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The Principle of First

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September 14, 2020
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Pastor Robert continues The Blessed Life series by defining firstfruits and why we bring God the first in a message titled; “The Principle of First.”

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The Principle of First

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  • ROBERT MORRIS: That's howimportant this principle is.
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  • And we're going to seethat this principle
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  • refers to tithing.
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  • But I want to say somethingto 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 tothe blessed life.
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  • Is God reallyfirst in your life?
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  • What would yourcheckbook say?
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  • Stay tuned.
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  • ♪ ♪
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  • ROBERT: I want you to turn yourBibles to one
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  • passage of scripture.
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  • We'll go throughsome 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'regetting to Exodus 13,
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  • let me just say this.
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  • This is in my opinion themost 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 mostimportant 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 makethis statement.
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  • If God is first in yourlife, then everything
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  • will come into order.
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  • I'm not saying you won'thave difficulties
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  • or problems or gothrough struggles.
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  • Jesus said in this world,you'll have tribulation.
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  • But would you rather gothrough tribulation
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  • with everything in order, oreverything out of order?
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  • And hear me, if Jesus isfirst, if God's first,
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  • everything will comeinto order in your life.
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  • If He is not first, thennothing will come into order
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  • in your life.
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  • God has to be first forthere to be order in your life.
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  • So I want to show you thisprincipal,
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  • because this principal is aprincipal that runs all through
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  • scripture, fromGenesis to Revelation.
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  • Here, so let'sstart, Exodus 13:1.
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  • It says, "Then the Lordspoke to Moses, saying,
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  • 'Consecrate to meall the firstborn.
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  • Whatever opens the wombamong 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 couldadequately explain to you
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  • how emphatic the languageis in the Hebrew here,
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  • this phrase it is mine.
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  • It is my property, itbelongs to me, I'm the owner.
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  • It's extremely emphatic.
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  • It's very important tounderstand that,
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  • when you talk about thePrincipal of Firsts.
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  • The firstborn, hesays, belongs to me.
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  • Okay now, look at verse 12.
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  • "That you shall set apart to theLord all that opens the womb."
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  • That is every firstborn thatcomes from an animal,
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  • which you have, "malesshall be the Lord's."
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  • Very similar language in theHebrew 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 redeemwith a lamb," very important.
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  • A donkey will beredeemed with a lamb.
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  • Now watch this phrase.
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  • And "if you will not redeem itthen you shall break its neck."
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  • It's very important tounderstand that if you don't
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  • redeem it, you're goingto lose it anyway.
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  • I want you to apply that aswe talk about the first
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  • of our finances, thefirst ten percent.
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  • He says, you're, if youdon't bring it to me,
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  • you're going to lose it.
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  • You're stillgoing 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 ofman among your sons
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  • you shall redeem."
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  • All right, so Ihave three points.
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  • If you're taking notes, Iwant you to write these down,
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  • the firstborn mustbe sacrificed or redeemed.
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  • That's the principal here inthe Old Testament
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  • that is referring to a principalthat goes all through the Bible.
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  • The firstborn must besacrificed or redeemed.
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  • Okay, but how do youknow which to do?
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  • How do you know whether yousacrifice it or redeem it?
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  • Well, he gives two animalswhich are exemplary
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  • of categories of animals.
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  • He gives us the donkeyand the lamb, okay?
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  • The donkey representsunclean animals,
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  • and the lamb representsclean animals.
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  • So how do youknow which to do?
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  • Well, if it's a cleananimal, 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 saythat one more time.
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  • If it's clean, firstborn.
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  • I'm hoping you kind of getahead of me on this,
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  • and understand whatthis represents.
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  • If it's a clean, and it'sfirstborn,
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  • it has to be sacrificed.
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  • If it's unclean, it hasto 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 doesthis relate to us today?
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  • Well let me ask you twoquestions, alright?
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  • First of all, were you and Ispiritually born
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  • clean or unclean?
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  • In other words, when we wereborn in the natural,
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  • our spiritual state before God,were we born into this world,
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  • were weclean or unclean?
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  • Unclean.
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  • We are all bornin sin, right?
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  • I can prove it by simplyasking the experts here,
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  • the parents, did you have toteach your children to be bad?
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  • Or did that comenaturally for them?
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  • See, we have to teach themto be good is that right?
