Seek Ye First

With Jesus as understood, a personal hero of mine Trey Gowdy [1], spoke at a Texas church a few days before the Fourth of July 2020. His message touched my heart and was the best message I had ever heard from any pulpit, anywhere. His closing was simple, but profound. He spoke of the Declaration of Independence namely, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

During the Pursuit of happiness section, he told the congregation of meeting two nuns at the airport. After talking with them, he deduced that they did not have much but they were the most content and joyful people he had ever met and were living out a verse in the Bible.

v33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. [Matthew 6:33 KJV]

…all these things shall be added unto you.” This was a powerful message. If it does not bring tears to your eyes, check your pulse. 😊 I expected nothing less from Trey, and I was not disappointed. He suggested we read the Beatitudes [2]. “Blessed… Are.” Like Trey, I was ashamed of how few of them I could check off. I encourage you to read them as well. I guarantee you; you will all be emotionally hit by his message. If ever there was a message for today, this is the one. If it is even possible, I have a new respect for the man. I knew he was a believer, but preach? (I will post a link below to the churches Youtube channel. I encourage you to watch it for a huge blessing.)

Lord, in these trying times, help us to paint the picture of the rest of our lives. Help us to identify the name of our prison. We are tired of living there. We rely on you Lord to guide us away from the spirit of familiarity. And like Red in the Shawshank Redemption, help us to function once we are outside the gate of our prison. We have lost our way Lord and need your guidance back into your plans for our lives. I pray not only for the leaders of our land but for all leaders of the world, at every level that they will legislate morality and common sense. Lord, we thank you for this wonderful gift of America. Please forgive us for mistreating that gift in these last days. Father, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. In the precious name of your son, Jesus, AMEN.

The Son will set you free. [3]

[1] Search on YouTube < Special guest speaker | former U.S. Congressman Trey Gowdy >
[2] Matthew 5:3-12
[3] John 8:36

Do not lose focus

I want to speak to this Corona Virus crisis. It reminded me of my mortality and that we should all continue to listen to what God says, instead of things in the natural. We are all going through a world that has gone to hell in a hand basket; with wars both domestic and international, terrorism, CV19, abortion, and the right to kill babies in the womb [1]. Moloch (Molech) is alive and well [2]. Sounds strangely like Mathew 24:3-8.

I want to speak to this Corona Virus crisis. Further, I need to continue to listen to what God says. We are all going through a pandemic. But I believe that the pandemic is not one born of a Virus and its variants (which will never end), but is one born of fear. People are so afraid of dying, which is rather ironic because we all die, just not prematurely. (The Bible says, it is appointed to man, once, to die Hebrews 9:27.) I can say that because I have CV19. But wait, there’s more.

I’m a believer and not afraid to die, because I know where I am going. I’m not excited about it, to be completely honest, but not afraid. The only thing I hate about my death is that I’ll be separated from my kids, who have been my life. Death is a part of life, the end part but still a part. But look who is waiting on the other side with open arms. God is the only one who knows when He’ll send his Son, Jesus, for my spirit (Ecc 12:7), so why worry about it. The Bible says in Matthew 6:27 NLT, “Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?” The Bible also says to “All those who are weary, cast your burdens on me, for my yoke is light“(Matthew 11:28-30). The Bible says, “Seek ye FIRST the kingdom of God and all things shall be added unto you,

Mt 14:27 But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.
Mt 14:28 And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.
Mt 14:29 And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.
Mt 14:30 But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.
Mt 14:31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?

So, I am seeking the kingdom of God and doing my best at listening to what God says. We do not want to be like Peter when, at the beckoned call of Jesus, walked on water. The second Peter took his eyes off Jesus, he began to sink. And so will will we, if we take our eyes off Jesus. As long as we maintain the faith, we can metaphorically walk on water. When we lose focus on Jesus, we sink, but Jesus is there to take our hand.

[1] Not one, but 95% of ALL academic Biologist’ say that life begins at conception. But better yet, here’s what God says in Jeremiah 1:5 “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.” Of course this is talking about the prophet, Jeremiah, but God is NO respecter of person (Acts 10:28, 34, 35).
[2] Moloch, Molech, or Molek is usually depicted as an anthropomorphic deity and included infanticide, the murder of infants as a Pagan sacrifice. Babies were placed in the hands of Moloch and then set on fire while all the worshipers stood by and listened to the screams and cries.