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The Lord asked me a question one time. He said, "When I created man, what was the first gift I bestowed upon him?"

I said, "Genesis 1:26 says, '...let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.' The first gift was dominion and authority."

He said, "That's right." Then He said, "What was the second gift I gave to man after creating him?"

I had to be very honest because I had never thought of it in terms of gift number one and gift number two. So I said, "Lord, I don't know."

He said, "Well, where did you find the first gift?" I said, "Genesis 1:26-28." He said, "Then if gift number one is in those verses, keep reading and you'll find gift number two." Verse 29 says, "And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed.... "

That constitutes a gift.

In your Bible, there may be a footnote next to herb bearing seed. If you look in the center cross reference of your Bible, it will give you the original Hebrew rendering and it says: seeding seed.

"I have given you every seeding seed which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat" (Gen. 1:29).

There are other translations that say food or provision instead of meat.

In other words, God said to Adam, "I'm going to give you two things, and with these two things you can determine your destiny: Number one - authority; number two - seed. With those two things no one can control you. No one can limit you. No one can restrict you. You determine your destiny through your God-given authority and by the seeds that you sow.

God has given you seed for provision. A lot of people have the idea that God did all the sowing and all the growing and Adam just walked around doing nothing. Why would He give him seed if it's not for sowing? Why do you call a place a garden if you don't plant something there?

Let's read what Adam was required to do in verse 15: "And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. (To "keep" means to guard and protect)" (Gen. 2:15).

Now, I'm sure that you know what happened in the Garden of Eden. When Adam sinned, he lost his authority. But Jesus restored that authority. Thank God we have it today. Thank God Satan is under our feet. Authority has been restored to you.

Seedtime and harvest did not come after the fall of man. Seedtime and harvest came at the creation of man. Some people think that seedtime and harvest is part of the curse. It's not; it's God's way of providing for you.

If you don't have another thing in your life, please know that you've got authority, and you've got seed. You can come out of any situation when you have authority and seed, hallelujah. You can't stay in debt when you've got seed. You can't be limited when you've got seed. Your income can't be restricted when you've got seed. You, and only you, determine your destiny in life based upon the seeds that you sow. Don't let anything stop you from sowing your seed. Your life depends on it.

Source: Take Charge of Your Financial Destiny by Jerry Savelle
Excerpt permission granted by Jerry Savelle Ministries International

Author Biography

Jerry Savelle
Web site: Jerry Savelle Ministries International
Dr. Jerry Savelle was an average, blue-collar man who was struggling and needed God's help. While he considered himself a "nobody," when he became a believer God told him not to worry about it because He was a master at making champions out of nobodies. God has since taken Dr. Savelle from being a constant quitter to a man who knows how to stand on the Word of God until victory is experienced. Because of the life-changing combination of God's faithfulness and Dr. Savelle's "no quit" attitude, his life is totally different than it was thirty-eight years ago.

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