Putting God First

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I hear people talk about putting God first in their live all the time.  Then these very same people do things that goes against God?  I find that hard to believe that someone who sound so devoted and sound as if they have so much respect as well as fear God would live like that.  I’m not saying that you should be perfect because no person is perfect but God.  But there should be evidence of His Holy Spirit being active in your life.  Coming face to face to God changes a person forever.  When we come in contact with a person who loves us unconditional we change right?  When you meet that man or woman that loves you for you, don’t you want to be a better person? Don’t you desire to love them the same way they love you?  Don’t you desire to repay them even though you know you could never give enough to show they how much you love them too?  When someone loves you even when no one else would doesn’t that do something to you?  So why would you speak of God that way and get up before others and speak that way?  Yet you don’t put that much effort in loving Jehovah Elohim? Christ said ” Why do you say Lord, Lord and don’t not obey me” (Luke 6:46-49).  We hate to hear the Bible speak because it attacks our true love, our sin.  We love our sin so much until we even search the scriptures for comfort for our sins.  Why do you think we love saying; “Only God can judge me”, “We are all sinners”, “Jesus loves the sinner”, “God knows my heart”, “Nobody is perfect”, “I’m a good person”, “I don’t hurt anybody”, “My sins are not as bad as theirs”, “I don’t like the Old Testament” and “It doesn’t happen over night”.  Some of these phrases you are probably wondering what they have to do with sin.  But one thing they all have in common is that they are self centered statements.

“Only God can judge me”

Our attempt to keep others from correcting us.  We think if no one say anything about it, that it doesn’t make it a problem.  We are basically fighting against the work of the Holy Spirit, whom by the way we forget is GOD!

“We are all sinners”

Simply, misery loves company.  By putting everyone on the same level we can then pull ourselves above everyone else.  Even though Paul said this to keep people from boasting about their goodness.  It is a statement of humility which points directly to the Grace of God, His glorious election of the children of God.

“Jesus loves the sinner”

Its just to comfort us and to encourage our continuing to deliberately commit sin over and over again.

“God knows my heart”

This one is a classic, we say it when we either get caught in the act or get convicted by someone else or by the Holy Spirit.  Its an attempt to create a excuse.  The statement denies the fact that sin starts from the heart.  Christ said: Matt 15:10Jesus called the crowd to him and said, “Listen and understand. 11What goes into a man’s mouth does not make him ‘unclean,’ but what comes out of his mouth, that is what makes him ‘unclean.’ ” So when you say God knows my heart you are speaking out of ignorance and is an insult to God who knows already you have sin in your heart and you meant to do what you did.

“Nobody is perfect” and  “It doesn’t happen over night”

This is true but it denies the conversion of a sinner and denies the power of God the Holy Spirit, It denies the work of sanctification and it says that we shouldn’t even try to be like Christ. Romans 6 and 8.

Romans 8: 5Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. 6The mind of sinful man[e] is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace; 7the sinful mind[f] is hostile to God. It does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. 8Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God.

“I’m a good person”  and “I don’t hurt anybody”

Yeah, everybody thinks that they are good, why do you think thugs turn rappers start non profits.  They are trying to atone for their sins through works.  You don’t like that huh? Even other famous people do it to, you don’t like it when your idols are being torn down?

Romans 3 10As it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one; 11there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God.
12All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one.”[c] 13“Their throats are open graves; their tongues practice deceit.”[d] “The poison of vipers is on their lips.”[e] 14“Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.”[f] 15“Their feet are swift to shed blood; 16ruin and misery mark their ways, 17and the way of peace they do not know.”[g]
18“There is no fear of God before their eyes.”[h]

For the last two I have nothing to add I will just let God speak for Himself:

“My sins are not as bad as theirs”

James 2

5Listen, my dear brothers: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him? 6But you have insulted the poor. Is it not the rich who are exploiting you? Are they not the ones who are dragging you into court? 7Are they not the ones who are slandering the noble name of him to whom you belong?

8If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,”[a] you are doing right. 9But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers. 10For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it. 11For he who said, “Do not commit adultery,”[b] also said, “Do not murder.”[c] If you do not commit adultery but do commit murder, you have become a lawbreaker.

12Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom, 13because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment!

“I don’t like the Old Testament”

Matthew 5 17“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. 19Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.

So how are we really putting God first? When we spend our time covering up our sins and making room for more sin?  How is that putting your Savior first? When you would rather sin than to follow Him?

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