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  • Because we're all bornwith a sin nature.
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  • That's what theBible says, alright.
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  • So we were all born unclean.
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  • Was Jesus bornunclean or clean?
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  • Clean, okay.
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  • Listen to me, listenvery carefully.
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  • The clean, Jesus, the cleanhad to be sacrificed,
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  • so that the uncleancould be redeemed.
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  • That's what we just read.
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  • That's how importantthis principal is.
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  • And we're going to see that thisprincipal refers to tithing,
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  • but I want to saysomething 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, yougive tithe first.
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  • You don't pay your bills andsee 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 togive the first see, God said,
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  • "When your sheep has alamb, give me the first one.
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  • It takes faith to give thefirst one before
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  • you have anymore.
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  • You don't know if the sheep'sgoing to produce anymore.
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  • That takes faith.
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  • God didn't say, "Wait untilyour sheep has ten and then give
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  • me one of them and youcan give me the one that keeps
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  • getting in your gardenthat you don't like."
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  • No, He said, "You give me thefirst one
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  • before you have any others."
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  • See, so many people thinkit's not the ten percent
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  • that enacts the blessing.
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  • It's the faith thatenacts the blessing.
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  • It's giving thefirst ten percent.
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  • And the reason I say that,Jesus is God's tithe
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  • is because God gaveJesus first.
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  • He didn't wait to see if wewould clean up or straighten up
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  • to give His son.
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  • God gave Jesus when we weremocking him and spitting
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  • on him and nailinghim 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 thisway,
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  • that God gave Jesus in hope.
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  • In hope.
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  • And that word, the rootof that word is faith.
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  • In faith, we giveour tithe in faith.
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  • So, it's thefirst ten percent.
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  • Think about this.
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  • When the children of Israelwent into the promised land,
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  • God said bring all of thesilver and gold from Jericho
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  • into the house of God.
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  • It's always intothe house of God.
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  • That's always wherethe tithe goes.
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  • But, why didn't he sayten percent of Jericho?
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  • It's very simple.
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  • Because Jerichowas the first city.
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  • It's simple.
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  • He said, "Bring the firstinto the house of the Lord,
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  • and the rest are redeemed."
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  • They're out fromunder the curse.
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  • They're blessed.
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  • See, the first portion hasthe redemptive,
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  • is the redemptive portion.
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  • So, the firstborn must besacrificed or redeemed.
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  • Here's the second point.
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  • The first fruitsmust be offered.
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  • You can stay there in Exodus13, look at Proverbs 3:9-10,
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  • "Honor the Lord with yourpossessions,
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  • and with the first fruits ofall your increase."
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  • Bonuses, everything, "Soyour barns will be filled
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  • with plenty,and your vatswill overflow with wine."
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  • Okay.
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  • That says to honor the Lord withthe first of our increase.
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  • I just want to justmake 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 ofyears after the law.
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  • This is a principal thatruns all through scripture.
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  • Let me show youanother scripture.
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  • Exodus 23:19, "The firstof 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'tknow what first means."
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  • "The first of the firstfruits of your land,"
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  • now watch these words, "youshall 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 weekendabout Malachi, he said,
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  • "Bring the tithesinto the storehouse."
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  • The tithe alwayscomes to the church.
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  • You don't, you can'tdivide 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 tonotice 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 abouttithing, is because you can't
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  • give whatdoesn't belong to you.
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  • You have two choicesaccording 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 itcomes 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 theonly two choices.
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  • There's no other choiceaccording to scripture.
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  • They either broughtit, or they stole it.
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  • Remember when God said,bring all the silver and gold
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  • from Jerichothat Achan kept some?
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  • And of course, the nextcity, then they lost the battle
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  • until they broughtit to the house of God.
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  • But here was the point.
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  • In Joshua 6, God calls the tithe"consecrated" or set apart,
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  • same thing hecalled the first born.
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  • But in Joshua 7, once Achantook it, he said,
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  • "Israel has stolen from me,and they're cursed."
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  • They're cursed.
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  • It's consecrated when youbring it to the house of God.
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  • It's cursed if you leaveit in your bank account.
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  • Here's a real simple,straightforward question,
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  • why would you want somethingcursed in your bank account?
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  • I mean, it hasenough problems.
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  • Why wouldn't you want yourbank account blessed?
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  • See, it takes faithto give the first.
