God's Priority List For You

God’s Priority List For You

God’s Priority for You

As you read, I pray the Lord open your eyes of understanding to see just what He has in store for you in Jesus name. Amen, Hallelujah! Thank God for little mercies He grants us, Amen.

Just like the heading goes, I’ll be sharing things that will draw your attention to how to prioritize your Christian life the way that God wants it.

We need to know exactly how to lock onto what things God has in store for us and if we do not connect to His perfect will for us, it will be tantamount to a colossal loss, a gargantuan phantom galvanized in nihility.

God has His set down rules for us as Christians. Like any loving father would firmly but lovingly teach and direct the path of his child to make him a useful and better person to himself and to the society at large.

We need to be able to prioritize things in our lives in service to God. If we say we want to serve God, we have to do it the way He wants it done and nothing else. In Hosea 4:6 it says “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge…”

Not lack of power, not lack of the “anointing” not prayerlessness nothing else, just the lack of KNOWLEDGE. Once you know what to do and how to do it, you are on your way to success. The word “destroyed” used here I Hosea 4:6 is the Hebrew word damah, pronounced (daw-mam’) meaning to be dumb or silent; hence, to fail or perish;

I like how the Merriam Webster’s dictionary defines ‘Destroy’ (as in the KJV) means “to cause (something) to end or no longer exist: to cause the destruction of (something): to damage (something) so badly that it cannot be repaired” It literally means to obliterate so completely that there is no evidence of former existence.  God knew what He was talking about. ‘Knowledge is power’ as the saying goes.

 

Actually it should have been translated for lack of THE KNOWLEDGE” the definite article T-H-E for God is always very specific. In the book of 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.” The definite article “T-H-E” is very evident here and tells you what kind of knowledge in question. Not general knowledge but specifically the proper knowledge of God. “My people…” meaning there is a relationship already. The children of Israel ought to know God and His ways but do not. Not because God has not revealed Himself to them severally but they chose not to. There is only one knowledge of God available to man and it is found in the Bible. Anything outside of the Bible is NOT of THE God of Creation.

Now let’s see how God chose to do His thing. In Hebrews 11:1 we read “Now faith is THE substance of things hoped for, THE evidence of things not seen”

Faith is Not “A substance,” but “THE substance,” another definite article. When the children of Israel came out of the wilderness, God gave them specific instructions on how to serve Him. You can find most of that in the book of Deuteronomy. But at this point they have chosen what they thought was the best way. Just like the Church of Jesus Christ today, most of us have chosen what we think is the best way to serve God, not according to His dictates but what WE think is the best thing for Him.

 

Let me make this very clear to you now. You are not serving God because you are a “great man of God” with signs and wonders following. As good as that may sound if it is not the way God wants it, a definite instruction to do what He says according to His revealed word in the Bible, not according to an offbeat revelation of yours, then you are serving yourself and that is tantamount to idolatry. It does not matter the number of followership you may have nor whatever signs and wonders. If it is not the way it is written in His word, you are wasting your time. There is NO NEW REVELATION to be added to the scriptures anymore. All the scriptures needed for the Church are completed in one compendium called “The Bible”. You have to be able to give all of your heart to Him. Do the totality of His will and not a portion of it only. You cannot serve God without knowing Him; you must have “THE Knowledge” of God to be able to serve Him like He wants it. If you honestly want to serve God, you must go back to the Bible and get the authentic scriptures.

“Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.” Colossians 2:8

God has a priority list for the Christian today that will enable him serve the right way. Let us see the book of Ephesians 5:17“Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is”.

That is the challenge. Outside of what you hear the pastor read in church on Sundays, the truth be told. Most Christians are simply lazy at reading the Bible. Or worse still we randomly or haphazardly pick chapters or verses that we gloss through. So how can you know the will of God for your life? It is unwise not to know the will of God in any situation. It is only the scriptures that can give us direction in all things “pertaining to life and Godliness” 2 Peter 1:3

Ephesians 5:18-21 “And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.”

You will notice that these verses are directing these instructions to the believer and his relationship with God the Father. Simply put, your first priority as a Christian is GOD. I guess you already know that? You may attend and be a member of all kinds of fellowship groups, crusades, prayer meetings, group fasting, choir member/practice in church, prison/hospital visitation member but no time for your personal fellowship with the Father. No time for the Father of creation. That is a heinous crime. Those devotions are good but that is not what He wants from you.

Jesus said in John 4:23 “But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.” The scripture says Our Father God wants genuine worshipers. You must not allow anything to come between you and God. He is a jealous God and will not share His glory with any man.

“I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images”. Isaiah 42:8

When you do not find time to fellowship with Him, you are rubbing Him of His legitimate right, stealing from God. No matter what kind of job you do.

