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A Content Heart

Today we start at the beginning. We all know that God should be the first priority in our lives, but have you ever stopped to think why? 

God’s intentions for us are good, they are gracious. They are for our best and for the good of those around us. (Jeremiah 29:11, Romans 8:28) 

In the upside-down Kingdom of Heaven, we don’t need to strive for the things that matter to the world. In fact, we’re to run the other way. We’ll find that our hearts will be most content when we seek God’s kingdom first.  

Why?  

Because when our eyes are focused on Him, we can dwell in the heart-knowledge that we are deeply, wholly loved. 

Our inmost identity comes from Him, who He created us to be, not in our position or possessions, not in recognition or riches. By understanding our identity in Christ first and how loved we are by God we can then live a life in the overflow. Not striving to have God in the centre, but resting with Him at the heart of all we do. His love guiding our thoughts and actions. That’s why there is power in putting him first.  

‘But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.’ 

(Matthew 6:33 NIV) 

Questions: 

  1. How does understanding God’s love for us impact our ability to prioritise seeking Him first? Write down some personal experiences or examples where prioritising God’s kingdom has resulted in experiencing His love in a profound way. 
  2. What does it mean practically to ‘seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness’ in our daily lives? How can individuals or communities practically apply this principle today? 
  3. Reflecting on your own life, what are the primary things that take precedence over seeking God’s kingdom first? How do these priorities impact your spiritual life and overall wellbeing? What steps could you take to put God in first place in your life?

First Things First DEVO Playlist

Habits – Day Seven

Habits – Day Six

Habits – Day Five

Habits – Day Four

Habits – Day Three

Habits – Day Two

Habits – Day One

October 2023 Reach

August 2023 Reach

On The Ground In Morocco

CBN Ukraine

The Table – Day Two

The Table – Day One

The Table – Day Four

Sponge – Day Three

Sponge – Day Two

Sponge – Day One

Sponge – Day Four

Occupy – Day One

Occupy – Day Two

Occupy – Day Three

Occupy – Day Four

Wake Up! – Day One

Wake Up! – Day Two

Wake Up! – Day Three

Wake Up! – Day Four

I Will – Day One

I Will – Day Two

I Will – Day Three

June 2023 Reach

April 2023 Reach

Jesus is Stronger!

Oksana’s Story

Valentyna’s Courage

REST – Day Five

REST – Day Three

REST – Day Four

REST – Day One

REST – Day Two

Hands and Feet of Jesus

The Gift Of Healing

Prince of Peace

Life-giving Groceries

Into The New – Day Two

Into The New – Day One

A Safe Place to Grow

Everlasting Father

Equipped to Thrive

Mighty God

Fresh Start – Day Two

Fresh Start – Day Three

Fresh Start – Day One

Superbook – Day Five

Superbook – Day Four

Superbook – Day Three

Superbook – Day Two

Superbook – Day One

We won’t stop helping!

Human – Day Six

Human – Day Five

Human – Day Four

Human – Day Three

Human – Day Two

Human – Day One

Wonderful Counsellor

October 2022 Reach

Real Life Stories

7 Days Ablaze – Day Six

7 Days Ablaze – Day Two

7 Days Ablaze – Day One

Power in the Light

The Gospel is Contagious

Restoring Childhood

Parenting Halloween

Surrounded by Love

Out of the Darkness

August 2022 Reach

Free and Free Indeed

From Prison to Freedom

From Lack to Living

The Power of the Gospel

A Change of Heart

The Community of Hope

A Vision of Abundance

Overcoming the Dark

Gospel Power

Proximity

June 2022 Reach

Protecting Your Joy

Joy Has A Reason

Choose Joy

True Joy

April 2022 Reach

Impact-Temp

The Power of One

February 2022 Reach

The Love we Deserve