MY MIND, IS THE BATTLEFIELD.

Inspired by Joyce Meyer.

I desire a perfect mind-state.

Oo Lord, change my mind-state for the better

You cannot have a positive life and a negative mind. –Joyce Meyer , Battlefield of the Mind: Winning the Battle in Your Mind
This quote has energized me to pray even more for my mind and to apply more biblical principles. The word warns us in Romans 12
[2]Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you].

But how is my mind the battlefield?

2 Corinthians 10:4-5
[4]For the weapons of our warfare are not physical [weapons of flesh and blood], but they are mighty before God for the overthrow and destruction of strongholds,
[5][Inasmuch as we] refute arguments and theories and reasonings and every proud and lofty thing that sets itself up against the [true] knowledge of God; and we lead every thought and purpose away captive into the obedience of Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One),

Satan bombards our mind with a cleverly devised pattern of little nagging thoughts, suspicions, doubts, fears, wonderings, reasonings and theories. He moves slowly and cautiously (after all, well-laid plans take time). Remember, he has a strategy for his warfare. He has studied us for a long time. He knows what we like and what we don’t like. He knows our insecurities, our weaknesses and our fears. He knows what bothers us most. He is willing to invest any amount of time it takes to defeat us. One of the devil’s strong points is patience and has best tactics to battle the mind because he’s pretty sure that God is also interested in the renewal of your mind.

Through careful strategy and cunning deceit, Satan attempts to set up “strongholds” in our mind. A stronghold is an area in which we are held in bondage (in prison) due to a certain way of thinking. In this passage, the Apostle Paul tells us that we have the weapons we need to overcome Satan’s strongholds. Verse 5 shows us clearly the location of the battlefield on which this warfare is waged. The mind is the battlefield, your mind.

Finding cover in the word.

Guard Your Mind from Garbage:
One most important thing to learn in this battle for the mind is guarding your mind from garbage. The old cliché from the early days of the computer — GIGO, garbage in/garbage out – is still true today. If you put bad data into a computer, you will get bad results out. If you put mental garbage into your mind, you will get garbage out in your life. Proverbs 15:14 : “A wise person is hungry for knowledge, while the fool feeds on trash” (NLT). Any nutritionist will tell you that there are three kinds of food for your physical body. There is brain food that makes you smarter (food that actually makes you smarter!). There is junk food, which is simple calories — it’s not poison, but it’s just empty calories. And then there are toxic foods, which are poison.
The same is true in what you see, what you hear, and what you allow into your mind. Some food is brain food. It will make you smarter, more godly, and more mature emotionally. Then there is junk food. There is so much you can fill your mind with that really is just stuffing. It is neither good nor bad, as 1 Corinthians 6:12 says, lawful but not helpful. In other words, some things aren’t necessarily wrong, but they aren’t necessary. The Bible tells us to fill our minds with the right things. If you want to be healthy and “successful” in the Christian life and in ministering to others, successful in your ministry, fix your mind on the right things.
By the way, some people say, “God hasn’t called me to be successful. He’s called me to be faithful.” That’s just not true. The Bible says God expects not only faithfulness but also fruitfulness. Trace it through Scriptures. “I chose you . . . that you should go and bear fruit” ( John 15:16 ). Jesus cursed a fig tree because it didn’t bear fruit ( Matthew 21:19 ) — that’s how important fruitfulness is. Faithfulness is only half the equation. God expects fruitfulness as well.

Apply the two-rule Bible principles:

Philippians 4:6-8
[6]Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.
[7]And God’s peace [shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
[8]For the rest, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on and weigh and take account of these things [fix your minds on them].

The above scriptures gives us two ways to guard our minds: conversational prayer and concentrated focusing.

The first way you guard your heart and mind is “in everything” to pray. Then Paul says to think about “whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise.” Notice that he says to pray about everything. If you were to pray as much as you worry, you would have a lot less to worry about. Don’t worry about anything, but pray about everything . This kind of prayer is like a running conversation — which means we are not on our knees. We don’t close our eyes. –James 5[16]Confess to one another therefore your faults (your slips, your false steps, your offenses, your sins) and pray [also] for one another, that you may be healed and restored [to a spiritual tone of mind and heart]. The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working].

Yes prayer is the Key that unlocks hidden treasures.

Second, Paul says that we should fix our thoughts. “Think about these things.” How do you do that? By concentrated focusing. This is one of the keys to overcoming temptation: don’t merely resist it; replace it. Whatever you merely resist persists. The more you hit a nail, the harder you drive it into the wood. And when people say I don’t want to think about this , what are they doing? They are thinking about it! And whatever gets your focus gets you. James tells us that “sin when it is fully grown brings forth death” ( James 1:15 ). So don’t merely resist it. –Colossians 3:1-2
[1]IF THEN you have been raised with Christ [to a new life, thus sharing His resurrection from the dead], aim at and seek the [rich, eternal treasures] that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. [Ps. 110:1.]
[2]And set your minds and keep them set on what is above (the higher things), not on the things that are on the earth.

Learn continuously without ceasing: The word urges us to listen to advise, accept discipline so that at the end we may be counted among the wise – Proverbs 19:20. Never let up on learning. Become a lifelong learner. Learn every second of your time, Love knowledge. Love wisdom. Learn to love the act of learning. The word disciple means “Learner.” You cannot be a disciple of Christ without being a learner. Jesus said, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden [by the way, that sounds like a felt need!], and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me” ( Matthew 11:28–29 ). What do you do when you take on a yoke? You share a burden with another animal. You lighten a load. And Jesus wants us to learn from him. Learn and do. Read and do. Don’t just read or learn then trash be a doer of the word like James 1:22-25 teaches us.

There are five levels of learning: The first two have to do with knowing. The second two have to do with being. And the third one has to do with doing.