God allowed Solomon to build the temple with all that beautiful decorations of gold, silver and precious stones because He wanted us to see and know how much He treasured His temple which today is the believer, the Church of Jesus Christ by far is more valued than the temple of Solomon.

So God’s first priority for the believer is GOD. Whether you are married or single, working or jobless, a minister or just a floor member YOU MUST OF A NECESSITY MAKE TIME TO BE IN THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD GOD ALMIGHTY AT ALL TIMES. Other scriptures would be Colossians 2 4-23, 3:1-17.

 

Second on the list is your spouse (for the married). Starting from Ephesians 5:22-33 “Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.”

You notice here that reference is directed at the husbands and wives. This part of scripture was a mystery for a long time. “Men of God” left their wives and children at home travelling round the world ministering to other people while their homes suffered. It is widely believed that children of pastors usually grew up rebellious because their pastor dad is not at home to take care of his family. He leaves it to the wife. Spiritually that is a big failure on his part regardless if the children grew up to be the best thing God ever created for that family. Outside of delegating authority, he has to be there physically for his family. Jesus said “Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you ALWAY even unto the end of the world. Amen.” Matthew 28:20 Though He delegated the job of a care taker to the Holy Ghost, He still told us He is with us, always. Regardless of the delegated authority, the father is not just to remain an absentee father. He needs to be a father and present for his family or better still go with them if possible. These ministers do these things sincerely thinking they are serving God while as a matter of fact they served themselves.

Ephesians 5:22 starts with “Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. The phrase “submit yourselves” there is the Greek word hupotasso, (pronounced hoop-ot-as’-so) is a military term “to subordinate; to obey:–be under obedience, be (put) in subjection, submit self unto.” Just like you respect and reverence the Lord Jesus that is exactly the way to relate to your husband.

Colossians 3: 18 “Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord.”

The scripture never said “submit” only when he is being nice. If you think your husband is misbehaving in any way, you have his master Jesus to report to, not any other. A woman is the most powerful creature God ever created. That is why she alone is entitled to two Lords, the Lord Jesus Christ and her husband. She is stronger all round except physically and that is the only reason she is regarded as the weaker sex. When you as a wife play your part the way God wants you to, His word will definitely come to pass in your marriage and Satan will have no hold on you.

I have heard some family men claim that God called them into a full time ministry and has forbidden them from engaging in any other job to support their family. But for years now the ministry has been struggling, no growth, needing aid all the time so everything called provision for the family is left for the wife to fulfill; after all she is the “help mate” She has to work to feed her able bodied husband too. She has been told God placed a work ban on the husband so feeding and providing for the family was her sole responsibility.

That is blasphemy!!! I call that very unfortunate, a most absurd and uninformed declaration based on a mischievous, myopically shallow exegeses for the satanic bastardization of the Holy writhe. But like the Lord Jesus declared in Matthew 16:18 “And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. It is impossible to mess up the Church.

There is absolutely NO WAY God will go against His own written word to please anybody. The Psalmist declared about God in the book of Psalms 138:2 “I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.  Why would God do a thing like that and go against His own word -Jesus? Are these people the new Saul of Tarsus with a new revelation for mankind? Even so, God never broke any scripture for Saul before he became Paul of Tarsus. And by the way, God never said wives were a “help mate” but rather “A HELP MEET” there is a difference. Genesis 2:18 reads “And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.”

In simple terms, what does that mean? The phrase “…him an help meet ...” Is the Greek word `ezer, pronounced (ay’-zer) meaning “a help, a counterpart of himself, one formed from him, and a perfect resemblance of his person.  This implies that the woman was to be a perfect resemblance of the man, neither inferior nor superior, but being in all things like and equal to him, a man with a womb. Not a slave to the man.”

The scripture I picked in Ephesians 5:23 reads “For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.” If the husband is the head of the wife as the scripture says, how does he the husband display his role of provision and protection like his master Jesus Christ over his own family if he leaves that role to the wife to fill?

Not just that, 1 Timothy 5: 8 says “But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel what can be clearer than that? Why would God go against that? The responsibility of providing for the family is primarily the man’s job NOT THE WOMAN. If the man was doing his best but he is not able to fully provide for his family and the wife is helping out, that is a different matter, but not a situation where he is simply using ministry to cover up his laziness, it is most unacceptable, that man needs to repent and ask both God and his wife for forgiveness then get to do something for money.

God cannot give you a job that will negate His word. You see, like I keep saying you cannot serve God according to your whims and caprices. It has to be only the way He wants it done in His word. How do you teach “…them (your children) to observe all things…” in absentia?

 

Like I said before, after God the next important thing to God for you is your MARRIAGE. It is the husband and wife relationship. It is not the pastor, evangelist, prophet, teacher or any so called “man of God’s” job. It is MARRIAGE the only institution on earth created by God that reflects the relationship between the Church and Jesus Christ. The wife and the Husband relationship is compared to the Church and Jesus.

