouldn't accept it anyway.
  • 00:17:16.030 --> 00:17:17.180
  • Because our God does not accept leftovers.
  • 00:17:17.210 --> 00:17:21.240
  • As a matter of fact, he says it in Malachi.
  • 00:17:21.270 --> 00:17:23.270
  • He says, "You bring me the blind and the lame animals,
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  • and I do not accept them.
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  • I accept the first.
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  • That's all I accept."
  • 00:17:34.100 --> 00:17:35.150
  • Okay, so, how does this work out in my own life?
  • 00:17:35.180 --> 00:17:38.060
  • I get paid on the 15th and 30th, or the last day
  • 00:17:38.090 --> 00:17:41.260
  • of the month, 30th, 31st, and it's directly deposited.
  • 00:17:41.290 --> 00:17:45.060
  • So, it's like it magically appears, you know,
  • 00:17:45.090 --> 00:17:47.230
  • on my account.
  • 00:17:47.260 --> 00:17:48.290
  • So what I do on the 15th and the last day of the month,
  • 00:17:49.020 --> 00:17:51.130
  • is while I'm having my quiet time in the morning,
  • 00:17:51.160 --> 00:17:54.110
  • before I do anything else, I go online and that's the way now,
  • 00:17:54.140 --> 00:17:58.170
  • I think it's just easiest to give online.
  • 00:17:58.200 --> 00:18:00.210
  • I go online and I send the tithe to Gateway Church.
  • 00:18:00.240 --> 00:18:05.120
  • So what happens though, if I have an early morning
  • 00:18:05.150 --> 00:18:08.260
  • meeting and I kind of rush out, I don't have my quiet
  • 00:18:08.290 --> 00:18:11.290
  • time that day, and I get home that night, and I think,
  • 00:18:12.020 --> 00:18:15.020
  • "Oh, it's the 15th, I forgot to do the tithe."
  • 00:18:15.050 --> 00:18:17.170
  • And I go in and I notice that Debbie has been
  • 00:18:17.200 --> 00:18:19.280
  • to the grocery store that day.
  • 00:18:20.010 --> 00:18:21.150
  • Okay, what I do, I don't say, "Well that's great, sugar,
  • 00:18:21.180 --> 00:18:23.290
  • we're cursed.
  • 00:18:24.020 --> 00:18:28.050
  • That's great.
  • 00:18:28.080 --> 00:18:29.070
  • I mean, you gave the tithe to Krogers and so
  • 00:18:29.100 --> 00:18:30.210
  • we're cursed now."
  • 00:18:30.240 --> 00:18:32.100
  • No, because I'm not legalistic about it.
  • 00:18:32.130 --> 00:18:34.260
  • Now listen to me.
  • 00:18:34.290 --> 00:18:35.210
  • God's not legalistic either.
  • 00:18:35.240 --> 00:18:37.070
  • I'm not trying to give you a legalistic principal today.
  • 00:18:37.100 --> 00:18:39.180
  • I'm trying to give you your principal that's about
  • 00:18:39.210 --> 00:18:41.110
  • your heart.
  • 00:18:41.140 --> 00:18:43.170
  • Where's your heart?
  • 00:18:43.200 --> 00:18:44.190
  • God knows my heart, and He knows your heart.
  • 00:18:44.220 --> 00:18:46.100
  • Where's your heart?
  • 00:18:46.130 --> 00:18:47.140
  • So the first ten percent goes to the house of God.
  • 00:18:47.170 --> 00:18:51.090
  • Now, Exodus 13, let me show you one more scripture,
  • 00:18:51.120 --> 00:18:55.060
  • and then we're finished, alright?
  • 00:18:55.090 --> 00:18:56.280
  • We stopped awhile ago at verse 13, so let's pick it up
  • 00:18:57.010 --> 00:18:58.290
  • at verse 14.
  • 00:18:59.020 --> 00:19:00.240
  • "So it shall be, when your son asks you in time to come,
  • 00:19:00.270 --> 00:19:06.070
  • saying, 'What is this?'
  • 00:19:06.100 --> 00:19:08.260
  • Okay, in other words, he's saying one day your son's going
  • 00:19:08.290 --> 00:19:10.180
  • to ask you, why are you killing these animals.
