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He Requires Your Oblations-Not Donations by Pastor Chris Oyakhilome

He Requires Your Oblations-Not Donations by Pastor Chris Oyakhilome

For in mine holy mountain, in the
mountain of the height of Israel, saith
the Lord GOD, there shall all the house
of Israel, all of them in the land, serve
me: there will I accept them, and there
will I require your offerings, and the
firstfruits of your oblations, with all your
holy things (Ezekiel 20:40).

There’s a difference between a donation and
an oblation. When you give to the Lord, it’s
an offering, an oblation; it’s called a holy
giving and it’s a connection between you and your
heavenly Father, different from donations. There’re
endeavours to which we can make donations; we can
donate to charity organizations, NGOs, and worthy
causes, but when it comes to giving to God, it’s not a
donation; your offerings, and tithes that you give to the
Lord are oblations and must be hallowed in your heart,
and given reverently.

This is important because how you deal with
your giving determines the results you’re going to get
from God. If you give as a donation, you get what a
donation promises. You don’t donate to God; you give
an offering to Him, because He is God. Your offering is
a testimony that you recognize, and are honouring Him
as God, and not as a man.

Sometimes, donations or contributions may be
called for in the church. These could be for some
church project or endeavour, and could be classified
accordingly. Nonetheless, your tithes and offerings, like seed offerings, first-fruit offerings, etc., are not donations
or contributions: they are oblations to the Lord.
Remember, worshipping the Lord must be according
to His prescribed order or else we lose the blessing
promised. The word teaches that there are blessings
connected with oblations. Donations and contributions
have their blessings as well.

For example, if you give alms to the poor, that’s
not an offering; it’s a loan to God (Proverbs 19:17); it
has its blessings. An offering to God is very different.
This understanding is important, because when you
want to have maximum results from God, you have to
do God’s things, God’s way.

Dear heavenly Father, I worship you with my giving
and oblations. I declare that I continually increase
in the grace of giving, even as I abound in wisdom
and understanding. Through my commitments, the
furtherance of the Gospel is swift, and many lives are
touched, all to the praise and glory of your Name.

2 Corinthians 9:7-8; 2 Thessalonians 1:3

Mark 14:27-52 & Numbers 27-28

Matthew 21:33-46 & Exodus 19

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