Jesus paid it all.
Lev 17:11 -- Blood sacrifice is needed.
Separation in the garden.
All the Old Testament Sacrifices were temporary. They were never enough. Like Bailing out a boat.
Concept of continual sacrifice.
You'll never catch up.
How much unfinished busienss do you have?
Do you have regrets?
Unfinished business, greatest worry often.
Always something to do. When Jesus died on the Cross it was finished (as He said).
Accomplished....finished as in the end of a race. It's a not a survival thing. It's a completion.
There's no longer a need for temporary atonement.
"Jesus paid it all.
All to Him I Owe.
Sin has left a crimson strain
He washed me white as snow."
1. Everything was thrown at Him -- Satan and sin threw it all and Him and He was victorious over all.
2. Suffering was finished.
3. Prophecies fulfilled.
4. Law fulfilled. Romans 10:4
5. Price of Sin Paid in Full.
He paid it all.
The fountain of grace always flows.
Foundation of peace and relationship has been laid. That didn't exist prior to Jesus's sacrifice. He opened a door that had never been opened before. HE actually made a door and then opened it.
Who said you're supposed to do that?
Turn your guilt into gratefulness.
Just accept His forgiveness.
Give up the self-loathing.
Love one another.
Just accept it. We can't add to it. We can't say it is finished without Jesus. The only thing that completes us in Him.
It is a gift. Grace is a gift. You aren't qualified. Anything we do to diminish it is on us.
God doesn't look at us and see our imperfections. He looks at us through Jesus and sees perfection and completion.
Get behind me Satan!!
Shannon preached at the Pioneer Hall in Dupree today as part of the Community Service for Pioneer Days. He spoke the importance of being in a community of Believers.
I. We all see God.
“But now ask the beasts, and let them teach you;
And the birds of the heavens, and let them tell you.
“Or speak to the earth, and let it teach you;
And let the fish of the sea declare to you.
“Who among all these does not know
That the hand of the Lord has done this,
In whose hand is the life of every living thing,
And the breath of all mankind?" Job 12:7-10
When you watch a sunset you know God exists. Every newborn has God's fingerprints. New Birth is a miracle in all its forms.
"The heavens are telling of the glory of God;
And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.
Day to day pours forth speech,
And night to night reveals knowledge.
There is no speech, nor are there words;
Their voice is not heard.
Their [a]line has gone out through all the earth,
And their utterances to the end of the world.
In them He has placed a tent for the sun," Psalm 19:1-4
"For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse." Romans 1:20
II. We have faith He will keep working. This isn't an easy place to live. We have faith it will be green again in the spring even when it is a drought right now.
III. The Creator wants you.
He wants a personal relationship with you as an individual.
"For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life, and I Myself will raise him up on the last day.” John 6:40
There's not a single person God doesn't want.
"But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."
We're not good enough. We can't fix it by ourselves. He loves us anyway. You were born ready to accept God. You were born with a need for Jesus Christ. Accept Him now.
The only thing that keeps us from God is our own stubbornness. He did everything He needed to do so we could be with Him. We need more God and less religion. We let religion get in the way of relationship. The most necessary part is relationship with Christ. There is no way to the Father except through Christ. We have to go through Jesus.
1. Recognize God as God.
2. Recognize you as you.
3. Ask Him to enter life.
The most important communities are based on relationships.
There is a legacy of faith in each of us (or we wouldn't be here). There's a need for revival.
Malachi 3:1-4a: “Behold, I am going to send My [a]messenger, and he will [b]clear the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple; [c]and the [d]messenger of the covenant, in whom you delight, behold, He is coming,” says the Lord of hosts. 2 “But who can endure the day of His coming? And who can stand when He appears? For He is like a refiner’s fire and like [e]fullers’ soap. 3 He will sit as a smelter and purifier of silver, and He will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, so that they may present to the Lord [f]offerings in righteousness.4 Then the [g]offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the Lordas in the days of old and as in former years.
We normally don't think of fire as a blessing.
Yet, fire can be used as a tool.
Every time you heat silver it gets a little more pure. Just a tiny bit of heat makes the silver turn black -- does nothing good for it. And too much heat will ruin the silver. God knows how to apply just enough heat to us to refine us.
Matthew 3:11-12:“As for me, I baptize you [a]with water for repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, and I am not fit to remove His sandals; He will baptize you [b]with the Holy Spirit and fire. 12 His winnowing fork is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clear His threshing floor; and He will gather His wheat into the barn, but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”
Weeds need to be thrown into the fire and burned up -- in real life and in us.
