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Summary: Just how much do you hunger and thirst for the Lord? Birth a new desire for the House of God and His Presence!

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Stand & Read – Psalm 84:1-12

“How lovely are Thy dwelling places, O Lord of hosts! [2] My soul longed and even yearned for the courts of the Lord; My heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God. [3] The bird also has found a house, And the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, Even thine altars, O Lord of hosts, My King and my God. [4] How blessed are those who dwell in Thy house! They are ever praising Thee. Selah. [5] How blessed is the man whose strength is in Thee; In whose heart are the highways to Zion! [6] Passing through the valley of Baca, they make it a spring, The early rain also covers it with blessings. [7] They go from strength to strength, Every one of them appears before God in Zion. [8] O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer; Give ear, O God of Jacob! Selah. [9] Behold our shield, O God, And look upon the face of Thine anointed. [10] For a day in Thy courts is better than a thousand outside. I would rather stand at the threshold of the house of my God, Than dwell in the tents of wickedness. [11] For the Lord God is a sun and shield; The Lord gives grace and glory; No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly. [12] O Lord of hosts, How blessed is the man who trusts in Thee!”

“Righteous Heart-Ache”

Prayer…

Have you ever had heartache? Have you ever longed and hungered for something?

Our old hearts long for many a thing in this world….

We want money…

Cars…

Homes…

Material Things…

The right Job…

This & That…

And all for naught…

EMBELLISH THIS…

However, the heart still aches and aches…searching for something that would satisfy the void that we feel within…oh how un-quenchable it is…!

When the real problem is, is that we are avoiding the truth of the Word in our Lives…For God tells us in His Word what our hearts should ache for…when He said…”But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you.” - Matthew 6:33

Let me ask you this…

Why are you wandering and searching where you should not be wandering and searching?

You know that you are seeking out things of YOUR own choosing and will, rather than what the Lord would have for you…

Then you…

-You wonder why you have no peace, when you should have it in Jesus Christ…

-You wonder why you haven’t been blessed, when He is a God of Blessing…

-You wonder why you feel as though God has forgotten you, when He says that He is a friend that sticks closer than any brother…

-Could it be that you have taken things into your own hands…?????

May I suggest to you today that maybe you have forgotten to heed a simple requirement, which God has instructed us to follow…

“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you.” - Matthew 6:33

OUR FIRST PRIORITY IN LIFE is this…

“To seek FIRST the Kingdom of God & His Righteousness…”

Just what is your priority young man…?

What is it that you desire dear woman…?

What is you heart desirous of young lady…?

Sir, where is your heart this morning…?

May I suggest to you this…

According to the scripture of Matthew 6:33

We are urged, as followers of Christ Jesus, to seek above all other things…GOD’S KINGDOM & HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS!!!

àTo seek, here in this passage, suggests that we would be continually absorbed in a search for something, or to make a strenuous and diligent effort to obtain something…

And that “something” is this…”His Kingdom” & “His Righteousness”!!!

1) His Kingdom…We must earnestly be seeking to have God’s Rule & Power demonstrated in our lives…”Thy Kingdom come, thy Will be done…”…Don’t pray that in vain…L

We also can seek that God’s Kingdom would come in the mighty power of the Holy Spirit to save sinners…heal the sick…destroy the devils work…and to magnify the Name of Jesus…

2) His Righteousness…With the help of the Holy Spirit, we must seek to obey the commands of Christ!!! To possess the Righteousness of Christ, and to remain separated from the world.

Thus, needing to show the Love of Christ to a dying world…and being aptly capable to do so because of the previous being evident in our lives…

Remember…Matthew 5:16 - “Letting that light so shine before men, that when they see your good works…they in turn will want to glorify the Father in Heaven…”!

Then Church, as we concern ourselves with these first and most important things, as ordered by our Savior Jesus Christ, then He will fulfill the second half of this powerful verse…

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