God First

 
 

ANY OF US AT A GIVEN MOMENT CAN FEEL GUILTY & CONDEMNED WHEN SOMEONE SHARES GOD’S WORD. ALWAYS LISTEN & THINK...

WHAT CAN I DO TO IMPROVE?

WHAT CAN I TAKE AWAY FROM THIS MESSAGE?

DON’T THINK…I’LL NEVER MEASURE UP.

DON’T THINK….I CAN’T DO IT.

DON’T THINK…I’LL NEVER MAKE IT.

DON’T THINK WHOEVER IS SPEAKING HAS IT ALL TOGETHER. MOST OF THE TIME THEY ARE SPEAKING TO THEMSELVES.

THOSE KINDS OF THOUGHTS WON’T GET US ANYWHERE. 

SOMETIMES PEOPLE TELL ME WHAT’S WRONG WITH ME OR HOW I MISSED IT. SOMETIMES THEY ARE RIGHT & OTHER TIMES THEY ARE MOSTLY WRONG. INSTEAD OF DEFENDING MYSELF, I WOULD THANK THEM FOR TELLING ME AND ASK THE LORD TO SHOW ME WHAT I NEEDED TO CHANGE OR IMPROVE ON CONCERNING THESE THINGS, INSTEAD OF BEING CONDEMNED.

WE ARE ALL AT DIFFERENT STAGES OF LIFE AND SHOULD LOOK TO OTHERS THAT ARE BETTER THAN US AT SOMETHING TO SEE HOW WE CAN IMPROVE & HELP THOSE WHO WANT IT TO GET BETTER, BUT NEVER TO CONDEMN OURSELVES OR OTHERS FOR WHERE WE ARE NOT.

WITH ALL THAT BEING SAID, WE CAN TALK ABOUT PUTTING GOD FIRST.

SOME OF US THINK GOD IS FIRST IN OUR LIVES AND SOME REALIZE HE IS NOT. MY OPINION IS THAT IT’S A LIFELONG QUEST. EVERYDAY OF OUR LIVES AS WE PUT MORE AND MORE TRUST IN HIM WE MAKE GOD FIRST PLACE IN OUR LIVES.

PUTTING GOD FIRST ISN’T ABOUT GETTING UP AND PRAYING, ALTHOUGH IT HELPS.

PUTTING GOD FIRST, ISN’T ABOUT GOING TO CHURCH, ALTHOUGH IT HELPS.

PUTTING GOD FIRST, ISN’T ABOUT DOING GOOD THINGS FOR OTHERS, ALTHOUGH IT HELPS.

IT’S NOT ABOUT BEING BAPTIZED, OR PRAYING IN TONGUES, OR SEEING MIRACLES HAPPEN WHEN WE PRAY FOR PEOPLE, OR GETTING PRAYERS ANSWERED.

IT’S ALL ABOUT HEART. HEART ISN’T SOMETHING THAT CAN BE TAUGHT, BUT IT CAN BE CAUGHT. IT’S HAVING AN INCREASING APPETITE FOR GOD AND EVERYTHING ASSOCIATED WITH HIM.

WE DEVELOP A HUNGER & THIRST FOR GOD.

Matt. 5:6 - Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,   For they shall be filled.
Psa. 42:1 - As the deer pants for streams of water,   so my soul pants for you, O God. 

HOW DO WE DEVELOP THIS HUNGER AND THIRST FOR GOD?

WE DO IT JUST LIKE WE DEVELOP A TASTE FOR SOMETHING TO EAT. WHEN ROBB & I GOT MARRIED. I DID NOT LIKE CHOCOLATE AND HE WAS A CHOCOHOLIC. I MADE CHOCOLATE DESSERTS FOR HIM AND KEPT CHOCOLATE AROUND THE HOUSE FOR HIM. EVENTUALLY, I BEGAN TO TASTE IT. I DEVELOPED A TASTE FOR CHOCOLATE. I DON’T EAT IT VERY OFTEN, BUT I DON’T DISLIKE IT THE WAY I USED TO. 

OVER THE HOLIDAYS BUTTER COOKIES ARE EVERYWHERE AND I REALLY LIKE THEM. MOST OF THE TIME, I HARDLY EAT ANY SUGAR, BUT COME DECEMBER I EAT MORE THAN USUAL BECAUSE I LIKE CHRISTMAS COOKIES. I DEVELOP A TASTE FOR SUGAR. WHEN CHRISTMAS IS OVER, I HAVE TO FIGHT MY FLESH TO NOT EAT SOMETHING WITH SUGAR IN IT, IF I’VE BEEN EATING A LOT OF GOODIES. IT’S ALL BECAUSE I DEVELOPED MORE OF A TASTE FOR IT.

CONCERNING OUR RELATIONSHIPS WITH PEOPLE, IT’S SIMILAR. THE MORE WE GET TO KNOW SOMEONE BY SPENDING TIME WITH THEM, THE MORE WE LIKE THEM AND THE MORE WE WANT TO BE WITH THEM. WE MISS THEM WHEN WE CAN’T BE WITH THEM.

IT’S THE SAME IN OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH THE LORD. THE MORE TIME WE PUT IN TALKING TO HIM AND LEARNING MORE ABOUT HIM AND DOING WHAT HE WANTS, THE MORE WE WANT OF HIM. WE BEGIN TO “HUNGER AND THIRST FOR HIM”. WE DESIRE TO BE WITH HIM. WE LOOK FORWARD TO ANY TIME WE HAVE TOGETHER.

PUTTING GOD FIRST BEGINS WITH GIVING MORE TIME AND THOUGHT TO WHO GOD IS.

IT’S ABOUT GETTING TO KNOW HIM BETTER. IT’S ABOUT BEING TRANSPARENT WITH HIM AND HIM WITH US. IT’S ALLOWING HIM TO CUT AWAY THINGS THAT HINDER OUR RELATIONSHIP. ALWAYS KEEPING IN MIND THAT PUTTING GOD FIRST IS A LIFELONG QUEST. WE GROW IN IT STEP BY STEP.

MY PRAYER IS THAT EACH ONE OF US WOULD TAKE STEPS THAT DRAW US CLOSER TO GOD EACH AND EVERYDAY. I KNOW THAT’S WHAT I’D LIKE TO SEE IN MY LIFE…

 
 

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