THEME: KINGDOM OF GOD
“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. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
-Sometimes we fall into the wave of worry, especially when things do not go as we expect. Anxiety crops in and we are thrown off balance and start seeking worldly pleasures because of external pressure. God reminds us that we are His children and He already knows what we need before we ask Him. Our relationship with God is then the most important thing that we should focus on. When seeking first His kingdom and His righteousness, all other things will be added unto us. The kingdom of God does not entail eating and drinking, but righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost (Rom 14:17). We find several instances outlining the word righteousness including; Abraham had faith and it was accounted to him for righteousness (Gen 15:6), those who give to the poor; their righteousness endures forever (Psalm 112:9), blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled (Mat 5:6), God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God (2 Cor 5:21), for in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed; a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith” (Rom 1:17) etc. Righteousness can simply be defined as having faith in God. Since our citizenship is in heaven, we should rely on the righteousness of God through faith and work so that we may function effectively to accomplish what we have been called to; for the glory of His name. Like Paul was content in lack and during plenty but had firm faith in God, we should also learn how to be content in all situations seeking God’s perfect will for our lives. As God’s children, we should not be anxious about anything but in everything through prayer, supplication and thanksgiving make our requests known to Him. Further, submit our burdens and cares unto God having faith that He will accomplish all things for the glory of His name.
Holy Spirit we need You everyday and at every moment of our lives. Thank You for this far that You have brought us and the far that You taking us, take complete control of our lives. Search us and know our hearts, test us and know our anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in us and lead us in the way everlasting. We are nothing without You Lord, fill our hearts with Your righteousness as we seek first Your kingdom. Help us to be content during lack and when we have plenty, all our trust is in You. We cast all our burdens and cares unto You Jesus, for You care for us, lead us in our walk of faith. Nothing is hard for You Lord, settle our hearts and minds in Your perfect peace. May Your grace, righteousness, peace and joy overtake us and our descendants, all the days of our lives. Amen
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