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July 2020 Monthly Message
The Lord Must be First
I must love the Lord, more than any one,
More than my parents, my daughter or son.
More than my spouse, who is so dear to me,
JESUS says He must be first, I agree.
The Lord must be first, o’er everything,
If we want the Father’s, greatest blessings.
If we place anything, higher than He,
The Bible states we’ll face, Hell’s agony.
We must love Christ, more than silver or gold,
If we don’t, God’s rich blessings He’ll with-hold.
JESUS must be first, over precious stones,
If we want to see Heaven, on our own.
JESUS must be first, over pow’r and fame,
And we must always, honor His great Name.
We must never curse Him, in blasphemy,
We must instead, consider eternity.
The Lord must be first by all, everywhere,
If they want to be under, God’s great care.
If they e’er want to see, Heaven above,
They must put Christ first, with heart-felt love.
Where does the Lord stand, in your life this day?
Is He Number One? Or is He far away?
Is JESUS ever so near, to your heart?
Be wise my friend, stay close, never depart!
By: His servant, Connie Kramer Dec.16, 2015 #1389
John 14:6 JESUS saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. (KJV)
ONLY JESUS CAN GIVE YOU ETERNAL LIFE!
Deut. 6:5 And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all
thy might. (KJV)
Matthew 22:37-40 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. (KJV) . . . We must love Jesus supremely and passionately, more than all other beings and/or things. We must be devoted to Him, love Him with our all, secure our love totally on Him, be willing to give up all that we hold dear if he so commands it if it were ever to come to that. We must be willing to give our life to Him, and devote our life to His service. We must be willing to live for Him, and be willing to die for Him IF He so commands.
Matthew 6:24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. . . . 33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. (KJV) . . . The kingdom of God is the primary subject of the Sermon on the Mount. It is the kingdom which God is establishing in this fallen world.
Consider the following: (a). It is not enough to simply know what God’s will is. (b). We must also make doing His will our number one priority.
In His sermon on the mount, Jesus talks about the importance of: (a). Overcoming anxiety (Mat.6:25-27). (b). Feeling the marvelous care of God because we sought first the kingdom of God. (Mat.6:28-32).
SEEKING THE WILL OF GOD MEANS:
(a). Know the kingdom of God is the rule or reign of God by means of His will (Mat.6:10).
(b). Know that we must seek out what God’s will for us is, and live it out in our lives (Jn.4:34; 6:38), and know that IF it is NOT God’s will, we want no part of it!
SEEKING THE WILL OF GOD INVOLVES OBEDIENCE:
(a). It is God’s will that we obey His Son (Mat.11:27; 28:18; Jn.3:35; 5:22-27; 13:3).
(b). Since Jesus has all authority, He wants us to become His disciples (Mat.28:18-20).
(c). Becoming His disciples, we learn from Him, and find rest for our souls (Mat.11:28-30). So, to seek the will of God means becoming disciples of Christ Jesus.
PLACING IN ORDER THE WILL OF GOD:
Luke 9:23 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. 24 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. 25 For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away? 26 For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father's, and of the holy angels.(KJV) . . . We must have wisdom and courage to NEVER deny or reject or be ashamed of Jesus! When someone denies or rejects Christ, they make huge decisions as though there were no afterlife. The FACT is: this life on Earth is just the place where we decide to spend eternity; it is just the introduction to eternity. How we live this brief life on Earth determines our eternal state. What we accumulate on Earth has absolutely NO value whatsoever in gaining eternal life (Jn.14:6; Acts 4:12), and has absolutely NO value whatsoever in Heaven (Mat.6:19-21). Even the highest social or civic honors CANNOT earn us entrance into Heaven (Eph.2:8-9). We must evaluate our lifestyle from an eternal viewpoint, because our soul is eternal.
Luke 14:26-27 If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. 27 And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. (KJV) . . . Hate means to love less. We must love Jesus MORE than anyone else, no matter who they are. NONE of these people are to be placed above Christ Jesus, or loved more than He (Mat.10:37). Jesus must be first in our life.