Priorities determine how we use our time
and what we choose to put in first place.
When we are focused on the One who has control
even in the midst of storms and disappointments,
we will have greater balance,
direction, kindness, gentleness, faithfulness, patience,
goodness, love, joy, self-control, and inner peace.
The average person wastes between fifteen
and forty hours a week watching worldly... enticing programs
that are blatantly and subliminally polluting
their minds and spirit... and leading them astray.
Many individuals spend far too much time
listening to trash radio or
reading newspapers and magazines
that are in no way... edifying.
are competing for first place in their lives.
Sadly, some have succeeded
in taking first place in their lives.
A priority is a thing that is regarded
as more important than another.
Priority means superiority in rank,
position, or privilege.
Whatever has first place in our life
will drive our decisions and shape our future.
The Word of God tells us that it is imperative that we
put our priorities in the proper order,
and then prudently cultivate
each one with diligence and conviction.
Our time on earth, if the truth be told, is incredibly brief.
Now is the time to be wise.
It is imperative that we establish godly priorities
and make choices in light of those priorities.
We know that when our godly priorities
are in the right order...
all other entities find their proper place as a result.
Seeking God and God's Kingdom first means...
God has precedence in our lives... no matter what.
To seek God and God's Kingdom first means
to desire more and more of God,
and realizing it is God alone
who can fill the vacuum in our lives.
To seek God means to incline our hearts toward God...
desiring an intimate personal relationship with God,
or seeking to develop an intimate relationship with God.
We believe when we seek the Kingdom of God first...
we are able to focus on and fully experience
what is truly important in life...
a personal relationship with God.
To seek God first is to fix and focus our mind's attention
on God's direction, wisdom, and perspective.
To seek God means to value God so much...
that we purposefully seek to know God, draw closer to God,
walk with God, and keep God first in all of our affairs.
To seek God and God's Kingdom first means not to seek after things,
but to have a hungering desire to bring our hearts into subjection
to the will of God and live according to God’s design.
In seeking the Kingdom of God first...
we are doing and concerning ourselves more
with Spiritual and eternal things...
as opposed to worldly things... which, in the end,
will fade away.
We believe in order for us to find life
and real personal freedom for ourselves...
we must, intentionally, make God our first priority.
to seek God and God's kingdom
with the greatest earnestness and concern.
According to Scripture...
the Kingdom of God is of much greater value...
than all the world’s treasures, and those who have it...
are the wealthiest people on earth!
The Bible repeatedly calls us to “seek God . . .
and seek God's presence continually.
"The Kingdom of God"
was the primary subject of Jesus'
Sermon on the Mount.
In Jesus' Sermon on the Mount,
Jesus taught some of the most profound principles of living.
One of these was:
“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness,
and all these things shall be added to you”
In essence, Jesus was cautioning us
not to worry about these human concerns
and to instead place our greatest priority on
seeking God’s Kingdom.
When we pursue God first...
the thought of pleasing God becomes very important to us.
The more we seek God, learn about God,
understand about God, appreciate about God,
and walk in God's way and will...
the richer and fuller our relationship with God becomes.
to seek God first...
is a wise and righteous thing to do.
One of the biggest obstacles to seeking God is pride.
Therefore, humility is essential to seeking God.
The more we humbly and diligently seek God
with all our heart and with all our soul...
the more our desires become God's desires.
Our lives will change tremendously
when we truly put God first
and set our mind's attention
and our heart's affection on God and God alone.
God's desire is that we worship God and God alone.
God does not want us to place anything before Him.
Until we discover the joy of God and God alone,
Jesus taught that our focus should be away from this world,
its status, and its lying allurements...
and placed upon the things of God’s kingdom.
When we consciously fix our focus on God ...
we become sensitive to God’s still small voice
and can be obedient to the changes
He wants to make in us.
When our focus is solidly fixed on God...
we will not get caught up or overwhelmed by
the circumstances surrounding us.
When we are intently focused on God...
we will not spend our time worrying
about worldly concerns;
instead, our greatest priority and focal point
will be on seeking God’s Kingdom,
His Desires, and His righteousness.
When our hearts are aligned with the heart of God,
and our souls sincerely desire to please God,
we will desire to spend time with God and walk in His will.
When our hearts are aligned with the heart of God...
we will want to listen to God
and follow through with obedient behavior.
“My eyes are ever on the Lord,
for only He will release my feet from the snare.”
Once we understand the spiritual dangers we face,
on a daily basis,
we will focus more on God and seek God's way,
will, and God's perfect timing.
to keep, in perspective,
the wonder-working power of Almighty God
over our lives..