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A Year For Increase

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Sermon shared by Howard Strickland

January 2010
Summary: God desires increase within and without, allow this text to help.
Denomination: Church of God
Audience: General adults
Sermon:
A Year of Increase! Matthew 6:31-34

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.

Jesus is saying that open-ended questions aren’t healthy when the question is tied to fear. Eat. Drink. Wear. Listen, Corporations aren’t looking for someone to ask questions. No, Corporations look for solutions to the questions! Jesus Christ is the answer to every question! Jesus is saying if you will trust in me you do not have to worry about food, water, shelter or clothing! He’s saying only Gentiles (pagans) worry, and worry and faith are oxymoron!

Listen to vs. 32b For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.

This year, let us stop pursuing dead issues; (Here’s 3 things we have to do) admit them, quit them and forget them!

Admit them: I John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Quit them: Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (No other option!)

Forget them: Philippians 3:13-14 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

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

Suppose someone offered us a tremendous sum of money, perhaps billions of dollars, but the exact amount would be determined by how well we could learn to speak German in two month’s time. We would embark on the most intense crash-course program of learning in our life! We would study from morning to night, burn the midnight oil, listen to language tapes, carry flash cards wherever we went, and seek out fluent German-speakers so we could practice with them. During those two months, no one could drag us near a time-wasting television program. We would probably allow nothing to interfere other than necessary physical activities to sustain life itself. All for money!

Jesus say’s, seek first, be diligent, love Me, worship Me, and I will bring addition to you!

Psalm 37:3-4 Trust in the LORD, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.
4 Delight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall give you the desires of your heart.

To delight in the Lord means to, take pleasure in, desire, be pleased with. Have contentment. Be in peace.
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