The cure of anxiety (Part 7)

The cure of anxiety part 7

• Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness 

 

Verse 33 begins with a “but” in other words, don’t be anxious, but…

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

Seek first. 

 

Two conditions are given for you to inherit the promise. Seek first. That means to make it your focus in life, your primary objective, your mission in life, your goal, your first priority when you wake up, to seek

 

To seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness. What does it mean? 

 

❖ The kingdom of God

 

What is the kingdom of God? 

 

The Bible says nobody can see or enter the kingdom of God, unless they are born again (John 3:3-5). In other words, the kingdom of God is first of all, a spiritual place, a spiritual place whereby God made you alive to a spiritual reality. The reality of God and his rule. To enter the kingdom of God, means you come under the reign and rule of God as your Father and that happens when the Holy Spirit makes you alive unto God and grants you faith in Jesus Christ and repentance towards God. Unless you are converted and changed and become like children you will not enter the kingdom of heaven (Matt 18:3). The kingdom of God is the spiritual place or state of being  where your sins are forgiven, where God drives away the demons, where the power of Satan is broken and the Holy Spirit reigns. The kingdom of God is righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit (Romans 14:17). The kingdom of God is everlasting. So when the text says, seek first, it assumes you are in it already, you are regenerated and are filled with the Spirit. To seek it further in your life, means, I believe, three things:

 

➢ Seek your continual submission to it

➢ Seek the expression of it

➢ Seek the expansion of it

 

➢ Seek your continual submission to it

 

Seek to bring every area of your life, your thought life, your affections, your loves, your hates, your dreams, your ambitions, your future, your will, your body, your family, your hobbies, your dreams, your money, your possessions, under the control of Christ. Seek to deny and crucify your sinful desires and wishes and plans continually, and seek to submit the whole spectrum of life unto God. That is what it means to seek the kingdom of God. 

 

➢ Seek the expression of it

 

This point relates to the first. The kingdom of God is within you, the indwelling of the Holy Spirit testifies of this fact. You are indwelt by the Holy Spirit when you are a child of God, and the Holy Spirit produces fruit, or we can say expressions, it wants to express or exhibit the nature of God through you by your submission to the King. How? By being poor in spirit, mourning over sin, being meek, pursuing righteousness, showing mercy to others, loving purity and peacableness, 

 

➢ Seek the expansion of it

 

And thirdly seeking his kingdom first means you desire the expansion of it, by submitting to it, expressing it and using means like preaching, praying, distribution of truth, standing for what is right and good on a familial, social, cultural and global level. You seek for opportunities to make the King known, through the gospel and by loving people.

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