Chase after God more than anyone else.

“You shall have no other gods before me.” Exodus 20:3

Maybe your friendship is tearing apart at the seams and you don’t know how to fix it. Maybe your husband don’t look at you the same and you don’t understand why. Maybe your children don’t love and respect you anymore because of your past mistakes. I have witnessed this in my life to a degree and I know how it feels. When we are desperate for love, acceptance and the approval of people, we can fall prey to the sin of idolatry. We risk putting someone in the place of God in our lives, a place they were never meant to be.

Before I could really move on, God had to show me myself. I had placed someone before Him. Because they didn’t love me, accept me, or approve of me I thought my world had ended. I was chasing a relationship more than my relationship with the Lord. Then God woke me up and helped me to come to my senses. When He did, I repented, crying out to Him to forgive me.

Understand this…your friend is not your God. Your husband is not your God. Your children are not your God.

If someone doesn’t love you, it’s not the end of the world. You might’ve reached the end of a relationship, but it’s not the end of your life. God has more in store for you and He loves you with an unfailing love. Receive His love. Receive His grace. Receive His Spirit. Chase after Him more than anyone else. Learn to bless people when they come and bless them when they go. Learn to move forward with style and with grace, because your confidence is in the Lord.

Prayer: Father God, thank you for speaking directly to me. I repent for putting people before you and for making them my God. Please forgive me. I’m so sorry. You alone are my God. I ask that you fill every void in my heart. You have my life in your hands. Just because one person chooses to no longer love me or accept me doesn’t mean it’s over for me. I am loved by you. I am accepted by you. I am approved by you. Tear down every idol, tear down every false god. Take your place on the throne of my heart. Remind me of who I am. Strengthen me to stay focused on you and to keep on receiving your love. I put my relationships in your hands and I trust you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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47 thoughts on “Chase after God more than anyone else.”

  1. Lord I apologise to chase after thevwrong things please accept my apology I repent please give Me the strength to put you first and allow you totake full control of my life. Thank you for your reminder I love you.please continue to pray for me dot-k as I pray for you.

    1. This was perfect today! My husband and I are facing a struggle. We have been married 17 years and six years ago he was unfaithful to me. With a lot of tears and tough work I was able to trust him. Well something has happened that has me questioning my trust. The hard part is I just don’t know if I have it in me to do this again. Thank you God for your word to know that you will guide me and hold me as I have a tough choice to make. AMEN

      1. Know that God has your best interest at heart,I will pray with you as well.Be true to yourself and follow what you feel in your spirit and heart.If your confused just stand still and wait on God to order your steps, Mary!!! God bless u

      2. I was married 17yrs ago and divorced 14yrs. Just last month we came bak together. Is it possible yes to renew ur lover for 1 another with God yes. We are a lot older now an wiser. I asked God why did He turn me back to my 1st husband? He said so he can be healed of his pass brokenness wen I left him.

    2. Thank you God that you show us ourselves and as painful as the truth is we know the answer. Strength me to release those I’ve held on too tight. That you will take care of them. I trust you to take care of that what I love

    3. Amen and amen. God bless Paulate and keep her in Your sovereign hand. I trust You to see her through!!! Hallelujah!!!

  2. I gid put someone before my God .My husband DOSENT look at me the same and yes it is crushing so I know that God is my salvation and everything else will fall inline as my Gods plan for me and his will not mine will Aline so I give all of me to my Savior. I love my husband and I have one God and he is for me who can be against me.In Jesus Name Amen.

    1. I did the same with my husband after my Dad died. I put him on a pedestal and wanted all of his time and attention. He treated me bad, but I kept wanting him to be someone he wasn’t. When out marriage finally ended I had lost myself and my relationship with God. I fell into a severe depression and lost my son for a year. I had to get my relationship with God back before I could move forward with my life. I’ve been single for 2 years now and I try to put God first now. I really enjoyed reading this today!

