How to put God first in your life?

“Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33.

Taste and see, this is True.

Are you looking for love, security, stability etc. etc. etc? Then stop chasing after them. And stop seeking them from the wrong people and places. They will never be able to satisfy your soul. People will disappoint you, they will infact leave you when you need them the most. Your finances come and go, times will change and so will your needs and desires, but HE will never leave you or forsake you. HE does not change, JESUS is the same, yesterday, today and forever.

Even if you were you get what you always dreamed of, you will always long for more, because the void in your heart, that emptiness in you will also grow. Your flesh is one thing that will never be satisfied. On the contrary, you may one day come to a point, where you will want to give up everything you have to just get a little bit of peace, that joy and unconditional love, but why wait till you reach that point?

Today, examine yourself to see who or what really is first in your life?
1. Your spouse/friends/family
2. Your job/career
3. Money/Wealth
4. Social Media/Internet related activities
5. Yourself/flesh (I care only about myself!)

Whatever you give more time to, whatever takes the place of Jesus in your life is an idol and takes the first place in your life. I am not talking about shirking responsibilities as a man/woman of your home, or an employee or employer of your company, I am talking about what really drives you, for example, if you did not have that which is most important to you, will it cause you to lose your identity? Will it lead you to depression?

So, How do I put God first in my life?
1. Spend more time with Him: Not necessarily always on your knees with folded hands, no! Pray without ceasing means, to pray like you breathe. Do you cease to breathe? ofcourse not! So also, talk to God, while you are at work, while you to your household work, even while you take a walk or a bath. Talk to Him as a Father, Brother or your Best Friend. Share everything, every detail with Him, for your own sake.
2. Read the Bible daily:
Read the Bible systematically. Do not open it randomly (though at times God may lead you into it). You can read the Old Testament in the evening, a chapter a day, until you finish that book (e.g. Genesis), then move on to the next chapter. You can similarly read the New Testament in the morning. The point is read it and read it chapter by chapter, book by book.
3. Make Notes: Yes, any verse that strikes you, note it down in your notepad or diary. You can even write in detail what God is speaking you through a verse or a chapter even. A few days, months or years later, you can look back and see, how God was good and merciful towards you.
4. Practice/Implement: Merely reading the Bible and praying will not do. God says, obedience is more important to Him that sacrifice. So put into practice the nature of Jesus which He has given to you, if you have Believed. (the Holy Spirit). Strive to be like Jesus. If you have been lying, stop lying. If you have been stealing (even that paper or pencil from your office), stop it. If you have been breaking your promises, stop breaking them and keep you word. God never breaks His promises, He keeps it generations after generation.

So dear reader, please turn your heart to Him, and He will give you your heart’s desire. Stop chasing love, wealth or whatever it is you are chasing and follow Jesus, seek Him and He will give you what you really need.

Taste and see, the Lord is Good.

When you can’t get over your past…

“Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old, Behold I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” Isaiah 43: 18-19.

Are you constantly dwelling on your past? The mistakes you’ve made, the wrong choices you took, the things you should’ve done or not done?

Today the Lord is telling you, do not think about it, let not your heart be troubled by it. “His Mercies are new every morning” (Lamentations 3:23).
Ask the Lord to forgive you of your past, the sins you’ve committed and move on. As Paul said in Philippians 3:13 “forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead.”

Move on, go forward, look ahead and look up to Jesus, and allow Him to guide you. He will move mountains for you. Is it possible to make rivers in the desert? Not for man, but for God, all things are possible. He will do it for you. If you are in the wilderness, He will make a way for you and bring you out of your wilderness. He will do wonders for you. Trust in Jesus.

Take it to Jesus:
1. Pray about it: Before you take any decision – a job change, marriage, buying a new home, investments etc. Ask your Heavenly Father, if it is in His will and then…

2. Read your Bible: Read the scriptures (systematically), to know the mind and will of God. You will know what is the right thing to do.

3. Peace: And before you take that jump ask God to give you His peace. If you have the peace of God over that decision. If God gives you the peace, then thank Him for it and launch your net into the deep.

Come, Lord Jesus

As Your mercies, O Father, are new every morning,
Let my songs be new for Your glory.
May my mouth be filled with Your praise,
And may Your Name be Blessed now and forevermore.

