Why can’t we put God and family first?

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After watching the politicians go round and round for the past few months, (seems like years already!), I still haven’t heard what I am looking for, but in glances.  What is the REAL solution to the dilemmas that we face as Americans today?

Our society has major predicaments that stretch across and deeply effect all classes.  I could name them but why waste your time, I’m sure you know what I’m talking about.  The one cause that the serious problems all really point to when all of the smoke clears is the family unit.  What has happened to the American family unit?  Why don’t any of the presidential candidates speak to the disintegration of the family as a point of emphasis?  Is it because there’s no money in it?  This brings me to the real heart of the matter, money and our insatiable appetite for it.

We as Americans have been convinced that we need more money, no matter how much we have.  It’s not enough to be able to live the happy life of raising up a family that loves the Lord, (which,  by the way, will get us ALL that we need).  No, we have been sold this idea of enormous wealth being the end goal and we as a whole have bought into it, (but not without a coupon we got in the mail for 25% off, of course.  We Americans do love a bargain!)

More toys, (that cost more money to play with and maintain), a bigger house, (that costs more to maintain and one day you will grow out of and ultimately lose anyway), a more expensive car, (so you can feel the fleeting joy of fulfilling an unrealistic childhood dream).  What is life REALLY about anyway?

So from where does this love of money come?

Studies have proven that the first three years of life are the most crucial, and from there our real memories are made.  Our childhood is what shapes us.  All things are seated in our upbringing, whether we want to admit it or not.  Not placing blame, just sayin’.

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And so here we sit atop a giant mountain of “what we are” according to what we have internalized as “important”.  Now I ask you to look down and recognize what your pile is really based on.  Is it the love of money above God?  Be honest with yourself

I say this because if we really want to solve the multi-level crisis of today then we have to look inside the box.  We as parents and role models NEED TO raise our children properly from the beginning to the end.  Teach and show them that putting God and family first is the foundation on which all that is truly good is built.  Otherwise the cycle will continue and we will be continuing to put little bandages on gaping  wounds.  Shouldn’t we be actively trying as leaders to prevent the wounds in the first place?  But then again, think about all the money that would be lost, that’s what all the politicians do….

If we put Father God first in all situations, “good” or “bad”, the multi-dimensionally confusing situation becomes crystal clear and it seemingly takes care of itself As God intercedes for His children.

Money isn’t the root of all evil, greed above God is.

Keep your eye on the ball parents…….the world and your children’s future depends on it.

ONLY TWO rules to success….

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Christ Jesus was given to us as an example. He wasn’t sent to judge or condemn, He is our shining role model of how God wants us to be. He talked the talk and walked the walk showing us all, (the people of the time and everyone that the Father leads to Him), that walking blamelessly isn’t just something that we can aspire for, it is achievable! He was fully human, meaning He experienced the exact same feelings and seemingly irresistible temptations and CHOSE WITH HIS FREE WILL to do the right thing, and so can we. But it starts in your mind. Perspective is truly everything.

Live by the golden rule that we all learned in kindergarten, treat others as you want to be treated, and if you are stuck on what to do, ask yourself, what would Jesus do?  Can you imagine if everyone did this, how different this world would be………..

What is success?

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It has been said that “If you aren’t receiving what you want in life you’re probably wanting the wrong things”.

Every man-made problem in this world  can be first helped and then eventually solved if we just take what is stated in Matthew 6:33 to heart.

 “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”

So what does it mean to “seek first the kingdom of God” anyway?

First of all what are “these things” Jesus is talking about?  If we read the prior passages we find that He is speaking about our desires of this world.  We may think that we need some material thing but our Father truly knows what we need and if we truly love Him, He will give it to you.  Which leads me to the one thing that has resonated most with me since the beginning of His presence in my life.

I have come to understand that God is no different from any loving father.  If you want to imagine how God feels about you then just think about how you feel about your child.  Now, back to the question at hand, what does it mean to seek first the kingdom of God?

Some people believe it to mean “We are to seek the things of God as a priority over the things of the world.” which in my opinion is too general so let me narrow it down.

Every day when you rise up out of your bed, simply and gratefully give your first fruits of the day to Father God.  This means to give thanks to Him for another day to be His light and ask Him to make plain to you His will for you so that you may do His will and not yours.  The acceptance of His will over yours is a key as we read in Romans 8:28,  “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”  And so we know that even though it may hurt at the time, it is for the best so it must be accepted.

Now in taking this approach you have put your focus in the right perspective and “His will be done” has become more than just something we say and pray, it is what we truly now accept and strive for.  Then, when you strive for His will over yours, peace is achieved because the gospel of John 5:14, which tells us; “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.” becomes truth.

I am not saying you will achieve fame or fortune and I’m not saying you won’t.  I don’t know the will of God for you. But I can assure you this, you will have peace and joy. and isn’t that really all that you need?

It really works but here’s the first hurdle.  Throughout the course and trials of the day keep referring back to Him in this way.  Seek His will.   In doing this without hesitation you will be seeking first the kingdom of God.

The second challenge is to remain patient and diligent in Christ believing without doubt.

“Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.”

Hebrews 10:22

God’s peace be with you……