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Putting God first is the sin we all struggle with the most. It's not in our sinful nature to do so. Keep pressing, sister.

 

 

Edit by Omegaman: Sorry if I have this wrong, but I think you mean that
failing to put God first is the sin we struggle with.


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To me putting God first has to start with getting up a little earlier to read and study the bible, spending time in prayer. Walking with the Lord means you have to surrender your life to him everyday, not just once during the time you are baptized. Praying before making major decisions, praying to ask for guidence when things get tough, praying before meals, and praying at bedtime as well as praying for others.  Not to mention the quick prayers that we say during the day just to thank Him or Praise Him for a particular blessing. When you put God first you have to remember Jesus is your best friend, talk to him like you would talk to your best friend. Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths.

 

Too many people only call upon God when they need his help because they are in some sort of trouble. We have to remember to acknowledge Him with thanks and praise. Your relationship with the Lord has to come before everything else in your life, including (no cyber rock throwing) your children. We have to trust in Him with all that we have within us. We have to trust him to care for us completely and He is always faithful to be there for us.

 

As far as the enemy reminding you of your past, remind him of his future. The enemy wants you to get too busy or to put other things first in your life. The enemy wants you as far away from the Lord as he can get you. The farther you are from the Lord, the happier he is.

 

Once you have made your prayer request known to the Lord, thank him for the particular thing that was asked for in prayer. That shows and builds trust that we know that the Lord has heard us and that we trust he will answer our prayers and believe that he will answer them in your heart.

 

No one is perfect, you are not a bad mother, christian or person because you make mistakes. The Lord knows we are not perfect, we are all in need of our saviour on a daily basis. We cannot do it alone, if we could God would not have needed to send Christ to die on the cross for us. So give yourself a break. The Lord never promised walking with Him would be easy. You will never be alone though, so long as you have your best friend with you.  :)


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   Welcome again...... to Worthy ,dear Sister.............to be perfectly honest,I myself have to re-ead it a couple of times! I was so wrapped up in the Lord just loving His warm embrace in the morning that I was just happily typing away...LOL      As I just love to spend time with my Abba "FIRST",before anything,some days(my favorite days)First turns into "All day'' .all day in the Presence of the Lord,to bask in His Glory...if only everyday were that way!!!! But just think ........that is "the prize'',I can only imagine what Heaven will be like?

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    I really enjoy discussing the Bible. There is so much to learn and so much to share.

    I am led to reach my hand out, in love, to those in need.

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Putting The Lord before everyone and everything else.
This is one thing I' m not even sure I understand, let alone think I'm capable of doing. I want to, I know that is how it is supposed to be but I've never figured out what that would look like.

Right now, and probably for the past 14 years, I would have to say my children are number one for me.
We attend church every week, are quite involved and connected there. We talk of God during the week, our Sunday school lessons often become the basis for further discussion.

Recently, our pastor spoke about this topic, and invited anyone for further discussion to join him afterward, I did, and he said I seemed like I was doing all the right things. Is it just Christian guilt? That I'll never be good enough (which is true, we don't save ourselves). Is it a mother's guilt? That I'm not doing enough to teach them about God. Is it my own anxiety? Perhaps I am doing fine, but how would I know? As I said to my pastor, I am not about to pull an Abraham to prove how much I love Him. (And we've all heard stories of unfortunate people who have).

Combine my own questioning with a few people in my life who have recently thrown this phrase around like my 6 year old trying to hit the laundry basket with a dirty sock, and I am really wondering what it looks like in this crazy life we live. I can't think of a single family in the same stage of life I am in who can say God is number one. I see it in our seniors at church but out in the race the rest of us run...not so much.

So tell me, what do I do, how would I feel, how do I know that I am putting God above all else?

Yikes! Should have named myself RamblingDee!
Thanks for any advice you've got...
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I dont think there is really one set why of how you experience a relationship, everyone is different. 

 

And I understand I have twins and they are my world, but I had to deal with the fact I may be their earthly father I am in reality only their guardian, their real father is in Heaven. This helped me to draw a closer relationship with God because any decision that I need to make with them I consult God, then my wife then the bible and so on.

