Today Sister Pat shares her heart with us! Read on, you will be Blessed!
July 24, 2018
Matthew 6:33 – But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be given you.
The Lord requires us to desire to be with him, to learn of Him and all his ways. He wants us to seek him with all of our hearts. To live and conduct ourselves in a manner that His virtues will be seen in us….that our ways will reflect Him. That it will become second nature to us and our first instinct would be to do or say what would be pleasing unto God.
Romans 14:17 read… For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
But what is the Kingdom of God?
Based on the scripture above, it is not our daily practices or habits but the ultimate reign of God over and within our physical and spiritual lives. It is established and grounded in us through the work of the Holy Spirit. A spiritual place where we abide under the “shadows of the Almighty”. Where we take refuge from the cares of this world.
Righteousness is when we walk in the rightness of God, both morally and spiritually…not only in our doings but in our hearts. Our thoughts and actions should become such with God that our very nature or first instinct would be to honor God in all our ways.
We seek His righteousness when we allow the Holy Spirit to guide us and help us to make the Lord our first priority. When we seek God’s righteousness, He is pleased with us. If we lose our way, it would only be momentary because the love of God will console us, He will draw us back into His presence and give us peace.
Some of the things that the Lord promised “will be given unto us” is the Joy of knowing that we are the sons and daughters of a King. We are chosen, selected, called by Him. Cleansed by His blood; ransomed by the price of His life on the cross. Carried and consoled when we are weak and burdened with care.
When we are hurt by other, we have a heart like Christ, making it easy to forgive. We have the favor of God upon our daily lives and the grace of knowing that when we ask the Lord to save our love ones, He hears and answers us. That when things go wrong and we are unhappy, we have the joy of salvation and the joy of the Lord gives us strength. That we have confidence in the Lord that He will provide our daily needs.
And when our souls are perplexed we will hear the loving voice of the Holy Spirit and feel the tender care of a Father whose child is in despair.
And most of all…the knowledge of our heavenly kingdom…Living and reigning in Victory Forever with our Lord Jesus Christ. “Your Kingdom come Lord Jesus”