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  • It takes faith to believethat 90% redeemed and blessed
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  • will go fartherthan 100% cursed.
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  • Watch.
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  • Genesis 4:3-5, "And in processof time," now those words
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  • are very important,"in the process of time it came
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  • to pass, that Cain broughtan offering of the fruit
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  • of the ground unto the Lord."
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  • Notice it specifically doesnot say that he brought
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  • first fruits.
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  • He just brought an offeringin the process of time.
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  • Abel also brought of thefirstborn of his flock
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  • and of their fat.
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  • And the Lord respected," orthis word could be received,
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  • "Abel and his offering."
  • 00:12:04.806 --> 00:12:06.541
  • Notice the person's receivedtoo, not just the offering.
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  • "But he did not respect"or receive,
  • 00:12:09.511 --> 00:12:11.079
  • "Cain and his offering."
  • 00:12:11.179 --> 00:12:14.215
  • It's simple, isn't it?
  • 00:12:14.315 --> 00:12:15.917
  • Cain was a farmer.
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  • He didn't bringfirst fruits.
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  • Abel was a rancher, hebrought 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.
  • 00:12:25.727 --> 00:12:27.128
  • Now I'm going to take it alittle farther in this,
  • 00:12:27.228 --> 00:12:29.464
  • and that is, it's not just thatGod wouldn't accept it,
  • 00:12:29.564 --> 00:12:34.202
  • it's that God couldn'taccept it.
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  • God can't be second.
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  • He can't be second.
  • 00:12:42.243 --> 00:12:43.711
  • This is called thepreeminence of God.
  • 00:12:43.812 --> 00:12:45.747
  • You know, you'veheard of eminence.
  • 00:12:45.847 --> 00:12:47.415
  • But God is preeminent.
  • 00:12:47.515 --> 00:12:48.616
  • That means He's not onlyfirst of all, He's before all.
  • 00:12:48.716 --> 00:12:52.153
  • He's higher than all,He's above all, He's first,
  • 00:12:52.253 --> 00:12:54.789
  • He's before all.
  • 00:12:54.889 --> 00:12:55.790
  • So, God is first.
  • 00:12:55.890 --> 00:12:57.325
  • Now we, when our lives,we talk about putting God first.
  • 00:12:57.425 --> 00:13:00.195
  • And that's good, because wedo need to put God first
  • 00:13:00.295 --> 00:13:02.597
  • in our lives.
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  • But I just want youto know something.
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  • Even if God's not first inyour life, He's still first.
  • 00:13:04.899 --> 00:13:08.436
  • You didn't rearrange Hisorder in the universe.
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  • He's still preeminent.
  • 00:13:12.540 --> 00:13:14.108
  • So, God can never be second.
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  • So, this is why I'm tellingyou the reason God couldn't
  • 00:13:16.444 --> 00:13:19.047
  • accept Cain's offering, isbecause God's always first,
  • 00:13:19.147 --> 00:13:22.483
  • and Cain did not bringa first offering.
  • 00:13:22.584 --> 00:13:26.988
  • And God says, "I'm sorry, Ican't accept a second place
  • 00:13:27.088 --> 00:13:30.124
  • offering, because I'malways in first place.
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  • I can't accept it."
  • 00:13:33.461 --> 00:13:34.462
  • Now, we need to thinkabout that,
  • 00:13:34.562 --> 00:13:36.397
  • when it comes to the tithe.
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  • You remember I saidJesus is God's tithe.
  • 00:13:38.132 --> 00:13:40.935
  • And I said to you lastweekend, because we talked
  • 00:13:41.035 --> 00:13:42.704
  • about giving to thebride of Christ.
  • 00:13:42.804 --> 00:13:45.840
  • And I said that tithing isprobably more personal
  • 00:13:45.940 --> 00:13:47.876
  • to Jesus than what we think.
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  • Okay, I want you tothink about this.
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  • If Jesus is God's tithe,tithing might be a little
  • 00:13:51.012 --> 00:13:54.148
  • more personal to the Fatheralso than what we think.
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  • See, it represents who'sfirst in your life.
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  • You can, and again, I knowthese, some of the things
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  • I'm saying are strong, butyou can tell me all day God's
  • 00:14:04.492 --> 00:14:06.895
  • first in your life, but let mesee your bank account,
  • 00:14:06.995 --> 00:14:11.199
  • and I'lltell you who's first.