1) Knowledge – First, we need to learn knowledge . God says in Hosea 4:6 , “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” When we don’t know the Word of God, we can be destroyed. And we need to know not only the Bible but also church history. Sadly, you can learn the Bible without really knowing it; in other words, you can know all the facts without really knowing the content. You don’t really know something until you apply it. That’s why Jesus implies to the Pharisees that their problem isn’t that they don’t know Scripture but that they don’t know the power of God ( Mark 12:24 ). 2)Perspective (Wisdom) –The second thing we need is perspective. The Bible calls this perspective “wisdom.” Wisdom is found in seeing life from God’s viewpoint. It is seeing from God’s perspective. Knowledge is knowing what God does; wisdom and perspective are knowing why he does it. Knowledge is the bottom rung; perspective is the next building block above it. God revealed his acts. The children of Israel saw the miracles. They saw the Red Sea split. They saw the water at Marah. They saw the doves and the manna and much more. They saw the acts of God. But Moses knew the ways of God. He knew why God had done those things. They had knowledge, but Moses also had perspective. In knowledge, the goal is to know the Word of God; but in perspective, the goal is to have the mind of God as much as possible. So we want to develop for ourselves, and to help others develop, the mind of Christ ( 1 Corinthians 2:14–16 ;
Philippians 2:5–11 ).

3) Conviction – Conviction is the third building block, as these build on each other. We pursue knowledge of the Word, then perspective on why God does what he does, and, in doing so, we start to develop convictions.
What is God’s perspective on temptation? What is God’s perspective on evil? What is God’s perspective on our past, our present, and our future? What is God’s perspective on sin? What is God’s perspective on Satan? Once we start getting perspective, we begin developing convictions.
Conviction is not opinion. Opinion is something you argue about; conviction is something you die for. And what we need today as much as ever are men and women of godly, biblical convictions. In conviction we want the heart of God. We don’t want only to see what God sees but also to feel what God feels — about the world, about the lost, about his Word, about his church. We need to learn knowledge. Then we need to add to that God’s perspective. But then we need to add to the convictions that come out of knowing the mind of God.

4) Character – Once we begin to develop convictions, we start developing habits — and the sum total of our habits is what we can call “character.” We cannot say that we have the character of honesty unless we are habitually honest. We cannot say we have the character of kindness unless we are habitually kind. Character is the sum total of our habits. You develop character by developing the habits of love and joy and peace and patience — those nine qualities from Galatians 5 — kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control (verses 22–23). What are these fruit of the Spirit? They are a perfect picture of the character of Christ. If we want to become like Jesus, then we must seek the fruit of the Spirit in our lives. The goal is to become more like God in our character, not to become gods. We never will become God — no matter how much fruit we produce. We will never be mini-gods. We are not God. That’s the oldest lie in the book, that we “will be like God” ( Genesis 3:5 ). We need to learn character.

5) Skill – When we begin to develop character and do good habitually — daily Bible reading, regular fasting, regular prayer, regular days of prayer, regular witnessing — when these become the habits of our lives, the more we do them, the better we will get at them. And so we come to the last level of learning: skill. Skill comes through doing something over and over and over.
Ecclesiastes 10:10 says, “If the ax is dull and its edge unsharpened, more strength is needed, but skill will bring success” (NIV). That is one of my “life verses.” If you are chopping wood, it helps to have a sharp ax. If you have a dull ax, it takes more energy to cut the wood. But if you have a sharp ax, it doesn’t take as much energy.
“Skill will bring success.” It doesn’t say here that prayer will bring success. It doesn’t say that desire will bring success. It doesn’t say it’s dedication. But skill will bring success. A farmer can pray all he wants, but if he tries to harvest a wheat field with a grape picker, the job will not get done. We must have the right skills.

In conclusion below are three prayer points for your mind and the minds of your loved ones.

1. Pray for wisdom. That the “eyes of your heart” (mind) be enlightened divinely according to Ephesians 1:17-18
[17][For I always pray to] the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, that He may grant you a spirit of wisdom and revelation [of insight into mysteries and secrets] in the [deep and intimate] knowledge of Him,
[18]By having the eyes of your heart flooded with light, so that you can know and understand the hope to which He has called you, and how rich is His glorious inheritance in the saints (His set-apart ones)

2. My mind shall possess divine revelation knowledge of God and his voice. I’ll be able to clearly distinguish between the voice of God and that of the enemy. May I learn to keep myself in a conducive environment with God to be able to hear from Him. 1 Kings 19:11-13
[11]And He said, Go out and stand on the mount before the Lord. And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains and broke in pieces the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake;
[12]And after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire [a sound of gentle stillness and] a still, small voice.
[13]When Elijah heard the voice, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave. And behold, there came a voice to him and said, What are you doing here, Elijah?

3. I pray against the attacks of wondering Ecc 5:1, wandering Mark 11:23,24, a confused mind James 1:5-8, reasoning Matt 16:8 in Jesus mighty name. I shall be obedient to the Holy Spirit instructions (1Corinth 2:14). I shall be a doer of the word, James 1:22. I will always trust God but not human reasonings, prof 3:5 and always resolve to know nothing but Jesus Christ 1Corinth 2:12.

Be careful what you feed your mind with!!!
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MY MIND, IS THE BATTLEFIELD.

Inspired by Joyce Meyer.

I desire a perfect mind-state.

Oo Lord, change my mind-state for the better

You cannot have a positive life and a negative mind. –Joyce Meyer , Battlefield of the Mind: Winning the Battle in Your Mind
This quote has energized me to pray even more for my mind and to apply more biblical principles. The word warns us in Romans 12
[2]Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you].

But how is my mind the battlefield?

2 Corinthians 10:4-5
[4]For the weapons of our warfare are not physical [weapons of flesh and blood], but they are mighty before God for the overthrow and destruction of strongholds,
[5][Inasmuch as we] refute arguments and theories and reasonings and every proud and lofty thing that sets itself up against the [true] knowledge of God; and we lead every thought and purpose away captive into the obedience of Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One),

Satan bombards our mind with a cleverly devised pattern of little nagging thoughts, suspicions, doubts, fears, wonderings, reasonings and theories. He moves slowly and cautiously (after all, well-laid plans take time). Remember, he has a strategy for his warfare. He has studied us for a long time. He knows what we like and what we don’t like. He knows our insecurities, our weaknesses and our fears. He knows what bothers us most. He is willing to invest any amount of time it takes to defeat us. One of the devil’s strong points is patience and has best tactics to battle the mind because he’s pretty sure that God is also interested in the renewal of your mind.

