Day 16—The Day of Establishing Priorities
Today O God, may I not provoke your anger.
(The jealous God – James 4:4&5)
4 Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. 5 Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, “The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously”? James 4:4-5 NKJV
Read James 4
When we refer to the words jealous or jealously, normally, we relate to them from a negative prospective. However, there are always at least two sides to every coin.
Every attribute of God is still an expression of His love for us. It is because of that love, that He only desires for us to acquire the very best in every arena. Many times, because we don’t fully understand the total concept of God’s love for us; we think that He has established unrealistic demands or limits on us. God’s guidelines for our lives, are always motivated from a perspective of genuine love, true love – the which we have no true concept. If we could ever totally understand His love – then we would have no problem adhering to His word – Regardless.
When in our lives, we have not received the proper application of unselfish love, then, we in return are more prone to lack the ability to properly love God. In life, this is the reason why we can willingly and willfully disobey Him and reject His love. Whenever we decide to walk according to our own desires or to delight ourselves in what the world has to offer; we are rejecting the love of God. In reality I am saying – “God I Still Don’t Understand Your Love For Me!”
The Message Bible states James 4:4-5 this way. “You’re cheating on God. If all you want is your own way, flirting with the world every chance you get, you end up enemies of God and his way. And do you suppose God doesn’t care? The proverb has it that “he’s a fiercely jealous lover.” And what he gives in love is far better than anything else you’ll find. It’s common knowledge that “God goes against the willful proud; God gives grace to the willing humble.”
So Father God I will continue to keep you as the focal point of my life. In my list of priorities, I will esteem you. I will bring an amended consciousness to your love for me. Because I understand your unselfish, “no holds barred” for love for me, I will return the same. May I always remember that everything I do must be for no other reason - than to express to you and show others my love for you. Anything that has moved you from your place of supremacy in my life; be it prestigious positions, business or personal relationships, money, assets – WHATEVER – will now be moved a position of subordination to my love and affection for you. I will no longer “cheat on you” Lord. You are number one and my actions and motives will reflect the same.
I decree and declare that it is so….. In the name of Jesus – Amen.