Have you ever wondered how to attract the blessings of God into your life? The good news is that God desires to bless you and those around you. However, to experience these blessings, you must put God first in every area of your life. Matthew 6:33 reminds us to "seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you." In this post, we will focus on the principle of first, which is a key to experiencing the blessings of God in your life.
GIVE WITH A GENEROUS HEART
One of the ways to put God first is through our finances. God desires that we give generously to the work of His kingdom. Therefore, the Bible teaches that we should tithe, giving the local church a tenth of our income.
In Malachi 3:10, God challenges us to "bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,' says the LORD Almighty, 'and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it." Giving your first fruits to God requires faith, but it opens the door for God's blessings to overflow in your life.
A HEART OF GIVING
Putting God first is not just about giving a tenth of your income; it's also about having a heart of giving. God desires that you have a generous heart towards those around you. Proverbs 11:25 reminds us that "a generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed." When you give to others, you open yourself up to receiving blessings from God. It's not just about giving money; you can give your time, talents, and resources to bless others. You become a conduit of God's blessings when you have a heart of giving.
God is a giver, and because He is, He gave His only son to die for our sins-- out of His great love for us! God gives to the sower, not the keeper. "It is more blessed to give than to receive." according to Acts 20:35.
THE BLESSED LIFE
Living a blessed life is not just about having material possessions; it's about experiencing the joy and peace of knowing God and being in His will. When you put God first and have a heart of giving, you position yourself to experience the abundant life that Jesus promised in John 10:10. You become a blessing to those around you, and God's blessings overflow in your life. Living a blessed life is a testimony of God's goodness and grace to the world.
The principle of first is not just about giving your first fruits to God; it's about putting Him first in every area of your life. When you do this, you position yourself to experience the blessings of God in ways you never thought possible. So, start by giving generously, and cultivate a heart of giving towards those around you. May God's blessings overflow in your life as you seek His kingdom and righteousness first.
For more encouragement, support, and tools to equip you, we encourage you to check out these additional resources:
- MESSAGE: To watch Liquid Church's "The Principle of First" of our Blessed Life Series, Part One, Click Here.
- JOIN THE CHALLENGE: Will you take God at His Word and "Test Him?" Ready to return the tithe this Spring? To learn more and participate in our Money-Back Guaranteed 90-Day Tithe Challenge, Click Here.
- SPRING BAPTISM: Are you ready to go public with your faith in Jesus, letting the world know you are committed to following Him? Come & Get Baptized this Spring! To register, Click Here.