The Church is the greatest institution on earth. That is why it is God’s priority for the wife to be in submission to the husband. In Verse 22, the word translated SUBMIT there is the Greek word hupotasso, pronounced (hoop-ot-as’-so) like in the military meaning to (subordinate; reflexively, to obey:–be under obedience be (put) in subjection, submit self unto.) the Marian Webster’s English dictionary defines it as (yield to governance or authority) and the husband is to love his wife and keep her like Jesus keeps the Church. And be ready to lay his life down for her. Not to enslave her and hand her his God given responsibility of taking care and providing for the family.

Remember the verse says in 1 Timothy. 3:2 “A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach” it did not say he has to be able to perform signs and wonders but a HUSBAND not a married man, a HUSBAND. The fact that you are married does not make you a husband. There are many married men today but very few husbands. Just like there are many married women but few wives. You as a Christian was called to be a “wife or a husband of one wife” your wife cannot be a burden to you because you want to preach the gospel. You need to spend time praying for your wife and home like Jesus does for the Church. Romans. 8:34 “Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us”.

Husbands and wives, if you want to serve God according to His word, you need to leave all those signs and wonders prayers and concentrate on each other. Why? Because there are more husbands and wives than any type of minister of the word. If God’s blessings were to be based on ministry work alone then only few people will get it.

He made it so because it is more difficult to be a husband (or wife as the case may be) than to be a preacher. Unlike in marriage all those other ministerial offices are just singular jobs but love in marriage requires every aspect of love “patience, kindness, not envious. Does not brag, not proud, doesn’t behave itself inappropriately, doesn’t seek its own way, is not provoked, takes no account of evil; doesn’t rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things” 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Marriage requires everything in love to survive, that is why true “Love never fails” the best place to put it at work is at home, that is why it is said that “charity begins at home” You cannot dash out to Church service on Sunday, leaving your wife behind because “she will make you go late” no, help her to do better.

Your spouse (husband or wife) is your next priority after God. Not your parents nor your children, not your siblings nor your friends not your extended family members, not your job, worse of all certainly not “the club”.

Did you notice? So far there is nothing about the in-laws in this list? These groups of people are to be kept away from the family unit. They have no business intruding on the goings on in your family. They cannot love you more than God does, yet He chose to leave them out of the show. Husbands if you want to obey God, do it wholeheartedly, it pays. I have these emphases on the husbands because they are the ones God put in authority. Lead the way properly and you will arrive at your destination safely. Other scripture reference can be found in Colossians 3:18-19

So people of God, God’s number two on His priority list for you is MARRIAGE, the husband and wife scenario.

 

Next on the priority list, starting from Ephesians 6:1-4  “Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth. And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.”

You got it right. Children are the next in line. (If you have them) You cannot neglect your children in the name of making money nor can you be the absentee parent for any reason at all. Regardless the job you do. Be there for them, love them and chasten them when they go wrong. In a bid to make up for their shortfall of being absent, some parents pamper their children to the extent that they eventually turn out bad when they grow up. They will say “I want my child to have what I didn’t have when I was growing up” but they forget that was a different time not the present. There is enough grace to guide a child through each age dispensation. You as a parent need to know what is happening, so you can be helpful to the child as he grows up. Parents forget again to give their children what they have at present which is their relationship with the Lord. Scripture says to teach them the way of the Lord. It is your primary responsibility to them. They did not ask to be born; you wanted children, so bring them up in the way of the Lord. Children are very impressionable. You are their first “God” they look up to you in implicit trust. The original plan God had for the family was for parents to bring up their children in His ways. Man fell hence the need for preachers. You do not have the right to talk to God about your child’s unruly behaviour until you have spoken to that child about God first. Read Proverbs 22 it is loaded. One of the most intriguing verses for me in that chapter is verse 15. It reads, “Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.”

Now if we dissect that verse you will see just what I mean. It starts with the word “Foolishness” The Hebrew word for that is ‘ivveleth, pronounced iv-veh’-leth silliness, folly, foolishly(-ness) it says it is BOUND The Greek word for bound there is qashar, (Pronounced kaw-shar’) it is from a primitive root meaning: to tie, physically (gird, confine, compact) or mentally (in love, league):–bind (up), (make a) conspire(-acy, -ator), join together, knit, stronger, work (treason) in the heart…” leb, (pronounced labe) is the Greek word translated HEART there, the word is also used (figuratively) very widely for the feelings, the will and even the intellect among others. “…of a child…” That is according to Strong’s Hebrew Dictionary. But the Bible continues and says “…the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.”  Now here is the intrigue for me. The Hebrew word translated “CHILD” there is the word na`ar, (Pronounced nah’-ar) it means a child from the age of infancy to adolescence. INFANCY? WOW!!! That can’t be correct, you say. Who is an infant and what does an infant know to deserve using a rod of correction? You ask. Is God saying you can actually take up a “rod” against an infant? Isn’t that child abuse? There are two answers to that question. Yes and No. Yes you can take up a rod of correction against an infant and No, it is not child abuse.