  • 00:14:11.299 --> 00:14:14.435
  • It might be Nordstrom's.
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  • Okay, ladies, letme hit the guys.
  • 00:14:18.072 --> 00:14:19.440
  • It might Bass Pro Shops.
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  • Where does the firstten percent go?
  • 00:14:24.245 --> 00:14:27.482
  • That's who's first.
  • 00:14:27.582 --> 00:14:29.050
  • Alright, so, the first born mustbe sacrificed or redeemed.
  • 00:14:29.150 --> 00:14:33.354
  • The first fruitsmust 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
  • 00:14:43.932 --> 00:14:47.735
  • the word all, "andall the tithe of the land,"
  • 00:14:47.835 --> 00:14:52.573
  • all of it, " whether of theseed of the land,
  • 00:14:52.674 --> 00:14:55.543
  • or of the fruit of the tree, isthe Lord's:"
  • 00:14:55.643 --> 00:14:58.780
  • there's the emphatic phraseagain, belongs to God.
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  • God set it apartfor himself.
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  • And that's what the nextphrase says, " it is holy,"
  • 00:15:04.319 --> 00:15:07.155
  • that word is the word thatsimply means set apart,
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  • it is set apart unto the Lord."
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  • That's why it's stealing.
  • 00:15:12.927 --> 00:15:14.429
  • Because He set itapart to Himself.
  • 00:15:14.529 --> 00:15:15.897
  • And that's why it has to befirst, because God's first
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  • and he owns it.
  • 00:15:19.167 --> 00:15:20.768
  • So in order, in other words,if we're going to return it,
  • 00:15:20.868 --> 00:15:22.804
  • we have to return it first.
  • 00:15:22.904 --> 00:15:24.806
  • Okay, so I'm going to giveyou an illustration,
  • 00:15:24.906 --> 00:15:27.742
  • and it's a mathillustration, okay?
  • 00:15:27.842 --> 00:15:30.511
  • I'm warning you, so half ofyou can take a nap, alright?
  • 00:15:30.611 --> 00:15:34.182
  • Let's say that you're alandscaper and you come to our
  • 00:15:34.282 --> 00:15:36.985
  • home and pastor Robert,I'm, you know, I call you
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  • and I say, "Listen, I'd liketo add some plants,
  • 00:15:42.357 --> 00:15:45.093
  • and some trees, and someflowers, and things, you know."
  • 00:15:45.193 --> 00:15:47.762
  • And so, you giveme an estimate.
  • 00:15:47.862 --> 00:15:49.063
  • And you say, "Now, this ishow much my materials will be.
  • 00:15:49.163 --> 00:15:51.599
  • This is how my labor will be,and my profit will be $1.000.
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  • You need to know, thetithe is on profit.
  • 00:15:56.070 --> 00:15:58.740
  • It's not on all of this,it's on the increase.
  • 00:15:58.840 --> 00:16:01.109
  • Your personal increase,personal income,
  • 00:16:01.209 --> 00:16:03.845
  • that's what we tithe on, okay.
  • 00:16:03.945 --> 00:16:05.346
  • So, you say, "Are youagreeable to this whole price?"
  • 00:16:05.446 --> 00:16:08.816
  • I say, "Yes I am."
  • 00:16:08.916 --> 00:16:10.018
  • So after you do the job,I pay for all of your materials,
  • 00:16:10.118 --> 00:16:12.320
  • all of your labors, and then foryour profit,
  • 00:16:12.420 --> 00:16:14.455
  • let's say that Igive you ten $100 bills.
  • 00:16:14.555 --> 00:16:17.358
  • So, you have $1.000in your hand, okay.
  • 00:16:17.458 --> 00:16:20.294
  • This is the mathpart, alright.
  • 00:16:20.395 --> 00:16:21.829
  • So you have $1.000.
  • 00:16:21.929 --> 00:16:23.331
  • Let me ask you twoquestions, alright.
  • 00:16:23.431 --> 00:16:24.699
  • A thousand dollars, remember theword tithe means ten percent.
  • 00:16:24.799 --> 00:16:27.402
  • So, how much is the tithe?
  • 00:16:27.502 --> 00:16:30.905
  • $100, alright.
  • 00:16:31.005 --> 00:16:31.906
  • I know some of you stillcarry the -- okay.
