You Can’t Make Me Teach Alone!

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The Lord said in Deuteronomy 31:8, “The Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” That is a huge comfort to me as I get ready to go teach everyday! I would not dream of going into today’s classrooms without God going before me and being right there with me. I am going to walk in under His banner, in His anointing and with His wisdom and His mind, or I am not going in at all!

I was a little down the other day when I called my closest friend who also happens to be a teacher, administrator and minister. After discussing a little bit of my present teaching situation, he reminded me of something SO important. It is not that we haven’t heard these things, as much as we simply need to be reminded and encouraged in these things. It’s a command that we lift each other up and keep each other in prayer as we go through this life, but when you throw the incredible responsibility of teaching on top of that, the level of pressure increases and the severity of walking in the anointing of God takes on another level of intensity.

He said to me, “This sounds like something more than just teaching techniques or motivation, it sounds like something is not right in the spirit. Are you tithing?” “I don’t necessarily mean money, that is not the point here, but are you giving your FIRST FRUITS to God? Are you giving Him the first fruits of every day?”

He reminded me of Deuteronomy 28 and how God said he would bless us in all of those ways if we gave Him our first fruits and obeyed Him. I know how important it is to tithe financially, and I know how important it is to pray every day before I go to school, but I never thought about tithing the first fruits of my day to Him like that.

If you are anything like me, you can get up and begin thinking of all of the “important” things you must attend to that day and then say a quick prayer and ask for God’s blessings on your day and then head into the battlefield and begin working like a dog. Giving God the first fruits of your day as He demanded since the beginning of the Word really puts the right perspective on how we should begin our day.

When I think of giving Him my first fruits, I don’t think about how He can bless my day at all. I begin thinking of how I can bless Him! When I do that, I am focusing on my relationship with the Creator of the universe and my Father! I usually begin with the topical prayer that Jesus gave us in Matthew 6. I begin with the Our Father – “Our Father who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name.” I begin praising Him as He deserves to be praised. I follow the outline, especially – as it is in Heaven – not here on on Earth, but how it is in Heaven! I ask Him to give me this day my daily bread (and my family members too), spirit bread, soul bread – my mind, will and emotions, physical bread (body), social bread, and financial bread. That covers every aspect of life! If I am His child, He will provide for me as I would provide for my own children. I wouldn’t even think that they had to earn any of that, I would just do it for them out of my love for them. God is the same way. He wants to bless us, but often we crowd Him out and put everything else first and then wonder what is going on.

Are you giving Him the first fruits of your day? Try doing this, and then sit back in faith and allow Him to do what He does best – love and bless His kids.

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Jim Matthews

About Jim Matthews

Jim Matthews is a veteran band director of 30 years at Jackson Middle School in Titusville, FL. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree from Florida State University. His bands continuously received superior ratings at band festivals. The bands have received the Florida Bandmaster’s Association Five, Ten, Fifteen, Twenty and Twenty-five Year Superior Awards for continuous Superior ratings. He is presently the Brevard County Music Instructional Coach for all secondary band directors. Jim co-founded the FLBandWorkshop for band directors held each summer in Titusville. It is a hands-on, in-depth workshop. For more information see FLBandWorkshop on FaceBook. He is a member of Florida Bandmaster’s Association, Music Educator’s National Conference and Phi Beta Mu – an International Honorary Band Director’s Fraternity. He is also a National Board Certified Teacher in music. For more information, see the About section.

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