Deuteronomy 4:29 - Christ First and Last and Best in Everything.

Deuteronomy 4:29 - Christ First and Last and Best in Everything. 

Deu 4:29 (KJV)Seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if 
thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.  

Deu 4:29 (NCV)Look for the LORD your God, and you will find him 
if you look for him with your whole being.  

So often we feel that God isn't present in our lives.  But it's 
not because he doesn't want to be there.  Maybe it's because we 
haven't made a place for him inside of us.  We are so filled up with our 
addictions and compulsive activity that we leave no room for God.  Reading 
the Bible, praying and serving Him help us start creating a place 
for God.  [Recovery Devotional Bible mod] 

If you will seek the Lord and be converted every day; if you 
will of your own spiritual choice be free and joyous in God; if with 
gladsome consent of heart to His gracious call you come wearing the yoke 
of Christ,--the yoke of obedience and service,--all your murmurings 
will be stilled, all your difficulties will be removed, all the 
perplexing problems that now confront you will be solved.  MB101 

In the midst of playing baseball in the backyard, Jim's 
six-year-old son's best friend, and next door neighbor, came out of his 
house. "Dad, can I go play with Brad?" he asked. "But son, we're 
playing baseball. Don't you want to play with me?" Jim asked, not really 
wanting to hear the answer he knew was coming. "Nah, I'd rather play 
with Brad," his son replied, all too honestly. Jim had a rival for 
his son's affection, and he was a six-year-old. 
As he struggled with that thought, knowing that he'd better get 
a handle on it because it was only going to escalate, he suddenly 
was reminded that God felt the same way about him. He jealously 
desires our affection and attention as well. It breaks his heart when we 
show more interest in cars, sports, newspapers, television, yard 
work, hobbies, books, and family activities than we do in reading his 
word and prayer. It saddens him when we are more committed to serving 
ourselves and pursuing our own interests than we are in serving him. 
If God were to examine your heart today, what rivals for his 
attention would he find? (A Dad's Blessing by Gary Smalley and John Trent) 
Application: Idolatry makes anything but God the highest priority in life. Do 
you value your relationship with God more than anything else? Or 
have you allowed money, leisure, friendships - or anything else - to 
rule your life? Smash the idols in your life and make a fresh 
commitment to put God first. He alone is worthy of this position! 
[Inspirational SB] 

A union with Christ by living faith is enduring; every other 
union must perish. Christ first chose us, paying an infinite price for 
our redemption; and the true believer chooses Christ as first and 
last and best in everything. But this union costs us something. It is 
a union of utter dependence, to be entered into by a proud being. 
All who form this union must feel their need of the atoning blood of 
Christ. They must have a change of heart. They must submit their own 
will to the will of God. There will be a struggle with outward and 
internal obstacles. There must be a painful work of detachment as well as 
a work of attachment. Pride, selfishness, vanity, worldliness--sin 
in all its forms--must be overcome if we would enter into a union 
with Christ. The reason why many find the Christian life so 
deplorably hard, why they are so fickle, so variable, is that they try to 
attach themselves to Christ without first detaching themselves from 
these cherished idols.  
After the union with Christ has been formed, it can be preserved 
only by earnest prayer and untiring effort. We must resist, we must 
deny, we must conquer self. Through the grace of Christ, by courage, 
by faith, by watchfulness, we may gain the victory. 5T231