  • 00:16:32.006 --> 00:16:34.809
  • That's alright, that's okay.
  • 00:16:34.909 --> 00:16:35.943
  • Alright so, it's $100 that'sright.
  • 00:16:36.044 --> 00:16:37.845
  • But you have ten hundreddollar bills in your hand,
  • 00:16:37.945 --> 00:16:39.947
  • so which one is the tithe?
  • 00:16:40.048 --> 00:16:42.150
  • The first one, yeah, okay.
  • 00:16:42.250 --> 00:16:43.618
  • The one on top iswhat we said, alright.
  • 00:16:43.718 --> 00:16:44.919
  • Let me say it to you adifferent way, alright.
  • 00:16:45.019 --> 00:16:46.587
  • It's the first onethat leaves your hand.
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  • That's the tithe.
  • 00:16:50.324 --> 00:16:51.325
  • In other words, if you gohome, and you say,
  • 00:16:51.426 --> 00:16:53.294
  • "Let me set aside some for themortgage, some for the car,
  • 00:16:53.394 --> 00:16:55.930
  • some for utilities, some forclothes, and here's God's part."
  • 00:16:56.030 --> 00:16:59.534
  • No, that's not God's part.
  • 00:16:59.634 --> 00:17:00.868
  • You gave God's part tothe mortgage company.
  • 00:17:00.968 --> 00:17:04.572
  • Because, here's whata lot of people do.
  • 00:17:04.672 --> 00:17:06.307
  • Okay, let me set aside somefor this and this and this,
  • 00:17:06.407 --> 00:17:08.709
  • and oh, there's notenough leftover for God.
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  • Can I say something nicelyto you, but firmly?
  • 00:17:13.881 --> 00:17:16.984
  • He wouldn'taccept it anyway.
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  • Because our God doesnot accept leftovers.
  • 00:17:18.686 --> 00:17:22.790
  • As a matter of fact,he says it in Malachi.
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  • He says, "You bring me theblind 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."
  • 00:17:35.336 --> 00:17:36.504
  • Okay, so, how does thiswork out in my own life?
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  • I get paid on the 15th and30th, or the last day
  • 00:17:39.307 --> 00:17:42.877
  • of the month, 30th, 31st, andit's directly deposited.
  • 00:17:42.977 --> 00:17:46.214
  • So, it's like it magicallyappears, you know,
  • 00:17:46.314 --> 00:17:48.783
  • on my account.
  • 00:17:48.883 --> 00:17:49.984
  • So what I do on the 15th andthe last day of the month,
  • 00:17:50.084 --> 00:17:52.453
  • is while I'm having my quiettime in the morning,
  • 00:17:52.553 --> 00:17:55.389
  • before I do anything else, I goonline and that's the way now,
  • 00:17:55.490 --> 00:17:59.594
  • I think it's justeasiest to give online.
  • 00:17:59.694 --> 00:18:01.662
  • I go online and I send thetithe to Gateway Church.
  • 00:18:01.762 --> 00:18:06.367
  • So what happens though,if I have an early morning
  • 00:18:06.467 --> 00:18:09.837
  • meeting and I kind of rushout, I don't have my quiet
  • 00:18:09.937 --> 00:18:12.940
  • time that day, and I gethome that night, and I think,
  • 00:18:13.040 --> 00:18:16.043
  • "Oh, it's the 15th,I forgot to do the tithe."
  • 00:18:16.144 --> 00:18:18.546
  • And I go in and I noticethat Debbie has been
  • 00:18:18.646 --> 00:18:20.915
  • to the grocery store that day.
  • 00:18:21.015 --> 00:18:22.483
  • Okay, what I do, I don'tsay, "Well that's great, sugar,
  • 00:18:22.583 --> 00:18:24.952
  • we're cursed.
  • 00:18:25.052 --> 00:18:29.157
  • That's great.
  • 00:18:29.257 --> 00:18:30.224
  • I mean, you gave the tithe toKrogers and so
  • 00:18:30.324 --> 00:18:31.692
  • we're cursed now."
  • 00:18:31.792 --> 00:18:33.327
  • No, because I'm notlegalistic about it.
  • 00:18:33.427 --> 00:18:35.863
  • Now listen to me.
  • 00:18:35.963 --> 00:18:36.697
  • God's not legalistic either.
