September 2018


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1 Samuel 16:7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”


Not everything is as it seems to be. Appearances can be deceiving. And the enemy of our souls is an expert at painting false images, causing us to embrace the counterfeit. 


Life often forces us to re-evaluate people, positions, passions, and politics. We are too easily fooled. Even the prophet Samuel, at seeing Jesse’s son Eliab said, “Surely the Lord’s anointed is before Him!” But it was not to be.


Jesse paraded seven of his sons before Samuel without recognizing or acknowledging the gifts and calling on his very own offspring. Likewise, our contemporary culture suffers from knee-jerk responses to our postures on a vast array issues - both inside and outside of the church. We rush our decisions.


Waiting for God to confirm our choices takes maturity and confidence in His ways. We see that God needed to instruct His prophet to make the proper choice. That choice opened the pathway to the heritage of Israel, the crowning of David, and the lineage of Messiah Yeshua.


Do we recognize God’s firstfruits in our own lives? Are we blind to whom God has placed within our reach? Are we in such a hurry that we miss God’s choices and make our own misguided selections? Do our values reflect those of our King?


Profiling people is flat out dangerous. It ignores their calling and purposes. It flattens the fullness of God’s creation to a two-dimensional silhouette that we hastily categorize by projecting our own values upon them.


Let’s extend God’s grace to others by learning to edify the best and forgive the worst. This is God’s pathway to peace. Judging is best left to our Maker.

First Fruits First

First Fruits First is a monthly devotional newsletter intended to encourage the believer. The principle of First Fruits traces back to the Hebrew Scriptures where the people of God offered back to Him the first portion of what was earned, received or produced in grateful acknowledgement of His provision.


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