The world has learned and taught us habits that we should be in the mindset and action of unlearning. We wake up in the morning, go to the bathroom, take care of our hygiene and eat breakfast..and then it’s off to work we go. If you have children, you have to get them ready for school, feed them, and send them off as well. While, these are good habits, there is one thing that is missing. Your firstfruits. What is your firstfruit and how do you give it to HIM? By getting up and putting HIM first. Did you pray this morning? Did you thank GOD for waking you up? Did you dare walk out of that house before first covering yourself and your family with the Blood of JESUS? Did you decree and declare what your day was going to hold for you? If your answer is no, you have placed GOD in the back of your mind and at the end of the line, when HE should be first. “
For if the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches.”
(Romans 11:6) What’s the message here? If you want your life to be a blessed journey where the road
to everlasting life is one that your feet never depart from, give GOD the firstfruit of everything that HE
blesses you with. You woke up another day? Bless HIS name! Got your paycheck or a bonus? Tithe
and give offerings. Someone sows into your life? Bless HIM first so that you do not fall under the
curse of blessing man. You see, with this, once you call out GOD’s name and lift up praises to HIM,
you won’t say things like “Girl, Pastor know he was flowing today! And did you see him cast that
demon out of that girl?” When you bless GOD, your conversation will sound more like, “Girl, GOD
really used Pastor today! Did you see how GOD used him to cast that demon out of that girl?” Let me
share one truth with you: this is why so many truly anointed men and women of GOD are falling. They
allow man to sow glory and honor onto them when are hands are not strong enough to hold it. Let GOD
honor you and bless you with a good name, but when those praises start coming at you, put your postage
stamp on it and send it to JESUS! Say something like, “To GOD be the glory.” Or, “It was all GOD
and none of me.”
The lesson is, if you give GOD the firstfruit of all that you have, everything in your life will remain in
order, but once you get up and begin your day without HIM, you have put yourself and your family
in the middle of demonic traffic where there are many devils trying to run you over. The sun has risen
on the outside, but the bible tells you in Matthew 5:16, “Let your light so shine before men, that they
may see your good works, and glorify your FATHER, which is in heaven.” First part: that they may
glorify your FATHER, which is in heaven, the scripture does not say that they may glorify you and
secondly, the sun should rise in you. Your light should be shining before you touch that doorknob.
Your light should be shining before you even step into that shower or eat breakfast.
And these should be habits you are teaching your children. Do you know how long it takes to unlearn
a habit? Studies show that it takes 17 consecutive days. Now, if you put 18 years of teaching your
children to put GOD first and keep HIM first, you have given them a rare jewel that’s value is beyond
any amount of money, gold, silver or diamonds that this world can offer. The bible teaches us in
Proverbs 13:22, “A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children’s children.” Now, we have come
to understand this to mean financial blessings, but there is a blessing much greater than that in which is
tangible. Your children are Prodigal Sons. They will return to whatever you teach them. If you teach
them how to love and fear GOD and put HIM first, they will always return to this path, even if they
were to wander from it. But, if you allow the foolishness that sets up in them to live in them, then they
will return to the regurgitated life that you spit up for them. “As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool
returneth to his folley.” (Proverbs 26:11) Sure, it’s so cute and responsible looking when a mother
presses her children to brush their teeth, wash their face, shower, eat breakfast and then sacks up their
lunch for them, however, a wise woman will also press her children to read the bible, keep their mouth
clean from sin, shower with the Blood of Jesus to wash away their sins, taste and see that the LORD is
good by testifying and or having them to testify about what HE has done and sacks up the WORD of
GOD and sends it with them by praying that her children are protected, favored and wise.
You may say, “Well, I haven’t been doing this because I didn’t know, so I guess that makes me a terrible
person and parent. Not true. You simply did not know, but the bible says we perish from lack of
knowledge, so you acquiring this wisdom is your way of learning to preserve your life and you pass
what you know on to your children. For example, mothers, when you are pregnant or breastfeeding,
you have to watch what you eat because anything harmful is passed to the child and can harm the child.
Life is no different. You have to watch what you pass on to your children. That ‘do as I say-not as I do’
tactic has proven itself to be a burning failure.
Break everything down that you have. Your month, your week, your day, your income, your time, your
love…where is the firstfruit of it all going? That is your god! “He that blesseth his friend with a loud
voice, rising early in the morning, it shall be counted a curse to him.” (Proverbs 27:14) With a loud
voice, we should be blessing GOD! When we wake up in the morning, that is reason enough to bless
HIM! Don’t get caught up in calling your friend and speaking blessings over them when you have not
given honor onto GOD. Don’t run into the kid’s room, exalting them and telling them how you love
them, if you have not spoken with JESUS yet. JESUS said, “He that loveth father or mother more
than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.”
(Matthew 10:37) So, the firstfruit of your love goes to HIM! You may say, “Well, I don’t love my
children more than I love GOD, but…..” Stop there. Your actions display the truth. If your children
woke up, ate the food that you bought, put on the clothes that you bought, but yet, did not say ‘hello’ or
‘bye’ to you before leaving, how would you feel? Now, imagine that they had the nerves to pick up your
phone and call someone else and thank them for doing something as minor as buying them a pair of
three dollar shoestrings for the hundred dollar sneakers you purchased them? And the three dollars for
those shoestrings came from you!!! That’s how GOD feels when you wake up in HIS temple and walk
right past HIM without acknowledging HIM.
How do you establish good habits? First, by learning the WORD of GOD and making sure that you
give yourself to reading the WORD, fasting, praying, interceding, ministering, testifying and just being
a blessing. Sure, it looks difficult, but it’s not. This is putting on a garment of good habits and
removing that dirty garment of strongholds. Please note: Nothing in your place can be out of order
when you put GOD first. Satan may cause somethings to shift, but you can pray to GOD, rebuke what
Satan is doing and your life has to go back in place and Satan has to flee from your place.
And definitely, there is tithes and offerings. GOD doesn’t want your money, HE wants you and if
money has you, then you are in idolatry. GOD tests your obedience as well as keeps you from having
the wrong relationship with tangible items such as money by requiring the firstfruit of it. How can
you deny the LORD, when all HE wants is to bless that money and give it back to you sevenfold?
Your job was never meant to be your source, it cannot afford you. It is simply an avenue that GOD
uses to channel seed to you. Don’t consume your seed, plant it! When you hold GOD’s money, it
becomes a curse onto you, but when you give it with joy and thanksgiving, you are allowing the Hand
of GOD to sanctify it and send it back to you in abundance.
The breakdown of the message is: Give GOD the firstfruit of everything that you own, everything that
you are and you will see how HE blesses the whole lump. You can change the direction of your day,
by simply blessing HIM in the morning and talking to HIM. If you have a bad day, it’s because you
started it off wrong and you allowed your situation to shift you into emotional gear. But, when you
start it off right, blessing GOD, honoring HIM and exalting HIS NAME, you will systematically cancel
the assignment of the enemy!!!
So, let us learn good habits. Ask GOD to teach you good habits and you will see that life is easier
than what you have experienced. You just have to place every puzzle piece in the the right order
to see the picture.