Seek First

 

“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” – Matthew 6:33

 

How many times have we ‘needed’ something but found out later on that we didn’t ‘need’ what we thought we needed. Or better yet a relationship that you knew wouldn’t work out but you tried anyways for the excitement? Or bought a car that you couldn’t afford. Every time we decide to do something on our own such as big decisions like above; we take our plans out of His hands and try to work out our own miracles. Everything in the natural happens in the supernatural.

In the back of your mind your thinking, “why haven’t I got promoted”, “why am I not married yet”. The “why am I’s” are endless. What we think sometimes as a setback is actually going to turn out to be a setup from God. So don’t be anxious for what tomorrow brings, and in all things pray!

 

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Wake Up and Get Up


Now when Herod was about to bring him out, on that very night, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and sentries before the door were guarding the prison. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood next to him, and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side and woke him, saying, “Get up quickly.” And the chains fell off his hands. And the angel said to him, “Dress yourself and put on your sandals.” And he did so. And he said to him, “Wrap your cloak around you and follow me.” And he went out and followed him. He did not know that what was being done by the angel was real, but thought he was seeing a vision.

(Acts 12:6-9 ESV)

 

Peter wasn’t being effective being bound in chains and neither can we. I’m not talking about being locked up in a prison but we sometimes can put ourselves in a prison in our mind. If we are bound by our own emotions, fears, doubt, past failures, etc. we get lazy we want to be passive and just take a rest. The Gospel is to be preached not to be hidden. Let go! Let God walk into that prison of yours and break free and be the light that He has called us to be.

 

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Make His Paths Straight

In the beginning of the book of John we read that “There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.” – John 1:6-9

If you want God to use you, you must make yourself available for Him to use you. Without Him we have no power in ourselves to speak to lives and for them to be changed. It must be backed with the Holy Spirit. Just as there was a man sent from God. We to, female and male are called to make straight the way of the Lord! To be bear witness of the light and to make His name known by our actions and words.

 

Relationship Application

People need to hear about God more than ever during this time we live in. Even though it may look like a losing battle to win souls keep pressing on, the lives that you have come into contact with by planting that seed and nurturing it by your actions and fruits of the Spirit, God will then do the rest! Don’t beat up on yourself. I too have been praying that lost loved ones would come to Christ. Their just one seed away!

Discussions/Questions

Boldness – it’s what John had and lots of it. It can’t be fabricated, it’s a God given attribute of His Spirit “And you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” – Acts 1:8

Pray for BOLDNESS

Challenge

From reading, i’m sure you have already challenged yourself but if not I will.

  1. Pray for boldness
  2. Act in boldness
  3. Live in boldness

 

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The Crossing

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Gods promises are sure, always faithful, never failing.

Do you have an impossible situation?

I don’t know about you but I prejudge a lot of things from small things to big things. I put to much thought sometimes before I do something. We tend to look at situations in the flesh more than the spiritual, I do at least. When God was preparing His people to cross the Jordan River, the people was told to prepare themselves. I believe if we spend enough time in prayer we won’t be surprised when those trials come, we learn the heart of God and the meaning behind the unseen circumstances, not fully but by faith. 

Let’s imagine ourselves at that time. The Jordan River how big it was and not just that but scripture tells us that the river overflowed its banks. As the children of Israel was preparing to cross the Jordan, they must’ve been afraid. Not ever in the history has the river been flooded, Why? How could this have been? God was about to show just how powerful He could be during this time. 

“Then Joshua rose early in the morning and they set out from Shittim. And they came to the Jordan, he and all the people of Israel, and lodged there before they passed over.

I want to stop and add this. Before we have victory over a situation, I believe God sometimes will set a time of rest before we receive the victory. They were there three days before they passed over. Not always will He do this. During this time, God will take the brokeness and mend our hearts, during this time He will speak to us more than ever, if we just listen.

At the end of three days the officers went through the camp. And commanded the people “As soon as you see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God being carried by the Levitical priests, then you shall set out from your place and follow it. Yet there shall be a distance between you and it, about 2,000 cubits in length. Do not come near it, in order that you may know the way you shall go, for you have not passed this way before.”

” And the priests that bare the ark of the covenant of the Lord stood firm on dry ground in the midst of Jordan, and all the Israelites passed over on dry ground, until all the people were passed clean over Jordan.” – Joshua 4:17

Relationship Application

God has went before us, He knows our lives better than we know ourselves, He knows our thoughts and motives, He knows our desires. One thing we can’t let ourselves do is letting our emotions, our fleshly desire to take control over our lives. If the Bible makes it clear that being controlled by the spirit is so vital, what prevents so many of us from fully surrendering ourselves to the Holy Spirit?

Discussions/Questions

Are there any “jordan rivers” in your life?

Is their an area in your life that you are doubting God?

Challenge:

I challenge you to fully surrender to God this day and this week. We can become so passive minded to the “little” things in our lives but God is just as mindful of those than the big issues in your life. Tell Him whats on your heart, how you feel about the situation and I promise you that His Holy Spirit will guide you as you lean on Him.

