As I said…What are TODAY’S Priorities?…Because to learn this lesson young can save us so much pain…
and embarrassment latter! Here is example! And yes I got verses for that! …But let me start with this true story!
I heard this story of a mother and heard it from the mother herself!… This mom has a daughter who was running very late for school one morning, but this daughter decided in the shower, that it was the right moment to also give the cat a bath! Unless of course this daughter is an amazing evangelist and was literally practising Mark 16:15 in the bathroom …and the cat got saved and wanted to be baptised?…NOT!… So then this was definitely not right time for cat bath!…
Yes… Even though it says in Mark16:15 Nasb-15 “And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation”…. “When” He sends you!..No not too cats…Lol… Or dogs or pigs either!…( Mat 7: 6 )
But fortunately for daughter this mom had come to check on her daughter, and get her back on track to the place she was supposed to be… Mom realized this was not the right thing, to be doing in this place, at that moment. Uummm. Think about that…
Because the devil only comes to steal, kill, and destroy from all of us especially Christians!…”Not our life”….but our ability, and true destiny…”OUR planned use” by God for us!!( Eph 2:10) …Oh it seems biblically true that devil can NOT destroy us by his own choice as Christians…as God keeps us now,(see John 17:15)…Jesus got everything asked for!… After all He only spoke for the Father! (John 12:49) …
But devil “can” steal our ability to fulfil our God created plan… by tempting us to allow it! …Destroying our ability to give God some of His intended glory “where” and “when” God had intended it from us. As it IS really… NOW our time to walk circumspectly, not as unwise but as wise. (Eph 5:15) …See also( Eph 4:27 ) verse just said moments before! So don’t do that!…Don’t give the devil an opportunity!
It is our freewill, and in our power by Holy Spirit given us… “to choose” God’s example or not. ( Eph 5:1) tells us our example! And we are to use the time given us, to glorify Him as His children. As believers “we” all are children to Him….and all of us in training being perfected until His coming.(Philip1:6) By the Spirit and the Word!( John 6:63, 2Tim 3:16 )
And sometimes we all may, at one time or another, wake up and realize we were giving some cat a bath! …When God really intended us to be somewhere else at that time! For someone else! Even Elijah had this problem once!
LOOK! At what “God said” to Elijah … Why are you here Elijah? (1Kings 19:13) Not because God did not know where he was…but because God wanted Elijah to know and see, that Elijah was not where God wanted Him at that moment, as Elijah was NOT doing, and had not been doing… what God had intended to be done by Elijah!
Doing good “zealously” but not what God wanted..YOU to do… is not following God…It is disobedience to His will….We as Christians are not to choose our own way…we should always ask God where our feet should be and when… to see the plan of God fulfilled through us, as God intended it! And accomplish the work given to “us” that was planned for “each”of us to give him glory! God always has a plan… might help us to memorize Eph 2:10!
Read that story about Elijah, and you will see even this great prophet had an issue of going and doing, what “he” thought was right in his own mind… but not what God wanted! God was not in it! And like a good parent! Father God came and checked up on Elijah in a cave, (not in his shower…lol)… and helped Elijah to be still and see his error..that right where Elijah was… that God was not in it.
Father God got Elijah back on track…saying go back the way you came! And follow exactly these directions! And God was in that! That is why it is actually recorded for us to read! And it is not recorded what Elijah said he had zealously been doing on his own for fourty days!.. But God had not sent him, Elijah had taken off in power of the Lord…but without God’s direction!
Sometimes we need to learn to go back …to actually move forward with God’s plan.
Thank God for grace! So that “we can learn” like children to ALWAYS say… “not my will but thy will be done” WITH my new life given me in Christ to live for Him!…So that God may receive the glory he desired for each of “us” to give Him…It is not our plan, but His plan we are to follow, to “fulfil His design”…that He designed us “each” to fulfil here!
Don’t get sidetracked! Cuz… If YOU really don’t want to make the devil laugh! THEN don’t get caught giving a cat a bath.! Lol! … Cats actually give themselves a bath all the time…And probably don’t need you!
Yes it might be a good thing at times…but not a wise thing at the moment. So we must be careful as “we” can all be zealous for God, but in the wrong place like Elijah had been…When God really, really wanted you somewhere else “in” His will….and imitating Him there!
And NOT you telling God what to do with you, and then asking Him to lead you latter, when your actually now late, cuz you got side tracked…”hindered” Paul called it in bible in (Gal 5:7-8)…actually the meaning is beaten back, or knocked off intended course, (Heb 12:1)
And maybe you were wondering why you feel like nothing is really going right? “We” are to run diligently the race “intended for us to run”. ( see also vines dictionary of strongs G5143 can read it at blueletterbible .org) …We are to ALWAYS be led by the Spirit as His children!! (Rom 8:14 )
First priority daily…should be ask Father God WHAT should I do, then WHERE, and WHEN!.. Our Father speaks to us, directs us by His Spirit and word…we are suppose to listen to His voice and follow (imitate)….And give God the glory that Jesus intended for us to give God ! (Mat 5:16, John 17:22)
Because one day all our works shall be tried to see what sort it is… (1Cor 3:13)…Only that which God intended and done in obedience will last like Gold.
And YOU will then be glad you listened… and Be very Blessed!… In Greek Obedience= To listen! 😉 …
To clearly follow the narrow road and stay in the light! Pastor Ernie Harpster