Through careful strategy and cunning deceit, Satan attempts to set up “strongholds” in our mind. A stronghold is an area in which we are held in bondage (in prison) due to a certain way of thinking. In this passage, the Apostle Paul tells us that we have the weapons we need to overcome Satan’s strongholds. Verse 5 shows us clearly the location of the battlefield on which this warfare is waged. The mind is the battlefield, your mind.

Finding cover in the word.

Guard Your Mind from Garbage:
One most important thing to learn in this battle for the mind is guarding your mind from garbage. The old cliché from the early days of the computer — GIGO, garbage in/garbage out – is still true today. If you put bad data into a computer, you will get bad results out. If you put mental garbage into your mind, you will get garbage out in your life. Proverbs 15:14 : “A wise person is hungry for knowledge, while the fool feeds on trash” (NLT). Any nutritionist will tell you that there are three kinds of food for your physical body. There is brain food that makes you smarter (food that actually makes you smarter!). There is junk food, which is simple calories — it’s not poison, but it’s just empty calories. And then there are toxic foods, which are poison.
The same is true in what you see, what you hear, and what you allow into your mind. Some food is brain food. It will make you smarter, more godly, and more mature emotionally. Then there is junk food. There is so much you can fill your mind with that really is just stuffing. It is neither good nor bad, as 1 Corinthians 6:12 says, lawful but not helpful. In other words, some things aren’t necessarily wrong, but they aren’t necessary. The Bible tells us to fill our minds with the right things. If you want to be healthy and “successful” in the Christian life and in ministering to others, successful in your ministry, fix your mind on the right things.
By the way, some people say, “God hasn’t called me to be successful. He’s called me to be faithful.” That’s just not true. The Bible says God expects not only faithfulness but also fruitfulness. Trace it through Scriptures. “I chose you . . . that you should go and bear fruit” ( John 15:16 ). Jesus cursed a fig tree because it didn’t bear fruit ( Matthew 21:19 ) — that’s how important fruitfulness is. Faithfulness is only half the equation. God expects fruitfulness as well.

Apply the two-rule Bible principles:

Philippians 4:6-8
[6]Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.
[7]And God’s peace [shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
[8]For the rest, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on and weigh and take account of these things [fix your minds on them].

The above scriptures gives us two ways to guard our minds: conversational prayer and concentrated focusing.

The first way you guard your heart and mind is “in everything” to pray. Then Paul says to think about “whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise.” Notice that he says to pray about everything. If you were to pray as much as you worry, you would have a lot less to worry about. Don’t worry about anything, but pray about everything . This kind of prayer is like a running conversation — which means we are not on our knees. We don’t close our eyes. –James 5[16]Confess to one another therefore your faults (your slips, your false steps, your offenses, your sins) and pray [also] for one another, that you may be healed and restored [to a spiritual tone of mind and heart]. The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working].

Second, Paul says that we should fix our thoughts. “Think about these things.” How do you do that? By concentrated focusing. This is one of the keys to overcoming temptation: don’t merely resist it; replace it. Whatever you merely resist persists. The more you hit a nail, the harder you drive it into the wood. And when people say I don’t want to think about this , what are they doing? They are thinking about it! And whatever gets your focus gets you. James tells us that “sin when it is fully grown brings forth death” ( James 1:15 ). So don’t merely resist it. –Colossians 3:1-2
[1]IF THEN you have been raised with Christ [to a new life, thus sharing His resurrection from the dead], aim at and seek the [rich, eternal treasures] that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. [Ps. 110:1.]
[2]And set your minds and keep them set on what is above (the higher things), not on the things that are on the earth.

Learn continuously without ceasing: The word urges us to listen to advise, accept discipline so that at the end we may be counted among the wise – Proverbs 19:20. Never let up on learning. Become a lifelong learner. Learn every second of your time, Love knowledge. Love wisdom. Learn to love the act of learning. The word disciple means “Learner.” You cannot be a disciple of Christ without being a learner. Jesus said, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden [by the way, that sounds like a felt need!], and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me” ( Matthew 11:28–29 ). What do you do when you take on a yoke? You share a burden with another animal. You lighten a load. And Jesus wants us to learn from him. Learn and do. Read and do. Don’t just read or learn then trash be a doer of the word like James 1:22-25 teaches us.

There are five levels of learning: The first two have to do with knowing. The second two have to do with being. And the third one has to do with doing.

1) Knowledge – First, we need to learn knowledge . God says in Hosea 4:6 , “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” When we don’t know the Word of God, we can be destroyed. And we need to know not only the Bible but also church history. Sadly, you can learn the Bible without really knowing it; in other words, you can know all the facts without really knowing the content. You don’t really know something until you apply it. That’s why Jesus implies to the Pharisees that their problem isn’t that they don’t know Scripture but that they don’t know the power of God ( Mark 12:24 ). 2)Perspective (Wisdom) –The second thing we need is perspective. The Bible calls this perspective “wisdom.” Wisdom is found in seeing life from God’s viewpoint. It is seeing from God’s perspective. Knowledge is knowing what God does; wisdom and perspective are knowing why he does it. Knowledge is the bottom rung; perspective is the next building block above it. God revealed his acts. The children of Israel saw the miracles. They saw the Red Sea split. They saw the water at Marah. They saw the doves and the manna and much more. They saw the acts of God. But Moses knew the ways of God. He knew why God had done those things. They had knowledge, but Moses also had perspective. In knowledge, the goal is to know the Word of God; but in perspective, the goal is to have the mind of God as much as possible. So we want to develop for ourselves, and to help others develop, the mind of Christ ( 1 Corinthians 2:14–16 ;
Philippians 2:5–11 ).

3) Conviction – Conviction is the third building block, as these build on each other. We pursue knowledge of the Word, then perspective on why God does what he does, and, in doing so, we start to develop convictions.
What is God’s perspective on temptation? What is God’s perspective on evil? What is God’s perspective on our past, our present, and our future? What is God’s perspective on sin? What is God’s perspective on Satan? Once we start getting perspective, we begin developing convictions.
Conviction is not opinion. Opinion is something you argue about; conviction is something you die for. And what we need today as much as ever are men and women of godly, biblical convictions. In conviction we want the heart of God. We don’t want only to see what God sees but also to feel what God feels — about the world, about the lost, about his Word, about his church. We need to learn knowledge. Then we need to add to that God’s perspective. But then we need to add to the convictions that come out of knowing the mind of God.