  • 00:18:36.797 --> 00:18:38.232
  • I'm not trying to give you alegalistic principal today.
  • 00:18:38.332 --> 00:18:40.601
  • I'm trying to give you yourprincipal that's about
  • 00:18:40.701 --> 00:18:42.370
  • your heart.
  • 00:18:42.470 --> 00:18:44.572
  • Where's your heart?
  • 00:18:44.672 --> 00:18:45.640
  • God knows my heart, andHe knows your heart.
  • 00:18:45.740 --> 00:18:47.341
  • Where's your heart?
  • 00:18:47.441 --> 00:18:48.476
  • So the first ten percentgoes to the house of God.
  • 00:18:48.576 --> 00:18:52.313
  • Now, Exodus 13, let me showyou one more scripture,
  • 00:18:52.413 --> 00:18:56.217
  • and then we'refinished, alright?
  • 00:18:56.317 --> 00:18:57.952
  • We stopped awhile ago atverse 13, so let's pick it up
  • 00:18:58.052 --> 00:18:59.987
  • at verse 14.
  • 00:19:00.087 --> 00:19:01.756
  • "So it shall be, when yourson asks you in time to come,
  • 00:19:01.856 --> 00:19:07.195
  • saying,'What is this?'
  • 00:19:07.295 --> 00:19:09.830
  • Okay, in other words, he'ssaying one day your son's going
  • 00:19:09.931 --> 00:19:11.566
  • to ask you, why areyou killing these animals.
  • 00:19:11.666 --> 00:19:14.635
  • "That you shall say to him,'By strength of hand,'"
  • 00:19:14.735 --> 00:19:17.738
  • by a mighty hand, "the Lordbrought us out of Egypt,
  • 00:19:17.838 --> 00:19:21.676
  • out of the house of bondage;and it came to pass,
  • 00:19:21.776 --> 00:19:25.246
  • when Pharaoh was stubborn aboutletting us go, that the Lord
  • 00:19:25.346 --> 00:19:28.049
  • killed all the firstborn inthe land of Egypt,
  • 00:19:28.149 --> 00:19:30.885
  • both the firstborn of man, andthe firstborn of beasts.
  • 00:19:30.985 --> 00:19:33.454
  • Therefore I sacrifice to theLord all males that open the
  • 00:19:33.554 --> 00:19:38.859
  • womb, being males; but all thefirstborn of my sons I redeem.'"
  • 00:19:38.960 --> 00:19:44.198
  • He said, "One day your son'sgoing to ask you."
  • 00:19:44.298 --> 00:19:47.268
  • And He said, "When he asksyou, you say to your son,
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  • "Son, I need to tell yousomething about our family
  • 00:19:51.038 --> 00:19:57.378
  • that you don't know.
  • 00:19:57.478 --> 00:20:02.083
  • But we weren't always inthe ranching business.
  • 00:20:02.183 --> 00:20:06.621
  • We did not own animals.
  • 00:20:06.721 --> 00:20:10.758
  • We didn't own land.
  • 00:20:10.858 --> 00:20:15.162
  • Son, we were slaves.
  • 00:20:15.263 --> 00:20:20.401
  • We were in bondage.
  • 00:20:20.501 --> 00:20:26.474
  • But God, with a mighty handredeemed us,
  • 00:20:26.574 --> 00:20:37.285
  • and gave us everythingwe have now.
  • 00:20:37.385 --> 00:20:41.222
  • Therefore, we gladly give toGod the firstborn
  • 00:20:41.322 --> 00:20:47.895
  • of all of our increase.
  • 00:20:47.995 --> 00:20:49.030
  • Now, this was written4.000 years ago,
  • 00:20:49.130 --> 00:20:55.503
  • and this principalhappened to me.
  • 00:20:55.603 --> 00:20:59.006
  • When Josh was kind ofgetting old enough
  • 00:20:59.106 --> 00:21:01.542
  • to understand numbers and all,and he has this mathematical
  • 00:21:01.642 --> 00:21:04.712
  • mind like I do andlike his grandfather.
  • 00:21:04.812 --> 00:21:07.315
  • And so one day I waspaying the bills.
  • 00:21:07.415 --> 00:21:09.984
  • Now, we didn't haveonline back then.
  • 00:21:10.084 --> 00:21:11.886
  • And so, what I would do is,I would write the check first.
