September 8, 2018.    Pastor Charles

25 So he built an altar there and called on the name of the LORD, and he pitched his tent there; and there Isaac’s servants dug a well.
Genesis 26:25

Throughout the Bible, we see evidence that God is a God of order. He abhors chaos in any form. Do you know that this includes financial chaos? Some of us have our finances completely out of order. In the Book of Genesis, God spoke light into being first of all, before He began to call forth other forms of creation (Genesis 1). Light is symbolic of revelation and insight. With revelation and insight, things are done decently and in order (1 Corinthians 14:40). We can see some revelation in Genesis 26:25.

Isaac built an altar. God came first! The next thing he did after he built an altar was to pitch a tent for his family. That is, he took care of his family. Then his servants dug a well. That was his work. God’s order for your finances is: God first, your family next, and then your work.

I want to admonish you, learn to practice and enjoy God’s order. When you do it and people see the evidence of The Blessing, they will begin to hunger for it. You should put first things first: you should bring in your tithe. Do that before you do any other thing. Honour the Lord with your substance, and the first fruits of all your increase.

In 1 Kings 17:13, Elijah told the widow of Zarephath, “Do not fear; go and do as you have said, but make me a small cake from it first, and bring it to me; and afterward make some for yourself and your son.” The prophet told the widow to put him first. If what Elijah did happens today, the next day you would read in the headlines: “Prophet of God denies Widow of her Last Meal!” Or: “Modern Day Prosperity Preachers on Rampage.” Elijah was the servant of God, so he stood as God’s representative. It was the principle of first things first that Elijah was positioning the woman for. She practiced it and her supply did not run out. Adopt the principle of first things first and what you have will never run out.

Confession: I adopt God’s principles in my finances. I practice the principle of first things first and my supply will not run out. God Himself is my source.