11: The Power of The First Thing
Are Christians out of step with what's going on in the world? Or do we view things from a different perspective? We know that what's happening now is temporary and that God can and will use it for eternal good. How do we respond to what's going on in the world with love, truth AND grace? If we are in-step with God, we will often feel out of step with the world... But that's OK - because we are calling the world to be in step with God. C.S. Lewis said, "You can't get second things by putting them first. You get second things only by putting first things first." When the big issues of life hit - we go back to church FIRST, we get on our knees FIRST. Connecting to Christ, remember who we belong to - that's our source of power, joy, identity and peace. We will never be able to solve the problems of our sinful world, but God can. God's people must turn to HIM! What can we do? We MUST return to church. God's people are made to worship Him in community and we have the liberty to do so. Be safe, follow guidelines as necessary, but we belong in the house of God. We MUST be on our knees in prayer. We will go through seasons when it seems God is not listening and that our prayers are not being answered. Remember that God answers prayer in His perfect timing, and even when we don't see the answers we want, God uses prayer to change us. We MUST be in the Word. Fill your mind with God's eternal perspective! If we are out of step with the world, it's OK - as long as we are in-step with Him. We MUST give God priority in our life. When we put God first, we have the power and strength to face anything we may encounter in our day. Scripture mentioned in this episode Ecclesiastes 3:11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man's heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. 1 Corinthians 1:26-31 For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” Galatians 4:4-7 But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God. Psalm 31:15 My times are in your hand; rescue me from the hand of my enemies and from my persecutors! C.S. Lewis Quote: You can't get second things by putting them first. You get second things only by putting first things first. Remember, there are two kinds of fire in the world: One that burns and consumes and one that burns and empowers. May God's word and God's love burn brightly in you, giving you the strength to face any fire. Until next time, little embers! Thru the Fire is a production of Family Vision Media, a non-profit ministry committed to helping Christian parents discern the truth in a culture of lies. Contact the Seltzes: Candescent Counseling and Coaching: https://cccc-usa.com/ By phone: 657-325-8635 Connect with Family Vision Media: www.FamilyVisionMedia.org www.Facebook.com/FamilyVisionMedia www.Twitter.com/FamVisionMedia Find more encouragement and information on our blog: https://familyvisionmedia.org/category/fvm/ Questions? E-mail us! email@example.com This post may contain affiliate links. We appreciate your support!