Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

What does it mean to keep God first?

Wednesday, October 6, 2004

One of the first principles for blessing from the God of prosperity is to make sure God has number 1 priority in our life,
MAT 6:33, “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you.”

Whatever any of us need in any area of our lives, God’s guidelines and instructions to prosper teach us that He will provide them when we keep Him first in every area of our lives.

Never forget to start your day spending a period of quiet time with God.

PSA 4:4 Meditate in your heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.

“Jabez” = pain or affliction.
“One who causes or will cause pain.”

MAT 7:8 “For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it shall be opened.”

Putting your relationship with God first also means to set time aside for the study of His word on a daily basis.

2CO 13:5 Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves!

1. “Do you place your family commitments ahead of God?”
2. “Is God more important to you than your social life?”
3. “Do you spend more time seeking God than you do on the computer, watching television, or enjoying your games and hobbies?”
4. “Is seeking God on a daily basis more important to you than seeking financial prosperity?”

1. “Do I actually place God ahead of each member of my family?”
2. “Is God more important to me than my friendships?”

You will be hindered by your friends, family members, co-workers and even enemies from fulfilling the PPOG.

Abraham stayed with his father because of sentimentality, and that was a mistake because his father led him down the path to reversionism.

Jonathan chose a member of his earthly family, namely his father, over God’s people and died on the battlefield,1SA 31:2.

Your family life is not the most important thing in your life.

MAR 3:21 And when His own family heard of this [that He claimed to be the Son of God], they went out to take custody of him; for they [members of His family] were saying, “He has lost His senses.”

They did not come to believe on Him and to follow His teachings, they came because they thought He was going nuts – He was taking this thing a little too serious.

JOH 7:5 For not even His brothers were believing in Him.

TLJC taught that His followers are even closer to Him than His natural family and closest relatives.

1TI 2:4 He wills all men to be saved and to come to the epignosis knowledge of the truth.

Relationship with God must have priority over relationship with people.

As an expression of this, emphasis on people over God must be set aside.

“Do I spend more time seeking God each day than I do listening to the lies perpetuated from the cosmic system through technology?”

2CO 4:4 in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving, that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

PSA 101:5 Whoso privily slandereth his neighbor, him will I cut off: [I will separate from]

PSA 119:63 I am a friend of all those who respect and honor Thee, And of those who keep Thy doctrines.

PRO 16:25 There is a way {which seems} right to a man, But its end is the way of death.
MAR 4:24 And He was saying to them, “Take care what you listen to.”
LUK 8:18 “Therefore take care how you listen;”

JOH 7:24 “Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.”
ISA 11:3 “And He will delight in the respect for the Lord, And He will not judge by what His eyes see, Nor make a decision by what His ears hear”

ISA 59:5 They hatch adders’ eggs and weave the spider’s web; He who eats of their eggs dies, And {from} that which is crushed a snake breaks forth.
Adder – tsiph`oniy = a poisonous serpent or a viper; used for a viper thrusting out the tongue and hissing, also used for laying cockatrice eggs which will eventually hatch and bring forth serpents and vipers.

ISA 59:5 They hatch adders’ eggs and weave the spider’s web [the traps and snares of the wicked]; He who eats of their eggs dies,
1CO 10:12 “Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.”
JER 15:16 Thy words were found and I ate them,

Just like we can eat God’s words by allowing His word to enter our soul, the same is true with the god of this world who uses his power through words to influence the believer and the unbeliever.

For many people, when the truth is too strong to ignore, they hide it from sight and attempt to forget it.

Do I spend more time seeking God each day than I do watching television or enjoying hobbies?

LUK 9:23 And He was saying to {them} all, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.”

The world’s system of prosperity puts other things ahead of God, such as money, success, possessions and personal recognition.

The Living Bible –
PRO 22:4 “True humility and respect for the Lord lead a man to riches, honor and long life”

His Word says that we obtain these things by constantly humbling ourselves before Him with an awesome respect and honor for Him.

The Living Bible –
HEB 2:8 And You have put Him [Jesus Christ] in complete charge of everything there is.

EXO 20:3 “You shall have no other gods before Me.”

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