    2. Father I thank you that you see through my heart, I aware that you love me but today you show me more, I recieve all in Jesus name Amen

  3. Father forgive me for ever putting someone before you. I love You Lord and your are my God and king. My heart and my soul belongs to you. You oh Lord are the love of my life. Amen.

    1. Father, I thank You for being Lord of lords, King of kings, Husband of husbands, Friend of friends,…my All of all. Thank you for reminding me who I am in Christ because that’s what matters most. Thank you Father for loving me for me, as my love for you grows stronger day by day.

  4. Good morning DOTK family!!!! Father thank you for forgiving me and for finding me when I get off course,Times that I put things and people in front of you when I didn’t realized it !You showed me my mirror of self with your love and kindness u drew me back to you!Thank you My Heavenly Father for all things.I know the truth about myself, I’m a Kings Daughter!!!!!!!! In Jesus Name!!!

  5. These words describe perfectly what I’ve been feeling. Like someone crawled in my head & heart & saw my desperation. My best friend, co-worker, and sister in Christ of over 14 years all of sudden has turned her back on me and cut me out of her life without explanation. We were like sisters and since I have no other females in my life, I loved her just as much as I could. We have been there for each other through all of life’s ups & downs. I miss her terribly and have to see her daily and she just waves. She cut out all of our other friends as well & we are left scratching our heads. She’s been in a new relationship with a man and has changed ever since. I have been feeling desperate and for that I ask for forgiveness Father. Lord please forgive me and take the throne in my heart. Please help me to not feel abandoned and to wish her well as she exits my life. I love you and you are my King. Thank you for your mercy and love. I am your humble servant and daughter. I trust your plans for me. Thank you my father.

  6. Thank you for your faithfulness and obedience to God and His word. I ask God for forgiveness of putting my husband 1st and now seeing the results of this. He has lied, cheated and now has left me. I pray God take back Your rightful place in my heart as I move forward towards Your will for my life and for the lives of my children.

  7. I don’t know what I’d have done without you in my life Lord. Thank you Father for revealing your truth to me. It’s hard sometimes to understand and accept life for what it offers and even the way people treats me when I try to show them love or care and not even given same in returned. Lord help me to accept things what they’re and move on. Now, I understand chasing after you and putting you first should be the most important to me. Forgive me of my foolish mistakes dear Father, I love you Lord. Thank you for loving me no matter what. Amen 🙇

    Thank you again DOTK for this message, I’ll take it and run with it

  8. Just when I thought I had it all,I’m reminded that without you Lord God first in my life .I truly have nothing, I am nothing without you first and foremost.
    I lost my loving sister, she has went home to be with you.
    Thank for your words of comfort here today through your beloved daughters, giving words to help me through this time.
    I need you close, hold me Father I love you.
    I repeat of putting anyone’s relationship before yours. You promised you would never leave me, nor would you forsake me.
    Gently I ask you Father to walk before me through my days without my sister R.I.P. Pamela Hutto
    Thank you Father God for giving her your peace and taking her home with you. She Loved You Faithfully with all her heart and soul.

  9. Father God, how absolutely true Your word is, it cuts to the bone and exposes everything which might bring seperation between me and You. Thank You for Jer 17:5 which spoke to my heart some years ago as a warning when I was looking for acceptance in people and assistance in my walk with You; Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart departs from the Lord, for he shall be like a shrub in the desert and shall not see when good comes…..
    7. Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord and whose hope is in the Lord, for he shall be like a tree planted by the waters which spreads out roots by the river and will not fear when heat comes….
    Then Your word says that You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You because he trusts and relies on You. How wonderful to know that You Who are faithful and true, is the same yesterday, today and forever. You will never leave us nor forsake us and nothing can seperate us from Your love. This can not be said of man who is like grass here today , gone tomorrow. Thank You for the Holy Spirit who helps us in our weakness and loves us. I pray that Holy Spirit You will draw and help those, who needs this breakthrough in their lives, just as Jacob had at Bethel, when he wrestled with the Angel, to have that intimate experience, which changes one’s life forever. Help us to know our Father better and in a deeper depth which transforms and breaks strongholds where we are still being deceived. We love You with all of our hearts minds souls and strengths, and ourselves so as to love our neighbours as You want us to love them, unconditionally as You love us. In Jesus name . Amen

