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September 28, 2016
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Dream to Destiny: The Prosperity Test

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  • Pastor Robert Morris: Welcome to "The Blessed Life."
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  • I am so excited about this series we're in because we're in
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  • a series right now called "Dream to Destiny."
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  • Every person has a God-given dream,
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  • and every person has a God-given destiny.
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  • You have a destiny that God has on your life.
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  • But how do you get to that destiny?
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  • Well, there are ten character tests that we have to pass to be
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  • able to fulfill the destiny that God has for us.
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  • And we're looking at the Bible, and looking at Joseph's life.
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  • God gave Joseph a dream when he was 17,
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  • and he stepped into that destiny then,
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  • and then fulfilled that destiny.
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  • And we're talking about those ten character tests that Joseph
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  • had to pass, and that all of us have to pass.
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  • So, watch and allow God to work in your life so that you can
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  • move from your dream to your destiny.
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  • You died breaking every chain.
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  • You rose in glorious display.
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  • We are alive forever changed, yeah.
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  • Higher than the sky, your love,
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  • your love is deeper than the sea.
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  • Your grace, your grace is washing over me,
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  • and calling me your own, your own.
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  • Pastor Robert: This week is "The Prosperity Test,
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  • The Prosperity Test."
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  • And every person takes this test.
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  • As a matter of fact, you take this test every week,
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  • every 2 weeks, every month.
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  • Every time you get paid, you take this test.
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  • Whom are you going to honor with your finances?
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  • And it depends on what you do with the first portion that
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  • leaves your checkbook.
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  • That's whom you are honoring for your finances.
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  • So, we take this test every few weeks.
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  • And Joseph took this test.
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  • If you remember, Pharaoh had two dreams.
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  • Now, I'm going to read you a little bit in Genesis,
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  • but I wanted you in Malachi and Exodus for
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  • where we're going, all right?
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  • Pharaoh had two dreams.
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  • He dreamed first that there were seven fat cows that came up out
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  • of the river, and then seven lean cows that followed them,
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  • and then the seven lean cows ate up the seven fat cows.
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  • Then he woke up, he was alarmed, and then he went back to sleep.
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  • Then he dreamed again, that there were seven grains,
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  • heads of grain on a stalk that came up on a stalk,
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  • seven good, healthy heads of grain.
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  • And then a stalk beside it came up with seven blighted heads,
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  • that were blighted, it says, by the east wind,
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  • and then the seven blighted heads ate the seven good heads
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  • of grain, and then he woke up.
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  • And he called all his wise men and everyone together
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  • to see if they could interpret it.
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  • No one could.
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  • They called Joseph, and here's what he said.
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  • He said, "This is the dream.
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  • God did it twice to confirm it to you.
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  • And what it means is we're going to have 7 years of prosperity,
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  • 7 good years, but then we're going to have 7 years of famine.
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  • And the 7 years of famine could eat up the 7 years of prosperity
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  • so they will not even be remembered because of that.
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  • So, here's the plan."
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  • So, that's where I'm going to pick it up,
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  • Genesis 41, verses 33 through 36.
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  • "Now therefore, let Pharaoh," this is Joseph speaking,
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  • "select a discerning and wise man,
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  • and set him over the land of Egypt.
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  • Let Pharaoh do this, and let him appoint officers over the land
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  • to collect one-fifth of the produce of the land of Egypt
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  • in the seven plentiful years.
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  • And let them gather all the food of those good years that are
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  • coming, and store up grain under the authority of Pharaoh,
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  • and let them keep food in the cities.
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  • Then that food shall be as a reserve for the land for the
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  • seven years of famine which shall be in the land of Egypt,
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  • that the land may not perish during the famine."
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  • How many people are still in trouble in their finances,
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  • in their marriage, their health, all because they will not put
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  • God first in every area of their lives?
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  • And according to Scripture, the way that we put God first
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  • is that we put God first with the tithe,
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  • that the first 10% of all of our income we give to the church.
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  • It is so amazing that we don't understand this.
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  • And please hear me.
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  • If you don't understand this, it affects every area of your life.
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  • And I'm going to make a statement,
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  • a very strong statement.
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  • Listen to me carefully.
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  • If you can't handle your money, you can't handle your destiny.