4) Character – Once we begin to develop convictions, we start developing habits — and the sum total of our habits is what we can call “character.” We cannot say that we have the character of honesty unless we are habitually honest. We cannot say we have the character of kindness unless we are habitually kind. Character is the sum total of our habits. You develop character by developing the habits of love and joy and peace and patience — those nine qualities from Galatians 5 — kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control (verses 22–23). What are these fruit of the Spirit? They are a perfect picture of the character of Christ. If we want to become like Jesus, then we must seek the fruit of the Spirit in our lives. The goal is to become more like God in our character, not to become gods. We never will become God — no matter how much fruit we produce. We will never be mini-gods. We are not God. That’s the oldest lie in the book, that we “will be like God” ( Genesis 3:5 ). We need to learn character.

5) Skill – When we begin to develop character and do good habitually — daily Bible reading, regular fasting, regular prayer, regular days of prayer, regular witnessing — when these become the habits of our lives, the more we do them, the better we will get at them. And so we come to the last level of learning: skill. Skill comes through doing something over and over and over.
Ecclesiastes 10:10 says, “If the ax is dull and its edge unsharpened, more strength is needed, but skill will bring success” (NIV). That is one of my “life verses.” If you are chopping wood, it helps to have a sharp ax. If you have a dull ax, it takes more energy to cut the wood. But if you have a sharp ax, it doesn’t take as much energy.
“Skill will bring success.” It doesn’t say here that prayer will bring success. It doesn’t say that desire will bring success. It doesn’t say it’s dedication. But skill will bring success. A farmer can pray all he wants, but if he tries to harvest a wheat field with a grape picker, the job will not get done. We must have the right skills.

In conclusion below are three prayer points for your mind and the minds of your loved ones.

1. Pray for wisdom. That the “eyes of your heart” (mind) be enlightened divinely according to Ephesians 1:17-18
[17][For I always pray to] the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, that He may grant you a spirit of wisdom and revelation [of insight into mysteries and secrets] in the [deep and intimate] knowledge of Him,
[18]By having the eyes of your heart flooded with light, so that you can know and understand the hope to which He has called you, and how rich is His glorious inheritance in the saints (His set-apart ones)

2. My mind shall possess divine revelation knowledge of God and his voice. I’ll be able to clearly distinguish between the voice of God and that of the enemy. May I learn to keep myself in a conducive environment with God to be able to hear from Him. 1 Kings 19:11-13
[11]And He said, Go out and stand on the mount before the Lord. And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains and broke in pieces the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake;
[12]And after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire [a sound of gentle stillness and] a still, small voice.
[13]When Elijah heard the voice, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave. And behold, there came a voice to him and said, What are you doing here, Elijah?

3. I pray against the attacks of wondering Ecc 5:1, wandering Mark 11:23,24, a confused mind James 1:5-8, reasoning Matt 16:8 in Jesus mighty name. I shall be obedient to the Holy Spirit instructions (1Corinth 2:14). I shall be a doer of the word, James 1:22. I will always trust God but not human reasonings, prof 3:5 and always resolve to know nothing but Jesus Christ 1Corinth 2:12.

Be careful what you feed your mind with!!!

THE ENEMY WITHIN

THE SPY AGAINST MY PROGRESS.

I’ve been praying for the enemy within and is my major prayer item this week. Allow me to share..

God’s got you, fear not

Galatians 2:1-4
[1]THEN AFTER [an interval] of fourteen years I again went up to Jerusalem. [This time I went] with Barnabas, taking Titus along with [me] also.
[2]I went because it was specially and divinely revealed to me that I should go, and I put before them the Gospel [declaring to them that] which I preach among the Gentiles. However, [I presented the matter] privately before those of repute, [for I wanted to make certain, by thus at first confining my communication to this private conference] that I was not running or had not run in vain [guarding against being discredited either in what I was planning to do or had already done].
[3]But [all went well!] even Titus, who was with me, was not compelled [as some had anticipated] to be circumcised, although he was a Greek.
[4][My precaution was] because of false brethren who had been secretly smuggled in [to the Christian brotherhood]; they had slipped in to spy on our liberty and the freedom which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might again bring us into bondage [under the Law of Moses]. (Amp)

Actually the emphasis is on verse 4 but the first 3 are important to get you understand.

The enemy within

An enemy is an hostile person or group of people around you. Usually it is hard to know them because they exist as good friends (frenemies) they are the false brethren around you and your loved ones. Be careful of them.

Below are some prayer points to help you pray:
1. Pray for God’s cover against such enemies. You, your loved ones are covered by the blood of Jesus and the enemies plans shall not prosper in your life in Jesus name. Bring your your loved ones under the covenant of Jesus Christ.
2. Pray to be sensitive in the spirit so that you are not caught unawares by the enemy(ies) around you and your loved ones. Gal 2:4. Pray to be super sensitive in the spirit. God grants us what we ask of him.
3. Possess the Spirit of Discernment. God grace me with the spirit of discernment. Phil 1:9-10 may I/you be able to know various spiritual agents for their moral/immoral influence. These agents are: from within the humanity. May the Lord give me and you the spirit of discernment so that we are able to know what is going on around us. The enemy shall not trap us successfully in Jesus mighty name.
4. Spies. There is an enemy spying on your daily progress and reporting… Read Gal 2:4 in bits, Paul and his group faced this how about you and me. The enemy is happy when you are struggling, sad, begging, crying in bondage always and make sure you never have a positive progress to destroy the joy of the Lord and to spy out our liberty. I decree and declare that whatever the agenda the ungodly men have, God is destroying the in Jesus name. May there agendas perish with them.

I pray you be blessed. I love you.

GOD HEALED ME.

Salvation works.

