To seek first the kingdom of God,

 is the most important goal we 

can pursue in life.

God desires that we would



Seek Him First 


above all else.


In God we find purpose,


 meaning, and satisfaction.

We are much more engaged with spiritual


 and eternal matters when we seek the Kingdom


 of God first... rather than earthly goods that 


will fade away in the end.


We must, intentionally, 


make God our top 


priority, 


if we want to seek life and true personal 


freedom for ourselves.

God created us with a "Spiritual need" 


that goes far beyond material possessions.


Whatever energy we allow to control our 


hearts and minds will influence our decisions 


and shape our lives.



It is critical that we seek God first and foremost 


with all of our hearts. We will never be pleased


 or fulfilled in life unless we experience the joy


 and peace of God and God alone. Although this


 world's transient pleasures can be obtained, only


 God and His eternal love can fill the deep holes


 in the heart and spirit.



According to Scripture, 


God wants to fill our voids.


Psalm 145:16

The need to find significance in life is a 


Spiritual yearning that God created us with.


It is when we connect to the 


Power Source


and live in agreement with God's purpose for 


us, our bodies, souls, and spirits will find 


meaning and fulfillment.


The hunger and thirst for God is at the very


 root of our being.


God is of greater value



 than all the world's riches.



Jesus said to His followers...

"Seek First the Kingdom of God"


in His Sermon on the Mount. 


Matthew 6:33


"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:

"Seek first the kingdom of God 


and His righteousness."


Matthew 6:33 


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.


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 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.

Scripture is overflowing with the message of 


seeking God first. There are numerous 


passages that are essentially invitations for us to...



"Pursue the things of God." 


God's Word repeatedly calls us to



 seek God, and seek God's presence... 



continually.

To seek God is a gift 



from God.


God has unlimited blessings 


for us to experience as we seek 


Him with our whole heart. 


God promises to add unto us those things


which we were and are pursuing


(as long as they are in His Will). 

To seek God first means...


fixing and focusing 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.



To seek God and God's Kingdom 


First is to have a hungering desire


 to bring our hearts into


 subjection to the Will of God 


and live according to God’s design,


not to seek after things.


Seeking God and God's 


Kingdom first


means...


*God has precedence in our lives. 



*We become increasingly absorbed


 with God, prioritizing the things 


of God over the things of this 


world.



To seek God and God's Kingdom


 first is to have a constant nee


for God, to thirst, continuously 


for God, knowing that only God 


can quench our thirst and 


fill the vacuum in our lives.


First place means first place.


It means giving precedence, priority and 


preeminence to seeking the kingdom of God. 


To seek first the Kingdom of God


entails, seeking God's presence, being in God's 


presence, and directing our affections toward God. 


To seek God means to, studiously,


value God so much... that we,



purposefully, seek to know God.



We, purposefully, draw closer to God, we, 



passionately, walk with God,we are growing 



deeper in intimacy with God, and wedeliberately,



 keep God first in all 


of our affairs.


According to James 4:8; 2:23, we fill our Spiritual 


need by drawing close to God, and God will draw 


close to us.


Drawing nearer to God makes all the difference.


The experience is sweet, more intimate and more


satisfying. It causes us to experience the sweetness of 


God's reality in special ways.



We can speak with God and we tend to pour


out our hearts like water before God. As we


draw nearer to God, there is a very special


lightness and joy, unspeakable, in our hearts.

God’s kingdom must be pursued


 every day, and at every instant.


God's presence is all around us, and we don't 


have to go out there, traveling somewhere else 


to find God. We can turn within, since 


God's Spirit resides within those who believe 


in Him, and draw near to God and experience a 


heightening and deepening of God's presence 


in our lives.

We assign our attention 


to what we deeply value.


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 submission to the 


Will of God and live according to God’s design.

To seek God’s kingdom is to 


submit to God's rule over 


every area of our life. 

God’s kingdom and righteousness


should be our highest goal.



If we prioritize God's business—seeking 


redemption, living in service to Him, and


 sharing the good news of the kingdom with


 others—then God will, as He promised, take 


care of ours.


Many individuals go through life without ever 


thinking about life or what it means to them.


We will never be satisfied or fulfilled in life until 


we experience the joy of God and God alone.

In order for us to gain 


clarity, let us slow down,


step back, and think 


carefully about our 


goals and the decisions

 

we make.

Who or what dominates


 our thoughts and 



affections?



Where do we invest our 


time and money? 

What desires are driving


 our decisions?