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  • I promise you, I promise you if your treasure's not in the
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  • kingdom, your heart's not in the kingdom.
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  • It's so--it's so important.
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  • So, and here's what got me about Malachi,
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  • so I want you to look at Malachi chapter 3, all right?
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  • Malachi 3, verse 8, it says, "Will a man rob God?
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  • Yet you have robbed Me!
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  • But you say, 'In what way have we robbed You?'"
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  • Now listen, this is the Lord answering,
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  • "In tithes and offerings."
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  • Verse 9, "You are cursed with a curse."
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  • We're going to come back to that,
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  • "For you have robbed Me, even this whole nation.
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  • Bring all the tithes," bring one version says "the whole tithe
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  • into the storehouse."
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  • Now, notice again don't send it to a university,
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  • don't give it to Christian school,
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  • don't send it to a television ministry,
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  • bring it into the storehouse, "That there may be food in
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  • My house, and try, or test Me now in this,'
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  • says the Lord of hosts, 'and see if I will not open for you
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  • the windows of heaven and pour out for you such
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  • blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it."
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  • And and, this is like if you order right now,
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  • here's the bonus, "'I will rebuke the devourer for your
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  • sakes, so that he will not destroy the fruit of your
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  • ground, nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you
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  • in the field,' says the Lord of hosts."
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  • Now, listen to me carefully, please understand this.
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  • Here's what got me so burdened 2 weeks ago.
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  • I have people that I'm pastoring that are under a curse.
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  • And I know you're under a curse.
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  • And I'm going to do everything I can to get you out from
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  • under that curse, but you need to understand this.
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  • God says because you're not tithing,
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  • you are under a curse.
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  • Listen to me carefully. God is not cursing you,
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  • God's not cursing you.
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  • You're under a curse because we live in a cursed world,
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  • a fallen, cursed world.
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  • And what God wants to do is bring your finances out
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  • from under that curse.
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  • So, you have to give, though, the first 10% of your income
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  • to the Lord because that's how you redeem the rest out
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  • from under the curse.
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  • Please understand God's not cursing you.
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  • Here's what he's saying, "You're under a curse.
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  • You're under a curse.
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  • If you'll bring that tithe into the storehouse,
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  • I will open the windows of heaven and pour out such
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  • blessing on you, there will not be room enough to receive it.
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  • And I will rebuke the devourer for your sake."
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  • Now, I hear two testimonies.
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  • Tithers and non-tithers all give me the same testimony.
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  • I've never heard a different testimony from a tither,
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  • never heard a different testimony from a non-tither.
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  • Here's what tithers, all of them,
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  • here's what they say, "We are so blessed.
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  • Oh, we are so blessed."
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  • Would you agree with that, those of you who tithe?
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  • "We are so blessed."
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  • Here's what non-tithers, all non-tithers give the same
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  • testimony, "I can't afford to tithe."
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  • Okay, this does not take a rocket scientist
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  • to figure this out.
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  • Listen, "I can't afford to tithe."
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  • Now, listen to me carefully.
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  • Listen, if you don't hear anything else, hear this.
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  • You will never, never be able to afford to tithe until you tithe.
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  • You'll never be able to afford to tithe until you tithe
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  • because you're under a curse.
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  • Tithing is what breaks the curse because every time you start to
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  • get ahead, and some of you here who are non-tithers,
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  • you would admit to this, every time you start to get ahead,
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  • something else breaks.
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  • Something else goes wrong,
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  • something else happens, you want to know why?
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  • Because the devourer is devouring your finances,
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  • and he's not only devouring your finances,
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  • he's devouring your family, he's devouring your walk with God,
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  • he's devouring your kids, he's devouring your marriage.
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  • He's a devourer.
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  • Listen, God says, "Ten percent, I'll rebuke the devourer."
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  • Listen, just from a business standpoint,
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  • that's a good deal.
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  • Doesn't take a genius to figure this out.
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  • So, let me read you another Scripture,
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  • Genesis 47, verse 26.
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  • Watch this, Genesis 47:26, "And Joseph made it a law over the
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  • land of Egypt to this day, that Pharaoh should have one-fifth,
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  • except," watch, "except for the land of the priests only,
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  • which did not become Pharaoh's."
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  • Here, see, we see Joseph saving.
