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Matthew 6:33

The James family gathered together for a quiet time and discussion. Albert climbed into his father’s lap and hugged him with all his might. Teasingly, he asked, “Well, son, what do you want now?”
“Nothing now,” he answered. “All I want is you!”
How unfortunate for us that we rarely go to our Heavenly Father unless we want something. It seems that when we approach Him it is for something that contributes to our well-being, our health, family problems, issues at work, our financial needs or a friend. Too often we are more interested in the gifts that the Giver has to give us than the Giver.
We ask rather than adore and we prey rather than praise and we want rather than worship.
It is true that our Lord has invited us to ask if we want to receive and to come to Him for anything and everything – no matter when or what. For most of us it is a long standing habit that might be hard to break.
Perhaps it would change the nature of our relationship with God if, on occasion, we simply said to Him in a prayer of gratitude, “All I want is You!”
Prayer: Lord, we truly love You! Forgive us for hearts and minds that only focus on our wants and needs. Help us to also express our love and praise. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Matthew 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

A young man had just completed college and was having a difficult time adjusting to his new job. In his frustration he decided to speak with his pastor about the problem.
After a few moments of polite conversation he said, “I'm having a difficult time at work. My problem is learning to allow myself to be in second place.”
“No,” said his pastor, “the real problem is learning Who to put into first place.”
Jesus said, “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need.”
To “seek the kingdom of God above all else” means to put God first in our lives. To do this we must fill our minds with His Word, our hearts with His love and commit our entire being to doing His will and serving Him. It is all too easy in life to allow our priorities – our hobbies, our work, our friends – even our families – to slip into first place.
We have all heard the phrase that “life is choice.” And it is. Unfortunately, we often do not consider the consequences of our choices and allow God's Kingdom to be dethroned by the things of this world.
Prayer: Our Father, help us to make every effort to not only seek Your Kingdom but to place it above everything else in our lives no matter what it costs us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Matthew 6:33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

A man brought his arrogant, bitter and cruel boss home for dinner. He had spoken often about how difficult it was to work for him. Quietly, his son stared at the guest for quite some time but said nothing.
Finally, the boss asked, “Why are you staring at me?”
“Because,” said the boy, “dad says you are a self-made man and I’m wondering why you made yourself the way you are.”
The Bible tells us that we were created in the image of God, that we were designed to do the things we were created to do: love Him, worship Him and serve others.
Whenever we try to make ourselves into something other than what God intended for us to be, we end up in disaster. God has great plans for each of us. He wants our lives to be filled with the joy that comes from knowing His Son, Jesus Christ as our Savior. He wants us to feel the comfort of His presence. He wants us to realize that His peace is available when our hearts are troubled.
Most of all He wants us to give Him first place in our lives. When we live our lives the way He designed us to live our lives, we will live God-made lives.
Prayer: Father, there are times when each of us think mistakenly that we know what is best for us. Help us to seek You with all of our hearts so that we may be who You want us to be: in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Scripture for Today: Matthew 6:33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
A young man just completed college and was having a difficult time adjusting to his new job. In his frustration he decided to speak with his pastor about the problem.

After a few moments of polite conversation he said, “I’m having a difficult time at work. My problem is learning to allow myself to be in second place.”

“No,” said his pastor, “the real problem is learning Who to put into first place.”

Jesus said, “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need.”

To “seek the kingdom of God above all else” means to put God first in our lives. To do this we must fill our minds with His Word, our hearts with His love and our time in serving Him. It is all too easy in life to allow our priorities, our hobbies, our work, our families – our “whatevers” to slip into first place.

We have all heard the phrase that “life is choice.” And it is. Unfortunately we often do not consider the consequences of our choices and allow God’s Kingdom to be dethroned by the things of this world.

Prayer: Our Father, help us to make every effort to not only seek Your Kingdom but to place it above everything else in our lives no matter what it costs us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today: Matthew 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
A man brought his arrogant, bitter and cruel boss home for dinner. He had spoken often about how difficult it was to work for him. His son stared at the guest for quite some time but said nothing.

Finally, the boss asked, “Why are you staring at me?”

“Because,” said the boy, “dad says you are a self-made man and I’m wondering why you made yourself the way you are.”

The Bible tells us that we were created in the image of God, that we were intended to be like Him.

Whenever we try to make ourselves into something other than what God intended for us to be, we end up in disaster. God has great plans for each of us. He wants our lives to be filled with the joy that comes from knowing His Son, Jesus Christ as our Savior. He wants us to feel the comfort of His presence. He wants us to realize that His peace is available when our hearts are troubled.

Most of all He wants us to give Him first place in our lives. When we do this, we will enjoy the full potential He has for us and have life with a capital “L.”

Prayer: Father, there are times when each of us think mistakenly that we know what is best for us. Help us to seek You with all of our hearts so that we may be who You want us to be: in Jesus name. Amen.

Scripture for Today: Matthew 6:33

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The Great Wall of China stretches about fifteen hundred miles. It’s twenty-five feet high, and it tapers from a width of twenty-five feet at the base to fifteen feet at the top.

Made of brick and granite, it appeared invincible. But it was breached three times.

Why? Was it defective material? No, defective men caused the breach. They bribed the gatekeepers.

It’s true – money talks. How you earn it and spend it is a clue to your character.

Oh, for men who value God above gold, integrity above influence, and self-control above self-indulgence.

Do you?

Prayer: Keep us, Father, from wasting our time, talents and treasures. Inspire us to live in love to Thee and all who are Thine. Constrain us to do only those things that honor Thee and never to cause Thee sorrow: in Christ. Amen.

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