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Thursday, January 2, 2020


"But seek ye first his kingdom, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you."
Matthew 6:33

A new year encourages us to think of a fresh start in doing better than we did last year. One of the things that we do is assess the value of our routine activities and the value of things that we have. So often, we forget what matters most for us as children of God because we are preoccupied with so much to do. Our "to-do" lists become overwhelming and exhaustive. We find ourselves in a labyrinth without a way out. Rather than piling layers onto each day, why don't we start seeking God’s Kingdom first and His righteousness? Then, start adding what is needed in our lives. Let us strip away everything that would distract us from seeking what we ought to, God and His righteousness. Satan uses things like technology, shopping, and entertainment to keep us busy and distracted. In a few words everything that appeals to satisfy our fleshly appetite. Remember, that IF we don't stop seeking to please the appetite of the flesh, we cannot seek God first and our lives cannot have the perfect order God has intended for us. It is about time we start seeking and serving the One who matters the most!

Let us consider what seeking first God's kingdom, and His righteousness really means. First, we must declutter ourselves of earthly pleasures and fill ourselves with the righteousness of God and His peace. Let us not become prey to the falsely gratifying focus on our carnal interests. They enslave us to the flesh with its earthly desires. Remember all these things will pass away one day. My question then is, why do we seek earthly treasures and insist on keeping them, fearing that we might miss something? Why do we deceive ourselves into thinking that if we don't satisfy our immediate wants, we are missing out on something great? Sadly, with this way of thinking, we are really missing out on what is more important: our God, His righteousness and His kingdom. My plea to you is to not miss out on God and His righteousness. Strip away everything else and start seeking Him. He will help us through His everlasting Grace to rebuild what has been broken. He will help us to rebuild what is important for our soul, our heart, our mind, our families, his church or kingdom, our peace and everything that must be of great importance for the renewing and regeneration of our souls.

It is time to stop being fools and start being wise. It is time to stop wasting away the real life that God has graciously given to us to live abundantly to His glory; time to awaken from our slumber and arise from the dead; time to start walking carefully and wisely; time to start making the most of our time because the days are evil; time to start understanding what the will of God is by reading, studying and meditating on His Word daily; time to do His will in order to be blessed by Him and not be put to shame; time to be filled with His Spirit and be walking in His Spirit in order to stop pleasing the desires of the flesh; time to start letting the light of righteousness shine before a world of darkness; time to start being more grateful for all that our Father in heaven has done for us through His Son; time to start honoring our marriages by husbands loving their wives just as Christ loved the church; likewise time for wives to start honoring their husbands by submitting to their husbands as unto Christ; time for children to honor their parents in the Lord; time for parents to stop provoking their children to anger and start admonishing and instructing them in the Lord; time to start putting on the whole armor of God with its defensive and offensive weapons of warfare in order to stand firm against the schemes of our enemy, the devil; time to start praying more fervently and with perseverance for our souls and the souls of our neighbors; time to not lose heart in doing well for in due time we shall reap; time to do good to all men especially our brethren; time to start proclaiming the Good News of redemption for all men in order to make known its boldness, simplicity and purity; time to start freeing ourselves from the slavery of sin through faith in Christ. Finally, it is time to start examining ourselves, our souls and start sowing well to the Spirit and not the flesh to reap well and not be deceived because God cannot be mocked. This is precisely what the kingdom of God and His righteousness is all about!

We must make it our goal to start living our lives here on earth according to His divine will. God doesn't want us to live our lives in our own self-induced exhaustion, with a "to-do" list, composed mostly of fleshly desires. He wants us to seek His desires for our days here on earth. Our Creator doesn't want His children to maintain a frenzied pace of living. He knows and sees when we live like that. This makes it difficult to listen to Him and obey. Through His Grace, He provides our shelter, our peace and abundant living water, enough to sustain us while we live in this, our bodily tabernacle. He is a wise God, who knows and sets up perfectly His order for us because He knows what is good for us. "Seek first the kingdom... " is not a suggestion, but a command for our lives, our souls, to have greater peace, meaning, and purpose in our paths that lead to life and not death. This is God's main purpose for us. Let us purpose in our heart, soul, and mind, to trust Him enough to walk in His paths of righteousness, that ultimately lead to the complete de-cluttering of our souls, even though this may not be the most popular path.

Unfortunately, the world's yoke is heavy, and its burdens are hard and difficult. Don't you think it is time to start de-cluttering your soul of all the unnecessary, earthly heaps of stuff that we have accumulated? It is not God's! We must start trusting God. We must start taking His yoke so that we may find rest for our souls. Remember His yoke is easy and His burden is light, Matthew 11:29"Peace I live with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives, do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful" (John 14:27).

May we put fewer earthly burdens on our shoulders that our LORD has never asked us to carry. May He show us and lead us into the path of righteousness He intends for us to walk each day and find joy. May we find that peace and rest for our soul by de-cluttering it of all unnecessary burdens and take His yoke. May we learn from Him for He is gentle and humble in heart. May we seek His kingdom and His righteousness and trust in His promises to bless us.


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