The Time Is NOW To Put God First

If we keep doing what we’re doing, we’re going to keep getting what we’re getting.
Stephen Covey

Matthew 3:2 (ESV)
2 “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”[a]

Human history… is the long terrible story of man trying to find something other than God, which will make him happy.
C.S. Lewis

Romans 13:11-14 (ESV)
11 Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. 12 The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. 13 Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy. 14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.

When we put God FIRST, all other things fall into their proper place.

1. It’s time to TAKE CONTROL OF MY SCHEDULE.

Ecclesiastes 4:6 (ESV)
6 Better is a handful of quietness than two hands full of toil and a striving after wind.
Jeremiah 6:16 (ESV)
16 Thus says the Lord:
“Stand by the roads, and look,
and ask for the ancient paths,
where the good way is; and walk in it,
and find rest for your souls.
But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’

7 Keys to Life…

  1. God first
  2. Love one another
  3. Never hate
  4. Give generously
  5. Live simply
  6. Forgive quickly
  7. Be kind, always

2. It’s time to RETHINK what I allow to enter my MIND AND BODY.

1 Corinthians 10:23 (ESV)
23 “All things are lawful,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful,” but not all things build up.
Galatians 5:17 (ESV)
17 For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do.

3. It’s time to organize my FINANCES around GIVE, SAVE, LIVE.

Malachi 3:10-18 (ESV)
10 Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need. 11 I will rebuke the devourer[a] for you, so that it will not destroy the fruits of your soil, and your vine in the field shall not fail to bear, says the Lord of hosts. 12 Then all nations will call you blessed, for you will be a land of delight, says the Lord of hosts. 

13 “Your words have been hard against me, says the Lord. But you say, ‘How have we spoken against you?’ 14 You have said, ‘It is vain to serve God. What is the profit of our keeping his charge or of walking as in mourning before the Lord of hosts? 15 And now we call the arrogant blessed. Evildoers not only prosper but they put God to the test and they escape.’”

16 Then those who feared the Lord spoke with one another. The Lord paid attention and heard them, and a book of remembrance was written before him of those who feared the Lord and esteemed his name. 17 “They shall be mine, says the Lord of hosts, in the day when I make up my treasured possession, and I will spare them as a man spares his son who serves him. 18 Then once more you shall see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve him.

Live like no one else today, so you can live like no one else tomorrow!
Dave Ramsey

Matthew 6:21 (ESV)
21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

4. It’s time to SPEND TIME WITH GOD.

1 Thessalonians 5:17 (ESV)
17 pray without ceasing,
Jeremiah 33:3 (ESV)
3 Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.
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