Your Money Has A Voice Part 4 – Ps Sharon Bendixen and Christi Grobler (WTB)
Scripture Refe Scripture rence: Exodus 15:26 (YLT); Deuteronomy 7:12-15 (KJV); Psalm 105:37 (KJV); Matthew 4:23-24 (NKJV); 1 Corinthians 6:20 (NKJV); Romans 11:16 (NKJV); Exodus 13:2 (NKJV); Nehemiah 10:35-36 (NKJV); Hebrews 7:8 (NKJV); Hebrews 7:8 (AMPC); Hebrews 3:1 (NKJV); Luke 23:46 (NKJV); Ezekiel 44:30 (NKJV)
We glorify You, Lord. We seek first Your Kingdom, Lord. You are our first love, and we thank You for this privilege, Father. We thank You for this creative ability that You have given to Sound and Song that can pierce and penetrate in our hearts, Lord. Thank You for the sounds of heaven, Lord. Heaven comes into our hearts, Lord. As I’ve prayed before, we thank You now for Your Word, Lord, and it’s in the name of Jesus.
We just say thank you to all of the musicians and vocalists for being here this morning. We appreciate you. We love you very much, Pastor John and I, and of course loved by the Father. Bye-bye everybody. All right. Praise the Lord. Glory to God.
Pastor Christi: Glory to God.
Pastor Sharon: Good morning, everybody, that’s already with us. As you know that we are on assignment, Pastor Christi and I, of the Lord, but of Pastor John who recognized that on the back of the revelation that the Lord has been giving Pastor John and I on Kingdom Finances at this time, especially, and the Abundant Overflow that many of us are already experiencing and then, of course, asking us the question, What is your more for? We are on assignment here. Pastor John recognizing that Pastor Christi had additional revelation from the Lord that He wanted her to bring. We are here on assignment from the Lord.
Before we start today, I have something in my heart from the Lord that I need to say. I was just explaining to somebody earlier on; what had happened to me this week when the Lord spoke to me on Monday morning. I was explaining it’s like He put a life wire to my faith. He activated my faith on a new level just by speaking to me. I’m going to tell you what He spoke to me because I believe this is something that He wants for all of us. I’ve already begun to speak to the A-team, I have begun to speak to the interns, begun to speak it; and it’s actually not going to stop.
The Lord said to me on Monday, “I will help your faith, Sharon.” I said to the Lord, I said, “Lord, there’s been this up and down yoyo thing with my health that I’m not used to. I’m used to walking in divine health, not healing,” because of my faith in the scriptures. He said to me, “The warfare has intensified. So, your faith must intensify. You’ve had great faith for your life and for health and healing, but it’s got to come up now; you’ve got to come up in faith now, Sharon.”
I said, “Why am I, why is it taking, why is this happening like this?” He said, “The warfare has escalated. Now your faith has to escalate. Your faith will conquer it.” He says this to me, “I will greatly assist your faith; you can and will come up in faith now wherever your covenant rights are not being manifest fully. Wherever you are not occupying fully, what belongs to you already, is all a matter of your faith, you can come up in faith now and healing and health. However, you will need to expose your eyes and your ears constantly to My Word on these matters.” Right.
“Your faith, your earnest desire, and your expectancy, which all comes from My Word, is what will do it. Expect Me by My Holy Spirit to open up these scriptures to you.” Scriptures, He said to me, that you already know, “But that, that I will open up the scriptures to you and faith will come, and as you continue, faith will keep coming to you. My healing power will come and continue, and you’ll find yourself because you are coming up in faith, you’ve got to pick heavier weights up now, you will come up in faith, and you experience divine health again.” That’s all I needed to hear from the Lord, but He said more.
“My scriptures will inspire you, all scripture concerning healing. As you revisit these scriptures, you have already known, I will bring to your faith a new fragrance, you will hear a new sound of healing and health—a sound which will change and charge your environment and bring healing to your body. My creative power will be released in your body. The fragrance and aroma of heaven will come into your very atmosphere and manifest in your very body. It is My will to heal all. I am the Lord that heals My people.” That’s what He said to me.
I’m used to all my life since He gave me healing promises about healing. This is one from my ‘speaking declaration file’ that I have been declaring, but I picked it up now. Christ has redeemed me from the curse of the law. Therefore I forbid any sickness or disease or weakness to come upon this body. Every disease, germ or virus that touches this body dies instantly. Every organ, every tissue, every cell, every joint, every muscle, every blood corpuscle, every bone marrow of this body functions in the perfection to which God created it to function. I forbid any malfunction in this body. The Holy Spirit is the stream of divine life that flows through my body, through my members, overwhelming the law of sin and death, coursing through me with the very resurrection life of Christ from on high. I walk in this resurrection life, from my spirit to my soul and my body making me whole. I will lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. Glory to God.
I’m just going to give you the Scripture that He gave me so that your eyes can see it. Exodus 15:26, He said, this is the Young’s Literal Translation, 26and He saith, `If thou dost really hearken to the voice of JEHOVAH thy God, and dost that which is right in His eyes, and hast hearkened to His commands, and kept all His statutes: none of the sicknesses, none of the sickness, which I laid on the Egyptians do I lay on thee, for I, JEHOVAH, am healing thee (Exodus 15:26 YLT). “I am healing thee,” says the Lord.
Another translation says I’m the Lord that healeth thee. He was speaking to 3 million of His people, 3 million of His people. Right, and then here’s Deuteronomy 7:12-15, King James. I’m believing God now as I’m speaking; you’re going to get the same activation, reactivation of faith for healing, a live wire in your Spirit, the Holy Spirit activating you. Hallelujah.
Where you’ve begun to speak COVID talk, the Lord said this to me too. “If My people would give more attention to the promises in My Word about healing than they do to COVID, checking, googling, speaking, and having conversations about COVID, many of them would be more well.
If they give as much attention to My Word and My covenant and My promises, and as much of their conversation as they are currently doing about COVID, finding out everything they can about it as if that makes any difference to My covenant with them. Eating from the tree of knowledge, instead of eating from the tree of life, having conversations in families, no different from the Babylonian world, no difference. God says I am the Lord that heals thee. Hallelujah.
Here it says in Deuteronomy 7, 12Wherefore it shall come to pass, if ye hearken to these judgments, and keep, and do them, that the Lord thy God shall keep unto thee the covenant and the mercy which he sware unto thy fathers: 13And he will love thee, and bless thee, and multiply thee: he will also bless the fruit of thy womb, and the fruit of thy land, thy corn, and thy wine, here’s the provision promise, and thine oil, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep, in the land which he sware unto thy fathers to give thee. 14Thou shalt be blessed above all people: there shall not be male or female barren among you, or among your cattle (Deuteronomy 7:12-14 KJV).
