(Jeremiah 29:11 NIV) “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
✓ Break from the bad.
(Philippians 3:13 NIV) “Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
✓ Develop better habits.
(Ephesians 4:22-24 NASB) “That, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.”
(Romans 12:2 MSG) “Fix your attention on God. You'll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.”
Habit #1: Focus on what I do ﬁrst.
1. Put God ﬁrst.
(Genesis 1:1 NIV) “In the beginning God…”
(Genesis 4:4 NLT) “Abel also brought a gift—the best portions of the ﬁrstborn lambs from his ﬂock. The Lord accepted Abel and his gift.”
2. Give God the ﬁrst of everything.
(Leviticus 27:30 NIV) “A tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the LORD; it is holy to the LORD.”
(Deuteronomy 14:23 LB) “The purpose of tithing is to teach you to always put God in ﬁrst place in your life.”
(Genesis 1:31 NLT) “Then God looked over all he had made, and he saw that it was very good! And evening passed and morning came, marking the sixth day.”
✓ The ﬁrst of my year.
✓ The ﬁrst of my month.
✓ The ﬁrst of my week.
✓ The ﬁrst of my day.
3. Expect God to bless the rest.
(Proverbs 3:6-10 NIV) “In all your ways acknowledge him...Honor the LORD with your wealth, with the ﬁrstfruits of all your crops; then your barns will be ﬁlled to overﬂowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.”