Who is your god? There is a difference between what we claim about ourselves to be and what we really are. There is also a great difference between our personal opinion of self and the truth.
As we get ready to end the year of 2014, I would like for you to take this article as a personal assessment. However, as I said before, the truth is unreliable when it comes to protecting your feelings from getting hurt.
The divine order of our priorities as God’s people should be, God first (Matthew 22:37-39), and family second.
Family consisting of:
- Family of believers
In Genesis 18:18-19 we see part of the reason Abraham was chosen to be, not only the start of a new nation (Israel), but the father of our faith.
18 Seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him?
19 For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgment; that the Lord may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him. (KJV)
In First Timothy 5:8, the Bible is more direct when Paul states,
But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel. (KJV)
This verse is actually telling us that if we do not provide for our family we deserve to go to hell, as that is the destination of a non-believer (Infidel).
Now that we have our Biblical foundation in the order of our priorities lets answer the question, do you know who your real god is? To determine that, you must check your investments in the following areas: Time, Money and Conversation
Colossians 4:5 tell us, “Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time.” (NKJV)
The way we use our time will directly affect our testimony with the people around us. What we do with our time will affect first, our families and then, the people that we constantly come in contact with.
John 17:4 tells us, “I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do.” (NKJV)
In other words, we have work to do. We actually give glory to God by using our time wisely and by using our time according to God’s will.
So the question is, where is your time going? Playing golf, in the gym, hanging around your friends, going from bar to bar, on social media, reading secular books, watching T.V., playing video games, online…
You can claim to love God, but if you have no time for HIM, is He really your God? You can claim to love your family, but if you are giving them the crumbs of your time, can they even sense your love?
Are you investing in your children? Are you investing in your own home? When was the last time you cooked a good hot meal? When was the last time you cut the grass, painted a room or built something for the benefit of your home. A good friend once told me that LOVE was spell T-I-M-E, he added, “We spend time with that or those we love”.
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Luke 12:34 (NKJV) Many people struggle with giving just ten percent of their income; as a matter of fact the great majority of so call Christians do not tithe. On an article entitle, Study: Christians Who Tithe Have Healthier Finances Than Those Who Don’t, written by Jeff Schapiro, a Christian Post Reporter for CP Church & Ministry only just five and twenty percent are tithers in a typical congregation. This article was published on May 15, 2013. So if you find it hard to tithe or give to others in need, but have no problem buying stuff for your own enjoyment, you can easily judge your own heart. Your checkbook is another reflection of who your real god is.
Luke 6:45 tells us, “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.” (NKJV) We can say many things, make a million confessions, but those things are not necessarily confessions of what is in your heart. What is a clear reflection of the condition of your heart are your favorite conversations. What do you spend the majority of your time talking about? Your conversations will reveal, very easily, what you are all about.
In following this simple assessment we can determine not only who our god is, but further more, who is a believer and who is not or at least, who is cold, hot or lukewarm in their relationship with God.
I know that many people are already prophesying what is going to happen in 2015. I have heard it all in previous years. The year of restoration, the year of salvation, the year of great prosperity, the year of this or the year of that. Beloved, I am a strong believer of prophecy, but some of these prophecies are ridiculous.
So understand that we are not waiting for God to do anything; Jesus did it all on the cross of Calvary as He stated, “It is finish.” (John 19:30) God is actually waiting for us.
Beloved, we all have access to healing, we all have access to the manifestation of angels, God’s prosperity, His anointing and so on… if we just do one thing… just get your priorities straight.
We get our priorities straight by investing time in God’s manifested presence, by going after HIM with all of our hearts, in prayer, in the reading of HIS Word in Worship. By investing in our families, by teaching them the way they should go and stop this friendship garbage with the children we are called to raise. We get our priorities straight by husbands taking their places at home and acting like the spiritual leaders that they are called to be, by husband pursuing loving that wife that gets on his last nerves and by that wife respecting that husband in-spite of his obvious imperfections.
This is the word for 2015 and for the rest of our lives…LETS JUST GET OUR PRIORITIES STRAIGHT!!!!!