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Summary: GOD HAS MADE IT QUITE CLEAR WHAT HE WANTS US TO KNOW, AND HOW HE EXPECTS US TO ACT AS HIS AMBASSADORS IN THIS WORLD UNTIL HE COMES. THE PASSAGE IN FRONT OF US TODAY IS EXACTLY THE KIND OF CLARITY WE CAN EXPECT OF OUR CREATOR, SAVIOR AND LORD. IN PLAIN W

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THE PRIORITY OF GOD’S KINGDOM

Matthew 6:33 (NIV) But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

PROPOSITION: THAT WE WOULD SEEK GOD FIRST IN ORDER TO WORRY LESS AND TESTIFY TO THE WORLD OF THE TRUE PLACE OF CHRIST IN OUR LIVES!

INTRODUCTION: I AM A FIRM BELIEVER THAT OUR BIBLE WAS NEVER MEANT TO BE, NOR IS IT NOW AN UNDECIPHERABLE BOOK. ON THE CONTRARY, GOD HAS MADE IT QUITE CLEAR WHAT HE WANTS US TO KNOW, AND HOW HE EXPECTS US TO ACT AS HIS AMBASSADORS IN THIS WORLD UNTIL HE COMES. THE PASSAGE IN FRONT OF US TODAY IS EXACTLY THE KIND OF CLARITY WE CAN EXPECT OF OUR CREATOR, SAVIOR AND LORD. IN PLAIN WORDS AND COMMON LANGUAGE, JESUS GIVES US ONE OF THE GREAT PRIORITIES OF GOD FOR US TO ACCEPT AND FOLLOW. IN OUR TIME TOGETHER THIS MORNING, I WOULD LIKE TO EXPLORE THIS PASSAGE WITH YOU!

I. THE CONTRASTED CONCEPT OF SEEKING

A. THE “BUT”

1. BUT IS A WORD OF CONTRAST

2. ASKING US TO LOOK AT WHAT GOD IS CONTRASTING WITH HIS PRIORITY FOR OUR LIVES.

B. GOD IS CONTRASTING HIS PRIORITY FOR US WITH A COMMON PRIORITY WE HAVE – WORRY

1. WORRY MEANS TO

a. BE ANXIOUS AHEAD OF TIME

b. DIVIDING OUR THOUGHTS

c. WORRY ANDS UP AS A GREAT DISTRACTION

1) THE CONTRAST OF A DOUBLE MINDED MAN IS TO LOVE THE LAW OF GOD

2) THE RESULT OF A DOUBLE MINDED MAN IS INSTABILITY

3) THE REALITY OF DOUBLE MINDEDNESS IS SIN

Psalm 119:113 (NIV) I hate double-minded men, but I love your law.

James 1:8 (NIV) he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.

James 4:8 (NIV) Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

2. WE ARE WORRYING PEOPLE.

3. I OFTEN SPEAK WITH PEOPLE OVERCOME WITH WORRY

4. OUR SOCIETY TODAY IS BREEDING WORRYING PEOPLE

a. HOME FORECLOSURES

b. EMPLOYMENT CONCERNS

c. INTERNATIONAL TURMOIL

C. WORRY WAS RAMPANT IN THE DAYS OF CHRIST

1. PEOPLE WORRIED ABOUT LIFE

2. PEOPLE WORRIED ABOUT FOOD AND WATER

3. PEOPLE WORRIED ABOUT CLOTHES

D. JESUS REMINDS US OF GOD’S CONCERN AND CARE

1. GOD CARES FOR HIS CREATION

2. WE ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT ASPECT OF HIS CREATION

E. TO CHOSE WORRY OVER GOD IS SIN

1. REJECTS GOD’S LOVE FOR US

2. DENIES GOD’S SOVEREIGNTY OVER US

3. QUESTIONS GOD’S NATURE

a. GOD’S GOODNESS

Matthew 7:11 (NIV) If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!

WHEN WE SUCCUMB TO WORRY IT CAUSES US TO LOSE FOCUS ON THE IMPORTANT AND FOCUS ON THE URGENT

II. THE CONCENTRATED FOCUS OF SEEKING – It Should Be On The Things Of God!

A. IT IS A QUESTION OF PRIORITIES

1. THE PRIORITIES OF THOSE WHO FOLLOW CHRIST SHOULD BE DIFFERENT THAN THE PRIORITIES OF THOSE WHO DO NOT FOLLOW CHRIST

2. F.O.C. ARE TO BE SUBMISSIVE TO THE SOVEREIGNTY OF CHRIST NOW

3. F.O.C. SHOULD HAVE AN ATTITUDE OF LOYALTY AND COMMITMENT TO CHRIST

4. F.O.C. SHOULD ALWAYS BE TURNING TO GOD FIRST

5. F.O.C. SHOULD BE MAKING AN ACTIVE CHOICE FOR THE THINGS OF GOD


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