I have left out verse 15 there. Anyway, let me go to Psalm 105:37. He says, 37He brought them forth also with silver and gold: and there was not one feeble person among their tribes (Psalm 105:37 KJV). Not one feeble person among them.
I think verse 15 says, I will take from the midst of you, sickness, in verse 15 of Deuteronomy 7. I just didn’t print it on mine. I will take, from among you, sickness, disease. I will take it, take it off your body, I take it from you, but it’s going to require faith from you, it’s going to require that you continue to expose your eyes and your ears, not to what the world is exposing their eyes and their ears too. You know enough already about COVID. You’ve informed yourself enough already; you don’t have to continue.
Every new strain, you don’t have to know the name. When you’ve got the name that is above every other name, to which that new name must bow its knee in your body in Jesus name. Hallelujah.
Okay, and the last Scripture I’m going to read concerning that is Matthew 4, verse 23 and 24. 23And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people. 24Then His fame went throughout all Syria; another translation says, the report about Him went about, and they brought to Him all sick people who were afflicted with various, what variant can He not, His healing power not deal with? You don’t have to know the name. You need to be informed about the Word of God. You need to not inform yourself the way the Babylonian and people in the world are informing themselves. So that you can show yourself to have the same knowledge that they have and keep rehearsing it in your families, keep rehearsing it, between husband and wife and children and keep speaking about it and speaking about it.
They brought to Him all sick people who were afflicted with various diseases and torments, and those who were demon-possessed, epileptics, and paralytics; various, various, various diseases, and He healed them (Matthew 4:23-24 NKJV). He is the Lord, our God, that healeth us.
I mean, so. I’ve got lots of other scriptures. But I think I’m going to just read this one more to you because you might want to get it. It’s not going to go up, but it’s 1 Corinthians 6:20, those of you that want something here to speak to God about instead of and stop speaking COVID language. You’re already fluent in it.
One Corinthians 6:20 says. “I glorify You in my body.” And that’s it. So there we go. It was the supercharge, it was a supercharge from the Lord to you, to your spirit, and you can be charged with it. You can be recharged; you can be re-energized. Hallelujah concerning the covenant of health and healing that we have because of the blood of Jesus that was shed. Glory to God.
Pastor Christi: Glory to God hallelujah. Immediately, immediately At Once. At Once.
Your faith comes up.
Pastor Sharon: That’s right. The Lord said to me, “You don’t say this thing is trying to come on me again. This thing is coming on… This… You say, “I forbid, I forbid. You shall not prosper in my body.” And then you still have symptoms, symptoms. What’s that got to do with it? What’s that got to do with it? We’re not to ask one another how we feel? How are you feeling now? How are you feeling now? Forcing somebody that could be exercising their faith to say, “Well, I feel, I still feel, I still feel.” Forcing them to speak what they are not actually believing in their hearts. We should be answering one another. Anybody else that asks you, very well, meaning people that love, but they are ignorant when they do that. You say, “I’m not moved by what I feel. The Word of God is working mightily in my body. I’m receiving my healing. I’m eating the bread of life, and it is nourishing. I’m nourishing myself with words of faith.” Hallelujah. Shoo. Well, there we go. Well, there we go. I needed that injection from God.
Pastor Christi: I needed that, and it started on Tuesday evening with Prayer Connect. What a wake-up call. What a wake-up call for all of us. To come up, our faith must come up.
Pastor Sharon: Our faith must come up.
Pastor Christi: Come up in authority as well.
Pastor Sharon: Our conversations must stop, ungodly, unholy, unbelieving conversation.
Pastor Christi: Correct, correct. We do not speak; we do not walk how we feel. We walk by faith, and we speak by faith. But our conversations must change, Pastor Sharon.
Pastor Sharon: Exactly. God will give us words if we need to go and rest. You don’t have to speak COVID language, in order to go to and have rest and sleep for a day or two. You don’t have to be speaking anything. We’re learning a new language.
Pastor Christi: We are coming up. We coming up, this is very important. Thank You, Lord. Thank You, Lord, thank You Lord for this.
Pastor Sharon: I’m very grateful to God, you know, Pastor Christi, I think I said to you this week, I think I said it to Pastor John too. What would have happened to us if God hadn’t given us these revelations about our finances, our goods, our houses and the way we go about things at this time? What would have become of us? We would probably have drifted because this Word that has come to us about Kingdom Finances has put us on a true north track again.
Pastor Christi: True north and anchoring us.
Pastor Sharon: Anchoring us, and stabilizing us and settling us and reassuring us and reminding us that we are walking in God’s Kingdom principles regarding finances. We’re not walking according to the world’s economy and in the ways of Babylon regarding finances. We had Your Money has a Voice, and we had God is First, and so today, we are going where you are going now.
Pastor Christi: Yes, Pastor Sharon, we are going to talk about first fruits today and tithes and offerings. And of course, we’re going to do what we can do in the time here this morning, and it will be a lot, but there’s much more. There is much more.
Pastor Sharon: Again, people that are listening here should not be listening to this message in isolation. Otherwise, you’re not going to get the full picture. If you want the full picture, you can get it. It’s available.
Pastor Christi: Yes, it is. It is. So, Pastor Sharon, we are going to look at the practical things concerning and about first fruits and tithes and offerings. But there’s also an aspect if I believe the Holy Spirit will take us there to go a bit deeper. To go a bit deeper about that.
If you will open your Bibles, please at Romans 11, verse 16. Most of the Scriptures today will be from the New King James; there is one or two other translations as well. But Romans 11:16 says 16For if the first fruit is holy, the lump is also holy; and if the root is holy, so are the branches (Romans 11:16 NKJV).
Now, we have been saying this, Pastor Sharon, the Jewish people, understand the blessing of God; they do.
Pastor Sharon: Yes, Pastor John said that in the message.
Pastor Christi: He said that he said that. I shared that in Johannesburg, recently Pastor John shared quite a bit about that. God gave them a system for their money from the Old Testament, but we’re going to see what God says in the New Testament. They know how to call on this. We are supposed to do the same. Now, Pastor Sharon, the Word is clear. The first thing that we’ve got to do is first fruits, and then tithes and then offerings, the surges that God is giving Pastor John. Many times people think tithes or your tithe is the first, but it’s not. It’s not. Another thing Pastor Sharon, and many people still, I’m quite surprised you know, when you talk to people, many people think that tithes and first fruits are the same thing, but it’s not. It’s like Pastor Sharon said, “The Lord is taking us from revelation to revelation.” It doesn’t matter where you are in your understanding right now. God is helping all of us.
