Sunday, December 11, 2016

Putting God First

I have had to make the decision to give notice of resignation to my employer. I love the company that I am working for and am going to miss my work family and the regular customers at my place of employment. It is heavy on my heart to put God ahead of everything and everyone else. The scripture "Exodus 34:21 NIV You have six days each week for your ordinary work, but on the seventh day you must stop working, even during the seasons of plowing and harvest." and "Romans 8:10-17 NIV But if Christ is in you,then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness. And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you. Therefore, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation-but it is not to the flesh, to live according to it. For if you live according to the flesh, you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live. For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, 'Abba, Father.' Now if we are children, then we are heirs-heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory." I can not deny nor do I want to deny my God. He has protected, healed, kept me, and enveloped me with peace that is beyond all understanding in the face of any adversity. I trust my God. I believe what his word is truth and I want to serve him better.

He has taught me how to think so that I am not depressed, anxious or worried about things that I have no control over. I have learned to depend on him in so many different aspects of my life. He has never left me nor forsaken me. He gives me favor. He loves me. He takes cares of me. I do not expect to live a life free of problems but I do expect them to be taken care of by my father because he loves me and I believe in him and his promises. This world is not where we will spend our eternal life. Our savior has gone to prepare a place for us where there will be no sickness, no sadness, no sorrow, no tears, no death. "Revelation 21:4 NIV He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away." Who am I to put anything ahead of my creator. He gives life and he takes it away. He has given me life.

One particular trial that I went through is a marvelous testimony to God and what he is capable of. He protected me from being paralyzed from the neck down and from experiencing side effects from pinched and damaged nerves, spinal cord impingement in two different areas of my cervical spine and spinal canal stenosis. He has healed me from depression, mitral valve prolapse, enlarged heart, seizures, endometriosis, a bone spur that was on my spine under the metal plate in my neck and so much more. I cannot not put him first.

"Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy think about such things."

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