Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need.
If you go back and read Matthew chapter 6 you will learn the things we are to do as Christians. Seek God first! First in charitable acts, first in prayer (His will be done), first in reverence of His name, first in the food that we eat, first in forgiveness, first when we fast, first in our purchases, and first in everything that concerns us and He will give you everything you need.
What does that look like you may ask? Well, if we are blessed financially and can help a charity or orphanage etc., we should keep it quiet (Matthew 6:3). There is no need to shout to everyone of the good you have done (unless God tells you to, so that it would further His kingdom).
First in prayer. What does He think or want you to pray about or for? Not in a vain manner, so that people will think, ‘oh look what a great person they are’, by your praying. But, by keeping it real. Maintain your personal time with the Lord. He needs to be first. Remember the story of the Pharisee and the tax collector. The one who was humble had the better prayer. All he said was, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner’ (Luke 18:13). God will have mercy on whom He will have mercy (Romans 9:15). Be humble and repent.
His name is holy (Luke 1:49)! Make it first. His name is above all other names (Philippians 2:9). Do not allow any one to misuse His name around you. Just say, ‘ Hey, it offends me, how you use the name of the Lord in vain, because I love Him so much. Could you please not use His great name like that?’ If you personally have used His great name in vain, repent. There is forgiveness at Jesus’ feet.
Before we eat, we should always put God first by acknowledging that it is from His great provision that we are blessed with the food we have. Offer up a simple ‘thank You for this food, to the great King of kings’ (1 Timothy 4:3).
First in forgiveness, because he loved us so much that He died for us while we were yet sinners (John 3:16)! How much more should we think of Him and forgive others (Colossians 3:13)? What right do we have to not forgive?
When we fast we should put Him first because it is not the praise of man that we want, rather the help from God (Matthew 6:16). So, go ahead and give up something to the Lord, if there is something that you need a breakthrough over. Pick something that you really enjoy. You could fast a phone conversation with someone special that you never miss. It could be soda if you are an avid soda drinker or ice-cream, anything that says, by you not having it, “Lord, you know how much I like this but I am quitting it for a day, week, month or whatever time frame, because I want to give You this time instead. Every time I even think of the thing that I want I will praise You instead and seek Your hand in my situation.”
Isaiah 58:6-7 No, this is the kind of fasting I want: Free those who are wrongly imprisoned; lighten the burden of those who work for you. Let the oppressed go free, and remove the chains that bind people. Share your food with the hungry, and give shelter to the homeless. Give clothes to those who need them, and do not hide from relatives who need your help.
First in our finances. We should be tithing ten percent to the Lord from every pay that we receive (Malachi 3:10). We need His advice in the personal things that we purchase as well. His kingdom come His will be done.
First in everything that concerns us. He wants us to turn to Him. He longs to give good gifts to His children (Matthew 7:11). We have to stay kingdom-minded in everything that we do.
You are so awesome, holy, righteous and true. Everything about You is good. You gave us the perfect direction for how we are to approach life. Today and every day hereafter, may we honor You in all the things that we say or do. May we remember to put You first. You are our Champion. You deserve to be put first. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Let’s worship today with
First by Lauren Daigle
If you do not know Jesus but would like to know more about Him, please read the following blog titled, Never let Us Go. God bless. https://thefathersfeet.wordpress.com/2020/01/07/you-never-let-us-go/