Your first fruits, and we’re going to talk about it, that’s the first thing that you’re going to give God, then your tithe, you’re going to bring your tithe after the harvest. first fruits, it’s important that your ear will hear this today. first fruits you give before your harvest.
Just in short, what is our harvest? For most people, for businessmen, it will be a little bit different, but for most people, it’s when you receive your salary. Business people can work on contract, six months, two months, but for most people it is when we receive our salary.
Then when we look at this principle from the Old Testament to the New Testament. It’s wonderful to see, but especially this principle in the Old Testament, there has always been some grain, just to open it up a little bit for you. There has always been some grain ripening before the rest of the harvest ripens. Then in the Old Testament, they took that grain, the first ripe ones, and they gave it to God as their first fruits. So, to sanctify the rest that is coming, to sanctify the rest of the harvest.
Very practically, the tithe is ten per cent of your salary at the end of the month, ten per cent. Now the Jews, they call their first fruits, Terumah, we’ve heard this word a couple of times, and that is one-fortieth per cent of your salary every month. Now to make it very practical, Pastor Sharon, that is 25 rand for a thousand rand. That is just what it is.
Now, I’m going to go deeper in talking about this today for us here in Heritage of Faith, that you bring your first fruits first, it goes to Pastor John, and I’m going to explain it. Then your tithe, you are bringing to the house of the Lord.
Now before we look at tithing, because I need to help you. I received some questions in between and wonderful questions. They do want to understand. I’m going to show you a few verses so that you can understand first fruits in the Word of God just a little bit better.
In your Bibles, the third chapter of Proverbs, the third chapter, verse nine to ten. It’s about you and me. We have to understand how to practically do this, but there’s a lot of revelation spiritually for a deeper walk with God on this principle that will now come forth for you. Not only today but ongoing as you allow these scriptures, Pastor Sharon, like all the messages to come into your heart.
Proverbs the third chapter, verse nine. 9Honour the Lord with your possessions. This is a very important sentence, the last part of the sentence. And with the first fruits of your increase. Important words (Proverbs 3:9 NKJV).
So, verse 9 says, with the first fruits, 9Honour the Lord with your possessions. This is not a suggestion; this is the Word of God. Now, Pastor Sharon, with the first fruit of your increase. Yes, first fruits are talking about when increase is coming to you. When increase is coming to you, every harvest. For us, practically that’s every salary because you could say we could all only get one salary at the end of the year, but we get one 12 times a year. So 12 times a year, we receive a harvest, but this scripture is talking about when increase is coming to your life.
Let’s look at a few examples here this morning. In Johannesburg, as well, I’ve used the example of when you get a new cow. You’re a farmer; now you’ve got a new cow. You have a few already. That means increase is coming to your life. The first calf, not the number ten, the first calf goes to God. I’m going to show you the first calf from that new cow is your first fruit, and the tenth one is your tithe. That’s why it’s a gift of faith to bring the first.
Please go to Exodus. This is a powerful scripture, Pastor Sharon. Exodus chapter 13, verse one. Now, when you receive increase it means God is adding to you. You receive more contracts; your business is expanding; increase is coming your way, now a breakthrough of finances is coming through. Now, remember, Pastor Sharon, we started in the beginning; God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. He blessed us in Genesis. He said you are blessed, multiply, subdue, fill the earth, fill your business, fill your city in doing these things. God is continually increasing us, and that’s why we have to understand this powerful principle of first fruits, Pastor Sharon.
Exodus, chapter 13, verse one. 1Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, and verse two is very important. 2“Consecrate to Me all the firstborn, Consecrate. Now, Pastor Sharon, we touched on this, and I will continue, but consecrate means to dedicate; you separate; it’s holy. We’ve used the example, the interns coming here. They are consecrating, dedicating their lives, dedicating it.
When Pastor John gave the first album of sound and song to God by giving it to Brother Jerry, he consecrated it to God, and it was the first. So God says, 1Then the Lord spoke to Moses, 2“Consecrate to Me all the firstborn, whatever opens the womb among the children of Israel, both of man and beast; it is Mine.” Your children as much as your possessions (Exodus 13:1-2 NKJV).
So, Pastor Sharon, that means this opening…
Pastor Sharon: Your firstborn of man and of other increase. Sorry, I interrupted you.
Pastor Christi: No, no, no thank you, that’s what’s so important to see here.
Pastor Sharon: Because He says here, “It is Mine.” That’s how the verse finishes. It is Mine. It is Mine. That’s why the blessing of God was on Abraham, because always of his possessions and of his, you know, he wouldn’t even say anything in the world system made him rich… And then his firstborn.
Pastor Christi: Gave it to God.
Pastor Sharon: God says it’s Mine. He gave it to God. The firstborn of man. That’s why this thing of I Will Take the Children. You know, and parents, Christian parents that say, “No, he’s mine”, and God says, “No, that firstborn child of yours, it’s Mine.” Out of ignorance,, not consecrating and dedicating in the absolute supreme intelligence that Hannah walked in, the absolute supreme intelligence that God started to teach Abraham about before anybody had ever done it. But no, Abel had already done it. He brought the first because first fruits were already established in the garden of Eden.
Pastor Christi: And acceptable to God.
Pastor Sharon: This thing of first is very good, you know. It’s very good for us to be going higher in God. I want to interrupt here, though and say when people first started to bring Pastor John and I their first fruits many, many years ago, we discussed with one another and said we actually can’t take it because we personally don’t believe in first fruits.
Pastor Christi: I understand.
Pastor Sharon: That’s how ignorant we were. That’s how ignorant Pastor John and I were. We thank and praise God that at that time, the Lord exploded with revelation knowledge through Creflo Dollar, who was teaching all of his people the way you are teaching now… We are teaching now. It exploded out of him, to his congregation, to thousands and thousands and thousands. Pastor John and I would listen to those messages, and we were, oh my word. We were so ignorant, and we began, and so of course, now our first fruit goes to brother Jerry. It goes in his hands. I just needed to interject with that. We were ignorant, Pastor John and I.
Pastor Christi: Oh, I was, I was ignorant, at that same time, I got to know about first fruits, and it changed my life.
Pastor Sharon: We dedicated our children at a service. You know, we dedicated Brynn. We dedicated, but we didn’t understand the principle of first fruits. We went about then, after we dedicated them to the Lord, taking them back for ourselves and making our own plans for their lives. Ignorance. Ignorance is not an excuse.
