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May 5, 2018

Recently I have been talking to people concerning our relationship with God, the need to choose him above everything and to prioritize our actions as it pertains to our relationship with Him. I have been somewhat astonished and dismayed with the response of those with whom I engaged in this conversation. Though we know that God is not pleased, that His Word instructs us and tells us what He is expecting from us, we do otherwise, and we expect God to accept us. We have been blinded and deceived. In this world, with its many distractions and attractions, we believers must adhere to God’s Word first, and in so doing, we are pleasing in His sight.

Understanding the war between our two worlds (spiritual and natural) is paramount to our success. The natural pulls us and delights our flesh, while the spiritual requires us to deny ourselves; however, this denial promotes relationship and causes the manifested presence of God in our lives.

In Luke 12, Jesus speaking to an innumerable multitude of people shares the parable of a rich man that was obsessed with accumulating wealth. This man built large barns to store his stuff, thinking that things would last; nevertheless, at the completion of his building project, he dies, and another inherits his wealth. Jesus ends this parable with this statement, “Thou fool, tis night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”

When we eliminate God from of our daily activities, when we make worldly things our priority and minimize our relationship with God thinking we will eventually get around to building our relationship with Him, we will end up like the man in the parable.

While you are yet alive, it is never too late to make the necessary corrections enabling you to please God first. God will not push Himself on you; He allows you to decide true servanthood. Thus, in your heart and mind, it would be good if you could conclude like Joshua, “As for me, I will serve God” (Joshua 24:15).

While writing this blog, this simple prayer came to my mind; therefore, I am going to end this blog with it. “God help us to start my day with you, end our day with you and fit you in the in-between. Help us always to keep you in our mind.”

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