Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need.
This is a powerful and I believe often misunderstood truth. Why do believers worry about finances, or about having what they need in this life? It is quite obvious by this verse that if this be true, then we are not biblically seeking the Kingdom of God, for in the previous verses Jesus tells us not to worry about what we need in this life. The word seek simply means to pursue or endeavor to obtain. But what exactly are we in this verse being told what to pursue and obtain? A closer look at the original definition of the word Kingdom is quite interesting, and usually taught differently then it’s actual meaning.
Vines expository dictionary defines this word Kingdom as follows: God calls upon men everywhere, without distinction of race or nationality, to submit voluntarily to His rule. Over and over again through different Greek scholars you continually see the word being defined as submitting to the dominion, authority, reign, and rule of the King over that kingdom. You see this truth in the story of a Roman Centurion, who came to Jesus wanting Him to heal a servant of his who was at the point of death. He knew if Jesus just spoke the Word his servant would be healed, for he to was a man under authority.
There is a lot in this account but simply put, someone who pursues and obtains submission of their life under the King of the kingdom Jesus Christ, will not worry about anything in this life; for they know being submitted fully to Him means I accept and act upon what He has said. As I do, I will walk in all that is in the Kings domain. Want to never worry about anything in your life again, including what others may think of you? Then fully accept and act upon the Word of God, and all that you have need of will be added to you!
She said, “No one, Lord.”
And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.”
In John chapter 8, this woman who was caught in the act of adultery was brought to Jesus. These religious leaders tell Jesus that Moses in the law commanded such to be stoned, but what do you say. Jesus tells them whoever is without sin throw the first stone. They all from the oldest to the youngest being convicted by their own conscience walk away. Then Jesus turns to her and asks, “Has no one condemned you?”
After she responds that no one remained to condemn her, Jesus responds in the above verse that He did not condemn her either, but that she should go and sin no more. This is our Jesus. He came to this world, not to condemn us for the sin that we have already committed, but to pull us out of that sin.
The body of Christ has often gone from one side of the ditch to the other on this issue. They try to pass judgement on sinners, which we have all sinned, or they don’t address the dangers of living a life of sin. Just like Jesus we should not pass judgment on people’s sins they have committed, we are not the judge, but we should also, like Jesus, tell people to stop living in sin, for doing so will only bring death as scripture reveals. Jesus came to free us from a lifestyle of sin.
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1 John 5:14-15
14 Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.
15 And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.
One of the keys to effective prayer is knowing what you have prayed for is in line with God’s will. You can’t believe you have received something from God if you don’t know it is God’s will. Therefore before we ever pray about anything we need to first make sure it is in line with the will of God for our lives. When we do so then we know God not only heard our prayer, we know that we have what we have asked of Him.
Think of how much time people have spent praying not knowing if God heard them or not. The first thing you must do is go to the Word of God and find scripture that gives you the promise of what you are believing for. In doing so you have established it is His will, for God’s Word reveals what His desires are for us. Once you find scripture for God’s promise, get it settled in your heart that this is His will for you.
Some people think God will hear them if they just pray long enough but that is not true either. God has no problem hearing any prayer that is prayed in faith according to His will. So before you petition God for anything, find out His will in His Word. Settle it in your heart that it is His will for you. Then when you pray you will know He has heard you, and you will know that you have what you asked of Him. Then just keep thanking Him for what He has said is already yours, believing you have received when you pray.
Forever, O Lord, Your word is settled in heaven.
So what is your opinion about having a pastor and being a part of a local church? What about tithing, unforgiveness, speaking in tongues, sharing the gospel, etc? The truth is it doesn’t matter what our opinion may be about things that the Bible is clear about. What many believers don’t understand is that when you choose to have your own opinion about what God has said, this will hinder your ability to walk in Bible faith.
Sad to say many don’t really understand Bible faith, and yet we are told to live by faith. A key to Bible faith is getting it settled in your heart once and for all that whatever God said is Truth, and our opinion really doesn’t matter. For example, even though many know scripture teaches us that by the stripes of Jesus we are healed, yet they don’t act as if that is actually true. Their confession reveals that they don’t actually believe such scriptures because if they did, they would agree with God’s Word and only speak in line with God’s Word.
