First portion to the first love

“When you arrive in the land where I am taking you… you must set some aside as a sacred offering to the Lord. Present a cake from the first of the flour you grind… as you do with the first grain from the threshing floor. (Numbers 15:18-20 NLT)

Not just entering the promise land requires obedience to God so He would fight for us, staying in the promise land requires a continual obedience so His power will keep us!

It is essential that a mutual trust is established between God and ourselves right from the beginning that we would be His people and He would be our God. This means we obey God and He will protect us and provide us.

First step to show God that He can trust us is by showing our first love is for Him. This means keeping Him first in all we earn, spend and do!

If we really trust God we trust His command to tithe (first portion) of all we earn!

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,and do not rely on your own understanding; think about Him in all your ways,and He will guide you on the right paths.
Honor the Lord with your possessions and with the first produce of your entire harvest; then your barns will be completely filled,and your vats will overflow with new wine. Proverbs 3:5-6, 9-10

End of the law!

The disciples were astounded. “Then who in the world can be saved?” they asked.

Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But not with God. Everything is possible with God.” (Mark 10:26-27 NLT)

Until Jesus made this statement, His disciples didn’t understood that Jesus is the end of the law and there is not even a slim chance to get in apart from this Provision God made.

There is a time in everyone’s life where all our religious hopes will be shattered and then the authentic hope sets in – which will never be taken from us! This is called salvation.

Gospel of Jesus Christ is nothing but a shocking truth that we are wasting time by beating ourselves and others with man made rules and old wives’ tales instead of trusting the Way God made by the sacrifice of His own Son Jesus Christ Who died for our sins and resurrected to make us righteous.

Let’s put an end to stories and begin new life in Christ!

I know what enthusiasm they have for God, but it is misdirected zeal. For they don’t understand God’s way of making people right with himself. Refusing to accept God’s way, they cling to their own way of getting right with God by trying to keep the law. For Christ has already accomplished the purpose for which the law was given. As a result, all who believe in him are made right with God. Romans 10:2-4

As for me and my family we will

Then Jesus told them, “A prophet is honored everywhere except in his own hometown and among his relatives and his own family.” (Mark 6:4 NLT)

God’s will is to save everyone by bringing them to the knowledge of the truth.

When God saves a person, it is His perfect will to save the whole family – where, He place the calling on the saved individual to reach the whole family with God’s love.

The saved individual since that time is expected to grow in passion, compassion, burden, humility, patience, mercy and wisdom to become a sincere servant in his/her own household to demonstrate the change in character, and a clean motive just to show them the love and plan of God.

If any of the above expected good/godly changes are resisted in that saved individual the plan of salvation for the family gets chocked.

Opposition, humiliation and rejection are very common towards the saved individual by the family and relatives – these are God’s way to bring good/godly change in the individual to come to the total submission to rely on God to make it happen.

The best way to handle the emotions due to such opposition, humiliation and rejection is to reach out the strangers, the unexpected and those in need of God – while keeping a constant eye for an opportunity in the family to tell it all over again!

One by one, surely everyone will be saved if we suffer, persevere and never leave the basic calling of every God’s child – to reach his/her own family.

But those who won’t care for their relatives, especially those in their own household, have denied the true faith. Such people are worse than unbelievers. 1 Timothy 5:8

The Cloud Computing

But if the cloud did not rise, they remained where they were until it lifted. (Exodus 40:37 NLT)

One important thing as a child of God we need to understand that we never become stronger to live without God’s guidance.

Every time we do things of our own ignoring God’s will we become vulnerable – yet, thanks to His mercy that come and find us!

Nevertheless, when we are in wilderness it is our responsibility to wait on God to tell if we make a move or not irrespective of comforts or discomforts we have in that place.

The wilderness seasons are not an exception that we can’t do what we want to do, but it’s a training ground to perfect and practice the fear of the Lord – only to keep it for the rest of our life!

Joseph and Daniel were brought into a foreign land each in their time as mere slaves when they were young and able – but both chose not to rebel in their wilderness season and waited upon God.

God, Who knew how and when to make the right move – one day, made them to become second-in-command in that foreign nations because they learnt to fear God and resolved in their hearts never to leave Him!

This is God’s plan for everyone who dare to persevere to do His will in their toughest time.

So, if the cloud doesn’t move you don’t move; when it moves you move. It’s that simple!

I am only a foreigner in the land. Don’t hide your commands from me! I weep with sorrow; encourage me by your word. I have chosen to be faithful; I have determined to live by your regulations. Teach me your decrees, O Lord; I will keep them to the end. Psalm 119:19, 28, 30, 33

The Word Prevailed!

