By Faith: Abel
I. Why did Abel offer God a better sacrifice than Cain did? (Genesis 4:1-5)
II. What does it mean to give God the first portion? (Deuteronomy 12:6, 18:4)
A. It means giving God your first and your best. (Exodus 23:19)
B. It means giving God the first tenth of your income. (2 Chronicles 31:5-10)
III. How does giving God the first portion demonstrate your faith? (Proverbs 3:9-10; Matthew 6:21,24)
A. You recognize God as the source of all your blessings. (James 1:17)
B. You acknowledge God as the owner of all that you have (Exodus 19:5; Psalm 24:1)
C. You trust God’s promise to provide for all your needs. (Philippians 4:19)
Application: How do you practice giving God the first portion today?
1) Give God the first and best of all your life, not just your finances.
2) Budget your life around your giving, not your giving around your life.
3) Set aside God’s portion first before you spend anything else.