FIRST THINGS FIRST…
Life can be full of demands; friends, family, work, personal ambitions are only a few! Leading a demand-driven life of using your time, effort, money to try to constantly meet these demands risks exhaustion.
Starting the year with prayer and fasting is a great way to align your priorities and energy for the coming year.
Our Father has His priorities – His ‘firsts’; He first loves; He gave us the first fruits of His Holy Spirit.
So, what should be first for us?
God gives advice as to some of the ‘firsts’ in our life that as we do them, life prospers as it aligns with its design.
Here are five:
1. First love Jesus
“Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.” (Matthew 22:37-38 NIV)
2. First get wisdom
“The first thing is wisdom — get wisdom, and with all your getting get understanding” (Proverbs 4:7 YLT)
Which strategies can you put in place to gain wisdom this year?
3. First Forgive
“if you are offering your gift at [your place of worship] and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.” (Matthew 5:23-24 NIV)
Is there anyone for you to forgive for things done or said against you?
4. First seek the Kingdom
“Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matthew 6:33 NIV)
5. First to fight the enemy
““Who of us is to go up first to fight against the Canaanites?” The Lord answered…” (Judges 1:1-2 NIV)
Which enemy in your life or the life of others will you fight and win against?
There are loads of others ‘firsts’; which can you find and apply this year?