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  • And yes, you need to be a good steward.
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  • But he said, "But whoa, whoa, whoa,
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  • wait a minute, this belongs to God.
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  • Pharaoh doesn't get this.
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  • The rest of the budget doesn't get this.
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  • This belongs to God, and this has to be set apart."
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  • This was not an Egyptian practice,
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  • this was an Israeli practice.
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  • This was a God principle.
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  • All right, so Exodus 13, look at verse 1.
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  • "Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying,
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  • 'Consecrate to me all the firstborn.'"
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  • It's very important to understand the word
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  • "first" in the Bible.
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  • "Whatever opens the womb among the children of Israel,
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  • both of man and beast; it is Mine," or, "It belongs to Me."
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  • He uses the same word for firstfruits,
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  • He uses it for the tithe as well.
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  • Then now look at verse 12, "Then you shall set apart to the Lord
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  • all that open the womb, that is, every firstborn that comes from
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  • an animal which you have; the males shall be the Lord's,"
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  • or shall belong to God.
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  • "But every firstborn of a donkey you shall redeem with a lamb;
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  • and if you will not redeem it, you shall break its neck."
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  • I want to come back to that phrase.
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  • "And all the firstborn of man among
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  • your sons you shall redeem."
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  • Now, I just want you to notice, by the way,
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  • he says, "If you don't redeem it,
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  • if you don't bring it out from under the curse,
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  • you're going to break its neck."
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  • Listen to me, here's what he's saying,
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  • you're going to lose it anyway.
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  • Please hear me.
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  • The tithe is going out of your account,
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  • whether you give it or the devourer takes it.
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  • It's going out.
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  • And why don't we give the tithe to God,
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  • and the other 90% is blessed?
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  • Ninety percent with God's blessing goes farther
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  • than a hundred percent without.
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  • Boy, I know many of you know this,
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  • and you've seen it work.
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  • Would you testify to this? Yes.
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  • All right, now all right, let me give you
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  • three points, all right?
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  • Here are the three points: number one,
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  • the firstborn must be sacrificed or redeemed.
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  • That's what we just read in Exodus.
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  • The firstborn must be sacrificed or redeemed.
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  • Now, how do you know whether you sacrifice it or redeem it?
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  • Okay, here's how.
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  • If it was a clean animal, it had to be sacrificed,
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  • like a lamb.
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  • If it was an unclean animal, it had to be redeemed
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  • with the sacrifice of a clean.
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  • Now, let me say it one more time,
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  • and I know you think this is real Old Testamenty.
  • 00:11:28.130 --> 00:11:31.060
  • I know you think that, but just stay with me because
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  • I'll bring it around to Jesus.
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  • If you had an animal, and it was a clean animal,
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  • it had to be sacrificed.
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  • If it was an unclean animal, it had to be redeemed
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  • with the sacrifice of a clean animal.
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  • Okay, now everything in the Bible points
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  • to Jesus, everything.
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  • Let me tell you how this points to Jesus.
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  • Were you born clean or unclean?
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  • Unclean because we were born in sin, right?
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  • We were born with a sin nature.
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  • I can prove it very easily.
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  • Those of you who are parents, I ask you one question,
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  • did you have to teach your children to be bad,
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  • or did it come naturally for them?
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  • Natural, right?
  • 00:12:13.290 --> 00:12:15.080
  • Okay, so, we were all born unclean.
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  • Okay, let me ask you this:
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  • Was Jesus born unclean or clean? Clean.
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  • Listen, the clean had to be sacrificed so the unclean
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  • could be redeemed.
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  • That's what we just read in our Bibles.
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  • That's what this represents.
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  • But here's what you need to understand,
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  • Jesus is the firstborn among many brethren,
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  • the Bible tells us, the firstborn.
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  • Okay, the firstborn clean had to be sacrificed so we,
  • 00:12:42.290 --> 00:12:46.220
  • the firstborn unclean, could be redeemed.
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  • So, let me tell you what this is.
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  • So many people, they talk about tithing,
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  • and they talk about it in a negative way.
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  • And it so hurts my heart because they don't understand.
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  • You don't even understand you're talking about Jesus.
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  • Listen to me carefully.
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  • Jesus is God's tithe.
