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Discover the Book - September 30, 2011

  • 2011 Sep 30


Making A Sacred Vow

As we open to Matthew 6:19, stop and put yourself out in the crowd. Jesus is speaking, He is so clear that no one is confused. He talks about life in such a way everyone understands.

Matthew 6:19-21 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

As we look at the ever increasing opportunities, to invest the priceless time, streaming in what sometimes looks like an endless river: have you decided yet what will be your investment strategy for this year?

Imagine that you are in Galilee, Jesus is sitting on a hillside, and you feel like He’s talking just to you. He is speaking to each of us today, if we will just stop and listen!

Matthew 6:33 “But seek ye FIRST the kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you.”

There is God’s plan, the essence of spiritual life; and the key to all other blessings in life.  Either we take it and obey, or leave it and ignore the reality that God has very high expectations for His children.

Do you know what He wants you to do in life? Here it is, simple enough for anyone to grasp: SEEK HIM FIRST. That means that Matthew 6:33 distills and puts at our finger tips, a one step guide.

Seeking Christ should be our first priority as His disciples today, and is still the essence of Biblical Christianity. And, seeking first Christ's mastery and supremacy over all of my life is what it means to be a true follower of Christ.

Jesus demonstrated what it took to make it in our spiritual lives by His wilderness temptation in Matthew 4:1-8. There He tells us we NEED God's Word every day! He said we live not just by eating food but also by eating His Word. If we are not living for God, there will be signs of spiritual immaturity. Some of those signs are:

  • A life filled with fear, anxiety, and the absence of peace; and a marginal desire for daily time in God's Word.
  • Limited desire for fellowship with other believers; and not actively assisting in the spiritual development of others.
  • Strong desire for worldly possessions; often driven by selfish ambitions; sometimes exhibiting a spirit of competition.
  • Lacking compassion for the lost.
  • Ongoing financial difficulties (living far beyond means, and in constant debt).
  • Partial and often brief victory over sin.
  • Nonexistent or lackluster prayer life.

Just as a baby that never regularly eats will never grow and mature, and is considered sick; so any believer that doesn’t regularly eat will not grow and mature, and is also sick. The key Jesus said in Matthew 6:33 is the priority: Seek God and His Word FIRST.

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