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Vol.  9  No. 6 June 2007  Page 15
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Tim Childs

God Must Be First Place in My Life

By Tim Childs

    The Living Word of God has much to say about relationships. When we are Christians, our relationship with each member of the Godhead (the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit) is to take top priority. It is imperative that you and I are drawing near to God daily (James 4:8) as there are so many worldly influences trying to come between us and God to lure us away from our Savior.

    What is to be the nature of our relationship with God? God knows man inside out. He knows all about our DNA and every fiber and cell that make up our composition. He knows what is best for us, and because of his deep abiding love, he seeks to provide guidance and strength for us to overcome temptations and maintain our fellowship and spiritual union with him.

    Just as Jesus was “one with the Father,” so it is heaven’s objective that you and I be “one with God.” God wants you and me to be likeminded with him, and so we are called upon to grow up spiritually into the image of his dear Son. We are to grow in our love and affection for God to such a great extent that we, too, are willing to meaningfully pray: “Not my will but thine be done.”

    God has created us as social beings and so we are able to communicate and interact with one another. Having been given this blessing, he has also taught us how to conduct ourselves when in the presence of others. The world says either, “There are no boundaries” or “You set the boundaries, if you want them.” We, being Christians, must acknowledge the boundaries God has set and live within them or else find a severed relationship with God as did the prodigal (Luke 15:11ff). That route leads to death.

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