If we fail in preparing to meet God, though we succeed 

in everything else, our lives will still be void.

When we seek to guide our own lives and exclude 

God... the end result is emptiness.

There is a spiritual empty place, a yearning, 

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

that only God can fill.

God created us with a “Spiritual need,”

 which is far beyond the pursuit of things.

The hunger and thirst for God is at the very

 root of our being.

Some are prone to seek 

everything, but God.

They seek to fill a hole with no bottom... not 

realizing that things cannot satisfy inner longings. 

They remain untrue to themselves and are 

convinced that enough is never enough. 

There are some with restless hearts. They crave 

for whatever their eyes desire. They wear 

themselves out trying to get rich and get more. 

Some feel the urgent need to fill their lives with: 

*more physical pleasure,

*more recognition,

*more things,

*more visibility, 

*attract more people,

*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 emptiness. 

When there is no hunger and thirst for God, 

it is a sure indicator that something has 

gone awry Spiritually.

One can find themselves doing so much more, 

but finding less meaning in their pursuits. Some

 have achieved their goals of wealth, 

relationships, and pleasure; yet, there is still

 a deep void, a vacuum, an emptiness that 

cannot be filled by any created things. The 

infinite abyss... can only be filled by 

God Himself.

Enjoying the best life possible is not about

 our corrupt passions or getting moreEnjoying 

the best life is about... 

Who or what we are allowing 

to direct our lives

Anything we invest excessive amounts of time, 

thoughts, attention, and money into can take 

God's rightful place in our lives. Anything we

 allow to take control of us... can become a 

god to us.

Why be so engrossed by the mundane 

allurements of the world? 

Why not turn within? 

A gold mine... 

an abundance of love 

lies within us.

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 



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 


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 


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 . 

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.

The Spiritual need God created us with

includes the desire to find meaning in life. 

Our body, souls and Spirit find meaning and 

satisfaction when we connect to the power 

Source and live in harmony with His purpose 

for us.

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

need by drawing close to God, and God will draw 

close to us.

God created us with a “Spiritual need,” which is far 

beyond the pursuit of things. Spiritual beings are 

much like empty earthen containers that God 

intends to fill with Himself. With God as our 

only Content, we can better express God.

We were created to walk and live in a personal

 relationship with our Creator, God, to fulfill 

God's purpose. 

Genesis 2:7

The more we try to make our life better by pursuing 

our own desires, the more our desires will spin out of 

control, creating unhealthy, disheartening decay and 

decline in our lives.

Whatever force we allow to take first place 

in our hearts and minds will drive our 

decisions and construct our future.

It is extremely imperative for us to 

seek God with all our heart, 


Until we discover the joy and peace of God and 

God alone, we will never be satisfied or fulfilled

 in life. Although the temporal things of this

 world may be gained... only God and His eternal 

love can fill the inner voids in the heart and soul.

According to Scripture, 

God wants to fill that void.

Psalm 145:16

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.

God's Word repeatedly calls us to

 seek God,

and seek God's presence... 


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!  

 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's presence is everywhere, and we don't 

need to go somewhere out there to seek His

 presence, because God's Spirit lives within 

those who believe in Him. But when we 

intentionally, turn within and draw near to 

God... we realize and experience a stunning

and heightening of the reality of God in our 


Drawing near 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 near to God, there is a very special 

lightness and joy, unspeakable, in our hearts. 

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 


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.

"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 

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.

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.

This call of Jesus is to His followers to... 

Seek first the Kingdom of God.

As we direct our minds and hearts toward 

God in all our experiences, we cry out to Him.

God calls us to enjoy continual consciousness of 

His personal character, His Supreme Greatness, 

Beauty, and Worth.

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

The most important thing we can

ever go in search of in life...

is God! 

In God we find purpose, 

meaning, and satisfaction.

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.

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. 

Many people live their lives without ever

 reflecting on life itself or its meaning for them. 

Until we discover the joy of God and God alone,

we will never be satisfied or fulfilled in life. 

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 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.

God desires that we would seek Him first above 

all else. 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,

He promises to add unto us those things

which we were and are pursuing

(as long as they are in His Will). 

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 


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.

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. 

To seek first the Kingdom of God


putting God and the things of

 the Spirit first in our lives.

Seeking God means seeking God's presence,

to be in God's presence, 

seeking to direct our hearts toward God. 

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.

To seek first the Kingdom of God


putting God and the things of

 the Spirit first in our lives. 

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. 

To seek God first is to fix and focus our mind's 

attention on God's direction, wisdom, and 


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 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.

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 


To seek God is a gift from God.

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 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.

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 


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 life... 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,

His Commandments,

His Desires, 

and His righteousness.

We assign our attention 

to what we deeply value.

The first step to increasing spiritual attention 

is identifying our main distractors. Take time 

to consider what keeps us from spiritual focus

 and intimacy in our relationship with God.

Distractions hinder our ability

 to relate to God.

With so much going on in our lives, stillness

 and spiritual focus can be a challenge. 

Toxic programming devices and/or other distractions 

are competing for first place in our lives. Sadly, some 

have succeeded in taking first place in their lives.

The average person spends 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 hours on social media, listening 

to radio, and/or reading newspapers and magazines that

 are in no way... edifying.

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. 

Let us identify our distractors:

With all of our instant news, technology, gadgets,

 schedules, and activities we struggle to find a 

deep, satisfying relationship with God. We fail to 

stay connected to God in the myriad of things that 

cloud our minds.

With so many activities, endeavors, demands, diversions 

and distractions vying for our attention, adoration, and 

devotion, one can very easily lose focus on what their 

priorities in life should be. 

Listening to God is an area where we often struggle 

with distraction and lack of spiritual attention. As a 

result we become withdrawn from God as well as from 

each other thereby becoming disillusioned with life


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


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.

Seeking God and God's 

Kingdom first 


God has precedence in our lives. 

We become increasingly absorbed 

with God rather than with things. 

To seek God and God's Kingdom first means

to thirst, continuously, for God, realizing 

it is God alone

Who can quench our thirst and 

fill the vacuum in our lives.

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 we, 

deliberately, keep God first in

 all of our affairs.

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.

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.

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?

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