So he (Jesus) went to pray a third time, saying the same things again. (Matthew 26:44 NLT)

When we are threatened to death, our emotions would get to peak, our intellect would become total sharp and our will gets super strong – we get an adrenaline rush to escape with an unusual strength!

But Jesus, the Son of God knowing the time of His death yet living in the human body had to first crucify His flesh by allowing His soul (will, intellect and emotions) to be crushed.

His prayer in Gethsemane was an extreme self-denial of overcoming the ‘human strength’ and the ‘human weakness’.

By praying the will of God, Jesus defeated satan by not allowing him to torment when He went thru’ betrayal, rejection, false accusation, exhaustion, severe torture and death on the cross.

He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death—even to death on a cross. For this reason God highly exalted Him and gave Him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow—of those who are in heaven and on earthand under the earth— and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:8-11

Become a blessing!

“And the King (Jesus) will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’ (Matthew 25:40 NLT)

When God by His mercy kept us well, He do expect that we be mindful of people around us who are hurting, hungry and in need of supplies that are well in our power to bless them.

Even the greedy in one point of time will learn his lesson and set his records straight, but it is the stingy that will get punished and would lose the eternal life!

Are we ignoring or overlooking people that God has kept around us? These are the ones God has placed in our life, so we can become a blessing by releasing the mercy, compassion, acceptance, forgiveness along with food, water and money where needed.

Then he (Jesus) turned to his host. “When you put on a luncheon or a banquet,” he said, “don’t invite your friends, brothers, relatives, and rich neighbors. For they will invite you back, and that will be your only reward. Instead, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. Then at the resurrection of the righteous, God will reward you for inviting those who could not repay you.” Luke 14:12-14

The Higher Purpose

“Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter. (Matthew 7:21 NLT)

Without having a purpose we can’t serve any person or an organization with loyalty. We always chose a better place or a person constantly if we do for monetary benefits (either to receive or not wanting to give).

Serving God is beyond loyalty, it requires giving Him the Lordship (the supreme power to rule over our lives). This means we no longer live in our self-will or any others influence but solely on God’s will!

From there on our daily life begins by searching for God’s will by seeking His presence, His peace and His commands (Word of God – the Bible). The entire goal and purpose of our lives is then simply to ensure that we constantly live in God’s will.

In such life, there is no fear of failure, loss, competition, pride, jealous or rejection.

But it is a life of contentment, power and blessing! More than anything this life alone brings the great assurance of the eternal life in the Kingdom of God!

Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. Romans 12:2

The exciting life journey

The whole countryside is open to you. Take your choice of any section of the land you want, and we will separate. If you want the land to the left, then I’ll take the land on the right. If you prefer the land on the right, then I’ll go to the left.” (Genesis 13:9 NLT)

As soon as Lot has accumulated the wealth his need to depend on God’s leading (Abraham’s journey) had become pointless. He wants to settle down and have ‘life’.

As for as Abram is concerned, his life is his God and his eyes are on the Blesser not the blessings. Unless his God settles him, he don’t want to stop the exciting journey of God-dependence.

As soon as Abram proved his attitude, God spoke –

Go and walk through the land in every direction, for I am giving it to you.” (Genesis 13:17 NLT)

Lot has gone, time to go and walk thru’ the land; let’s go!

Never on sale

Offer sacrifices in the right spirit, and trust the Lord . (Psalms 4:5 NLT)

Religious sacrifices are a self-deceptive idea to please God and to fool ourselves that we are now in right standing with God.

It is also a religious idea to offer God something because of a guilt from past or for a present need.

God pay no attention to our great sacrificial offerings and cries when we refuse to change our ways and surrender to His will. In other words, God is not for sale.

“What is more pleasing to the Lord : your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to his voice? Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice, and submission is better than offering the fat of rams. (1 Samuel 15:22 NLT)

The Gateway of Life

Therefore he (Jesus) is able, once and forever, to save those who come to God through him. He lives forever to intercede with God on their behalf. Hebrews 7:25

The office of the High Priest is 100% about pleasing God. The usefulness and effectiveness of the High Priest role is not outside among the people, but inside, before the Presence of God in the Holy of Holies.

This calling is by God’s choice and total denial of self by the Priest. To operate in the calling is to constantly reconcile people’s acts with God’s law thru’ intercession and sacrifice for obtaining God’s forgiveness.

Jesus Christ pleased His Father completely and He Himself became that perfect sacrifice and has entered the Holy of Holies once for all, permanently – to stay and intercede on our behalf!

Jesus Christ is the answer for your prayers. He is the entrance for your peace and eternal life. Let’s enter thru’ Him!