King of Kings and Lord of Lords,
The fairest of all, my Saviour and God.
You are from Everlasting to Everlasting,
And Your Kingdom has no end.

Come, Lord Jesus, Come and take me Home,
To the place where there are no sorrows,
No tears, no toil, no sweat, no trials, no tribulations,
No sin, and no death.

Come Lord Jesus, and take me Home,
To that mansion sublime,
Through the Pearly Gates, on the Streets of Gold,
On the Sea of Glass, and to the Throne of Grace.

Blessed be the name O Lord,
Blessed be Your name.





Does God still speak to us? And How?

“Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, This is the way, walk in it, Whenever you turn to the right hand or whenever you turn to the left.” Isaiah 30:21.

Yes. God still speaks to us. The same God who spoke to Noah and told him to build an ark, the same God who spoke to Abraham and told him to leave his father’s house, the same God who told the 12 disciples to follow Him, the same God who asked Paul why he was persecuting Him? that same God through His Son Jesus Christ speaks to us today. The question however is are we listening to His voice? Now more than ever we desperately need to hear His voice and know His will for our lives.

God can speak to us however and whichever way it pleases Him, it ultimately depends on how He wants to communicate and make His will known to that Child of His. Nonetheless here are three primary ways God speaks to us today:

  1. Through His Word – The Bible:
    The Bible is called God’s Word. I like how Uncle Angus Buchan, the South African preacher puts it – “The Bible is God in Print”.
    So the primary means of God’s communication to His children is the Bible. The Bible has many promises, consequences, commandments, instructions, directly from God. It has many stories and testimonies for us to learn from, so as to not repeat the mistakes and sins committed by even great men and women of Faith.
    The Bible is our “Daily Bread”, it is our Heavenly Manna, it is the Bread of Life. Read it daily, to know the mind of Christ, the Heart of God and the power of the Gospel.
  2. Through His Holy Spirit:
    Jesus told His disciples before ascending to Heaven that He will send them the Helper, that Helper is the Holy Spirit. The same Helper is in us, i.e. in those who have put their trust and faith in God’s begotten Son – Jesus Christ, for their Salvation, to escape the wrath of God and to receive His forgiveness and everlasting life. This Holy Spirit of God will give us peace in times of storm, it will guide you and help you to take wise decisions and give you the perfect peace and joy before you take a decision in life. He will also convict you if you are heading outside the Will of God. Be still and know that He is God.
  3. Through your Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
    Do not go to your brothers or sisters in Christ immediately after you face challenges or in case you need an advice… Jesus, must always be the first Person you go to in Prayer and through the meditation of His Word (reading the Bible). It could be that God will send a brother or sister in Christ to you with a Word of advice. Or after spending time in prayer, you may feel the need to speak to a brother or sister, to know their view about a particular situation. I remember (before receiving Jesus Christ as my Lord and Saviour) when I was reading and praying without ceasing, to know the truth, to get some peace, to know that there is hope for my future… When I was completely cast down, God sent a brother in Christ (my childhood friend), to share that message of Hope, the message of Everlasting Life in Christ Jesus, and that is when I decided to follow Jesus and stopped listening to other gloomy voices in my head.

Our ultimate purpose in life is to Glorify God. So let us spend more time in prayer, meditating on His Word and following the guidance of His Holy Spirit to remain in the perfect will of God.

Yet, I will Praise the Lord

Though trials and tribulations come,
Though fire and brimstone fall,
Though the tempest rise with hail or snow,
Yet, I will praise the Lord, for He hideth me under His wings.

Though the giants come with swords and spear,
Though they scorn with unbelief and smear,
Though they rise to slay me,
Yet, I will praise the God of my Salvation and lean on His everlasting arms.

Though the Enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy,
Though he cometh like a roaring lion, to devour my love, joy and peace,
Yet, I will praise the Lord, for HE restoreth my soul and the joy of my Salvation.

Through times uncertain,
Through deepest despair,
I will praise the Lord, for I know He holds my tomorrow,
And my future is secure.

“With him is an arm of flesh, but with us the Lord our God, to help us and to fight our battles.” 2 Chronicles 32:8.

