Posted by: S. L. Doss | August 24, 2013

Principles to Live By #1 (part 2)

PUT GOD FIRST (continued)

Make regular, consistent time for God.

We spend time with those who are important to us. Do you give more of this precious commodity to a stranger in the checkout at Walmart or your family? Do you hang with friends or someone you don’t know? Who (or what) is first in your life — your child or your car?

Creating daily habits of prayer and worship not only helps us to spend time with God, but also helps us align ourselves with Him. Reading His Word, not only reading but studying, will reveal truths about the Lord which will help us to trust and believe He cares for us and has our best interests at heart. Just like spending time with our spouse helps to strengthen a marriage, we grow closer and more in love with God as we spend time with Him.

Not only is it important to spend time with Him, but it needs to be quality time, which leads us to …

Put God first.

What do we do when we first wake up? Do we grab our smart phone and check our email? Do we turn the t.v. on and check the news? Do we grab a cup of coffee and read the comics? Or do we take a few moments and talk to God, thanking Him for keeping us through the night, asking Him for help for the day, submitting our will to His?

We cannot put God first if he gets the leftovers. How would your spouse feel if you did everything else all day long, only to fall in bed late at night and say, “Ok, I’m awake for five more minutes; let’s talk.”? Or if your son or daughter wanted time with you, but you had to finish reading that novel or watching that show first? Would they feel loved and important?

It’s the same with God. Seeking Him first thing in the morning not only shows Him that He’s important, but also helps us to truly align ourselves with Him. We subject our will to Him, trusting that everything will work out better for us the way He’s planned than anything we can come up with.

When we read the Bible before we start the day, we are feasting on good things, filling our minds with His Word, crowding out negative thoughts and feelings. We are also filling up the tank so when we are faced with trials we already have the strength and trust needed to get through.

Spending time with God throughout the day, also, puts Him first, too, because you are seeking His approval, guidance, and direction. When you allow Him into every aspect of your life, you are sharing your joys, hopes, sorrows and fears with Him. Just like our families and friends want to be with us, so does Jesus.

So what does it mean to put God first? In a nutshell, it’s:

• bowing down to His Will and His Word;

• putting aside my feelings, desires, needs and wants;

• allowing Him to mold me into the person I should be and to lead me in the paths I should go;

• spending time with Him, making Him the most important person in my life.

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” – Matthew 6:33

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