Scriptures: Leviticus 19:23-25, 1 Timothy 4: 1-5
When is it time to move beyond the leftovers? Israel was to possess a land which others had prepared, a land flowing with milk and honey. But when Israel possessed the land they were to begin making it their own, not just surviving on what others had produced.
God has a process which will provide an increase in our lives:
1) Plant all manner of food: Take possession through your own effort and do not count on the labor of others.
2) Count the increase for three years as uncircumsed: Uncircumsed means outside the convenant of Abraham. They were to pluck off the young fruit and throw it away. Why? Because the early beared fruits hinders the tree's growth.
3) The fourth year count all the increase as God's: This is called the second tithe, when all the tree's harvest is invested into God's kingdom. It was given to the priests, because they were to survive off the tithe, or they were to eat before the Lord with joy, not to store up.
4) The fifth year is when the increase becomes our possession: We are taught not to be overhasty, settling for any comfort. We are to learn patience to wait for the time of enjoyment, also to recognize that without growth we are not worthy of the increase.
So how do we implement this in our own lives to live in the increase? We plant and stop living on the leftovers. We must decide to live beyond worldly comforts and pluck off the young fruit in our lives. We cannot live in potential blessings! We must choose to the make the things of God first in our lives: santifying the increase by the Word of God and prayer. Then we can possess the increase with the knowledge that we gained from the process.
We should be living off God's increase, not the world's leftovers!