The Right Approach: Seek Ye First The Kingdom of God

The Right Approach:  Seek Ye First The Kingdom of God

In Matthew 6:33, the bible states, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all things shall be added unto you.”  This growth and operational approach is extremely necessary for appropriate order in all things in your life.  You will begin to grow as a Christian; walking with Christ.  This is the growth aspect.  You will begin to operate in a way that is aligned with God and the things of God.  This is the operational aspect.

As things are added unto you, which is your abundance of blessings hand-crafted and hand-picked by God with your name written on them, you will be better equipped as a Child of God to handle with care everything that he has placed in your hands.  These are the things over which you have stewardship (responsibility).  Without the right approach, you risk ruining everything given to you.  God has to work on you to get you to a place where you are able to handle your blessings.  It all starts with seeking Him.

God is and is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.  So, seek Him and the kingdom of God first to grow and operate as God would have you to do.  Pray at least daily committing to at least 20 minutes.  Join a church.  Take notes on the sermon while in church.  Begin your own personal bible study using those sermon notes.  As you learn hearing the word, become a doer of the word.  As you connect with God, begin to follow his guidance as He speaks over your life.  Have yourself ready, able, and equipped to be that good and faithful steward which God is calling you to be.  Take the right approach!

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Ease of Transformation to Holiness: Become A New Creature in Righteousness

One of the biggest obstacles that we face as Christians is the realization that we cannot continue to live in the same frame of mind as was taught, witnessed, seen, learned, etc.  In order to grow as Christians, we must renew our minds.  The things that our elders and ancestors have said, have done, or have thought are not things that we are to continue saying, doing, or thinking simply because that is what they chose.  These are generational curses and traditions of men; carnal ways and traditions which became the norm in families and cultures passed on generation to generation.

The Apostle Paul talks about this in Romans 12: 1-3.  He states that, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable unto God; which is your reasonable service.  And be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove that which is that good, acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” In order to renew our minds, we must be sure to avoid conforming to these generational curses and traditions in order to be transformed into holiness with new creation righteousness; a new creature with a new nature.  Jesus died on the cross for our sins.  Although he knew no sin, he became sin that we may be made righteous in Him.  Righteousness is our free gift, but holiness is what we strive to perfect.

We can accomplish this through the renewing of our minds; a growing process.  We are Christians under construction.  We are constantly growing and learning with each trial and tribulation; which is an opportunity to exercise that holiness with new creation righteous. It is just like learning a new craft or trade.  The more that you exercise it, the better that you become at it and the more you grow in it.  You begin to make a transition from a “carnal mindset” to a “spirit-led mindset.”

As we experience these trials and tribulations, Satan will get in your ear; speaking those lies and pushing you into a life of sinful and wicked deeds and ways.  He wants you to react through what is evil.  However, you don’t have to accept his evil thoughts, ideas, and suggestions.  Remember that the devil uses people; placing them in a snare with the assignment of bringing you and/or your offender down.  We don’t wrestle against flesh, but against demonic spirits, principalities, and wickedness in high places.  That person who offended you is not in control, but being used by a demonic spirit.  Do not succumb to what Satan is trying to do.  Instead, change your mindset to one that is “spirit-led.”  Tell the devil that you rebuke him in name of the Lord Jesus and focus on WWJD:  What Would Jesus Do.  If it will cause any type of strife, hurt, hate, anger, discomfort, displeasure, or conflict, it is not of God.  Turn it off from your mind like flicking a light switch from “on” to “off,” to escape from that mindset that is “carnal.”  Remember, we don’t have to speak, act, or think like our elders and ancestors have in the past or according to what he have seen or heard growing up.  We can choose to speak, act, and think differently; as God would have us to do.

How do you get started?  It is great that you asked!  Remember the mnemonic:   T.A.S.K.

  • T = Take heed to thyself. Proverbs 2:10.
  • A = Act wisely. Proverbs 18:25.
  • S = Speak well and not of evil. Philipians 4:8
  • K = Know the works of the flesh to avoid them and understand the fruit of the spirit. Galatians 5:19-22.

Take heed to thyself (T).  Proverbs 2:10-11 states, “When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul.  Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee…”  To have discretion means that you act and speak in such a way that does not offend.  In having discretion, you do take heed to yourself.  You are mindful of how you act and speak with a focus on the avoidance of offending someone.  This is a “spirit-led” mindset; avoiding that which is carnal.

Act wisely (A).  Psalms 18:25 states, “With the merciful thou wilt shew thyself merciful; with an upright man thou wilt shew thyself upright; With the pure thou wilt show thyself pure; and with the froward thou wilt shew thyself froward.”  We show mercy when we take the back seat, act as the peacemaker, allow someone to think they are right, or anything that stops evil in its tracks.  Every thing doesn’t require a response or action.  It is okay to ignore things.  It is okay let people think they are right.  It is okay to let people think that they “win” or have some type of upper hand.  In doing so, you deem yourself merciful and upright.  Great is your reward in heaven. You have the true victory.

