Gods group thoughts for 8/29/2012 “Family Matters”

“Our Daily Bread”   

http://odb.org/2012/08/29/until-you-are-full/

The Daily Devotions of Greg Laurie                                  

http://www.harvest.org/devotional/daily-devotions/home.ht

Revelation 2:4…  “Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent. ” (NKJV)

The opening scripture has Jesus speaking to the apostle John (through an angel), about believers from the church of Ephesus… This scripture was written by the apostle John, toward the end of his life…estimated by historians to be some 30 to 40 years after the apostle Paul wrote the Book of Ephesians to the same believers…

We read in the first 7 verses of Revelation chapter 2 (that was titled “The Loveless Church”, by John MacArthur, the author of my study Bible), that the church members in Ephesus were doing everything they believed to be right; as they labored in the name of Jesus Christ… But they had somehow forgotten to keep Christ first in their lives…   Here is the link for these short 7 verses… http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation%202&version=NKJV

There is much in the Bible, which was inspired by God (2 Timothy 3:16-17), telling us that God must be first in our lives…  God gave Moses the 10 Commandments, inscribed in stone by the finger of God Himself (Exodus 31:18); and indeed the first 2 Commandments from God, tell us that He must be first in the life of a Christian…

Jesus tells us that His first and most important commandment is…that we love the Lord our God first…with ALL  of our heart, ALL of our soul, and ALL our mind…Matthew 22:35-38…  But then Jesus tells us His second most important commandment, in…Matthew 22:39-40“And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”  (NKJV)

It has been some time since I wrote about the proper priorities in the life of a Christian…  So many people put their family, or their friends, or their job…or worse – their things, ahead of God… God MUST  be first, and absolutely most important in any Christian’s life…  But our spouse, and then children, MUST  be second… then, after the rest of our family, should follow everyone else the Christian comes in contact with… And then, our job or material things should always be the last of our priorities…

Matthew 6:33

Sadly, my proprieties have not followed the list I have just given you…

Everything I write about, concerning my life and my thoughts is the absolute truth…  But God has not only been absolutely first in my life…God has been my whole life  for some time now… But I thank the Lord for my son David, who stopped by the other night, and blasted me about my neglect for my own family… I write my thoughts to help teach readers what I believe God wants us to know from His Word… But I also write about my own life experiences… I pray that my admission of being guilty of concentrating too much on pleasing God, at the expense of neglecting my family…will help other Christ centered Christians, from making the same mistake that I have made…

Yes…the Lord must be first in the life of a Christian, if they want to please their Father in heaven… And yes…the Christian must put on the “Whole Armor of God” to be protected from Satan’s attacks… And yes…the Christian must be Spirit filled, and walking with the Lord…if they want to find an absolute supernatural peace that goes beyond anything our feeble mortal minds can grasp… A peace that only God can provide…Philippians 4:6-7… But the Christian must balance their first and most important love of Christ, with their “second love”, which MUST   be immediate family next, in their proprieties…

Jesus tells us at the end of the following scripture, about a man who is at the extreme opposite end of my beliefs, in… Matthew16:24 & 26Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.26 For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?  (NKJV)  matters

I ask you now…what profit is it to live totally for God, at the expense of neglecting your own family ?? There is none !!  To be a complete Christian, you must balance your life between your love for the Lord (who must be first), with your love for your immediate family… After family, your love for everyone else around you should come next, including even your enemies…Matthew 5:43-44… Your love of money or your “stuff” should be dead last; or you priorities are definitely wrong…1 Timothy 6:10

I will end today’s thoughts, with a song my son posted on Facebook yesterday… He didn’t mention my name in his posting… He didn’t have to… But God used it to show me how wrong I have been, along with the look of sadness in my son’s eyes the other night… The song was written by Harry Chapin, about his boy Josh; and he remarks that it admittedly scared him to death… Every parent should watch this video, and learn from it…     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zH46SmVv8SU

Heavenly Father, I pray my own neglect of my family, will help others see how important it is to have a “Christ centered” love for You first, well balanced with love for their families, and then others…  I pray Lord, that with time and effort on my partthat my family can come together with a unity that will be pleasing in Your sight…  I pray for this, in Jesus’ most precious name and for His sake…Amen…

written by bruce r mills

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