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It is wise to consult many advisors to determine the best paths forward at critical junctures, yet unless your heart and mind follow God, God reserves the option to rather have you pick the best sounding path. So, seek righteousness first, following Jesus, and then pray that God will help you pick the best paths, gaining insights from your many advisors recommendations.

2 Samuel 17:14

14 And Absalom and all the men of Israel said, “The counsel of Hushai the Archite is better than the counsel of Ahithophel.” For the Lord had ordained to defeat the good counsel of Ahithophel, so that the Lord might bring harm upon Absalom.

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God instructs us to seek first his kingdom and righteousness, a righteousness rooted in a faith filled life.

Romans 9:30-33

30 What shall we say, then? That Gentiles who did not pursue righteousness have attained it, that is, a righteousness that is by faith; 31 but that Israel who pursued a law that would lead to righteousness did not succeed in reaching that law. 32 Why? Because they did not pursue it by faith, but as if it were based on works. They have stumbled over the stumbling stone, 33 as it is written,

“Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense;
and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.”

Matthew 6:33

33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

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Can a believer fall away? Yes. Can anyone make a believer fall away? No. What’s the believers first responsibility? Seek God’s righteousness and kingdom first. How intently? Enough to dig deep roots.

Luke 8:13

13 And the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy. But these have no root; they believe for a while, and in time of testing fall away.

John 10:29-30

29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.
30 I and the Father are one.”

Matthew 6:33

33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

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While God delivers justice when peoples continue to willfully pick evil ways, mercy may be offered when they repent sincerely and seek righteousness the rest of their days.

Jeremiah 26:3

3 It may be they will listen, and every one turn from his evil way, that I may relent of the disaster that I intend to do to them because of their evil deeds.

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When God calls, answer affirmatively, wisely using your freedom to seek righteousness and follow Jesus. Making choices to disobey, resist, and reject the Lord and do evil is unwise, like using your freedom to place yourself into a trap deadly to your soul.

Isaiah 65:12

12 I will destine you to the sword,
and all of you shall bow down to the slaughter, because, when I called, you did not answer; when I spoke, you did not listen, but you did what was evil in my eyes and chose what I did not delight in.”

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All peoples are to seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, to obey God’s commands with all their self, and to hold steadfast to the testimony of Jesus, even in the face of war.

Revelation 12:17

17 Then the dragon became furious with the woman and went off to make war on the rest of her offspring, on those who keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus. And he stood [8] on the sand of the sea.

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Stronger than any weapons, greater than any superpowers, mightier than all esteemed false gods, is God and the Lamb, who sit enthroned in power, who listens to his followers, who seek righteousness, and delivers his people from oppressors again and again.

Isaiah 37:20

20 So now, O Lord our God, save us from his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that you alone are the Lord.”

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