    1. Amen sister… That touches my heart so deeply.. This words hit my soul like it was meant just for me… Long story short as possible; I made my law enf career my GOD for 25yrs… And truth be known, husband, kids cigarettes & whatever else seemed to be going OK for me… I was raised up in church all my life, saved at age 12, re dedicated my life at age 34. Got colon cancer 7 yrs ago, age 42 and have had umpteen surgeries, nine hernias, got fired from my job due to my health?? Lost my faith and my identity?? I’m so depressed and lost and even questioning the fact of ever begin saved??? I know the devil is the author of deceit, here to steal kill and destroy… I find it hard to pray and sometimes wonder if I’ve forgotten how to pray??? I’m trying so hard to stay in the word and that’s how I ended up on the site reading these comments that I desperately needed to hear… Please pray for me as I will be praying for all of you while learning how to pray again for myself… I know God is real and he loves me… I’m so sorry for every putting anything or anything before him… I just wish I didn’t have to always learn the hard way…

      1. God is LOVE, He will come through for you. Even when we do things that are not pleasing to Him, that is why He is God and we are not!

  10. l say yes lord to your will n plan for my life. My dear Mary, Melissa n Pam, l sincerely empathise with you. May you feel closer to the lord than ever before. May He guard n guide u in all your ways. May His peace be your portion. May you learn to hear His voice in the midst of other voices. l lost my dad last year n he was like a husband to me. l didn’t idolise him but he meant so much to me n my husband knew it. l never knew l could handle it but the lord saw me through. Mum had already gone to be with the lord so l was advised by family members to “cherish n adore my husband since he is now technicaly speaking all l have.(l have siblings though) But sweet hearts l have resolved to make God my all in all.He is father to the fatherless, mother to the motherless a defender of the defenless. By His grace l have an adoreable husband but l have decided to make God my all in all because l am convinced that my God is eternal. Man shall pass away but only His word shall remain. My life is hidden in God n in His Christ. l shall not be afraid for the arrow that fly by day nor the moon at night. lf only in this world we have hope then we are of all men most to be pitied. I choose to share this story because sometimes we live our lives so much dependent on others such that we fail to recognize that they are mortal men bedeviled with weaknesses n human errors. Uzziah had to die for lssiah to see the lord. May l suggest to you that in your walk with God anything that the lord deems fit to do to you to bring you to a deeper fellowship with Him that He will do. The process is painful but the end is glorious. Remember His plan is to give us a future n a hope.

  11. Jesus knew who would betray Him, but we don’t always see betrayals coming. Sometimes it’s a blindside—but then again, shouldn’t we expect it?
    After all, Jesus said that in the end times many “will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another” (Matt. 24:10, NKJV). I believe it often happens in that order. Someone isn’t going to betray you unless they first take Satan’s bait of offense. And no betrayal stings worse than a knife in your back wielded by someone who was supposed to have your back.
    Shakespeare’s tragic play Julius Caesar makes it clear how the bitter act of betrayal seeks to harm its victim. We remember Caesar’s words: “Et tu, Brute?” Jesus put it another way: “Are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?” (Luke 22:48). And David explained, “Even my best friend, the one I always told everything—he ate meals at my house all the time!—has bitten my hand” (Ps. 41:9 MSG).
    When Trust Is Betrayed

