First Things First

Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one encouragement1-1-1of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which today is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall He not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. ( Read Matthew 6:25-34)

Why worry when you can pray, right? I read a tweet that said, “Prayer is where burdens change shoulders.” At the beginning of this new year, there is a lot of trepidation, uncertainty, a lot of questions, insecurity, fear, worry, anxiety, and misplaced faith in this world. Instead of trusting God to meet all of our needs according to His riches in glory, so many find themselves trying to figure it all out on their own. In times of crises, trouble, and despair, rather than casting our cares upon the Lord, some find themselves struggling and failing miserably at attempts to fix things themselves. Wall Street and the national debt are joy killers, for sure! Financial burdens are onerous, and questions of job security and meeting family obligations cloud so many minds, and are the cause of many sleepless nights. What am I going to do? How am I going to make it to my next paycheck? How am I going to keep my utilities on? Why me? God, are you there? STOP! First things first! The Word of God tells us, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. What does it mean to seek first the kingdom of God? If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the 300746_304876346207433_285895721438829_1142641_1748778323_nright hand of God. Set your affections on things above, not on things on the earth. (Colossians 3:1-2) Rather than encumbering ourselves with mountains of worry about temporal things, we are to focus our hearts, our minds, and our endeavors on the kingdom of God, on the eternal! What happened to the faith that can move mountains? What happened to mustard seed faith? It is time to once again lay hold on your faith. We are to diligently seek the Lord, and the things of the Lord! Our focus should be on the spiritual man, and not on our physical bodies and outward appearances. Yes, we are to make provisions for food and clothing. However, we are not to become anxious about these things! We are not to worry about what we will eat or drink naturally, but we are to concern ourselves with satisfying the hunger and thirst for righteousness, that we be filled! Our souls are at stake, and it behooves us to seek the righteousness of God! A well-known televangelist preached a sermon titled, “A Well Kept Body, and a Neglected Soul.” Think on that for a moment. I implore you not to neglect your soul! Caring for your soul should be your top priority! God is going to take care of your physical needs, but you must trust Him, to be a God of His word, and to supply your needs! As God takes care of the fowls of the air, and the lilies of the field, how much more so will He take care of you? God is not a man, so He does not lie. He is not human, so He does not change His mind. Has He ever spoken and failed to act? Has He ever promised and not carried it through? (Numbers 23:19) Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. (Matthew 6:19-21) First things first! May the Lord bless you abundantly, today and every day!

         

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27 comments on “First Things First

  1. Thank you, Minister

    Great post! Simple truths that we tend to ignore.

    Why do we like to take the long, hard route when He makes it so simple and straightforward?Thanks for the reminder!

    Have a fantastic day!

    Blessings
    ann

    • Hi Ann,

      God bless you! :-) It is during these tumultuous times, that we tend to become distracted, and stray away from the simple truths of the Word of God, as you said. It is to this end, that I shared this post. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts with us!

  2. This is great Paulette. Seek ye first the Kingdom of God. Amen!!! Thank you for sharing this today. It touched me.
    K

  3. Thanks for reminding me not to worry Paulette. Why worry when you can pray? Trust Jesus, He’ll be your stay; Don’t be a “doubting Thomas.” Trust fully in His promise. Why worry, worry, worry, worry, When you can pray? Thanks for sharing. God bless.

    • Hi Noel,

      Loved your comment! It’s a great addition to the comment stream! :-) Thanks so much for sharing it with us today! May God bless you abundantly, today and every day!

  4. Praising Paulette, thank you for the comfort and guidance of this wonderful post. At the start of the year, somehow there is more pressure, more worry. Yet, He was there all of last year, seeing me through. Nothing has changed in that regard for this year! :) I love the seek Him first scripture. It’s a good check point for me! God bless you as you worship Him and put Him and His righteousness first! love and prayers for His presence real and sweet in your life!

    • Hi encouraging Debbie,

      Amen! Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever! Thank you for reminding us, that if He kept us in 2011, He can continue to do the same for us now! We do serve an amazing God! Don’t you just love Him? God bless you Deb, as you rest in the comfort of His provisions! :-)

  5. Hello my dear sister I just want you to know that I was mediating on that very verse last night before I went to bed. Thanks for sharing it because it is so very true we do tend to for that He does cares for us.

    • Hello Desiray,

      I love the way the Lord will speak to us, in a still small voice. But then He speaks to us out loud, through the voices of others. His Word certainly does not return unto Him void, but it will accomplish what He set out for it to accomplish! Praise the name of the Lord! God bless you! I’ll catch you on one of your radio shows soon, at blog talk radio.com :-)

      Paulette

  6. Hi Paulette,
    As I was reading through your wonderful post, I felt a burden being lifted and my shoulders immediately relaxed with a sweet “ahhhh…”
    The sweetness of our Savior touched me through you. Thank you!
    Hope your day is pain-free, my friend.
    God bless you…

    • Hi Barbee,

      Thanks for stopping by! I’m so glad to know you felt the “sweetness of our Savior”, here today! All glory and praise to God! :-) He is a wonder in my soul!

      I’m also glad you were able to get some relief from your pain! I am flaring a lot these days, but thank God it isn’t too bad today! May the Lord gently wrap His loving arms around you today, as He allows your burdens to shift from your shoulders to His! :-)

    • Hello Francine,

      Thanks for visiting, and commenting. I’m glad you enjoyed the message, and I do hope you were blessed by it! :-) God bless you! Enjoy your weekend!

      Paulette

  7. Blessed Paulette :)
    First thing first! nothing is so wonderful than seeking God above all!
    Everyday with Him is sweeter as the days go by! Thank you paulette, I love you with the love of the Lord! more blessings servant of god… Have a blessed day.

    • Hello Chery Mae,

      Amen! I absolutely agree with you wholeheartedly! Truly, “Nothing is so wonderful than seeking God above all! ” Thank you so much for visiting, and commenting! You have encouraged my heart, for which I’m grateful! May the blessings of the Lord rest upon your life, always! Thanks again! :-)

      Paulette

  8. “Burdens are lifted at Calvary” was my thought as I read.
    All too often we worry or becomed burdened by the concerns of this life, but when handed over to the Lord, the “burden” disappears even though the problem may remain. He gives us whatever we require to handle the situation and undertakes for us.
    What an amazing God!

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  10. Buried treasure is useful to no one,thanks for sharing,it is priceless to those that appreciate it.mchlvtoyouinTHE LORD JESUS CHRIST amen?

    • God bless you! Thank you for stopping by, and commenting. Your words of kindness are greatly appreciated! :) Please visit again soon! Blessings!

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