PUTTING GOD FIRST

The following is an excerpt from my first book, His Delight. To get a copy, click the link below.
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(Exodus 20:3) You shall have no other gods before me.

What does this mean? It means regarding God more highly than you regard anyone or anything else: family, career, money, possessions, and friends. It means that if it came to deciding which path to follow, the answer would be to follow God every time. Anyone or anything that you place above God automatically takes on the “god” role in your life. You cannot truly worship God or glorify Him when you have an “idol” in your life taking God’s rightful place.
Ask yourself these questions: Would I rather follow God’s commandment not to steal or help myself to the company’s money? Would I rather consistently watch television than consistently fellowship with God? Would I take a job that would compromise my Godly principles? There are probably countless ques- tions such as these that we could ask ourselves.

Consistently putting God first is not easy, neither is it something that you can ever be done with. As long as we are on earth, there will always be the temptation to give God a backseat in our lives. However, as Christians, we have to constantly make the effort to put Him first in our day to day lives; not just on Sunday mornings. As we consciously do this, we will find it easier to get into deeper levels of worship.

DOXOLOGY
Jehovah God, jealous God who will share glory with no other,
I bow before you in reverence of your Holy Name.
Exalted One, you are number one,
no one and no possession can ever take your place in my life.
Who is like you Lord?
There is none before you, none after You,
You are the Alpha and Omega,
the Beginning and the End,
the First and the Last.
I fear you Lord,
I honor You,
I revere You,
Most High;
King above kings,
God above gods.
You are God.

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CHRISTMAS

Christmas comes but once a year,
We get together and have good cheer;
We sit around the table and dine,
Let’s not forget that bottle of wine!

Christmas hits us with a bang!
We shop for ornaments to hang,
Upon our Christmas trees and walls;
We invite all our friends to the ball.

Roast turkey, shrimp scampi,lemon meringue pie,
A sumptuous banquet hits your eye;
You lick your lips and stifle a sigh,
And wish it was all for “me, myself and I”.

But please remember this Christmas day,
Jesus who came to show the right way;
To helpless sinners here on earth,
Through a wondrous virgin birth.

Christmas is not just a time for feasting,
Christmas is not only a time for dining
Christmas is mainly a time for celebrating
That great day Jesus came for the earthlings.

God sent His Son
To earth to us
To live for us
To die for us
To give us hope
Of eternal life
In heaven with Him
At the end of time.

MERRY CHRISTMAS

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LIFE IN BALANCE- I have a secret

4.Wisdom: Trust God for wisdom to deal with the situation; wisdom for wise counsel; and wisdom for true friends in your time of crisis. Use wisdom to truly know the difference between a big problem and a minor issue that does not need to be talked about.

5.Seek help, not catharsis: Is it better to vent your feelings to your blabber mouth friends; or to talk to a trustworthy person who will not divulge? Is it better to vent your feelings to your well-meaning but overly emotional friends or to talk to an objective pastor, counsellor or mentor? If you need to talk to a medical professional, by all means do so. The point is to seek help, not catharsis.

6. Don’t hang on to the past: After you have “gone through” , go on. Do not let past tragedy, guilt, shame and defeat define you. Do not hang on to your old hurts; do not replay your past mistakes. Do everything you can not to stay in a bitter, stuck, resentful place.

7. Help others with your story: Your past can help others heal, even if it is just to encourage them; to show others that there is light at the end of the tunnel. However, all sharing should be done in wisdom. To help others by using yourself as an example, you have to have successfully “won” whatever “battle” it is you were facing. Do not use “helping others” as an excuse to tell all and sundry about your woes( see previous post).

Have a blessed week!

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He Cares

When life’s storms threaten to overwhelm you,
And you feel vulnerable and exposed;
When all your courage seems to fail you,
God’s eyes are not closed.

When you are confused with no one to turn to,
Remember that God is still there;
Just pray and put your trust in Him,
He will keep you in His care.

