There are simple decisions that if practiced will definitely revolutionize your life. We need them. It is time to walk in the realm of the miraculous; it is time to walk in the realm of the supernatural. We are a people born in due season; we have the assistance of the Holy Spirit, we have the written word of God from Genesis to Revelation, what are we waiting for? It is time for us to manifest and we must manifest because we cannot fail God in our generation.
- Decision to put God first. Deut. 26:2, “That thou shalt take of the first of all the fruit of the earth, which thou shalt bring of thy land that the LORD thy God giveth thee, and shalt put it in a basket, and shalt go unto the place which the LORD thy God shall choose to place his name there.” This is not an Old Testament principle, the Bible is a complete book. Jesus, in Matthew 6:33, said, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you” (KJV). “And he will give them to you if you give him first place in your life and live as he wants you to” (TLB). Give him first place in your life and the things that people seek will begin to follow you. What are these things? Fame, power, money, position, influence, recognition and so on. What are you chasing? Everybody is chasing something.
Today, you will notice that the world is designed in such a way as to make you seek other things first above God. It is very easy to get so carried away and rationalize it thinking you are still on course. It is so easy to pursue money in the name of business, career, profession, education and so on. ‘I went to Harvard so that I can earn more and become more relevant!’ The world is chasing money and it has become the god of this world. Anything you put side by side God in your heart, you have elevated to the position of God. Idolatry is very cheap to practice; it is called modern day idolatry. You need not elevate anything above God for it to become a god, all you need do is to place it side by side God. That is why God has to stand out as your number one. You might pretend that God is number one in your heart but he knows the exact place where you have placed him. He knows the things that are number one in your heart and God hates idolatry because he is a jealous God. That is why idolatry is a vertical sin; it is an affront to God. You can’t be idolatrous and expect God to bless you. If you don’t understand the technical aspects of the word of God, you will be floating; you will be doing things the wrong way while expecting God to bless you. It is so easy to be ‘churchious’, it is so easy to be ceremonial, it is so easy to climb the ecclesiastical ladder and receive accolades while you are still an idolater. Where do you place God in your life? Are you giving God the first place? When you woke this morning what was the first thing that crossed your mind? That’s probably your god. The word of God says, seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and other things shall be added. The devil says ‘no, seek ye first the kingdom of mammon and its unrighteousness and you will have everything’. That is the one that a lot of people are pursuing. I can understand that in the world but how do we justify it in the Church? How everything has been reduced to money in the Church! ‘Give me your gold and I will make you a god’. It is so easy to get into that ‘Aaronic’ error. We need to dethrone certain things in order to enthrone God if we want to see him move. God blesses you with a job; suddenly it becomes your god! It is so easy to have our heart in wrong places.
Heavenly Father I worship you. Graciously help me to always give you the first place in my heart in everything I do in Jesus name. Amen.
TO BE CONTINUED…