SEEK GOD FIRST


Priorities determine how we use our time


and what we choose to put in first place.


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 average person wastes between fifteen


and forty hours a week watching worldly... 


enticing programs that are blatantly 


and subliminally polluting


minds and the spirit... 


and leading unsuspecting individuals astray.



Many individuals spend far too much time


listening to trash radio or


reading newspapers and magazines


that are in no way... edifying.



These toxic programming devices


are competing for first place in their lives.


Sadly, some have succeeded


in taking first place in their lives.

God’s commandments, desires, and love,


should be the center of what we are… and desire to be.


All other entities find their position 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 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 first is to fix and focus our mind's attention


on God's direction, wisdom, and perspective.


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 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.

When we pursue God first...


the thought of pleasing God becomes very important to us.



God becomes the center of what we are and desire to be.


The life that pleases God bears wonderful fruit.


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.


Indeed...


to seek God first...


is a wise and righteous thing to do.

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 Commandments,


His Desires, and His righteousness.

When we are focused on the One who has control


over everything, 


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.

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.

Until we discover the joy of God and God alone,


we will never be satisfied or fulfilled in life. 

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.

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.


Matthew 6:33


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.

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.



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.



God desires to be first in our lives.


As God is exalted to the right place in our lives,


a thousand problems are solved all at once.


A.W. Tozer 


God wants us to let Him be God in our lives!


When we seek God first in our daily pursuits,


He promises to add unto us those things


which we were pursuing


(as long as they are in His Will). 



God desires that we would seek Him first above all else.


God's desire is that we worship God and God alone.


God does not want us to place anything before Him.


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 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.


Psalm 25:15


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.


Our time on earth, if the truth be told, is incredibly brief.


 Every day our first priority should be...


to seek God and God's kingdom


with the greatest earnestness and concern.



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.


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 is an ongoing process.


As we seek God's direction for our lives...


we can have the certainty necessary


to keep, in perspective,


the wonder-working power of Almighty God


over our lives.


May we keep God first in all we do in life.


God must come first.

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