There is something significant about the firsts. What do I mean by firsts? Firsts are experiences that are new, unique, and out of the ordinary that we have never experienced before.
I think about the first time a runner broke the four-minute mile, the first time a test pilot broke the sound barrier, and the first time the SpaceX rocket re-entered earth’s atmosphere and safely landed.
Firsts mark us. They cause us to expand our thinking and dream about new possibilities. They break the status quo and set a new standard.
On a personal level, firsts shape our hearts and our lives. I remember the first time I met my wife Carolyn. I can look back to our first date and think about how significant that was. It ultimately changed my life.
Some memories are just so special that you cherish them forever, particularly when God brought you through situations that looked impossible, or blessings that surprised and overwhelmed you when they manifested, or things that you experienced for the very first time and realize that only God could have made it happen.
Often, firsts change the course of our lives:
1) The first time that I heard the Word of Faith
2) The first personal miracle with my daughter Terri’s fingers being restored completely after having been cut off
3) The first time that I received a harvest on my sowing
4) The first time that I laid hands on a sick person, and they immediately recovered
5) The first time that the Holy Spirit used me to deliver a word of knowledge to someone
6) The first debt-free car God gave us
7) Our first debt-free airplane
Each one of these firsts made a tremendous impact on my life. Firsts are like milestones in your life; they’re significant events in your life that mark you.
God has instructed me to tell you today to get ready for more and more firsts! I believe you’re about to step into some new firsts that will change the course of your life.
I’m still telling the stories today of the things that God did for Carolyn and me 50 years ago because they were so miraculous and marked us forever. There’s nothing quite like watching God do something impossible for you for the very first time!
Do you have the same gratitude as the Psalmist who wrote, “I will remember the works of the Lord; surely I will remember thy wonders of old and talk of thy doings…” (Psalm 77:11-14)?
We read throughout the Old Testament how David experienced so many wonderful and amazing things from God. As a result, David often said, “I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee” (Psalm 22:22).
In another Psalm he says, “O taste and see that the Lord is good…” (Psalm 34:8).
From the moment you began your walk with God, you also began to experience numerous new things that you had never experienced before. God has healed your broken heart, brought peace to your mind, and restored your soul.
Paul describes the transformation that you’ve experienced saying in 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new.”
God loves to do new things. If fact, God spoke through the prophet Isaiah declaring, “Behold, I will do a new thing…” (Isaiah 43:19). Luke 5:26 in the Message says, “We’ve never seen anything like that!”
And the closer you walk with God, the more frequently you will experience more and more firsts.
I keep hearing the Holy Spirit say, “2021 will be a year of firsts like no other. Expect them and continually praise God for them.”
The problem with so many Christians today is that they get satisfied with living just an ordinary life and never venture out in faith anymore to believe God to see new things. And as a result, they have fewer firsts in their lives.
God never intended for you to live an ordinary, commonplace, unexceptional life. Psalm 115:14 declares, “The Lord shall increase you more and more…” There’s nothing ordinary about that!
God doesn’t want you to just sit in one place and become satisfied. He wants you to grow, to expand, to flourish, and to increase in every area of your life.
He wants you to see new things, do new things, and experience new things!
Don’t limit God! Refuse to allow the devil to get you to think that this is all you’ll ever see and that you’ve gone as far as you’ll ever go. Cast those thoughts down.
Dare to dream bigger dreams. God isn’t through doing great things for you! There’s more to come. Get up every day praising God for what He’s already done and for what He’s about to do!
Begin declaring every day, “Some firsts are coming my way!”
These firsts will cause you to realize once again just how wonderful God truly is. Your heart should respond like the Psalmist saying, “We will bless the Lord from this time forth and forevermore. Praise the Lord” (Psalm 115:18).
It’s just a matter of time, and you’re going to experience something new…a FIRST! Expect it. Talk about it. And begin praising God for it now!
I recently spoke a prophetic message about this word from God titled, Get Ready for More and More Firsts in Your Life. When you give this month, I’ve asked my team to send you this message as my thank you and to build your faith.
I remember the first time I gave $1,000. And when I gave $10,000! Those firsts marked my life and grew my faith!
Refuse to be ordinary and average. Dream big and trust God. He has always come through for me, and I know He will do the same for you!
As you give this month, I’ve asked my team to send you my recent message, Abundant Overflow, as my thank you. You can give securely and conveniently online at www.jsmiaustralia.org/offering or by calling +61 7 5576 5534 and be sure to check the relevant box to receive your CD or MP3.
I’m praying for you to experience some firsts and new victories that bring overwhelming joy to your life.
P.S. Let me encourage you while you stand in faith for more firsts. While you’re waiting, use the time to thank God for the miracles He has already done. Psalm 105:5 instructs you to “Remember his marvelous works that he hath done; his wonders…” Go ahead and praise God for what He’s already done, while expecting Him to move in a new way.