When your desires, your plans, and your ideas become more important than God's plans, purposes, and desires, you have adopted the attitude of self-sufficiency. When you are obedient with giving Him your first fruits, you make it possible for the Lord to "open the windows of heaven and pour out blessings on you that you cannot contain." (Malachi 3:10)
Your obedience is what activates the power and promises of God. When you put God first, He is able to provide what He promises in His Word. And God never breaks a promise.
Putting God first doesn't mean you will never encounter a problem, but it does mean that He will walk with you through every storm, and He promises to bless you in ways you cannot even imagine.
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