Peace to all the brothers and sisters!
In the year 2020, we need God’s revelations to clearly see our directions ahead and step forward despite the headwind! In the future, we can expect several strong winds coming—plague, financial crisis, famine, political unrest, etc. Therefore, it’s especially important to offer our firstfruits in the spring. If you have not done so, I encourage you to catch up soon! Don’t miss this opportunity!
Firstfruits represent what we set apart as holy to be offered to God. When we willingly offer by faith the seeds that symbolize our year’s worth of harvest, investment, ministry, mission, and gospel, we are declaring God’s sovereignty over our finances, investment, ministry, mission, and gospel targets!
As the nations of the world are frequently shaken, we must be rooted in God’s Kingdom and ask for His Kingdom first! For there is no other unshakeable kingdom other than God’s Kingdom! When we obey God’s laws by aligning our timetables to God’s festivals, we will be able to step into the cycles of prosperity instead of being dragged around by the world.
The 50 days between the Festival of Firstfruits and Festival of Weeks (Pentecost) is the perfect time for us to continue watering the fields with our prayers. During this period, we must pray for God’s spring rain to pour down, so that we can welcome another wave of wheat harvest on Pentecost (5/29)! Lev. 23:17-22, “‘When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest. Leave them for the poor and for the foreigner residing among you. I am the Lord your God.’”
Obey God’s laws and you will receive the next wave of harvest. You will not only be self-sufficient but also have more than enough to share with those in need! Let’s practice together before the Pentecost on 5/29. (Read the above verse, pray according to the following instructions)
I. Bless the Firstfruits and Finances
Lev 23:10-11 “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘When you enter the land I am going to give you and you reap its harvest, bring to the priest a sheaf of the first grain you harvest. He is to wave the sheaf before the Lord so it will be accepted on your behalf; the priest is to wave it on the day after the Sabbath.
Prov 3:9-10 Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.
Pray and declare the downpour of spring rain. Receive: 1, financial blessing and hundred-time harvest; 2, blessing of “waving”—let this blessing flow among us as it is waved back and forth, to and fro; 3, becoming “living water” and “flowing well” so that the blessings will not stagnate.
II. Bless the Priests (Pastors and Preachers)
Ezek 44:30 The best of all the firstfruits and of all your special gifts will belong to the priests. You are to give them the first portion of your ground meal so that a blessing may rest on your household.
According to the Old Testament, firstfruits belong to the priests (for priests are God’s representatives). Priests from the tribe of Levi are themselves the firstfruits of Israel, belonging to God. Therefore, when people offer their firstfruits to the priests, spiritual blessings will follow.
Pray for the pastors and preachers: 1, spiritual revival, in-dwelling of the Holy Spirit; 2, health in body, soul, and family; 3, loyalty, faith, and holiness.
Isa 54:17 no weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and this is their vindication from me,” declares the Lord.
III. Remember Christ
1 Cor 15:20-23 But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep… But each in turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him.
Jesus Christ is the firstfruits of all mankind! He is the hope for resurrection!
Pray: 1, with thanksgiving to Jesus for dying and resurrecting for us; 2, that we may follow Jesus Christ’s example of righteousness, love, compassion, obedience, and self-sacrifice…; 3, to declare that our body, soul, and spirit will be resurrected and filled with the breath of God.
IV. Bless Ourselves and Gospel Fruits
Jas 1:18 He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.
We are born through the word of truth and redeemed through the seal of Jesus Christ’s precious blood. Christians are the firstfruits of all God has created and must resurrect first.
Pray: 1, with thanksgiving to Lord Jesus for choosing us and giving us the salvation grace, so that we can become the firstfruits, set apart from all peoples to belong to Him; 2, for your adopted gospel friends this year to be counted as part of the firstfruits; 3, for Holy Spirit’s gracious rain to come through all media including the internet and bless us with great spiritual harvest of a hundred times this year.