Speak well and not of evil (S).  Philippians 4:8 states, “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report:  if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”  This is the basis of being “spirit-led.”  You strive to focus on those things that are positive and of virtue.  In doing so, you don’t give in to that which is ungodly or evil.  You set your mind upon that which is holy and good.

Know the works of the flesh to avoid them and understand the fruit of the spirit (K).  Galatians 5:19-23 states, “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these:  Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envying, murders, drunkenness, reveling, and such like:  of which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance:  against such there is no law.”  The works of the flesh are all ungodly things.  If you focus on being spirit-led and recognize these works for what they are, you will understand and set your mind on the fruit of the spirit:  love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance.

You are sure to transform to holiness and become a new creature in righteousness with a renewed mind by exercising these four principles.  Will you ever slip up, backslide, and do something carnal?  Sure.  It is work in progress.  Remember, you are a Christian under construction; building yourself up in your most Holy Faith.  Rome wasn’t built in a day.  Keep growing; persevering in your faith in the name of Jesus!

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God’s Gift of Free Will: Understand it and be not deceived.

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God’s Gift of Free Will: Understand it and be not deceived.

God’s Gift of Free Will:  Understand it and be not deceived

I once heard a famous celebrity make the statement, “A just God wouldn’t send his children to Hell.”  Although very indicative of a lack of knowledge, the statement is actually true.  God would not and does not send His children to Hell.

God commanded the great flood to wipe out the earth due to the vast sin and iniquity of Sodom and Gomorrah.  The sins were many and of different types.  After the great flood, God promised not to do that again.  Genesis 8:22 states, “While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.”  Unfortunately, today’s society is plagued by sins similar to those of the days of Sodom and Gomorrah.

God instead chose to give us free will; the free will to choose life or choose death. Deuteronomy 30:19 states, “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing:  therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.”  

Choosing life means that you choose Jesus; accepting Him as Lord and Savior.  John 3:16 states, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believeth in him shall not perish but have everlasting life.”  So many people want to accept Him as “savior,” but not, “lord.”  Accepting Him as Lord means that you live a life of obedience to God’s word according to the commandments and fulfill God’s purpose for your life.

People want to live how they want to live; even if living a life of works which are not of God or living a life which is not lined up with God’s purpose.  In Jeremiah 1:5 of the New American Standard Bible, the Lord states, “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you…”  God knew you before He formed you; as you were when born.  His purpose for your life began at that time; everything written with your destiny set beforehand.  Many have veered away from God’s purpose for their lives.  Many are living a life of sin against God’s commands.

We can repent and turn away from sin; to sin no more.  God doesn’t remember our sin.  John 2:1 states, “And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father through Jesus Christ the righteous.”  The connection is Jesus; no man enters the kingdom except through Jesus Christ.  Jesus’ blood was shed for you and I.  He died on the cross for our sins; taking on the sins of the world.

Choosing death means that you choose a life of sin.  You continue to live contrary to God’s purpose for your life, do not obey His commandments, live a life of sin, and have not accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior.  You have no intention of repenting from your sinful lifestyle and ways.  You basically choose death.

Those who choose life will have their names written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.  It is important to remember that being “saved” doesn’t determine the placing of your name in the book.  If we lose His righteousness, we risk losing the listing of our name in the Lamb’s Book of Life.  Phillipians 2:12 states, “Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.”  

Stay in constant renewal of the mind so as not to be transformed by this world. Remember what Jesus said in Matthew 7:21-23, Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.  Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name have done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you:  depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”

Choose life by choosing to give your life to Jesus.  He came that we may have life and have it more abundantly.  Then, keep your life lined up with the things of God, so that you keep your name in the Lamb’s Book of Life and don’t go to Hell.

Clearly, God doesn’t “send” His children to Hell.  When you choose death, you choose Hell. Again, choosing a life of sin and rejecting Jesus means that you choose death.  It is your choice; based on your gift of free will.

We can all work out our salvation.  It is a simple choice:  choose life or choose death.  Going to Hell means that, when Jesus returns and the trumpet blows, you will not be going to Heaven.  Again, this is based on your choice.  If one does go to Hell, it is what they chose.

It is not too late.  There is still time.  Give your life to Jesus.  Accept Him as your Lord and Savior.  Repent and turn away from your sin.  Live a life of obedience to God’s word and His commandments.  Exercise your gift of free will with the right choice:  choose life!

 

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When God speaks, listen!

