Bible Promise of the Day – Putting God’s Kingdom First

God's Promises Are Ever Faithful
God’s Promises Are Ever Faithful

Matthew 6:33 “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

When it comes to being sure of having the things we need every day, one of the most well-known verses in the Bible is this one in Matthew 6:33. Its meaning is also well-known.

Knowing the meaning of it, however, is much different than practicing it. We typically want the blessings of this verse – “all these things,” but the conditions somehow are often forgotten.

For instance: many Christians will tell me that they are sure of Heaven, but they may not go to church today. They want the blessing, but not the Blessor – God.

If you are truly seeking “first the kingdom of God,” then following His instructions ought to be most important to you. Not only when it is convenient.

The truth is that God gave the local Bible teaching church to His people so that they can be blessed. In the church, His people have fellowship with like-minded people, encouragement, union of purpose, company in worship, a place to serve and give, and more. Many of their daily needs were meant to come from the church. They also discover that He strengthens those who serve Him.

As you know, today we remember what happened on 911. Many people lost their lives on that horrible day. America was hit by an enemy and people were scared. They found comfort in the church. Why? Because they knew God was there. Many had forgotten Him, but they sought Him on that day.

Seeking first God’s Kingdom is really the same thing as what is behind that well-known commandment: “Thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might” (Deuteronomy 6:5). Only those who really love God can promote His Kingdom correctly. Unless you have to work, not being in church reveals much more than you might think. It shows that to you other priorities take precedence over seeking God’s Kingdom first.

Receiving the promise of the blessings found in this Bible verse is based on whether or not we are willing to fulfill the first part – seeking to, and actively promoting His Kingdom in all we do. Will you be one of those Christians who will actually seek to promote His Kingdom; and will you do it today? There may not be much time left till He comes.

Bible Promise for the Day – God’s Patience, the World, and Judgment

God's Promises Are Ever Faithful
God’s Promises Are Ever Faithful

II Peter 3:9 “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”

God cares immensely for the people of this world. What is often misunderstood is the role that God has chosen to take in the affairs of mankind. Many think that God should take a more visibly active role in the problems of our world. However, this is not what He is most interested in.

Instead, He is more interested in helping people to get right with Him and to restore a relationship with Him that was broken by sin. Indifference to God and His claims on peoples’ lives are evidence that there is a problem.

Trouble in our world causes people to seek God because their world, whether personal or on a national scale, is shaken. This happened very noticeably when 911 occurred. After that, churches in America were suddenly filled. Once again, however, God must send trouble to disrupt lives so they come back to Him.

The above Bible verse indicates that some people mistakenly think that God either does not exist or does not care about life on planet earth because He seems distant or inactive. Although He has promised to come and straighten out our world, He seems to be taking a long time to do it, they say.

Again, as the verse indicates, they are sadly mistaken. The reason he waits is so that they, and more people, may be saved from Hell and destruction. He does not want to cast them or anyone into Hell, but sin cannot be allowed into Heaven. He has promised a righteous judgment. He is giving them time to repent (turn from sin), and to trust Christ to be their Savior.

Although Christ appears to be patient today, He will not wait for you forever. If you are not saved, the Bible tells us, in II Corinthians 6:2, that now is the best time: “(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)” Won’t you call on Him today for salvation, and have the matter settled forever? There is no need to wait – do it now and ask Him to forgive you, change you so you can do His will, and to save you from Hell. He will do it, according to His promise.

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