Put God First
all this kind of stuff out of bitterness, hurts, pains and failures; or out of just straight
being under the influence of the spirit; and we come into bondage.
The first thing to do is just recognise: I'm in that place of bondage. The second thing is
to come to the Lord and repent.
This is a spirit - it's not about the money. It's the spirit that gets a grip of your heart, so
you can't access God's blessing and fruitfulness on your lives, as He wants you to.
I know there'll be some people here, and around the issue of money, there's immense
bitterness, immense grief and pain, all kinds of i njustices you've faced, and difficulties
and hardships; but you don't have to be in bondage to that spirit.
You can instead let God heal your heart, bring you to a place of enlightenment. Number
one step, is to acknowledge where I'm at. Number two, I need to come to the Lord with
a repentant heart, and say: God, I'm sorry I put my trust in these things.
The third thing is: I need to honour God. We won't go into that today, but I need to
actually make a decision: that with my finances, I will give God a place of honour. We'll
talk about that in another session. How can I honour God with my finances? I've got to
honour God with them, to bring His blessing over them; because otherwise there's
another spirit that says: “not enough”.
Finally, I need to learn how to be a good steward of what God has given me - so that's
another aspect again. So I need to recognise: there's a problem. I need to come to the
one who can help in repentance and faith, expecting Him to help.
I need to make some changes, so I start to honour God with my giving - with the first of
everything I have; and then finally: I need to become a great steward of what God has
given me, so I actually then use well what God has given me; and that involves a whole
range of things in our life.
Father, I just thank you for your presence here today, helping us to deal with that thing,
to deal with this issue of money. Thank you Lord. Thank you Lord. Thank you Jesus.
I sense, you know, even as I talk, people get a bit tense and uncomfortable; and I'm
trying to help us to just - I'm trying to uncover the spirit that makes your life miserable;
that brings you into bondage, and sabotages your relationship with God. Remember no
one can serve two masters. We love one, and hate the other. We serve one, despise
the other; loyal to one, and disloyal to the other. It really does show up in: can I honour
God with my finances? Am I managing them well, and do I have a spirit of generosity