God Above All

Put God First

Christianity Oasis provides this God Above All Else Bible study on how to put God First. This study reveals truth as to bring forth understanding and peace within.

Daily Bread Devotional Bible Study
The Book of Haggai
Chapter 1

God Above All Else

How to Put God First Today

Welcome to our Christianity Oasis Daily Bread study program. This is our thought provoking God Above All Else Bible study taking a look into how to put God First above all else in our lives. The God Above All Else and Put God First message will truly bring a smile to the lips and heart and shine the LIGHT of Truth upon your be-YOU-tiful Christian walk path.

God Above All Else Truth
How to Put God First Journey

What a great day to share some Daily Bread! What happens when you put your own desires ahead of the Lord's? Haggai, one of the twelve minor prophets, tells the children of Israel how God feels about them dragging their feet in completing the second Temple, while their own houses were completed. Haggai prophesied in approximately 520 B.C.

The Temple that Solomon built for God (the first Temple) took only seven years to build, whereas this second Temple took about forty six years to complete. (John 2:20) Two of the people who were in charge of this rebuilding were Zerubbabel, who was the son of the governor of Judah, and Joshua, who was the son of the high priest.

In the second year of the reign of Darius the king, on the first day of the sixth month, Haggai tells them the Word of the Lord and says:

Why We Are to God Above All Else
How to Put God First Path

Haggai 1:2-11

2 Thus speaketh the Lord of hosts, saying, This people say, The time is not come, the time that the Lord's house should be built.
3 Then came the word of the Lord by Haggai the prophet, saying,
4 Is it time for you, O ye, to dwell in your cieled [roofed] houses, and this house lie waste?
5 Now therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts; Consider your ways.
6 Ye have sown much, and bring in little; ye eat, but ye have not enough; ye drink, but ye are not filled with drink [your thirst is not quenched]; ye clothe you, but there is none warm; and he that earneth wages earneth wages to put it into a bag with holes.
7 Thus saith the Lord of hosts; Consider your ways.
8 Go up to the mountain, and bring wood, and build the house [Temple]; and I will take pleasure in it, and I will be glorified, saith the Lord.
9 Ye looked for much [expected a lot], and, lo [look] it came to little; and when ye brought it home, I did blow upon it. Why? saith the Lord of hosts. Because of mine house that is waste [it lies unfinished], and ye run every man unto his own house.
10 Therefore the heaven over you is stayed [halted] from dew, and the earth is stayed from her fruit [in famine].
11 And I called for a drought upon the land, and upon the mountains, and upon the corn, and upon the new wine, and upon the oil, and upon that which the ground bringeth forth, and upon men, and upon cattle, and upon all the labour of the hands.

God Above All Else Concern
How to Put God First Warning

It's a shame that people in this day and age don't realize that we've certainly put our desires above God's, and in the last generation there have been more "Acts of God" than ever in history. Think of how many hurricanes, tsunami's, tornadoes, droughts, and earthquakes, just to name a few things, that have happened just in the last ten years.

Now, think about things that you may not consider an act of God, but may very well be, like disease (God used disease several times to "act" on the people when they were ungodly.) or what about global warming, or the diminishing ozone layer, or the shortage of natural resources, or these other alarming disasters: Now, we have ... Covid.

God Above All Else Danger
How to Put God First in Prophecy

Ask yourself this question. If fornication alone was reason enough for the Lord to "act" on people back in Biblical times, what makes the world today think that God has changed His mind about what is righteous and what isn't? (Not to mention the myriads of other sinful acts that our generation performs.) Yes, we are fallen creatures, and God's Grace is bestowed upon us if we sincerely repent, however, today, people don't even think it's wrong. So, maybe God really is blowing on our desires when these disasters happen, and we're just so blinded by the commonplace ungodliness of the world to realize it. It truly is a shame.

Fortunately, the Lord sends warnings through prophets and those who realize their faults, heed those warnings. Zerubbabel and Joshua along with the remnant of the people of Israel, listened to Haggai and they respected the Word of the Lord. Read our gracious Lord's response. Haggai gave them this message from God:

God Above All Else Vow
How to Put God First Blessing

Haggai 1:13-15

13 Then spake Haggai the Lord's messenger in the Lord's message unto the people, saying, I am with you, saith the Lord.
14 And the Lord stirred up the spirit of Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and the spirit of Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest, and the spirit of all the remnant of the people; and they came and did work in the house of the Lord of hosts, their God,
15 In the four and twentieth day of the sixth month, in the second year of Darius the king.

Did you go back and do the math on all of that? It took twenty four days from the time Haggai spoke to them, until they finally went back to work on the rebuilding of the temple. Don't put the Lord off any longer in your own life. Build His house in your heart first, and then your desires won't be blown away.

God Above All Else Summary
How to Put God First in Conclusion

Join us again soon and we'll take a look at what the Lord tells Haggai after they start back to work constructing the second temple, right here at Daily Bread.

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