Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Seek Ye First

Greetings My Friends;
Matthew 6:33 "But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you "
Just what is the verse talking about? This used to puzzle me a lot, so I started to investigate. When I have questions, I turn to the study Bibles. There are different versions with different Bible scholars, and the explanations may differ slightly. I put them together in my mind and try to come up with an answer that covers them all. In this case. One study Bible says it refers to salvation, and another says it is righteousness. The Hebrew and Greek dictionary referred to kingdom as realm, dominion and rulership.
The way I understand the Bible, with salvation comes righteousness. This is associated with, which is the realm or domain of God. You don't have one without the other. When I ask myself how I receive all of this, I again turn to the Bible.
Romans 10:9, "If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you will be saved."
Ephesians 2:8 – 9 "For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God. Not of works, lest anyone should boast"
Romans 10:10 "For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation."
Acts 4:12 "Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved "
I believe there is no one way people come to know Jesus as Savior, because we are saved by grace, which is a gift, I believe the Lord gives these gifts in different ways. He knows the best way to enlightenment each one to accept salvation. One person may pick up a Bible and find Jesus that way. Another may have talked to a friend, heard a preacher on TV, or any of a dozen different ways. The only thing they all have in common is that all must accept Jesus as personal Savior.
When you are saved it is a very good idea to get in the word, everyday. Get a good study Bible to help you to understand. Since we also receive the Holy Spirit when we are saved, ask Him for understanding before you read. Keep yourself focused on the prize, eternity with the Lord. The more you focus on God and live the Bible, the more blessings and favor, you will receive. You will be able to handle all things through Christ who strengthens you.
As you read the Bible, read the explanations too. Do not read the Bible as you would a book. The Bible is the sacred Word of God, treat it as such. As you do these things, you will become a light to those you meet, especially your family.
Everyone has trials, but trials are not a disaster to those who focus on the Lord. Live your life with spiritual eyes and mind and you will be one in spirit with God.
In conclusion, the opposite world is the carnal one. It is run by Satan and he hates God. He hates you too because you love and trust God. Remember that Satan has no power over you. You belong to God, and in Jesus name, Satan must flee. A word of warning.  Satan is persistent, and he will lie and tempt and try to put doubt in your mind. While he is doing this he is in great fear of the name of Jesus. God has given you all of the tools and the grace to use them. Make your number one goal to find out as much as you can about the Lord through His Word.
God bless you and remember,
 Jesus loves you.
Prayer of Salvation;

"Oh God in heaven, I believe with all of my heart that Jesus has been raised from the dead. I receive Your Word, and I repent of sin. I renounce the past. Come into my heart, Lord Jesus. I receive my forgiveness. I receive the new birth, cleansed and washed in the Word and in the precious blood of Jesus. Fill me with Your Spirit, in Jesus name. Amen."