    People outside your inner circle persecute and malign you—but they can’t really betray you because betrayal implies trust. People inside your inner circle—those you’ve trusted and invested yourself in—can and sometimes do betray you, then persecute and malign you to disguise their dirty deeds. Sometimes they repent, but usually not until later—much later. Of course, we have to forgive them whether they repent or not.
    The Holy Spirit once reminded me of this truth after a blindside betrayal. I started seeing people condemning words, knowing that they’re having private meeting games being played with my life the devil hates true relationship people working to other for kingdom building it’s a must that the enemy comes against people really trying so hard for the truth but anyone who could read between the lines could smell the stench of gossip. Because I’ve been betrayed a number of times, it caused me to go into prayer for my persecutor., Accuses ,adversary ,backstabbing , ,manipulation , covernest,greed, selfishness too proud and won’t own up to the truth to anything that’s when it really hurts I’m feeling so betrayed That’s when I heard the Holy Spirit remind me of His Word with a rhythmic phrase that’s so easy to remember: “If you want God to vindicate, don’t retaliate!”
    That made me smile. In an instant, the Holy Sprit began to bring to my remembrance the times I’ve handled betrayal His way—and then saw the fruit of walking in His Word in this area of my life. The Word of God says, “Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, ‘Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,’ says the Lord. Therefore ‘If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.’ Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good” (Rom. 12:19-21, NKJV).
    Sermon on the Mount Liberty
    That verse will liberate you if you will heed it. Need more? Consider the liberty in these words from the Sermon on the Mount:

    “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?” (Matt. 5:43-46).
    I learned all of this early in my Christian walk because I came into the faith after two major, life-changing betrayals—my husband abandoned me, and soon after, really I don’t know what love is I got married but he was out there never home already had a lover while dating me well I guess you already know she was more wife to him then I was he already knew I loved Jesus going to church, also I find some men like to start in argument to do what they want to do —that turned my world upside down and put me on a path praying I would never hurt anyone the way I was treated I was taught immediately that God is my vindicator, and I have seen this truth play out over and over and over again in my life.
    Hear me on this. When you are betrayed, you have two choices: You can sink to your hater’s level and enjoy the temporary satisfaction of attacking them in the same spirit that attacked you, or you can decide to move in the opposite spirit—the Spirit of Christ—and allow Him to prepare a table before you in the presence of your enemies (Ps. 23:5). I’ve discovered that when I do things God’s way, He restores what the enemy stole and promotes me to another level of influence. It happens every time. You just have to hang on to the Word and move on with your life—forgiving your betrayer, opening your heart to receiving God’s healing, then forgetting what lies behind and expecting God to move on your behalf.
    Sisters don’t worry about what doors is closed the saying when he/she leaves from here they want have anything BAD to say REMEMBER GOD KNOWS THE HEART OF MEN WE ALL HAVE TO STAND BEFORE JESUS ON JUDGMENT DAY WILL YOUR NAME BE IN THE LAMBS BOOK OF LIFE

    1. Amen! When we leave it to God to take avenge, we don’t please the devil and are drawn closer to God, Who sees that we really trust Him! And when we have given it to Him, we forget about it and don’t get defiled by negative thoughts! God bless you!

    2. Thank you again Bonnie for your words of knowledge and inspiration. Thank you for your obedience and time well spent in leading me and guiding me. God is using you to speak to me and most assuredly many other sisters. God bless you and may He expand and bless her gifts even more. Bless her for her obedience to share her insight and wisdom with us, her grateful sisters! Thank You, Jesus, for the beautiful blessings You have given me! I call them sisters, my Lord, but I also call them my friends! In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.

  12. My dearest Christine and Sandra l do empathise with you too. The lord is your portion in the land of the living. Stay connected n be blessed!!!

  13. When your husband treats you like a child; chastises me in front of the kids. Belittles me in front of anyone and everyone is it any wonder i looked to others for affirmation. I have been blamed for many things by many people all while no one cares enough to stick around and find out why. While i believe and worship God i also believe that the devil is working hard to pull everyone down that he possibly can. I feel as alone as i have ever been and like im a spectator in my own life… it feels as if even God has abandoned me .

    1. God will never abandon His children. Hold true to His word and you will soon see why He has placed you in the position you are! God will never put you up to something He can’t pull you through!

