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November 27, 2017, 12:42 PM

One Thing

“One Thing”

                                                                                                                   How to Keep the Main Thing First Prioroty                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

In a world with so many choices and voices, one must choose wisely especially since some good opportunities may not pass our way again. Perhaps one reason choices are hard is because it’s not always easy to identify the good from the best. Even when one does vow to choose rightly, it is important that we do the right thing rightly.                                                                                                                                                                              I believe there are times God may say, “Here are many good possibilities, I can and will bless either of these if you keep me first.” There are times when God has specific plans for our lives. The choices we make are most important in order to bring us to his specific and desired destiny. God wants to be guiding us by his Word. While God uses a variety of ways to guide us to his purposes, the Scriptures must be held in highest priority over our lives.

We really can know the will of God for our lives.

John 7:17  "If any man is willing to do His will, he shall know of the teaching, whether it is of God, or whether I speak from Myself. 

When we are trying to choose wisely and know God’s will, we should ask ourselves these questions.

  1. What does Scripture say? If the plan is against God’s spoken/written Word, we must/should dismiss it and “not an option.”  
  2. How will this affect my relationship with God? (Seek the kingdom of God first)  Will this decision take you away from commands God has given? Will you be able to do what is necessary for your personal spiritual like?  
  3. What does my closest family sayWhat do your mature believers say? How will this affect those I love, spiritually, emotionally, physically, economically etc.? (Will this divide, hurt/damage spouse and family? Will it bless them?) The wise person is aware that the choice he makes affect not on him/herself but those around us and especially within our own family and household. 
  4. Is the timing right? The right thing did in the wrong time or wrong way can be a wrong thing. There is a season for all things. A baby born prematurely can die, struggle to survive, require much care.) Even fruit has a time for harvesting; if you get it too early it is not good or too late, it rots.) Wisdom considers many angles; God can give perfect wisdom…James 1:5  But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all men generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. 
  5. Do I have God’s peace about my decision?  Sometimes everything looks good with your natural eye but your spirit is troubled. Learn to listen to the voice of God! 
  6. Have I searched and gathered the facts? (Don’t build a tower without gathering the facts and costs).   
  7. Are the doors open or shut. God is one who can shut and open doors. “Let God be in charge of your doors! Christ’s message to the church in Philadelphia isRevelation 3:7-8  And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth;  8 I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name. 

 As the apostles were trying to fulfill the command of the Lord by to going to the entire world and preach the Gospel, they planned their next mission journey to travel to Asia and spread God’s Word there. GOD HAS A BETTER PLAN! They were forbidden by the Holy Spirit Acts 16:6-10 And they passed through the Phrygian and Galatian region, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia;  7 and when they had come to Mysia, they were trying to go into Bithynia, and the Spirit of Jesus did not permit them;  8 and passing by Mysia, they came down to Troas.  9 And a vision appeared to Paul in the night: a certain man of Macedonia was standing and appealing to him, and saying, "Come over to Macedonia and help us."  10 And when he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go into Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them. 

If we will keep the one thing in good working order, we will better keep the rest orderly.  

NAS Psalm 27:4 One thing I have asked from the LORD, that I shall seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the LORD, And to meditate in His temple

Even though she loved the Lord and working for him and his disciples, Martha had mistakenly and sincerely chose to prioritize the wrong thing. She was frustrated and overwhelmed.                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Luke 10:38-42  Now as they were traveling along, He entered a certain village; and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home.  39 And she had a sister called Mary, who moreover was listening to the Lord's word, seated at His feet.  40 But Martha was distracted with all her preparations; and she came up to Him, and said, "Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me."  41 But the Lord answered and said to her, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things;  42 but only a few things are necessary, really only one, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her." 

God can Speak… Jeremiah 33:3 'Call to Me, and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know.' 

