Good morning [subscriber:firstname | default:Beloved],
Today, I would like to tell you about the principle of priority, what must be placed first in this decade 2020-2030. Whilst driving, complying with the principle of priority as set out in road traffic guidelines, makes it possible to avoid accidents. Likewise, making the right choices, taking the right decisions in compliance with divine priorities gives us success in our walk with the Lord.
“You will decide on a matter, and it will be established for you, and light will shine on your ways”, as stated in Job 22 :28 (English Standard Version). But how do we find out these priorities? It’s not at all obvious, is it? Herein, I elaborate on eight attitudes you should have that will serve as your GPS and help you find the divine priorities for your life.
First attitude: honor your fathers. God is your first Father. Honor Him in all of your ways and He will direct your paths, honor Him in your attitude, in your words, tithes and offerings and with the first fruits of your income (Proverbs 3: 9).
« Do not remove the ancient landmark, which your fathers have set« , says the Word of God in Proverbs 22: 28. And Exodus 20: 12 emphasizes: “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you. » You were born of your father and your mother. Hence, they are your point of origin. It is written in Proverbs 20: 20: “Whoever curses his father or his mother, His lamp will be put out in deep darkness.” Cursing in French comes from a Latin word that means »speak evil ». to curse does not only means to pronounce a malediction or profanity, but it is also criticizing, speaking evil. Do not despise your fathers, do not criticize them even when they do wrong. Whatever misunderstanding you can have with a father, avoid bitterness, do not criticize, do not revile your source, but pray for him. Even if your father has already died, in your thoughts uphold an honorable image of him.
Second attitude: consider the people close next to you as priorities because they participate in shaping your destiny. Love God and love your neighbor as yourself, as the Word of God commands you (Matthew 22: 38-40). On these two commandments hang the entire fulfillment of the prophecies of your life (Matthew 22: 40). Love your neighbor, whether he/she is nice or not. Know how to manage relationships around you because, on one hand, God puts by your side, many good people who are a blessing to you. God will use those around you to fulfill several promises that He has made to you. On the other hand, He also allows that there be enemies that will help you (unknowingly) to be greater to climb higher heights. Without Judas, Jesus would not have been brought to the cross, and we would not have been saved. Do good to your enemies. Do not grow weary of doing good (Galatians 6: 9). Do not give priority to those far from you at the expense of your family. Strive to do good in priority to your neighbor.
Third attitude: pursue and cultivate your intimacy with God and through prayer, choose those who have access to your intimacy. Yes, Beloved developing an intimate relationship with the Lord (John 15: 15, Isaiah 62: 5). Do not seek God for favors or in your own interest, or because you are seeking after a given solution to a challenge of your life. Love the Lord with all your heart, above all for what He is and not just for what He does.
Beyond intimacy with God, also be aware that those who have access to your privacy are a priority to you. You have to seriously pray to choose them: pray to make a choice about your spouse, a friend, a confidante, collaborators and especially the manager who will have access to the account of your company, etc. The choice you make about the people who will have access to your privacy is very crucial to your destiny (Proverbs 18: 24).
Fourth attitude: direct your choices and your decisions based on the Lord. « I know where I came from (He comes from the Heavenly Father) and where I’m going (the pathway to follow) », Jesus said in John 8: 14. Your priorities determine the direction you take. The direction you take to succeed in life is not to go after what you like, but rather to seek the glory of the Lord, to follow Jesus and to work for the will of God be done.
« For of Him (The Lord), through Him, and for Him are all things, « say the Scriptures in Romans 11: 36. Everything you do, you must do above all for the pleasure of the Lord and for His glory (1 Corinthians 10: 31). You must first seek out His glory when seeking after the anointing, marriage, job, children, healing, deliverance, etc. Then He will guide you to make the right choices and make the right decisions.
You were created for good works prepared beforehand by the Lord for you. For you to walk in them (Ephesians 2: 10)! Seek in priority to follow Jesus and to work for His will to be accomplished. What is that will? That humans be saved! Where is he going? During his stay on earth, He went from place to place to proclaim the Gospel (Luke 8: 1). Follow his lead and do likewise! Of all your choices, let your priority be to spread everywhere the Gospel of the Kingdom.
Fifth attitude: learning to deal with important events of your life; they are landmarks. A landmark enables you to know your direction, to guide your way. When creating the stars, God created landmark, set references, benchmarks to guide our walk (Genesis 1: 14-19).
Landmarks are also the highlights of your life. They can be happy moments (meeting with a loved one, marriage, birth, moving, travel, assignment, etc.) or sad moments (death of a loved one, betrayal, disappointment, separation, rape, job loss, domestic violence, violence in childhood, etc.). These events are crucial factor to set your direction. It all depends on how you handle them. There are painful events of the past that you have to decide to rather consider as joy in order to derive benefits to your destiny (James 1: 2).
These significant events in your life can be good or bad treasures in your heart (secret) that determine and influence your actions (Luke 6: 45). A good treasure must remain hidden because of its preciousness. A positive landmark is a landmark of victory; this is a good treasure you can use as your staff of remembrance. But do not make of a negative landmark a treasure nor a secret. Expose it, talk about it to loosen its grip over your heart and that you be released of such heavy burden!
Landmarks may be voluntary or involuntary scars. When they are voluntary, they are resolutions that you decide to take in your walk with God to determine your priorities.
Sixth attitude: be full of integrity. The concept of integrity is related to honesty. A person of integrity is an honest person. It remains true in secret and in public life. When you walk in integrity, you allow God to level your paths (Proverbs 11: 5). Let integrity be your priority.
Seventh attitude: work, take actions. Jesus has been working until now, as the Father has too (John 5: 17). There is no success without work. Work entails, taking actions, and forging ahead when you chose your priority. You cannot steer a bike if you do not set yourself in motion. You have to set yourself in motion for God to begin to direct you. While this seems fuzzy at first and you do not perceive clearly where you should go, set yourself in motion, taking action, taking your first steps and God will gradually lighten your steps to guide you to your destiny.
Eighth attitude: the Holy Spirit, your faithful companion. The Holy Spirit is the one who guided you into all truth (John 16: 13). He has the wisdom of God. He is your Counselor; He gives you strength and is involved in all areas of your life to guide you to the divine priorities (Isaiah 11: 2). Therefore, seek after Him with all your heart and He will guide you to the divine priorities.
If in your walk, you drifted away and you did not take into account certain criteria, do not panic and do not be discouraged. Trust His leading, hear His guidance. As a GPS, it will perform a re-calculation, cause you to turn back if necessary and reposition you on the right path, the path of the divine priority for your life. Glory be to Jesus!
May God bless you!