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  • Because you see, you give the tithe first.
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  • You give the tithe in faith.
  • 00:13:09.180 --> 00:13:11.020
  • See, God didn't say, "Wait till your sheep has ten lambs,
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  • and then give me one."
  • 00:13:13.180 --> 00:13:14.270
  • He said, "Give me the first one.
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  • When you don't have any more, you just have
  • 00:13:16.120 --> 00:13:18.080
  • the promise of more, you only have one."
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  • Okay, it takes faith to give the first.
  • 00:13:19.290 --> 00:13:21.190
  • See, it's the principle of faith that releases
  • 00:13:21.200 --> 00:13:23.260
  • the blessing on our finances.
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  • It's not the last 10%, it's the first 10%.
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  • And in the same way, God gave Jesus first before we repented.
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  • So, the firstborn belongs to God, all right?
  • 00:13:34.040 --> 00:13:37.180
  • Now, let me show you something else,
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  • number two, the firstfruits must be offered.
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  • The firstfruits must be offered.
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  • All right, let me read you a few Scriptures,
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  • stay in Exodus 13.
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  • Exodus 23, verse 19, "The first of the firstfruits of your land
  • 00:13:49.170 --> 00:13:54.130
  • you shall bring into the house of the Lord your God."
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  • Now, let me say it again, let me just notice this word.
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  • It doesn't say that you give the tithe.
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  • Do you know why the Bible doesn't use the word "give,"
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  • but it uses the word "bring" when it talks about tithing?
  • 00:14:03.290 --> 00:14:06.060
  • Because you can't give what doesn't belong to you.
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  • You can only bring it.
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  • And you're supposed to bring it to the house of the Lord,
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  • that's what we read in Malachi 3.
  • 00:14:13.190 --> 00:14:15.090
  • Let me read you another Scripture,
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  • Proverbs 3, verses 9 and 10, "Honor the Lord with your
  • 00:14:16.210 --> 00:14:19.130
  • possessions, and with the firstfruits of all your
  • 00:14:19.140 --> 00:14:23.000
  • increase; so your barns will be filled with plenty,
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  • and your vats will overflow with new wine."
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  • Have you ever thought about this?
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  • Why did God ask for all of the silver
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  • and the gold from Jericho?
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  • When they went in to conquer the Promised Land,
  • 00:14:33.240 --> 00:14:35.140
  • he said, "Bring," bring, he didn't say give,
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  • "Bring all of the silver and gold into
  • 00:14:37.280 --> 00:14:41.040
  • the house of the Lord."
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  • It's consecrated or set apart for the house of God.
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  • You know why he said that?
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  • Because Jericho was the first city.
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  • What he's saying is, "You give Me the first,
  • 00:14:50.090 --> 00:14:51.280
  • the rest are blessed."
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  • The rest are redeemed out from under the curse.
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  • He didn't say, "Conquer ten cities,
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  • and then give Me one, choose which one you want to give Me,
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  • or give Me the last one."
  • 00:15:00.270 --> 00:15:02.070
  • He said, "You give Me the first one,
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  • and the rest are redeemed."
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  • It's all through Scripture when you understand this principle.
  • 00:15:05.030 --> 00:15:08.090
  • Why did God accept Abel's offering?
  • 00:15:08.100 --> 00:15:10.080
  • Remember Cain and Abel, the very beginning,
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  • sons of Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel?
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  • Why did God accept Abel's offering,
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  • but he didn't accept Cain's offering?
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  • If you understand firstborn and firstfruits,
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  • you understand it.
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  • Firstborn belongs to God, firstfruits belong to God.
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  • Okay, watch very carefully, I'll read it for you.
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  • Genesis 4, verses 3 through 5, "And in the process of time,"
  • 00:15:27.090 --> 00:15:31.240
  • now those words are very important.
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  • Notice not at the beginning or at the first harvest,
  • 00:15:33.160 --> 00:15:36.280
  • just, "In the process of time it came to pass," in other words,
  • 00:15:36.290 --> 00:15:41.170
  • whenever he felt like it, "that Cain brought an offering."
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  • Notice it never says first.
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  • "An offering of the fruit of the ground to the Lord.
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  • Abel also brought of the," what?
  • 00:15:50.290 --> 00:15:54.020
  • "Firstborn of his flock and of their fat.