When God seems silent…

“For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” Esther 4:14

You know the word God is not mentioned in the book of Esther even once, neither the word Prayer, atleast in KJV and NKJV. This should still make our hearts glad, because deliverance did come and it was none other than God Himself who delivered the Jews from that wicked Haman.

Many a times we may also feel that the Lord is just silent or absent from our trials and tribulation, but be of good cheer as our Lord would say, HE is very much in our midst, in the midst of the storm, HE is our ever present help in times of trouble. Like Esther there comes a time when we need to fast (and pray) to our Lord, for deliverance from our trials and victory over the enemy. Even if you feel God is silent, just go to Him in prayer, for He will surely answer by delivering you. He has promised this in His word – Ps. 50:50, Call unto me in the day of trouble, I will save you and you will glorify me”.

Remember, HE is not only our GOD and MASTER, but even more now through JESUS, Our FATHER. The battle therefore belongs to Him. The Word of the Lord in 2 Chronicles 20:15 says, “Thus says the Lord to you, Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s.” Verse 17 is even more reassuring, “You will not need to fight this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord… Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them for the Lord is with you.”

Dear Father, we are glad that You are always attentive to Your children, You always hear our cry and answer our prayer. Even when we feel you are silent and faraway we know that You are always near and silently fighting for us. Thank you for Your promise that You will never let us be disgraced or ashamed and that whenever we will call You, You will answer and deliver us. We praise you and glorify You, to You alone be all glory and honour. In Jesus name we pray, Amen!

More than a Conqueror

I am more than a conqueror,
Sin has no dominion over me,
Death has no victory over me,
Satan has no power over me.

I am my Master’s servant,
But He calls me His friend.
Adopted me as His Son,
And made me His very own.
Undeserving, yes, but by the Grace of God and through Faith in His Begotten Son, I am now a child of the Most High.

Thank you Jesus! May Your Kingdom come,
May You always increase, and I decrease.
Blessed Be the God of my Salvation,
Let every breath in me never cease to Praise Your Name!

Let not your heart be troubled

“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions, if it were not so, I would have told you. I go prepare a place for you.” John 14: 1 and 2.

Believer, let not your heart be troubled because Jesus repeatedly tells us to have faith in Him. He will indeed calm your troubled heart. Just ask Him, take your troubled heart to Him and He will give you rest, and perfect peace.

1 Peter 5:7 tells us, “Cast all your anxiety upon Him for He cares for you.”

Isaiah 26: 3 says, “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.”

Put on the Helmet of Salvation, dear reader, and fill your mind with His Word. Ask God to give you the mind of Christ, and He will give you perfect Peace. Trust in the Lord and do not lean on your own understanding, and He will direct your path.

Jesus has already gone before you, to prepare a place for you. He has already gone before you to straighten the crooked paths, to defeat your enemies, to fight your battles, to bless you with streams in the desert and make road for you in the wilderness. Trust Him and He will do what is impossible for you. Is anything too hard for the Lord?

Make me more like JESUS

Change my heart O Lord,
Make me more like You.
Wash me, cleanse me, mold me,
purge me, chastise me, do all You need to,
But change my heart O Lord,
And make me more like You.

Give me Love to love the unloving,
Strength to forgive my enemies,
Patience to endure all things,
Faithfulness toward You and those I ought to be faithful to.
Supply all my needs according to Your riches in Glory in Christ Jesus,
And make me more like You.

Give me the Spirit of Wisdom and Understanding,
The Spirit of the Knowledge of Your Word.
Give me the Fruit of Repentance and Righteousness,
The Fruit of the Spirit,
And a Heart to Obey and Worship You in Spirit and in Truth.

Now take my hand Precious Lord,
Lead me in the way Everlasting,
Hold me with Your Righteous Right Hand,
To daily walk with You, Meditate on You, Live for You, Die for You,
And eventually become more like YOU!

Nothing is too difficult for Thee

Is there anything too hard for you Lord?

Absolutely nothing! Nothing is too difficult for Thee.

For you are all so Powerful, Ever so Wonderful,

You are All Knowing, All Encompassing.

Full of Mercy and Compassion, Slow to Anger,

The Alpha and Omega, The Beginning and the End,

From Everlasting to Everlasting,

You are the Great I Am.