Firstfruits Offering…

Scripture Focus:
“Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce; 10 then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine” (Proverbs 3:9-10).

Food for Thought:
Giving is a form of worship, it is biblical, it is one of the commands that the Lord has given to every Christian. Giving is about our faith, it’s out of obedience, it is meant to be a blessing to others, and to advance the Kingdom of God.

“Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need” (Malachi 3:10).

While giving is a part of our Christian walk, as we trust in Him, we shall give a full tenth of the first.

“Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat and clothing to wear, 21 so that I come again to my father’s house in peace, then the Lord shall be my God, 22 and this stone, which I have set up for a pillar, shall be God’s house. And of all that you give me I will give a full tenth to you.” (Genesis 28:21-22).

It is said that giving falls under the law, which means we should no longer sow our tithes, firstfruits, or any other offering. Giving is not only mentioned in the Old Testament but is also mentioned throughout the Bible. Giving reflects the condition of our hearts, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21). Having a giving heart, a giving spirit has always been a blessing to me and for me to be able to bless others.

“give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you” (Luke 6:38).

“For if the firstfruit is holy, the lump is also holy; and if the root is holy, so are the branches” (Romans 11:16).

“As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. 18 They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, 19 thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life “
(1 Timothy 6:17-19).

Firstfruits are different from the tithe…
Tithing is a set amount at 10% of your gross earnings while firstfruits is an undetermined amount that you will not know until the money is in your hands. For example, business owners will often put their first dollar in a frame on the wall, but the firstfruits doesn’t go on the wall, it goes to the Lord. Today it could be the first sale in a new business, the first paycheck of a new job, the first paycheck of the year, or simply giving it in the first month of a new year, are some examples.

“to bring the firstfruits of our dough, our offerings, the fruit from all kinds of trees, the new wine and oil, to the priests, to the storerooms of the house of our God; and to bring the tithes of our land to the Levites, for the Levites should receive the tithes in all our farming communities” (Nehemiah 10:37).

As soon as the command was spread abroad, the people of Israel gave in abundance the firstfruits of grain, wine, oil, honey, and of all the produce of the field. And they brought in abundantly the tithe of everything” (2 Chronicles 31:5).

The offering of firstfruits was an occasion of thanksgiving, so we are to give with gladness.

“Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7).

ACTION:
• Read Deuteronomy 26:1-11

Be Encouraged!

Blessings & Miracles,
Karen Boyd, Christian Life Coach

A Praying Mother | Grandmother…

Scripture Focus:
“Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures throughout all generations. [The Lord is faithful in all his words and kind in all his works.]” (Psalm 145:13).

“Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward” (Psalm 127:3).

Food for Thought:
To the praying mother | grandmother…pray without ceasing for your children, your grandchildren, and for all children. I believe if we pray earnestly, regularly and passionately for our children, it will be the greatest impact in their lives. We can have lasting influence in the lives of our children through prayer.

I have a praying mother who prays for me all the time. She was excited when I gave my life to Christ. Later, she told me how much she prayed and was glad that I had given my life to Christ.

Hannah was an intercessor. She prayed before Samuel was born and after.

“She was deeply distressed and prayed to the Lord and wept bitterly. 11 And she vowed a vow and said, “O Lord of hosts, if you will indeed look on the affliction of your servant and remember me and not forget your servant, but will give to your servant a son, then I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life, and no razor shall touch his head” (1 Samuel 1:10-11).

“And she said, “Oh, my lord! As you live, my lord, I am the woman who was standing here in your presence, praying to the Lord. 27 For this child I prayed, and the Lord has granted me my petition that I made to him. 28 Therefore I have lent him to the Lord. As long as he lives, he is lent to the Lord. And he worshiped the Lord there” (1 Samuel 1:26-28).

Plead the BLOOD of Jesus over your children. Ask The Lord to place a hedge of protection around them every day. More importantly, don’t go it alone. Have someone stand in agreement with you, praying the Word of God over their lives.

The POWER of agreement…
“Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven” (Matthew 18:19-20).

“For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them” (Matthew 18:20).

It is imperative that we pray continually for our children. When you worry, pray. Cast all your cares on Him, He will cover your children. What concerns you concerns Him.

During this time of fasting, prayer, and worship please lift up your children to Him. For some things comes ONLY through fasting and praying. Anoint your children!

“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows” (Psalm 23:5).

“In these days he went out to the mountain to pray, and all night he continued in prayer to God” (Luke 6:12).

