FROM THE DESK OF THE PATRIARCH AND PRESIDING PRELATE
Sir Dr. Godfrey Gregg
PUT GOD BEFORE YOURSELF
“If you put God first in all your thoughts, all your words, all your actions, all your ambitions, all your needs, all your interests, all your feelings, all your wants, all your desires, it is the first step to becoming a Saint. We are all saints before God, but there is a requirement. There has to be a conversion in your life just as it was with Paul.
The most important step to take first is to decide with your own will that charity will be your way of life, and through this charity, you will concentrate on God first. With this attitude, this decision, this action, there can be no entrance for satan to enter, and none of his demons can cross the threshold to your will within you. Casting all cares aside and letting go of yourself; jealousy, hatred, not being puffed up, not boasters, nor heady high minded, but leaning on Christ the solid rock.
There is no magic word that can cast satan out of your presence except putting God before all things with a pure state of mind and in a pure state of being. The enemy of God and of man is relentless in gathering weak paths to man’s existence.
A wise man does not go to battle without a weapon of some sort, and a weapon according to the culture of life or the time in life that particular weapons are used. A battle between men makes the weapon one that will harm or kill. The basic weapon, of course, is man’s fists. It would be foolish to stand with mere fists when the enemy was loaded with artillery. In the battle between good and evil, fists in no way could support the good and conquer the evil. We can only win the battle if we take ourselves out and replace it with God. In all thy ways we must acknowledge our God and He will direct our paths. Hallelujah.
Coming face to face with a human enemy has many advantages because it puts things in an area of combat that allows for manoeuvring and flexibility to attack the enemy. It is so easy for men to ignore the possibility that they are being confronted by satan when their morality is attacked, their purity is attacked, their integrity, their dignity, or their obedience to the Ten Commandments, the Word of God, especially when temptation offers self-satisfaction, excitement, or involves man’s ego or popularity.
If a man would live, putting God first before themselves and everything else, they could not ignore the possibility of satan’s presence, because by putting God first, purity would be innate, and the immediate response would be to strike out at any temptation or request for an impure act or action or involvement. Jesus replied, “Thou shall not tempt the Lord thy God”. we as Christians must be able to stand firm at all times under any circumstances. We represent our Lord God and we must remember it is Him alone we are to serve. We have to take ourselves out of the picture and let God have control of our lives.
God’s enemy, man’s enemy, knowing this, works in a desperate way to get inside of a person or people, so there is no chance for the attack to him, for all he wants is action in his name, for him, based, of course, on the fact that the will of the person has become demoniacal in thought, word, deed and action. This is not a wives’ tale. This is not a myth. This is a Fact. Satan’s mission is to steal, kill and destroy and that’s his goal. The wool is a pullover with a smile “thou shall not surely die”. Yes, a very good deceiver using the word of God to show his ugly side. In these last days if you are not standing on the word of God even the sure elect is on the verge of being deceived. Therefore I urge you to be careful in all you do or say. Think before you leap.
Satan, the deceiver, the imitator, the impure, does not show to man the ugliness he is. It would be stupid for him to do this, for if he were to show his hand in his ugliness, man would automatically rebel and not respond. He offers what he feels are interesting, and will interest man’s senses, always based on offences against God in every way possible for a man to fall.” Watch those that come to you with a smile and be able to discern Christ from the enemy. It will be from your own household. Satan loves to sow seeds of discord and you must be wise to know truth from lies. Be careful I advise you and
“REMEMBER — PUT GOD FIRST.”