God First

Written by Joyce C. Lock

God 1st, Others 2nd, Self last...

Most believe that's how it should be, whether they practice it or not.

Few have problems recognizing when "Me, Me, Me" gets inrepparttar way, whether they care to admit it or not.

But, putting others 2nd can get very confusing in relationship to God being 1st.

It is God who teaches us how to love others and, in so doing, we are loving Him. However, when we have a passion for caring forrepparttar 126904 needs of others, you can bet Satan is looking for ways to trip us up and burn us out.

Satan will use that passion against us (where we're being called upon, up to 24 hrs. per day, to help others in countless ways) until we find we no longer have time for God. Then, others get 1st place and God gets nothing.

In addition, we run out of time for tending our own spiritual needs and soon become drained, finding we no longer have anything left to give.


Written by Joyce C. Lock

Ifrepparttar Lord's return is a bit different than we thought (flying out of here inrepparttar 126903 literal isn't exactly what He meant) we would be ashamed for Him to return at Christmas; seeing us celebrate His birthrepparttar 126904 same way pagans do. Christmas would/should never berepparttar 126905 same again.

When we consider giving gifts of love, do we think of pretty packages to go underrepparttar 126906 tree or do we consider what Jesus would give; things like sharingrepparttar 126907 gift of salvation, meeting a need ofrepparttar 126908 heart, reaching lost sheep? And, didn't He say that there would always be poor among us?

So, if it is Jesus' birth we're celebrating, shouldn't our gifts be to Jesus or on behalf of Jesus? If such a needed gift would come in a package, so be it. But, with Jesus present, there would never be a Christmas gathering to show off ‘our’ service.

Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But withrepparttar 126909 precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: 1 Peter 1:18-19

It was God who first showed me how He felt aboutrepparttar 126910 way we celebrate Christmas when I attended a church Christmas program wherein Santa was welcomed, but there was no mention of Jesus. My stomach ached and churned, and, soon, I thought I was going to puke ... feeling literally ill from head to toe.

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