Pastor Christi: Not an excuse. It’s not an excuse.
Pastor Sharon: Because we have His Word. We can study these things if we want to.
Pastor Christi: Yes, we can, Pastor Sharon and thank you for that wonderful foundation because we’re going to look at that detail today.
To put that in the hands of the priests. The first cow, the first calf coming from that new business opportunity that God is bringing to you, the first goes to the priest, and we’re going to see the scripture. Then your tithe is when you have that calf number ten, that’s part of your tithe. That is very wonderful.
Now Pastor Sharon, just in short, there is a specific way to sanctify your first fruits, and you just said it. You don’t speak about it, you come, and you give it to God. The act of giving first fruit.
You lift it up high before the Lord, and you place it in the hands of the priest, and you give it to God.
Pastor Sharon: And you leave it.
Pastor Christi: And you leave it. It is His now. You don’t take it back for yourself. You don’t take it back for yourself. Now I want to show you, Pastor Sharon, this, you know, we already mentioned a few very important scriptures, and there are many more. In the time to come, we will all bring them, but please go to Nehemiah, chapter 10. This is a very insightful scripture, there’s many more, but this one is talking about many of the components regarding first fruits—Nehemiah chapter 10 verse 35. I am still in the New King James, verse 35 35And we made ordinances to bring the first fruits of our ground and the first fruits, oh and this is important to see, of all fruit of all trees, year by year, and now mostly for us, it’s month by month, to the house of the Lord. Verse 36, 36to bring the firstborn, and again Pastor Sharon there it is, of our sons, again, or daughters. In the new covenant, there is no male or female. Yes, no male or female in God. The scripture is speaking to us, 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. Here’s a very important component for you now to understand how to walk with the Lord in understanding Pastor Sharon, the principle of first fruits,
Pastor Sharon: You bring your firstborn of your son to the priest. That’s what Hannah did. She brought the firstborn. She was obeying the Word of God and the ordinances of God. That’s why parents don’t understand that they bring their children to the spiritual leader.
You know. They are not the shepherd of their children. They transgress by taking it upon themselves to do what is against Hebrews 13. God is watching over. Pastor John and I are watching over the souls and the spiritual well being of the children as well as of the adults, but the parents say, “You don’t have to do that. We’ll do that. We’ll do what you’re supposed to do for our children. We’ll make choices for our children. We know best. They are ours”. They’re transgressing, and ignorance is not an excuse.
You can’t say I didn’t know that there’s 120 kilometres here; you’ll still pay the fine. So with ignorance, you’ll still pay the fine. You still have the consequences of yourself will with your children, and they self will with their children.
Pastor Christi: Absolutely, Pastor Sharon. Their parents are not their Pastor.
Pastor Sharon: No, you’re not their shepherd and not their fivefold ministry. They don’t teach their children from little that we are not your fivefold ministry. We are your parents, and we will train you according to God’s word. But everything else will come from the fivefold ministry to you. “My young son, my young daughter, you will be planted in the House of the Lord and you will be in the messages.
Pastor Christi: In the messages. That’s a big thing that must change in our conversations, telling our children from a very young age. Yes. From a very young age.
Pastor Sharon: God is bringing us up higher.
Pastor Christi: He is bringing us up higher, Pastor Sharon.
Pastor Sharon: Thank you, Jesus! Into this new era. He can’t have the error of the last era in the new era. He will not have error of the last era.
Pastor Christi: He will not, and that’s, of course, Pastor Sharon why Jericho was so big. So big. Taking them into the promised land. “But Me first.” God will be first.
So, that was a very important point. First fruit of sons and cattle, you bring it to the house of the Lord.
Pastor Sharon: You bring the sons unto the priest that minister in the house of our God. That is where Hannah’s confidence was in that she was obeying the Word of God. That’s why she could let Samuel go when he was weaned; to the House of the Lord. She didn’t keep going back to interfere to see how Eli was doing with Samuel. She took him to a flawed priest. Her faith was in her obedience, what she was doing to God. That is very powerful. I see that now for the first time as we are speaking. Her faith was sky-high. Because she knew “These are the ways of God that I’m walking in.”
Pastor Christi: Exactly, it is the ways of God. It’s the ways of God.
Pastor Sharon: She had personally experienced the flaw in Eli when she was in the House of the Lord and she was weeping, and Eli said to her, “Oh, you are drunk.” She would have said, “I’m not letting Samuel go to him.”
Pastor Christi: And many people will say, “Oh, you’re so justified not to do that.”
Pastor Sharon: Yes. She was obeying the Word of God, the ordinance and statutes and the ways of God. Her trust was not in a man. It was in her obedience to the law of the Lord and ways and the ordinances of God.
Pastor Christi: Because she brought Samuel to God. She did not give to the church. She brought Samuel to God. That’s what she promised; she brought her first fruit. It was her and God.
Pastor Sharon: And put it in the priest’s hands.
Pastor Christi: And put it in the priest’s hands. Pastor Sharon, if you could go and read that passage of scripture. Even Eli, he did not speak to her in a nice voice. But you must read that passage of scripture, with how much honour she answered him. She did not retaliate. “You bad pastor.”
Pastor Sharon: I think she said, “No, my lord”.
Pastor Christi: Yes, she said, “No, my lord”. She had that honour because it’s always between you and God and not what another person is doing. The great honour to see. She could have said many things. “You are so nasty to me. How can you speak to me that way?” No, no, with great honour, she replied.
Pastor Sharon: And look at how faithful God was to call Samuel and tell Samuel quite early on in his life already, and Samuel never lost his honour for Eli. Even though God showed him what the outcome of Eli and his sons would be. God is trustworthy. He is worthy of all of our trust when we walk in His ways.
Pastor Christi. It’s His principles and ways.
Pastor Sharon. It’s His principles, and our offering is unto Him. Here men receive tithes, but there He does. I have to stop now. Pastor Christi, you must finish.
Pastor Christi: You have just ministered such an important last part of what I’ve got to bring because Pastor Sharon, as the high priest, and we’re going to look at that today, even when everything happened between Eli and Hannah. He said, and he was the one that said, “Go now, and it will be so for you.” Because that is still God’s order for us and we’re going to look at that. When you put your first fruits in the right hands, and especially touching the Apostolic; that will bring your release and God’s will into your life in no other way. It’s right there in the Old Testament, and we’re going to look at it today. It’s very powerful. You can really go and read that passage of scripture for yourself, about Hannah taking Samuel to the temple, to God, not to the temple, to God, but to place him in the hands of the priest.