 

And I do that with everything, whatever decision I need to make whether its financials, business, my family, my friends, I first ask God and ask is what I'm doing gloryfying your kingdom...

 

The only reason why I follow this pattern is do to the nature of the 10 commandments as it deals with relationships, first you'll notice deals with God, then your family and then your neighbours

 

Also alot of people might put 10 mins to an hour time just with God per day...

 

I think the point is just make time for God whither its first thing in the morning or the last thing at night you do...as long as you keep the relationship going i think that's what is more important 


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This is a confusing matter for me as well. Some of the statements people make are great for some but still others like myself are left puzzled. I may be reading more into it than I should, if so it is because I still do not understand.

I thank the Lord every morning as soon as wake. I thank the Lord if I find a penny on the ground. I thank the Lord if I find a parking space.I thank the Lord for my food, money to buy and knowledge to cook it. I read in the bible quite regular seeking the Lords understanding. If I am having difficulty doing something I ask the Lord for help with it. I speak/talk to him many times a day. And yet I feel myself not quite giving God my all. 

Things that people put forward to help one understand seems to elude my understanding many times.

If someone said to me; ( I pray before I make all decisions ) I would think there is some things he/she does not pray for but he/she thinks I know them so they did not separate them out from "all decisions" for me to see.

If one has a child, does one pray and ask God what clothes the child should wear to school, does one pray before they decide to put that child on bus or drive them to school, does one pray before your child can go next door a play with their friend, does one pray before deciding to eat out or cook in. Does one pray which route to take to work. Does one pray before grocery shopping, whether it be to find the right foods to buy or which store to buy from. To me these are part of the "all decisions" that are not discussed. I know to pray before a purchase of house, car, expensive toys, getting married, having children, going on vacation and how much to allocate money, going to certain places out of the norm, even befriending certain people but

so many things leaves me wondering is this one of the decisions I need to pray to God for or is this one he expects me to use my freewill and what I have already learned in is word to make my own decision.

Sorry for going on so.


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I put god first in everything.  I thank him all the time for the good in my life and I know that he is always there for me in the bad times.


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Putting The Lord before everyone and everything else.
This is one thing I' m not even sure I understand, let alone think I'm capable of doing. I want to, I know that is how it is supposed to be but I've never figured out what that would look like.

 

I understand your anxiety, putting God before anything or anyone else in your life takes serious dedication and sacrifice, especially if you have a family of your own, as you mentioned. My advice to you is to follow God's commandments and do His work. What are his commandments? See Mark 12:29-30 and John 13:34. What is His work exactly? See Mark 16:15-16. I want to put extra emphasis on doing His work, because a lot of people think it's enough to go to church and read the Bible once in a while, but it isn't. You're supposed to take what you've learned and teach others, that's the only way to save souls. Do not be ashamed of His word but go forth and declare His name to all who are willing to hear. As Apostle Paul beautifully declared, "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes" (Romans 1:16 NKJV). Be blessed!


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Putting The Lord before everyone and everything else.
This is one thing I' m not even sure I understand, let alone think I'm capable of doing. I want to, I know that is how it is supposed to be but I've never figured out what that would look like.

Right now, and probably for the past 14 years, I would have to say my children are number one for me.
We attend church every week, are quite involved and connected there. We talk of God during the week, our Sunday school lessons often become the basis for further discussion.

Recently, our pastor spoke about this topic, and invited anyone for further discussion to join him afterward, I did, and he said I seemed like I was doing all the right things. Is it just Christian guilt? That I'll never be good enough (which is true, we don't save ourselves). Is it a mother's guilt? That I'm not doing enough to teach them about God. Is it my own anxiety? Perhaps I am doing fine, but how would I know? As I said to my pastor, I am not about to pull an Abraham to prove how much I love Him. (And we've all heard stories of unfortunate people who have).

Combine my own questioning with a few people in my life who have recently thrown this phrase around like my 6 year old trying to hit the laundry basket with a dirty sock, and I am really wondering what it looks like in this crazy life we live. I can't think of a single family in the same stage of life I am in who can say God is number one. I see it in our seniors at church but out in the race the rest of us run...not so much.

So tell me, what do I do, how would I feel, how do I know that I am putting God above all else?