In the O.T. as well as in the N.T. God’s people functioned best and were most successful when they ask counsel from and followed God’s directions and timing!  Battles were lost and won depending on whether they asked and followed God’s counsel 

Sometimes God gave counsel through Godly people, other times God spoke directly. When Moses was wearing himself out, God spoke through his father-in-law Jethro. Exodus 18:17-19  And Moses' father in law said unto him, The thing that thou doest is not good.  18 Thou wilt surely wear away, both thou, and this people that is with thee: for this thing is too heavy for thee; thou art not able to perform it thyself alone.  19 Hearken now unto my voice, I will give thee counsel, and God shall be with thee: Be thou for the people to God-ward, that thou mayest bring the causes unto God: 

Leaders and kings would often seek council from the priest. Numbers 27:21   And he shall stand before Eleazar the priest, who shall ask counsel for him after the judgment of Urim before the LORD: at his word shall they go out, and at his word they shall come in, both he, and all the children of Israel with him, even all the congregation. 

One time Joshua (the great leader) got tricked by some Gibeonite people who said they were somebody they were not. This happened because Joshua and his leaders looked and decided with their natural eyes and ears. They failed to ask council from God. Joshua 9:3-16  When the inhabitants of Gibeon heard what Joshua had done to Jericho and to Ai,  4 they also acted craftily and set out as envoys, and took worn-out sacks on their donkeys, and wineskins, worn-out and torn and mended,  5 and worn-out and patched sandals on their feet, and worn-out clothes on themselves; and all the bread of their provision was dry and had become crumbled.  6 And they went to Joshua to the camp at Gilgal, and said to him and to the men of Israel, "We have come from a far country; now therefore, make a covenant with us."  7 And the men of Israel said to the Hivites, "Perhaps you are living within our land; how then shall we make a covenant with you?"  8 But they said to Joshua, "We are your servants." Then Joshua said to them, "Who are you, and where do you come from?"  9 And they said to him, "Your servants have come from a very far country because of the fame of the LORD your God; for we have heard the report of Him and all that He did in Egypt,  10 and all that He did to the two kings of the Amorites who were beyond the Jordan, to Sihon king of Heshbon and to Og king of Bashan who was at Ashtaroth.  11 "So our elders and all the inhabitants of our country spoke to us, saying, 'Take provisions in your hand for the journey, and go to meet them and say to them, "We are your servants; now then, make a covenant with us."'  12 "This our bread was warm when we took it for our provisions out of our houses on the day that we left to come to you; but now behold, it is dry and has become crumbled.  13 "And these wineskins which we filled were new, and behold, they are torn; and these our clothes and our sandals are worn out because of the very long journey."  14 So the men of Israel took some of their provisions, and did not ask for the counsel of the LORD.  15 And Joshua made peace with them and made a covenant with them, to let them live; and the leaders of the congregation swore an oath to them.  16 And it came about at the end of three days after they had made a covenant with them, that they heard that they were neighbors and that they were living within their land. 

Assumption can be dangerous! There have been times when I too have failed to ask God because things looked good on the outward.  

Wait on the counsel of God. Don’t rush forward. King Saul got in too big a hurry and botched up his victory for his kingdom reign and successWhen God is silent, be still and do what he told you last. If we seek God’s face, we will know his heart!  

Psalm 32:8-9   I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you. Do not be as the horse or as the mule which have no understanding, Whose trappings include bit and bridle to hold them in check, Otherwise they will not come near  to you

Judges 6. When Gideon was afraid and needing to make sure God was asking him to lead his army. Gideon asked God to answer by giving God a “fleece” and  God answered him.  

Are you willing to follow and obey God?  THIS ONE THING! 

Just like Martha and Mary, we all have choices to make. Will we choose the good or the best?  

When we are listening and following the will and way of God, we can have great peace and rest.                                                                                            GOD GIVES HIS BELOVED SLEEP! WE DO NOT HAVE TO WORRY WHEN WE ARE PUTTING God first.                                                                   Proverbs 3:21-24 My son, let them not depart from your sight; Keep sound wisdom and discretion,  22 So they will be life to your soul, And adornment to your neck.  23 Then you will walk in your way securely, And your foot will not stumble.  24 When you lie down, you will not be afraid; When you lie down, your sleep will be sweet. Jesus  FIRST! ONE THING!   

Why worry and count sheep when you can talk with the shepherd? 

It is vain for you to rise up early, To retire late, To eat the bread of painful labors; For He gives to His beloved even in his sleep. Psalm 127:2  

“In peace I will both lie down and sleep, For Thou alone, O LORD, dost make me to dwell in safety” (Psalm 4:8). 

 Find out what God’s will is and just do it.

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