When you choose to have your own opinion about the Word of God, choosing not to do what it says, this will hinder your ability to walk by faith in the promises of God. You are not taking His Word as the final authority, but instead choosing to see things “your own way”. Doing so puts you in disagreement with God. His Word is settled in heaven and for all eternity, and therefore it doesn’t matter what we think about it. If we will choose to take all of God’s Word as the final authority and therefore walk in the light of that Word, we will learn to walk by faith and not by sight.
11 “But my people did not listen to my voice; Israel did not obey me.
12 So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts to follow their own plans.
Every failure in life can be attributed to not listening to and obeying God. Listening means we hear what God has to say and we do it. The reason it is a challenge to listen to God is because we often filter what we hear by what we want or what we think. His ways are not our ways, and we will have to deal with our flesh to submit to Him. You need to always remind yourself that His ways are always better.
Believers often think they are listening to God but if we are, then many times our flesh will feel uncomfortable, and we as humans don’t like that. But every time I have ever failed in any area of my life as a believer, it was because I was not fully listening to God. I was either not taking the time necessary to do so, or I was not willing to deal with my flesh to do what God had said. What often seems right to us is not right with God.
Every time I have listened to God, which almost always included me having to crucify my fleshly man to accept God’s way of doing things, I have seen victories in my life. God has never had anyone in the Bible who truly listened to Him walk in defeat. It has never happened. So the question becomes are we really listening to God? If we are, there will most certainly be an uncomfortable part of our flesh to deal with, but the result will always be success.
Make sure as a believer you are doing what you need to do so that you can get the very most out of the church God has called you to.
But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.
At the end of this tenth chapter of Luke we see Jesus going into the house of Martha and Mary. He is there to teach them the Word of God. Martha becomes distracted, and this leads her to getting up from her place of hearing the Word of the Lord, and she begins to wait upon the people by serving them. It was customary when someone came to your home to offer them something to eat and drink. But the Word of God is being delivered and Mary isn’t going to budge. Martha begins complaining to the Lord to have Mary get up and help her.
Jesus responds and tells Martha she is worried and troubled about many things, but Mary has chosen the good part that will not be taken from her. Not much has changed in 2,000 years in the body of Christ. What caused her to be distracted, which led to her being worried and troubled about many things? Her focus was on herself and not the Lord. She was concerned that the people would not think she was a good host. She wanted their approval. This focus on self leads to a lack of desire to hear God’s Word, and you begin to serve others or yourself instead of serving Jesus.
When people are focused on themselves they are not doers of the Word, and therefore that Word is taken from them. But not the Mary’s who are focused on Jesus. What they have will not be taken from them for they will put into practice what they hear. How many believers today don’t have time to go to God’s house and receive the Word that He has for them? You will find such people are distracted by other things, worried, and even troubled by what happens in their lives for they are not walking by faith. Be like Mary and not like Martha, for only one thing is needed, hearing what He has to say to you. To do so you must get your focus off of you and on Him.
We have entered into the final battle of the last days. This battle is to get believers to live for and serve themselves. Learn what you need to do so that you are prepared for this battle in which God will stand with you to help you be victorious.
2 Timothy 3:16-17
16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,
17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
Once we are born again to live a life that is complete with all God desires for us, we must allow God’s Word to do it’s work in our life. In the above verse we see that not only is scripture inspired by God, but it is profitable to our lives if we allow these four aspects of God’s Word to work in us. Let’s take a look at these four things revealed here in scripture and how they apply to our life.
We come to know the Truth through sound doctrine. Sound doctrine is teaching founded upon what God’s Word says, not what man thinks about it, but taking God’s Word In context to the whole of scripture. This is why we need a shepherd who has been gifted by God to teach us the Truth, and not man’s idea of the Truth. As we receive sound doctrine reproof will come. Reproof means a revealing of wrongdoing. God’s Word will reveal where we need to make changes in our life so we can stop doing things that are not good for us. If we receive this reproof it will lead to correction from the Word of God.
God’s Word will give us the understanding of how to correct these areas of our life so we can make changes. As we receive and apply correction we will also get further insight into God’s instructions for living out our life so that we can walk in the righteousness that we have been given, and all that comes with our right-standing with God. If you want to live a life complete with what God desires for you then you must receive this working of God’s Word in your life. For those who do, the Truth will become very profitable for them.