Putting God First in Your Priorities
June 22, 2012|9:51 am
are so many things that clamor for our attention and devotion: our
jobs, our kids, our spouses, our hobbies-the demands and distractions of
life. And we have to be careful not to let them become more important
or more of a priority than our relationship with God.
The first of
the Ten Commandments states we will have no other gods before Him (see
Exodus 20:3). And Deuteronomy 5:8-9 (NLT) says, "You must not make for
yourself an idol of any kind, or an image of anything in the heavens or
on the earth or in the sea. You must not bow down to them or worship
Yet how many of the things
that occupy our time, money, thoughts and attention have taken the place
where God is supposed to be? Anything can become a god to us-anything
we worship or put an excessive amount of time into. Even your feelings
can become a god if you allow them to control you. We need to ask
ourselves, "Am I bowing down to God and His Word or to my feelings?"
challenge we have to confront is living in a world full of humanism and
people not wanting God and His Truth to interfere with their lives and
routines. It seems we have an epidemic of selfishness in our world
today, and this creates all kinds of unhealthy situations. For example,
when people refuse to honor God and follow His wisdom in their
decisions, it causes them to become bogged down with worry, resentment
and bitterness. Eventually it shows up as sickness and disease in their
bodies. And in our culture, this behavior causes a decline in our moral
standards and attitudes.
But the good news is, we don't have to
settle for this way of living. In Christ, we can enjoy our
lives-abundantly! (See John 10:10.)
How to Establish the Habit of Living for God
key to having God's "abundant life"-His love, peace and joy-is keeping
Him in His rightful place in our priorities. God said to Abraham, "Walk
and live habitually before Me and be perfect (blameless, wholehearted,
complete)" (Genesis 17:1 AMP). Notice that God instructed Abraham to be
habitual in walking with Him and living for Him. We can do this by
establishing daily habits of prayer, worship and regular, consistent
time spent in His Word.
I love the Word of God! It is amazing. It
contains wisdom, encouragement, comfort and inspiration for every
conceivable human problem or dilemma. His Word brings peace and
stability to our spirits and it will renew our minds (see Romans 12:2).
Get excited about getting into the Bible!
The Benefits of Keeping God First
it your goal to have a deep, intimate relationship with God. Let Him
into every area of your life. If you constantly look to other people for
answers and validation, pray about this and ask the Lord to help you
stop doing that and instead look to Him. First Thessalonians 2:4 (AMP)
says, "We speak not to please men but to please God."
As we live
to please God, He promises to bless our lives and make us prosper. The
Bible says in Psalm 1:3 (AMP) that the man who walks and lives in God's
ways is "like a tree firmly planted [and tended] by the streams of
water, ready to bring forth its fruit in its season; its leaf also shall
not fade or wither; and everything he does shall prosper [and come to
When you decide to serve God with your whole heart and
make Him first in your life, your soul will prosper and your joy and
peace will increase. Remember to lean on Him more than anything else,
and tell Him, "God, I want to do this, but I can't do it without You."
He doesn't expect you to live for Him in your own strength or ability,
and He understands when you make mistakes. So if you mess up, don't give
in to discouragement and let it hold you back; confess it and keep
going. He will give you grace to do what you need to do. One day at a
time you and God together can do anything!