Pastor Sharon: You bring your first fruits to God. To God, to God, we must change our conversation.
Pastor Sharon: And that’s the whole of your third message as you ministered in Joburg. That you can all listen to again and again and again. Is offering to God, we have to change our conversation and not saying, “I’m giving my offering into missions. I’m giving my offering into the church. No, I’m bringing my offering to God.”
Pastor Christi: That’s right, Pastor Sharon. It’s everything. That is everything if you want to stay at true north. Otherwise, interference can come in that will cause many excuses to be blessing blockers. Because you allow other interference to come in…
Before we return, we have only now touched first fruits, but I want to put in perspective and help you just the way we already – Pastor John and Sharon taught so much on this, but just to give it to you, in a nutshell, today, in between first fruits. We have to just quickly look at tithing, Pastor Sharon to put that in perspective for them.
So, you bring your first fruits, that’s 1/40 (one-fortieth)—and now we are just talking salary, because there is a much greater leading by the Holy Spirit when it comes to first fruit. Practically you receive a salary, and you bring 1/40. Then the Bible says in the second place, you must bring your tithe. Please go to Malachi, chapter three, verse eight, a scripture and the Word of God that we love very much.
Pastor Sharon: Yes, we love that scripture.
Pastor Christi: It was so wonderful that Pastor Sharon and me, now in these sessions, could have a deeper look at Malachi, much deeper, and we will come back, but we want to look at verse eight this morning, where God says: 8“Will a man rob God? Question mark, and I’ve shared with you, if you go and read more about the Hebrew there – “Will you anger a judge?” because we are still where we started Pastor Sharon, as an Ecclesia. God’s laws, His principles, everything is judicial, governmental. This is how God works. You cannot come with your own ways.
Pastor Sharon: It’s judicial.
Pastor Christi: It’s judicial. Pastor Sharon, to correct something judicially, or any other way in your life, is to repent. You’ve got to get things in order, as revelation and light is coming. You’ve got to fix what God is showing.
Pastor Sharon: Yes, you’ve got to change your thinking, change your heart and change your lifestyle and walk according to the legal; the law.
Pastor Christi: That’s right. Very important.
Pastor Sharon: Because this, of course, is not the law that kills. This is the law of the Spirit of life that is in Christ Jesus.
Pastor Christi: Yes, that gives us life. Yeah. So, 8“Will a man Rob God?, verse eight. But you have robbed Me, says God. But you say, “In what way have we robbed You?” Lord, In tithes, and there we see the plural, that many people would like to understand in their lives, tithes and offerings.” Now we will come back to the offerings again.
So Pastor Sharon, the Jewish people, they work with three tithes. It’s the revelation that is bringing very great light into our lives. Number one, the first tithe is 10%, it goes to the house of the Lord, it goes to the house of the Lord. If you read the rest of Malachi 3, you will read that. Just for time sake, I’m not going there. But the first tithe, you bring to the House of the Lord. The second tithe also 10%, the same amount as what you are giving God, that 10% every month belongs to you. Then a third tithe, every third month, the self tithe, will go to the poor.
That is God’s savings plan for you to save. That third tithe, that’s going to the poor, you can never again say, “I cannot look after someone that’s helping me. When my car is parked somewhere safely and God wants me to bless someone.” You cannot say “But I’m already giving first fruits and I’m tithing, I don’t have extra to give.” Yes, you do. Yes, you do. There’s your savings plan. This is the way the Jews are still working. They just did it yearly. To give God a tithe, a second tithe, still the same 10%, will go to your savings account, however you make your investments. People have many questions about “Can I invest?” Of course, you can, with the leading, if you seek God with wisdom, and every third self tithe goes to the poor. You always only and the Jews always only actually brought two tithes. But just to explain it a little bit more… That gives great light and understanding to our lives to say I cannot. So I just wanted to bring that in Pastor Sharon, for people to have a greater understanding about that.
Very quickly, you’ve touched when you opened up this wonderful story about Hannah bringing Samuel and Eli. We just have to look at this principle of first fruits. So I’m back to first fruits again, just to show you where your tithe comes after your first fruit.
Please open your Bibles at one Kings chapter 17, verse 15, because this is – there’s much more to say – but this is a very, very important principle regarding first fruits because you place it in the hands of the priest. We already saw that that is God’s will.
Now Pastor John has ministered about this, Pastor Sharon, so powerfully in our lives. I mean, message after message, it has changed my life. But there’s a few things that your eye, and please look at the scripture this morning for yourself. 1 King 17. Let’s start from verse eight. 8Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying, 9“Arise, go to Zarephath, so he did that, verse 10 10So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, indeed a widow was there gathering sticks. Now we know that for three years it’s not raining, they live in famine. They are encountering much of what we are encountering today, just in a different way, but there was a great need, there was famine, yes Pastor Sharon, back to verse ten. And he called to her and said, “Please bring me a little water in a cup, that I may drink.” 11And as she was going to get it, he called to her. Look at verse 12. 12So she said, “As the Lord your God lives, I do not have bread, she said, only a handful of flour in a bin, and a little oil in a jar; and see, I am gathering a couple of sticks that I may go in and prepare it for myself and my son, that we may eat it, and die.
Things were very desperate. Many people, Pastor Sharon, do, and that’s where you started. God wants to anchor us here, that we will not like COVID, go and Google everything and think the world is our answer.
Pastor Sharon: Still, still do that, still do, after God has said come out.
Pastor Christi: Still go back to; “What can the world give me?” The world has no answer, Babylon has fallen. Already then, she has no answer; “I’m going to prepare this and then we are going to eat it and die.” But Elijah, the man of God, the priest said to her; “Do not fear. Go do as you have said but make me a small cake from it first.” Herein, and we see first fruits coming very, very clearly into this scenario; “Bring me and put it in my hands first.” Bring it to me and… This is the principle of first fruits Pastor Sharon because he said; Afterwards make some for yourself.
Pastor Sharon: It’s so beautiful, the love of God here. Sending Elijah to a women and her son that were going to die and God saying; “I’m going to save you because you are going to give My servant first. You are going to give it as unto Me. I’ve come to save you.”
Pastor John recently ministered out of that scripture; unto who else did Elijah go but to the widow at Zarephath because God knew that she would give it. How beautiful that God would send Him to say to her; “Give Me first.”
