I am currently teaching a series on Wednesday Nights titled, “God F1rst.” I firmly believe our priorities define our practices which determines whether we are blessed of God or not. The subject of (Matthew 6) can be summed up in one word: PRIORITIES! (Matthew 6:33) commands us to seek FIRST His Kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.

Whatever is valued most in our lives will ultimately determine what our lives become. The focus of our lives, our highest priority affects everything  we are and everything we do! You always have time for the things you put FIRST! Therefore it is imperative that we adjust our priorities to the standard of the principles of God’s Word! His Kingdom, His rule, His authority, His Lordship must be our highest priority! HE MUST BE FIRST!

An incredible example of this is found in (Genesis 22) where Abraham proved to God that He was FIRST in his life by completely obeying God’s command to take Isaac to the top of Mt. Moriah and offer him up as a sacrifice. When Abraham reached for the knife, with the sole purpose of following through with what God had said, completely obeying what God had said, that’s when God knew. (Genesis 22:12) records God’s response to Abraham’s obedience by saying, “Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do though any thing unto him: for NOW I KNOW that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me.” The words “NOW I KNOW” imply that at the bottom of the mountain, God questioned His place in Abraham’s life. It was not until Abraham raised the knife to sacrifice his firstborn son that God knew His position in Abraham’s life. It was not until Abraham obeyed God, completely surrendering to the will of God, that God knew He was FIRST in Abraham’s life!

The Word reveals in stories like the one found in (Genesis 22), that the only way we can express to God where He is on our list of priorities is through our obedience. It is our OBEDIENCE that reveals to God where He is in our life’s priorities, and (Matthew 6:33) reveals that BLESSING comes when He is FIRST!

BLESSING comes through OBEDIENCE…FAITH that places God FIRST!