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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

GOD MUST COME FIRST

Matthew 6:33 New Living Translation
“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.”
       The words of Jesus are usually profound and thought provoking to those with an open heart and mind.  Here he reveals how his followers should live.  To seek the Kingdom of God above all else simply means to put the Lord first and everything else after. It also means to let your thoughts line up with his desires, taking his character as your model to follow.  It also means to serve and obey him in all things.
       The things of this world line themselves up to compete for our attention.  They can be rather tempting, however, we must keep our focus on the Lord and not on that which surrounds us for temporal things can never truly compete with a God who has the power to meet every one of your needs. Temporal things normally fall under the category of ‘wants’.  The difference between wants and needs is pretty easy to see.
A need is something you require, a want is something you desire.  Almighty God promised to meet all of your needs, not your wants. The interesting thing about all this is that scripture says God is already well aware of what you need (v.32).
       We are to live righteously.  That is to say that with the Holy Spirit’s help we are to live a virtuous and morally upright life as an example to those around you who do not yet know the Lord. The question we must ask ourselves is: What is most important to us?  If you call yourself a Christian and the answer for you isn’t the Lord himself, then you need to rethink the matter.  Only Almighty God offers forgiveness for all of your sins.  No one else can offer that with the power and intention to follow thru with it.  Only God. Look hard at your life. If something is missing, ask the Lord to show you what he wants from you.  Let your request be sincere and your motivation pure and you shall see God work wonders in your life. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!
Matthew 6:31-32 (NLT)  “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs.”

Resource: The Life Application Study Bible, published by Tyndale House.

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