Pastor Christi: There are first fruits and then the whole first fruit principle afterwards for yourself. Jericho, Mine first, after that all the cities are yours. first fruit, if the lump is holy afterwards the whole harvest is holy. Then you take for yourself and Pastor Sharon, look how beautiful this, but powerful in the Word of God, verse 13 and verse 14. Here Elijah, like Pastor Sharon is saying to her, “I’m coming to save your life, it’s God’s plan. Give Me first fruits and then afterwards for yourself”. Now if God did not like what Elijah was saying to her, we would know about it but let’s see what God is saying directly after that. Verse 14 For this, says the Lord God of Israel. The bin of flour shall not be used up nor shall the jar of oil run dry until the day of the Lord sends rain on the earth. God just wants to say, God was just shouting from Heaven. Just to put it in that perspective for you, “do this, that I can bless you.”
Pastor Sharon: These are My ways. Walk in My ways so that it can go well with you.
Pastor Christi: This is a very important aspect of first fruits for us to understand and the Holy Spirit is opening it up for all of us because He wants to talk to us. He wants to talk to us. You want to save us in this environment of covid today.
Pastor Sharon: Famine. Our famine.
Pastor Christi: Our famine situation in the world.
Pastor Sharon: Well, not our famine but the famine that’s in the world.
Pastor Christi: In the world. Not our famine but people experiencing that. The principle has not changed. (Pastor Sharon: And God’s people experience it.) A lot of God’s people who do not know and do not practice the act of giving first fruits.
Pastor Sharon: God is making, bringing everything into devine and judicial order. So that we can truly be free.
Pastor Christi: Be free. Truly be free. It’s one of the principles, Pastor Sharon, of the many revelations that’s coming to us so that we can live in Kingdom finances, to be free from Babylon and not go back and cling to Babylon.
Pastor Sharon: He keeps saying to me, “The error of the past will not come into the new era”. “The era of the past cannot come into the new era.”
Pastor Christi: It cannot and it may not. God does not want that. So, after the meal she planned to die. There was no more but the seed placed in the right hands. Seed placed in the right hands cannot die and it’s God’s principle. When it was time, and I’ve said this in Joburg, when it was time to take Jericho the whole of Israel, they obeyed God and they put their seed in the hands of God. They did not take it for themselves so their future did not die, actually it opened up just like the widow woman. Everything opened up in provision and in the plans of God. But, and we will touch on that in closing, Pastor Sharon. I think Aiken took for himself and his future and he died.
Pastor Sharon: And that act goes to part of the evidence, scriptural evidence, when you said “You think your giving and your selling and your not tithing does impact all of us?” Aiken’s taking for himself impacted everybody.
Pastor Christi: We must know it’s happening in the collective greatness right now.
Pastor Sharon: God is actually, it’s not going to happen anymore. Into the new era, you will not go anymore. You will not be experiencing what other people will be experiencing.
Pastor Christi: That’s right. It is what you decide and what you do is affecting the collective greatness.
Pastor Sharon: Because God dealt with Aiken very quickly in that new era. He dealt with that Aiken operation and it impacted… Everybody got put on hold. And so, “No. No Joshua.” And it weakened them. They won the very next battle and so God got to the heart of the matter and the roots of the thing quickly. And then they could move forward into the new era.
Pastor Christi: Yes, Pastor Sharon. Into the new era, through the new door. So please open your Bibles at Luke chapter 23 verse 46. I am just going to shorten it a little bit here because this flowing into the next point, is very, very important.
Just if you, and I know you at home, you’ve got pen and paper there, because the people right here, they are sitting and making notes. You can just write down 1 Corinthians 5:20-23 and actually more. That’s where the Bible talks about in the New Testament; as Christ Jesus, the first fruit. He is the first fruit. It’s really a passage of scripture, please go back, read that and study that for yourself.
I just want to show you from the Old Testament to the New Testament, how important it is that your seed and your first fruits must be placed in the right hands, because then your future, your assignment, your promises and everything that God has for you, won’t die. Let’s see, because Jesus was lifted up as a sacrifice and He placed Himself in the hands of His spiritual authority, His Father.
We are reading Luke chapter 23 verse 46, 46And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, He said, “Father, ‘into Your hands I commit My spirit.” Having said this, He breathed His last (Luke 23:46 NKJV). So, Pastor Sharon, our resurrection was guaranteed, and because Jesus placed His life in the hands of His heavenly Father. When our first fruits are placed in the right hands, it cannot die; because we are placing it into God’s hands. Here men receive it, but there, He does. I am coming up high; I’m coming up high, Pastor Christi.
Pastor Christi: Yes, me too. Absolutely. So, praise the Lord. That is very powerful. Then immediately, open your Bibles please at Ezekiel chapter 44, 30. Now we are going to dive a bit deeper. There are very practical things to understand about your first fruit, and God wants to see your obedience there. You are not going to jump to bigger things in your life if you are not obedient to His teachings, His written Word of God.
This is what you do with your salary. This is your understanding; first fruits first. Then you bring your tithe and then offerings. Whenever the Holy Spirit gives surges to Pastor John. “We are going to change the auditorium.” That’s where your offerings will come and will go.
Back to first fruits. Ezekiel 44 verse 30, oh, Pastor Sharon, look at this, 30The best of all first fruits of any kind, that means children, business, property like Jericho, opportunities, harvest, you can name it, the best of all first fruits of any kind… (Ezekiel 44:30 NKJV).
Pastor Sharon: That would include inheritance, wouldn’t it?
Pastor Christi: Inheritance, it does. Oh yes, it does. It includes inheritance, yes. Of any kind.
Pastor Sharon: …Of any kind.
Pastor Christi: What is causing you to increase here? Because it comes from God. It belongs to Him first.
Pastor Sharon: Yes. And that includes bonuses.
Pastor Christi: Bonuses. That’s an increase.
Pastor Sharon: Yes. And you know, Pastor John said something very powerful a few weeks ago too. He said: “Now people take from their business, and they say, “I’m not tithing from what I’m taking for myself from my business every month. So only this income is my salary, that’s what I will tithe on. But what I’m taking from my business for myself as income, I’m not putting it as income together with my salary.” And it is bringing all the first fruits of your income.
Your income; the tithes of your income. What comes into you personally. Even when you take it out of your business, that is your personal income. It’s a sneaky thing that.
Pastor Christi: It’s a very sneaky thing. Malachi 3 says; Will a man rob God? Now, a better word for rob, and we don’t like it, it is ‘steal’. So, the tree of knowledge of good and evil, God said, “Do not eat”, they ate; they ate without giving, and just to make a point here, giving first fruits. That was stealing. It’s not yours, it’s Mine. Now I don’t want to bring that in per se, but it’s stealing. “Will you rob from me?” God gave them a commandment and said, “Don’t eat of it”, I mean they ate. But also, first of all, not giving first fruits.
