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Matthew 6:25-33

"Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you
will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and
the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor
reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of
more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?
So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they
grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his
glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the
field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more
clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not worry, saying, 'What shall we
eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?'  For after all these things
the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things
shall be added to you.

I had been going through some stuff, and when I would ask the Lord what to do
the scripture above would come to memory.  Another couple days would past and
again ask the Lord what to do, “but seek first the Kingdom of God and His
righteousness…” I would hear this scripture over and over.  I thought maybe I
should read and study to see what the Holy Spirit would show me.  Apparently I
wasn’t the only one, because when I began to study and seek clarity there are a lot
of teachings on this scripture.

Where is the kingdom, how do I seek it, what is righteousness?  Those were my
questions; maybe yours as well.  I want to write a bit of what I discovered.


The Kingdom of God is not carnal, it is not someplace, a church, or a region it is
spiritual work of God’s Holy Spirit in people’s lives and relationships.  
Jesus said in Luke 17:20-21:

Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come,
He answered them and said, "The kingdom of God does not come with
observation; nor will they say, 'See here!' or 'See there!' For indeed, the kingdom
of God is within you."


Jesus tells us it is not here or over there; it is not in that denomination or in that
one, it is within you.

When you are born again, when you ask God to forgive you, you accept the
sacrifice Jesus paid on the cross.  He said: “It is finished”  He meant it is done the
price has been paid once and for all.  The gap between man and God has been
removed.  When you believe in your heart and confess with your mouth that Jesus
Christ is Lord.  (See Romans 10:9-10)  You are born again and the Kingdom of God
is within you.  If there is a Kingdom, and there is, then there must be a King, that
King is Jesus Christ.

I also believe there is a continuing seeking of the Kingdom of God.  How do we do
that? We continue to seek the Kingdom of God by reading the Word of God,
praying, fasting, finding a good Bible believing, Bible teaching church, and
attending every time the door is open.

Luke 10:9

And heal the sick there, and say to them, 'The kingdom of God has come near to
you.'

Jesus has given us His authority to go into all the world and preach the gospel, to
lay hands upon the sick and they shall recover., (see Mark 16:15-18).  Again, in
Luke 10:9: …tell them the Kingdom of God has come near to you.  Why would He
say that if the Kingdom was in a building or a region?  

Next part of the verse in Matthew 6: 33 is: RIGHTEOUSNESS.

Righteousness

God’s righteousness is the natural expression of His holiness.  Righteousness
can mean or be translated justice or just.  When we say God is just, we are saying
that He always does what is right.  Whether we say just or right they mean the
same it has to do with God’s actions they are always right.

God is not defined by the word righteousness.  The word righteousness is defined
by God. God sets the standard.

God reveals His righteousness by teaching His Word:

Psm.25:8
Good and upright is the Lord; Therefore He teaches sinners in the way.

God reveals His righteousness by fulfilling His promises





God reveals His righteousness in the way He rules

Psm. 45:6
Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; a scepter of righteousness is the scepter
of Your kingdom.


To seek righteousness, to do what is right or just, we have to read God’s Word for
the standard is there for us to follow.  We have to pray and seek Him for the right
direction, or action to take.
I don’t know about you, but when I’m doing something I shouldn’t I get a big check
in my spirit.  What does that mean ‘in my spirit’?  It means that I know I’m doing
wrong; I shouldn’t be doing something, or going to a certain place.  I can press on
and do what I want, but I will be miserable.  It is a knowing down deep on the
inside, this is not right.  
I remember years ago there was an expression, ‘What Would Jesus do?’  It is still a
good standard today.  Stop and think; would Jesus do this or go there?  If you are
not sure stop and pray, seek God for the answer.  There is a good saying; if you
don’t know what do to, don’t do anything.

Romans 14:17-18:
For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace
and joy in the Holy Spirit.
For he who serves Christ in these things is acceptable to God and approved by
men.


Seek the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, not what you are going to eat,
wear, or how you live.  


I want to close with this illustration:

In Mark 6 beginning in verse 30 begins the lesson of feeding the five thousand,
maybe you have read it or maybe not; take a few moments and read it again or for
the first time.

You will see the disciples coming to Jesus after they had been out evangelizing;
they came to Him and told Him all that had happen.  Jesus then said let us go and
find a deserted place to rest. They tried but the people followed them.  Now it was
late and the disciples knew there was no food to feed so many people in this
deserted place.  The disciples came to Jesus and told Him of their problem.
This is where I want to begin:




Mark 6: 37-41

But He answered and said to them, "You give them something to eat." And they
said to Him,
"Shall we go and buy two hundred denarii worth of bread and give
them something to eat?"
But He said to them, "How many loaves do you have? Go
and see." And when they found out they said, "Five, and two fish." Then He
commanded them to make them all sit down in groups on the green grass. So they
sat down in ranks, in hundreds and in fifties.
And when He had taken the five loaves and the two fish, He looked up to heaven,
blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to His disciples to set before them;
and the two fish He divided among them all.
 (emphasis is mine)


The disciples looked to the circumstances around them.  How can we feed so
many people with only five loaves and two fish?  There were 5 thousand men,
there had to be also women and children as well, so that cause the number to be
much higher.  
What can we do?  They were looking at what was in their hand.
Jesus knew something, He knew Who owed it all, and if He ever ran out, He could
just make more.
I hear a pastor say: “what is the minimum amount required for God to make
something?”  Of course the answer is nothing.

Lets go back to the scripture…what did Jesus do?  Did He throw up His hands, did
He become worried?  Did He send the people home hungry?
Look with me:  
Then He commanded them to make them all sit down in groups on the green grass.
So they sat down in ranks, in hundreds and in fifties.
And when He had taken the five loaves and the two fish, He looked up to heaven,
blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to His disciples to set before them;
and the two fish He divided among them all.
 (emphasis is mine)

He looked up to heaven….He blessed the food…knowing that God owes it all.  He
acknowledged God.  He raised up what He had and God multiplied it.
Verse 42-43:
So they all ate and were filled, and they took up twelve baskets full of fragments
and of the fish.

They ate and were full, and there were leftovers.

What does this have to do with seeking first the Kingdom of God and His
righteousness?
Everything!! It says to me, ‘God owns it all.’ When we seek Him and His
righteousness all these things will be added to us.  What are, ‘all these things’?



Matthew 6: 25-31
"Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you
will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and
the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor
reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of
more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?
So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they
grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his
glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the
field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more
clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not worry, saying, 'What shall we
eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?'

All things mentioned in these verses will be added when we Seek His Kingdom
and His righteousness.
Bob, Dee and Marilyn
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