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  • And the Lord respected or received Abel and his offering,
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  • but He did not respect Cain and his offering."
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  • It's very simple, God doesn't receive second.
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  • God will never be in second place.
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  • I don't care what you say about it,
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  • or where you think you've got God in your life,
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  • I'm telling you it never lowers God.
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  • God is preeminent.
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  • That means He's higher than all, He is before all,
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  • He is above all, He is first of all.
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  • God is always first. God is perfect.
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  • God can never do anything wrong.
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  • He can never not be perfect, He can never not be first.
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  • If God plays 18 holes of golf, His score will be 18.
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  • Because if He hits the ball, it's going in the hole.
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  • Okay, listen to me, God's first, listen very carefully.
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  • When you give Him an offering that's not first,
  • 00:16:41.280 --> 00:16:45.130
  • it is not accepted.
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  • It is--in His nature, in His character,
  • 00:16:48.230 --> 00:16:51.120
  • who He is, He cannot accept it.
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  • He couldn't accept Cain's offering
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  • because it wasn't firstfruits.
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  • He only accepts firstborn, firstfruits.
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  • I know people who give every now and then,
  • 00:16:59.180 --> 00:17:01.230
  • and give in the process of time an offering,
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  • whatever they feel like.
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  • They determine the amount, and they determine the time.
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  • Listen to me, the curse is still on you because God
  • 00:17:09.010 --> 00:17:13.010
  • accepts only the first.
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  • So, here's number three, the tithe must be first.
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  • The tithe must be first.
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  • Leviticus 27:30, "And all the tithe of the land."
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  • You know what the Hebrew word for all means?
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  • Yeah, all.
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  • "All the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land
  • 00:17:30.070 --> 00:17:34.240
  • or of the fruit of the tree, is the Lord's."
  • 00:17:34.250 --> 00:17:39.060
  • There it is again, it belongs to the Lord.
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  • "It is holy," or it is set apart, "to the Lord."
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  • Don't touch what's holy. Don't leave it in your account.
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  • Give it to the Lord. Bring it to the house of God.
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  • You're asking me to help you with your marriage,
  • 00:17:53.160 --> 00:17:55.080
  • with your finances, with your health,
  • 00:17:55.090 --> 00:17:57.180
  • with your family, with your job.
  • 00:17:57.190 --> 00:17:59.150
  • You're asking me to help you in all these areas.
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  • You're asking me to help you put your life in order.
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  • But I cannot, I cannot put two, three,
  • 00:18:03.220 --> 00:18:06.080
  • four, five and six in order in your life if you won't
  • 00:18:06.090 --> 00:18:08.130
  • put number one in order.
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  • I can't do it.
  • 00:18:09.280 --> 00:18:11.190
  • That's up to you.
  • 00:18:11.200 --> 00:18:13.200
  • If you'll put God--and listen, if you put God first,
  • 00:18:13.210 --> 00:18:15.180
  • everything else lines up.
  • 00:18:15.190 --> 00:18:17.150
  • When you don't have God first, everything
  • 00:18:17.160 --> 00:18:19.120
  • in your life's out of order.
  • 00:18:19.130 --> 00:18:20.220
  • When you have God first, everything else is in order
  • 00:18:20.230 --> 00:18:22.110
  • because God is a God of order.
  • 00:18:22.120 --> 00:18:24.000
  • Let me show you one more Scripture in Exodus 13,
  • 00:18:24.010 --> 00:18:26.180
  • you still there?
  • 00:18:26.190 --> 00:18:27.280
  • Remember we were talking about the firstborn?
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  • Okay, here's what God says about it.
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  • We left off at verse 13, look at verse 14.
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  • "So it shall be, when your sons asks you in time to come,
  • 00:18:34.060 --> 00:18:38.160
  • saying, 'What is this?'" In other words,
  • 00:18:38.170 --> 00:18:40.050
  • "Why are you killing this lamb?"
  • 00:18:40.060 --> 00:18:42.030
  • "That you shall say to him, 'By strength of hand the Lord
  • 00:18:42.040 --> 00:18:45.070
  • brought us out of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
  • 00:18:45.080 --> 00:18:47.280
  • And it came to pass, when Pharaoh was stubborn
  • 00:18:47.290 --> 00:18:50.010
  • about letting us go, that the Lord killed all the firstborn
  • 00:18:50.020 --> 00:18:53.120
  • in the land of Egypt, both the firstborn of man
  • 00:18:53.130 --> 00:18:55.250
  • and the firstborn of beast.