It’s has been almost two years now since I was born again but since then I have always experienced God in different ways from one moment to another. This last encounter with Jesus was so mysterious that I have to testify. The Bible says in Psalm 22:22, I will praise you to all my brothers; I will stand up before the congregation and testify of the wonderful things you have done.

Dig yourself deep in the Lord and you shall be able overcome every kind of storm that comes your way. You are a Victor in Jesus name.

My Testimony:

Three days ago I was seriously bed ridden with every single part in my body aching

IGNORANT GENERATION.

Ignorant Christians.

Yes that’s what most of us are. You and I not exempted. The Bible says; Hosea 4:6 – My people are ruined because they don’t know what’s right or true. Because you’ve turned your back on knowledge, I’ve turned my back on you priests. Because you refuse to recognize the revelation of God, I’m no longer recognizing your children. See the price it has caused us! See our lives!

I pray that I may seek the knowledge of God in every aspect of my life. I refuse to turn my back on The Lord and The Word. Great wisdom and understanding is my portion in Jesus mighty name. I declare proverbs 23:23 upon my life. And so is your portion too. Believe with me and say Amen.

Ignorance defined:

▶Ignorance is a lack of knowledge. The word ignorant is an adjective that describes a person in the state of being unaware, and can describe individuals who do not deliberately ignore or disregard important information or facts, or individuals who are unaware of important information or facts. Ignorance can come in three different types: 1. Factual ignorance (absence of knowledge of some fact); having limited understanding, 2. Objectual ignorance (Unfarmilier with some object) like people, the word and 3. Technical ignorance (absence of knowledge of how to do something) like to read the word, socialize and mingle with the wise.

Webster describes it as being unaware or uninformed. It also goes ahead and describes ‘ignorant’ as being A: Destitute of knowledge or education; lacking knowledge or comprehension of the thing specified (God in this case)
B: resulting from or showing lack of knowledge or intelligence.

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge “My people are,” not, “is.” This accurately represents the Hebrew . The word “people” speaks of them as a whole; are, relates to the individuals of whom that whole is composed. Together, the words express the utter destruction of the whole, one and all. They are destroyed “for lack of knowledge,” literally, “of the knowledge,” i. e., the only knowledge, which in the creature is real knowledge, that knowledge, of the want of which he had before complained, the knowledge of the Creator. So Isaiah mourns in the same words , “therefore my people are gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge.” They are destroyed for lack of it, for the true knowledge of God is the life of the soul, true life, life, as our Saviour saith, “This is life eternal, that they should know Thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom Thou has sent.” The source of this lack of knowledge, so fatal to the people, was the willful rejection of that knowledge by the priest;
The Lord is saying through the prophet; Because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to Me God marks the relation between the sin and the punishment, by retorting on them, as it were, their own acts; and that with great emphasis, “I will utterly reject thee . You and I are the priests being addressed here. 1Pet.2.9 – But you are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly work, chosen to be a holy people, God’s instruments to do his work and speak out for him, to tell others of the night-and-day difference he made for you–

Seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God – This seems to have been the sin of the people. For the same persons could not, at least in the same stage of sin, despise and forget. They who despise or “reject,” must have before their mind that which they “reject.” To reject is willful, conscious, deliberate sin, with a high hand; to “forget,” an act of negligence. The rejection of God’s law was the act of the understanding and will, forgetfulness of it comes from the neglect to look into it; and this, from the distaste of the natural mind for spiritual things, from being absorbed in things of this world, from inattention to the duties prescribed by it, or shrinking from seeing “that” condemned, which is agreeable to the flesh. The priests then knew God’s law and “despised” it; the people “forget” it. In an advanced stage of sin, however, man may come to forget what he once despised; and this is the condition of the hardened sinner.

I will also forget thy children – Literally, “I will forget thy children, I too.” God would mark the more, that His act followed on theirs; they, first; then, He saith, “I too.” He would requite them, and do what it belonged not to His Goodness to do first. Parents who are careless as to themselves, as to their own lives, even as to their own shame, still long that their children should not be as themselves. God tries to touch their hearts, where they are least steeled against Him. He says not, “I will forget thee,” but I will forget those nearest to thy heart, “thy children.” God is said to forget, when He acts, as if His creatures were no longer in His mind, no more. The objects of His providence and love. Very bad, so sad.

How have we become ignorant?

We have rejected the key principles of the Kingdom of God that we are suppose to live by as Christians, we have forfeited them for free life style which is unbiblical. The nonbelievers even practice them to the later better than us making them more prosperous. Psalm 14:1 “The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds, there is none who does good.”
I think this the greatest ignorance of all, but it’s a willful ignorance. If Christians are right, then the atheist is in big trouble someday, but if the atheist is right, then what’s the big deal? We all vanish into nothingness anyway. Of course it’s not a matter of “if” but “since” Christianity is true, everyone will have to give an account for their suppressing the knowledge of God and refusing to do what Jesus commanded everyone to do and that was to repent and believe the gospel.

The kingdom principles.

Jesus, the hope of the world.

Spiritual words, God’s words, are keys to the kingdom. God has given you the keys to the kingdom, Biblical principles that unlock the benefits of your salvation.

Scripture says,Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s” (Psalms 103:2-5).

Everything you need is unlocked by a kingdom principle. Whatever it is you desire, you can find a Scripture that pertains to it. Here are some examples.
FINANCES
“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)
HEALING
Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.” (1 Peter 2:24)
FEAR
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7)
SALVATION OF FAMILY
Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.” (Acts 16:30-31)
TROUBLE
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” (Psalms 46:1)

You see, what is required of us is just to decree and declare I’m faith and it happens but have failed to do that instead we seek shortcuts that helps us not. The Bible says, 1Pet.2.9 – But you are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly work, chosen to be a holy people, God’s instruments to do his work and speak out for him, to tell others of the night-and-day difference he made for you.

Cultures to kingdom principle. Luke.22.29Now I confer on you the royal authority my Father conferred on me.
The Gospel of the Kingdom is an invitation for man to return to the realm of life God originally intended. But God does not set up a standard of morality and declare that when you have achieved it you can enter the Kingdom. There is one requirement for entrance: Repenting from sin and spiritual rebirth. Through repenting and accepting Jesus Christ as Savior you are born into the Kingdom and become a Kingdom resident.
Residency in the Kingdom of God requires a new lifestyle governed by the laws of the Kingdom. Life in the spiritual Kingdom affects the quality of life in the visible world. The lifestyle of the Kingdom is exactly opposite of the lifestyle of the kingdoms of the world. It is different in both structure and principles. When you enter the Kingdom of God it is like immigrating to a new country.

