Sunday, 30 December 2012

THE FIRST DAY OF THE FIRST MONTH

“And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, On the first day of the first month shalt thou set up the tabernacle of the tent of the congregation.” Exodus 40:1-2. If you are familiar with the Scriptures, you’ll have noticed that God values the first things; He talks about giving Him firstfruits, firstborns, and so on. In this case, all the things needed for the setting up of the tabernacle were ready, but God asked Moses to wait for the first day of the first month before he set it up. That’s noteworthy. Not only was the tabernacle to be set up, Aaron and his sons were also anointed and clothed for their ministry on that same day. After all was done on that first day, “a cloud covered the tent of the congregation, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle.” Exodus 40:34. As we enter a new year, I suggest that you make good use of the first day of the year: let it be a special day between you and God. I need you to understand that you can determine how good and glorious your year will be by what you do on day one. Permit me to quote Abraham Lincoln: he said, “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” Isn’t it wise for us to use the first day of the year to prepare for the remaining 364days of the year? I think it is. God will give some of us personal instructions on what to do: if you are a parent, gather your family together for prayers and prophecies. Commit your ways to the Lord, talk about the things you want to see and achieve, pray for your promotion, prosperity, protection and fulfilment of your purpose. If you are a businessman, pray for your business; pastors, pray for your ministry. Here’s what will happen: the glory of God will rise upon you, your strength will be renewed and your entire year shall be glorious!