Affirmations:

-For your children, I am my own person and nothing is wrong when I say no to nonsense
-I am victorious
-I am comfortable in my skin
-I will live a life of Godly success
-I am a leader and not a follower
-I will live and not die
-I WIN in every area of my life according to the Word of God

ACTION:
• Purpose in your heart to mentor a youth
• Serve in your community, you are needed

Be Encouraged!

Blessings & Miracles,
Karen Boyd, Christian Life Coach

A New Day to a Fresh Start…

Scripture Focus:
“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So, glorify God in your body.”
(1 Corinthians 6:19-20)

Meditation:
As you meditate on today’s scripture(s), allow The Holy Spirit to give you revelation as you read…Holy Spirit speaks to us through The Word. He’s speaking all the time…can you hear Him?

Stop, listen…what is He saying to you? GO YE, do it!

Food for Thought:
In my own experience, I have learned that food is ultimately meant to be a good thing but can also be a bad thing, depending on the food items we choose.

Food gives us energy, some foods more than others…healthy eating is a lifestyle that can be developed over time. It is said that you can eat your way back to good health. Hmmm, imagine that!

We hear the doctor repeatedly say, “Exercise daily, eat more fruits and vegetables, and watch your portion sizes.” Think of your physical body as you do your home or car…does your car or home require maintenance? Good answer, so does your body!

The 21 Daniel Fast is a GREAT start to the road of a healthy lifestyle. That’s good news! It takes 21 days to break a bad habit and/or create a new one, so this is an opportunity to the start of a new lifestyle for you.

It is a known fact that fasting has been the key element in many things relating to spirituality, physical well-being, as well as mental health. When we are in good health, we feel better, we stress less, and look GREAT!

Statistically, many people have given up various food items during a 21 Day Daniel Fast. Personally, I have given up white rice, white salt, & artificial sweeteners some time ago through a 21 Day Daniel Fast.

Think about it…what’s in your pantry?

ACTION:
• Consult your physician to start a work out plan that works for you, TODAY.
• Find a physical activity that you enjoy (i.e. Zumba, skating, bike riding, walking, running, jogging, etc.), start small and work your way up…5 or 10 minutes and go from there.
• Today, give up that one food item you realize is hindering your way back to good health
• Do ONE thing today that you have been wanting to do for a long time not allowing anything to stop you…JUST DO IT!

“Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all. Both riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all. In your hand are power and might, and in your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all” (1 Chronicles 29:11-12).

Be Encouraged!

Blessings & Miracles,
Karen Boyd, Christian Life Coach

Manifestation Causes Acceleration towards Elevation…

Scripture Engagement:
“Incline your ear, and come to me; hear, that your soul may live; and I will make with you an everlasting covenant, my steadfast, sure love for David. 4 Behold, I made him a witness to the peoples, a leader and commander for the peoples” (Isaiah 55:3-4).

Meditation:
“Can you hear Me? Have I told you how much I love you? To hear Me is to know Me…seek My face and I will answer” Says The Lord of Hosts!

Hearing the voice of God is truly His gift to all who will spend time with Him. For all who has confessed Him as their Lord and Savior. You ask, “How do I spend time with Him? How do I know when He is speaking to me? How do I hear the voice of the Lord?” He says in His Word, “Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known” (Jeremiah 33:3).

AND THEN HE SAID…

“So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ” (Romans 10:17).

Did you hear that…hearing the voice of The Lord is through His Word! Oh Hallelujah…I believe I’ll run right here for we know that as we HEAR, we also receive revelation…

REVELATION=>
MANIFESTATION=>
ACCELERATION=>
ELEVATION

There is a purpose for God giving you a revelation. There is a process you are going to go through (or have gone through) before you see the manifestation of a revelation. The revelation came to you from the realm of the spirit. It made your soul mindful of the things you did not know before the light went on. You became conscience of something you did not know by your own thinking or your own process of illumination of solutions. It was given to you by the revelatory light of God. BUT GOD! We are in a season of acceleration…a NOW season.

You must be intentional in your WALK. Listen, I hear INCREASE! Forward movement is yours for the taking…Power-Up | Prosper-Now!

“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” (Matthew 6:33).

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8).

ACTION:
• Read Psalm 91 today
• Read the book of Romans over the next thirty days
• Journal what He is saying to you as you read, “And the LORD answered me: “Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it” (Habakkuk 2:2)

“And the LORD will make you the head and not the tail, and you shall only go up and not down, if you obey the commandments of the LORD your God, which I command you today, being careful to do them” (Deuteronomy 28:13).