The principles:

The two greatest principles of God’s Kingdom are:
1. Loving God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength.
2. Loving and doing to others as you love yourself and want others to do to you.

Mark 12:29-31

[29]Jesus answered, The first and principal one of all commands is: Hear, O Israel, The Lord our God is one Lord;
[30]And you shall love the Lord your God out of and with your whole heart and out of and with all your soul (your life) and out of and with all your mind (with your faculty of thought and your moral understanding) and out of and with all your strength. This is the first and principal commandment. [Deut. 6:4, 5.]
[31]The second is like it and is this, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these. [Lev. 19:18.]

All other Kingdom principles are based upon these two key principles. Each Kingdom principle relates either to your relationship with God or others.

Other principles.

The basic principles upon which the Kingdom of God operates are exactly opposite of the common thinking of man and the accepted structure of earthly kingdoms. These principles include:
“IT SHALL NOT BE SO AMONG YOU”:
Jesus established this basic Kingdom principle:
But Jesus called them unto Him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them.
But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant;
Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto but to minister, and to give His life a ransom for many. (Matthew 20:25-28)

But ye shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve. (Luke 22:26)
But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister, And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all. (Mark 10:43-44)
Although Jesus was dealing with a specific matter of leadership here, He also established a general principle of the Kingdom: ” It shall not be so among you. “ Although worldly standards and earthly kingdoms accept certain principles, the principles of God’s Kingdom are different…” It shall not be so among you.”

THE PRINCIPLE OF UNITY:
There are many earthly kingdoms, all divided from one another. There are also divisions within earthly kingdoms which result in coups and revolutions. God’s Kingdom is a united Kingdom. It is described as one spiritual body with many parts:
For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body; so also is Christ.
For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one spirit. For the body is not one member, but many. (I Corinthians 12:12-14)
The residents of God’s Kingdom are united together in God and Jesus:
That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also many be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me. (John 17:21-23)
God’s Kingdom has no relationships with the kingdom of Satan:
…Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand: And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand?
And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out? Therefore they shall be your judges.
But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the Kingdom of God is come unto you. (Matthew 12:25-28. See also Mark 3:23-26 and Luke 11:17-20)
One of the main purposes of unity in the Kingdom of God is the unlimited power it produces. Jesus promised:
Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.
For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. (Matthew 18:19-20)
Because the residents of God’s Kingdom are still in fleshly bodies, division may arise from time to time. Jesus gave instructions for handling such divisions in Matthew 18:15-35.

THE PRINCIPLE OF PENETRATION:
The Kingdom of God is to penetrate the world in two ways: As light and as salt:
Ye are the salt of the earth; but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in Heaven. (Matthew 5:13-16)
No man, when he hath lighted a candle, putteth it in a secret place, neither under a bushel, but on a candlestick, that they which come in may see the light.
The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness.
Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness.
If thy whole body therefore be full of light, having no part dark, the whole shall be full of light, as when the bright shining of a candle doth give thee light. (Luke 11:33-36)
Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be seasoned?
It is neither fit for the land, nor yet for the dunghill; but men cast it out, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. (Luke 14:34-35)
And He said unto them, Is a candle brought to be put under a bushel, or under a bed? And not to be set on a candlestick? (Mark 4:21)
Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his saltiness, wherewith will ye season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace one with another. (Mark 9:50)
In the natural world, salt works silently. It is used to preserve food, heal wounds, and add flavor. A little salt affects a great amount of food.
In the spiritual world, Kingdom residents are to penetrate the world as salt. They are to preserve the values and quality of the Kingdom, be a healing balm to others, and like the flavor of life. They are to spread the Kingdom steadily. As salt, they can affect a great mass of humanity. In another passage, Jesus compared the penetration of the Kingdom to leaven ( Matthew 13:33 ). Like salt, a little leaven works silently to penetrate a great lump of bread.
In the natural world, light exposes darkness. It shows the way out of darkness. Light in darkness cannot escape notice. The Kingdom resident is to be a spiritual light in the world. He is to expose and show the way out of darkness. He is not to allow anything in his life (bushel) to blow out the light of the Kingdom. Believers are to live the life of the Kingdom in a visible way, steadily penetrating the kingdoms of the world with the Gospel of the Kingdom.

PRINCIPLES OF PRAYER:
Prayer in the Kingdom is based on three principles: Asking, seeking, and knocking:
Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth: and he that seeketh, findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. (Matthew 7:7-8)
Each level of prayer speaks of greater intensity in seeking God. Jesus also gave a model prayer for Kingdom residents. You can read it in Matthew 6:9-1 . and Luke 11:2-4.

PRINCIPLES OF WORSHIP:
The basic principles of worship in the Kingdom are described in Matthew 6:1-18. Read this passage in your Bible. The basic principles of worship include:
Giving: Outward look Matthew 6:1-4
Praying: Upward look Matthew 6:5-15
Fasting: Inward look Matthew 6:16-18
All three areas of worship are to be done in secret in order to be blessed of God.

THE PRINCIPLE OF SINGLENESS OF VISION:
The single vision of Kingdom residents is to seek first the Kingdom of God. Read Matthew 6:19-34 and compare it to Luke 12:22-34 :
Jesus speaks of singleness of heart in Matthew 6:19-21 .
He speaks of singleness of vision in
Matthew 6:22-23 .
He speaks of singleness of devotion in Luke 16:13 .
He speaks of singleness of service in
Matthew 6:24 and Luke 9:60 and 62 .
He speaks of singleness in thought in Matthew 6:25-32 and 34.
The following verse summarizes this principle of singleness of vision:
But seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these thing shall be added unto you. (Matthew 6:33).

