F.R.O.G. : Fully Rely on God
P.U.S.H. : Pray Until Something Happens
WWJD : What Would Jesus Do?
G.R.A.C.E. : God’s Riches at Christ’s Expense
T.G.I.F. : Thank God I’m Forgiven!
We’ve seen these acronyms over and over through the
years. Each letter of the word is to make a simple statement about our faith.
What we believe. How we live as Christians, or rather, how we should live.
There are many of them!  These are just a
few I picked out that I really like.
When I was little, in the 1980’s, there was one that
was used more than any others. It was the most popular one for years. I don’t
hear it much anymore and that makes me a bit sad. It speaks so much of what we
as Christians should be like. 
Or, Jesus first, Others second and You last.
This little acronym has so much life in it, it
cannot be expressed in one sitting. There is much to say on it. We will begin
with J.  Jesus First.
The basic principle in the Bible, the one
commandment above all others is this:
Matthew 22:37-38 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God
with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the
first and great commandment.”
God asks us to seek Him first. To put Him first in
our hearts and our souls and our minds. To make Him first priority in all we
do.  He doesn’t want us waiting until
“all else fails” to ask for His help or His wisdom. He wants us to be
continually living with and in Him so that we can discern daily what His will
is for our lives. When we don’t make Him first in our lives, it gives way to
temptations, doubts and depression. God’s will is for us to live fully alive
for Him not despondent and discouraged.
Are you discouraged today? Are you feeling
overwhelmed and depressed?  Jeremiah
29:13-14a, “And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your
heart. I will be found by You, says the Lord, ….”
Matthew 6:33 “But seek first the kingdom of God and
His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”  You cannot have the joyous Christian life you
desire unless you seek God first and make Him the priority in your heart, soul
and mind.
J is for Jesus.
J is for Joy.
J is for JESUS FIRST! 

© Marcie Bridges, Heart Thoughts, 2013


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