A lot of people say they love God but God isn't first in their life. Love is an internal feeling of deep affection. John 3:16 says that God loves us so much He sent His only Son Jesus Christ to die for our sins. I don't think people realize that God really is a jealous God.
(Exodus 20:2-5- “I am Jehovah your God who liberated you from your slavery in Egypt. “You may worship no other god than me. “You shall not make yourselves any idols: no images of animals, birds, or fish. You must never bow or worship it in any way; for I, the Lord your God, am very possessive. I will not share your affection with any other god! “And when I punish people for their sins, the punishment continues upon the children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren of those who hate me;)
Just think about it, if you were married how would you feel if your husband/wife never spent time with you and didn't care about your feelings. Now switch husband/wife to God. Do y'all not realize that those who are saved are considered Christ's bride? We get so caught up on everything else going on in the world that we forget we need to keep our eyes focused on Jesus. A lot of people are so worried about relationships and who they're going to marry they stop worrying about when Jesus comes back for His bride will they even be going with Him. We must stop allowing ourselves to be distracted by the things of this world. Now of course I'm not saying not to enjoy life on Earth, I'm just saying make sure you put God first and everything else will come. (Matthew 6:33- and He will give them to you if you give Him first place in your life and live as He wants you to.) (2 Corinthians 11:1-3 I hope you will be patient with me as I keep on talking like a fool. Do bear with me and let me say what is on my heart. I am anxious for you with the deep concern of God himself—anxious that your love should be for Christ alone, just as a pure maiden saves her love for one man only, for the one who will be her husband. But I am frightened, fearing that in some way you will be led away from your pure and simple devotion to our Lord, just as Eve was deceived by Satan in the Garden of Eden.) Don't be foolish and get so caught up in this world that you miss God.
Can you imagine not being prepared and missing out on God? Don't be like the 5 foolish bridesmaids, if God was first in their lives they would've been prepared with extra oil.
So I really like the book of Hosea. It talks about how jealous God is over us.
Many times we read the Old Testament and say wow they were so awful and evil but how are we any different. They had idols back then and so do we. Anything we put before God is an idol in His eyes. People idolize their phone, tv etc. The Lord blesses some people with money and they become obsessed with it. (Romans 2:22-You say it is wrong to commit adultery—do you do it? You say “Don’t pray to idols” and then make money your god instead.) People get money and stop obeying God and they think their offerings and tithes is enough. People forget that God doesn't need our money, He wants our obedience, remember that obedience is better than sacrifice. Our love for God is a result of Him loving us first. The Bible says if we love God obey Him. God's love is a result of our love which is the result of our obedience to Him. (Hosea 6:6- “I don’t want your sacrifices—I want your love; I don’t want your offerings—I want you to know me.)
The Lord used Hosea marrying a prostitute, her leaving and him paying for her back the same way we are God's & He paid the price for us with Jesus. What makes God's children different from Gomer?Yes she was a prostitute but we sin all the time & all He wants is for us to come back to Him. (Hosea 5:3- “I have seen your evil deeds: Israel, you have left me as a prostitute leaves her husband; you are utterly defiled.) All God wants is for us to stop rejecting Him & obey Him, He wants to give us a long & satisfying life but He can't if we're in rebellion. All God wants is to give us His salvation. He wants us to be with Him for eternity. We can't be with Him if we reject Him. (Matthew 10:33- But if anyone publicly denies me, I will openly deny him before my Father in heaven.) God made us so we're already His and He paid for us with a price, Jesus dying on the cross is the same way Hosea paid to get Gomer his own wife back. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20- Haven’t you yet learned that your body is the home of the Holy Spirit God gave you, and that he lives within you? Your own body does not belong to you. For God has bought you with a great price. So use every part of your body to give glory back to God because he owns it.) (Hosea 3:2- So I bought her back from her slavery for a couple of dollars and eight bushels of barley,) (Matthew 26:15- and asked, “How much will you pay me to get Jesus into your hands?” And they gave him thirty silver coins.) That's how much Hosea paid to get his wife back and how much Judas betrayed Jesus for, now of course to Hosea his wife was worth more than that and of course to God Jesus is worth more than that but it's not about the coins it's about what Jesus did for us. The same way Hosea paid to get Gomer back is the same way God sent Jesus to pay the price to get us back. Come back to God! You know it's funny because a lot of people think they're doing God a favor by going to church, paying tithes, singing in the choir etc. "I paid my tithes today, well I sang in the choir today" and they think that's enough and God is pleased and go right back to a sinful life the rest of the week and back at it again on Sunday. But what is all that to God when you're not even obeying Him? You spend time with God for 2-3 hrs out of 168hrs in a week which means that out of 168 hrs you had 166 hrs that you could've spent time with Him. Now of course I'm sure no one spends their whole entire week with God but if someone says they have a relationship with God that's just terrible to give Him 2 hrs out of a week and I know that God isn't pleased. And also there's people who think when they let go of their past life they're doing God a favor. I stopped (drinking, lying, smoking, fornicating) and whatever else for God. NO! You stopped for you. God already know that that stuff leads to hell. But God is already in heaven and He wants you to be there too but it's for you not Him. Don't get it twisted, God doesn't need us to do anything for Him, it's for you. Sin only leads to death. (Romans 6:23- For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.)
1 Corinthians 6:9-20
If there are things in your life that you put before God, check your priorities. If God did us like we do Him we wouldn't like it at all. Instead of thinking about how the Israelites made God unhappy think about how you're making God unhappy right now. If you love God put Him first in your life.