    2. My sister, don’t be dismayed. You are the daughter of the most high. I understand how you feel but God has not given up on you. I believe, the devil is at work. Don’t allow him to steel your joy. Satan is clever he always attacks us with the ones we care about.

      I challenge you today to get down on your knees and cry out to God. He will strengthen your mind and comfort your heart. Pray for your husband mindset. Ask the lord to destroy every evil attack , working against your home, family and marriage to be destroyed in Jesus name.

      My sister God loves you, so much. He has good plans for your life. People don’t always treat us fairly or pay enough attention to look beyond the surface. People who lack god’s wisdom and knowledge will never understand. Never allowed NOBODY’S opinions to mould and shape your life. Whatever anyone is blaming you for, reject it in Jesus name.

      Your are beautiful and wonderfully made. The angels are watching recording everything that is happening in secret. Anyone who hurts you will give account. Our God is a God of justice.

      Free your mind from all negativity. Things will get better xx

      Nicola UK

    3. Saved by grace,I was in the exact same situation ,being belittle and abandoned seem like from everyone, lied on set up,by my husband’s family and him being a partaker in it for years.I didn’t realize how depressed and unhappy I was I was loosing myself in my relationship and my marriage just crumble. He tore down His on house hold and it fell.I prayed and ask God to give me strength to get out of this toxic relationship .He did just that,six months later I’m still allowing God to heal my brokenness and teach me how to forgive my enemies and love them.I prayed and made a decision. This was a 27year relationship and I have no regrets. I will be praying for you.I too was lonely and felt abandoned and severely unhappy. I though at anytime I was going to collapse and physically die because I felt like I was carrying a city on my shoulders and didn’t realize. God desire good for you,not harm.God bless!!

  14. I struggle with this daily. I want to put God first and only need Him … I just can’t seem to “get it right”. Lord please help me.

  15. As I am getting older I am starting to realize how small my wants play into my reality and future. I’m at a point in my life that I have to see God’s will be done to have any sort of peace about any situation. Surrendering my entire life to the Lord was the most amazing decision I ever made and no matter what I want, I know God’s plan for me exceeds even that. His plan for me is better than any dream I will ever have. He brings people into my life to serve the purpose He made them to do, he takes people away just the same. I have had such a hard time seeing His will lately. I have been struggling to put all of my trust in Him, but because of the struggles I face, He provides me with His word. Tonight as I read through a devotional for teen girls I came across Psalm 18:30. It reads, “As for God, His way is perfect: The Lord’s Word is flawless; it shields all who take refuge in Him.” Through this verse I am reminded of my trust in The Lord’s will for my life and I am ashamed it has taken me this long to remember what life in Christ is truly about. Its about surrendering all you have to God everyday. It’s about holding tight to His word and allowing His will to be done regardless of our own selfish wants and desires. What an amazing feeling it is to know that I serve a God who has a wonderful plan for me even through my struggles in life.

  16. What a powerful word. In the last 5 years I can see now that God had a plan with the death of close members of family, of my mother, betrayal of a close friend marriage that ended in divorce. Through it all I can declare if it had not been for the Lord I don’t know where I would be as He has been the one constant, unchangeable, unmovable, faithful presence through it all. Praise God

  17. SWEET JESUS👑👑👑Thank you🙏🙋☝for Reminding me Who I Am❗I LOOK TO YOU❗🌠🌠🌠hallelujah 🎉🎉🙌🙏

  18. I put every one behind you, i put you first in my life, i love you my father, you and you alone are king in my heart, thank you lord! Injn Amen

  19. My heart is just so sad, so sad….I always mess up…when I do I get rejected all over again..then the eyes are all on me. No one understands at all not even me of why…why am I so sad and in such a mess.. I look for such approval such recognition. It all stems from being abandoned as a child, then also being abused in so many ways from that to a husband abusing me….im no longer married, but the aftermath is like something in me wants to die…so I always get to open my heart to others and as soon as I become transparent as they want me to be, they begin to run or be indifferent… Why? Maybe is just me.

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