Be Encouraged!

Blessings & Miracles,
Karen Boyd, Christian Life Coach

The Power of Prayer…

Scripture Focus:
“Praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, 19 and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel” (Ephesians 6:18-19).

Food for Thought:
As Christians, we are to seek the ways of our Heavenly Father on a daily basis. Lord, what is my assignment…whom shall I serve today…send me, I’ll go…Lord I give you a FRESH yes!

Read the Word daily, pray without ceasing, keep knocking until He answers. Never give up! He loves to hear from you. Does He already know what our needs are…of course He does but He loves to hear you ask. Be intentional in your prayers…be SPECIFIC. Prayer is a daily conversation we shall have with Christ but be sure to listen for His voice as He answers you. This is a two-way conversation.

Prayer unlocks the doors to many things that are in the will of The Father for your life. Yes, He has a plan and a purpose for you. Do you know what that is? If not, ask Him! If you know what that plan is WALK in it!

Having a dedicated prayer life is a KEY element of your Christian walk that will allow you to see INCREASE in every area of your life. So, step up your game…PRAY!

Remember, He wants to hear from you. Prayer is simply having a conversation with your Heavenly Father.

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope”
(Jeremiah 29:11).

ACTION:
• Increase your prayer life
• Take your worship to higher heights
• Bow before Him as you pray & praise

“What am I to do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will pray with my mind also; I will sing praise with my spirit, but I will sing with my mind also” (1 Corinthians 14:15).

“Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven” (Matthew 18:19).

“I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? 2 My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. 3 He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber” (Psalm 121:1-3).

Now give Him GLORY!

Be Encouraged!

Blessings & Miracles,
Karen Boyd, Christian Life Coach

Wisdom Keys to Overflow…

Scripture Focus:
“My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, 3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Colossians 2:2-3).

Food for Thought:
OVERFLOW: 11 BIBLICAL PRINCIPLES
1. Give back to the One Who First Gave: John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

2. Give Freely: Luke 6:38 “Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”

3. Giving out of prosperity: Have you ever thought about turning your hobby into a form of revenue…sewing classes, becoming a consultant, purchasing land, and/or rental property? There is purpose in your passion…the list is endless! Tap into your talents & resources…give out of prosperity vs. lack.

Giving out of prosperity is from a holistic approach, yes that’s correct. Prosperity is the state of being prosperous, which encompasses; success, profitability, affluence, wealth, luxury, well-being, milk and honey.

There are tons of biblical principles that are utilized by rich, successful folks every day. The difference, we are blessed to bless others…not to store it up.

3 John 2:2 “Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul.”

 

Genesis 12:2-3 “And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

4. Obedience: Malachi 3:10 “Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, And try Me now in this,” Says the Lord of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven And pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it.”

5. Your BEST “First”: Nehemiah 10:35-37 “And we made ordinances to bring the firstfruits of our ground and the firstfruits of all fruit of all trees, year by year, to the house of the Lord; to bring the firstborn of our sons and our cattle, as it is written in the Law, and the firstborn of our herds and our flocks, to the house of our God, to the priests who minister in the house of our God; to bring the firstfruits of our dough, our offerings, the fruit from all kinds of trees, the new wine and oil, to the priests, to the storerooms of the house of our God; and to bring the tithes of our land to the Levites, for the Levites should receive the tithes in all our farming communities.”

6. Remember Him “First”: Deuteronomy 8:18-19 “And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day. Then it shall be, if you by any means forget the Lord your God, and follow other gods, and serve them and worship them, I testify against you this day that you shall surely perish.”

7. Integrity: Psalm 112 “Praise the Lord! Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, Who delights greatly in His commandments. His descendants will be mighty on earth; The generation of the upright will be blessed. Wealth and riches will be in his house, And his righteousness endures forever…”

8. Lead by Example: Matthew 6:3-5 “But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly.”

9. Serve His People: Proverbs 19:17 (AMP) “He who is gracious and lends a hand to the poor lends to the Lord, And the Lord will repay him for his good deed.”

10. Forgive: Ephesians 4:31-32 “Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.”

11. Love One Another: 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 “Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away.”

ACTION:
• Write it down, today (Habakkuk 2:2)
• Take action (James 2:14-18)

Be Encouraged!

Blessings & Miracles,
Karen Boyd, Christian Life Coach