God is First – Ps Christi Grobler (JHB)
“For if the firstfruit is holy, the lump is also holy; and if the root is holy, so are the branches.”
(Romans 11:16 NKJV)
Firstfruits are holy. It means it is set apart. If you place the first in God’s hands, then the rest that follows will be holy. As our firstfruits are set apart so must our whole lives be set apart for God.
It is your responsibility to get the revelation, that if the root, if the start, if the first, if the beginning is holy, then what comes after the first that will also be holy. God has designed Himself to be first, and never second. God has designed, in His own God-nature that He will be first in creation, first in our lives, first for what’s coming in our future.
What starts from God, what originates from God, continues as God. If God is not first in your life, in all things in your life, then you will go around the mountain again and again till you come back to this place, to understand God must come first in your life.
We say: We are a people that recognize that You come first Lord! We choose to put You first in our lives. We give to you first because we see that everything that follows in our lives will then be blessed.
“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.”(John 15:4-5 NKJV)
God says apart from Him we can do nothing. If you don’t do the will of God it means nothing! Not connected to the vine, means you live by yourself for yourself putting yourself first. Your whole life is then just nothingness.
So, if the branch is connected to the vine and the root is holy, so then only what comes from Him, that which is coming from His nature, is going to bear the seed. Only, only what comes from Him. Not your own plans. Not your own attempts. Only what He initiated.
Jesus says, “If you will abide in Me, you will bring forth much fruit, just like Me.”
God is saying,” Hear My voice!” The choices you are making to come out of Babylon, the choices that you are making not to chase but to seek God, to lay down our lives, lest the seed, lest any seed will fall into the ground but it must die. Then, those things are us walking with God.
And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.”
Colossians 1:18 NKJV
Jesus is the ultimate first fruit. Everything is based on Jesus.
Everything was created through Him and everything again, not for us, everything is created for Him. He is first. In our life union with Christ, if you truly abide in Him, God created the new, the spirit man. He created our beings to be responsive to the Head. We have a desire to hear God’s Word, to hear what Jesus is saying. That’s why a mature child of God will start to train themselves to walk on the Word, to abide in Him more and more.
He is the Head, He will call how things will be. And He says, “I will initiate and not you.”
“If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? (Gen4:7)
If you and I are going to do what is right, God’s going to be very pleased. And what is it that we have to do that is right? You put God first!
“And Moses spake unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, saying, This is the thing which the Lord commanded, saying, Take ye from among you an offering unto the Lord: whosoever is of a willing heart, let him bring it, an offering of the Lord; gold, and silver, and brass,”
(Exodus 35:4-5 KJV)
He initiated in us a motivation so that we have the desire to want to come and bring to Him. Want to come and love Him. Want to come and worship Him. God says, all you’re giving, you can only do it and you may only do it from a willing heart. Everything touching Him must be internally motivated by your love for Him. Otherwise, it’s law. Otherwise, you will do it just because of obligation.
This is the only way you can come in your life union with Jesus. It’s the only way that you can come with your offerings – if your heart is stirred, but He must be first. Not the way you want to come.
He’s asking you and me to give because we worship Him. Because He’s our Source, our Love, our Life, our Way, our Truth, our Everything.
He wants what is coming from your heart.
God will not be second to what He has blessed you with.
God says, “Only if the motivation comes from your heart will I receive from your hand.”
Whatever you give, whatever you are not giving, it testifies against you!
Every time you obey God, every time in little things, big things. You know what’s happening, we give God an opening in the earth to work. He says, “Please praise for the big things. And I’m going to ask the big things back from you. And I’m going to bless you more because you’re willing to do that.”
God is asking from you and me, “I’m Your God, please be My people. Please, come in the righteous ways that you can join Me.” The creation is waiting for the mature sons of God. Yes, your faith must occupy. To occupy is not chasing. To occupy is to walk on the promises and have it. “But please come and seek Me. Please come and ask me about all the little and big things in your life.
God wants us to bring Him offerings of righteousness, God says when My people bring an offering in righteousness, it will release a testimony on their behalf. And it will allow Me, God, to bring judgement on these things, the works of the darkness. It can only happen in the Ecclesia.
We say: Father, let this message speak to us. Let it touch our hearts so that change can come. Thank You Lord, for Your grace so that we can come in our righteous ways, with our righteous offerings so that You can bring judgement on the works of the darkness. You are our source, our life, our everything! Amen!