  • 00:21:11.986 --> 00:21:14.955
  • And then I would set thecheck, the tithe check,
  • 00:21:15.056 --> 00:21:17.024
  • and then I would set it overaside,
  • 00:21:17.124 --> 00:21:18.359
  • and then I would pay the bills.
  • 00:21:18.459 --> 00:21:19.627
  • But I would always write thetithe check first and set it
  • 00:21:19.727 --> 00:21:21.195
  • over to the side, and thentake it with me to church.
  • 00:21:21.295 --> 00:21:23.831
  • By the way, for you youngpeople, we used to have pieces
  • 00:21:23.931 --> 00:21:26.067
  • of papercalled checks.
  • 00:21:26.167 --> 00:21:30.438
  • Alright, so I'dset it over aside.
  • 00:21:30.538 --> 00:21:33.174
  • So I'm paying the bills,and Josh came in,
  • 00:21:33.274 --> 00:21:35.476
  • and I'm watching him out ofthe corner of my eye.
  • 00:21:35.576 --> 00:21:39.246
  • And he's reading this tithecheck, and he sees the amount,
  • 00:21:39.347 --> 00:21:42.183
  • which to a young boylooks like a lot of money.
  • 00:21:42.283 --> 00:21:46.187
  • And he says, "Dad, why are yougiving so much to the church?"
  • 00:21:46.287 --> 00:21:55.429
  • And I remember this scripturewhen your son asks you,
  • 00:21:55.529 --> 00:21:59.633
  • this is whatyou tell them.
  • 00:21:59.734 --> 00:22:02.236
  • And I took Josh, and Iactually set him on my lap,
  • 00:22:02.336 --> 00:22:04.472
  • and I said to him, "I needto tell you something about
  • 00:22:04.572 --> 00:22:14.014
  • daddy that you don't know.
  • 00:22:14.115 --> 00:22:20.388
  • But daddy wasn't always aChristian, son,
  • 00:22:20.488 --> 00:22:23.791
  • and daddy was a very bad man.
  • 00:22:23.891 --> 00:22:28.462
  • And daddy was in bondage.
  • 00:22:28.562 --> 00:22:34.969
  • But God with a mighty handredeemed your daddy and gave us
  • 00:22:35.069 --> 00:22:46.180
  • everything we have now.
  • 00:22:46.280 --> 00:22:48.816
  • Therefore, I gladly give to Godthe first of all
  • 00:22:48.916 --> 00:22:54.655
  • of my increase."
  • 00:22:54.755 --> 00:22:59.860
  • This is a principal that'sall through scripture.
  • 00:22:59.960 --> 00:23:04.365
  • It's called thePrincipal of First.
  • 00:23:04.465 --> 00:23:07.768
  • Is God first in your life?
  • 00:23:07.868 --> 00:23:09.804
  • Is God reallyfirst in your life?
  • 00:23:10.638 --> 00:23:14.408
  • You know, I really believedeep in your heart, He is.
  • 00:23:14.508 --> 00:23:17.511
  • So, I want to encourage youto put God first
  • 00:23:17.611 --> 00:23:19.380
  • in your finances as well.
  • 00:23:19.480 --> 00:23:21.715
  • Tithe to your local church.
  • 00:23:21.816 --> 00:23:25.319
  • God set it up, and God didit so He could actually bless
  • 00:23:25.419 --> 00:23:29.590
  • us and remind us thatHe's the one that set us free
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  • from the bondage of sin.
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  • REED PREJEAN: I would considerus to be contributors,
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  • not tithers.
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  • We never felt like we couldafford to pay a full ten percent
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  • tithe on the money.
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  • We never felt likewe could afford that.
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  • And if we did, we wouldn'thave enough money
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  • We read "The Blessed Life"and realized that we weren't
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  • tithing, and thatwe needed to start.
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  • And that really changedour perspective.
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  • That was the beginning of usbeing, becoming cheerful givers.
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  • Kara regularly watchesJames Robinson's TV show.
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  • They're always talkingabout water wells.
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  • KARA PREJEAN: Water's alwaysbeen dear to my heart.
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  • REED: We were able to buythat one water well.
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  • My company was in theprocess of being purchased
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  • KARA: It's about blessing otherpeople with whatever
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  • REED: We knew that it wasthe right thing to do.
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