A holy fire. God mentions fire in the Bible 368 times.
God spoke to Moses in a burning bush.
A column of fire led the Israelites at night.
Fire consumes but is also refines.
Acts 2:1-3: When the day of Pentecost [a]had come, they were all together in one place. 2 And suddenly there came from heaven a noise like a violent rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 And there appeared to them tongues as of fire [b]distributing themselves, and [c]they [d]rested on each one of them.
Refining in us continues every day. More and more getting rid of the old and becoming the new. God knows we can't fix ourselves by ourselves. We need Him to do lasting changes.
God refines for a purpose.
1 Peter 1:6-7: In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various [a]trials, 7 so that the [b]proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which [c]is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
Rejoice in the process.
Correction, discipline, Don't we discipline them out of love? God does the same thing.
God has to relight our fire sometimes. He's got to kick the coals, restart the flame if He must. We do best when we work with HIm.
"It hurts me more than it hurts you."
Jesus sees the pure silver in the raw material in us. He knows the good that's in there.
It's work to get something shaped out of what you see. It's work to hammer and shape. God is with us all the time. it's a whole lot easier if you work with Him.
Hebrews 12:29, "our God is a consuming fire."
All to develop a deeper relationship with God. We want our children to move in the right direction. God wants the same for us.
It's pure when the craftsman can see his reflection in the precious metal. God wants to see His reflection in us.
What would our world be like if God had never sent Jesus? 2017 years since Jesus died and rose again. AD and BC...People trying to take Christ out. The USA wouldn't exist without Christ. We wouldn't have the laws we have -- the Constitution, The Declaration of Independence...all started by Christian church. Hospitals, colleges -- started by churches. There's no other religion that talks about caring for others. It all started with Jesus.
Where would we be without the church, without the Bible? Would we have bothered to enter WWII? Without Christ the world is utter chaos, a very dark place, hopeless.
Our life would have no meaning without Christ Jesus.
All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. All the empires that rose and fell -- strong rose, weak dies.
"The conclusion, when all has been heard, is: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person. For God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil." Ecclesiastes 12:13-14
"Therefore, remember, that formerly you, the Gentiles in the flesh, who are called 'Uncircumcision' by the so-called 'Circumcision,' which is performed in the flesh by human hands -- remember that you were at that time separate from Christ, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world." Ephesians 2:11-12
We are blessed because Jesus lives. We have blessed lives. That's all because of Jesus.
"We love, because He first loved us." 1 John 4:19
The world would not know love without Christ. It's not natural to put other people first. The natural reaction is "mine!'
We have to be taught to think of others. Love is sacrifice.
There is no way to God without Christ.
Jesus felt the utter separation from God. He experienced hell. We will never have to experience that if we have accepted Christ.
The meaning of life is God. The meaning of life is the love of God.
If we know the meaning of life what do we do with it? It's our job to share this. If we don't share this knowledge we aren't doing what we're supposed to be doing.
"Fear not" is in the Bible 365 times.
Dictionary says fear is a natural feeling of alarm or impending disaster.
There are 500 documentated phobias, to include:
Dentaphobia -- fear dentists
Cacaphobia (might be spelled wrong) -- fear of ugliness
Gynaphobia -- fear of women
Isaiah 43:1-743 But now, thus says the Lord, your Creator, O Jacob,
And He who formed you, O Israel,
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name; you are Mine!
2 “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
And through the rivers, they will not overflow you.
When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched,
Nor will the flame burn you.
3 “For I am the Lord your God,
The Holy One of Israel, your Savior;
I have given Egypt as your ransom,
[a]Cush and Seba in your place.
4 “Since you are precious in My sight,
Since you are honored and I love you,
I will give other men in your place and other peoples in exchange for your life.
5 “Do not fear, for I am with you;
I will bring your offspring from the east,
And gather you from the west.
6 “I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’
And to the south, ‘Do not hold them back.’
Bring My sons from afar
And My daughters from the ends of the earth,
7 Everyone who is called by My name,
And whom I have created for My glory,
Whom I have formed, even whom I have made.”
Satan loves to use fear to make us stumble.
You could live in a state of fear all the time.
Fear is just fear (it's not bad or good). It is what you do with it, how you react to that makes it positive or negative.
