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SIH TOTT ICONHe layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous (Prov 2:7)

Proverbs Concerning: Our Relationship To Our Possessions:  Prov 3:9-10 

9) Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:

10) So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.

  

INTRODUCTION:

Solomon has given us proverbs to teach us concerning our relationships with God’s Word (vs 1-4) and God Himself (vs 5-8).  He now shares with us proverbs concerning our relationship with our earthly possessions…

EXPOSITION:

 9) Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:
Giving the Lord the ultimate level of respect can be shown by…
1.  making an offering of all earthly wealth to Him
2.  giving Him the best, most valuable of our gain
By making all our worldly possessions available to the Lord, causes others to take the Lord and His desires very seriously.

Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for [your] food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;)  Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God.  For the administration of this service not only supplieth the want of the saints, but is abundant also by many thanksgivings unto God;  Whiles by the experiment of this ministration they glorify God for your professed subjection unto the gospel of Christ, and for [your] liberal distribution unto them, and unto all [men] (2 Corinthians 9:10-13)

 

10) So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.
Turning all our possessions over for His use results in…
1.  replenished storehouses
2.  overflowing winepresses

Both of the above are symbolic of two basic principles:
1.  a shortage of material supplies will never result from the offering of our wealth to the Lord.
2.  as we offer our wealth to Him, He will grace us with abundant spiritual blessings and satisfaction of our material needs (as long as the meeting of our needs benefits us spiritually).

I have been young, and [now] am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread. (Psalms 37:25)
“Then said he also to him that bade him, When thou makest a dinner or a supper, call not thy friends, nor thy brethren, neither thy kinsmen, nor [thy] rich neighbours; lest they also bid thee again, and a recompence be made thee.  But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind:  And thou shalt be blessed; for they cannot recompense thee: for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just.”   (Luke 14:12-14)

SUMMARY:

By turning over all of our worldly possessions for His use, He will grace us with the supply of our earthlly needs as well as overflowing spiritual blessings.

May we all recognize His ability to supply all of our needs, thereby motivating us to offer all our possessions to be used as He sees fit.  In doing so, let us all realize His blessed promise of overflowing blessings throughout eternity.

By God’s grace, let us all study these proverbs diligently, giving them the value that they deserve.

May the Lord bless us as we receive this sound wisdom and then “Think On These Things”.

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6 Comments

  1. I think of Spurgeon’s words: You can never out-give God, because God always uses a bigger shovel.

  2. Debbie says:

    Thank you for showing us His faithfulness to provide for us all we need. Praying that He remains all I need. God bless you!

  3. SLIMJIM says:

    I have found in my life that God has been good if one is obedient and give with the right attitude…with the understanding that such good deeds don’t merit any goodness or favor on God’s part and yet He still give Divine favor and blessings

  4. pj54 says:

    Hey Rob! First, before I forget I wanted to say I loved what “Meeting in the Clouds” said about God having a bigger shovel! I’ll have to see if I can swipe that from them! Now, I want to say, I really enjoyed this post! I wish everyone understood the concept of “tithing” as well as just “offering what they have” to God. I am a living testamony of that.

    Even before I got serious about my relationship with God, He was showing me His generosity. My neighbor came over one Sunday morning and ask if I would take his wife to church. I told him I was nearly out of gas, so he offered me $5.00 to do so. I took her and went to church. It just so happened they were having a visiting preacher, so they passed the plate around for a “love offering for him. I was struggling with the thought (God was working on me even then), but I put in two dollars. (I figured I could still put three in my gas tank). A little later, they passed the plate again for the regular tithes and offering. I of course was struggling again, because I didn’t want to look like a cheapskate, but I needed that money for gas. By the time it got to me, God had nudged me to put ALL of the remaining money which I had ($3.00) into the plate.

    Well, we made it home, (never getting gas). Later on that afternoon, United Super Market called me and told me I had won a One Hundred Dollar Shopping Spree! We ended up with enough meat to last us for over six months! There is NO SUCH THING AS OUTGIVING GOD!

    God Bless!

    PJ

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