God’s Prime Directive is… “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness!!!

God’s Prime Directive is…

“Seek first the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness!!!

He Already Knows
August 2, 2010 — by Bill Crowder

Listen Now

A friend who is a commercial pilot told me about a flight in which he encountered a serious mechanical issue—a problem with dangerous implications. When the situation occurred, the warning lights in the cockpit informed him of the problem and he monitored it all the way to the destination, ultimately landing safely.

Once on the ground, the pilot immediately went to the maintenance staff and reported it. To his surprise, the mechanics responded, “We already know about the problem and are ready to fix it. When you got the cockpit warning, we automatically got an electronic warning as well.”

As he shared that incident, I couldn’t help but compare it to Jesus’ words about our heavenly Father: “Your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him” (Matt. 6:8). He said this in contrast to people who believe that they must “use vain repetitions . . . . For they think that they will be heard for their many words” (v.7). Jesus presupposes God’s knowledge of and concern for His children.

Even though God knows our needs, He still wants us to share our hearts with Him. He stands ready to hear our prayer and to repair our brokenness by His grace.

Although God knows our every need,
His work He wants to share;
He takes us into partnership
By calling us to prayer. —D. De Haan

Prayer is the voice of faith, trusting that God knows and cares.


The Bible says there is a way that seems right unto man, but that it ends in death!

It also says that the road to destruction and is wide, and many there be that take it; but the road to life is narrow, and few there be that follow it.

So what’s the difference and why is it that most people choose to follow the road to destruction, which by the way means an eternal state of separation from God?

The secret of life is having communion and relationship with your Creator; but something called SIN interfered with our relationship.

Our sins have separated us from God, is what the Bible says; and sin is that part of our human nature that asserts our own will above the will and purposes of God.

To the extent we ALL as sheep have gone astray, and have chosen our own way, and have lived our lives without regard to the will and purpose of God for our life, the Bible says we are outside of relationship with God, and are estranged from Him; meaning also that we have been barred from His Kingdom.

This thing called sin is as a disease that will keep us out of Heaven, and the only cure for that disease is provided in the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, and His atonement for mankind provided for us on Calvary’s Cross.

Most people are aware that there is more to life and are instinctively pursuing various avenues of fulfillment, howbeit most of those avenues that are sought deal only with the satisfaction of the flesh, having to do with the pride of life, the lust of the eyes and the carnal nature of man; but since we are created in the image and likeness of God, who is Himself a Spirit, in order for us to have communion with Him, and for us to experience life abundantly (as we were intended to do) Jesus said that we must do so in Spirit and in truth.

How do we go about entering into this communion with God; and how do we make the decision to follow the narrow road?

The answer is quite simply you must deny yourself. In other words, we must deny our natural impulses, including our reasoning and our own understanding, and we must begin to allow ourselves to be reprogrammed by the Holy Spirit; allowing Him to rewrite the flawed and virus (sin) ridden programming of the world.

In other words we must let go of something we each by nature have learned to cling to and to worship, and are born into this world demanding that that it be first, and that is own our flesh; and we must turn away and deny all that is associated with our connection to this fallen world system that has refused to submit to its creator, and has instead chosen to idolize and to worship the creation and created things, rather than the one true God!

For those of you who have submitted to this process, and are Born-again, we all have relatives, friends, loved ones, and neighbors who have yet to come to this realization; and the ONLY cure and way to reach these people, I believe personally, is to do the same thing that someone did for us, in order for us to finally see the light… and that is to intercede and to pray for them. There is no other way!

The carnal nature of the world, and the forces of evil that are made available and are provided in the world in order to allure and to deceive are very powerful indeed; but all that the world has to offer doesn’t hold a candle to what God has provided us in Jesus Christ our Lord.

But for us to experience this New Life for ourselves, we must first be willing to forsake the world; die to our self, meaning to our will, our ambitions and our desires; and we must freely relinquish the reins of our life to the one who authored and created us, the one who is our Creator and God, who is Jesus Christ! Selah

In conclusion I will just leave you with the words of Jesus, and leave you with the decision of which of the two paths in life will you take… the one that leads to Life, or the one that leads to eternal separation from God?

  • For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. (Mat 16:25)
  • “Why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?”
    (Luke 6:46)
  • Jesus said: “If ye love me, keep my commandments.”
    (John 14:15)

One thing you must not let escape your attention from today’s lesson and that is this one important fact, that your life is a gift from God; but it is includes a maze of different paths, and each path will require a decision and choice for you to make, where we exercise our free will to choose.

Either we are following the lead of God’s Word and the Holy Spirit, denying our self and our understanding; or we are following our path according to our understanding, and our perception; but understand this folks, there is a day of reckoning coming, when we each will have to give an account for our life, and what we have done with Jesus Christ.

For those who are born-again, who have relinquished their rights to self and have freely given there will over to serve Jesus, their sins are covered and forgiven; but for all others, for everyone who has refused to accept God’s only door to forgiveness and reconciliation, who have instead chosen to hang on to their anger, unforgiveness and resentment, who have refused to let go and let God, for those people they each will be without a Saviour and will have to answer for their own sins.

This is not my opinion, but this is what the Bible clearly says; and so that is why it is so very important that every person avail him or herself of whatever time they have left in this world, starting today in this moment, to consider this man Christ Jesus, for to ignore Him has dire consequences.

So listen up, if you are not happy with the direction your life is going, then might I suggest the reason is you are going against the flow of God’s Spirit for your life.

Change directions and start by repenting, meaning literally to change the way you think; and begin this day and every day, let go of your anger and resentment against ALL those who have wronged you; lest as the Bible warns we give a foothold to the Devil in our lives.

Instead make Jesus Lord and master of your life; be his conduit and distributors of Agape (love) to this lost world; and don’t you dare leave home without Him!!! Selah


Skip Barland


This is an open forum where we look into and investigate the Rhema Mysteries of God's Word; and also other issues of importance for our day and time.

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