God First – Part 1

God must always be first in our lives as believers. He always has to be first because he is the source of everything created visible or invisible. In Matthew 6:33 the Bible says, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (KJV). Our responsibility is to seek the kingdom of God. When we do, it means he is in the first place and other things come second.

Seeking the Kingdom of God and his righteousness implies that when we experience the reign of God in our lives, material things will loose their hold on our lives. God’s place is always first place. After the death of King Ahab his son Ahaziah became King in Israel and at that time the Moabites rebelled against Israel.  This rebellion was a statement about which King was in first place. One thing for sure is that the new King had fallen from grace. The Moabites were not in favor of the reign of the king of Israel. It was now time for “the battle of the wills”. We have also entered this battle because the Bible tells us that we have all sinned and have come short of the glory of God. During that time things got worse in Israel when the new king consulted the god of Ekron for healing.

What happened? Well, let us see what happened. In 2 King 1:2 the Bible says, “And Ahaziah fell down through a lattice in his upper chamber that was in Samaria, and was sick: and he sent messengers, and said unto them, Go, enquire of Baal–zebub the god of Ekron whether I shall recover of this disease” (KJV). We know for sure the Moabites’ rebellion against Israel was bad, but Israel’s spiritual rebellion against God was also just as terrible. When King Ahaziah consulted the god of Ekron it was a sure sign Israel had rebelled against God. Wherever you find rebellion, shackles and chains of all kind of pride will always place people in bondage too.

Elijah the prophet heard about this act of rebellion from an angel and got ready to tell the new king about the consequence of such an act. In 2 Kings 1:3-4 the Bible says “But the angel of the Lord said to Elijah the Tishbite, Arise, go up to meet the messengers of the king of Samaria, and say unto them, Is it not because there is not a God in Israel, that ye go to enquire of Baal–zebub the god of Ekron? Now therefore thus saith the Lord, Thou shalt not come down from that bed on which thou art gone up, but shalt surely die. And Elijah departed” (KJV). This king died, according to what Elijah the prophet said. He was too proud to repent and ended up dying according to what Elijah prophesied.

Pride can steal people’s possibilities, but humility will surely take them a mighty long way.  In all you do, make every effort to walk in humility.

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