THE IMPORTANCE OF KINGDOM PRINCIPLES

It is important to know the principles which govern life in the Kingdom of God because:

  1. YOU MUST LIVE BY KINGDOM PRINCIPLES TO MAINTAIN RESIDENCY:

Although repentance is the only requirement for entrance to the Kingdom, there are definite requirements to maintain residency after being born into this spiritual realm. Jesus said:
Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the Kingdom of Heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in Heaven. (Matthew 7:21)
The will of the Father, revealed by Jesus Christ, was that believers be governed by the laws of the Kingdom.

2. JESUS SAID KINGDOM PRINCIPLES ARE IMPORTANT:
In Luke 12:22-31 Jesus taught that the Kingdom should be the primary concern of life. He concluded with this statement:
But rather seek ye the Kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you. (Luke 12:31)
If you seek the Kingdom first…its principles, its lifestyle, its Gospel…then all other necessary things in life will be provided.

3. FRUITS OF THE KINGDOM ARE THE TEST OF POSSESSION:
Jesus told the Jews that the test of possessing the Kingdom was bringing forth the fruits thereof ( Matthew 21:43 ). The fruit of the Kingdom is that which is outwardly produced by the inward life flow, just as fruit on a natural tree is the outward product of the flow of life within. If you are a resident of the Kingdom of God it will be apparent in your visible lifestyle.

4. TO REIGN IN THE FUTURE KINGDOM WE MUST KNOW ITS PRINCIPLES:
II Timothy 2:12 indicates that believers will reign with Jesus in the future Kingdom of God. To “reign” means to “rule with power and authority.” If you are to reign with Him, you must know the laws which govern the Kingdom.

ALL IS VANITY

‘Yote Yanapita’

Amazing this world we are in. We are all visitors here, passers by to the next life. I just learnt of the sudden demise of a close friend! It has become a reality, sisi ni wageni hapa!

I love the book of Ecclesiastes, see the introduction:

Eccl.1.1 – These are the words of the Quester, David’s son and king in Jerusalem: 2 – Smoke, nothing but smoke. [That’s what the Quester says.] There’s nothing to anything–it’s all smoke. 3 – What’s there to show for a lifetime of work, a lifetime of working your fingers to the bone? 4 – One generation goes its way, the next one arrives, but nothing changes–it’s business as usual for old planet earth.

This Book, Ecclesiastes amuses me though. That is, when it isn’t making me totally depressed! Let’s put it this way – Ecclesiastes may not be the book to read when you’re already having a bad day.
The best-known verse in the Book of Ecclesiastes is probably: “Vanity of vanities! All is vanity” (1:2). “Vanity” is the typical English translation of the Hebrew word hebel, which literally means “vapor” or “breath.” The word is used 86 times in the entire Bible to describe the fleeting and even futile nature of life. The Good News Bible (not known for its technical accuracy, but pretty good at capturing the “gist” of things) even goes so far as to translate the verse this way: “It is useless, useless. Life is useless, all useless.”

“Vanity of vanities,” lamented Solomon, “all is vanity!” Solomon used the word “vanity” 38 times in Ecclesiastes as he wrote about life “under the sun.” The word means “emptiness,” “futility,” “vapor”; “that which vanishes quickly and leaves nothing behind.” From the human point of view, life (“under the sun”) does often appear futile; and it is easy for us to get pessimistic. But we should not mistake brutal honesty with pessimism.
Ecclesiastes is the kind of book a person would write near the end of life, reflecting on life’s experiences and the painful lessons learned. Solomon wrote Proverbs from the viewpoint of a wise teacher, and Song of Songs from the viewpoint of a royal lover, but when he wrote Ecclesiastes, he called himself “the Preacher.”

But how do I live this life? If all is meaningless!!

Words related to joy are enjoy, rejoice, etc., are used at least 17 times in Ecclesiastes. Solomon does not say, eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow you die!” Instead, he advises us to trust God and enjoy what we do have rather than complain about what we don’t have. He is saying to us – life is short and life is difficult, so make the most of it while we can.
Solomon initially opened with three bleak observations: 1). Nothing is really changed; 2). Nothing is really new; 3). and Nothing is understood. After experimenting and investigating life under the sun, he initially concluded, life is nothing but “vanity of vanity!” He gave himself four arguments to support his conclusion: that life is nothing but vanity of vanity;

1. The monotony of life; Uniformity or lack of variation in pitch, intonation, or inflection. 2. Tedious sameness or repetitiousness: the monotonyof daily routine. [Greek monotoniā, from monotonos, monotonous; see monotonous.]

2. The vanity of wisdom; Eccl.1.16 – I said to myself, “I know more and I’m wiser than anyone before me in Jerusalem. I’ve stockpiled wisdom and knowledge.” 17 – What I’ve finally concluded is that so-called wisdom and knowledge are mindless and witless- nothing but spitting into the wind. 18 – Much learning earns you much trouble. The more you know, the more you hurt. But there is an exception to this statement, the knowledge of Jesus has no negative side effects whatsoever. We are told to be filled with all his fullness.

3. The futility of wealth; Eccl.5.10 – The one who loves money is never satisfied with money, Nor the one who loves wealth with big profits. More smoke. And,

4. The certainty of death. Eccl.5.13 – Here’s a piece of bad luck I’ve seen happen: A man hoards far more wealth than is good for him. 14 – And then loses it all in a bad business deal. He fathered a child but hasn’t a cent left to give him. 15 – He arrived naked from the womb of his mother; He’ll leave in the same condition–with nothing. 16 – This is bad luck, for sure–naked he came, naked he went. So what was the point of working for a salary of smoke? 17 – All for a miserable life spent in the dark?

But we bless the name of the Lord for sacrificing his only son Jesus Christ, to make things easier for us all. Grace is sufficient. Halleluyah.

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All to Jesus, I surrender

Solomon being a wise man, meditated on chapters 3 to 10, reviewing his arguments and this time brings God into the picture. What a difference it makes for him by re-examining each of these impressions more carefully. He realized that life was not monotonous, but filled with challenging situations from God, each in its own time and each for its own purpose. He also learned that wealth could be enjoyed and employed to the glory of God. And man’s wisdom and knowledge could not explain everything!

Live by God. Let Go and let God.

