Thursday, July 3, 2014

THE TOP OF THE LIST!

SEEK!

But seek FIRST the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
Matthew 6:33

"Seeking first the Kingdom of God" may suggest:
  • Giving God the first part of the day.
  • Having "devotions" every day.
  • Praying, "Not my will but Yours be done, Lord" before we act.
  • Being aware that He is the most important thing in our lives. Therefore if we lose our home, jobs or security, we still have God.
The Greek word used here  for seek, zēteō is much stronger and it means to "desire, enquire, endeavor, require, seek in order to find, strive after and crave."

Seeking is not merely an acknowledgement that God is first and foremost in our lives but a determined whole-hearted action!

And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.
Jeremiah 29:13

Jesus told us to seek two things:

1. THE KINGDOM OF GOD
So many times when I am seeking God for something I have sensed God pointing me back to the highest priority of prayer - to present ourselves to Him as a living sacrifice!

I believe that persistent, effectual fervent prayer changes things! Yet I have found that it is easy to drift from this top priority - seeking first God's will and pleasure and the glory of the Kingdom of God!

I want something. It may be a good thing. I may want wisdom, guidance or help for another. I may ask God to show me something or give me the power to do something. These may all be good and godly requests. "God change this situation at work." "God help me to pay this bill." "God solve this problem."

Yet God will bring us back to seeking His Kingdom FIRST! God does want to answer these prayers and move on our behalf in these situations but he wants to deal with something first - where we stand in relation to the Kingdom of God!

The love of my heart for the Kingdom of God and my willingness to surrender all for His sake are much more important than having my prayers answered!

We have all cried out in prayer, "God I must have this." God's response?

31 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’
32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.
33 But SEEK FIRST THE KINGDOM OF GOD AND HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS, and all these things shall be added to you.
34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
Matthew 6:31-34

Our heavenly Father knows the things we need! He encourages us to pray for them but FIRST - pray that we are lined up with the plans and purposes of the Kingdom of God!

2. HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS!
Whose righteousness? God's!

This part of the verse is often neglected!

We all have preconceived and tainted concepts of right and wrong. We all come to Christ with a lot of baggage from the world.

...all our righteousness (our best deeds of rightness and justice) is like filthy rags or a polluted 
   garment... Isaiah 64:6 (Amplified Bible)

But as we seek to know Him, humble ourselves before Him and learn His ways, we are transformed by the renewing of our minds! (Romans 12:1-2) We begin to understand that His ways are not our way and His thoughts are not our thoughts!

8 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.
9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth so are My ways higher than your ways
   and My thoughts than your thoughts.
Isaiah 55:8-9

Until we come to Him empty of our own righteousness, we cannot begin to be filled with His righteousness!

We are to lay down all of our own concepts of righteousness and present ourselves to Him as blank pages!

TWO QUESTIONS!
As you come to God in prayer, before you ask Him to meet all your needs or the needs of others, ask God to search your heart and honesty reveal where you stand with Him! Ask Him two vital questions:

1) Am I dedicated heart, soul, mind and strength to the glory of the Kingdom of God as the first   
    and top priority of my life?

2) Am I righteous according to Your standards Lord - not my own, not in comparison to others  
    or by the current trends - but according to Your eternal ways?


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