Tuesday, April 19, 2011

SEEK God FIRST

1 Corinthians 7:34
"An unmarried woman or virgin is concerned with the Lord's affairs: Her aim is to be devoted to the Lord in both body and spirit."


Be careful to note that this verse is talking about an "unmarried" woman. This includes women who are engaged, dating, in a courtship, or even just talking to a guy. As I have observed happenings around me recently, I have realized how hard it is to keep God first when a man is involved.
Our human nature wants to give our heart away instantly when we meet a guy. It is our fleshly instinct to do what feels good and kiss the guy on the first date, sleep with him after a few weeks, and spend as much time as possible with him, never having a free moment to think about other things. It's how we all are. If you have never dated and don't consider this a future problem, you are wrong. If you are in a relationship of some sort and deny that this is what your heart wants, you are wrong again. These are simply the rules of attraction.

So why does this matter? Because as Christians and women of God, we are called to much higher. We are called to take the "narrow gate" that leads us to holy fellowship with the King of our hearts. When we do what we want instead of what the Lord wants, we are stepping into control of our lives, which is fine...unless you have made God the Lord of your life, as have I.

Although it's difficult, unpopular, and unnatural, God wants us to have pure and holy relationships with the opposite sex until the day we are married. Why cause us the struggles? Because He knows everything, He created everything, He has a plan for you. His plan is perfect and full of love and blessings, if only we will follow it. When you signed up to live a life devoted to God you weren't promised an easy life, you weren't promised eternal happiness, but you were promised eternal love and joy, you were promised eternal prizes that this earth cannot offer.

So if you are in a relationship, let me recognize that I know how difficult it is to keep God first. I realize that you are going to have to deny yourself more than you ever have in your life. You are going to have to go against everything your fleshly spirit desires, but I guarantee it will be worth it one day. Everything you save now will be multiplied ten times over on your wedding night. Current denial=eternal peace and joy.

So think about it. Are you letting a guy come between your relationship with God? Do you spend more time thinking and meditating on what he just said, or on what God showed you in scriptures today? Keep your heart focused on God and everything else will fall into place. Matthew 6:33 "But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these thins will be given to you as well."

Matthew 22:37-39
Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’