Summary: The foundation for Christian living is explored.

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What are you seeking?

If you have been raised (and you have)

Live like you have!

Saying: so heavenly minded that he is no earthly good. Impossible!

Believers’ lives should be dominated by the pattern of heaven.

Fixing their attention decisively toward “things above” involves centering their lives on the ascended, glorified Christ, who is seated at the right hand of God.

Primary allegiance in life:

I pledge allegiance to the Lamb

With all my strength

With all I am

I will seek to honor His commands

I pledge allegiance to the Lamb

Just like Pledge of allegiance to the flag, requires more than lip service. In Iraq there are soldiers who will say the pledge this morning; lay down their life this afternoon. All of those soldiers will live out their life according to the pledge today.

How does Jesus put it?

Mt. 6:33

First place of seeking is the reign of God, not the tyranny of the world. Key into His righteousness.

Then: all these things. When you are seeking the kingdom - What God is done in your life to bring you correct living and what you sense He is going to do next. It is the work of God in your life as He implants heavenly attitudes and heavenly accomplishments into you.

Ever notice the most godly people are more obsessed over issues in their lives that do not glorify God than the most worldly? Seeking

Paul: 1 Timothy 1:15. Did Paul truly believe that he was the most immoral person in the world at that moment? Yes… because the greater the seeking of God’s kingdom and His righteousness, the great the awareness of the depth of sin. And the greater that you are amazed by grace….

What are you seeking this morning?

What are you thinking?

Seeking suggests striving; set your mind suggests concentrating.

concentrate your concern on the eternal, not the temporal

What he is not saying: Look back at (2:20-23).

Paul was not calling for otherworldly living; he had just condemned that. He was saying that life in this world will be better if it is lived by a power beyond this world, the power of the resurrected, ascended, glorified Christ.

One of the highest and noblest functions of man’s mind is to listen to God’s Word, and so to read his mind and think his thoughts after him.

John R. W. Stott (1921- )

Concentration begins in knowing and understanding God’s direct revelation to man: the Word of God.

More than knowing … contemplating.

I came home after the Southern Baptist Convention. First though as I pulled into the driveway: Gotta cut the grass…quick.

If a man lets his garden alone, it very soon ceases to be a garden; and if a saint lets his mind alone, it will soon become a rubbish heap for Satan to make use of.

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

I love praise songs, but there is a problem with a steady diet of only praise songs. Function of hymns was not only to lift us to the heights. Include the teaching of truth about how we live.

Come thy Fount of every Blessing:

O to grace how great a debtor

Daily I’m constrained to be!

Let Thy goodness, like a fetter,

Bind my wandering heart to Thee.

Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,

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