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GOD MUST HAVE THE FIRST PLACE

Hello reader,

You are welcome to a glorious year, where God has packaged lots of blessings for you. In this New Year, God is set to launch you forth to greater heights in all your endeavours in Jesus’ name!

Every glorious destiny and everyone that has ever succeeded in scriptures, had a good relationship with God even from their youth.  That is why to begin this year, we will be looking at the topic: God must have the first place.  To fulfill all God’s plans for your life and to actualize the glorious destiny He has for you, He must be placed as priority in your life.

So many teenagers, even in church, dishonour God by playing game while the sermon is been preached. Some people even go as far as chatting or visiting various websites, when a message that would benefit their destinies is been preached. This shouldn’t be!

   Friend, your priority towards life has to be right and if it must be right, God should be at the top of the list. You need to love God first! Without Him, it is evident that you will be running in the vanity of your mind and all that you do will be in vain.

Your love for God must be greater than your love for relatives, friends and self (Matthew 10:37). Your reaction towards the things of God, is a proof of who occupies the first place in your heart.

The reason why some people are still very far from realizing destiny, is that their plans and actions are not God-centered. They have placed pursuing after material things, friends, pleasure and even carnality above God and His Word. The god of this world has blinded their eyes and their hearts are taken far away from the Kingdom. They now take following after the current worldly trend, as their standard for living and have forsaken the ways of God.

Many are willing to serve God, as long as it doesn’t cost them too much of their time or effort. As far as they are concerned, God must be satisfied with the crumbs that they are willing to offer. The truth is: God never asks for more than you can give, but He is asking for the best you can proffer. God’s Word says: But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you (Matthew 6:33).

         How often do you choose attending a friend’s party, compared to going for church services? What is your reaction towards God’s Word, prayers and even fellowships? How many times have you preferred to do personal or at times unnecessary things, over attending to Kingdom issues? If your answer is not favourable, then you need to check your commitment to God. It is a clear indication that He is not at the top of your priority list.

Taking a cue from Jesus, at one time, He had intended to have some time alone with His disciples to rest, but was moved with compassion and so put the  welfare of the people above His own comfort (Mark 6:31-34). This is a perfect example of how you ought to put God first in your life. This doesn’t mean you should be fanatical, but be dedicated (Ecclesiastes 7:16-18).Being dedicated in this context means that you stand 100% with God, and you give yourself completely to His cause.

     God loves you and He wants a perfect relationship with you. He wants you to remove every distraction on your path to serving Him as you walk with Him with a perfect heart. It does not matter your age or level. In fact, the earlier the better because you stand to enjoy the best of Him for a long time.

Bible references such as Joseph, Daniel, Esther, Ruth, Gideon and many others started a good relationship with God, from their teenage years. You, too, can develop a quality stand with Him.

Decide today to shun other attractions and focus solely on God and how to please Him. It does not matter what people say or how many friends you might lose by your decision, all you need to consider is the glorious future that awaits you. You will not lose it in the name of Jesus! You destiny is great and you must succeed!

However, having a relationship with God and making Him first in your life, begins with a personal commitment to making Jesus your Lord and Saviour. There is a fresh grace released for those born again, in giving themselves completely to God’s cause, with respect to giving Him the first place in their lives. Being born again entails confessing your sins and accepting Jesus into your life as your Lord and personal Saviour.

To accept Him right now, please say this prayer: Lord Jesus Christ, I come to You today.  I am a sinner.  I cannot help myself.  Forgive me of my sins and cleanse me with Your Blood.  Deliver me from sin and satan to serve the living God.  I believe You died for me and on the third day, You rose that I might be justified.  I accept You as my Lord and Saviour.  Make me a child of God today.  Thank You for accepting me into Your Kingdom.

    Congratulations! You are now born again and a child of God.  All-round rest and peace are guaranteed you, in Jesus’ Name. Call or write, and share your testimonies with me through contact@faithoyedepo.org, and counselling@faithoyedepo.org; Or 07026385437 and 08141320204.

For more insight, these books authored by me are available at the Dominion Bookstores in all Living Faith Churches and other leading Christian Bookstores: A Living Witness, Service: The Master Key and Singles with A difference.

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