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Mt 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.  

For God it all hangs on the Seek Ye First, but we so frequently hang it on All These Things. Seeking Him first is all about having a relationship rather than coming to Him when we want and/or need something. Corrie Ten Boom asked a great question: “Is your prayer life your steering wheel or your spare tire?” Great way to put it. Do you steer your life every moment in communion with the Lord or do you just call out when you have a flat? I have been there in both situations and have painfully discovered that waiting until you get a flat always includes more effort and pain than I thought.

If we are walking with Him on a daily basis, we can be confident that He knows our needs because He puts a higher value on them than we do. If our focus is on His Righteousness then we can rest assured that His eye is on our needs. In His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus commanded us to put God before our earthly needs. The entire sixth chapter is one of my favorites because it puts our lives in clear perspective. We are to “be still” and in our “knowing” we are to seek after the Kingdom of God. The Kingdom that is here and now, resting within each and every believer.

During a very difficult time in my life the Lord kept me in Matt 6:33-34 for a solid 18 months. At the end He had instilled in me that the only way to live this life is to seek Him first and constantly listen for His voice, and to do that we have to learn to live “one day at a time.” That is my life now, but it is so easy to slip into focusing on yesterday that I can’t change and tomorrow that is yet to unfold. That is the key to a successful walk with Jesus … seek Him … today!

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