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Priority of God

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Scripture provides examples of individuals who have allowed God to take priority in their lives, and also of those who have allowed something or someone else to take priority.

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God’s glory made a priority

Matthew 6:9 ESV
9 Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.

Commands to put God first

Matthew 4:10 ESV
10 Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written, “ ‘You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.’ ”
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Examples of putting God first

; Enoch; Noah; Abraham; Joshua; Hezekiah; Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego; Daniel; John the Baptist

Disapproval of not putting God first

Exodus 20:3 ESV
3 “You shall have no other gods before me.
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Examples of not putting God first

Acts 12:22–23 ESV
22 And the people were shouting, “The voice of a god, and not of a man!” 23 Immediately an angel of the Lord struck him down, because he did not give God the glory, and he was eaten by worms and breathed his last.
See also Solomon; Abijah; Amaziah; Judah; Ananias and Sapphira;

Worship commended as the highest human activity

Psalm 95:6 ESV
6 Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!
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Outstanding examples of worship

David was prepared to be despised by his wife rather than inhibit his worship.
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God’s kingdom made a priority

Matthew 6:10 ESV
10 Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

Commands to participate in the kingdom

Matthew 6:33 ESV
33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
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Examples of wholehearted participation

Acts 26:19 ESV
19 “Therefore, O King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision,
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Warning against half-hearted participation

Revelation 2:4–5 ESV
4 But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. 5 Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent.

Sacrifices for the kingdom advocated

Revelation 2:10 ESV
10 Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and for ten days you will have tribulation. Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life.
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Examples of sacrifices for the kingdom

Hebrews 11:26 ESV
26 He considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking to the reward.
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God’s will made a priority

Matthew 6:10 ESV
10 Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

Conformity to God’s will commanded

Ephesians 5:17 ESV
17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
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Outstanding examples of conformity to God’s will

Matthew 26:39 ESV
39 And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.”
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