Yay!!! August is here!!!!!
For some funny reason I started off this post singing in my head. Hahahaha!!! Weird right? But you see, usually before I do a blog post I would play it over in my heart then think it through in my head before I actually put any words down. That way I can actually search my heart to know if it’s really what I’m supposed to be writing about.
So anyhow once I got the title, the first thing that came to me was that Sound of music song ….
🎼Let’s start at the very beginning
A very good place to start 🎶
When you read you begin with A B C
When you sing you begin with do re mi 🎼🎼
😂 😂 😂 don’t mind me just being a little silly but I actually do agree that the beginning is a very good place to start …
So what better place to start this 30 days of blogging than at the very beginning?
Okay so let’s go …
First this: God…. – Genesis 1:1 (MSG)
I love the message bible.
It always always just hits me in the right spot. There is truly nothing more apt than this. I couldn’t have said it any better than this if I had to.
Listen to me I don’t know what big revelations God will use me to pass across to you these next 30 days but this is probably my truest truth…. God First!
I’ve had a few days away from work and I’ve had the privilege of attending a few amazing conferences and meetings in these past few days and today in particular I was at the South West Believers Conference.
And as I sat under the teachings of Kenneth Copeland
and Jerry Seville
back to back (all in one day…. heaven! I know right?) it felt so good to just sit and hear the word and not worry about sound or projector or if the ushers are doing what they should. I was in total receiving mode. Not thinking about anything but the Word of faith that was being preached to me.
As I listened to preacher after preacher mount that pulpit and tell of The faithfulness of God and the great servants of God Kenneth and Gloria Copeland and how God mightily used them these past 50 years.
Yep! 50 years of ministry guys
And they look like they are just starting.
Anyhow so as I sat there taking it all in something struck me ….
Every single one of them had a possibilitiy of living an ordinary, uninspiring life filled with poverty, failure and disappointments until they did one thing… they put God first!
They didn’t have a life planned out where they now tried to fit God in. No! God is the life then they fit other things in. I saw before me men and women who were living proof that making God your priority will sort out the rest of your life and settle your legacy forever. They were living examples of the truth of Matthew 6:33
If your life is going to be worth anything then it has to be God first.
What does this mean? Simply this:
If you will put God first, He will put you first.
And God is so like this. Three nights ago, I woke up with a very very strong presence of God hovering over me (and I’ve experienced this maybe 3 times in my entire life – the first time when God spoke to me about my purpose, the second time when he spoke to me about my marriage and the third time when he spoke to me about my babies.) I knew that the Spirit of God was trying to get my attention about something so of course I shut down everything else to focus and have that all important conversation in the wee hours of the morning. He reminded me of something He had been hinting me about and which I had been dragging my feet about because to be honest I was beginning to feel like my life had become a bit overwhelming and I really wanted to put in more mummy hours and less ministry hours.
To be honest I had never really worried about my kids because I always felt God would take care of them but as they are beginning to grow a bit older I feel like they need more mummy time and influence. So I was bringing my strong reasons and how I felt I needed a few years to lay a foundation for the kids then we can add that particular assignment to the list of to-dos. No I wasn’t being difficult or in anyway forgetting who my Lord is. I happen to know that God is my father and he cares about my concerns so I bared my heart and my concerns.
Interestingly this was what he said to me. He took me back to 1 Chronicles 17(MSG) where David had decided to make God priority by building him a house. (let’s read it together even though I’m going to just pick out the parts that stood out to me but read it later okay? In case there’s something more for you there)
After the king had made himself at home, he said to Nathan the prophet, “Look at this: Here I am comfortable in a luxurious palace of cedar and the Chest of the Covenant of GOD sits under a tent.”
Nathan told David, “Whatever is on your heart, go and do it; God is with you.”
But that night, the word of God came to Nathan, saying, “Go and tell my servant David, This is GOD ’s word on the matter: You will not build me a ‘house’ to live in….
“….And now I’m telling you this: GOD himself will build you a house! When your life is complete and you’re buried with your ancestors, then I’ll raise up your child to succeed you, a child from your own body, and I’ll firmly establish his rule. He will build a house to honor me, and I will guarantee his kingdom’s rule forever. I’ll be a father to him, and he’ll be a son to me.
I don’t know if the verses above meant anything to you but to me it meant everything. It was God showing me that once David put him first …once David made him a priority… once David decided that it just wouldn’t do to have his own house in “order” while God didn’t have a place to call his own then God showed him that you cannot outgive God. David wanted to build God a house but God decided to build David a house instead.
God was saying to me…
Do mine and I will do yours.
I will build you a house and I will father your children. What could be better than God being a father to your children?
This is such a big deal for me. I was free to do all for God. So it just meant adding that one more thing that was a desire for God would not be added stress but an added blessing and the fact that I was taking care of his children his response was I will be a father to your own children from your body and I will take care of them.
That day I entered a new level of worship. Something unlocked inside me. My heart was set on fire with a new burning intensity to see my Jesus glorified and lifted high at all cost. Until God becomes your priority …. your everything… your first this… then you haven’t known real worship.
Like I said before it’s not fitting God into your life. It’s God being your life and fitting other things in. Making God your priority will determine how you live, what you wear, how you talk, where you live, who you marry, when you get married, how you spend your money, where you spend your money because before you do anything ….your first response would be … first this: God!
You will be completely sold out that like
- Abraham you will leave all and follow… change your name to father of nations when you don’t even have one child …then gladly lay your Isaac at the altar when you do have him.
- Noah even though you have never seen rain you will gladly spend donkey years putting together an ark because God said so.
- Moses with nothing but a stick in your hand, you face a Red Sea in front and an angry army behind just because God said so
- David even when God said don’t build me a house he still left behind his offering before he died.
I won’t even bother going into the New Testament to tell you of all the great women and men God used because they made him a priority. Hebrews 11:32-37 tells us more.
My question and my challenge is what are you waiting for? No more time for half measures darling.
Listen to me if you will seek God first all other things will be added. There won’t be anything you need that won’t be added.
If I didn’t start from here I would be doing you an injustice. That’s my biggest secret. God over everything. Forget all the to-dos if your heart is not right with Jesus whatever you do will not matter.
You need a relationship with Jesus. You need a real one where you know him and he knows you and his spirit lives in your heart and you have a love relationship with him.
There’s no other secret to having it all. Only Jesus. None whatsoever. I need you to get this because it is on this that every other thing rests.
Okay people I gotta run…. that’s not really true though cause I’ve been sitting in the back of a car for almost five hours… another road trip. Either way I will see you tomorrow with either thankful Tuesday or dilemma Tuesday who knows it may even be a blend of both
See you in a bit.