Anything into which we give an excessive amount 


of time, energy, attention, or money might usurp 


God's rightful place in our lives. Anything we 


allow to have control over us has the potential to 


become a god to us.


Things move quickly in our fallen, 


ever-changing world, and many feel they


 should be doing more, staying busy, and 


always hurrying. It's easy to become 


overwhelmed by appointments, deadlines, 


distractions, and seemingly insurmountable 


obstacles. Things which should matter the


 most are mismanaged and treated as if 


they matter least. 



Many people are being burned out as a result


 of their refusal to slow down. For some, 


deciding between world issues and setting 


priorities in the proper sequence is challenging.



Distractions make it difficult to connect with 


God. Stillness and spiritual focus might be 


difficult to achieve with so much going on in 


our lives.



For some, deciding between world issues 


and setting priorities in the proper sequence is 


challenging.



Toxic programming devices and/or other


 sources of distraction are vying for our 


attention. Sad to say, some have been able


to gain first position in many lives.

The average person spends between fifteen 


and forty hours each week viewing worldly... 


seductive shows, with blatant and ofttimes 


subliminal messages, that pollute minds and 


spirits... luring unsuspecting persons astray.


Many people waste hours on social media, 


listening to the radio, reading newspapers


 and periodicals that aren't edifying in any 


manner.


Our spiritual life can be hijacked when


 our time is occupied by devices and a 


never-ending list of activities. It's a formula 


for losing our way, which could lead to a cycle 


of pain, leaving us exhausted, stressed, and


time poor.


Distractions are all


around us!


Distractions come in many forms. We should be


 mindful and not allow our busyness or others to 


become of more value or more of a priority than 


our relationship with God. 

Distractions can make it difficult 


to connect with God.


With so much going on in our lives, stillness and 


spiritual focus could become difficult to achieve. 


Many struggle to develop a deep, meaningful


 connection with God in this day of constant 


news, technology, devices, schedules, and activities. 


In the midst of the myriad of things that cloud our


 brains, we can neglect to stay connected to God.



With so many activities, pursuits, demands, 


temptations, and distractions clamoring for our


 attention, affection, and attention, it's easy to lose 


sight of what their priorities in life should be. 


We often battle with distractions and a lack 


of spiritual focus when it comes to listening to 


God. As a result, we can grow estranged from 


God and one another, as well as disillusioned 


with life in general.


Let us identify our 

distractors:

Identifying our primary distractions is the 


first step in increasing spiritual focus. Take 


some time to think about what hinders us 


from being spiritually focused and having


 a close connection with God.

Enjoying the best life possible is not about 


our corrupt passions or getting more.

 

The more we strive to improve our lives by 


chasing our own goals, the more those urges 


will spiral out of control, resulting in unhealthy,


disheartening degradation, and downfall.


 Enjoying the best life is determined by...


Who or what we allow to control our lives .

One might find themselves accomplishing 


so much; yet, finding less meaning in their 


pursuits. Some people have attained their 


aspirations of riches, love, and pleasure, yet 


there is still a profound void, a vacuum, and 


an emptiness that no created things can satisfy. 


Only God Himself has the power to fill the 


unfathomable gulf.


While it is critical to keep our objectives in 


mind and work hard to achieve them, we also


need time away to...


"Be Still and know."


"Be still and realize what you're doing."

"Being still" is a simple activity that might help 


to calm the mind. We may hear from God, break 


cycles, tear down and take power over spiritual


 strongholds, reclaim our feeling of agency, and 


obtain better insight to help identify and reveal our 


genuine purpose when our minds are quiet.

Having a deep and personal relationship


with God should be our number one goal in 


life. God should be involved in every facet of 


our lives. Rather than looking to others for 


answers, God is all knowing... 


let us look to God. 

Why be so engaged in the world's mundane 


allurements? 



Why not turn within? 



Within us is a gold mine... an


 abundance of love lies within us.


Our time on earth, if the truth be known, is 


incredibly brief. Every day, our first goal


should be to... pursue God and His Kingdom


with all of our heart and soul.

Time is running out. 


Now is the time to use our sound judgment.


It's pointless to be obsessed with seeking the 


"American Dream" and selfish lifestyles while


 ignoring God and His kingdom.


After God's


justice is


poured out


on the 


universe, the


Kingdom of 


God will be 


the only 


thing left 


standing.

If we fail in preparing to meet



 God, though we succeed in



 everything else, our lives will 



still be void.



If we seek to guide our own lives while excluding God... 


the consequence is nothingness.

