SEEK FIRST GOD’S KINGDOM by Pastor Joseph Prince

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Matthew 6:31–33
“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.
As a child of God, know that it is your Father’s

pleasure to meet all your needs. Jesus Himself
tells us, “For your heavenly Father knows that
you need all these things.” But God does not
want you to seek after things. He wants you to
seek first His kingdom. And when you do that, all
the things that you need will be added to you!
So your first priority every day is to seek His
kingdom. The word “first” in verse 33 is the
Greek word proton, which means “first in order or
importance, holding the highest place in all our
affections”. My friend, God wants us to seek first
His kingdom, and all things will fall gloriously in
place.

We are not to seek after things the way Gentiles
do. The word “seek” in “the Gentiles
seek” (verse 32) is the Greek word epizeteo. It
means “to seek with all their might with much
sweat or with much stress”. However, the way
God wants us to “seek” in “seek first the
kingdom of God” is the Greek word zeteo, which
means “to hunger, to desire to worship”. It is
simply a hungering, a desiring for the kingdom of
God, without any labor or toil.
But what is the kingdom of God? Romans 14:17
tells us that it is righteousness, peace and joy in
the Holy Spirit. And the kingdom of God dwells
within you because the Holy Spirit indwells you.
So the kingdom of God is His righteousness,
peace and joy in you.
Beloved, if you want to have peace and joy in the
Holy Spirit flowing inside you, then seek every
day to be conscious of your righteousness in
Christ, not your own righteousness, but His
righteousness given to you as a gift. Pursue
Jesus first. Spend time with Him and listen to
His Word. And when you do these things, you are
seeking His kingdom and His righteousness, and
all the things that you need will be added to you!
Thought For The Day
When you pursue Jesus and His righteousness
given to you as a gift, everything you need will be
added to you.
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