Is God Priority Number One In Life

““Therefore you shall love the LORD your God, and always keep His charge, His statutes, His precepts, and His commandments [it is your obligation to Him].”

‭‭DEUTERONOMY‬ ‭11:1‬ ‭AMP‬‬

God keeps repeating these words to the Israelites because He knows how easy it is for them to slip into the culture of the environment they are going into. When in Egypt, they saw idol worship of every kind, and blended in to follow the people there. When Moses was on the mountain with God, the people begged Aaron for an idol, and he gave in to them.

God knows His people well, as God knows all.

How about the people of God today? Are we, as Christ followers beyond that??

Is God; is spending time with God; is seeking and doing the Will of God; the top priority in our lives?

In a busy society such as we live in, it is easy to allow a false god to step in front of our True, Triune God, without us realizing it, if we don’t keep our mind and focus on God.

These false gods that attempt to interrupt may be seemingly normal things or standard occurrences in life, such as: work, family, entertainment, ministry.

I know, many will say how can work, family, or even ministry become a god, they are important parts of life.

Well, anything that we put before God, becomes a false god, even good things, if we give them priority over our True Triune God, and spending time with Him.

Is more time spent on “social media” or reading the Word of God? Do we read and respond to emails and fb, before reading and responding to God’s Word? Are we “Doing things” for God, rather than spending time with God?

God calls us continually, and speaks in various ways, waiting for our response.

Keeping God as our Number One Priority, Pleases God, and we are Blessed.

God Bless.

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Experiencing Jesus Christ Personally

“And this, so that I may know Him [experientially, becoming more thoroughly acquainted with Him, understanding the remarkable wonders of His Person more completely] and [in that same way experience] the power of His resurrection [which overflows and is active in believers], and [that I may share] the fellowship of His sufferings, by being continually conformed [inwardly into His likeness even] to His death [dying as He did]; so that I may attain to the resurrection [that will raise me] from the dead.”

‭‭PHILIPPIANS‬ ‭3:10-11‬ ‭AMP‬‬

In case the above passage is not recognized by some, it is the writing of Apostle Paul to the Believers in Philippi, during Paul’s imprisonment in Rome, and Paul is referring to Jesus Christ as he writes here.

Many times we may speak to people about our Lord Jesus, the Christ, Messiah, Saviour of all who call on Him, and the response heard is, “Oh ya, I am a Christian, I asked Jesus to forgive me, and come into my heart “X” number of years ago, so I’m ok.

It saddens me to hear that, when the person will not listen to any more, or carry the discussion any further, and no Fruit of the Spirit is seen in the life of that person.

Now, it is not my place to judge, I know, but many of these people have no joy in their lives, unless it is “payday” and the case, or the bottle is again available, or some other means of short lived entertainment.

My heart aches for each friend who claims that, and my prayer for each person in a situation like that is for them to truly experience Jesus as I know Jesus, having a relationship with Him that is ongoing, consistent, encouraging. Experiencing the Presence of our Lord Jesus is the greatest, most profound, most enlightening, most blessed time one can spend, whether it be while reading the Bible, or walking down the street through town alone, Jesus Christ will make Himself available to us, if we allow Him, and listen for Him to communicate with us.

Jesus Christ desires a close personal relationship with each of us. If you choose not to spend time with Him, I will question if the person has experienced Salvation.

Jesus also desires us to experience the Power of His Resurrection. This Power, the Power of the Spirit of God within us, will overflow through believers and be active to bless and share Christ with others.

God Bless.

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Decision to Praise God

A reblog from a friend. This, I believe needs to be read by all of us. I certainly appreciate it. What happens when we pray, many pray with expectations of a great answer from God, and the answer received is not what was expected. Read on!

Diary of a Quadriplegic

I finally got my new wheelchair. My friends got together and raised $28,000 to make the purchase. I felt so inspired! I had so much hope that this new wheelchair would alleviate the neck pain that has been dogging me for a few years. Everyone that donated was so excited and couldn’t wait for me to post pictures on Facebook…

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Why Me?

Thank you for sharing this great post of trusting God in all circumstances.
Reblogged and posted to fb. Everyone needs to read this.

Unshakable Hope

Over the years I’ve had ALS, I’ve become convinced that for a Christian to retain hope in the midst of a difficult trial, he or she must believe that God allowed the trial for a purpose; a purpose greater than what God would have been able to accomplish in and through that person apart from the trial.