Yikes! Should have named myself RamblingDee!
Thanks for any advice you've got...
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We attend church every week, are quite involved and connected there. We talk of God during the week, our Sunday school lessons often become the basis for further discussion. 

 

You answered your own question!  :thumbsup:

 

You are involved in His church as a family, you talk of Him during the week, and you engender discussion!

 

You answered your own question!

 

Carry on doing what you are doing, pray that He gives you discernment to do His will, and be patient!

 

"Patience is not in the waiting, it is in how we wait". You are "waiting" very well!

 

God Bless.


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It’s a process. God knows exactly where you are at concerning him. He knows your strengths and weaknesses. As you progress in your walk, the Holy Spirit will guide you along the way to bring you into the spiritual place where the father deems you to be, given you yield to the Holy Spirit. 


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It’s a process.

 

God knows exactly where you are at concerning him.

 

He knows your strengths and weaknesses.

 

As you progress in your walk, the Holy Spirit will guide you along the way

 

to bring you into the spiritual place where the father deems you to be,

 

given you yield to the Holy Spirit. 

 

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For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. Philippians 2:13


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Putting God first is only to make Him #1 on a list of other gods.


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Putting The Lord before everyone and everything else.
This is one thing I' m not even sure I understand, let alone think I'm capable of doing. I want to, I know that is how it is supposed to be but I've never figured out what that would look like.

Right now, and probably for the past 14 years, I would have to say my children are number one for me.
We attend church every week, are quite involved and connected there. We talk of God during the week, our Sunday school lessons often become the basis for further discussion.

Recently, our pastor spoke about this topic, and invited anyone for further discussion to join him afterward, I did, and he said I seemed like I was doing all the right things. Is it just Christian guilt? That I'll never be good enough (which is true, we don't save ourselves). Is it a mother's guilt? That I'm not doing enough to teach them about God. Is it my own anxiety? Perhaps I am doing fine, but how would I know? As I said to my pastor, I am not about to pull an Abraham to prove how much I love Him. (And we've all heard stories of unfortunate people who have).

Combine my own questioning with a few people in my life who have recently thrown this phrase around like my 6 year old trying to hit the laundry basket with a dirty sock, and I am really wondering what it looks like in this crazy life we live. I can't think of a single family in the same stage of life I am in who can say God is number one. I see it in our seniors at church but out in the race the rest of us run...not so much.

So tell me, what do I do, how would I feel, how do I know that I am putting God above all else?

Yikes! Should have named myself RamblingDee!
Thanks for any advice you've got...
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Hi Dee,
You speak of your kids being number #1 for you. I don't know if you have a husband as well but let's assume you do. I'll also assume you fell in love and promised yourself that from here on your life had meaning through that identity of the father of your children. Then you came to love your children - this you explicitly mention. This love of motherhood is a wonderful thing. It was in my mother, who also gave herself selflessly for all my four brothers, as well as my dad and the rest of her family, that she became the matriarch of the extended family. This was not because she was voted in as being more mature but because of her great love and impact upon the lives of our rather large family - she had 9 brothers and sisters herself. Now I love my children dearly as well and I love my wife dearly as well. I also love my church, my friends; it goes on, and in priority order of who gets my time. It is easier to say I would lay down my life for my family out of love than others but because Jesus laid down His life for me I'd like to think I'd even lay it down for a perfect stranger in order to live my life in the love of the Lord rather than to cower in a corner if someone's life is in danger. I think the point here is that you already understand the principle of love. Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; it does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, it thinks no evil; it does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth;love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Now we may not exactly be there yet on being true to love but from what you said you are on the way for love always places the benefit of others by the light of what we sacrifice of ourselves.
However, the thing you may not see if that behind all those we love is God for “Love” is something we can all understand and relate to. We can sense Godly love in our hearts; for God is not far from anyone of us. St Paul also taught this in Acts 17:23-28, as he spoke at a gathering of Philosophers at Athens who had gathered together to hear his dissertation on the one they only knew as the “unknown God”:

Therefore, the One whom you worship without knowing, Him I proclaim to you: God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands. Nor is He worshiped with men’s hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives life to all of us, including breath, and all things. And He (God) has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their pre-appointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and have our being.

