Do you make GOD your first priority everyday?
II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:
To prove that "Worship GOD first and you don't have to worry about your needs and wants."
Matthew 6:33 (Amplified Bible)
But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides.
Worship GOD first and you don't have to worry about your needs and wants.
Kingdom of GOD our primary concern
A. Author: Matthew, also called Levi
B. Date written: 60 A.D.
C. Purpose: To show that JESUS of Nazareth was the Kingly Messiah of Jewish prophecy
D. To whom written: Jews
E. Main theme: JESUS is GOD's Promised Anointed Messiah, the King of the jews
F. Keywords: fulfilled
G. Key verses:
Matthew 16:16-19 (Amplified Bible)
Simon Peter replied, You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.
Then Jesus answered him, Blessed (happy, fortunate, and to be envied) are you, Simon Bar-Jonah. For flesh and blood [men] have not revealed this to you, but My Father Who is in heaven.
And I tell you, you are Peter [Greek, Petros—a large piece of rock], and on this rock [Greek, petra—a huge rock like Gibraltar] I will build My church, and the gates of Hades (the powers of the infernal region) shall not overpower it [or be strong to its detriment or hold out against it].
I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind (declare to be improper and unlawful) on earth must be what is already bound in heaven; and whatever you loose (declare lawful) on earth must be what is already loosed in heaven.
VIII. MAIN BODY:
A. Make the Kingdom of GOD my primary concern
"But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right),"
The Kingdom of GOD as oppose to Kingdom of Heaven is the reign and rule of GOD inside our hearts.
Matthew 19:24 (Amplified Bible)
Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to go into the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 12:28 (Amplified Bible)
But if it is by the Spirit of God that I drive out the demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you [before you expected it].
Mark 10:15 (Amplified Bible)
Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive and accept and welcome the kingdom of God like a little child [does] positively shall not enter it at all.
Luke 17:21 (Amplified Bible)
Nor will people say, Look! Here [it is]! or, See, [it is] there! For behold, the kingdom of God is within you [in your hearts] and among you [surrounding you].
Make the reign and rule of GOD in our hearts our primary concern, making it first, at the beginning of every tasks, chiefly making it first of all our doings and intents of our hearts.
Mark 1:15 (Amplified Bible)
And saying, The [appointed period of] time is fulfilled (completed), and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent (have a change of mind which issues in regret for past sins and in change of conduct for the better) and believe (trust in, rely on, and adhere to) the good news (the Gospel).
Acts 15:9 (Amplified Bible)
And He made no difference between us and them, but cleansed their hearts by faith (by a strong and welcome conviction that Jesus is the Messiah, through Whom we obtain eternal salvation in the kingdom of God).
People of this world rise up early to prepare for work which will earn them money, and they will do it again tomorrow morning, their life was bound by their work, a slave of their work. But we rise up early to commune with GOD. See the great difference!
Seek means "to worship" therefore seeking first is "worship GOD first" and all these things that seeks first attention in our lives will be provided by GOD: namely: food, drink, clothing, etc. GOD's reign and rule cannot be separated from His Presence. In His Presence, we worship.
B. GOD will meet all our needs daily
"and then all these things taken together will be given you besides."
GOD will not only provide them but add it to you, meaning, there will be different rations of food, drinks and clothing to you as you make GOD your primary concern.
Matthew 19:29 (Amplified Bible)
And anyone and everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands for My name’s sake will receive many [even a hundred] times more and will inherit eternal life.
Psalms 34:9-10 (Amplified Bible)
O fear the Lord, you His saints [revere and worship Him]! For there is no want to those who truly revere and worship Him with godly fear.
The young lions lack food and suffer hunger, but they who seek (inquire of and require) the Lord [by right of their need and on the authority of His Word], none of them shall lack any beneficial thing.
Psalms 37:3-4 (Amplified Bible)
Trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) in the Lord and do good; so shall you dwell in the land and feed surely on His faithfulness, and truly you shall be fed.
Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart.
1 Corinthians 3:22 (Amplified Bible)
Whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas (Peter), or the universe or life or death, or the immediate and threatening present or the [subsequent and uncertain] future—all are yours,
Everyone has a need and everyone's trying to meet that need by working, a big mistake, because GOD works to prosper and provide for us, not us. He is a good Master who provides well for His slaves.
2 Corinthians 9:8-9 (Amplified Bible)
And God is able to make all grace (every favor and earthly blessing) come to you in abundance, so that you may always and under all circumstances and whatever the need be self-sufficient [possessing enough to require no aid or support and furnished in abundance for every good work and charitable donation].
As it is written, He [the benevolent person] scatters abroad; He gives to the poor; His deeds of justice and goodness and kindness and benevolence will go on and endure forever!
2 Corinthians 8:9 (Amplified Bible)
For you are becoming progressively acquainted with and recognizing more strongly and clearly the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ (His kindness, His gracious generosity, His undeserved favor and spiritual blessing), [in] that though He was [so very] rich, yet for your sakes He became [so very] poor, in order that by His poverty you might become enriched (abundantly supplied).
Matthew 19:16 (King James Version)
And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?
Mark 10:17 (King James Version)
And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?
Our needs and wants are all supplied under Grace and much more than that so we can be channels of blessings, a distribution center distributing GOD's wealth to this world while He continues to provide for us in increasing number.
Worship GOD first and you don't have to worry about your needs and wants.
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