In positive terms, fear can help you be more alert, more careful.
In negative terms, Fear will freeze you up or keep you from doing what you need to do.
Fear not is the most common command in the Bible. We need to hear it over and over.
Why we shouldn't fear:
#1 People of God should not have fear because we belong to God:
16 Your eyes have seen my unformed substance;
And in Your book were all written
The days that were ordained for me,
When as yet there was not one of them.
#2 We are redeemed by God.
13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a [a]tree”--
Children run to Mom and Dad to be safe. We need to do the same thing with Father God when we're scared.
1 Peter 2:9:
9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;
#3 Don't fear because God is with us.
" I am with you [a]always, even to the end of the age"
In Romans 8 we are told that If God is for us who can be against us?
When we couldn't He did it all.We have an abundance of "back up.'
I'm not invinsible but God is.
for He Himself has said, “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you,”
Fear not is an action word. God's protection is an active thing. Armor is necessary to do the job.
Ephesians 6:10-18 (click here to read the entire scripture-- it's great).
Shield of faith. A wall of shields.
Christians should set up a shield wall. The most dangerous thing to do in a fight is nothing. When you freeze up you lose. Make a decision even if it is a bad decision.
Joshua....Be strong and courageous. Every time that's said in the BIble they are sent out to conquer.
Plow forward. You can get through it. Finish, finish, finish.
We are living in the eye of the storm. Prepare for the next battle. You get a second wind in the ey. We're in the pause. Prepare for the storm that's coming. Arm yourselves.
Belt on our truth. Study New skills are harder to use than ones we've had for a long time. Prayer and scripture need to be second nature for us.
2 Timothy 1:7 -- God gave us a spirit of power, love and self-discipline.
No recording this week, but I'll try and type out some really good notes! The sermon was on discernment.
P.T. Barnum said, "There's a sucker born every minute."
2nd largest income for Nigeria are the scam emails to US citizens saying if they send them money they'll get a bunch back.
"Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God; and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God; and this is the spirit of the antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming, and now it is already in the world. You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than He who is in the world. They are from the world; therefore they speak as from the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God; he who knows God listens to us; he who is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error." 1 John 4:1-6
There are a lot of spiritual scams. In Christan church some pastors have angles. We have to be careful. John was dealing with gnostics. The believed Jesus became Jesus at the baptism, that the Holy Spirit possessed HIm and made Him Jesus. The Holy Spirit doesn't possess us like demons possess people.
There's a reason for discernment.
1 John 4:1 -- Test the spirits.
Satan can't stop the message but he can and will twist it. People say it doesn't matter what you believe as long as you believe in something. Wrong!
We must believe the Bible. Satan slides things off to the side. We can be like the frog in the boiling water.
We have to hold all things up to the light of God.
2 Thessalonians 2:3-4: "Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God.
2 Thessalonians 2:9-11: "that is, the one whose coming is in accord with the activity of Satan, with all power and signs and false wonders, and with all the deception of wickedness for those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved. And for this reason God will send up on them a deluding influence so that they might believe what is false,"
Satan and his deception -- Satan usually doesn't look evil. He comes across as sophisticated, polished, glamorous at times.
"Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves." Matthew 7:15
"For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light." 2 Corinthians 11:13-14
Satan will make it really appealing to follow Him. It's not about the miracle. It's about the miracle worker.
Who is performing the miracle and what does the miracle point to?
Discernment is based on Jesus.
"that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved; for with the heart man believes, resulting in righteousness, and the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation." Romans 10:9-10
It's about Jesus.
You believe. You confess that belief. You submit to that belief.
Don't be fed magic beans. Being a believer is not having a magic ticket. We aren't promised riches and fame and easy lives.
We cannot be partial believers. Sort out the false things.
The one that is in you is greater than the one in the world.
Satan is much more popular than Christ because he's got the candy store and he likes to feed a person's lust.
Truth is often uncomfortable. The truth might be painful to hear but its for your benefit.
I care more about you than your hurt feelings. God doesn't water down His truth.
If we don't have the Holy Spirit how can we discern? We must be a Christn first to get discernment.
To become a Christian you gotta let go of the world.
Submission is the hardest part because we have a hard time of letting go of the easy, of the "it's good for me" mentality.
My will not yours.
All about me or all about He.
The challenge comes when Satan tires to take away your testimony, your witness.
High standard. I try to use discernment.
