Summary: THE GRACE OF PROSPERITY IS GIVEN THROUGH GIVING AND OBEDIENCE TO GOD'S PATTERN OF GIVING
THEME: BIBLICAL PRINCIPLES OF PROSPERITY
TOPIC: FIRST FRUIT AND SEED FAITH
TEXT: GEN 3: 15, GEN 22: 1-3 MATHEW 26:6-13
We shall see the potency of giving: Potency is the power of something to effect, the strength or influence on the mind or body. Giving means the transfer of something in return. The potency of giving is therefore the power or authority of gift. Giving originated from God. God gave His first fruit, seed faith and vows. Jesus Christ is the first fruit. He sows as a seed by faith. Vow was made in the book of Gen 3:15. John 3:16. Our God is a giving God. The creation story is the account of God’s gifts to mankind giving played a great part in the social life of Bible time’s believers. They used many words to express it in the Bible. For instance, Gift (Psalm 72:10), they saw it as present to a superior. (Judges 3:15). It was regarded as Gift to gain favour (Gen 34:12). It was seen as an act of submission (Psalm 68:29). It was given as rewards Gen 25:6, Daniel 2:6) Giving is not limited to just one thing or one for exchange of items, products, service or ideas rather it encompasses all forms of exchanges.
Looking into the lesson
1. God Lives By Giving
Gen 2: 15- 17, John 3:16, Romans 8:32) God owns the world and all in it. He could keep all to Himself and receives no query from nobody Psalm 24:1-20) But we covered that God’s Life is Synonymous with giving. We cannot separate His person and name from giving and He will ever give. If He stops giving, He stops being God. If He stops giving for one second, the whole world systems will collapse. He gives unconditionally, impartially and ceaselessly. Today, God had given us all material and Spiritual Blessing in Jesus. Mathew 6:32-33, Ephesians 1:3).
2. First Fruit
Gen 1:11-12, Exod 23:16, Lev 23:10-14, 1Cor 15:20, James 1:18, Rex 14:4. the first fruits brought at this time was just a sample of harvest yet to come. In the church today you present the first fruit to the Lord acknowledging God as the giver and owner of all Exod 34:26. Is the first of your increase, it belongs to God.
3. seed faith and vows
Gen 17:19 Abraham gave back his seed to God. Gen 22:1-8, 13-17, 1 Samuel 1”26-28, Learn to sow seed. Seed faith covers all. Seed faith, means to plant something you have excepted like a seed you plant for a specific harvest. Seed faith is using what you have been given to create something you been promised. Sow the seed of diligence on your job and your harvest promotion. Prov13:4. Prov 10:4, Keep to your vows, pay your vows. Gen 28: 20-22. There are several laws for the regulation and due execution of vows 1 Samuel 1:22, 28, keep to the law Ecc 5:4, Job 22:27, Ps 66:13. Water your seed with prayer and sow in the right place Gen 22: 1-2