Every Jew quotes the Shema which is found in Deut 6:4:
“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD”
This is their confession of faith. Is goes on to say:
“Deu 6:5 And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
Deu 6:6 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:
Deu 6:7 And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.
Deu 6:8 And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes.
Deu 6:9 And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.”
The knowledge of God being the first in their lives is so fundamental to the Jewish faith. This is so important for us as Christians to understand because the very foundation of our faith comes out of true Judaism. Jesus was a Jew, the writers of the New Testament were Jewish, the first people to be called Christians at Antioch were Jewish men.
God wants to be first in our lives and it takes true faith in him to submit ourselves to his Lordship. I am not talking about a religious legalistic approach to God, which is nothing more than a works based approach to our salvation, but I am talking about a true relationship with him, where our spirit connects with the Holy Spirit and we become new people, we are what Jesus said in John 3:3 Born Again!
God sees all things; he is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. Now because of this, he is the perfect guide for our lives because nothing can take him by surprise.
No temptation, no sickness, no financial issue, no emotional issue and no educational issue that we can go through will take God by surprise. This is why Jesus said in his word:
Mat 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
We live in a world where people have erected all kinds of gods to themselves and they don’t even realise it. Anything that a person puts before him is an idol and God hates idolatry:
Exo 20:3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
Exo 20:4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:
Exo 20:5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;
Your family can be an idol if you put it before God, so can your job, your house, your business opportunity and yourself. We need to understand that the very things we have as idols in our lives, God gave them to us in the first place and he can also take them away!
The enemy wants us to shift our focus away from God and unto things because he knows once he has done that, he has got us. He proved it in the garden of Eden and he has being proving it for thousands of year:
Gen 3:4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
Gen 3:5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
The origins of sin is pride, pride is what got satan to loose his position in the first place and pride is what satan uses to get us to lose our position in God also.
Eze 28:14 You were the anointed cherub that covers, and I had put you in the holy height of God where you were; you have walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.
Eze 28:15 You were perfect in your ways from the day that you were created, until iniquity was found in you.
Isa 14:12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
Isa 14:13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
Isa 14:14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
The easiest god satan can get us the worship is ourselves, we call it self confidence, however self confidence outside of the context of God is just self worship!
God understands satan’s plan, like I said nothing takes God by surprise, this is why told he told us in his word:
Jas 4:7 Therefore submit yourselves to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Jas 4:8 Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, sinners; and purify your hearts, double-minded ones.
Jas 4:9 Be afflicted, and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to heaviness.
Jas 4:10 Be humbled before the Lord, and He will lift you up.
We serve a mighty God, who wants to be the Lord of our lives and who better to guide us then the God who created us!
When we are building something to improve our situations, we have to be very careful not to place it before God and it can be easily done.
We can be so focused that before we know it God has taken second place.
This is why things like this prayer call at the beginning of our working week is so important, it helps us to put things in the right perspective, it helps us to put our challenges before God and it also gives us the opportunity to ask God to intervene in our and other people’s situations.
If you want to see true growth in your business, then make God the head of your business, he wants you to be successful and he has promised to bless the work of your hands, if he is placed first.
Remember, you cannot fool God, God sees the heart not the outward performance, so we can hold back our own progression simply by having the wrong motives or the wrong attitude towards our business.
God have given us everything in his word pertaining to life and Godliness, so we need to do our part, because he will always do his part.
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