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First Fruits Offering

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Jun Naraval

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Transcript of First Fruits Offering

Blessings that will overflow
Uncommon health
Financial restoration
Protection from satan
God’s favor
Family relationship

First Fruits Offering

First Fruits Sacredness
First Fruits are offered in a SACRED AREA restricted to ordinary Israelites and blemished priests.
Prophecy of the First Fruits Offering
A major prophecy was declared in 2005 during the International Leaders Conference in Manila. It says:
God's Assurance and Providence
PROVERBS 3:9-10

“Honor the Lord with your possession, and with the first fruits of all your increase; so that your barns will be filled with plenty and your vats will overflow.”

First Fruits Offering Must Be Rooted from our Heart
Couples for Christ
CFC must start a new tradition
Hold the tradition every first gathering of the CFC
in each year
Officers and members of CFC should offer their first fruits
to God
Exodus 23:19:
Each year bring to the house of the Lord your God the first fruit that you harvest.
Deuteronomy 26: 2-11
"..you shall take some first fruits of the various products of the soil which you harvest from the land which the Lord, your God, gives you, and putting them in a basket, you shall go to the place which the Lord, your God, chooses for the dwelling place of His name..."
God First
Psalm 24:
"The earth is the Lord's and all it contains, the world and those that dwell in it."
We are stewards, and our task is to give some of the increase back to the owner. In fact, the owner should get the first cut.
Good Stewards
Leviticus 23: 2
"Speak to the Israelites and tell them: the following are the festivals of the Lord, my feast days, which you shall celebrate with a sacred assembly."
From their hearts they present choice offerings unblemished lamb as oblation to God.
First fruits is a celebration of GOd first before our own celebration.
Leviticus 2:12
Such you may indeed present to the Lord in the offering of first fruits..."
Prophecy's Significance
CFC is the ONLY COMMUNITY, global & ecclesial, that is given such instruction.
It came after 24 years of our existence.
It challenged our faith since that year our theme was: “God is Enough”. Psalm 23:1
God First
It is only during First Fruits Offering that it is opened and permission is granted in fulfillment of God’s obligation.

Parable of the Three Tenants
Defiant Tenant
Accounts smaller sales to landowner
Sometimes do not account at all.
In his mind “Owner is rich already. I worked hard, must have more, I owe myself. Maybe I give but only a little. I have more needs than him!”
He is a grumbling or token giver

Obedient Tenant
Accounts sales to landowner
Promptly gives proper share as agreed.
The landowner is glad and happy for having an honest and trusted man. Here, “the window of heaven is opened…”
GOOD giver!

Generous Tenant
Remit expected share to landowner
Having a work and a place to live, he thanked the owner!
Brings in extra fresh vegetables, eggs & chicken, sweet farm fruits etc., and gives to owner for free, from his farm labor.
… this is 1st Fruits Offering (Proverbs 3:9-10)
Our Response in this Celebration
Put a PART of your FIRST HARVEST in an envelope.
My salary, earnings, produce, goods
For youth/kids - part of the allowance
Offer your personal INTENTIONS in SILENT PRAYER
GOD FIRST

GOOD STEWARDSHIP
FYI: 2 Corinthians 9:7
“God loves a cheerful giver.”
CFC Instructions
“Do this because you LOVE ME and you delight in HONORING ME, and not because you wanted to receive from me in return.
“Make your offering. The amount you give symbolizes the blessing from me that you value - in the form of money”
BE A CHEERFUL GIVER
Community Prayer
Receive these offerings of thanksgiving from our hearts. These came from You, not because we are worthy, but because of Your love. This is our expression of gratefulness and thanks to You.
Sanctify these gifts Lord. Put them to good use according to Your wisdom. Let these be a blessing to others; may Your Name be glorified by others through these.
May we always rejoice in Your blessings, praise Your unending mercy, celebrate Your faithfulness and acclaim Your steadfast love. Amen.
God's Blessing is upon us all.
Let us all
REJOICE!!
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