If we fail in preparing to meet God, though we succeed
in everything else, our lives will still be void.
God... the end result is emptiness.
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,
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
Enjoying the best life possible is not about
our corrupt passions or getting more. Enjoying
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.
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 .
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
What sorrow for those who are wise in their
own eyes and think themselves so clever.
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.
True humility and fear of the LORD lead to riches,
honor, and long life.
You have been deceived by your own pride.
Those who walk in pride, God is able to humble.
Pride ends in humiliation.
Pride goes before destruction.
A fool’s proud talk becomes a rod that beats him.
Pride leads to conflict.
When pride comes, then comes dishonor.
For the sins of their mouths, for the words
of their lips, let them be caught in their pride.
In his pride the wicked does not seek God;
in all his thoughts there is no room for God.
I, God, will break your proud spirit.
"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
One of these was:
"Seek first the kingdom of God
and His righteousness."
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
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
The heavens are telling the glory of God.
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.”
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
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.
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
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 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).
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 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
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 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
"I will be found by you,"
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.
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,
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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 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
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...
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?