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Matthew 6:31-34

Two merchants in a small community were fierce competitors. Their stores faced each other on opposite sides of the street. Drake’s Store was much larger than Albert’s Merchandise Mart. Each fought for the same customers.
One day Drake put up a sign in his store that read, “If you want it, we’ve got it!” Not to be out done, Albert hung a larger sign across the entrance to his store that read, “If we don’t have it, you don’t need it!”
There is a vast difference between “a need” and “a want.” A “need” refers to the essentials in life, the things that we cannot do without. A “want” is something quite different. It is something that is not really essential. Think of the importance of water and the pleasure of a soft-drink. We can do without soft-drinks, but water is essential.
Jesus said, “Your Father knows what you need and He will give you what you need if you live for Him and make the Kingdom of God your primary concern.” When we make the Kingdom of God our primary concern, it means that God is first and foremost in our lives and that He is at the center of all that we do.
If we make His thoughts our thoughts, His desires our desires, His priorities our priorities and His ways our ways, He will meet our every need every day!
Prayer: Our Father, may we give You the place of honor that You deserve in our lives. May we always place You first in our lives and honor You in all that we do. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Matthew 6:31-34 …Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Two merchants in a small community were fierce competitors. Their stores faced each other on opposite sides of the street. Drake’s Store was much larger than Albert’s Merchandise Mart. Each fought for the same customers. One day Drake put up a sign in his store that read, “If you want it, we’ve got it!” Not to be out done, Albert hung a larger sign across the entrance to his store that read, “If we don’t have it, you don’t need it!”

There is a vast difference between “a need” and “a want.” A “need” refers to the essentials in life, the things that we cannot do without. A “want” is something quite different. It is something that is not really essential.

Think of the importance of water and the pleasure of a soft-drink. We can do without soft-drinks, but water is essential. Jesus said, “Your Father knows what you need and He will give you what you need if you live for Him and make the Kingdom of God your primary concern.” When we make the Kingdom of God our primary concern, it means that God is first and foremost in our lives and that He is at the center of all that we do.

If we make His thoughts our thoughts, His desires our desires, His priorities our priorities and His ways our ways, He will meet our every need every day!

Prayer: Our Father, may we give You the place of honor that You deserve in our lives. May we always place You first in our lives and honor You in all that we do. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today: Matthew 6:31-34 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (Read more…)
A man lost control of his vehicle as he was going around a sharp turn. The car crashed through the guardrail and ended down a steep embankment. The car was damaged beyond repair and as they were removing him from the wreckage he sobbed, “Oh, my new Cadillac. It's destroyed!”

“Never mind the car,” said a member of the rescue team, “think of your arm. It’s gone!”

“Oh, no,” he cried loudly, “I’ve lost my Rolex, too!”

How quickly we can become deceived by what the world values. And what the world values, as someone has put it, has a “shelf-life” – an expected life span. Whatever we see before us or around us will someday be gone. So, the warning of Jesus is: “If you live for God and make the Kingdom of God your primary concern, Your Father – Who already knows what you need, will provide for everything you need.”

Too often we set our sights on the things of this world believing that they will bring us happiness or satisfaction. Every day we see people who seem to “have it all” yet are miserable and unfulfilled.

God wants to have the “primary” place in our lives. He wants our thoughts to be filled with His wisdom and insight so that our lives will reflect His will and way.

Prayer: We pray, Father, that we will have enough faith and trust in You that we will set our priorities in order with worshiping and serving You at the top. In Jesus’s Name, Amen.

Scripture: Matthew 6:31-34