  • 00:18:55.260 --> 00:18:57.050
  • Therefore, therefore, I sacrifice to the Lord all males
  • 00:18:57.060 --> 00:19:02.090
  • that open the womb, but all the firstborn of my sons I redeem."
  • 00:19:02.100 --> 00:19:05.000
  • Okay, here's what he said is going to happen.
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  • Think about a little kid, runs in the house and says,
  • 00:19:07.190 --> 00:19:10.070
  • "Dad, dad, dad, the sheep is having its firstborn lamb."
  • 00:19:10.080 --> 00:19:14.010
  • "Oh, great."
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  • And so, the whole family runs out to the barn,
  • 00:19:15.120 --> 00:19:16.240
  • and they all watch, and they say,
  • 00:19:16.250 --> 00:19:18.090
  • "Oh, the miracle of birth, praise the Lord."
  • 00:19:18.100 --> 00:19:20.270
  • And then the dad takes the little lamb,
  • 00:19:20.280 --> 00:19:22.190
  • goes over, cuts its throat, and kills it.
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  • And the little kid is watching this.
  • 00:19:25.140 --> 00:19:27.010
  • Of course, you know what he's thinking, don't you?
  • 00:19:27.020 --> 00:19:29.290
  • "I'm not messing with dad.
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  • I mean, I don't know what that lamb did.
  • 00:19:32.120 --> 00:19:33.210
  • He wasn't even here very long, but I know
  • 00:19:33.220 --> 00:19:35.010
  • if you get dad mad--I'm not messing with dad.
  • 00:19:35.020 --> 00:19:38.000
  • Dad says sit down, I'm sitting down, you know?"
  • 00:19:38.010 --> 00:19:39.220
  • Okay, all right.
  • 00:19:39.230 --> 00:19:41.020
  • So, but what he's saying is, one day,
  • 00:19:41.030 --> 00:19:42.280
  • your son's going to get older, and your son is going to notice
  • 00:19:42.290 --> 00:19:46.100
  • you do this with all the firstborn.
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  • And one day, he's going to wonder about it.
  • 00:19:48.170 --> 00:19:49.260
  • So, one day, hear what he said, you're going to walk
  • 00:19:49.270 --> 00:19:51.250
  • into the room, and your son's going to say,
  • 00:19:51.260 --> 00:19:53.280
  • "Dad, have a seat.
  • 00:19:53.290 --> 00:19:55.290
  • There's a habit that you have, and I'm not even sure you know
  • 00:19:59.180 --> 00:20:04.100
  • that you do this, dad, just but every time one of our animals
  • 00:20:04.110 --> 00:20:10.180
  • has a firstborn, um, you, um, kill it.
  • 00:20:10.190 --> 00:20:16.180
  • And um, dad, um, we're in the ranching business.
  • 00:20:16.190 --> 00:20:22.060
  • And this is cutting into our profits.
  • 00:20:22.070 --> 00:20:25.280
  • I've been going over the books, dad,
  • 00:20:25.290 --> 00:20:27.220
  • and um, I just--and again, you might not even be aware of it,
  • 00:20:27.230 --> 00:20:32.220
  • but I just--I just wanted to bring it to your attention."
  • 00:20:32.230 --> 00:20:35.120
  • And he said when your son says that to you,
  • 00:20:35.130 --> 00:20:39.120
  • you say to him, "Son, I need to tell you something about our
  • 00:20:39.130 --> 00:20:44.100
  • family that you don't know.
  • 00:20:44.110 --> 00:20:48.140
  • We haven't always been in the ranching business.
  • 00:20:48.150 --> 00:20:53.240
  • As a matter of fact, we used to be slaves.
  • 00:20:53.250 --> 00:21:00.070
  • We didn't own any sheep. We didn't own any land.
  • 00:21:00.080 --> 00:21:06.130
  • We were in bondage.
  • 00:21:06.140 --> 00:21:11.130
  • But God, with a mighty hand, delivered us.
