James Stewart discussed in order to follow the Divine Order of Giving we must give our first fruits then our tithes. I have learned about the first fruits principle from the bible basically as a one time gift but through James teaching I learned that this is about honor and a practice you do continously which is called Terumah. Mr. Stewart let the congregation know that this principle was given in depth to him by my pastor Ed Nelson.
According to Proverbs 3:9 KJV "Honour the Lord with thy substance, and with the first fruits of all thine increase." Mr. Stewart said that in Hebrew first fruits is referred to as Terumah and this is where you honor God with $2.50 per $100 or (I would say $.025 per your gross pay). When you give from your heart to want to honor God you do this with your first fruits and give it to the pastor of your church. (Some of you may not have a church you attend but you do believe this principle seek the Holy Ghost to lead you in what you should do.)
Then according to Proverbs 3:10 KJV "So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine,"
Basically the principal is WE do Proverbs 3:9 and GOD will do Proverbs 3:10.
The Key Mr. Stewart says is to present your Terumah to your pastor and say I want to honor God and would you present this to God then it will go to the pastor. The pastor would basically take the offering you gave him and lift it up to God letting God know this is to honor Him and then the pastor will receive that offering as a gift. By honoring God you are also honoring the leader that He put to pastor over your church.
Mr. Stewart discussed that he and his wife was over hundreds of thousands of dollar in debt until they began to follow the Divine Order of Giving Principal. Once they enforced this the hand of God moved on their behalf and now they are completely DEBT FREE.
Step out on faith and honor God with the Terumah to your local leader of the church. Some pastors may not understand but do it anyway. (Just prayerfully ask the Holy Ghost to give you wisdom, knowledge and understanding in this teaching).
Once your situation has been turned around by God the next step is to give your testimony of what God has done in your life. Revelations 12:11 KJV "And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony."
Divine Order of Giving Breakdown:
Terumah (first fruits) $.025 of gross pay
First Tithes $0.10 of your gross pay
Second Tithes $0.10 of your gross pay (this is for you...PAY YOURSELF)
(See Deuteronomy 14:22, 25-26 for first and second tithes)
If you would like to know more about the Terumah and first and second tithes please come to Cornerstone Assembly of God in Anderson, South Carolina where the Senior Pastor is Ed Nelson. Pastor Nelson is very educated in Hebrew and he does a teaching on Hebraic Roots once a month. His website is http://www.ed-nelson.com/
If you want to know more about James and Tracy Stewart testimony of getting out of the hundreds of thousand of dollars of debt in more detail contact Cornerstone Assembly of God at 864-224-3861 so they can get you in contact with the Stewart's.
When I got home today I had a client that wanted me to do his taxes which is a blessing for me because my business has been a very slow and a blessing for my pocket book :)
This is God's way of doing things not the world's way.
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