Wednesday, 2 November 2011

The List

Seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Matt.6:33
Dennis Rainey developed seven action points for daily living. I have taken the liberty of expanding each point, hopefully to add clarification.

1. Seek God, not sin. Most of us don’t wake up in the morning saying “I wonder what sins I can commit today.” Unfortunately sinning comes naturally, it takes no thought. However if when we wake up we start the morning with a prayer, “Father please keep me from temptation and help me to be obedient to You today”, things will probably go better.

2. Fear God, not man. Some of us are people pleasers by nature. Actually being a people pleaser is a sin (take it from one who knows) because we have made what man thinks of us more important than what God thinks.

3. Love God, not the world. Because of the way we are wired from birth we will always worship something. When I value anything more than God, i.e. my iPhone, my golf game, my children, my job, etc. in actuality I have made that person, place or thing my god for that moment.

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4. Believe God, not the deceiver. One of Satan’s primary weapons is deception. It worked in the Garden why not everywhere else? Satan will take the desire for a good thing and turn it into a bad thing when it becomes a ruling thing.

5. Obey God, not your appetites. Our appetites for the things of this world are only limited by our imagination. We tend to feed on self-gratification, power, money, control and “toys”. We are to seek Him and His will for our lives.

6. Serve God, not self. Ouch! God tells us that we are to have no other Gods before Him; God tells us to put others ahead of ourselves; He says we are to love our wives as Christ loves us; and we are to respect our husbands. “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”Matthew 25:39-41

7. Worship God, not comfort. If we are honest with ourselves we act as though the world should revolve around my needs, my wants, and my desires. God must be number one in our lives. Excuse the crass analogy but it is like buttoning a shirt. If you start with the wrong button your shirt will be lopsided. If God isn’t first in our lives our lives will be lopsided.

By following these action points you will most certainly enhance your marriage!

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