Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Matthew 6:33 - … seek first the kingdom of God & His righteousness, & all these things shall be added 2 u.

God doesn’t want u grabbing the newspaper first thing in the morning & reading all the bad news in the world. He knows that if u do that, your heart will be full of cares, anxieties & even fears.

This happened 2 a mother who read in the newspaper that children from China studying in our local schools were becoming top students. She wrote 2 the press, voicing her concerns about the stiff competition her child would face from these students, even for the top jobs in Singapore in the future.

When are reading the newspapers, magazines, medical journals, economic reports, watching movies or surfing the Internet all the time, then u are getting your “nourishment” from these sources instead of God’s Word. Now, I am not against these things. But if u constantly feed only on earthly things which cannot satisfy, u will fill your heart & mind with cares &  worries.

Jesus doesn’t want u 2 end up worrying about your life — what u will eat, drink or wear — as these are the things that the Gentiles (people of the world) seek. He says that your heavenly Father knows very well that u need these things. (Matthew 6:31–32)

That is why He promises u that if u would seek first His kingdom & His righteousness, all these things that the world seeks after will be added 2 u. It will not just be given but added, which means greater in quantity & quality!

If u are broke, don’t pursue money. Pursue God your prosperity. If u are faced w/lack, don’t pursue material goods. Pursue God your provider. If u are sick, don’t pursue the “cure”. Pursue God your healer.
My friend, don’t grab the newspaper or call your friend first thing in the morning 2 talk about the latest bad news. Instead, grab your Bible & read all the good news God has 4 u for the day. And as u seek first the kingdom of God & His righteousness, all the things that the world is running after will be added 2 u!

Believe AND Act On The New Covenant

1 Samuel 17:45 - Then David said 2 the Philistine, “… I come 2 u in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom u have defied.

Ever wonder why two people can hear the same thing and yet have very different responses? For one, what is said makes him afraid and discouraged. For the other, his heart is so filled with faith that he dares 2 come against the devil and what he is doing.

In the Valley of Elah, Goliath the Philistine giant taunted the armies of Israel for 40 days. When David came on the scene, he heard the same mockings of Goliath that the rest of the Israelites heard. But somehow, those same words which caused fear in the soldiers angered David. What did David know or see that the others failed 2 see?

David knew that he had a covenant with God. Now, King Saul and all the soldiers with him that day also had the same covenant with God, but only David believed the covenant. And he acted on his belief. So God caused his giant 2 come tumbling down.

If David had such a great victory even though he was under the old covenant, how much more u and I who are under the new covenant! Today, God is asking, “Where are my Davids who will believe the new covenant?”

What is the new covenant?
It is the covenant of grace. And grace means unmerited, undeserved, unearned favor. God wants us 2 know that He has cut this covenant with us through Christ our representative. And according 2 the covenant, we have His undeserved favor. We are blessed bcoz Jesus took our beating. Because of what Jesus has done on the cross, we have victory over every giant.

Isn’t that good news? Today, God wants u 2 stand b4 your “giant” and declare that in spite of what u are going through, in spite of what is happening, u believe that God is for u bcoz of what Jesus has done for u. And then, b4 your very eyes, u will see the giants of accusation, intimidation, condemnation, disease and debt fall flat b4 u!