When Satan tempted Jesus, he used scripture.
Jesus rebuked Satan with the Word.
A.W. Tozer's list of questions to ask about teaching.
#1 How does it reflect my relationship with God?
#2 How does it affect my attitude toward Christ?
#3 How does it deal with scripture?
#4 Does the teaching lift up self or crucify self?
#5 What does this teaching do to my relationship with other believers? Divide or unify?
#6 Does it glorify the world?
#7 How does this teaching affect my view of sin?
Notes found below Youtube link. Some notes are left out due to Jane taking Hawk to restroom!!
Mark 6:7-13: "7 Calling the Twelve to him, he began to send them out two by two and gave them authority over impure spirits.8 These were his instructions: “Take nothing for the journey except a staff—no bread, no bag, no money in your belts. 9 Wear sandals but not an extra shirt. 10 Whenever you enter a house, stay there until you leave that town. 11 And if any place will not welcome you or listen to you, leave that place and shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them.”
12 They went out and preached that people should repent. 13 They drove out many demons and anointed many sick people with oil and healed them."
We're called to be soldiers. This was the first time he sent them out alone.
Just take the minimum. No extra baggage.
What do we need materially before we work for the gospel?
Do we need a big church?
Do we need a degree?
No and no. We need nothing to proclaim the gospel.
35 Then Jesus asked them, “When I sent you without purse, bag or sandals, did you lack anything?”
“Nothing,” they answered.
They were sent out with nothing and in the end they lacked nothing.
Do you remember when I sent you out with nothing?
#1 Be single-minded. Don't get distracted by stuff.
#2 Don't waste your time with people who want to argue, who don't want to believe.
#3 Be kind.
#4 Repentance is absolutely necessary.
If you don't need Jesus, Jesus doesn't need you. If you don't ask for help, He won't help.
Repent and be baptised. Repent -- admit you're a sinner and then turn to Jesus. Acknowledge who we are and who He is. Turn to Him.
Without repentance there is no salvation. That is the message.
In the 1620s pilgrims came over and had the Mayflower compact. It talked about the grace and provision of God. Religious freedom.
Then the colonies went their own way.
1720s something happened -- the great awakening. Sinners in the hands of an angry God.
1770s -- the children of the Great Awakening wrote The Declaration of Independence.
Founding Fathers started us off on the right foot. Acknowledged the Creator, gift of Creator. Repentance and need for Consistent Faith.
It was a powerful time.
We are desperately in need of a great awakening right now in our country. We had a temporary awakening Sept 11, 2001 but we didn't stay there.
Oftentimes there was a great loss of life before repentance. I hope we dont' get the wrath of God to bring us to repentance.
If God takes His hand off our country we would feel the wrath of the world.
We Christians need to preach and pray. If we the church aren't affecting our country, what good are we? Are we soldiers refusing to go to battle?
Let's not be stolen valor christians. Am I wrapping myself up in Christian culture but never really doing anything?
Jesus gave us the battle plan. It's called the Great Commission.
Soldiers don't get asked if they want to go to battle. When they sign up,that's their time to be asked. after that they just do it. That was their one time, their "once" to be asked. If you are a Christian, that was your once -- Now you're expected to do the job. Repentane is needed.
We need to keep active.
There's no apology for God's morality. It is the right thing.
You will find the notes below the video.
Challenges to our faith.
60 Therefore many of His disciples, when they heard this said, “This is a difficult statement; who can listen to it?” 61 But Jesus, conscious that His disciples grumbled at this, said to them, “Does this cause you to stumble? 62 What then if you see the Son of Man ascending to where He was before? 63 It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life. 64 But there are some of you who do not believe.” For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were who did not believe, and who it was that would [a]betray Him. 65 And He was saying, “For this reason I have said to you, that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted him from the Father.”
There are Biblical truths, life truths, that are hard to grasp and accept.
21 And He asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?” And he said, “From childhood. 22 It has often thrown him both into the fire and into the water to destroy him. But if You can do anything, take pity on us and help us!” 23 And Jesus said to him, “‘If You can?’ All things are possible to him who believes.” 24 Immediately the boy’s father cried out and said, “I do believe; help my unbelief.”
He wants to believe, but in his own mind he knows he has unbelief.
It takes work to overcome our human natures. Don't get distracted by the world.
The world says one thing. God says something else. Who are you going to follow? You can't follow both. Being skeptical is seen as a good thing in the world -- not according to God when it comes to Him and His ways.
