Put First Things First :: Seek

Jesus said that one must first seek the kingdom of God and his righteousness and not seek after the things that may seem to be needful but which really aren’t for these things that are needed are already known to God the heavenly Father.

We ought to seek the kingdom of God and his righteousness first. A kingdom implies that there is a king and there are those who belong to the kingdom and those who don’t. Those who belong to the kingdom cherish the provisions, protection, and pleasures of the king. The kingdom of God asserts that God is Sovereign and he is The King and those who belong to his kingdom enjoy his provisions which are satisfying, his protection which is solid and the pleasure of his presence (the joy of the Lord) which is Salvation. To seek his righteousness is to seek Jesus, the righteous Branch, whose name is THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS  (Jeremiah 23:6). To belong to this kingdom means we need to be born again i.e., we should believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and be born of the Spirit (John 3:5).

Putting First Things First, we must first be seek to be born again i.e., make THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS, for all of our own righteousness are like filthy rags in the sight of a Holy God (Isaiah 64:6). We must seek to be part of God’s kingdom, meaning that we must seek to let God the Sovereign King, be our King and when we do so, all of his provisions (food and clothing that we think are needful), his protection and his pleasure (the Joy of Salvation) will be added to us to enjoy and cherish.

Points to ponder:
You may have been running away from God seeking the provisions that the world has to offer, the wealth, the fame, only to find out that the happiness that comes from these things is short-lived. You may have sought protection in the defenses of man only to find out that the fortress and refuge you received were like egg shells. You may have been seeking the pleasures of companionship with other people only to find out that apart from being with Jesus Christ, everyone is lonely and only in Him is found real peace. Stop running after what the world has to offer and seek Jesus today. Seek the Kingdom of God, letting God be your King, first.

Jesus Christ is The Seeking Shepherd, seeking those who are lost (Luke 15:4; John 10:10-15) and he is seeking you. Seek him when he may still be found (Isaiah 55:6). Putting First Things First, Seek ye first the kingdom of God and Jesus, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.

Matthew 6:33 (KJV)
33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

John 3:5 (KJV)
Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

Jesus’ Prayer :: Shade and Sanctified

John 17:7-19 records the prayer that Jesus prayed for his believers and he makes two requests to God, the Father, for all those who have believed in him..
He prayed that God not take them out of the world, but that He keeps them from the evil (John 17:5). In other words, Jesus prayed for God to be their SHADE (John 17:15).
He also prayed that his believers, are SANCTIFIED (set apart) through the word (John 17:17).

Points to ponder:
Is God the SHADE in your life? Do you allow him to SANCTIFY your life? This was Jesus’ prayer for all his followers and these are things that should certainly not be taken casually.

John 17:15-18 (KJV)
I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.

16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
18 As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.

Blessed “Be” attitudes :: Be Meek

Matthew 5:3-12 lists eight Beatitudes that were spoken of by Jesus. Jesus said, “Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.” (Matthew 5:5)

To be blessed, one must have an attitude to be meek.
Moses (who wrote down God’s law for his people) and Jesus (who fulfilled the law and who wrote down God’s grace and mercy for his people) are both described as having been ‘meek’ (Numbers 12:3; Matthew 11:29). God led his people, using Moses, out of a state of physical bondage and captivity from the land of Egypt (Exodus 13, 14) and God continues to lead all the world by his Only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, out of the state of spiritual bondage of death and captivity under sin (Galatians 5:1). To be meek means to be submissive, but by no means a push-over or someone who is weak. In fact, it is quite the contrary as the word, when used in the Greek New Testament, in the Beatitudes, is πραΰς which is phonetically spelled as prah-ooce’ and transliterated as ‘ praus’ meaning ‘mild or gentle (reserved) with strength’. In other words, to be meek is to have ‘power under control’. The Greek used this term to describe a wild horse that is brought under control by the bit and bridle. The wild horse, even when tamed has no less power than it had before it was tamed. The difference however is that the horse’s power is under control and can be channeled. To be blessed, we must be meek, which means we must have ‘power under control’. To have power under control, we must submit to God. We must submit to his will as Jesus did. We must submit to having God’s power (in us) control and channel our lives as He so desires according to His will, not ours.