Pastor Sharon: And God is saying, “I’ve come to save you. I’m coming to save you.”
Pastor Christi: “I’m coming to save you.” Let’s continue to read, 30The best of all first fruits of any kind, and every sacrifice of any kind from all your sacrifices, shall be the priest’s; also you shall give to the priest the first of your ground meal, to cause… oh and I am going to share with you, to cause a blessing to rest on your house (Ezekiel 44:30 NKJV).
Now, very important, Pastor John helped us with this again and again. This principle of first fruit is not a formula for success. It’s a pattern. It’s a principle in God’s Word for victory. So, when you line yourself up, Pastor Sharon, with that pattern and principle, anyone in the Word, any principle or pattern in the Word of God, then that blessing will come to you.
If you line yourself up with that. Now, many believers say, “God knows my business belongs to Him. God knows my children belong to Him.” That’s what you say, I say that, but then I go forward with my own plans. No, no, the way you give something to God is not by saying it. It is through the act of first fruits. Full stop. You bring it, you leave Samuel there. You don’t say it.
Now, Pastor Sharon here’s the bit deeper that I have to go to today. When you function in first fruits, you are doing two things; You come with the act of consecration, and then the act of alignment.
I’m just going to go a bit deeper there. When you bring your first fruits to the Lord, you are consecrating, separating, and making holy. Pastor Sharon, actually giving something to God that you love. That you care for. Your children, your business, your dreams, your gifts. Because your children, your life, my business, my gifts, all these things God gave me and He is still giving me. I am consecrating back to God what He gave me. Because God will never be second to anything.
Consecrate means… Now very, very important, very important after you have come to give God your first fruits. Now, Pastor Sharon, God treats that, like His own. “It belongs to Me, it’s Mine. It’s Mine.” That’s why we see it here with the interns. They chose to exchange, to give their lives to God first, but don’t touch them. They belong to God. They belong to God.
Pastor Sharon: Pastor Christi, the way Pastor John put the first fruits of the first album. if we will be experiencing the anointing that has come. Because God took it and said, “It’s Mine. Now let Me show you how blessed the rest is going to be.” Because the Songs of Psalms, songs that are going to come now are on a completely different level to the first sound and song that the Lord gave us. It was given as a first fruit. He took it and He said, watch what I will do now to bless your rest.
Pastor Christi: The same with Bible school online. Pastor John is giving the first fruit to the Lord by saying, people of Heritage of Faith… Come, come, come. up. You can all come and study the Word of God.
Pastor Sharon: Yes. Come. Be part of the first fruit to you this year.
Pastor Christi: That’s right. He is giving it to God so the rest is blessed. We will see what God will do with that.
Pastor Sharon: There were people that didn’t come but that means nothing to the rest of the blessed for Pastor John.
Pastor Christi: That’s right Pastor Sharon. The wonderful people that are coming even if they are not here with us, I know how they are tuning in on a Monday and on a Wednesday and on a Thursday because this is a very holy thing that is happening.
Now Hebrews 7 verse 8. Pastor Sharon touched on that, but you need to see it for yourself. Scripture is speaking here today. I’m going to now, Pastor Sharon, in closing with you and please will you go… We will just look at the act of alignment. Because we took a closer look at the act of consecration; you consecrate back to God. Hebrews 7, 8. Pastor Sharon quoted the scripture earlier. 8Here, mortal men receive tithes, but there He (Jesus) receives them, of whom it is witnessed that He lives (Hebrews 7:8 (NKJV). Pastor Sharon, your tithe is your covenant connector.
Pastor Sharon: Yes, legal. It’s a witness.
Pastor Christi: It’s a witness that He lives
Pastor Sharon: In court. It’s a witness in court.
Pastor Christi: Yes, it’s a witness. It’s a witness that Jesus Christ lives. Then people want to come and say in the New Testament that tithing is not there. Every time you tithe, then you witness that Jesus lives. It’s a very, very powerful thing of course in your own life.
I just asked them to put the Amplified because this is where we are going to finish today. But this is very important for your life. The Amplified says, 8Furthermore, here [in the Levitical priesthood] tithes are received by men… that means Pastor John and Pastor Sharon, receive it here on the earth. Now the reason Pastor Sharon I’m going deeper… in Numbers 18, we see that God started to talk to Aaron about the Levites that will come and help him and be part of the priesthood. Why do I say this? Because first fruits will go to the priest, in our case here; to Pastor John.
Let me explain to you, your spiritual leader, it goes to Pastor John. Just in short, in the Levi tribe, you have priests, but also you have a high priest. The Levites and the priests had to take care of the dwelling place. They had to pack up the tabernacle when they were going from one point to another, Pastor Sharon, in the wilderness. There were many things that they had to help in the temple, around the tabernacle. So, today church life is all about the pastoral, the local church ministry is pastoral ministry. All Levites function from the tithes of the people. This is important. Bringing your tithes to the house of the Lord is your covenant connector. Also, it’s honouring the pastoral leadership that God brought into your life Pastor Sharon.
That’s God’s principle in the Word. When you do it, it’s God’s principle, it’s His will. But also by doing it, the Levi’s, the priests, and the high priest, the way that the Old Testament shows it to us, but also in the New Testament, you become part of the covering. The covering of God, the anointing, the protection and the impartation. The impartation.
Now, we’re going to go a bit deeper, Hebrews 3, 1. We are nearly there, but I want to leave you with these things to meditate on. Hebrews 3, 1 gives us a picture, not only connecting you to the pastoral, but this is a picture of connecting you to the Apostolic, Pastor Sharon. Hebrews 3, 1. 1Holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, whom we acknowledge as our apostle and our high priests (Hebrews 3:1 NKJV).
In church here, Pastor Garth, Pastor Melusi, me – you do not bring your first fruits to us. It goes to the picture that God is showing us here connecting the high priest and the apostolic anointing.
Jesus, both the apostle and the high priests. The pastoral covers your life, it takes care of your soul, but the apostolic, the apostolic takes you to new dimensions. You brought that powerful teaching Pastor Sharon, again and again, and I think we spoke about it last week.
So, the apostolic anointing takes you to new dimensions. The breakthrough anointing breaks you out of one dimension of revelation and living into new dimensions, by putting it into the right hands. The Apostle has the right to speak into your life, for your destiny to be released to legally release and impart to you. It brings the right relationships into your life. The apostolic calling on Pastor John is bringing the right relationships into all of our lives. Me, Pastor Melusi, Pastor Garth, we did not bring that, we are part of that. But that is the high priest and the apostle. And then by God’s pattern, the apostolic can release things that must come into reality, why? We all believe in impartation. But there is no impartation without alignment.
