Seek First The Kingdom {First}

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Go, go, go! Do, do, do! Work, work, work! Day in, day out…this is what the world shouts at us. It tells us that we to have to go so hard with no times of rest in order to see goals accomplished. We want to be seen, heard and known. We want fame and glory. We want to be seen as important. We focus on our agendas and do whatever it takes to get ahead.

The still small voice of The Lord speaks something entirely different!

 “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33

Success isn’t a bad thing. But we need to honest about what that looks like in the eyes of God and how that is lived out in our lives. Wanting to be seen and known isn’t bad either, but again, we need to be honest about our motives. God’s mindset is SO counter cultural. His thoughts are the exact opposite of how the world thinks. He is completely other!

Jesus says things like…

“The first shall be last and the last shall be first.”

“If you want to be great, you must be a servant.”

“If you want to find your life, you must lose it.”

The Lord takes this same approach when it comes to advancing and success. He wants us to do well. He wants us to fulfill His calling in our lives. But He calls us to lay our desires and aspirations at His feet. It is when we submit to His desires and plans that He can mold ours to look like His. That is the most beautiful place to be. We don’t need to strive for approval or fame or acceptance from any person or circumstance other than God Himself.

Seek Him first.

Seek His Kingdom.

He Will Do The Adding.

Every good and perfect gift from the Father will only ever attach itself to a heart that is consumed with His heart. Know that His good and perfect gifts are abundant and better than we could ever imagine. Trust that He will reward your earnest seeking of Him and not the gifts. He is loving, gracious and such a good Father.

Do you often find yourself seeking the blessings of God instead of God Himself?

MORE Book Review and a Giveaway!!!!

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Life is hard! Relationships are hard! Decision making is hard! Trying to figure out everything on our own is hard! So often we go through our lives feeling defeated, depressed, hopeless, indifferent and without purpose. We wonder if the messes that we have made in our lives can be redeemed and if our lives can be made whole.

They can! God can! All we have to do is willingly surrender our entire selves to His will.

God wants our lives. He doesn’t want just the parts of our lives that we want to give Him. The blood of Jesus saved us. We are now beloved children of God. Self-reliance is one of the greatest tricks of the enemy. He knows that if we don’t rely on God, we will never fulfill our God given purpose.

 

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In Tammie Head‘s new book, MORE, she leads us through her journey to freedom with such raw honesty about the pits that she found herself in and about the relentless pursuit of a loving God. She shares moving stories from her life that shout about God’s grace, mercy and forgiveness. Her transformation wasn’t an overnight occurrence. She put in the hard work of discipline while God did what He does best…change hearts.

We don’t have to get our lives together before we can come to the Father. He beckons us to come as we are and lay all of our sin and shame at the foot of His cross.

If this has been the life that you have been living, I challenge you to read Tammie’s book. Let God speak to you within those pages and the pages of Scripture. He longs to rescue you and bring healing.

 

 

I am pleased to announce that B&H Publishing Group, a division of Lifeway Christian Resources has generously given me a copy of Tammie’s book to giveaway!

 

You can enter by leaving a comment on the blog or on my Instagram! A winner will be chosen on Friday April 3, 2015.

 

In what area of your life have you been feeling as though something is missing?

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