There are those who are prone 


to seeking everything and everyone


with the exception of God.



Some people seek to fill a hole with no bottom. 


They are be oblivious to the fact that things 


cannot satisfy inner longings. 


They continue to be untruthful to themselves


and are convinced that enough is never enough. 



Some people have restless hearts. They crave 


for whatever their eyes want. They work 


themselves to exhaustion trying to grow richer. 


Some feel the urgent need to fill their lives with: 


*more physical pleasure,


*more recognition,


*more things,


*more visibility,

*more influence,


*attract more people,

*more money


*more experiences, and 

countless enticements; yet, 

nothing ever satisfies them.


They still come up empty. 


They totally ignore their inner black hole... 


their inner voids... 


their inner longings. 



When there is no hunger and thirst for God, 


it is a sure indicator that something has 


gone awry Spiritually.


It is a clear indicator that something has gone 


horribly awry spiritually when there is no desire 


or need for God.


God created us with a "Spiritual need" that 


goes far beyond material possessions. Spiritual 


beings are similar to empty earthen vessels 


that God wishes to fill with Himself. We can 


better express God if God is our sole Content.



We were created to walk and live in a personal


relationship with our Creator, God, to fulfill 


God's purpose. 


Genesis 2:7


There is a spiritual empty place, a yearning, 


a helplessness in the heart of each of us... that 


only God can fill.


To break exhaustive cycles and overcome


the pressures of life, let us, quietly, 


seek God's presence.

Let us direct our minds and hearts toward 


God in all our experiences.


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 more we seek God, learn about God, understand 


God, appreciate God, and walk in God's Way and Will... 


the richer and fuller our relationship with God 


becomes.


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!  


To seek God and find God is to


 find what is missing.


God should be at the center of what we are


 and desire to be. All other beings and doings 


will find their position as a result.


King Solomon, had everything that people thought


 should have made him happy. He was one of the 


richest men who ever lived. Solomon is described


 in the Bible as the wisest, richest and most powerful


of men, wrote of his efforts to taste of everything 


life had to offer.


He was king of Israel at a time when they enjoyed 


the greatest prosperity in history. He had the power 


of life and death over his subjects.


God called him the wisest man in all the world.


He asked God for wisdom, and God gave it to him.


His fame was known in all the nations. He wrote many 


proverbs and songs.



Solomon's pursuit of pleasure and amusement 


were tested. He tested the theory many live under


 today; that the meaning of life is found in more 


and varied pleasures, entertainment, and 


excitement. He sampled wisdom, amusement, 


and pleasure of the world. He denied himself... 


nothing.

 


He searched in his heart how to gratify his flesh 


with wine, pleasure and folly; he built himself 


beautiful palaces, gardens, orchards, vineyards 


with all kinds of fruit trees in them. 



He made himself water pools. He acquired 


female servants and maidens, and gathered for 


himself silver and gold. He even acquired male 


and female singers, had musical instruments of 


all kinds. He had wives, concubines and harems. 



Solomon tried to give life meaning through the


 satisfaction that comes through being wise, 


amassing great riches, and being accomplished. 


His accomplishments lifted him to great 


prominence. He was a great builder, he 


improved the environment, and had many 


possessions. He became great and excelled 


more than all who came before him. He had 


whatever fame could bring to life. Whatever his


 eyes desired, and every pleasure of his heart... 


he did not keep it from himself.



Solomon was the wisest man of


 all, but made the worst use of his 


wisdom.



When life is not productive, it becomes joyless.


 Solomon was successful in every way the 


world might think a man could be successful. 



He had wealth, wisdom, riches, and honor. 


He was more intelligent than any one on earth. 


He was the best ruler on earth. He did great 


works of construction, unparalleled in history,


 and wrote books. However, at the end of it all... 


he found his life and works to be... total 


emptiness.



As Solomon walked in sin and adultery, 


his wealth was destroyed. Ultimately, God


 uses wealth to lift up some and bring down 


others, all of which is part of His protection 


of His own. Solomon had everything his fame 


and fortune could buy, but his life was robbed 


of true meaning. 



The poorest person is not


 the one without money, but


 the one without God.


Solomon examined his life lived in 


pleasure and concluded: 


“Vanity of vanities, all is vanity.” 



It was all vanity; meaningless.



 It was striving after the wind. 



There was no enduring, eternal sense in a life 


lived for worldly pleasure and accomplishments. 



Thus, I surveyed all that my hands had done


 and what I labored to achieve, everything was 


meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing


 was gained under the sun.