Now I ask you, who is the creator, you, your government or God? If God the creator of the universe including humanity says an infant needs a rod for correction, who are you to think otherwise? You better believe it.

Now let me explain something here. You need to understand that man is first and foremost a spirit being housed in a body. That is because in this world, this planet earth we live in, you need a body to be relevant. This physical world has a lot of constraints. Because of the physical body, you’re constrained by time and space.  But in the spirit world, there are no constraints whatsoever. No time, No space and spirits are ageless, that’s because God the Father of spirits – Jesus the Christ is ageless. “For I am the LORD, I change not…” Malachi 3:6a “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.” Hebrews 13:8. Once a spirit is born, for spirits give birth to spirits, like the Father God, it lives forever “That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” John 3:6

So the spirit of a new born baby and that of his or her parents are exactly the same, no difference. But in our world there is a lot of difference because TIME AND CHANCE (space) has not happened to that baby yet. The baby will need time to acquire knowledge and wisdom as he grows and develop physically and in status.

Like I told you earlier, there is neither time nor space in the spirit realm. So naturally the child’s spirit would want to obey and act out the instructions of God in the book of Genesis 1:28 “And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earthBut this is fallen and corrupt man. This child is not in the “image and likeness of God” as Adam and Eve were at the beginning. Every child born of the seed of a man on the face of this earth is born corrupt in sin after the fallen image and likeness of Adam, not after God. God created only Adam and Eve, the rest of humanity is born of a woman. The Bible tells us in Genesis 5:3 that “…Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth” Psalm 1:5 says “Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.

So when the spirit of this new born baby steps into position to “subdue and have dominion” the parents are the first “guinea pig” it has to experiment with. The infant starts by biting the mother’s breasts nipple for play. The mother thinks “oh the baby is an infant and doesn’t know what he or she is doing” but the truth is that if that child is rebuked sharply they will behave, even at that tender age. Some mothers who have tried this in the past can testify to what I just said. If that child is left unchecked at that age, it becomes a habit. Being a toddler, his will is already setting in. he wants something and if he doesn’t get it, he starts whining or throwing tantrums. If a parent continues to let him have his way, it is just a matter of time, that child will go off the handle. He is now in control of his parents. He must always get what he wants. Crying becomes his weapon of blackmail to achieve his mission.

There is a lot on child discipline we can talk about but that will be another topic. Number three are Children in the scale of God’s priority for the Christian. Other scriptures would be Colossians 3:20-21.

 

Number four is the JOB you do. From the 5th verse to the 9th of Ephesians 6

Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ; Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men; Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free. And, ye masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with him.

The job you do to earn a living is next. Not evangelism nor signs and wonders. Do the job as if it is the Lord you are working for. Verse seven says “With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men;” You are already a preacher in that job. Matthew 5:16 says “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

If you are a called minister of the gospel and this is what you do to earn a living, then this is where that office stands, not before. As a man of God who wants to serve God the way He has put it, this is it. It cannot be changed. Please Note this, The office of any minister of the gospel is NOT higher than that of the husband or wife. Adam was given the responsibility of taking care of his wife long before the fall of man. The five fold ministerial offices were established by the Lord Jesus because man fell and needed to be taught the way of God again. In God’s priority list, this is the position of your job, in the forth position. That is for a husband with children.

The Fifth on the list. From verse ten to the end talks about the fifth and the last on the priority list of God for the believer, Church Activities, the work of the ministry. Prayer meetings, Choir Practice, Women/Men Fellowship, Singles Meetings, Group Evangelism, Hospital/Prison Visitations etc.

”Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints”

The mistake some believers make is to place church activities above their “regular” jobs. But the truth is, that so called regular job is the ministry you have been given. The Bible says in Ephesians 6:7 WITH GOOD WILL DOING SERVICE, AS TO THE LORD, AND NOT TO MEN;”

That is ministry unto the Lord. Church activities come last in the list of priorities for the believer according to the word of God. In that job you are doing, be the best you can be, no complaints whatsoever.

So let’s put everything together again. Fist it’s your

Personal Relationship with God then your

Spouse, Children, your Work and finally Ministry.

If you are a single parent for whatever reason,

It’s  God, your Child, Work before church activities,

If you’re not married you have God your Job and Church Activities to deal with in that order.

I know this may not happen overnight but when you get started God will give you a helping hand. He that had kept you on six occasions shall not abandon you on the seventh Job 5:19

God Bless You

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