Have you stopped and considered how love emanates from us by Him in whom we live and move and have our being?
God is behind all the splendor. We recognize Him in His handiwork throughout the universe and we recognize Him working in the people we meet. His desire is that we all come to repentance and know Him eternally. If the love in this life is most precious then what will the love of God be like in the everlasting love and life of Christ that we are called to? For:

1Co 2:9 But as it is written:
“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,
Nor have entered into the heart of man
The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”


I may fall into the category of one of those older people you spoke of, :-) although we still have 1 out of 5 children still at home that just completed his freshman year at college. However, long before the other 4 girls went off to college and met their husbands and began to have children and became loving mothers themselves, we began to recognize how God is the love beyond love - the source of love in all of us. We have gone from the young star gazers in love with the beauty of the universal display of stars and planets and recognized the beauty of the God who made it in the first place. It is then our primary love became God Himself. It is in the growth of Christ in us that we are able to see past the visible into the invisible God behind all that is visible. No one has seen Love, no one has seen Honor, but these invisible attributes exist and drive the world. They lend strength, when there is none, give us courage where our hearts fails us, and en-noble us to be better than we are and to put away our selfish desires in order to truly love. Take comfort in that Christ is growing in you and the blessings He has bestowed already on your young family. But know that you only see imperfectly as in a mirror and when Christ completes His work in you and takes you home you shall know filly even as you are fully known and perfected in His love. Know that in this life you have been born into Christ and even in embryonic form He is forging your heart after His own and giving you spiritual eyes to see so much more than you already do, just as He is doing with this man who has 6 grandchildren to go along with our 4 girls and a boy - the picture is about 5 years outdated. Enjoy your blessing and grow in Christ

Galatians 4:19 My little children, for whom I labor in birth again until Christ is formed in you


May God Bless you and your family, Pat

Edited by Macs Son, 22 June 2014 - 08:50 PM.

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Putting God first is only to make Him #1 on a list of other gods.


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Putting God first is only to make Him #1 on a list of other gods.


Please explain what you mean by this?

 

Consider that whatever we focus on in life is what we truly worship.

 

What is the first of the ten commandments?

What did Jesus say about putting our hand to the plough? Lu. 9:62

 

Did not Jesus say: "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." Matthew 6:33 (KJV)

Why don't we do we do that __ except we have other gods in our life and use excuses and Bible verses to keep them intact? We want Jesus but we love our lives..

 

And then we have this by Jesus: "If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters,

yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple." Luke 14:26 (KJV)

 

Is that not why God leads off the ten commandments with that first one about us having no other but, Him?


 


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All love without God has a hook in it. Loving God as He desires [prescribes] we do, takes that hook out to where we love others as He loves us.


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Putting The Lord before everyone and everything else.
This is one thing I' m not even sure I understand, let alone think I'm capable of doing. I want to, I know that is how it is supposed to be but I've never figured out what that would look like.

Right now, and probably for the past 14 years, I would have to say my children are number one for me.
We attend church every week, are quite involved and connected there. We talk of God during the week, our Sunday school lessons often become the basis for further discussion.

Recently, our pastor spoke about this topic, and invited anyone for further discussion to join him afterward, I did, and he said I seemed like I was doing all the right things. Is it just Christian guilt? That I'll never be good enough (which is true, we don't save ourselves). Is it a mother's guilt? That I'm not doing enough to teach them about God. Is it my own anxiety? Perhaps I am doing fine, but how would I know? As I said to my pastor, I am not about to pull an Abraham to prove how much I love Him. (And we've all heard stories of unfortunate people who have).

Combine my own questioning with a few people in my life who have recently thrown this phrase around like my 6 year old trying to hit the laundry basket with a dirty sock, and I am really wondering what it looks like in this crazy life we live. I can't think of a single family in the same stage of life I am in who can say God is number one. I see it in our seniors at church but out in the race the rest of us run...not so much.

So tell me, what do I do, how would I feel, how do I know that I am putting God above all else?

Yikes! Should have named myself RamblingDee!
Thanks for any advice you've got...
D

Jesus once told me to give him the first few moments of every situation. 


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