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Good Enough?

GOOD ENOUGH

“To know God is to walk with God, not by religious pursuits.”

At the time the Holy Spirit had spoke this to me, I didn’t have any scripture to emphasis on what He had just spoke to me about. On the next day in prayer this morning He had led me to Matthew 19 when the young ruler came to Jesus and said to Him “Good Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I have eternal life?

Let’s go deeper on that one verse. “What good thing shall I do that I have eternal life?”

Many people are trying to live a good life, by doing good works rather than live a faithful life to Christ. Always looking for ways to better themselves with works than to live a holy life before God. Scripture tells us in Ephesians 2:8 “For by Grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.”

Religion is what the Pharisees were practicing rather than righteousness.

In Matthew 5:17-20 “Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill. 18“For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished. 19“Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20“For I say to you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.

There is only one way in which one can be saved, no other way than to call upon the Lord.

Romans 10: 9 “if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”
Congratulations! If that was your first time saying that prayer and believing in your heart you have an awesome life ahead of you! Though it may get hard at times, God is faithful and there is nothing to hard for Him. Get to know Him by getting in the Word and having a steady prayer life. You’ll begin to know the Will that He has for your life. Any other questions, feel free to message me or visit my “Know God” page.  

A “try harder to get better” mindset has little to do with real transformation. We don’t need a new set of tips-and-techniques that promises to lead us to a deeper life with Jesus. But we can learn to nudge our life in ways that intentionally draw us more deeply into relationship with Jesus. The simple focus of our life habits shifts from working harder to be a “better Christian” or becoming a “good person,” to knowing Jesus more intimately. And by knowing him much better, we eventually know ourselves much better, that’s what this “progression” reveals: “Get to know Jesus well, because the more you know Him, the more you’ll love him, and the more you love Him, the more you’ll want to follow Him, and the more you follow Him, the more you’ll become like Him, and the more you become like Him, the more you become yourself.”

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What Is Your Source?

The thought of losing my job, my bank account being drained, losing all my friends, my car, my business;  These are all gifts from God that are not promised for tomorrow. Our health can be compromised, a relationship can end and we are left empty. Why? How? They were broken cisterns that could hold no water. Sometimes I believe we can turn our blessings into a curse. 

God tells Jeremiah 2:13 ” For my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that could hold no water.”

Let us not forget that our main source, the One true well is not our personal belongings or our own achievements but staying near the well which is Jesus Christ. Only Jesus promises to satisfy our thirst. Are we focusing on Him as the priority relationship in our life? Or have we turned to someone or something else for your satisfaction? 

Living With Intentions

In the book of Habakkuk, which is a book that everyone skips because there are only 3 chapters it can be easily missed. We see Habakkuk’s heart and the complaining that Habakkuk is portraying to God. Habakkuk is seeing all this evil and corruption and is asking God “how much longer are you going to let this go on?”

We will never know God in our lifetime. We can know his attributes of His character, such as His love, grace, mercy, etc. But while us humans are finite (with limits and boundaries) God is infinite (without limitations or boundaries) we can only have faith in Him. But as we read the chapter of Habakkuk, he is having a hard time trusting in God, we see the heart that Habakkuk has. With his intentions we begin to see the true character play out before us. Habakkuk was starting to doubt God.

Every Christian has questions that they are waiting to be answered by God. Will we have those questions answered in our lifetime? Maybe, Maybe not. But does that mean we should give up and walk away, like a child who doesn’t get their way we should have a pity party? If we live a life on intention that is fueled by the Holy Spirit we won’t have those moments where we want to give up. If we begin to set time apart from our own little crazy world and let down our guard for the Holy Spirit to work in every detail of our attitudes, motives, and of course our intentions we will begin to think more clearly and deeply, thus resulting in a strengthened, changed relationship with our Father.

I have a heart for the lost, I cannot empower others, tell others, live a life that shows the character of God if myself is not empowered by the Holy Spirit. If I were not living with intentions it would be impossible. My prayer lately has been “let me have more of you Lord!” As I begin to pray that God answers back with “Let Me have more of you.” As John writes in the third chapter “He must increase, but I must decrease.”

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RELATIONSHIP APPLICATION:

God speaks to us is many ways, through prayer, a Word of knowledge, or just by reading His Word. Just as Jesus was in Capernaum, He had to have some alone time with His Father. While everyone was brought to Him to be healed, He needed to be strengthened. We need not to neglect the one thing. Intimacy.

DISCUSSIONS/QUESTIONS:

The result of living with intentions fueled through spiritual intimacy will change your world and the world around others. It will bring you to new levels of intimacy as you are fueled by the Holy Spirit. And ask yourself

Am I living a life of intentions fueled by the Holy Spirit?

CHALLENGE:

I challenge you to start taking time out of your hectic schedule to get away with God, if its only for an hour.

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