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5 Min LC: What happens when you put God first?
June 01, 2100
|How are you doing?
I promise I haven’t forgotten you. It’s been a strange start to the year. It’s taken me longer than normal to recharge my batteries, my get up and go has been noticeably absent…
I’ve been trying to work out why it’s been such a struggle to get things going because I usually love new beginnings and fresh starts.
I’m normally geared up for the New Year with plans and projects that I can hardly wait to get going with.
This year has been different. I have lots of ideas. I believe I know what God has in mind for me to do, but for one reason and another it hasn’t been happening. There have been a LOT of false starts.
Does that ever happen to you?
You get inspired, you get excited about something, maybe you even make a start but then you get waylaid.
That's not a good place to be.
I've been asking the Lord to show me what's getting in the way and how I can get unstuck and get going again with renewed enthusiasm.
He led me to a presentation I did 18 months ago, and it helped a lot. I'm picking myself up, dusting myself down and partnering with God to break through and come out the other side.
If you're frustrated with your lack of progress. If you've felt like a breakthrough was just around the corner but somehow it's not happening
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Jesus said, "Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you." Matthew 6:33
WHAT things was Jesus talking about? Jesus had just told His followers not to worry about material things such as food or clothing, or where they would live because God provides the needs of His followers WHEN they put God and His ways of doing things FIRST.
So, is it just a matter of putting God first in our lives and then He'll give us everything we need? Not quite, it's also a matter of living righteously. Simple? Maybe for some. Easy to do? Not necessarily!
It's not always easy to put God first and do the right thing. Especially when that means saying no to something or somebody that is REALLY important to you.
Giving God and His ways FIRST place in our life consistently can sometimes be very difficult.
It might seem easy to trust God with every aspect of your life when you're on a high or when you're inspired in church on Sunday morning. But when Monday dawns and trouble comes knocking, or you lose your job, you might be tempted to take the reins again, to take control and make things happen in your own strength.
Seeking God and putting Him first involves nurturing an intimate relationship with Him that sustains you EVERY day of the week.
Many Christians aren't as serious about following God as He wants us to be. They go to church, and occasionally read their Bible but when they're in the workplace or faced with a tricky situation it can be hard to tell the difference between them and an unbeliever.
They might have given their life to Jesus, their name might be in the Lamb's book of life, and they might love God to a measure, but not love Him with their whole heart.
The truth is that many Christians haven't yet surrendered many areas of their life to God. Consequently they're often frustrated, they don't see much victory over their circumstances, and joy is fleeting.
What about you?
Joyce Meyer said,
"Finally, I cried out to God for help, and thankfully, He heard and answered my prayer. He began to show me that I needed to let Him out of my 'Sunday Morning Box' and allow Him to be first in every area of my life. Since I did that, I am continually amazed at the ways that God provides for everything else I need."
If you're constantly looking to other people for help and approval, ask the Lord to help you to stop doing that and depend on Him for what you need instead.
When you decide to love God with your whole heart, make Him first in your life, and aim to please God rather than people, it opens up the way for Him to bless you.
Your soul will prosper and joy and peace will become your hallmark.
Talk to Him...
Father, I want to love you with my whole heart and give you first place in my life, but I can't do it without Your help. Please help me not to let anything or anyone become more of a priority than my relationship with you.
God understands when you make mistakes, He doesn't expect you to live in your own strength or ability. He's your ever present help.
If you make a mess of things, don't let guilt or shame or discouragement hold you back; put things right with God and keep going.
I bless you with great grace to do whatever you need to do. One day at a time, one step at a time. You and God TOGETHER can do anything!
I talked a lot about talking to God and asking Him questions in the A Road Less Travelled training. If you haven't listened in yet, go now while you're thinking about it.
Blessings to become and do all that God had in mind when He created you.
If you'd like help with hearing God more often and more clearly so that you can live with His wisdom, I wrote How To Hear God with you in mind.
My prayer is that you will be inspired, encouraged, equipped to reach for more, and walk in the fullness of life that Jesus won for you as you learn how to hear His voice.
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