Not without alignment Pastor Sharon. That’s very important. Because we see Moses and Joshua, we say, Elijah and Elisha, we see Paul and Timothy. What happened to them? Old Testament to the New Testament, they were lined up by God in the right alignment, out of that alignment, there can come a release, an impartation that can come to take them to a new dimension. Only from that alignment Pastor Sharon.
God wants to take us, our lives, gifts and callings, our business, our children your life to a new dimension, and into a new reality that God has for you, the act of giving first fruits will cause something to happen. And I’m going to close with that. We read Ezekiel 44, verse 30, and go and read it again, I want to read it, 30The best of all first fruits of any kind, and every sacrifice of any kind from all your sacrifices, shall be the priest’s; also you shall give to the priest the first of your ground meal, to cause a blessing to rest on your house (Ezekiel 44:30 NKJV). Members of Heritage of faith, this is very important for us, I want you to hear this. The act of giving first fruits will cause something to give, something to happen, it will cause something to happen that will not happen otherwise. It will not happen by Pastor John laying hands on you, it will not.
When you consecrate something to God and align yourself, then a blessing will rest upon your house because you and I, we responded to the Word, you caused it. God is waiting for you and me to do something here. I am causing this to happen. God cannot make this happen for me. If you do not come with your first fruits, inquiring from the Holy Spirit, being led by the Holy Spirit, it will not happen otherwise, you will live the same old way you have been living. But through the act of first fruits… When you obey God, when He tells you what to do, then I consecrate my best to God, then it causes the blessing to come on to me, then something happens in my life. That has never happened before. Some believers are just waiting for something to happen. You will keep on waiting, because you must do this and not God. You will wait till Jesus comes and you will make heaven. Here you will have less and you will live less. Because this is the way to come for what God has for us Pastor Sharon.
Pastor Sharon: Thus says the Spirit of God. That’s all I’m hearing. It’s all I’m hearing through you, Pastor Christi. I’m hearing the Spirit of God, I know, when I personally hear the Spirit of God through an anointed vessel. These last words of yours, it will stand and we will make them available because thus says the Spirit of God. These things will not happen because God is a judge and He’s judicial and He’s giving us this revelation to say “Here you are not lawful, here you’re not in order, here you’re not lawful.” Right. The big thing that one of the biggest things you said about this, these things that God has been showing you is it is your personal responsibility, Heritage of Faith people to receive this revelation for yourself. It is your personal responsibility with the Holy Spirit to go through all of these scriptures. Let Scriptures speak to your heart.
In Jesus’ name. We pray the Blood and the Word of God to surround you and protect this Word that has come to your hearts. In Jesus name
Pastor Christi: In Jesus’ name
Pastor Sharon: Amen. Bye Bye, everybody.
Pastor Christi: Bye-bye everyone.
Pastor Sharon and Pastor Christi after the service:
Pastor Christi: The Lord said to me, but just for your ears, the Lord gave me this. Let me just see if I can find it very quickly, you reminded me, He actually reminded me about Cain. Let me just see. The Lord said to me, “The body of Christ is full of church people who think that they can redefine what is acceptable to God.” This is what the Lord said to me.
Pastor Sharon: Shew, that must go onto that, thus says the Lord. Those of us that are transcribing the prophetic word. You know exactly, you scribes, you know, you know what to do here. We have to have this… In our praying prophecy files and we have to have our foot in these messages. I’ve got a separate file, Pastor Christi, me personally, of these messages that the Lord has told Pastor John that you must bring them. I’ve got a separate file for them. Because, I must, I’m responsible for receiving this revelation.
Pastor Christi: Yes, here it comes, it’s so important. That’s why that last part I knew had to come out today. God says, “The body of Christ is full of church people who think they can redefine what is acceptable to God.” Meaning I will redefine Your principles Lord, your way.
Pastor Sharon: Yes, and I will redefine Your principles concerning my children. I will redefine principles concerning Your kingdom economics. I will redefine, I will redefine, what is acceptable to you concerning what I want to talk about, about my sickness.
Pastor Christi: That’s right.
[Pastor John speaking from the congregation] And church life.
Pastor Christi: Many, many things Pastor John. Many things. Yes, correct. That’s what He’s helping us with, like you said, stop this what you are talking about…
Pastor Sharon: And God is saying, “No, I’m redefining. I’m resetting.”
Pastor Christi: “I’m resetting. I’m resetting, your understanding brings you back to the, to the Word… That’s why God says, “Hear Me. Hear My Word.”
Pastor Sharon: Exactly. “You think I must hear you? In your redefining?”
Pastor Christi: That’s right. And that’s why Pastor Sharon, in Malachi 3:7, God says, 7Return to Me (Malachi 3:7). Not what you define, the way you can come to Me. Do, like Pastor John said, “Do church life the way you think you can do it.”
Pastor Sharon: Yeah, “I’ll redefine church life, the way I want to do it. Yeah, I’ll redefine Ecclesia life for You God, to suit me. It will be for me what I want it to be, not what You say it will be.” So, God is saying, “No, I will have no error of the last era into this New Era. I’ll not have my people in error. I’m giving you everything you need, to go into My New Era, fully.”
Pastor Christi: Yes. Correct. Like the prodigal son, Pastor Sharon, that’s Malachi 3, 7, he returned to his Father. It’s what you returned to. What He says the way you live, there’s life. That’s the good news, we can go back, and He’s waiting for us with an open heart, and arms to say, “I repent Lord, I repent, I did my own thing for a long time.”
Pastor Sharon: All the little children.
Pastor Christi: All the little children. We come back. Yes, Lord. We love You. We humble ourselves. We love Your Word. We hear Your Word.
Pastor Sharon: I know, Pastor Christi, you’re going to have people coming to you now after this. And “Just say that to me again. Just explain to me again, how does that work practically for me?”
Pastor Christi: That’s very good. We welcome that, and God wants you…
Pastor Sharon: And we are going to get ready for that… Because there are hearts here, that…
Pastor Christi: Yeah, there are. People say to me in the week Pastor Sharon, it’s so wonderful that God is talking to them about their Jericho, their first fruits, by the leading of the Holy Spirit. God has it for us. He has it for us and we come like little children, we come like little children. Praise the Lord. It’s not church as usual.
Pastor Christi: We are coming up.
Pastor Sharon: No, it’s church as God’s redefining it. Praise the Lord.