In our submission (meekness), to God, we are blessed; blessed to inherit the earth. Inheritance implies being given something or some trait as a right, because of a relationship. Inheritance cannot be earned. So when Jesus says, that the meek shall inherit the earth, it reinforces the fact that the earth and everything in it is the LORD’s (Psalm 24:1). It also establishes the fact that when we submit (be meek) to the Lordship of Jesus Christ, by believing in Him, in faith, and submit to the leading of the Spirit of God, we are adopted into God’s family and we become His children (Romans 8:14-17; Galatians 3:26-27). As children, we have the right to inherit what God owns, which would mean we have the right to inherit the earth and its fullness thereof, and so when we submit, being meek, we are given, as an inheritance, this earth and the new earth to come. This earth matters to all who are in Christ, but it is not of great significance to all who are meek, having submitted to the Lordship of Jesus Christ, as their citizenship is really of heaven (Philippians 3:20), but in the new earth that God establishes (Revelation 21:1), as this earth will be destroyed (2 Peter 3:10) we shall be joint-heirs with Christ, the King of kings and Lord of lords (Romans 8:17, Revelation 19:16) and what a blessed Truth that is.

Matthew 5:5 (KJV)
5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

1 Peter 3:4 (KJV)
4 But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.

Blessed “Be” attitudes :: Be a mourner

Matthew 5:3-12 lists eight Beatitudes that were spoken of by Jesus. Jesus said, “Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.” (Matthew 5:4)

To be blessed, one must have an attitude to be a mourner when our lives grieve the heart of God. Sin grieves God’s heart; God repented that he had made men when he saw their wickedness and his heart was grieved (Genesis 6:5-6). The wages of sin is death and death brings sorrow, but godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation (2 Corinthians 7:10). In other words, godly mourning upon the realization of our sin worketh a belief, which leads to comfort and a peace of God that passeth all understanding (Philippians 4:7). Furthermore, we must also mourn for all who are captive (Jeremiah 13:17) in the bondage of death, because they have not yet believed or have refused and rejected the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ. We must be like the Psalmist who said, “Horror hath taken hold upon me because of the wicked that forsake thy law”(Psalm 119:53). Our hearts must grieve and we must be a mourner, when we see those around us, perishing , because they blatantly refuse Jesus Christ and forsake His offer of life.

Only Jesus can take a day of your sorrow and turn it into a day of Joy. Only Jesus can turn a mourner into one being comforted.

Matthew 5:4 (KJV)
4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
2 corinthians 7:10 (KJV)
For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.
Psalm 119:53

53 Horror hath taken hold upon me because of the wicked that forsake thy law.
Jeremiah 13:17 (KJV)
But if ye will not hear it, my soul shall weep in secret places for your pride; and mine eye shall weep sore, and run down with tears, because the LORD’s flock is carried away captive.

Blessed “Be” attitudes :: Be Poor

Matthew 5:3-12 lists eight Beatitudes that were spoken of by Jesus. Jesus said, “Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:3)

To be blessed, one must have an attitude to be poor in spirit. In other words, one must understand that their happiness comes for their acknowledgment of their own spiritual need; that they are poor without Christ Jesus and that only in Christ Jesus is the kingdom of grace and the kingdom of glory theirs.
It is the acknowledgment of one’s spiritual poverty i.e., the need for Jesus, and the confession of the same, that leads to inheriting the the kingdom of heaven (of grace and glory).

We must always have a need for Jesus i.e., we must always be poor in spirit, so that the kingdom of heaven (grace and glory) can be ours.

Matthew 5:3 (KJV)
3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.