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The Kingdom First

Sunday, February 5, 2023    

Sunday Thought: The Kingdom First

The Sermon on the Mount is by far Jesus' longest explanation of what it looks like to live as His follower and to serve as a member of God's Kingdom.

Christian Believers, Jesus' teachings during the Sermon on the Mount represent the major ideals of the Christian life.

Jesus taught about subjects such as prayer.

Jesus taught about subjects such as justice.

Jesus taught about subjects such as care for the needy.

Jesus taught about subjects such as divorce.

Jesus taught about subjects such as fasting.

Jesus taught about subjects such as judging other people.

Jesus taught about subjects such as salvation.

Jesus taught about subjects and much more.

The Sermon on the Mount also contains both…

the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:3-12)

and the Lord's Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13).

However, our focus this morning are the words that Jesus said to seek first the kingdom of God  in His Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 6:33).

We are to seek the things of God as a priority over the things of the world.

We are to seek the salvation that is inherent in the kingdom of God because it is of greater value than all the world’s riches.

Christian Believers, God has promised to provide for His own, supplying every need. (Philippians 4:19)

God promises to meet the necessary needs of those who seek Him and His righteousness.

The apostle Paul described God's provision as coming from the reservoir of "His riches in glory". (Philippians 4:19)

Today, many people are seeking first the kingdom of pleasure and possessions.

But Jesus promised, “All these things shall be added unto you” if we give HIM first place.

We must give HIM first place with our TIME

We must give HIM first place with our TALENTS.

We must give HIM first place with our TREASURES.

Today’s message is to those of us who are kingdom citizens to make the interests of God's kingdom our priority.

HALLELUJAH!!!

This is the kingdom that Jesus is calling us to seek on today.

Seek to know Christ, seek to know His will for our lives and obey His will.

According to Proverbs 14:12…”there is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.”

Church Family, anything that is not adding to our spiritual growth is affecting our relationship with God and His purpose for our lives.

God’s promise to us is that if we seek Him with our whole heart, He will also supply all of our needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

We will never know the full reward of obedience to Him until we put God "first.”

Jeremiah 17:7 - "But blessed are those who trust in the LORD and have made the LORD their hope and confidence.

“ For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

“ For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” (John 3:16-17 KJV)

Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according the power that worketh in us, unto Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end.

Pastor Jeff

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