Putting First Fruits Into Action | Part 1
Positioned For PossessionNow that you understand the importance of keeping first things first according to God’s perfect order, how do you apply the principle of first fruits practically in your own life? As I began to study and dedicate more and more time to seeking God’s heart on this principle, I asked, “Lord, why don’t we see it? We’re speaking but the mountains are not always moving.” Have you ever felt that way? It is all right to be honest and authentic with God and ask questions.
What I felt was revealed to me was that people are speaking, but speaking alone is not the precedent God has set. It is not the pattern of God. You can’t put a roof on a house before having the foundation firmly in place. So let’s go back to the beginning. In Genesis chapter 1, we see where God created the heavens and the earth. But notice verse 2, “And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.”
Notice what it says: the Spirit of God moves in darkness. The Spirit of God moves in empty wastelands. The spirit of God moves when there is a void. Do you have an area in your life right now that is void, without form and dark? Is there an area that is not in alignment or matching up with what God has said in His Word?Verses 3 and 4 go on to say, “And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good...” So if we are speaking—expecting to see results—without moving, then we cannot expect to see the fulfillment of promises. Simply put: You cannot claim the promises of God while violating the principles of God.
A great example is the life of Hannah, the mother of the prophet Samuel (1 Samuel 1). Hannah was the wife of Elkanah, and to her shame and bitter disappointment, she had not been able to conceive. She deeply desired a child, and her own limitations became her focus. Elkanah’s other wife, who was seeing God’s promise fulfilled with the gift of many children, frequently provoked and tormented Hannah, bringing her to tears. Perhaps it was even unintentional, but often someone’s “success” pours salt on the wound of our “failures.”
So one day Hannah “stood up” (v. 9), and went to the Temple to pray. There she poured out all the bitterness and hurt to the Lord through her tear-filled sobs. I believe it was during that pouring out of her heart that revelation hit her spirit. She vowed, “If you will only look upon your servant’s misery and remember me, and not forget your servant but give her a son, then I will give him to the LORD...” (v. 11). The revelation that hit her spirit took her eyes off herself, and shifted her focus to the Lord. So she gets up, wipes away her tears, straightens her clothes and heads home to her husband. Notice that her situation had not changed, but revelation had motivated her spirit.
Instead of giving up and feeling sorry for herself, she went home to Elkanah, and the Bible says, “in the course of time she conceived and gave birth to a son” (v. 20). Hannah put God first, put works with her faith, and conceived her promise! Revelation causes motivation for us to move when there is nothing. That is why I say we do not have a provision problem—far from it. Our problem is a revelation problem. Every irritation can be an invitation for elevation and promotion. When your faith is challenged by created tension to push out the promise of God for your life, embrace and move in that moment! It is the working of His mighty power, or according to the energy of the power of His might that makes mountains move!
POSITIONED FOR POSSESSIONIf you desire to live the abundant life that Jesus gave His life to give you, it is not only possible, but God’s Word tells us how to attain it! You’ve been positioned for possession by the price Jesus paid and the grace God has given you. But part of that possession is taking hold or ownership of the promises of God. You can plead the promises all day long and pray until you are blue in the face. But until you learn to live out God’s principles, your pleading will be in vain.
God wants you to know Him as a God of grace and power. But He also wants you to know Him as the all-sufficient God. He wants to be your defender, your protector, your provider, your redeemer and more.You cannot prepare yourself in a day. You must prepare yourself every day...day after day...for the rest of your days.
As Hebrews tells us, “Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:7- 8, NIV). Many have gone before us who have learned to have faith in God’s principle of first fruits. I encourage you to step out into the knowledge you now have, and do the same. As David said: Your promises have been thoroughly tested, and your servant loves them. Though I am lowly and despised, I do not forget your precepts. Your righteousness is everlasting and your law is true. Trouble and distress have come upon me, but your commands are my delight. Your statutes are forever right; give me understanding that I may live (Psalm 119:140-144, NIV).
The understanding of all of God’s principles, including first fruits is found in His Word. John 8:31-32 says: “Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, ‘If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free’.” When Jesus says to continue in His Word, He means to remain, to endure, to stand firm under pressure, to abide and dwell.
And if we look up “disciples” in the original text, it means a learner or a pupil. And of course “free” in the Greek means to liberate, deliver, make free. Reading this same passage in the Amplified brings even more clarity: “So Jesus said to those Jews who had believed in Him, ‘If you abide in My word [hold fast to My teachings and live in accordance with them], you are truly My disciples. And you will know the Truth, and the Truth will set you free.’”
As believers, it is the truth that you know, the truth that you have revelation of that makes you free, liberated, delivered. Knowledge comes from the study of God’s Word.You don’t walk with God according to what you feel. You walk by what you know. Eve knew she was forbidden to eat of the tree in the center of the garden, but the enemy’s cunning convinced her to act on her feelings.
Patterns are permanent. Principles are working for you or against you every day. It is the law of God!It is the truth or Word that you know that will bring the unchangeable promises of God in your life. The Word is your covenant, your legal binding contract. All privileges are released through believing and receiving the Word . . . and by understanding and applying God’s principles. The Word will give you revelation. And revelation causes motivation. It is the change of position or passing to another place with a continuous motion. You are motivated to move and act by the revelation of truth. Acting in faith on that revelation is what releases the promises of God in your life and allows you to break the limitations and labels that have been put on you!
We live by faith, and walking out and operating out of that faith is our responsibility. For every single person born, there is a God-intended position and purpose. And every position that is in the purpose of God comes with divine principles and policies. So, when you are in position, you are advantageously placed and enabled to do. This is an empowered life when you see the activation of His promises by divine principle and policies.
We have to create and establish an atmosphere that is focused on God and based on the principles of His Word. The principle of first fruits is part of that active “walking out” our faith in operation to release the promises of God. The first sets the precedent for the rest. The harvest of anything can always be traced back to the seed. In other words, the “fruit” is simply a result of the “root!” Again, I stress the importance of ALL firsts, when “given” to God, then have His “presence” governing the rest! That is the first thoughts of your day, the first day of the week, the first month of the year, the first of all your increase, and so on . . . ALL firsts!