One of the greatest relationships in the world is the relationship with God; that connection with our Heavenly Father.  He speaks to you, guides you, directs you, corrects you, and orders your steps in His word.  Where would we be without Him?  Just as Psalm 124: 1 states, “If it had not been for the Lord on our side…”  I can’t imagine.  So, when he speaks, why don’t we ALL listen?

When God speaks a directive into your life, it is important to listen.  It is your divine direction.  He has a purpose for your life and blessings in store.  Accepting His direction helps you to walk toward your blessings and purpose.  So, why don’t we ALL accept His directive?

Disobedience can cause complete separation.  How can God guide you if you won’t listen to Him and follow His direction?  When you are disobedient, you move toward your will to be done as opposed to God’s will to be done.

The most prominent story of disobedience to God’s word is the story of Saul.  Read 1 Samuel 15:10-34 then  1 Samuel 16:1-23.   Saul had an entire kingdom taken away from him and handed to David due to his disobedience.  He was disconnected from the Lord as God no longer spoke to him.  This was evident through his actions at the time.

Throughout the Book of 1 Samuel, there were several things that Saul did which are typical for those disconnected from the Lord.  He acted negatively toward David, but David didn’t succumb to his negative ways.  He tried to kill David unsuccessfully.  He even visited a soothsayer to try to raise Samuel from the dead; which is a sin within itself.  Only God knows and holds the future.  Soothsayers are simply used by the satanic kingdom; led by demonic spirits which know everything about the visiting individual due to the database of the satanic kingdom.  Saul was distraught, distressed, and in the snare of the devil; as he was no longer under the kingdom of God and didn’t hear from God. 

The worst thing in the world is to be separated from God; left in the wilderness.  When God gives you a directive, follow through and carry it out as instructed.  No matter how uncomfortable or difficult it may seem, do it.  Know that if God brought you to it, He will bring you through it.  When God speaks, listen!

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This is my story, my song: Revelation of God’s blessings to come

This is my story, my song:  Revelation of God’s blessings to come

     One of the greatest gifts in the world is revelation from God of His blessings to come. The gift becomes your light at the end of the tunnel.  You wrote it down.  You meditate on it.  You strive toward it.   You know that death and life are in the tongue; as Proverbs 18:21 states.  So, you speak it into the atmosphere with prophetic faith…letting those things be that be not.

      The gift helps you through storms; trials and tribulations.  As you go through it, you hold fast to your faith that God will see you through; remembering what He said to you.  It is unwavering faith too because God it to you; so you know!  As Numbers 23:19 states, “God is not a man that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent:  hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?”  No matter what you go through, you smile.  You have joy in the midst of trouble because you stay focused on the gift; focused on God’s promise.  God said it, so you believe it.  That does it!

       Patti LaBelle once sang, “When you’ve been blessed, feels like heaven.  Heaven. Heaven.”  When the manifestation of that promised blessing comes to pass, yes…it does feel like heaven.  Although praise of God is constant, you will praise God even more. Because you survived yet another trial with tribulations, the measure (magnitude) of your faith is increased even more.

       This is my testimony.  Yes.  Staying connected to my Heavenly Father; holding his hand through each and every storm as He guides me toward my blessings and purpose. I’m in this world, but not of this world.  I’m a spirit being mastering the human experience.  This is my story.  This is my song.  Praising my Lord and Savior…all of my life long.

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Just say it: The Exercise of Prophetic Faith

One of the most power tools for any Christian and child of God is the use of prophetic faith. Kenneth Copeland quoted, “If you’ve got the guts to say it, God’s got the power to do it!” Speak into the atmosphere whatever it is that you have been praying for.  Tell yourself that you believe, receive, decree, and declare it, in the name of Jesus.  Do this for whatever you are believing God for and keep it it prayer.

Proverbs 18:21 states, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue…”  How you speak directly lines up with your measure your faith.  When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we enter into God’s grace and have access to it by faith.  Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.

What has God spoken to you?  If He spoke it to you, it will come to pass.  You know what God spoke to you; so grasp it, absorb it, lean on it, and run away with it!  Numbers 23:19 states, “God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man that he should repent:  hath he said it, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?”  Speak into the atmosphere what God spoke to you.  Speak positively over your situation according to your prayers and expected outcome.

Don’t be moved by what is going on around you.  Walk by faith and not by sight.  Speak against any negative situation with your prophetic faith to bring that expected outcome (that which God has spoken to you) to come to pass according to God’s will.  If it is for you, you will receive it.  Tell yourself, “God said it.  I believe it.  That does it!”  Believe that you will receive; which goes hand in hand with your prophetic faith.

You believe that you receive, therefore you speak that which you do believe.  Speak those things which are not as though they are.  Just say it because nothing is impossible with God.  He definitely has the power to do it!

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