Ecclesiastes 2:11


Worldly success didn't 


give Solomon joy.


He finally realized that drawing closer to God, 


worship and service of God and God alone,  


finding true fulfillment in the worship 


and service of God and God alone 


filled the voids in his life.



Don’t wear yourself out trying to get rich. Do 

not trust your own cleverness. In the blink of an

 eye wealth disappears, for it will sprout wings

 and fly away like an eagle. 


Proverbs 23:4-5



Unless our lives are useful 



for God, 



we have only labored in vain.


May we keep away from anything


 that might take God's place in our hearts. 


Let us intentionally keep God high and 


lifted up... forever as our top priority 


and our highest aim. 

One of the biggest obstacles to crying out to and 


seeking God is the infection of pride.


Some are notorious for exalting their way of doing 


things above God's ways. They become prideful in 


all of their accomplishments and possessions.



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.



Pride’s family of behaviors includes conceit, vanity,


self-importance, self-righteousness, boasting, 


egocentricity, narcissism, pompousness, snobbery, 


self-glory, selfish ambition, arrogance, superiority, 


judgmental, haughty, spiteful, opinionated, and 


impatience.  


These are not from the Father, 


but are from the world. 

Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. 


Instead, fear the LORD and turn away from evil.

 

Proverbs 3:7



What sorrow for those who are wise in their 


own eyes and think themselves so clever.


Isaiah 5:21



Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or 


conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem 


others better than himself. Let each of you look 


out not only for his own interests, but also for the


 interest of others. 


Philippians 2:3-4



True humility and fear of the LORD lead to riches,


honor, and long life.


Proverbs 22:4


You have been deceived by your own pride.


Obadiah 1:3 



Those who walk in pride, God is able to humble. 


Daniel 4:37



Pride ends in humiliation. 


Proverbs 29:23



Pride goes before destruction. 


Proverbs 16:18



A fool’s proud talk becomes a rod that beats him. 


Proverbs 14:3



Pride leads to conflict. 


Proverbs 13:10



When pride comes, then comes dishonor. 


Proverbs 11:2



For the sins of their mouths, for the words 


of their lips, let them be caught in their pride. 


Psalm 59:12



In his pride the wicked does not seek God


in all his thoughts there is no room for God. 


Psalm 10:4 



I, God, will break your proud spirit. 


Leviticus 26:19

Pride can be replaced with the 

power of humility and grace.

By natural rationalization, humanity can know 



God with certitude, based on the evidence of 



His works. 



The heavens are telling the glory of God.


Psalm 119:1 



God reveals Himself to us through His Word. 


God's Word keeps us, leads us and speaks to us.



God shows Himself to humanity in the evidences



 of His grace and mercy. 



God fully reveals Himself to us in Jesus.


Seeking God is the conscious effort to get through


 the natural means... to God Himself. 



One must, constantly, set their minds toward 


God in all their experiences. 



“But seek first the Kingdom of God 


and His righteousness, and all these things 


will be added to you.”


Matthew 10:38-39

God is described in the Bible as the only God


 and the Creator of all things.


Deuteronomy 6:4



 We worship God because He is 


first and worthy. 



God is above all heavenly rulers, 


power and authority. 



God is the almighty Creator of


 the heavens, the earth, the sun, 


and all living things, and God 


alone... is worthy of the number


 one position in our lives. 


God loves to love us. We were created to know God. 


The more we walk with God and mature in our


relationship with God... the more we will hunger 


and thirst to seek God, delight ourselves in God, 


depend on God, talk with God, listen to God, 


run to God, and worship God and God alone.  



God does not want us to place anything before 


Him, and rightfully so!



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


When we seek God first in our daily pursuits,

2 Chronicles 7:14

When we turn back to God...

God will heal and restore. 

If we decide we want to experience a richer life... 


we will have to make our relationship with 


God...


first in our lives. 


When we put God ahead of everyone else


 in our lives, then everything else will freely 


fall into place... or drop out of our lives.

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.

Seeking God must always be our first priority.


In seeking God comfort and provision, peace and 


protection, guidance, direction, and wisdom


 will be added. The Bible says as we seek God 


we will not lack any good thing.


We will seek God and find God 


when we seek God with all our heart. 

When we are in right relationship

 

with God, our souls are satisfied.


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.


When we put God first, 


“Casting the whole of our care (all our anxieties,


 all our worries, all our concerns, once and for all)


 on God, for God cares for us affectionately 


and cares about us watchfully.” 


