The Final Secret: Part 5

2 Corinthians 6:2

For he says,

“In the time of my favor I heard you,
and in the day of salvation I helped you.”[a]

I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.

The key to this is just putting Him first.

We talk about the timing of God. You’ve heard it before.

“In God’s time…”

“In the Lord’s timing…”

Basically, it’s a way of people saying they really don’t believe in you, but if God wants it to happen he’ll surprise me. That’s the undertone. That’s the condescending, “In God’s timing.”

In reality, God is a present God. His timing is now. Today is the day of salvation.

I believe heaven is actually – fully – a present environment. Meaning you are fully in the now.

We talk about it, but seldom do we grasp that God wants us to experience everything he has for us right now.  That’s not how we think. We talk about it, but what we’re actually saying are words from a heart filled with doubt.

I ask people what they want to do and some want to be surgeons, musicians, to teach children life skills…yet, they’re doing something entirely different. So then I ask, “What are you doing today to work that out?”

“How are you putting God first to see it come to fruition?”

But, we compartmentalize our will and God’s will because we think they’re two different things. We think “I want to do this, but if I seek God’s will – his will for my life is going to suck.” So, we wait to do God’s stuff because we think it’s going to suck. But, the Bible says today is the day of salvation.

And, you know what? I realized this: God made you. And God made all the desires of your heart. And when you walk in them he fulfills them.

God’s not going to take you to a place that’s miserable. That’s not spirituality. I’ve met a lot of Christians who think being miserable is spirituality. But my guess is they’re not actually doing what they’re supposed to be doing.

The church I grew up in allowed me to become more involved the older I got. I helped out, led studies, and took offering, helped with communion. One day I asked one of the ladies how long she had been helping set up for communion. She told me she had been doing it for 18 years. I asked her what she liked about it and she shocked me with her reply. “Nothing.” Because she had to get up early to set up and she was miserable. And some would say she was doing God’s will when in fact she was just going through religious calisthenics. She thought she needed to be a slave for Jesus. There’s no reason to return to bondage. He has set you free.

When you are doing what God wants for your life it should produce love. And love should produce an individual expression of how youy can use your time and talent and energy for God. It’s going to be something you love.

God’s timing is not about all the spiritual stuff. God’s timing is now. The question is – do we have the intention to actually do it some day? Because a lot of dreams and callings we have – we want God’s blessings and his wisdom. So, why aren’t we doing it today?

We should want to do his will today and walk it out.  In finances, relationships, health…

When we submit our intentions to his way of thinking the result is action. The result is blessing. The result is – we experience just what we desire.

Some people say, “I can’t wait to be a millionaire because I want to give so much money away.”

My question is, “How much are you giving away now? A dollar? Five?” The amount doesn’t matter. What matters is the intention of the heart. And if you’re not generous now – you won’t be generous then. If you are not generous with your time now – you won’t be generous with your time then – when you’re financially free.

If you’re living for yourself now – you’re going to live for yourself later.

The question is – today is the day of salvation. God wants to invade your way of thinking and transform your attitude. And guess what – it’s IN you.

That grace, that seed – it’s been planted. You don’t have to dig it up. It’s there. It’s growing and it might take longer than you thought, but His grace is growing in you.

If you continue to put him first – not out of performance, but out of understanding that his way is the way to a blessed future – to our preferred reality…His path is the path to that if you understand that you will experience the life of your dreams.

Sure, there’s an enemy and he wants to choke you out. But greater is the One in you. And we don’t have to be afraid.

1 Timothy 1:7

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 

God’s wisdom is really simple.

Seek Him.

Seek what he has to say.

Remember when I started this series – I asked you to close your eyes and ask yourself what your life would look like if it was working? Once again I want to ask you to close your eyes. And this time I want you to ask yourself what your life would look like if you put God first. It should look better than the first time you pictured it. Because, now you have the secret. And the secret is simply this: Put God first. 

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  1. Eric Flapjack Ashley left a comment on April 5, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    Putting God first is essential, but is often, inadvertently, very difficult to do. Especially when trials come, it is our natural instinct to focus on the negatives and the worries, and God takes a back seat. It’s easy to praise Him when things are going great, but hard when things are going bad. But it is when we do the opposite – which is put God first – is when we can really receive some blessings beyond what we could ever hope for.

    Great series.

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