Sin stops you from being first. There is power in being the first in any sphere of life. In spite of the problems that first children face, it is still hard to find a single case in the bible where they were actually displaced. You can only dislodge them by moving out of their territory. As long as you are in the territory where they entered first, you can’t beat them. In other words, if you can get into a particular sphere first, anyone who wants to beat you has to get out of that sphere. If you want to excel in any venture, get in first.
One of the reasons Isaac excelled Ishmael is that Sarah was the first wife of Abraham; Ishmael’s mother, Hagar, came later. The same goes for Joseph and Reuben. Part of the reason why Joseph excelled Reuben was that Rachel was the first love of Jacob. The power of first is absolute.
And what sin does is that sin attacks you from being first. Sin might let you get in as the second, third, fourth; but then, it doesn’t matter anymore because all the advantages go to the first. The advantages are so powerful that the first has to make terrible, phenomenal mistakes before he can be displaced.
I pray for you today that you will remain the first in everything you do, in the name of Jesus. I see you being first.
You’ve got to get in first. Being the first confers on you, like I said earlier, powerful advantages. Sometimes in order to win, you have to get in first. Unprecedented rights and privileges go to the first person. Blessings and favors all go to the one who enters first.
When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?’ ‘Sir’ the invalid replied, ‘I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.”
~John 5: 2-7
The crippled man at Bethesda was saying that he couldn’t get into the pool first. Why? He was disabled by sin as Jesus revealed to us in a later verse. Sin hindered him from experiencing his desired breakthrough.
“Later, Jesus found him at the temple and said to him, ‘See, you are well again. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you. ”
~John 5: 14
I’d like to you to know something: If you’ve always missed the first place in your life, then it’s high time you examined your life. A lot of times, sin is very subtle; the sin might be hidden. If you notice that it’s always difficult for you to get things done in the right time, check your life.
John 5: 14
“Later Jesus found him at the temple and said to him, ‘See, you are well again. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you. ”
Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting, in Jesus’ name.