The world and the WORD are two separate things. When we try to mix the world and the The Word together it is like oil and water. We can't shake it and keep it together.
Circumstances. Careful not to walk away from your faith because of them.
Sometimes when things are going right we do not obey. Maybe we rationalize our disobedience.
Sometimes mass faith is a good thing, but eventually we have to stand on our own two feet.
Luke 22:31: Simon, Simon, Satan has demanded permission to sift you like wheat.
Jesus began strengthening Peter before the trial came. God will do the same with all of us.
1 Peter 5:10:
10 After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you.
We have to come back to our faith after we get angry or distraught with God. Our Faith will be challenged.
It isn't going to be easy. Faith will be challenged. Only faith can get us through this life, through suffering.
Challenge to Evangelism.
Because we are worried what people might think we don't talk. Our discomfort stops us from speaking.
Faith and Message --
#1 We believe the Bible is the Inspired Word of God. (2 TImothy 3:14-17)
#2 We believe in the Trinity, 3 in 1, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. All three equal (John 15:26)
#3 Salvation through Jesus Christ alone.
And after Salvation there is sanctification and Glorification.
67 So Jesus said to the twelve, “You do not want to go away also, do you?” 68 Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have words of eternal life. 69 We have believed and have come to know that You are the Holy One of God.” 70 Jesus answered them, “Did I Myself not choose you, the twelve, and yet one of you is a devil?”
What do you believe? Do you truly believe? Will you walk away too?
We each are in one of three places with God:
1. I have a relationship with Christ. I know I am going to heaven.
2. I am on the fence. I want to know more (so ask. God will tell you, will reveal Himself to you).
3. I'm not a believer. I mighthave a fish sticker on my car and own a few Christian t-shirts, but it means nothing to me.
Consider who you really are.
Shannon began his sermon with reading Matthew 6:19-34. See below:
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.“The eye is the lamp of the body; so then if your eye is [a]clear, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is [b]bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness! “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and [c]wealth.
“For this reason I say to you, [d]do not be worried about your [e]life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the [f]air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? And who of you by being worried can add a single [g]hour to his [h]life? And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But [i]seek first [j]His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be [k]added to you.
“So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will [l]care for itself. [m]Each day has enough trouble of its own."
Seek God first.
Don't focus on the details, the mundane details.
Do start putting God first at the beginning of the day takes training because we want and need to do it. Anything we do on a regular basis needed time to establish itself. Mom reminding you to brush your teeth twice a day -- hopefully as an adult you now do this on your own. Washing your face, bathing, etc -- all of these don't come natural to children and many teens,but most adults do them because they've been trained to do them. And eventually they liked these practices.
The same can happen with putting God first from our first breath in the morning till our last at night.
It's a discipline to seek God and it can be challenging because we might not want to hear what God has to say to us.
Deuteronomy 4:29, "But from there you will seek the LORD your God, and you will find Him if you search for Him with all your heart and all your soul."
It's not hard to find God.
Your expectations will meet your effort.
We need to put into our faith if we want to get anything out of it.
Psalm 63:1, "O God, Thou art my God; I shall see Thee earnestly; My soul thirsts for Thee, my flesh yearns for Thee, In a dry and weary land where there is no water."
Seek the Lord because you love Him.
If we're seeking something we're workin for it.
"If you don't make up your mind, your mind will unmake you." E. Stanley Jones
Psalm 14:2, "The LORD has looked down from heaven upon the sons of men, To see if there are any who understand, Who seek after God."
God is seeking us. He is waiting for us. Diligently God seeks us. God wants us to seek Him. "Seek, and you will find. Knock, and the door will be opened to you."
We need to seek before God has to get our attention
Psalm 78:34, "When He killed them, then they sought Him, And returned and searched diligently for God;"
God had to make a radical change so they would come back. God loves those He disciplines. He'll give us a reason to come back. God wants every single one of us. He is a good Father. Heaven or hell. The end result -- be with Him or be without Him. There's nothing else, no other choice.
Just say, "This is how I start my day. I seek God first"
Then, do it.
If you're a writer write it down.
Do what you need to do to remind yourself to seek God first. Find a way to remind yourself until it has become such a deep part of your routine you will miss it if you don't seek God.
Satan just needs to distract us. And he knows how to do this well.
Open your mind and heart up to God and seeking Him first.
Dupree Baptist Church Pastor