1 Peter 5:7 

Jeremiah 29:13-14 says, 


"You will seek Me and find Me, 



when you seek Me with all 



your heart." 



"I will be found by you," 


declares God."


 God asks us to seek Him. 




The greatest treasure of 



seeking God is the promise that 



we will find God. 


Indeed... to seek God first... is a wise and 


righteous thing to do. The life that pleases God 


bears wonderful fruit.

Seeking God is an ongoing 


process.


Set your minds on things that are above, 


not on things that are on earth. 


Colossians 3:1–2


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.

*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.


Priorities determine how we use our time 


and what we choose to put in first place.


The key to having God's love, peace and joy


in our lives... is keeping God in His rightful place 


in our priorities. 

Seeking God must always be


 our first priority.



We are to seek the things of God as a priority 


over the things of the world.


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.


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.


When we are focused on the One Who has control


over everything, even in the midst of storms and 


disappointments, we will have greater stability,


direction, kindness, gentleness, faithfulness, patience,


goodness, love, joy, self-control, and inner peace.


But whatever kind of environment we find


 ourselves in... whether it is unshakeable, fortified, 


solid, immoveable or shakeable, and insecure... 


the Word of God is the same. 


AS God's people, we are to have the Spiritual 


and the eternal... as our primary focus.


Both the Old and New Testaments say it is a 


“Setting of the mind and heart” on God. 


It is the conscious fixing or focusing of our 


mind’s attention and our heart’s affection 


on God.


Now set your mind and heart 


to seek the Lord your God.


1 Chronicles 22:19


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.


“Seek Me and live; 


 invest in things that are related to 


the Kingdom of Christ.


The Bible says as we seek the Lord


 we will not lack any good thing. 


It means putting Christ and the things of the 


Spirit first in our lives. 

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,


God's Commandments,


God's Desires, 


and God's righteousness.

Some people encounter difficulty and forget God.


They fail to remember God. They forget Who God 


really is. 

God is unbeatable, holy, our 


shield, unmatched, and never


changes. 


God desires that we would 


seek Him first, above all else.



Many tend to run from God instead of running


 to God. Some will run to other people before 


talking to God. Then, when they are not given 


the answers they want to hear and they are 


facing the eleventh hour... God then becomes 


their after-thought... or their last resort. 




If God is not in the 

we don't need to take 


another step.

When God is in the forefront, the problem 


is in the shadow. 


We need to remember that...


 God is... Who He said He is, 


and we are His. 


We need to remember His faithfulness 


throughout all generations.

*May we highly exalt God 



to the highest and most

 


rightful place in our lives.

 




*May we strive after, put, and keep 



God, His Kingdom and His

 


righteousness in first place.

 




*Let us make sure that our focus



 is on God and God alone. 





*May we prioritize our lives and 



always put God in the forefront 



and center of everything we do!




*May we make our relationship 



with God... our top priority.



God calls us to relish ceaseless consciousness


 of His Supreme Greatness, Beauty, and Worth. 



May we, intentionally, seek God 


first, last, and moment by moment.

To seek God first is to, willfully, fix and focus 


our mind's attention on God's direction, 


wisdom, and perspective.



To seek God means to, voluntarily, incline our 


hearts toward God... hungering for an intimate, 


personal relationship with God; or seeking to 


develop an intimate relationship with God.



We believe when we, righteously, 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.

May we, consciously, keep 


God first. 


Let us keep the most important

 


and beneficial first thing... first.




As we keep God in the forefront... we will 


encounter God's divine symphony! Everything 


else in our lives will begin to line up and work out.



In keeping God first we will have more than 


enough to cover all of our daily needs. 


We will be able to witness the supernatural.



God will direct, provide, protect, calm, help us, 


and keep us from anxiety, as Jesus described in... 


Matthew 6:26:

Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or 


reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly 


Father feeds them. 


Are you not much more valuable than they?

Knowing God is a privilege. 



God is the Giver of life.



1 Timothy 6:13; John 10:10



God is the great I AM. 


Exodus 3:14

God calls us to enjoy continual consciousness of 


His personal character, His Supreme Greatness, 


Beauty, and Worth.


May we keep our eyes and hearts fixed on the beauty,


 promises, and love of God. This will awaken us to the 


seriousness of living inwardly... pursuing God's way, 


and allowing God to take His rightful place 


in our hearts and affairs. 

God desires to be first in our lives.


Everything is to be directed to God


and we give God priority over 


everything else.



Putting God first is realizing that 


as we live to please God, we will 


have inner joy... unspeakable joy, 


and our peace will increase.

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