Matthew 6:33-34 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
It is important for Christians to understand that “Kingdom wealth” is oftentimes experienced in the form of spiritual currency which is given to us as a token in place of that which we are willing to surrender unto the Lord. Prioritizing the Kingdom of God over the kingdom of the world is the gateway to this treasure.
This currency is most profitably redeemed as an increase in anointing accompanied by increased authority within both the kingdom of man and the Kingdom of God.
Kingdom wealth is not something to be hoarded and kept in reserve for an anticipated time of trouble. It is, instead, an entirely fluid spiritual currency that is provided to believers through their willingness to prioritize the immediate will of God for their lives.
Prioritizing the immediate will of God for our lives frequently involves a sacrifice of self-denial through which the storehouses of heaven are opened and the wealth of the Kingdom is both wonderfully and disproportionately allotted in favor of the believer.
This heavenly treasure of increased anointing and authority must then be utilized daily as the Spirit gives inspiration. It is for each day alone, just as manna was given to the Israelites in the wilderness. Manna represented a total dependence upon God from one moment to another in the Israelite’s lives. So it is for us today. If we attempt to store up the manna of our spiritual currency for future needs it will only grow foul and wormy, for it is meant to be spent in its entirety as we follow the immediate will of the Lord for each and every day.
More will be provided us tomorrow.
Mathew 6:19-21 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Why doesn’t God do what we think He should do based on our understanding of the Word?
No matter how biblically knowledgeable we may be, it will inevitably be the case that we are viewing every situation from a very limited perspective. We are finite beings. Therefore, we will never be able to take into full account every aspect and attribute of our infinite God regarding any situation. This is why it can be so difficult for us in certain situations to understand why God doesn’t act according to the way we believe He should. We are always seeing the situation from our limited perception while God is always seeing it from a perfectly balanced and undivided perspective.
God is One. He cannot at any given time, act from one of His attributes while the rest remain inactive. All that God does, must at all times be in unity with all that God is. Everything about God is always in perfect balance. For example: Since there can be no conflict within the attributes of God, justice must always be entirely present with mercy and love must always be entirely present in judgment. In fact, everything about God is always actively present in every situation.
Although we may feel disappointed at times by what we view as a lack of action on His part, we should be comforted to know that everything He does is always for the best of reasons whether or not we can understand it.
Would we really want it any other way?
When Paul wrote his letter to the Corinthians he was also speaking across the centuries to the church of today. I hope that His words will inspire us and bring conviction to our hearts where we may have become more fascinated with man than with Christ. Vast internet kingdoms have arisen which seem more interested in spiritual power encounters, impressive sermons and grand prophetic declarations than they are with actually living the christian life of sacrifice and humility. Sacrifice and humility are important elements of Christian life associated with “Christ crucified.” And these are the elements that are most closely connected to both the power and wisdom of God.
1 Cor 22 For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, 24 but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.
Rev 19:10 an angel declares, “For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”
But is this really what is happening in the church today? How often is the prophecy we are hearing actually connected to the testimony of Jesus?
From the Barnes Commentary: “the testimony of Jesus Is the spirit of prophecy” – The design of prophecy is to bear testimony to Jesus. The language does not mean, of course, that this is the only design of prophecy, but that this is its great and ultimate end. The word “prophecy” here seems to be used in the large sense in which it is often employed in the New Testament – meaning to make known the divine will, and the primary reference here would seem to be to the preachers and teachers of the New Testament. The sense is, that their grand business is to bear testimony to the Saviour.
Join us again at North Mill Spring, NC starting at 6:30 pm on Friday, May 5th for an evening of open worship! It will be a mix of contemporary and original praise and worship songs and some new arrangements of traditional Christian music and music inspired by the Spirit! Some of the instruments played are acoustic guitar, congas, base guitar, keyboard and harmonica. Bring your instrument or just come and enjoy! Lots of space. Its about 45 minutes from our home in Hendersonville, NC. Leave a reply if you would like to join us! Here is a picture of the space below.
The Lord our God is first and foremost our spiritual Father. But He is also our spiritual Mother.
Genesis 1:27 “Humankind was created as God’s reflection: in the divine image God created them; female and male, God made them.”
Isaiah 66:13 God as a comforting mother
“As a mother comforts her child, so I will comfort you; you shall be comforted in Jerusalem.”
Isaiah 49:15 God compared to a nursing mother
“Can a woman forget her nursing child, or show no compassion for the child of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you.”
Isaiah 42:14 God compared to a woman in labor
“For a long time I have held my peace, I have kept myself still and restrained myself; now I will cry out like a woman in labor, I will gasp and pant.”
Psalm 131:2 God as a Mother A song of David.
My heart is not proud, Lord, my eyes are not haughty; I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me. But I have calmed and quieted myself, I am like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child I am content.
Psalm 27:10 God fulfilling both roles as Father and Mother
Even if my father and mother abandon me, the LORD will hold me close.
As Christians, we need to stop trying to lead by leading and instead learn what it is to lead by following. Everything else is striving.
Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. John 5:19