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, who is described in the Bible 


as the wisest and richest of men, wrote of his 


efforts to taste of everything life had to offer.



His pursuit of pleasure and amusement were tested. 


He tested the theory many live under today; that 


meaning of life is found in more and varied 


pleasures, entertainment, and excitement.


He sampled wisdom, amusement, and pleasure.

 


He searched in his heart how to gratify his flesh 


with wine, pleasure and folly; he built himself 


houses, he made himself 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 and harems. He had wives and 


concubines. 



Solomon tried to give life meaning 


through the satisfaction that comes through 


being wise, amassing great riches, being 


accomplished, his accomplishments lifted him


 to great prominence. He was a great builder, 


he improved the environment, and had many 


possessions. 



Solomon 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 all he


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


This kind of life is robbed of true meaning.



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, 


first.



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... 



continually.

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 


lives. 



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 


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.

"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 


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.

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


means,



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


means,


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 


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 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 


becomes.


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 


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 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


overall.


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.

Seeking God and God's 


Kingdom first 


means...


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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