“…even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, so that the proof of your faith…may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ…” (1 Peter 1:6-7)

I think every Christian that goes through a difficult trial will eventually ask “Whyme?”  

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But, I’ve learned that our motive behind asking this seemingly simple question says a lot about how we view God – and also a lot about how we view ourselves.

The first man asks the…

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Following God’s Plan For Our Lives Gives Freedom

““For thus says the LORD, ‘When seventy years [of exile] have been completed for Babylon, I will visit (inspect) you and keep My good promise to you, to bring you back to this place. ~‘For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you,’ says the LORD, ‘plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster to give you a future and a hope.”

‭‭JEREMIAH‬ ‭29:10-11‬ ‭

God knows all that is happening. He even has the time frame in His plans. He told the exiles He would visit them in seventy years. (That may seem like a long time to us, but God is eternal). That was a promise God’s people could bank on.

Then, God even gives more promising words, God says He has plans for His people, AND, He knows what those plans are. Besides plans, God has thoughts for His people, and we Christ followers are His people. (To me, God having thoughts for us, shows He really cares, it is not a matter of planning things out and saying “here you go”, but He cares so much, that all things are thought through for our good).

As God shows us His plans, He is hoping we will sincerely call upon Him, seek Him with our entire being, because that is His desire, so He can set us free from all captivity, and lead us into freedom.

We serve a Living, Loving, Caring, Compassionate, God. Praise Jesus.

God Bless.

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Responding To Difficult Situations

““So says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, to all the captives whom I have sent into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon, ‘Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat their fruit. ~‘Take wives and have sons and daughters; take wives for your sons and give your daughters in marriage, that they may bear sons and daughters; multiply there and do not decrease [in number]. ~‘Seek peace and well-being for the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the LORD on its behalf; for in its peace (well-being) you will have peace.’ For thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, ‘Do not let your [false] prophets who are among you and your diviners deceive you; pay no attention and attach no significance to the dreams which they dream or to yours, for they prophesy falsely to you in My Name. I have not sent them,’ says the LORD.”

‭‭JEREMIAH‬ ‭29:4-9‬ ‭AMP‬‬

God Says He sent His people into exile. But God also tells His people to pray for the city they are in, and seek peace. There will be false prophets, do not pay attention to them, as they only lie to the people, and are not speaking God’s Words to them.

At times, even today, Christ followers may feel trapped in a situation, may feel alone, wondering where God is. God instructed His people to live their lives as normally as possible. They were to build houses, be married, have families, grow gardens.

Perhaps the main part of all the instructions received from God was to seek peace, and to pray for the city they were being held captive in.

They were to seek God always, and avoid listening to the false prophets.

It is possible Holy Spirit has led us into a difficult place to teach, strengthen, build, test, grow us, and to be a testimony to our Father, and how He is in control.

Whatever challenges or difficult situations we may find ourselves in, the best advice is to seek God, and beware of any false prophets. The way of being cautious of what false prophets may say, is to check all things with God’s Word, and make sure things line up.

God Bless.

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Serving Jesus—Sharing Word Of God

“The priests and the [false] prophets and all the people heard Jeremiah speaking these words in the house of the LORD. Now when Jeremiah finished proclaiming everything that the LORD had commanded him to speak to all the people, the priests and the [false] prophets and all the people seized him, saying, “You must die!”

‭‭JEREMIAH‬ ‭26:7-8‬ ‭AMP‬‬

In vs. 7 we read how Jeremiah fearlessly spoke the Word God had given him. In vs. 8 we read how Jeremiah was seized by the people, priests, and false prophets to kill him. They did not like nor believe when the servant of God spoke the words of God to the people.

The truthful Words Of God are not received nor accepted by many of the people alive today. We have the written Word of God, we have God called, Holy Spirit anointed men and women preaching the Word of God, proclaiming Jesus the Christ as our Messiah, Saviour, God, yet many will not believe.

Many also do not believe the Word of God when the coming judgement day is spoken of. It is considered a joke, or a false story, or a fun time in the future.

Oh God, help us who know the Truth, to proclaim Your Truth in ways that will be believed and accepted by many people. Give us a passion for the lost, all those without a relationship with Christ. Fill us anew with Holy Spirit Power, that we will be fearless, as Jeremiah was, in proclaiming Your Word at every opportunity You give us.

Thank You Father, for the privilege of serving You.

God Bless.

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