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Expect Opposition

The following is an excerpt from His Delight: 31 days of Praise and Worship

If you are going to do anything worthwhile for God, including worshipping and living a life of worship, it is pertinent to realize that the devil is going to fight you tooth and nail to keep you from doing so. The Bible says we are not to be ignorant of the wiles of the enemy. I am not one of those people who see a demon lurking behind every shrub, but neither am I blasé about the fact that the devil does not want me praising God because the more I praise Him, the less the devil’s works are able to affect me.
One of the things the devil does is to try to make you forget whatever new things you learn about God. You need to make it a point to keep your focus on God’s Word by making an effort to stay in prayer and the Word daily. Another tactic of his is to discourage you by making you feel you can never attain heights of worship and that you will always be mediocre.To this the Bible says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
Another trick that works very well against believers is being too busy. You may even be busy doing “church things”, at the expense of seeking the real thing, the kingdom of God! Re- member, do not get so focused on working for God that you forget God Himself.Please do not get too busy to spend time with God. Make it a priority. Above all else remember to rely on God. You have the victory that overcomes, which is your faith. God is there to help you, if you try to get ahead in the area of worship and you do not succeed at first, do not give up. You will only make your adversary happy by giving up.

DOXOLOGY

I will live for You Lord.
I will live the life of worship that You want me to live.
Divine Enabler, my heart is always towards You, to love You, obey You and consistently worship You.
Your power is greater than what the adversary may bring.
Your love is all encompassing, bringing me closer to You.
I have faith in You, faithful one.
I choose to serve You faithfully and I will resist and denounce the enemy.
Restorer, Rewarder, God of manifold blessing –
I will live for You.

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Bittersweet


Brighter far than the noonday harmattan sun,
Higher than the snow-capped peaks of Everest,
Deeper far than the trench of Marianas,
Stronger than a destructive tornado,
More electrifying than streaks of lightning,
Much louder than a clap of thunder,
More radiantly beautiful than a summer sunset,
More fragrant than a big red rose,
Much sweeter than a honeycomb,
Whiter than snow,
So wonderful…..

Yet,
Painful:

The deepest puncture wound piercing the tendons,
The literal heartbreak of a spear,
The shame of the skull place,
Redder than the blood,
Causing tears to cascade from heaven;
Tears for a doomed race,
For whom sacrifice was expedient…….
Painful:
As a child brought forth cannot come Without blood, pain, or tears
So is Love, Agape.

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Receive the Kingdom as a child

Truly I say to you, whoever does not accept and receive and welcome the kingdom of God like a little child [does] shall not in any way enter it [at all]. (Luke 18:17 AMP)

In what way does God expect us to be like a child?What do children do? When the Bible compares us to things,it is a good idea to find out the characteristics of those things and draw parallels from them.

1.Receive joyfully: Have you ever given a child something they like? They take it with joy, they do not wonder wether they “deserve it”. They do not try to be worthy of it, they just take it and play with it or wear it or eat it( depending on what it is). God wants us to receive His blessing happily without wondering weather we deserve it or not.

2.No condemnation: Let’s say you were to chastise your child about something, then send them out to go play or give them their dinner. What would they do? Move on! They would not hang around looking sad, trying to “make up” for what they did. “Oh mom, I need to do more chores to make for my bad behavior”. God wants us to accept his forgiveness once we repent and not keep dredging up the past.

3.Like to play: Children love to play! Learning to enjoy everyday life is not about shirking your responsibilities, it’s about loosening up and enjoying the journey. Sometimes we need to remind ourselves to play. Jesus said, “I have come that they might have life and have it more abundantly”. That sounds like a happy life to me!

4.Like to laugh: Children laugh. They laugh, and they laugh. Sometimes you just have to find something to laugh about. Laughter is indeed the best medicine.

5 Curious: Children want to know and want to learn. Most of the time, their curiosity is almost tangible. If we don’t learn we don’t grow and if we stop growing, we start dying. God wants us to be teachable and to keep learning more about Him. Let us not think that we know it all.

6. Expect parents to take care of them: Children expect their parents to take care of them, in fact, the average little child expects its parents to be able to cough up its demands at a moments notice. God expects us to trust that He will take care of us.

7.Think that parents can do anything, have absolute faith in parents: In line with point 6 above children think their parents are all-powerful. God is all powerful and can do anything. He deserves our unwavering trust.

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