  • 00:21:11.140 --> 00:21:19.210
  • Therefore, we gladly give to God the firstborn
  • 00:21:19.220 --> 00:21:25.070
  • of all of our animals."
  • 00:21:25.080 --> 00:21:27.050
  • Now listen, here this was written 4.000
  • 00:21:27.060 --> 00:21:29.130
  • years ago, you know?
  • 00:21:29.140 --> 00:21:32.020
  • And yet, I had this happen with all three of my kids.
  • 00:21:32.030 --> 00:21:35.080
  • All three of my kids, and all three of my kids are grown,
  • 00:21:35.090 --> 00:21:37.140
  • married, and tithers now, all of them.
  • 00:21:37.150 --> 00:21:39.190
  • And they all testify to the benefits and the blessings of it
  • 00:21:39.200 --> 00:21:42.150
  • because they've gone through seasons,
  • 00:21:42.160 --> 00:21:43.250
  • like all of us, where they struggle with it,
  • 00:21:43.260 --> 00:21:45.130
  • and they got back on track, and they testified to it.
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  • Listen to me, listen.
  • 00:21:47.210 --> 00:21:49.000
  • I remember my oldest son, when he got kind of old enough to
  • 00:21:49.010 --> 00:21:52.070
  • kind of read and write and, you know,
  • 00:21:52.080 --> 00:21:54.140
  • know numbers and all that, I'm in the office one day,
  • 00:21:54.150 --> 00:21:57.040
  • and I'm paying the bills, and I'm writing checks.
  • 00:21:57.050 --> 00:21:59.110
  • So, I write the tithe check first,
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  • I put it over to the side, and then I'm going to pay the
  • 00:22:01.090 --> 00:22:03.230
  • other--for you younger people here,
  • 00:22:03.240 --> 00:22:05.250
  • we used to have these pieces of paper called checks.
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  • Okay, all right.
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  • So, I put the tithe check over here,
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  • wrote it first, and then--and then when I go to church,
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  • I'm going to take it, but I wrote it first.
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  • And now I'm paying the bills, you know.
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  • I've done God's part, and my son comes in,
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  • and he sees it, he said, "Dad."
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  • He sees the amount.
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  • You know, a tithe check to a kid looks like
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  • a gazillion dollars, you know?
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  • He said, "Dad, why are you giving so much to the church?"
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  • And I remembered that Scripture.
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  • And I picked him up, and I put him on my lap,
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  • and I said, "Son, I need to tell you something about dad
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  • that you don't know.
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  • But daddy wasn't always a Christian.
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  • As a matter of fact, daddy was a very,
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  • very, very bad person.
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  • And daddy was in a lot of bondage.
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  • But God, with a mighty hand, delivered your daddy.
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  • Therefore, I gladly give to God the first of all
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  • of my income, gladly."
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  • Everything I have, I know it came from His hand.
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  • It's a privilege to give Him back the firstfruits.
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  • Listen carefully.
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  • If you can't handle your money, you can't handle your destiny.
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  • Please, I'm begging you, I am pleading with you
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  • as your pastor, try it.
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  • That's what Malachi says, try it.
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  • You know this is the only place
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  • in the Bible where you can test God?
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  • That's with tithing.
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  • He says, "Just test Me," because God can't lie.
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  • He said, "I'll open the windows of heaven."
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  • Would that be okay with you?
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  • "And pour out for you such blessing there's not enough
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  • room to receive it.
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  • You'll be able to give to others as well.
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  • And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes."
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  • Please, please, please, whatever you have to do to get this,
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  • you get your life in order and put God first,
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  • please do it.
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  • Pastor Robert: I'm so grateful that God saved me.
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  • And I am so blessed to be able to give God the first portion of
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  • all of my income.
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  • And I want to encourage you, if you want step two,
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  • three, four, five and six to line up in your life,
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  • you have to get step one right.
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  • Honor God first.
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  • Put God first, tithe, and tithe to your local church.
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  • Don't send the tithe to me, don't send it
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  • to any other ministry.
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  • Give it to the local church where God has called you to be
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  • firmly planted, and to grow in that church.
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  • And I promise you when you get this area right,
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  • God redeems the rest, and God can cause us to step into our
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  • destiny when we put Him first.
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