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Below is a short devotional on seeking God first and relying on Him daily and the victories we can have in our lives, just from doing so.  I hope you can take the time to quickly read through this and allow God to speak to your heart.  Please also feel free to share your thoughts…you never know who might be encouraging with your words/testimony! 

2 Chronicles 16:7-13There was an old testament king by the name of Asa, king of Judah.  Asa started out his reign trusting God and devoted to God.  He relied on God, and was always seeking Him.  Because of this, God showed himself strong and delivered a “huge army with many chariots and horsemen into his hand.” Also, God gave king Asa and the people of Judah favor by giving them rest and peace with no wars; he also made them very prosperous.
But at some point king Asa stopped trusting God and relying on Him and instead started relying on man.  Instead of seeking God for help and deliverance as he once did in the past, he sought man’s help and deliverance. The verses state that he relied on the king of Syria to deliver them from another army instead of seeking God and relying on Him.
A messenger then came and told him that he had done foolishly by not relying on God and that the consequence would be that he would now have wars.  Yet, instead of repenting, and turning to rely on God, he got angry and took out his anger on others.  When he became deathly ill with disease, he still chose not seek the Lord but the physicians (who were likely sorcerers and those who used magic and curses), who were never able to help him.  Then he died.Have you stopped trusting and relying on God? Who/what do you tend to seek out first in times of difficulty and even in good things?  Who do you call first? 
Ladies, the point I want to make with this story is that, God wants us to seek Him with all our heart and soul and to rely on Him whole-heartedly.  Victories are won in our lives ALWAYS, if we just choose to rely on Him solely!  He always has an answer and solution!  Too often times, we think we need people to make things happen, and then we start relying on them.  However, people can’t do what God can do…God does BIG things and makes things happen, and He doesn’t disappoint! I’m not saying we can’t rely on others for anything, of course God places people in our lives that we can rely on and that can help us.  However, we always, in everything, must first seek God. Our first trust and reliance must be in Him and not others.

“Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33.  When we seek God first, He will ALWAYS add to our lives.  He will add the right people to your life that you can trust and that will love you and pray for you and that you can call friends.  He will add new desires and fulfilled desires into your life.  He will add new dreams and fulfilled dreams.  Instead of setbacks, He will add comebacks at an even higher level.  He will add huge victories into your life.  He will add new vision for your life and fulfilled visions.  He will add love and goodness into your life…….If you just put Him first and seek Him daily.

Like King Asa, God will deliver “huge armies into your hand”…get that- ‘HUGE armies”, that wage war in your life; huge armies are those huge circumstances that are so difficult and you don’t know how you will ever overcome it; and you can’t seem to find the light of day.  BUT when you trust and rely on God – not some man, woman, friend, counselor, teacher, lawyer, doctor, etc…and totally commit your heart to trusting God and relying on Him in all your circumstance – you WILL have victory, and “huge armies with many chariots and horsemen” will be “delivered into YOUR hands.”

Lets not go out like King Asa, who even when on his death bed, still chose not to first seek the Lord, but physicians.  A lot of times it seems that we can get a more tangible or quick response and help when we pick up the phone and call someone, such as a friend, or parent, or doctor, rather than calling on God. Now, this doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t call people for help when its needed or not to go to the doctor when we are sick.  It means that ultimately our trust is in God first for our help and healing.  We seek Him first and trust Him first in every circumstance, regardless of the report you get from any professional or human being.

Who knows what could’ve become of King Asa, king of Judah, if he would had continued to rely on God and sought Him throughout his life.  How many more battles could he have won and land conquered?  Maybe he wouldn’t have even gotten deathly sick.  Or maybe in the end if he hadn’t been so stubborn and rebellious and had instead chosen to seek God first and trust in Him…maybe God would’ve healed him…?

As for us, let us not live a life of maybes or could haves.  Make the commitment in your heart, mind and soul right now, to daily seek God and to trust Him first.  In Christ, there is truth, restoration, healing, recompense, much favor and VICTORY!

“Love the Lord your  God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.”  Deuteronomy 6:5

Read my previous blog on  Vision For Your Life.
Praying for you & much love to you! 

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