The First Fruits Principle | Part 3


Pt 3: First Things

God has established certain firsts all throughout His Word: 

First Commandment“And Jesus answered him, ‘The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment’ ” (Mark 12:29-30). 

First Time of the Year“And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, This month shall be unto you the beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year to you. Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house” (Exodus 12:1-3). 

First Born“And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Sanctify unto me all the firstborn, whatsoever openeth the womb among the children of Israel, both of man and of beast: it is mine” (Exodus 13:1-2). 

First Fruits“The first of the firstfruits of thy land shalt thou bring into the house of the LORD thy God” (Exodus 23:19). 

First Dough“Ye shall offer up a cake of the first of your dough for an heave offering; as ye do the heave offering of the threshingfloor, so shall ye heave it. Of the first of your dough ye shall give unto the LORD . . .” (Numbers 15:20-21). 

First Spoil“Out of the spoils won in battles did they dedicate to maintain the house of the LORD” (1 Chronicles 26:27). 

SEEK YE FIRST

God is very serious about things being in order in our lives. 
That is why it is so crucial that we understand this principle of first things first. When you do not put first things first, there is disorder, which can affect your life. On the other hand, when you do put first things first, your life can and will fall into place as it is supposed to.
Just as God promised—when we are faithful to follow His commandments, we will live an empowered life and be blessed! 
God is not a god of confusion (1 Corinthians 14:33). The Greek term for confusion means instability, inconstant and unstable and is often translated as disorder. Notice what James said, “For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work” (James 3:16). Strife means a division, a faction, a pulling away. Where there is division there is confusion—disorder—which opens the door for every evil work and practice and then every evil spirit. The reason some of us are fighting such demonic spirits and influences is because we have had disorder—“to move away from the pattern”—in our lives. Often times we hit a “crossroad” in life that causes us to step back and re-examine. It is the place of authentic inspection that makes us mirror our life to the Word of God and ask . . . Where is the wholeness? Where is the provision? Where is that sense of everything working properly and in order? Remember, God is a god of order.

Remember, a “first” is a fundamental principle or a basis supporting existence or determining essential structure or function. It is the one thing that affects or governs everything that follows it. If the first is holy, the remainder will be holy.

A principle is a fundamental truth or a law upon which others are based. It is a rule of conduct. Principles always have policy. Policy comes from the word “police.” Police is “a governing agency or department that provides order.” So the way you govern your life or rules of conduct must be by the fundamental laws or truths of the Word of God in order to see the promises or rewards that God has for you. His Word is always working for you or against you!

THE PRINCIPLE REMAINS 

Thankfully, we no longer sacrifice the firstlings of our sheep or cattle at a Temple; nor are we required to redeem our firstborn sons with gold. Jesus paid for all redemption through His death, burial and resurrection, giving us a New Covenant “founded on better promises” (Hebrews 8:6, NIV). Jesus was God’s first and only begotten son. He gave up His son to set Him apart as holy first fruit. The first fruit then sanctified all who came after so Jesus became the first fruit of many brethren (Romans 8:29, 1 Corinthians 15:23). We bear forth the same power and image of God because we are the fruit of His firstborn.

However, the principle of first things still remains. God does not change in His character or principals. He is the same yesterday, today and forevermore (see Hebrews 13:8). While we do not hold to the ritualistic and routines of the annual “feasts” or divine appointments of God, for it is impossible to keep “exactly” the feasts. We are to honor and obey the principles and patterns. Jesus taught in Matthew 5:17-19 that the Torah (or first five books of the Bible) retains validity until the earth passes away! The implication and idea was that Jesus came to fulfill and establish the proper meaning and to bring to full expression or give fullness and provide true meaning, as opposed to destroying, overthrowing or abolishing.
We have to understand God’s never-changing principle that in order to possess the promises He has for each of us we must come into alignment with His divine order, governed solely by His Word. 
God loves you so much that He wants to rescue you from everything that pulled you out of the position and divine alignment He has for you. God wanted to bring us to Him, but even He would not violate His principles. So He sacrificed His Son. You cannot violate principles and expect to have positive results. I cannot stress enough the importance of following the patterns and principles of God!
The law of first things is the giving over, as required of all firsts! 
They are an offering in faith and they prove the position in which the giver holds God and is held by God. In Exodus 33, God installed requirements in His “system” of Lordship to ensure their confession was more than mere words. He established ways for His children to prove that He is first! The requirements were the Ten Commandments, the structure of the ritual of sacrifice, the statues of the Tabernacle and what we now call . . . “The Law of First Things!

-Paula White-Cain
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