  • 00:19:10.210 --> 00:19:13.200
  • "That you shall say to him, 'By strength of hand,'"
  • 00:19:13.230 --> 00:19:16.230
  • by a mighty hand, "the Lord brought us out of Egypt,
  • 00:19:16.260 --> 00:19:20.210
  • out of the house of bondage; and it came to pass,
  • 00:19:20.240 --> 00:19:24.080
  • when Pharaoh was stubborn about letting us go, that the Lord
  • 00:19:24.110 --> 00:19:27.020
  • killed all the firstborn in the land of Egypt,
  • 00:19:27.050 --> 00:19:29.270
  • both the firstborn of man, and the firstborn of beasts.
  • 00:19:30.000 --> 00:19:32.140
  • Therefore I sacrifice to the Lord all males that open the
  • 00:19:32.170 --> 00:19:37.260
  • womb, being males; but all the firstborn of my sons I redeem.'"
  • 00:19:37.290 --> 00:19:43.060
  • He said, "One day your son's going to ask you."
  • 00:19:43.090 --> 00:19:46.080
  • And He said, "When he asks you, you say to your son,
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  • "Son, I need to tell you something about our family
  • 00:19:50.010 --> 00:19:56.110
  • that you don't know.
  • 00:19:56.140 --> 00:20:01.020
  • But we weren't always in the ranching business.
  • 00:20:01.050 --> 00:20:05.180
  • We did not own animals.
  • 00:20:05.210 --> 00:20:09.220
  • We didn't own land.
  • 00:20:09.250 --> 00:20:14.040
  • Son, we were slaves.
  • 00:20:14.070 --> 00:20:19.110
  • We were in bondage.
  • 00:20:19.140 --> 00:20:25.130
  • But God, with a mighty hand redeemed us,
  • 00:20:25.160 --> 00:20:36.070
  • and gave us everything we have now.
  • 00:20:36.100 --> 00:20:40.050
  • Therefore, we gladly give to God the firstborn
  • 00:20:40.080 --> 00:20:46.250
  • of all of our increase.
  • 00:20:46.280 --> 00:20:47.290
  • Now, this was written 4.000 years ago,
  • 00:20:48.020 --> 00:20:54.130
  • and this principal happened to me.
  • 00:20:54.160 --> 00:20:57.280
  • When Josh was kind of getting old enough
  • 00:20:58.010 --> 00:21:00.160
  • to understand numbers and all, and he has this mathematical
  • 00:21:00.190 --> 00:21:03.210
  • mind like I do and like his grandfather.
  • 00:21:03.240 --> 00:21:06.090
  • And so one day I was paying the bills.
  • 00:21:06.120 --> 00:21:08.290
  • Now, we didn't have online back then.
  • 00:21:09.020 --> 00:21:10.260
  • And so, what I would do is, I would write the check first.
  • 00:21:10.290 --> 00:21:13.280
  • And then I would set the check, the tithe check,
  • 00:21:14.010 --> 00:21:16.000
  • and then I would set it over aside,
  • 00:21:16.030 --> 00:21:17.100
  • and then I would pay the bills.
  • 00:21:17.130 --> 00:21:18.180
  • But I would always write the tithe check first and set it
  • 00:21:18.210 --> 00:21:20.050
  • over to the side, and then take it with me to church.
  • 00:21:20.080 --> 00:21:22.240
  • By the way, for you young people, we used to have pieces
  • 00:21:22.270 --> 00:21:25.010
  • of paper called checks.
  • 00:21:25.040 --> 00:21:29.120
  • Alright, so I'd set it over aside.
  • 00:21:29.150 --> 00:21:32.040
  • So I'm paying the bills, and Josh came in,
  • 00:21:32.070 --> 00:21:34.130
  • and I'm watching him out of the corner of my eye.
  • 00:21:34.160 --> 00:21:38.060
  • And he's reading this tithe check, and he sees the amount,
  • 00:21:38.090 --> 00:21:41.040
  • which to a young boy looks like a lot of money.
  • 00:21:41.070 --> 00:21:45.040
  • And he says, "Dad, why are you giving so much to the church?"
  • 00:21:45.070 --> 00:21:54.110
  • And I remember this scripture when your son asks you,
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  • this is what you tell them.