Solomon concluded that it was better to follow God’s wisdom and knowledge, than to practice man’s folly. And as for the certainty of death, there is no way to escape it!
Examining more of these verses ought to motivate us to enjoy life now and make the most of the opportunities God gives us. So he asks his listeners to look up , look within, look ahead , and
look around , and take into consideration time, eternity, suffering and death. These four factors God uses to keep our lives from becoming monotonous and meaningless.

4 Important pictures of life:

In his final conclusion and personal application, Solomon then presents four pictures of life and attaches to each picture a practical admonition for his readers to heed:

  1. Life is an ADVENTURE; live it by faith.
  2. Life is a GIFT; enjoy it gracefully.
  3. Life is a SCHOOL; learn your lessons diligently.
  4. Life is a STEWARDSHIP; fear God always.

These four pictures parallel the four arguments that Solomon had wrestled with throughout the book: Life is not monotonous; rather, it is an adventure of faith that is anything but predictable or tedious. Yes, death is certain, but life is a gift from God and He wants us to enjoy it. Are there questions we can’t answer and problems we can’t solve? Don’t despair. God teaches us His truth as we advance in “the school of life,” and He will give us wisdom enough to make sensible decisions. Finally, as far as wealth is concerned, all of life is a stewardship from God; and one day He will call us to give an account. Therefore, “fear God, and keep His commandments.”
Here we have practical advice about life from one of the wisest, richest, most powerful men to have ever lived. His insights about life, money, values, and ordering one’s personal priorities are priceless: Ecclesiastes is a rewarding guidebook to the reader, you and me who looks behind the initial impressions to find the wisdom this remarkable man gleaned from his unique career.

Cling on Jesus, our Savior and you will be safe from the vanishing winds; the troubles of the world. Only Jesus can do what no man can do.

Why God First?

In the beginning, He was already present. He existed before anything and everything else. He is the Alpha, the creator of all you and me.

The book of Gen 1:27 Records- God created human beings; he created them godlike, Reflecting God’s nature. He created them male and female. (MSG)

And so you and me are in existence by God The Creator, The Alpha.

Gen.1.28 – God blessed them: “Prosper! Reproduce! Fill Earth! Take charge! Be responsible for fish in the sea and birds in the air, for every living thing that moves on the face of Earth.” MSG.

He placed as here on earth, for a purpose and with an assignment.

In his words Mike Murdock says, creativity is the search of solutions. Note that God created human beings after creating every other thing and this was because these things could not continue existing by themselves. They needed care, use and continuity. So you are a solution to God and His creation.

Read these powerful words: “Then the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations,” (Jeremiah 1:45).
You were created for a specific and very special purpose…to solve a specific problem on earth. Mike Murdock and I call this, The Assignment.

Now back to my topic, Why God First? He’s your creator, He’s the one who placed you here on Earth. The one who brought life to you, the one who knows you best. The one who has placed all the benefits on you: beauty, wisdom, knowledge, Power name them. He is the owner of all the blessings you possess and boast about.

Truth be told it all belongs to Him because it all began with Him. But what can you and me do in order to give back to the creator? Because to be honest we can’t pay back enough. We must honor Him, but how by making him The First in everything we do.

Putting God first is realizing it’s all about Him. Everything in your life is to be directed to Him.
Your every breath is to go back to Him. Your every thought is to be for Him. Everything is about Him. Take a look at this verse. It says do all things for His glory. Every single last thing in your life. Is every one of your thoughts for His glory? Is every time you watch TV for His glory?
How about when you walk, give, talk, sneeze, read, sleep, exercise, laugh, and shop? Sometimes we read the verse and we don’t truly see how important the verse is. It doesn’t say do some things for His glory, it says do everything. Is everything in your life for His glory?
1 Corinthians 10:31 “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God .”

Proverbs 3:6 Living Bible (TLB)
In everything you do, put God first, and he will direct you and crown your efforts with success.

When you put God first you know that you are nothing and the Lord is everything. You didn’t choose Him. He chose you. It’s all because of Christ!
John 15:5 “I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing .”
1John 15:16 “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.”

But how do I do this?

1. Learn to listen to God. Putting God first is doing what He wants you to do over what you want to do even if it seems like our way is right. Sometimes what God wants us to do might be hard for us, but we must listen.
Listen to what God wants you to do and usually He confirms this by His Word, the Holy Spirit, and by 1 or more people coming to you.
John 10:27 “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.”
Part of putting God first is repenting daily. Bring your sins to Him instead of trying to hide it. Remove things in your life that you know He is not pleased with such as bad music, bad movies, bad(ungodly) company etc.
1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
2. Live in eternity. I have to constantly ask God throughout the day to help me set my mind on Him because there are so many distractions in this world . There are so many things that seek to slow us down in this life today. Live with an eternal perspective knowing that everything will burn soon, because minus Jesus all is vanity.
In 100 years it’s all going to be gone. If you see the glory that awaits believers in Heaven you would change your whole lifestyle. Use your time wisely. Readjust your mind, prayer life, devotion life, giving, helping, set your priorities right, etc. Allow God to be the center of every decision that you make.
3. Serve God. Use the gifts that God has given you to advance His kingdom and glorify His name. Seek to glorify Him in all that you do. Pray for more passion and love for Him. Start getting to know Jesus more in prayer . Pray for a greater understanding of the gospel and trust the Lord in all situations. Allow God to be your joy.
Proverbs 3:6 “In everything you do, put God first , and he will direct you and crown your efforts with success.”
Colossians 3:2 “Set your minds on things above , not on earthly things.”
Hebrews 12:2 “fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith . For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

Below are interesting Quotes on putting God first.
1. “If you have not chosen the Kingdom of God first, it will in the end make no difference what you have chosen instead.” William Law
2. “Put God first and you’ll never be last.”
3. “The secret of a happy life is giving God the first part of your day, the first priority to every decision, and the first place in your heart.”
4. “As God is exalted to the right place in our lives, a thousand problems are solved all at once.” – A.W. Tozer
5. “When you seek God first in your daily pursuits, He promises to add unto you those things which you were pursuing (as long as they are in His will).”
6. “Placing Him first in your life should be your daily goal, the main pursuit in the midst of all your other pursuits.” Paul Chappell