TODAY'S WORD FOR Wednesday, April 24, 2019:
Earlier in time and occurrence; the right to proceed others in order, rank or privilege.
Here is the conclusion of the matter. Fear God and keep His commandments.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
Very few people today set priorities for their day to day living, let alone for their goals in life. As adults and parents we need to have priorities for our marriage, for our children and for our own personal and family activities. The problem is that when one does not set priorities basically nothing is accomplished and at the end of the day one wonders where the day went and what was accomplished.
The Bible has a lot to say about priorities. In the Old Testament Solomon sums up so well in the last chapter of Ecclesiastics what our priorities should be in life. He says to honor God and obey His commands. This is the most important thing that any of us can do. God knows everything that we do even the things done in secret. He knows the good and the bad and he will judge everything that we do. The things we do are evidence of our priorities. This advice from Solomon in the verse above should remind us that our first priority should be making God’s priorities our priorities.
The dictionary defines priority as the right to precede others in order. God has that right and He should precede all other things and people in our lives. In the sixth chapter of Matthew, Jesus tells us we are not to store up treasures upon earth, but our priority should be to store up treasures in heaven. We need to realize that everything on earth is temporal and if our eyes are focused on these treasures, our life will be shrouded in moral darkness.
Jesus also told us in verse 21 that “where our treasure is, there will our heart be also.” If our priorities are in the temporal things of this world, that is what we will desire because that is where our heart is. If on the other hand our heart is on God our desire will be to do what pleases Him.
And in Matthew 6:33 we read one of the most clear-cut verses in the Bible as to what our priority in life should be. It reads: “But seek you first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added on to you.”
God’s interests (seeking first His Kingdom) are to be first in our lives. So if we “seek God’s righteousness first,” we meet the condition of God’s blessing for our lives. And then the last of this verse gives us the guarantee of God’s provision to us (all these things shall be added on to us).
As you set your priorities in life from a spiritual perspective read Philippians 1:21 and make it your purpose for living: “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”
Our memory verse for this week is found in John 14:27.
Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you; not as the world gives, do I give you. Let not your hearts be troubled neither let them be afraid.
Help me, dear Lord, to set my priorities each day first to honor and serve You. Make me set as a priority the reading of the Bible and the communication I must have with You through prayer. Give me the leadership needed with my family so that together we will put You first in all of our lives both in our words and our deeds.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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