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  • And I took Josh, and I actually set him on my lap,
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  • and I said to him, "I need to tell you something about
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  • daddy that you don't know.
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  • But daddy wasn't always a Christian, son,
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  • and daddy was a very bad man.
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  • And daddy was in bondage.
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  • But God with a mighty hand redeemed your daddy and gave us
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  • everything we have now.
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  • Therefore, I gladly give to God the first of all
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  • of my increase."
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  • This is a principal that's all through scripture.
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  • It's called the Principal of First.
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  • Is God first in your life?
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  • Is God really first in your life?
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  • You know, I really believe deep in your heart, He is.
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  • So, I want to encourage you to put God first
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  • in your finances as well.
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  • Tithe to your local church.
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  • God set it up, and God did it so He could actually bless
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  • us and remind us that He's the one that set us free
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  • from the bondage of sin.
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  • Thanks so much for watching.
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  • I want to encourage you to get the series and the book
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  • so you can go deeper in this subject.
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  • See you next time.
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  • ANNOUNCER: It's our desire for you to live a blessed life.
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  • But all too often, greed and materialism can choke out
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  • the true spirit of generosity that's found
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  • only in Christ.
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  • The enemy will do anything to keep you from discovering
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  • God's principles for financial stewardship,
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  • giving, and blessing.
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  • And it's because once you apply these godly principles
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  • as Pastor Robert has outlined in this series,
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  • you'll begin to see change in every area of your life.
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  • From your marriage, to your health, to your finances.
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  • Your life will be transformed for the better,
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  • and you will be positioned to make an even bigger impact
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  • for the kingdom of God.
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  • of The Blessed Life.
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  • REED PREJEAN: I would consider us to be contributors,
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  • not tithers.
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  • We never felt like we could afford to pay a full ten percent
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  • tithe on the money.
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  • We never felt like we could afford that.
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  • And if we did, we wouldn't have enough money
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  • for the rest of our life.
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  • We read "The Blessed Life" and realized that we weren't
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  • tithing, and that we needed to start.
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  • And that really changed our perspective.
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  • That was the beginning of us being, becoming cheerful givers.
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  • Kara regularly watches James Robinson's TV show.
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  • They're always talking about water wells.
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  • KARA PREJEAN: Water's always been dear to my heart.
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  • And so, it's a ministry we really like to support.
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  • I saw the program with the opportunity
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  • to give a water well.
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  • I called Reed, and he said, "Oh yeah, we definitely want
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  • to do it."
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  • REED: We were able to buy that one water well.
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  • My company was in the process of being purchased
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  • by a bigger company.
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  • This year, we were told that they were going
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  • to contribute a certain percentage of our salary
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  • into this ESOP Program.
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  • And it just so happens that the exact amount that they
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  • put into our 401K was ten times what we donated on the
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  • water well.
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  • KARA: It's about blessing other people with whatever
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  • means we have available to us.
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  • We recognize that it's all about giving, and not about
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  • getting anything in return.
  • 00:26:19.120 --> 00:26:20.250
  • REED: We knew that it was the right thing to do.
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  • And we had such a joy in writing that check.
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  • And so, that's where our hearts are now.
  • 00:26:27.140 --> 00:26:30.090
  • It's all about cheerful giving.
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  • Whatever God leads you to do, you know it's going
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  • to be something that's good.
  • 00:26:33.230 --> 00:26:35.110
  • Once you let go of it, that's when the peace really
  • 00:26:35.140 --> 00:26:38.230
  • comes, because as long as you're holding onto it,
  • 00:26:38.260 --> 00:26:42.060
  • you don't really get that peace that God gives you.
  • 00:26:42.090 --> 00:26:44.280
  • And that peace is part of the blessed life.
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  • 00:26:47.220 --> 00:27:01.190
  • ANNOUNCER: Living your best life isn't about having a dream home,
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  • wonderful kids, or the ideal job.
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  • It's about changes in your family, health,
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  • and relationships.
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  • When God changes your heart, you'll discover
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  • that there is so much more to life.
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  • With humor, passion, and clarity,
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  • Pastor Robert presents,
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  • "The Secrets of Living Your Best Life."
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